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Traffic fatalities continued to surge in first half of 2016
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Traffic fatalities were up 9 percent in the first six months of this year compared with the same period last year, continuing a surge in deaths that began two years ago as the economy improved and travel picked up, according to preliminary estimates released Tuesday by the National Safety Council....

Florida: 5 new Zika cases including 1 in the Tampa Bay area
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday announced a non-travel-related case of Zika in the Tampa Bay region....

Crews hauling away debris as Louisiana cleanup continues
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Heavy trucks and their works crews have begun hauling away mounds of moldy carpet, warped flooring and water-damaged furniture as south Louisiana digs out from flooding the governor estimated Tuesday had wrecked more than 100,000 homes....

Park Service seeks minorities' support as it marks 100 years
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) -- When Asha Jones and other Grand Canyon interns arrived for their summer at the national park, they were struck by its sheer immensity, beauty and world-class hiking trails. Soon, they noticed something else....

In dry, windy West, crews target flames in several states
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) -- Growing wildfires stoked by windy, dry conditions have destroyed buildings and forced evacuations in California, Washington, Montana and elsewhere....

States file another lawsuit over Obama transgender rules
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Texas and four other Republican-led states filed another lawsuit Tuesday seeking to roll back the Obama administration's efforts to strengthen transgender rights, saying new federal nondiscrimination health rules could force doctors to act contrary to their medical judgment or religious beliefs....

School athlete's sex assault case compared to Stanford case
BOSTON (AP) -- The case of a former Massachusetts high school star athlete sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting two classmates is drawing parallels to that of former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner, who got just six months in jail for a sexual assault conviction....

Top general scheduled to testify at Bergdahl hearing
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) -- A top Army general is scheduled to testify Wednesday about why he destroyed letters he received from supporters and critics of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl....

Stanford judge reignites debate after leaving other sex case
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The Northern California judge who sentenced a former Stanford University swimmer to six months in jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman reignited debate Tuesday about his ability to serve on the bench after removing himself from a separate sex-crimes case....

Former aide to convicted congressman gets probation
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A political consultant has been sentenced to probation for his role in the corruption case involving a convicted former Pennsylvania congressman....

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