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Death row inmate in Ohio dies of apparent suicide

A prisoner on Ohio’s death row who was condemned for the murder of his ex-girlfriend died of an apparent suicide on Sunday night, a corrections department spokeswoman said Monday.

Texas lt. governor calls on Christians to support bathroom bill

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas lieutenant governor said on Monday he has enlisted Christian pastors statewide to help him win approval for legislation heading to a state Senate committee this week that limits access to public restrooms for transgender people.

U.S. Supreme Court throws out ruling favoring transgender student

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday scrapped plans to hear a major transgender rights case and threw out a lower court’s ruling in favor of a transgender Virginia student after President Donald Trump rescinded a policy protecting such youths under federal law.

Trump claims Obama wiretapped him during campaign; Obama refutes it

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump accused predecessor Barack Obama on Saturday of wiretapping him during the late stages of the 2016 election campaign, but offered no evidence for an allegation which an Obama spokesman said was “simply false.”

Senate confirms Trump pick Perry as energy secretary

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Senate on Thursday voted to confirm President Donald Trump’s pick to head the Department of Energy, former Texas Governor Rick Perry, who has promised to renew America’s nuclear weapons arsenal.

Judge approves release of nightclub shooter’s widow

OAKLAND, Calif. — A judge cleared the way on Wednesday for the widow of the gunman who killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, to be released from jail and also appeared to throw doubt on the strength of the government’s case against her.

Arkansas governor backs separate Martin Luther King, Robert E. Lee days

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson endorsed a measure on Wednesday to have the state honor civil rights leader Martin Luther King and Confederate General Robert E. Lee on separate days, rather than together, but said passing it would be an uphill battle.

Senior al Qaeda leader killed by CIA drone strike

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Hellfire missile fired by a CIA drone killed al-Qaeda leader Abu al-Khayr al-Masri late on Sunday while he was riding in a car near the northwestern Syrian city of Idlib, a U.S. intelligence official said on Wednesday.

Takata plea, compensation deal clears path to potential sale

DETROIT — Japan’s Takata Corp on Monday removed a major obstacle to its potential sale or restructuring, pleading guilty in a U.S. federal court to a felony charge as part of a $1 billion settlement that included compensation funds for automakers and victims of its faulty airbag inflators.

U.S. Jewish centers report another wave of hoax bomb threats

NEW YORK — Jewish community centers and schools in at least 11 U.S. states reported getting bomb threats on Monday, the JCC Association of North America said, the fifth wave of such threats this year that have stoked fears of a resurgence of anti-Semitism.

Oscars blunder prompts probe as ‘Moonlight’ takes best picture

LOS ANGELES — Oscars officials on Monday were investigating an embarrassing mix-up over the best picture award, which eventually went to African-American coming-of-age drama “Moonlight,” after a ceremony studded with political jokes and minor mishaps.

Man charged with murder of Indian engineer due in court

OLATHE, Kan. — A white U.S. Navy veteran charged with murdering an Indian software engineer at a Kansas bar was due in court on Monday over the shooting, which federal authorities are probing as a possible hate crime.

Man charged with killing Indian in possible hate crime

KANSAS CITY — A white U.S. Navy veteran has been charged with killing an engineer from India and wounding two other men when he opened fire in a Kansas bar in what federal authorities were investigating on Friday as a possible hate crime that shocked the victim’s home country.