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AP Top Political News at 5:12 p.m. EDT

Obama signs bill easing access to government records
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama has signed legislation into law making it easier for the public to obtain government records....

Obama quickly signs Puerto Rico financial rescue bill
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama signed a rescue package on Thursday for financially strapped Puerto Rico, which is facing more than $70 billion in debt and a major payment due Friday....

War cry: Trump opening acts raise eyebrows, pump up crowds
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Conservative radio host and columnist Howie Carr, opening for Donald Trump at a presidential campaign rally in Maine, brought up Hillary Clinton and her potential running mate, Sen. Elizabeth Warren....

OBAMA LEGACY: Immigration stands as most glaring failure
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hours after the Supreme Court sent his immigration policy into legal limbo, President Barack Obama huddled around a long conference table in the Roosevelt Room with disappointed activists. The president looked out at familiar faces, some teary. It had been a long and tough fight, Obama said, and he had taken some beatings - even from supporters who "whupped on me good."...

For Clinton, tiny fundraisers equal big campaign money
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A single elevator could have accommodated the donors who recently gathered with Hillary Clinton at the Pritzker family home in Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood. Small in number, the group was big in largesse, contributing at least $1 million to help elect her and other Democrats this fall....

Self-driving car driver killed in Florida collision, a first
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The first U.S. self-driving car fatality took place in May when the driver of a Tesla S sports car using the vehicle's "autopilot" automated driving system died in a collision with a truck in Florida, federal officials said Thursday....

Pentagon ends ban on transgender troops in military
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Transgender people will be allowed to serve openly in the U.S. military, the Pentagon announced Thursday, ending one of the last bans on service in the armed forces....

Navy probe: US sailors were ill-prepared for Iran encounter
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The 10 U.S. sailors captured and humiliated by Iran after mistakenly steering their boats into Iranian waters in January were beset not just by poor judgment and faulty equipment. They also showed a remarkable lack of curiosity about potential dangers in one of the world's more dangerous waterways, according to an in-depth Navy investigation....

Ryan: House to vote on barring guns for suspected terrorists
WASHINGTON (AP) -- With Democrats applying election-year pressure to act on gun control, Republican Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday the House will vote next week on a GOP proposal aimed at keeping suspected terrorists from obtaining firearms....

US takes Thailand off human trafficking blacklist
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States removed Thailand from its human trafficking blacklist on Thursday, though forced labor remains widespread in the nation's lucrative seafood industry....

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Navy probe: US sailors were ill-prepared for Iran encounter

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Obama signs bill easing access to government records

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