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Cop says Freddie Gray asked for help

BALTIMORE — A Baltimore police officer testified on Monday that black detainee Freddie Gray asked for help while being transported in a police van, where he suffered a broken neck.

Microsoft buys LinkedIn for $26.2 billion

Microsoft Corp will buy LinkedIn Corp for $26.2 billion in its biggest-ever deal, combining the software giant’s business-productivity tools with an online network of 433 million professionals.

Top court rejects challenge to mercury air pollution rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Supreme Court on Monday let stand a lower-court ruling that left in place Obama administration environmental regulations limiting power plant emissions of mercury and other toxic pollutants while the Environmental Protection Agency revised them.

Heavily armed man arrested on way to gay pride parade

LOS ANGELES — A heavily armed man who said he was heading to a Los Angeles-area pride parade was arrested early on Sunday in nearby Santa Monica, but there was no apparent link with the deadly mass shooting in Florida, authorities said.

FBI starts probe of shooter’s media, data

ORLANDO, Fla. — FBI agents scrambled Monday to recover data from mass killer Omar Mateen’s electronic media — cellphones, computers and other devices — hoping to find clues to what sparked the massacre at a gay nightclub and whether he has contacts with any known extremists, according to current and former FBI officials.

Voice’ singer Christina Grimmie fatally shot after Florida show

ORLANDO — A man thought to be a deranged fan fatally shot Christina Grimmie, a rising singing star who gained fame on YouTube and as a contestant on television’s “The Voice,” while she was signing autographs after a concert in Orlando, Florida, police said on Saturday.

Prosecutor: Cop caused fatal injury

BALTIMORE — A Baltimore police officer fatally injured black detainee Freddie Gray by giving him a “rough ride” in a transport van, a prosecutor said on Thursday in opening statements of the murder trial of a third officer in Gray’s death.

Court rules there is no constitutional right for concealed guns

LOS ANGELES — Firearm owners have no constitutional right to carry a concealed gun in public if they face no specific danger, a divided federal appeals court in California ruled on Thursday, in a victory for gun control advocates.

Calif. attorney general slams sexual assault sentence

SAN FRANCISCO — California Attorney General Kamala Harris, the top vote-getter in the state’s U.S. Senate primary, has joined the criticism of a six-month jail sentence given to a former Stanford University swimmer convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman.

Obama endorses Hillary Clinton: ‘She’s got the courage’

WASHINGTON — The Democratic Party began to unite around presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Thursday as President Barack Obama formally endorsed her candidacy and rival Bernie Sanders signaled he will soon drop out of the contest.

Clinton, Trump draw battle lines

WASHINGTON, D.C — Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump kicked off a fierce general election battle, with Democrats accusing Trump of erratic behavior and the Republican threatening to bring up old Clinton scandals.

Kaine an online favorite to run with Clinton

NEW YORK — Sen.Tim Kaine of Virginia has emerged as the online betting favorite to be presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s running mate while Bernie Sanders’ chances have slipped, online predictions market PredictIt said.

Dow finishes back above 18,000 as dollar dips

The Dow ended above 18,000 for the first time since April on Wednesday as declines in the dollar lifted some commodity-related shares and boosted the outlook for multinationals.

Stanford case judge feeling the petition pressure

Senator Barbara Boxer on Tuesday decried a California judge's decision to sentence a college athlete to just six months in jail for sexual assault, while signatures on an online petition calling for the jurist's ouster passed 400,000.

Former NASA astronaut charged with murder

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — A retired NASA astronaut was free on bail on Tuesday after being charged with two counts of murder in connection with a traffic crash that killed two girls near Tuscaloosa, Alabama this week.

District of Columbia approves $15/hour minimum wage

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The District of Columbia’s city council approved a $15-an-hour minimum wage on Tuesday, a rate adopted by a growing number of U.S. cities and states seeking to battle income inequality.

White House threatens to veto Senate defense bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The White House threatened on Tuesday to veto a Senate defense policy bill, saying it would prevent President Barack Obama from closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay and limit the size of his National Security Council.