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Protests outside Trump rally in New Mexico turns violent, some police officers injured
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- In one of the presidential campaign year's more grisly spectacles, demonstrators at a Donald Trump rally in New Mexico threw burning T-shirts, plastic bottles and other items at police officers, injuring several, and toppled trash cans and barricades. Authorities labeled it a "riot."...

Nearly a year after the shooting deaths of nine black parishioners at a South Carolina church, the U.S. Justice Department is seeking the death penalty against the man charged in the killings
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Nearly a year after the brutal shooting deaths of nine black parishioners at a Charleston, South Carolina, church, the U.S. Justice Department announced Tuesday its intent to seek the death penalty against the man facing federal hate crime charges in the killings....

Bill Cosby's lawyer gave a blistering preview of the questions the actor's accuser will face at trial, as a judge refused to dismiss the sex-assault case at a preliminary hearing
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- Bill Cosby's lawyers gave a blistering preview of the questions the actor's accuser will face at trial, as a judge refused to dismiss the sex-assault case at a preliminary hearing....

A Pennsylvania judge ruled Tuesday that there is enough evidence to bring Bill Cosby to trial in the lone criminal case brought against him out of the barrage of allegations that he drugged and molested dozens of women
A judge ruled Tuesday that there is enough evidence to bring Bill Cosby to trial in the lone criminal case brought against him out of the barrage of allegations that he drugged and molested dozens of women....

Bedford Hills in New York is one of the very few prisons in the U.S. that allow inmate mothers and their babies to live together
BEDFORD HILLS, N.Y. (AP) -- Jennifer Dumas sits on a sofa, her smiling 6-month-old girl on her lap. The room is full of bright toys and children's books. A rainbow-colored activity mat is on the floor, and Winnie the Pooh is painted on the walls....

A by-the-numbers look at prison nurseries nationwide
Out of more than 100 women's prisons in the U.S., only eight have nursery programs that allow mothers to help raise their babies behind bars. There are none in the federal prison system, and there is only one in a jail, at Rikers Island in New York City. Here is a look at the nurseries:...

George Washington's Mount Vernon estate is turning museum space previously dedicated to the Founding Father's furniture and finery into exhibit taking hard look at Washington's life as a slave owner
MOUNT VERNON, Va. (AP) -- It is the unavoidable Achilles' heel in the reputation of George Washington and so many other Founding Fathers: that men who risked their lives to protect their nation's liberty were also slaveholders....

A Las Vegas casino magnate is proposing an extravagant water paradise in drought-stricken Nevada
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Imagine a white sand beach with a bar at the dock. Water skiers flash by a small island, where fireworks shoot from twin peaks. Now imagine this water paradise is in the desert of drought-stricken Nevada....

The government is spending about three-fourths of its technology budget maintaining aging computer systems, including platforms more than 50 years old in vital areas from nuclear weapons to Social Security
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The government is spending about three-fourths of its technology budget maintaining aging computer systems, including platforms more than 50 years old in vital areas from nuclear weapons to Social Security. One still uses floppy disks....

The head of the Transportation Security Administration is heading back to Capitol Hill to try to explain what his agency is doing to deal with increasingly long airport security lines that have snarled the fledgling summer travel season
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The head of the Transportation Security Administration is heading back to Capitol Hill Wednesday to try to explain what his agency is doing to deal with increasingly long airport security lines that have already snarled the fledgling summer travel season....

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Man found guilty of fatally shooting another man inside a nightclub in Richmond, Virginia

A federal judge is set to hear arguments on whether he should take the drastic step of stripping an elected sheriff of his authority to run the violence-plagued New Orleans jail

FBI Director James Comey is scheduled to speak at a conference on law enforcement and civil rights in Birmingham

Prosecutors and defense lawyers are offering jurors opposing views of Alabama House speaker Mike Hubbard

The Romanian hacker known as Guccifer, who is charged with breaking into computer accounts of the Bush family, is scheduled to plead guilty to federal charges

George Washington's Mount Vernon estate is turning museum space previously dedicated to the Founding Father's furniture and finery into exhibit taking hard look at Washington's life as a slave owner

Nearly a year after the shooting deaths of nine black parishioners at a South Carolina church, the U.S. Justice Department is seeking the death penalty against the man charged in the killings

Authorities say they're searching for at least one suspect after a motorist in the Phoenix area was hit by gunfire, another was wounded in a carjacking, and a patrol cruiser was struck by a bullet

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Authorities say at least two people were critically injured and rural homes were damaged in Kansas amid severe storms that swept across the Plains


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