Shooting at homeless encampment kills 2

Five people were shot — with two killed — at a homeless encampment known as "the jungle" Tuesday night, the Seattle Times reported. Authorities said they were searching for an active shooter in the area, according to KING-TV, Channel 5.

Washington, D.C.

25 states challenge Obama initiative

A coalition of 25 states opposing President Obama's plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions asked the Supreme Court to block the new rules. The states, led by Texas and West Virginia, want to bar the Environmental Protection Agency from enforcing the Clean Power Plan, which reduces carbon dioxide emissions at existing power plants by one-third by 2030.

North Carolina

Court to consider county meeting prayers

A federal appeals court will consider whether Rowan County commissioners violated the Constitution by delivering Christian prayers at their meetings. The case marks the first time a federal appeals court has considered the issue since a 2014 U.S. Supreme Court ruling upheld a New York town's use of Christian invocations at its meetings.


Doomsday is still just minutes away

Tension between Russia and the U.S., North Korea's nuclear test and a lack of steps to address climate change are putting the world under grave threat, said scientists behind a "Doomsday Clock" that measures the likelihood of a global cataclysm. The metaphorical clock remained at three minutes to midnight.


Abortion foes disclose tissue transfers

A Planned Parenthood clinic in 2010 provided heart and brain tissues from aborted fetuses to University of Wisconsin, Madison researchers. Abortion opponents released documents on the research as they tried to salvage a bill that would prohibit such transfers. Officials said that there was no payment for the tissues and the mothers agreed to the tissue use.


Former Chicago official guilty in graft case

A federal jury convicted John Bills on charges that the former Chicago city official took up to $2 million in bribes and gifts in return for steering tens of millions of dollars in red-light camera contracts to an Arizona company. He was found guilty of 20 counts of fraud, bribery, extortion and conspiracy.


Soccer dictates E.U. referendum schedule

June 23 looks like the preferred date for Prime Minister David Cameron's referendum on whether Britain should stay in the European Union. The date was chosen to avoid a conflict with the Euro 2016 soccer championships in France.

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