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Accused Planned Parenthood clinic gunman ruled mentally incompetent

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The man accused of killing three people and wounding nine others in a shooting rampage last year at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado was declared incompetent to stand trial at a court hearing on his mental state on Wednesday.

Affluenza’ teen: Judge upholds term

FORT WORTH, Texas — A Texas judge on Wednesday upheld his April order of a nearly two-year jail term for the Texas “affluenza” teenager, who killed four people while driving drunk, a local prosecutor’s office said.

Trump narrows potential running mate picks

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said he had narrowed his potential vice presidential choices to five or six experienced politicians, the Associated Press reported on Tuesday.

Sanders slows Clinton’s march to nomination

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders defeated Hillary Clinton in the West Virginia primary on Tuesday, slowing her march toward the party’s nomination.

Transgender battle could expand civil rights law

WASHINGTON, D,.C. — The legal battle over transgender rights between the state of North Carolina and the U.S. government has moved the country closer to settling one of the last frontiers in civil rights law.

N.J. judge orders naming of Bridgegate scandal co-conspirators

A federal judge in New Jersey on Tuesday ordered the release of a list of unindicted co-conspirators in the criminal case against two former allies of Republican Governor Chris Christie in a 2013 scandal involving lane closures on the George Washington Bridge.

Speaker Ryan says he would step down as convention chair

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Monday he would step down as chairman of the Republican Party’s July convention if presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump asked him to do so, a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter said on Twitter.

Trump backtracks on remarks about raising taxes on rich

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Monday backtracked on his remarks about raising taxes on wealthy Americans, saying the rich might simply get a smaller tax cut than he originally proposed.

Democrats prepare for fight in Rust Belt

CLEVELAND — Bracing for a general election fight with Donald Trump, Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton and her allies are putting resources into industrial states such as Ohio and Pennsylvania to try to block Trump from making inroads with working-class voters there.

Justice Dept., North Carolina sue over ‘bathroom law’

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A fight between the Obama administration and North Carolina over a state law limiting public bathroom access for transgender people escalated Monday as both sides sued each other, trading accusations of civil rights violations and government overreach.

Movie theater goes on trial over 2012 Colorado shooting massacre

DENVER — Jury selection was due to begin Monday in Colorado for the first civil trial of wrongful death and personal injury claims stemming from a 2012 mass shooting in which 12 people were killed and dozens wounded in a suburban Denver movie theater.

Judge OKs U.S. extradition of Mexican drug boss

MEXICO CITY — A Mexican judge has ruled that drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman can be extradited to face charges in the United States, the country’s federal court authority said on Monday, days after he was moved to a prison on the U.S. border.

Alabama’s top judge faces ethics charges over gay-marriage order

Alabama’s Supreme Court Chief Justice was suspended on Friday as he faces possible removal from the bench for ordering state probate judges not to grant marriage licenses to gay couples, despite contrary rulings by a federal court and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Officer arrested after three killed in D.C.-area shooting spree

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Police on Friday arrested a federal officer suspected in a two-day shooting rampage in the Washington suburbs that killed his wife and two apparent strangers and revived memories of the “Beltway sniper” attacks of 2002.

Prince had Percocet in his system

Music superstar Prince’s autopsy found the painkiller Percocet in his system, the Minneapolis Star Tribune and KSTP-TV reported on Thursday, citing sources close to the investigation.

Ryan ‘not ready’ to support Trump

WASHINGTON, D.C. — House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said on CNN Thursday that he cannot support or endorse presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at this time.

Ex-sanitation worker guilty of murders

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — A former sanitation worker was convicted on Thursday of murdering nine women and a teenage girl as the “Grim Sleeper,” a Los Angeles serial killer who preyed on prostitutes and drugs addicts in a crime spree dating back 30 years.