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Pentagon caught flat-footed on Trump's transsexual ban

Robert Burns and Catherine Lucey, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 3:04am

President Donald Trump abruptly declared a ban on transgender troops serving anywhere in the U.S. military, catching the Pentagon flat-footed and unable to explain what it called Trump's "guidance." His proclamation, on Twitter rather than any formal announcement, drew bipartisan denunciations and threw currently serving transgender soldiers into limbo.

AP Analysis: GOP disunity painfully clear in Senate debate

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 2:47am

The Senate debate over health care has made it painfully clear: behind their self-confident "repeal and replace" slogan, Republicans were never united around an alternative to "Obamacare."

Federal authorities to announce charges in cruise ship death

Becky Bohrer and Rachel D'Oro, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 2:20am

Federal authorities planned to announce charges Thursday in what was described as a domestic dispute aboard a cruise ship in U.S. waters off Alaska that led to the death of a 39-year-old Utah woman.

Alabama GOP says Trump mistreats Sessions, their native son

Kim Chandler, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 2:20am

President Donald Trump finds some of his strongest support in Alabama, but his public flogging of Attorney General Jeff Sessions is dismaying Republicans who consider the conservative stalwart a home state hero.

Russia sanctions bill exposes Trump's legislative tug of war

Vivian Salama, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 2:20am

President Donald Trump is likely to sign a tough new sanctions bill that includes proposed measures targeting Russia — a remarkable concession that the president has yet to sell his party on his hopes for forging a warmer relationship with Moscow.

Advocate: 2 pardoned brothers steered into financial straits

Jonathan Drew, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 2:03am

When two wrongfully imprisoned brothers were pardoned after 30 years behind bars, they stood to collect hundreds of thousands of dollars in compensation. Now a federal judge is considering whether too much of their payout is being siphoned away by legal fees and high-interest loans.

Inmates' escape video shows everything is caught on tape

Michael Balsamo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 2:00am

In an age when everything else is captured for public consumption on a smartphone, why not your own jailbreak?

Review: Bigelow explores a horrific history in 'Detroit'

Lindsey Bahr, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 12:44am

it is an all-out assault on your senses and soul.

Larry David says his blunt 'Curb' character is no Trump

Sandy Cohen and Lynn Elber, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 27th - 12:07am

A roundup of news from the Television Critics Association summer meeting, at which TV networks and streaming services are presenting details on upcoming programs.

Few details after police kill teen outside Arkansas shelter

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 11:34pm

Authorities are offering few details about what led to a 16-year-old boy being shot and killed by police outside an eastern Arkansas emergency shelter for juveniles.

Lawyers: Texas inmate facing execution lacked legal help

Michael Graczyk, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 11:34pm

Attorneys for a condemned killer of a San Antonio woman argue that deficient legal help during earlier stages of his appeals tainted his case.

Protesters gather against Trump ban on transgender troops

Olga R. Rodriguez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 11:01pm

Demonstrators flocked to a military recruiting station in New York City and gathered at a plaza named for a San Francisco gay-rights icon on Wednesday to protest President Donald Trump's abrupt ban on transgender troops in the military.

Teen pleads not guilty in fatal crash recorded on Instagram

Scott Smith, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 10:47pm

A California teenager pleaded not guilty Wednesday to felony charges of vehicular manslaughter and drunken driving after she lost control of her car while livestreaming on Instagram and recording a crash that killed her younger sister.

Spinning Ohio State Fair ride breaks apart; 1 dead, 7 hurt

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 10:32pm

A swinging and spinning amusement park ride called the Fire Ball broke apart on the opening day of the Ohio State Fair on Wednesday, hurtling people through the air, killing at least one and injuring seven others.

'Fired by tweet:' Troops, veterans react to transgender ban

Julie Watson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 10:01pm

A former U.S. naval combat-tested officer said she feels angry that President Donald Trump is saying transgender veterans like her should be considered unfit to serve.

Rikers Island jail inmate goes missing, complex locked down

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 9:55pm

New York City's sprawling and troubled Rikers Island jail complex has been put on lockdown while authorities look for a missing inmate.

LGBT outrage over Trump ban on transgender military service

David Crary, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 9:52pm

Most LGBT-rights activists never believed Donald Trump's campaign promises to be their friend. But with his move Wednesday to ban transgender people from military service, on top of other actions and appointments, they now see him as openly hostile.

TSA expands new procedure for inspecting large electronics

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 9:42pm

Passengers at all U.S. airports will soon face new measures for screening electronic devices bigger than a cellphone.

Sanders tries to turn page, but press sparring continues

Jill Colvin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 9:31pm

Sarah Huckabee Sanders made her solo debut as the new White House press secretary on Wednesday, starting a new chapter at the podium with her signature combination of motherly scolding and practiced folksy charm.

Trump again rips attorney general but many want him to stay

Jonathan Lemire and Sadie Gurman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 26th - 9:26pm

Congressional Republicans and influential conservatives rallied around Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday as President Donald Trump kept up his public pelting of the nation's top law enforcement officer and left his future in doubt.