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Trump orders new policy about military academies, pro sports

Jun. 26, 2019 7:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has signed a presidential memorandum ordering the Pentagon to develop a new policy to allow athletes attending the nation's military academies to play professional sports immediately after graduating. The memo says student athletes graduating from the academies and...

Partner of convicted Minneapolis cop pleaded for leniency

Jun. 26, 2019 7:01 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A previously undisclosed email from the former police partner of ex-Minneapolis Officer Mohamed Noor asked a judge to grant him leniency one day before she sentenced Noor this month to more than 12 years in prison for fatally shooting a woman. Officer Matthew Harrity pleaded with the...

Ex-USC gynecologist charged in sex assaults of 16 patients

Jun. 26, 2019 7:01 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The former longtime gynecologist at the University of Southern California was charged Wednesday with sexually assaulting 16 women at the student health center, the first criminal counts in a case that already has seen USC offer to pay $215 million to settle potentially thousands of...

Author revisits most spectacular bank robbery in US history

Jun. 26, 2019 7:01 PM EDT

GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) — The beige and brown houses blended into the sand and dirt of the Inland Empire as Ridgefield resident Peter Houlahan drove his car from Norco, Calif., toward the foothills into which the San Bernardino Sheriff's Department shooting range is nestled. He passed the town center sign,...

Leaks, accusations and staff shuffle: Turmoil inside DHS

Jun. 26, 2019 6:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Homeland Security under President Donald Trump is entering a new stage of dysfunction and finger-pointing as the administration continues to rearrange staff and push hardline rhetoric and policies that have failed to contain a surge in illegal border crossings. But now,...

Customs: More cocaine seized on ship than estimated

Jun. 26, 2019 6:52 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Customs authorities say even more cocaine was seized in a ship in Philadelphia last week than was originally estimated. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said Wednesday that the final weight of the 15,000-plus bricks of cocaine seized from the Swiss-owned MSC Gayane was...

Oregon Republican walkout over climate bill drags on

Jun. 26, 2019 6:51 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Capitol was at a standstill Wednesday with only four days left in the legislative session, and it remains unclear when — or if— the Senate's 11 Republicans will return to the statehouse and end a walkout over a climate bill. Republicans have now been absent from...

Graves of US WWII servicemen unearthed on Pacific island

Jun. 26, 2019 6:47 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — An organization that searches for the remains of U.S. servicemen lost in past conflicts has found what officials believe are the graves of more than 30 Marines and sailors killed in one of the bloodiest battles of World War II. A team working on the remote Pacific atoll of Tarawa found the...

Washington Sen. Murray adding to tally of health care bills

Jun. 26, 2019 6:46 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — U.S. Sen. Patty Murray is becoming a key contributor to the number of health care bills in Congress. The Seattle Times reports the Washington state Democrat has increased the number of health care-related bills she has introduced in the Senate in the past few years. The ranking member of the...

Suspect in Illinois deputy's death arrested after barricade

Jun. 26, 2019 6:44 PM EDT

AVON, Ill. (AP) — A man suspected of fatally shooting a sheriff's deputy was taken into custody Wednesday after barricading himself inside a home in rural western Illinois for more than 18 hours, state police said. Fulton County Deputy Troy Chisum, 39, was shot dead at about 2 p.m. Tuesday shortly after he...