California

Right-to-die measure is sent to governor

The California Senate sent Gov. Jerry Brown a bill that would allow physicians to prescribe life-ending drugs to Californians diagnosed as having less than six months to live. A day after the bill cleared the Assembly, the Senate approved the measure. The question now is what action Brown, a former Catholic seminarian, will take on the bill.

Washington, D.C.

Man shot after Union Station stabbing

A man stabbed a woman and later died after he was shot by a security guard at Washington's Union Station. Police said a private security guard working for the Securities and Exchange Commission saw the man stabbing the woman and chased him. Authorities said the man lunged at the security guard with a knife. The guard fired one shot.

Clinton had authority to delete e-mails

The Justice Department said in a court filing this week that Hillary Rodham Clinton had the authority to delete e-mails she did not believe were government records from the personal account she used while secretary of state. The statement was made in connection with a lawsuit brought by the conservative group Judicial Watch. Under federal record-keeping guidelines, government employees are "required to review each message, identify its value, and either delete it or move it to a record-keeping system," the Justice Department said.

Arizona

Man detained in freeway shootings

Police detained a man and seized his car, raising hopes of an end to the freeway shootings rattling Phoenix. A man and woman were taken into custody, but Arizona public safety spokesman Bart Graves said only the man is currently of interest. The vehicle was being examined for any evidence that might connect it to 11 confirmed shootings on the city's freeways in the past two weeks.

Maryland

Baltimore mayor won't run again

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said that she will not seek re-election in 2016, saying she wants to focus instead on governing the city after the unrest that followed the death of Freddie Gray. The move came just days after officials said the city would pay Gray's family $6.4 million to settle civil claims over his death in police custody.

Pennsylvania

Charges against professor dropped

The Justice Department dropped all charges against Xi Xiaoxing, a U.S. citizen and the chairman of Temple University's physics department. He was arrested this spring and accused of sharing sensitive U.S.-made technology with China. Prosecutors had said that he shared schematics of a device known as a pocket heater that is used in semiconductor research. Months later, independent experts discovered that the blueprints were not for a pocket heater.

Russia

Official asks world to help arm Syria's army

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called on world powers to help arm the Syrian army, describing it as the most efficient force against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. The U.S. and NATO have raised concerns over Russia's military buildup in Syria because they see President Bashar Assad as the cause of the country's civil war, which has claimed more than 250,000 lives over four years.

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