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A police officer patrols the plaza in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington(Reuters) - Oklahoma is looking to resume executions as soon as August after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled this week that a drug used in the state’s lethal injection mix was appropriate and legal, officials said on Tuesday.


Police officers point their weapons at demonstrators protesting against the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MissouriPolice responding to race-related protests and riots in Ferguson, Missouri, last summer made a series of missteps, including antagonizing crowds with attack dogs and military-style tactics, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Justice. The report, a copy of which was obtained by Reuters, is a draft summary of a document the DOJ plans to release in the coming weeks evaluating law enforcement actions. A Justice Department spokesperson said the "after-action assessment ... will convey the findings and lessons learned." The report focuses on the tactics of police from Ferguson, St. Louis, St. Louis County, and the Missouri Highway Patrol.


The White House is seen in WashingtonThe White House fence will start to get a spiked top on Wednesday in a short-term bid to thwart intrusions at the U.S. executive mansion, authorities said. The "removable anti-climb feature" with sharp metal points will be bolted on top of the black iron fence by the U.S. Secret Service and National Park Service, the agencies said in a statement on Tuesday. The feature was designed by the Secret Service and built by the Rock Island Arsenal Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center.


SEATTLE (AP) — A decision this week to cut tuition for Washington state's public universities by 15 to 20 percent over the next two years is a rare move that national experts believe could influence other states as they come out from under the recession.

Police locate car belonging to woman who was brutally murdered in East Mt. AiryHomicide detectives are working leads after officers discovered a car belonging to a woman who was found brutally murdered inside her East Mt. Airy home.


DALLAS (AP) — Wanda Mobley swerved to avoid something in the remote highway, and seconds later was trapped inside her wrecked car in a ravine in North Texas. The 75-year-old widow couldn't walk, yet pulled herself through the broken windshield and survived the next two days by soaking her T-shirt in a nearby pond to get water.

A Confederate flag is held up by a man at a rally outside the State House to get the Confederate flag removed from the grounds in ColumbiaThe Civil War-era flag and related monuments have become flashpoints after a shooting killed nine people at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina. The suspected shooter, Dylann Roof, a 21-year-old white man, had posed with a Confederate flag in photos posted on a website that displayed a racist manifesto attributed to him. The June 17 shootings triggered calls for South Carolina to remove the Confederate flag on State House grounds in Columbia.


FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2014 file photo, a member of the St. Louis County Police Department points his weapon in the direction of a group of protesters in Ferguson, Mo. Police antagonized crowds gathered to protest the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, violated free-speech rights and made it difficult to hold officers accountable, according to a U.S. Department of Justice report summary published Tuesday, June 30, 2015 by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)ST. LOUIS (AP) — Police antagonized crowds who gathered to protest in Ferguson after Michael Brown's death last summer, violated free-speech rights and made it difficult to hold officers accountable, according to a Justice Department report that found across-the-board flaws in law enforcement's response.


BALTIMORE (AP) — Authorities say a mother placed her living toddler in a swing at a Maryland park one morning and he remained there until he was found dead of cold and thirst two days later when someone spotted the mother pushing her lifeless child in the swing.

Christie promises blunt campaign as he enters 2016 contestA tough-talking New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie launched his 2016 campaign for president Tuesday with a promise to tell voters the truth even if it makes them cringe.


VIEWER PHOTOS: Storm brings dark clouds, hail, rain to areaAction News viewers joined the action, sharing photos as a severe storm approached the area.


Handout photo shows a note with a caption "Have a nice day" left on an opening in the pipe, where two inmates are suspected to have cut open as part of their escape from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New YorkEscapee David Sweat made a practice run before he and Richard Matt broke out of an upstate New York prison where on Tuesday the superintendent and 11 other workers were put on leave. Sweat, 35, who was shot and captured on Sunday after a three-week manhunt, told investigators he completed a test run before they made their elaborate escape from Clinton Correctional Facility on June 6, Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Wylie said. Matt, 49, was shot and killed on Friday.


PLAINVILLE, Mass. (AP) — There was internal damage to the engine of a small plane that crashed into a home and burned over the weekend, killing three people onboard, a federal safety investigator said.
HOUSTON (AP) — A white Houston-area man has pleaded guilty to a federal hate crime for the surprise punching of an elderly black man.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A 4-year-old girl who was shot in the leg when a police officer fired at a dog is recovering after surgery as her family questions how the officer responded.

AccuWeather: Severe Thunderstorm Warnings, Watches en effectMeteorologist Cecily Tynan says localized storms have already produced damaging winds, flooding rains and hail.


Vern Smith, right, embraces his son Spencer, 13, as daughter Mary, 17, stands with them and his wife, Julie, joins them in front of the remains of their fire-destroyed home Monday, June 29, 2015, in Wenatchee, Wash. The wildfire fueled by high temperatures and strong winds roared into town Sunday afternoon. The blaze ignited in brush just outside Wenatchee, quickly burning out of control. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) — Surveying the smoldering ruins of his upscale home in this central Washington city, Vern Smith pointed to what had been his garage.


A woman walks in front of a closed down bank in the neighborhood of Rio Piedras in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Monday, June 29, 2015. The bills on the closed bank doors read in Spanish "No to the value added tax. Let the rich pay for the crisis." International economists released a critical report on Puerto Rico's economy Monday on the heels of the governor's warning that the island can't pay its $72 billion public debt. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's financial future hung in limbo Tuesday as economists and officials warned that the U.S. territory could head down Greece's path if it is not allowed to declare bankruptcy as it struggles with $72 billion in public debt.


An Oregon woman who was kidnapped, bound and held captive in her car was rescued by police after she seized the moment to call 911 when her captor left the vehicle to change a flat tire, authorities said on Tuesday. Police arrested William Cooter, 42 of Greeneville, Tennessee, on Sunday after the woman called the emergency number. The woman had stopped in Arlington, in northern Oregon, to rest in her car when Cooter broke into her vehicle early on Sunday, hit her, bound her hands and mouth with electrical tape and took off on a remote road along the Columbia River, Gilliam County District Attorney Marion Weatherford said.

A National Security Agency (NSA) data gathering facility is seen in Bluffdale, south of Salt Lake CityA U.S. court has ruled that the eavesdropping National Security Agency can temporarily resume its bulk collection of Americans' telephone records, according to documents made public on Tuesday. The controversial program, exposed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, was rocked in May by an appeals court decision ruling that the USA Patriot Act had never authorized the NSA to collect Americans' phone records in bulk. A new law, called the Freedom Act, which substantially reformed and narrowed the bulk phone data program, was signed by U.S. President Barack Obama a day after the existing program lapsed on June 1.


Oregon SunGrown Growers' Guild President Cedar Grey and his wife, Madrone, examine one of their medical marijuana plants June 25, 2015 at their garden in Williams, Ore. The Williams Valley grows some of the best marijuana on the planet, and since voters approved Measure 91 making recreational marijuana legal, growers have been getting ready for a new era when it will be legal to grow for retail sale. Starting July 1, adults in Oregon can possess and grow their own marijuana, but retail sales will not be allowed for months or more than a year, depending on what happens in the Legislature. (AP Photo/Jeff Barnard)WILLIAMS, Ore. (AP) — On the third Thursday of each month, veteran medical marijuana growers and hopeful newbies gather in the old Williams Grange hall in a small rural Oregon valley long known for growing some of the best cannabis on the planet.


BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's executive order that aims to give special protections to people who oppose same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and should be thrown out, gay rights advocates argue in a lawsuit filed Tuesday.

Sen. Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, is thanked by Leah Russin, holding her son Leo, 21 months, after Pank's measure requiring nearly all California school children to be vaccinated in response to a measles outbreak in Disneyland last year, was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in Sacramento,Calif. The bill, SB277, gives California one of the toughest vaccination laws in the country. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown wasted no time Tuesday in signing a contentious California bill to impose one of the strictest school vaccination laws in the country following an outbreak of measles at Disneyland late last year.


The Ten Commandments monument is pictured at the state Capitol in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, June 30, 2015. Oklahoma’s Supreme Court says the monument must be removed because it indirectly benefits the Jewish and Christian faiths in violation of the state constitution. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Ten Commandments monument on the Oklahoma Capitol grounds is a religious symbol and must be removed because it violates the state's constitutional ban on using public property to benefit a religion, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.


FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2015 file photo, a male red wolf enjoys a feeding in it's habitat at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, N.C. Federal officials said Tuesday, June 30 that they won't release any more endangered red wolves in eastern North Carolina while they study the viability of the only wild population of the species. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Federal officials said Tuesday that they won't release any more endangered red wolves in eastern North Carolina while they study the feasibility of maintaining the only wild population of the species.


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge is blocking a new state law that requires women to wait 24 hours before getting an abortion.

FILE - This combination of file photos released by the New York State Police shows David Sweat, left, and Richard Matt. Matt, who staged a brazen escape from an upstate maximum-security prison with Sweat and had been hunted for three weeks was shot and killed Friday, June 26, 2015. Sweat was shot and captured on Sunday, June 28. (New York State Police via AP, File)ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The superintendent at the prison where two killers broke out has been placed on leave along with his security chief and 10 other staff members amid an internal investigation into how the inmates pulled off the daring escape, a state official said Tuesday.


BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) — A former leader of Mexico's notorious Gulf drug cartel has been sentenced to 30 years in a U.S. prison and fined $100 million.
Winners of Carnegie Medals formally announced Tuesday:
WASHINGTON (AP) — The makers of the potent painkiller OxyContin have pulled out of a federal meeting to review the company's harder-to-abuse version of the much-debated drug.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Schuyler Bailar was a star recruit for the women's swimming team at Harvard University, a tough competitor with a shot at winning titles. But Bailar is opting to forgo such honors to join the men's team instead, competing as one of the first openly transgender swimmers in the NCAA.

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Christie stands with wife Mary Pat as he announces campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination during a kickoff rally in Livingston, New JerseyBy Luciana Lopez LIVINGSTON, N.J. (Reuters) - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie launched an uphill run for the Republican presidential nomination on Tuesday with his trademark brashness, offering up his blunt talk and willingness to tackle tough issues as the cure for Washington dysfunction. Christie, once seen as a leading 2016 White House contender but now viewed as a long shot, said his dose of New Jersey straight talk could help span the partisan divide to solve difficult political problems. "I mean what I say and I say what I mean, and that's what America needs right now," Christie told friends, family and supporters at the campaign launch at his old high school in suburban Livingston, New Jersey.


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