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  • Transgender rights battle returning to North Carolina court

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — More than a year after North Carolina undid its “bathroom bill,” a legal battle is simmering over its replacement. Transgender plaintiffs will argue Monday before a federal judge that the current law enacted as a compromise in March of 2017 continues the harms of its predecessor. Lawyers representing Republican legislative leaders […]
  • Gun industry sees banks as new threat to 2nd Amendment

    GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — In the wake of high-profile mass shootings, corporate America has been taking a stand against the firearms industry amid a lack of action by lawmakers on gun control. Payment processing firms are limiting transactions, Bank of America stopped providing financing to companies that make AR-style guns, and retailers like Walmart and […]
  • New Florida law reignites beach access fight in Panhandle

    SANTA ROSA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A new Florida law is set to reignite a fight over beach access in a Florida Panhandle county known for its pristine white sand. Walton County Sheriff Michael Adkinson says the law that takes effect July 1 will void a local ordinance that allows public access to sand that’s […]
  • Danger of rip currents evident already off Carolinas’ coasts

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — On a single day in June, 25 people who had ventured into the ocean waters of the coast of the Carolinas had to be rescued after being caught in a rip current. With the goal of reducing the risks, the Hatteras Island Rescue Squad is offering classes every Monday between Memorial […]
  • Trump tweets, hard-right voters hamper GOP immigration push

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican apprehension over President Donald Trump’s next tweet and fear of riling conservative voters is undermining GOP leaders’ election-year struggle to shove an immigration bill through the House this week, leaving their prospects dubious. Party leaders are trying to finally secure the votes they need for their wide-ranging bill with tweaks they […]
  • Sanders says she was told to leave Virginia restaurant

    WASHINGTON (AP) — White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was booted from a Virginia restaurant because she works for President Donald Trump, setting off a fierce debate about whether politics should play a role in how administration officals are treated in public. Sanders was the latest to experience a brusque reception in such a […]
  • Trump Administration says it knows location of all children

    Trump administration officials say the U.S. government knows the location of all children in its custody after separating them from their families at the border and is working to reunite them. A fact sheet on “zero-tolerance prosecution and family reunification” released Saturday night by the Department of Homeland Security also says a parent must request […]
  • Police: Officers killed armed man in north Minneapolis

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Police in Minneapolis say officers shot and killed a man who was firing a handgun as he walked down a city street. In a statement on the department’s Facebook page, police say the incident happened around 5:30 p.m. Saturday on the north side of Minneapolis. Authorities say two calls to 911 reported […]
  • Today in History

    Today in History Today is Sunday, June 24, the 175th day of 2018. There are 190 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 24, 1968, “Resurrection City,” a shantytown constructed as part of the Poor People’s March on Washington, D.C., was closed down by authorities. On this date: In 1497, the […]
  • The Latest: English bulldog Zsa Zsa wins Ugliest Dog contest

    PETALUMA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the annual World’s Ugliest Dog Contest in Northern California (all times local): 8:23 p.m. A 9-year-old English bulldog was named the winner of the 2018 World’s Ugliest Dog contest in the San Francisco Bay Area. Zsa Zsa won the title Saturday in the competition where dogs with hairless […]
  • Han Solo’s Blaster from ‘Return of the Jedi’ tops auction

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Han Solo’s Blaster from the “Return of the Jedi” has sold for $550,000 at a Las Vegas auction. Julien’s Auctions says Ripley’s Believe It or Not bought the item Saturday. The sci-fi weapon was the top-selling item at the Hollywood Legends auction. The blaster was part of a collection from the […]
  • Judge declares mistrial in trial of ex-deputy’s husband

    HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas judge has declared a mistrial in the trial of a former deputy’s husband charged in the death of a man he and his wife confronted outside a restaurant. The Houston Chronicle reports District Judge Kelli Johnson declared the mistrial in Terry Thompson’s case Saturday after jurors deliberated more than 26 […]
  • US Defense chief to visit China amid S. China Sea tensions

    BEIJING (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who has accused China of “intimidation and coercion” in the South China Sea, visits Beijing this week as the countries increasingly spar over U.S. arms sales to Taiwan and Beijing’s expanding military presence overseas. Mattis will be the first defense secretary in President Donald Trump’s administration to […]
  • Brigitte Nielsen, 54, has given birth to her fifth child

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Brigitte Nielsen says she has given birth at age 54. The model, actress and reality star and her 39-year-old husband Mattia Dessi released a statement to People magazine Saturday saying their daughter Frida was born Friday in Los Angeles and weighed 5 pounds, 9 ounces (2.3 kilograms). It’s the fifth child […]
  • Report: Officer left university job after case there dropped

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Pennsylvania police officer who fired the shots that killed a teenager fleeing a traffic stop left his previous job with a university police force about a month after prosecutors dropped a case against three men he’d filed charges against. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that 30-year-old Officer Michael Rosfeld was working for […]