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Judge strikes down voter ID, early voting laws in Wisconsin

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MADISON, Wis. -- In a sweeping decision shaking up how the November election will be conducted, a federal judge on Friday struck down aspects of Wisconsin's voter ID law, limits on early voting and prohibitions on allowing people to vote early at multiple sites.

The judge also turned back other election laws Republicans have put in place in ...Read more

Did drinking too much water contribute to Bay Area high school grad's death in Army Ranger training?

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WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--The condition that may have caused the death this week of a former De La Salle High School quarterback who was training to become a U.S. Army Ranger has dogged the military branch for decades as it's grappled with heat-related illnesses and proper hydration for trainees.

No cause of death has been determined for Second Lt....Read more

Guantanamo troops eager for day trips to 'free Cuba'

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GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba -- Troops on this base bunkered behind a U.S. Marine Corps fence-line and Cuba minefield are eager to know when they can visit the other side, the base commander said Friday, estimating it wouldn't be anytime soon.

"I get that question all the time. When's the gate going to open? I think people are excited by the...Read more

For police, this year has been quite lethal

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The deadly ambushes of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge, La., this month raised fears of a wave of violence against law enforcement, with subsequent police slayings in Kansas City, Kan., and, late Thursday night, in San Diego heightening the anxiety.

The number of police officers slain in the line of duty this year is up 70 percent ...Read more

Nation and world news briefs

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Investigator: Workers changed reports, hid data in Flint water crisis

FLINT, Mich. -- A special investigator for the Michigan Attorney General's office said six state employees who were criminally charged Friday hid and manipulated data last summer that showed a change in drinking-water sources was poisoning people here.

Liane Shekter-Smith, ...Read more

Donald Trump declares 'gloves off' in general election and dwells on past controversies

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The "lock her up" chants, a fan favorite among Republicans since the GOP convention last week, began about 45 minutes into Donald Trump's speech here Friday.

But instead of issuing his stock response to the refrain he issued during his acceptance speech -- tamping it down with a call to defeat Hillary Clinton in ...Read more

South Florida cases suggest Zika now likely a part of our daily lives

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WASHINGTON -- Now that Zika has established itself in the U.S. mosquito population, it's likely to prove tough to eradicate.

Like dengue fever, chikungunya, and West Nile Virus that were once seen only as exotic tropical diseases, Zika is likely to become one of the U.S. public health concerns that regularly drive American cities to spray for ...Read more

Clinton campaign says hackers breached one of its data programs

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WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign confirmed that one of its data programs was accessed by hackers, the latest development in what cybersecurity experts call a broad campaign by Russian operatives to infiltrate U.S. political organizations.

"An analytics data program maintained by the DNC, and used by our campaign and a ...Read more

First US cases of mosquito-transmitted Zika sharpen debate in Congress

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WASHINGTON -- Democratic lawmakers from Florida and beyond Friday demanded that Republican leaders call Congress into emergency session from its summer break to approve long-stalled Zika funding.

Even with the House and the Senate adjourned, the political wrangling in Washington intensified with news of the first four cases of mosquito-...Read more

Clinton campaign says hackers breached one of its data programs

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WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign confirmed that one of its data programs was accessed by hackers, the latest development in what cybersecurity experts call a broad campaign by Russian operatives to infiltrate U.S. political organizations.

"An analytics data program maintained by the DNC, and used by our campaign and a ...Read more

Drew Peterson gets 40 extra years for plot to kill prosecutor

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CHICAGO -- In a 25-minute address to the court Friday, Drew Peterson said he never wanted prosecutor James Glasgow killed and claimed to know all along that a fellow inmate was recording their conversations.

Peterson was sentenced to an additional 40 years in prison for plotting to kill Glasgow, the prosecutor who put him behind bars for the ...Read more

Court ruling against North Carolina voter ID law could help Hillary Clinton

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WASHINGTON -- Three years after the Supreme Court deemed a key anti-discrimination provision of the Voting Rights Act unnecessary, a federal court on Friday ruled that a subsequently imposed North Carolina law requiring photo IDs at polling places was aimed at discouraging minority turnout.

The decision, just three months before election day, ...Read more

Mosquito-borne Zika infections in South Florida spread worry nationwide

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WASHINGTON -- Federal officials are urging residents in Florida to take additional precautions after state health officials Friday confirmed that four South Florida cases of the Zika virus are the first in the continental United States known to have been transmitted by local mosquito bites.

"All the evidence we have seen indicates that this is ...Read more

Appeals court refuses to dismiss Sen. Menendez's corruption charges

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PHILADELPHIA -- A federal appeals court on Friday refused to throw out the bribery and fraud charges filed against U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, clearing a hurdle standing between the New Jersey Democrat and a possible corruption trial.

Menendez had sought to have his case dismissed citing constitutional protections that shield the work of ...Read more

Tillis helped create 'discriminatory' North Carolina law, but ruling on it likely won't hurt him

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WASHINGTON -- If a Friday court ruling declaring North Carolina's voter ID law discriminatory sparks a backlash against Republicans, then time and distance are on U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis' side -- though he's one of the law's most ardent defenders and helped get it passed in the first place.

"This could potentially affect the outcome of the ...Read more

2 conventions, 1 vast gulf: Republicans and Democrats appear to be speaking to different countries

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PHILADELPHIA -- One night this week, the Democratic convention featured eight black women whose children had died in shootings or at the hands of police. A week earlier, Republicans repeatedly paid tribute to law enforcement.

In Philadelphia, the billionaire global warming activist Tom Steyer was ubiquitous. In Cleveland, Republicans put a ...Read more

Clinton charges out of convention, into battle with Trump

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PHILADELPHIA -- Hillary Clinton charged out of her history-making convention Friday, boosted by caffeine, joined by both running mate Tim Kaine and former President Bill Clinton at her side, and signaling a zest for taking on Republican Donald Trump.

Clinton -- who joked that she stayed up late after accepting the Democratic presidential ...Read more

Freddie Gray case: Juror from officer's trial breaks silence

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BALTIMORE -- A member of the only jury to hear evidence in the trials of the Baltimore police officers charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray spoke out Friday after the conclusion of the criminal trials and said she believes the justice system worked well.

Attorney Susan Elgin was one of 12 jurors picked for the first trial, of Officer...Read more

Political news briefs

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Clinton, Kaine launch campaign's last 100 days from Temple University

PHILADELPHIA -- Hillary Clinton kicked off her general election campaign Friday in Philadelphia by comparing Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump to a king, while she argued the historic nature of her candidacy showed the goodness and potential of America.

"Nobody ...Read more

Sierra Nevada's giant sequoias respond to water stress with clever adaptations

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The leaves atop giant sequoias in the Sierra Nevada are better at storing water than those closer to the ground, an adaptation that may explain how their treetops are able to survive 300 feet in the air, researchers at American River College and Humboldt State University have found.

"It can take over a week for water to ...Read more