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The killing in Baltimore of a beloved rapper in broad daylight has refocused attention on the city's epidemic of gun violence
BALTIMORE (AP) -- The news tore across Twitter: A beloved Baltimore rapper was gunned down in broad daylight, moments after promoting peace on the streets at a charity fundraiser....

President Barack Obama says he'll keep working for a trans-Pacific trade deal that is stuck in the U.S. Congress and opposed by both of the candidates who are vying to succeed him
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) -- The Latest on U.S. President Barack Obama's summit Wednesday with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto (all times local):...

Public health officials in Texas have spent months preparing for what they are certain will be at least some locally transmitted cases of mosquito-borne Zika
HOUSTON (AP) -- The poorest parts of Houston remind Dr. Peter Hotez of some of the neighborhoods in Latin America hardest hit by Zika....

An Associated Press review of court records nationwide shows the attorneys who represent cities are often weak links in the systems meant to hold police accountable for wrongdoing
CHICAGO (AP) -- When a federal judge concluded that a lawyer employed by the city of Chicago concealed audio evidence in a civil trial, the court issued a sharp rebuke, saying the recordings showed police lied about the events that led officers to shoot and kill a black motorist....

A merchant vessel that pulled into New Haven, Connecticut, this week is being honored by the U.S. Coast Guard for rescuing 19 fishermen from a boat that caught fire in the Atlantic Ocean
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- A plume of black smoke alerted the crew of a cargo vessel to possible distress. As they pulled closer in the Atlantic Ocean, they found a fishing boat engulfed in flames and the sailors in the water....

A rainstorm that seemed no big deal at first turned into a catastrophe for a small town in West Virginia, trapping dozens of people whose screams would echo all night
RAINELLE, W.Va. (AP) -- Penny McClure eyed the creek swelling up behind the Go Mart as she worked her shift on the morning of June 23. It didn't seem ominous. Just an unpleasant, rainy day in West Virginia....

New laws targeting abortion are set to take effect Friday in about one-fifth of the states
New laws targeting abortion are set to take effect Friday in about one-fifth of the states, initiating another wave of restrictions just days after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Texas measure that led several clinics to close....

A New Jersey judge has sentenced a career criminal to life in prison for a brutal home invasion beating caught on a nanny cam
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- A judge sentenced a career criminal to life in prison Wednesday for a brutal home invasion beating caught on a nanny cam after listening to the victim describe how the attack left her with physical and psychological scars....

Visitors to the World Trade Center site now have a new view
NEW YORK (AP) -- An elevated park that offers a new view to visitors at the World Trade Center opened Wednesday, built atop a security center that screens vehicles and overlooking the memorial to those who died in the Sept. 11 attacks....

A study shows the typical American spends an hour more with media each day than only last year
NEW YORK (AP) -- The typical American adult is using media for a full hour a day more than just last year, with smartphones accounting for most of the increase....

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A Massachusetts man has pleaded not guilty to charges he fatally shot his firefighter friend while playing with a handgun

An Arizona grandfather is facing charges following a deadly shooting outside a courthouse that stemmed from a dispute over a custody hearing, authorities said Wednesday

Two Tucson, Arizona, TV personalities pleaded not guilty to drug and child abuse charges after tests revealed there was cocaine in their baby's system

Six Honduran National Police officers are charged with conspiring with the son of a former Honduran president to import drugs into the United States

Judge denies bail reduction for 2 Pennsylvania residents arrested when they tried to drive into New York City with cache of weapons

The killing in Baltimore of a beloved rapper in broad daylight has refocused attention on the city's epidemic of gun violence

Two more men have been charged with mortally wounding an aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the hours before Brooklyn's West Indian Day Parade

To ease a deficit, Alaska's governor has cut in half the annual checks that give all residents a share of the state's oil wealth

A malicious destruction of property case against graffiti artist Shepard Fairey has been dismissed in Detroit

Authorities say a Houston-area mother who fatally shot her two daughters did not target her estranged husband because she "wanted him to suffer" the memory of their deaths