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Trapped tourists wade out of cave, official says

HORSE CAVE, Ky. — Authorities say rising water from heavy rains has trapped 19 people in a Kentucky cave. Continue reading...

Obama: World leaders rightfully 'rattled' by Trump

SHIMA, Japan — President Barack Obama said Thursday that foreign leaders are "rattled" by Donald Trump and have good reason to feel that way, as he accused the presumptive Republican presidential nominee of ignorance about world affairs. Continue reading...

Trump reaches the magic number to clinch nomination

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump on Thursday reached the number of delegates needed to clinch the Republican nomination for president, completing an unlikely rise that has upended the political landscape and sets the stage for a bitter fall campaign. Continue reading...

Judge denies motion for new trial in Hulk Hogan sex-video case

Subscriber onlyA Florida judge Wednesday denied Gawker Media's motion for a new trial in the Hulk Hogan sex-video case and won't reduce a $140 million jury verdict. Judge Pamela Campbell did not elaborate on her decision, the latest development in a yearslong legal fight between Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, and the gossip website. Continue reading...

Emails report faults Clinton

It also cites ‘systemic weaknesses’ that preceded her

Subscriber only The State Department's inspector general criticized Hillary Clinton's exclusive use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, saying she had not sought permission to use it and would not have received it if she had. Continue reading...

Trump event again draws protest, but peace prevails

Subscriber onlyA day after protesters outside a Donald Trump rally in New Mexico clashed with police and toppled barricades, the New York businessman railed against Hillary Clinton during a less heated rally Wednesday. Continue reading...

Russian who admitted spying in U.S. gets 2½-year term

Subscriber onlyA Russian banker who pleaded guilty to conspiracy in what the government portrayed as a Cold Warstyle spy ring was sentenced Wednesday to 2½ years in a U.S. prison. Continue reading...

Suit challenges legality of U.S. restroom directive

Subscriber onlyTexas and eight other states are suing President Barack Obama's administration over its directive to U.S. public schools to let transgender students use restrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identities. Continue reading...

VA cuts off 4,200 listed dead in error

Subscriber onlyA Florida congressman says the Department of Veterans Affairs cut off the benefits of more 4,200 people nationwide after they were wrongly declared dead. Continue reading...

Agency hiring 768 to trim airport lines

New screeners going to busiest hubs

Subscriber onlyThe Transportation Security Administration will add 768 new screeners by mid-June to deal with long airport security lines that have caused passengers to miss flights, the agency's chief told Congress on Wednesday. Continue reading...

Defense-bill stall riles Cotton

Need time to read 1,600-page measure, Nevada’s Reid says

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton denounced the Senate's top Democrat on Wednesday for delaying debate on defense-policy legislation, calling Harry Reid's leadership "cancerous" and accusing him of holding up the $602 billion bill to preserve his "sad, sorry legacy." Continue reading...

In Japan, Obama offers regrets on Okinawa death

Subscriber onlyPresident Barack Obama said Wednesday that he plans to use his historic visit to Hiroshima with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to reflect on the suffering of war and the need to take steps to prevent it. Continue reading...

Back on Earth, spaceman still wobbly

Subscriber onlyThe man who spent a year in space is still dealing with sore feet, stiff legs and fatigue, even after nearly three months back on Earth. Continue reading...

The nation in brief

Subscriber onlyS.C. bans abortion beyond 20 weeks COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Republican Gov. Nikki Haley signed into law Wednesday legislation that immediately outlaws most abortions in South Carolina at 20 weeks after fertilization. Continue reading...

In the news

Subscriber only Jimmy Carter, 91, the former president, is stepping down from his "front-line role" as a member of The Elders, the global human-rights group founded by Nelson Mandela of South Africa, the organization said. Continue reading...

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