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  • Bid to restrict transgender bathroom use advances in Montana

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana election officials on Wednesday allowed a conservative group to move forward with a proposed ballot initiative that would let people sue for emotional or mental distress if they spot a transgender person using a public bathroom that doesn’t correspond to their gender at birth. The decision on the measure came […]
  • FILE - In this June 17, 2017 file photo, Rep. Luke Messer, R-Ind., appears on Capitol Hill in Washington. Messer announced Wednesday July 26, 2017, that he will challenge Sen. Joe Donnelly, who is considered one of the most vulnerable Democrats up for re-election next year. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

    Indiana Rep. Luke Messer announces 2018 Senate bid

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Rep. Luke Messer announced Wednesday that he will challenge Sen. Joe Donnelly, who is considered one of the most vulnerable Democrats up for re-election next year. The GOP congressman, who represents Vice President Mike Pence’s former southeastern Indiana district, took to Twitter to make the announcement. “We’re in,” he wrote in […]
  • Capt. Chris Kelenske, deputy state director of emergency management and homeland security, Michigan State Police, speaks during a press conference held by Mayor Karen Weaver on Wednesday morning, July, 25, 2017, in Flint City Hall,  discussing the states' plan to close five of nine locations where Flint residents are getting free bottled water, filters, replacement cartridges and testing kits as the city’s water quality improves.  Distribution points in the 1st Ward, 4th Ward, 6th Ward, and 9th Ward will remain open indefinitely. The others will start closing next month.  (Shannon Millard/The Flint via AP)

    Flint’s water quality improving; 5 resource sites to close

    FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Michigan will close five of the nine locations where Flint residents have been getting free bottled water, filters, replacement cartridges and testing kits because the city’s water quality is improving. Mayor Karen Weaver said Wednesday that officials will keep the last four water resource sites running “indefinitely.” The others will start […]
  • Denis O'Connor, left, who said he was raped by Paul Shanley in the 1960s, speaks Wednesday, July 26, 2017, at a news conference in Boston about Shanley's expected release from prison Friday. (AP Photo/Denise Lavoie)

    Sex abuse victims seek help to track ex-priest’s whereabouts

    BOSTON (AP) — In the 1960s and ’70s, Paul Shanley was a popular street priest who counseled gay and troubled youths. Decades later, he was convicted of raping a boy at a Newton church in the 1980s and sentenced to 12 years in prison. Shanley, now 86, is due to be released Friday, prompting a […]
  • FILE - In this Thursday, March 10, 2005, file photo, Randal Quarles, U.S. assistant secretary of Treasury, speaks to journalists in Tokyo. Quarles, President Donald Trump's choice to be the Federal Reserve's vice chair for bank supervision, would likely favor reducing the capital banks must hold, easing the burden on community banks and allowing firms to do speculative trading. Quarles will likely win a Senate committee's approval Thursday, July 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)

    Trump choice for Fed could prove to be key friend for banks

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s choice of a key player in his drive to scale back financial rules would likely push to relax regulations on community banks, ease restrictions on some speculative trading and soften annual tests of big banks’ health. Still, Randal Quarles, Trump’s nominee to be the Federal Reserve’s vice chair for […]
  • Miami prosecutor: Police shooting cases linger too long

    MIAMI (AP) — Having just closed the case on a police shooting that occurred more than eight years ago, Miami’s top prosecutor said her office takes “far too long” to investigate shootings involving police officers. In a statement Wednesday, Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said her office will post regular status updates on its […]
  • Teacher who cartwheeled without underwear given probation

    PAWHUSKA, Okla. (AP) — A former substitute teacher in Oklahoma who exposed herself to students when she did a cartwheel while wearing a long skirt but no underwear has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge. Lacey Sponsler pleaded guilty Monday to assault after the charge was reduced from indecent exposure. She was given a two […]
  • Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's twitter page is photographed in Washington, Wednesday, July 26, 2017. The tweet shows, from left, Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, Zinke, White House adviser Kellyanne Conway and Energy Secretary Rick Perry aboard Air Force One, Tuesday, July 25, 2017. Zinke incorrectly identified Shulkin as a "fellow veteran" in the photo Zinke tweeted from Air Force One.  (AP Photo/J. David Ake)

    Zinke incorrectly identifies VA chief as ‘fellow veteran’

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke incorrectly identified Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin as a “fellow veteran” in a photo Zinke tweeted from Air Force One. Zinke, a former Navy SEAL, tweeted a photo of himself with Shulkin, Energy Secretary Rick Perry and White House adviser Kellyanne Conway on the way to Youngstown, Ohio, […]
  • FILE - In this Oct. 21, 2015 photo file, Tawanda Jones leads a vigil for her brother, Tyrone West, who died during a struggle with police, outside of Baltimore City Hall. The Board of Public Works has approved a $400,000 settlement for West's family on Wednesday, July 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

    Maryland board OKs settlement in police custody death case

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A state board in Maryland approved a $400,000 settlement on Wednesday in the case of a Baltimore man who died during a struggle with police, and a second settlement with the city could bring the total amount of compensation to $1 million. The Board of Public Works approved the settlement for […]
  • FILE - This July 22, 2017 file photo provided by the Merced County Sheriff, shows Obdulia Sanchez, in Merced, Calif. Prosecutors charged Sanchez, a teenage driver on Wednesday, July 26, with vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and other counts after she lost control of her car while livestreaming on Instagram and recorded a crash that killed her younger sister. Sanchez was driving the car on Friday when it veered onto the shoulder of a road about 75 miles northwest of Fresno, authorities said. (Merced County Sheriff via AP, File)

    Teen pleads not guilty in fatal crash recorded on Instagram

    LOS BANOS, Calif. (AP) — A California teenager pleaded not guilty Wednesday to felony charges of vehicular manslaughter and drunken driving after she lost control of her car while livestreaming on Instagram and recording a crash that killed her younger sister. Obdulia Sanchez, 18, appeared via remote camera in Merced County Superior Court, dressed in […]
  • In this June 14, 2017, photo provided by WHYY, Ed and Kathleen Nader sit in their living room in Exton, Pa, with a statue of St. Pantaleon that has been in Ed's family for four generations. The nearly life-sized statue missing for decades from an Italian church is being returned by the American couple, who finally solved the mystery of their family's odd relic. (Emma Lee/WHYY via AP)

    Statue kept decades in Philly closet sent to Italian church

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A nearly life-sized statue missing for decades from an Italian church is being returned by an American couple who finally solved the mystery of their family’s odd relic. Ed Nader told NewsWorks ( ) the statue of St. Pantaleon, considered the patron saint of physicians, spent years in his great-grandmother’s closet. He […]
  • 3-year-old twins die in Long Island pool accident

    MELVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say 3-year-old twin brothers have died after they were pulled from a backyard swimming pool on Long Island. Suffolk County Police Detective Lt. Kevin Beyrer says the mother, who had just awakened, looked out the window and saw one of the boys floating in the pool Wednesday morning. She ran […]
  • Wildlife officials ID men dragging shark in online video

    MIAMI (AP) — Florida wildlife officials say they’ve identified the men dragging a shark behind a speeding boat in a video that went viral on several social media sites. Rob Klepper is a spokesman for the law enforcement division of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. He said Wednesday that authorities have identified the […]
  • FILE - In this Aug. 25, 2014, file photo, Dorian Johnson leaves church at the end of the funeral service for his friend, Michael Brown, in St. Louis. A federal appeals court on Tuesday, July 25, 2017, upheld a judge's refusal to throw out a lawsuit against Ferguson by the Johnson who was with Brown when a police officer shot Brown to death three years ago, calling the officer's use of force unreasonable. Johnson argues that as he walked with Brown on a Ferguson street, Darren Wilson illegally detained him by using his police vehicle to block their path. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

    Appeals court lets suit by Michael Brown’s friend press on

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld a judge’s refusal to throw out a lawsuit questioning a Ferguson police officer’s use of force against the man who was with Michael Brown when that officer shot Brown to death three years ago. Tuesday’s 2-1 ruling by an 8th U.S. Circuit Court of […]
  • In this Tuesday, July 25, 2017, photo, a construction worker helps with finishing touches at the new Ferguson Empowerment Center in Ferguson, Mo. The new $3 million center will house an Urban League office focused on job training and placement. A dedication ceremony is planned Wednesday morning, July 26. (AP Photo/Jim Salter)

    The Latest: Community center in Ferguson already paid for

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on the opening of a new job training and education center in Ferguson nearly three years after the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown (all times local): 3:50 p.m. The new Ferguson Community Empowerment Center is now open for its first day, and it’s already paid for. Several hundred […]