• June 30, 2016

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Police: Cowboy who rode across bridge abused his 2 horses

NEW YORK (AP) — An 80-year-old man who has been riding around the country on horseback, saying he was trying to call attention to starving children, was arrested Thursday on animal cruelty charges after investigators concluded his horses were malnourished.

Man at center of 'Serial' podcast granted a new trial

BALTIMORE (AP) — After spending 16 years in prison for the killing of his former high school girlfriend, a man at the center of popular podcast "Serial" has a chance at freedom.

A look at wildfires burning across the US West

A look at wildfires burning in the West and the aftermath of earlier blazes:

Wildlife officials hunt for bear that killed mountain-biker

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife officials set traps, installed wilderness cameras and scouted the woods by helicopter Thursday for the bear that attacked and killed a U.S. Forest Service employee as he rode a mountain bike along a trail outside Glacier National Park.

California attorney general subpoenas refiners on gas prices

The California attorney general has issued subpoenas to several oil refiners to learn how they set gasoline prices, which are consistently higher in California than in most other states.

Lawmakers consider boosting funds to defend LGBT rights law

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina lawmakers took steps Thursday to set aside a half-million dollars for the legal defense of a law limiting protections for LGBT people as a judge sought to streamline a cluster of lawsuits it has inspired.

California governor denies parole for ex-Mexican Mafia chief

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown again blocked parole Thursday for a former leader of the Mexican Mafia prison gang who now helps law enforcement, discounting claims that the double murderer intended to enter the federal witness protection program.

Border agency clears employees in 4 shooting incidents

SAN DIEGO (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection found that employees acted properly when they fired guns in four incidents dating back to 2012 — including two that left two people dead.

Trump talks trade at shuttered NH factory

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Republican Donald Trump talked trade at a shuttered New Hampshire factory on Thursday, putting a more personal spin on his vow to rip up the nation's trade deals and impose new tariffs in an effort to revive local manufacturing jobs.

Bystander tries to save woman from husband who killed 3 kids

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A good Samaritan could not save a Las Vegas woman screaming for help as her gun-wielding estranged husband chased her from their home to two drug store parking lots in a chaotic murder-suicide that left a family of five dead, authorities said Thursday.

Nuts to that; Hershey rejects kiss from chocolate competitor

NEW YORK (AP) — Hershey on Thursday rejected a takeover offer from Oreo maker Mondelez that would bring some of the world's best known cookies and chocolates under one company.

Union has deal with 4th Atlantic City casino; Taj talks on

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Atlantic City's main casino workers union reached agreement Thursday with four of the five casinos it had been targeting for a strike this weekend.

Journey to Jupiter: NASA spacecraft nears planet rendezvous

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jupiter takes center stage with the arrival next week of a NASA spacecraft built to peek through its thick, swirling clouds and map the planet from the inside out.

Robber steals presidential coin from oldest US park ranger

RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) — A robber attacked the nation's oldest full-time park ranger in her San Francisco Bay Area home this week and made off with a coin she received from President Barack Obama, authorities said Thursday.

Planned Parenthood seeks repeal of abortion laws in 8 states

NEW YORK (AP) — Planned Parenthood says it will work with its abortion-rights allies in eight states to repeal laws that may be vulnerable following the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down tough abortion restrictions in Texas.

'Active shooter' report at military base was false alarm

JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. (AP) — The military base outside Washington where the presidential plane Air Force One is stationed was temporarily locked down Thursday after an "active shooter" report that turned out to be a false alarm.

4 charged in probe of gambling ring that had $1B in wagers

NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities in New York City have cracked down on an internet gambling ring they say took in nearly a billion dollars in illegal wagers on pro football.

Police: Man plotted armed mannequin, bomb attack on officers

HARTVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A man who allegedly plotted to attack an Ohio police station using armed mannequins and explosives has been arrested.

Trucker accused of keeping sex slaves in semi pleads guilty

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah trucker accused of keeping women as sex slaves in his semi-trailer as he drove across the country struck a plea deal with federal prosecutors Thursday, days before his trial was set to begin.

Nuts to that; Hershey rejects kiss from chocolate competitor

NEW YORK (AP) — Hershey says its board has unanimously rejected a takeover offer from Oreo maker Mondelez and that the offer provided "no basis for further discussion."

Amid crisis, support grows for Puerto Rico statehood

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Porfirio Guerrero has grown increasingly frustrated as a decade-long recession has sapped business from his tailor shop in the Puerto Rican capital. He now feels the only way for the island to recover is to become a full-fledged part of the United States, a sentiment that is gaining force in the territory.

Judge blocks Indiana genetic abnormality abortion law

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge blocked an Indiana law Thursday that would have banned abortions sought because of a fetus' genetic abnormalities, saying that the state does not have the authority to limit a woman's reasons for ending a pregnancy.

Government urges owners of old Hondas to get air bags fixed

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government is urging owners of 313,000 older Hondas and Acuras to stop driving them and get them repaired after new tests found that their Takata air bag inflators are extremely dangerous.

Lions Gate to buy cable channel Starz in $4.4 billion deal

NEW YORK (AP) — Film and TV studio Lions Gate is buying cable channel operator Starz in a deal worth $4.4 billion.