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• House lawmakers demand accountability review for U.S. special operations forces

House defense lawmakers are demanding U.S. special operations command and the head of the Pentagon's special operations directorate conduct an accountability review of the military's elite units, amid reports of heavy drug abuse within the teams.

The legislative proposal was offered by California Democrat Rep. Jackie Speier, as an amendment ...

• University of Maryland conducting 'hate bias' investigation of plastic wrap shaped like noose

The University of Maryland Police Department is conducting a "hate-bias" investigation into a piece of plastic wrap shaped like a noose that was found on campus.

"Earlier today, we were notified of a knotted piece of plastic wrap laying on the ground in the 7500 block of Baltimore ...

• Arkansas Ten Commandments monument destroyed less than 24 hours after erected

A controversial Ten Commandments monument outside of the Arkansas Capitol was destroyed less than 24 hours after it was erected, when police say a man drove his car into the statue.

Michael Tate Reed was arrested by Capitol police shortly after the monument's destruction early Wednesday morning, Arkansas Online

The Latest: Fatal Amtrak train involved 2 train conductors

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on an accident involving an Amtrak train near Washington's Union Station on (all times local):


1 p.m.

Two freight train conductors who got out of their train to check out an alert that there was a problem with it died when they walked onto ...

• Crabs native to Pacific waters caught off Connecticut coast

NORWALK, Conn. (AP) — Experts at a Connecticut aquarium are trying to figure out how crabs native to the Pacific Northwest ended up in the waters of Long Island Sound.

The Hour newspaper reports that oyster fishermen hauled up four unusual crabs off the coast of Norwalk last ...

• Embattled Navajo coal power plant to survive through 2019

A coal-fired power plant partially owned by the federal government and critical to tribal economies in the West will survive for another two years, though its future beyond that remains uncertain.

The Navajo Nation on Tuesday approved a lease extension of the Navajo Generating Station (NGS) through 2019, temporarily heading ...

• Arkansas' new Ten Commandments monument at state Capitol destroyed

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Officials say Arkansas' new Ten Commandments monument was destroyed by someone driving a vehicle into it less than 24 hours after the monument was placed on state Capitol grounds.

Secretary of State's Office spokesman Chris Powell says Capitol Police arrested the male suspect early Wednesday. ...

• The Latest: Supervisors suspended after NY subway derailment

NEW YORK (AP) - The Latest on a subway train derailment in New York City that left more than 30 people injured (all times local):

12:30 p.m.

New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority says two supervisors have been suspended while officials investigate a Harlem derailment that injured more than 30 people.


• No shots fired, but calls prompt lockdown at Alabama military post

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Two 911 calls and a tweet about the possibility of an active shooter at a military installation set off a day of panic and confusion in Alabama.

The emergency calls Tuesday came from within the Redstone Arsenal base near Huntsville and led the installation to tweet ...

• Human error caused NYC subway train derailment, transit agency says

NEW YORK (AP) — A subway train derailment in New York City that injured nearly three dozen people and sparked major delays is being blamed on human error, not a track defect.

A preliminary investigation indicates the derailment just before 10 a.m. Tuesday in Harlem was caused by "an improperly ...

• MTA: Train derailment caused by 'improperly secured' rail

NEW YORK (AP) - A subway train that derailed Tuesday as it entered a station, tossing people to the floor and forcing hundreds of shaken-up passengers to evacuate through darkened tunnels was caused by an "improperly secured piece of replacement rail" that was stored on the tracks, New York City ...

• FBI agent indicted in Ammon Bundy Oregon refuge standoff shooting

PORTLAND, Ore.— An FBI agent has been indicted on accusations that he lied about firing at a rancher in 2016 when officers arrested leaders of an armed occupation of a federal wildlife refuge in rural Oregon.

Sources familiar with the case say the agent will face allegations of making a false ...

• Public college presidents salary tops $500,000, up 5.3 percent in 2016

Presidents of U.S. public colleges and universities saw their earnings climb by 5.3 percent last year, with several of them topping $1 million, according to an annual survey.

The Chronicle of Higher Education's study of more than 150 college presidents found that their average annual pay increased in fiscal year ...

• Ronald Vitiello: 130 miles of border won't need wall

Homeland Security said Tuesday that at least 130 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border have enough natural barriers that there's no need to build a wall there — leaving most of the 1,954-mile divide as potential ground for a fence.

Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the agency charged with building President ...

• Third of pets in U.S. are overweight

Americans aren't making just themselves fat; they're also making their pets obese, a study says.

About one-third of dogs and cats in the U.S. are overweight, according to a study by the Banfield Pet Hospital in Vancouver, Washington. But hospital researchers found that fat cats and dogs don't necessarily reflect ...

• Support grows for thinning trees to combat forest fires as wildfires scorch West

DENVER — With wildfires already raging through the West, House Republicans took a chainsaw Tuesday to federal regulations that have created a fire-friendly environment on public lands by slowing forest-thinning and dead-tree removal.

The House Natural Resources Committee passed the Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017, moving to ...

• Three Chicago officers indicted in alleged cover-up of Laquan McDonald shooting

Three current or former Chicago police officers were indicted Tuesday on felony charges related to a conspiracy to cover up the circumstances surrounding another officer's fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.

The special prosecutor assigned to pursue the investigation announced the charges of conspiracy, official misconduct and obstruction of justice ...

• EPA moves to kill Waters of the U.S. rule

The Trump administration Tuesday moved to rescind the controversial “Waters of the U.S.” rule, an Obama-era regulation that gave Washington broad powers over streams and other small bodies of water across the country.

The rule, put forward in 2015 but subsequently stayed by the Supreme Court before going into effect, ...

• Supreme Court says it will hear New Jersey challenge to sports gambling ban

Soon, what happens in Vegas may spread to the rest of the United States.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday announced it will hear a case brought by New Jersey to overturn an appeals court ruling that blocks the state from offering betting on sporting events.

Currently, the federal Professional and ...

• Jewish 'Mitzvah' bus torched in New York City

A Jewish artist's iconic minibus, known locally as the "Mitzvah" bus, was found torched Monday in Brooklyn.

The repurposed school bus, colorfully painted with Jewish symbols and imagery, served as a traveling art studio by artist Leviticus Schieber, who goes by Leviticus.

It was was recently featured in a

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