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House Democrats end their sit-in

updated: 06/24/2016 2:51 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- House Democrats ended their 25-hour sit-in over gun-control proposals on Thursday, a protest Speaker Paul Ryan labeled a high-profile stunt that undermined the basic institutions of government.

Judge clears Baltimore officer of 'rough ride'

updated: 06/24/2016 2:48 a.m. Discuss

BALTIMORE -- A judge on Thursday acquitted a police driver of all charges in the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died after his neck was broken in the back of a police van on the way to the station.

Ruling affects 11 states' laws on driver blood-alcohol tests

posted: 06/24/2016 2:47 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Thursday placed new limits on state laws that make it a crime for motorists suspected of drunken driving to refuse alcohol tests.

School's affirmative-action plan upheld

updated: 06/24/2016 2:46 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the constitutionality of the University of Texas' admissions process, saying it could continue using race as one of many factors in determining whom it admits.

Trump pauses campaign to check his golf resorts

updated: 06/24/2016 2:44 a.m. Discuss

NEW YORK -- In his first international trip since becoming the presumptive Republican nominee, Donald Trump plans to check on a pair of his championship golf resorts.

Court to Cleveland: Redo protest rules

updated: 06/24/2016 2:43 a.m. Discuss

CLEVELAND -- Restrictions on speeches and parades outside next month's Republican National Convention were struck down by a federal judge Thursday as unconstitutional.

Clinton failed to turn over key '10 email

posted: 06/24/2016 2:41 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton failed to turn over a copy of an email message regarding problems caused by her use of a private email server, the State Department confirmed Thursday.

Ruling allows teen into boys restroom

posted: 06/24/2016 2:40 a.m. Discuss

RICHMOND, Va. — A Virginia school board must allow a transgender teen to use the boys restroom while the court considers the legal issues of his case, a federal district judge ruled Thursday.

The nation in brief

updated: 06/24/2016 2:34 a.m. Discuss

In hunt for boat's 4, 2nd body found

Medicare fund to be dry in '28

posted: 06/23/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

President Barack Obama's administration said Wednesday that the financial outlook for Medicare's hospital insurance trust fund has deteriorated slightly in the past year and that Social Security still faces serious long-term financial problems.

House Democrats hold sit-in, call for guns vote

posted: 06/23/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 12

Democrats took over the House floor on Wednesday, seeking to force votes on gun-control proposals and pledging to continue their sit-in until they get what they want.

Clinton 'sold out' workers, Trump says

posted: 06/23/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 8

Donald Trump delivered a scathing and personal critique of Hillary Clinton on Wednesday, accusing her of having "sold out" American workers during her decades-long career in government.

State sues 2 firms over Flint’s water

posted: 06/23/2016 3:56 a.m. Discuss

Michigan’s attorney general filed a civil lawsuit Wednesday against two water-engineering companies, saying their negligence caused and exacerbated Flint’s lead-tainted water crisis and demanding what could total hundreds of millions of dollars in damages.

Rubio says he'll seek re-election to Senate

posted: 06/23/2016 3:55 a.m. Discuss

Former Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio announced Wednesday that he will run for re-election to represent Florida in the U.S. Senate, reversing his plans under pressure from GOP leaders.

U.S. backs California on ordering insurers to provide abortion coverage

posted: 06/23/2016 3:54 a.m. Discuss

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Tuesday that California did

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