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WikiLeaks releases hacked Democratic National Committee audio files

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WASHINGTON WikiLeaks released files on Wednesday of what it said were audio recordings pulled from the emails of the Democratic National Committee that were obtained by hacking its servers.

Baltimore prosecutor drops police charges in Freddie Gray case

WASHINGTON Baltimore's top prosecutor on Wednesday dropped remaining charges against police officers tied to the death of black detainee Freddie Gray, after failing four times to secure convictions in a case that inflamed the U.S. debate on race and justice. | Video

Jul 27 2016

Florida identifies two more Zika cases not related to travel

CHICAGO The Florida health department said on Wednesday it was investigating another two cases of Zika not related to travel to a place where the virus is being transmitted, raising the possibility of local Zika transmission in the continental United States.

Health Jul 27 2016

President Reagan's would-be killer Hinckley to go free

John Hinckley Jr., who wounded U.S. President Ronald Reagan and three other people in a 1981 assassination attempt prompted by a deranged obsession with actress Jodie Foster, can be freed from a psychiatric hospital to live with his mother, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday. | Video

Jul 27 2016

Firefighters battle California wildfires, bulldozer operator dies

LOS ANGELES Crews hoping to contain a deadly wildfire burning in rugged, drought-stricken terrain north of Los Angeles made steady progress on Wednesday, after a bulldozer operator fighting a smaller blaze in central California died when the tractor overturned. | Video

Environment, Jul 27 2016

Washington's Union Station briefly evacuated over bomb threat: police

WASHINGTON Police declared an all-clear at Washington's Union Station and allowed people to re-enter the train terminal after a bomb threat on Wednesday forced a brief evacuation.

Jul 27 2016

Wall St. banker merely discussed work with inside trader dad: lawyer

NEW YORK The defense lawyer for a former Wall Street investment banker charged with giving his father inside information insisted on Wednesday that his client had no intention of conveying trading tips while discussing his work.

Jul 27 2016

California power operator urges conservation during heat wave

California's power grid operator issued an alert urging consumers to conserve electricity on Wednesday as a heat wave baked the state, especially in the north.

U.S. looking into reports of Iranian-American detained in Iran

WASHINGTON The U.S. State Department said on Wednesday it is looking into reports that Iran has detained a third U.S. citizen of Iranian descent but declined to provide details.

World, Jul 27 2016

Teens in Slenderman case should be tried as adults: Wisconsin court

A Wisconsin appeals court ruled on Wednesday that two teenage girls should be tried as adults on charges they attempted to kill a classmate by stabbing her repeatedly to please a fictional Internet character named Slenderman.

Jul 27 2016

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