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Florida nightclub backs off plans to reopen as memorial

TAMPA, Fla. — A gay nightclub in Florida that was the site in June of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history on Monday cited an “inadvertent” social media post for reports that it was reopening as a memorial to the 49 people who were killed there.

Trump campaign asks Capitol Hill for support in Khan controversy

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Republican Donald Trump’s presidential campaign appealed to Capitol Hill for support on Monday as his attacks on the Muslim parents of a decorated American soldier killed in Iraq drew sharp rebukes from fellow party members.

Tighter oversight of balloon operators urged after Texas crash

AUSTIN, Texas — Federal regulation of hot air balloon operators needs to be more in line with oversight of the airline industry, a U.S. safety official said on Monday during a briefing on a crash in Texas that ranked as the worst in North American ballooning history.

Health officials warn pregnant women on Zika in Florida

CHICAGO — U.S. health officials on Monday recommended pregnant women avoid traveling to a 1-square-mile area of Miami with active Zika virus transmission after the state of Florida identified 10 more cases caused by local mosquitoes.

Texas to allow guns in college classrooms

AUSTIN, Texas — A new law went into effect in Texas on Monday that allows certain students to bring guns into classrooms, with supporters saying it could prevent mass shootings and critics saying the measure will endanger safety on campuses.

Fiery crash of hot air balloon kills 16 in central Texas

LOCKHART, Texas — A hot air balloon burst into flames over central Texas on Saturday after apparently striking power lines and plunged into a field, killing all 16 people aboard in one of the deadliest such accidents on record, police and eyewitnesses said.

Parolee robs Wyoming bank to go back to prison

WYOMING — A parolee from Oregon robbed a Wyoming bank then offered the stolen cash to passersby while waiting for police to arrest her because she wanted to go back to prison, court documents showed on Friday.

Agency seeks to overhaul debt collection industry

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. watchdog for consumer finances unveiled on Thursday a proposal to toughen regulation of the multibillion-dollar debt collection industry, with a focus on keeping agencies from pushing people to pay debts they do not owe, informing borrowers of their rights and cutting down on calls to debtors.

FDA takes steps to protect blood supply in Florida

CHICAGO — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has ordered all blood collection centers in Florida’s Miami-Dade and Broward counties to stop collecting blood as state health department officials continue to investigate four possible cases of local transmission of the Zika virus.

Ex-police officer sentenced for assaulting, injuring man

CHICAGO — A former police officer from St. Louis, Missouri, was sentenced on Thursday by a federal judge to four years and four months in prison for assaulting a handcuffed man and injuring him by forcing a gun into his mouth, federal prosecutors said.

Beekeeping all the buzz in NYC

While in other parts of the world honeybees have been creating a buzz because of their rapid decline, in New York their population has been soaring for the past few years, literally.

Women reflect on Clinton’s nomination

Whatever you may think of Hillary Clinton — and few are neutral — her accomplishment this week cannot be denied. Just as Barack Obama’s election held deeper meaning for black voters, Clinton’s nomination as the first female presidential candidate of a major party has a special resonance for women. That “highest, hardest glass ceiling” she famously put 18 million cracks in back in 2008 may finally give come November. We asked women of varying ages, backgrounds and political leanings what they make of Clinton and this moment in history. Some ...

Reagan’s would-be killer to go free

John Hinckley Jr., who wounded U.S. President Ronald Reagan and three other people in a 1981 assassination attempt prompted by a deranged obsession with actress Jodie Foster, can be freed from a psychiatric hospital to live with his mother, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday.

Firefighters battle wildfires, bulldozer operator dies

LOS ANGELES — Crews battling a deadly wildfire in rugged, drought-stricken terrain north of Los Angeles made steady progress in containing the blaze on Wednesday, after a bulldozer operator helping to fight a smaller wildfire in central California died overnight when his machine overturned.

U.S. issues policy for handling major cyber attacks

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK — The White House issued new instructions on Tuesday on how government agencies should respond to major cyber security attacks, attempting to combat perceptions the Obama administration has been sluggish in addressing threats from sophisticated hacking adversaries.