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Exclusive: In Florida Zika probe, federal scientists kept at arm's length

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CHICAGO The state of Florida, the first to report the arrival of Zika in the continental United States, has yet to invite a dedicated team of the federal government's disease hunters to assist with the investigation on the ground, health officials told Reuters.

Two Chicago officers relieved of police authority after shooting

Two Chicago officers were stripped of their police authority on Friday after a preliminary investigation found they may have violated department policies during a shooting the day before, the department said.

4:10am EDT

Federal judge strikes down parts of Wisconsin voter laws

A federal judge on Friday struck down a string of Wisconsin voting restrictions passed by the Republican-led legislature and ordered the state to revamp its voter identification rules, finding that they disenfranchised minority voters.

Election 2016, Politics Jul 29 2016

U.S. court strikes down North Carolina voter ID law

WASHINGTON A U.S. appeals court on Friday struck down a North Carolina law that required voters to show photo identification when casting ballots, ruling that it intentionally discriminated against African-American residents.

Jul 29 2016

Accused gunman charged in fatal San Diego police shooting

SAN DIEGO A man suspected of opening fire on two San Diego police officers, killing one and severely wounding the other, has been arrested and charged with murder after a gunfight that left the accused gunman hospitalized, police said on Friday. | Video

Jul 29 2016

Crews battle to quell California wildfire near Big Sur coast

CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA, Calif. Firefighters battled for an eighth day on Friday to quell a deadly blaze near California's renowned Big Sur coast that has destroyed dozens of homes, threatened hundreds more and forced several state parks to close at the height of summer tourist season.

Environment 6:09am EDT

Powerball jackpot grows to $478 million, fifth largest ever

The multi-state Powerball jackpot grew to $478 million, the fifth largest in the game's history and the eighth-biggest lottery prize ever in the United States, before an 11 p.m. EDT drawing on Saturday, officials said.

2:35am EDT

New Connecticut school on massacre site blends safety and nature

NEWTOWN, Conn. When the children of Newtown, Connecticut, report to the new Sandy Hook Elementary School next month, they will enter a building carefully designed to protect them from the unthinkable. | Video

U.S. Navy to name ship after gay activist Harvey Milk

The U.S. Navy will name one of its new class of oil tankers after Harvey Milk, an activist who became one of the first openly gay people to be elected to public office in the United States before his assassination in 1978, officials said on Friday.

Jul 29 2016

Minnesota judge denies claims of 29 would-be heirs to Prince estate

A Minnesota judge has excluded nearly 30 would-be heirs from the estate of the late pop star Prince, bolstering the inheritance claims of the performer's sister and surviving half-siblings, probate court records released on Friday showed. | Video

Entertainment, People, Music, Jul 29 2016

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