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‘Houdini’ of Alabama Death Row is put to death

A man once called the “Houdini” of Alabama’s Death Row for escaping seven past execution dates through legal challenges was put to death early Friday for a 1982 murder-for-hire shooting. Arthur was convicted of [Read entire story]

GOP candidate wins House seat despite assault charge

Republican multimillionaire Greg Gianforte won Montana’s only U.S. House seat Thursday despite being charged a day earlier with assault after witnesses said he grabbed a reporter by the neck and threw him to the [Read entire story]

Soldiers launch attacks in besieged Philippine city

MARAWI, Philippines — Philippine troops backed by armored vehicles and rocket-firing helicopters fought Friday to regain control of a city that has been under attack by gunmen linked to the Islamic State group since a [Read entire story]

Survey finds surge in homelessness in Oakland, Alameda County

The biennial count of homelessness, released Thursday, turned up 25 percent more people without long-term shelter in Oakland than there were two years ago. Many of the 2,761 homeless people live in the encampments that [Read entire story]

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Appeals court deals blow to Trump administration travel ban

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s revised travel ban “speaks with vague words of national security, but in context drips with religious intolerance, animus and discrimination,” a federal appeals court said Thursday [Read entire story]

Jared Kushner now a focus in Russia investigation

WASHINGTON — Investigators are focusing on a series of meetings held by Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and an influential White House adviser, as part of their probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 [Read entire story]

News of the day from across the globe, May 25

The United States acknowledged Thursday that bombing an Iraqi building in March set off a series of Islamic-State planted explosives, resulting in more than 100 civilian deaths and underscoring the difficulty of rooting [Read entire story]

Memorial Day weekend in Big Sur is possible, despite obstacles

[...] with this year’s big winter storms continuing to wreak havoc on roads and trails, getting to one of California’s most dramatic stretches of coastline isn’t easy - and it can also be very expensive. The [Read entire story]

UC Berkeley fires instructor following sexual harassment claims

UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks fired an assistant professor Wednesday, nearly two years after the university upheld a student’s complaint that he sexually harassed her by talking about strip clubs and drugs, [Read entire story]

CBO: House GOP health bill would leave 23 million more without coverage

WASHINGTON — The legislation House Republicans passed this month to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act would cover a million more people than their initial version, but that would still increase the number of [Read entire story]

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News of the day from across the nation, May 24

Five of the six Baltimore police officers charged in the in-custody death of a young black man face disciplinary action. Gray’s death prompted civil unrest and massive departmental reform after a review revealed [Read entire story]

Subpoenas pile up for Michael Flynn’s documents

WASHINGTON — Subpoenas for former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn piled up Wednesday as the House Intelligence Committee pressured Flynn to cooperate with its investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 [Read entire story]

Raids, arrests as on-edge Britain seeks ‘network’ of attackers

MANCHESTER, England — Security forces rounded up more suspects Wednesday in the deadly Manchester concert blast and soldiers fanned out across the country to national landmarks as an on-edge Britain tried to thwart the [Read entire story]

Jerry Brown talks up climate fight, says Trump may come around

Gov. Jerry Brown held up California as a leader in the fight against climate change, renewing a pledge Wednesday with representatives of the Netherlands to continue cutting carbon emissions and investing in clean [Read entire story]

Hannity backs off story about slain DNC staffer

NEW YORK — Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity said he’s backing off his speculation about the 2016 slaying of Democratic National Committee employee Seth Rich after talking with Rich’s family, which had appealed to [Read entire story]

Hannity backs off story about slain DNC staffer

NEW YORK — Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity said he’s backing off his speculation about the 2016 slaying of Democratic National Committee employee Seth Rich after talking with Rich’s family, which had appealed to [Read entire story]

Hannity backs off story about slain DNC staffer

NEW YORK — Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity said he’s backing off his speculation about the 2016 slaying of Democratic National Committee employee Seth Rich after talking with Rich’s family, which had appealed to [Read entire story]

Trump taps longtime attorney to aid in Russia probe

WASHINGTON — President Trump has enlisted his longtime attorney Marc Kasowitz in a still-forming outside legal team that will represent him in the investigation into Russian interference in the U.S. [Read entire story]