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Black gun owners worried by acquittal in Castile shooting

About 200 people turned out for that demonstration in Minneapolis - the state's largest city that borders St. Paul - according to the Star Tribune newspaper. Yanez, 29, was charged with second-degree manslaughter - the first time a police officer had been charged with the death of a citizen in Minnesota. Read More »

Southwest preps for heat wave


In Las Vegas, temperatures are forecast to be 110 degrees or hotter this weekend through next week. Nights won't provide much relief: the low temperature will drop to only the low 90s. Those most at risk include people working or exercising outdoors during the daytime, the elderly and those without access to adequate air conditioning, the weather service warned. Read More »

Rep. Scalise upgraded to 'serious' condition


He received multiple units of blood, said Sava, who declined to describe the exact nature of Scalise's internal injuries. President Donald Trump said Friday that Steve Scalise "took a bullet for all of us". Even though Scalise is quite alive, now under treatment for injuries sustained at the shooting, Pelosi seems to begin to say "death", while talking to reporters at Capitol Hill on Thursday. Read More »

Senate GOP's Obamacare replacement bill is 'very liberal'

Probation and parole officers showed up in force, lining the back of the House chamber to urge representatives against stripping their pay raise from the bill. The healthcare bill passed by the House could result in 23 million people losing insurance, the Congressional Budget Office estimated, though Republicans have challenged that conclusion. Read More »

Another Noose Found Hanging Outside DC Museum


The placement of these nooses is being considered a hate crime as it appears to be part of a string of such incidents in the US that target African Americans in recent months. The first incident happened May 26 near the Hirshhorn. The FBI is assisting with the investigation into this incident. Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser has condemned the incidents in his city. Read More »

Wife of James Hodgkinson: 'I was shocked.'


The gunman who opened fire on a congressional Republican baseball practice in Virginia on Wednesday had a list of names that included several GOP lawmakers, according to multiple reports . Investigators say they still do not know if the shooter James T. Hodgkinson had an attack plan. The FBI has already recovered two weapons: a 9 mm handgun and a 7.62 caliber rifle. Read More »

Gov. Sandoval joins critics of House GOP health care bill

Conservative Sen. (R-Texas), in contrast, has held his fire so far, taking a more conciliatory approach toward GOP leaders than he has in the past. The new health care bill is so secretive even Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price is not privy to it - or so he claimed during a hearing when Sen. Read More »

Scalise saluted at annual Congressional baseball game


Scalise, 51, was critically wounded during a congressional baseball game practice Wednesday after an assault rifle bullet ripped through his body, shattering bones and damaging internal organs along the way. The shooter, Hodgkinson, had lashed out against President Donald Trump and Republicans over social media. Colleagues who visited Scalise sounded generally upbeat, but spoke more in terms of hopes than the confident predictions of the immediate aftermath a day earlier. Read More »

Greatest Wildfire in Portugal kills 62


Latest from the SFGATE homepage: Click below for the top news from around the Bay Area and beyond. Police said a lightning strike on a tree probably caused the blaze on Saturday in a region hit by an intense heat wave and dry, gusty winds, which has fanned the flames. Read More »

Gunman was a Trump critic 'tired of the politics'


Hodgkinson said. Republican members of the US Congress and their staffers were holding a practice for the annual congressional charity game, a tradition in the US capital since 1909. The visibly shaken woman told reporters she hadn't seen her husband since he left. James Hodgkinson was expected home soon because he had run out of money. Read More »

Trump lawyer says President isn't under investigation, despite tweets

Sekulow on CBS News' " Face the Nation " said he knows Trump has not been targeted in a probe "because we've received no notice of investigation". The Post reported last week that Mueller, who was appointed to oversee the investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 election, is interviewing senior intelligence officials as part of a widening probe that now includes an examination of whether Trump attempted to obstruct justice. Read More »

Trump lawyer - President not under investigation in Russia probe

President Trump's legal team and allies will mount a defense of the president during the Sunday shows this week after Trump acknowledged being under investigation for firing FBI Director James Comey . "The fact that [Trump] hasn't received a letter doesn't mean he's not the subject of an investigation", he said. "A year and a half ago, a president, an American president, landed in Havana, to outstretch his hand to a regime", Rubio said Friday. Read More »

Thousands in Minnesota protest the Philando Castile shooting verdict

The officer who shot Castile dead was acquitted of manslaughter. Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds , and her 4-year-old daughter, were also in the vehicle at the time of the shooting . Castile's grieving mother, Valerie, also lambasted the police for setting his son's murderer free. "Did they just say, 'Oh, it's Friday and I want to go home?' This was not justice at all". Read More »

Trump acknowledges he is under investigation in alleged Russia meddling

Rosenstein authored a compelling memo recommending Comey's dismissal, but seemed to lose his nerve after Trump offered conflicting reasons and said he was going to fire Comey no matter what Rosenstein said. Comey testified that Trump directed him in February to drop an FBI investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn relating to the Russian Federation matter. Read More »

Trump decides to 'go on the attack' over Federal Bureau of Investigation probe

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein wrote a memo the White House used to justify the firing of the ex-FBI chief. A person familiar with Trump's tweet said the President was referencing news reports that he is under investigation and was not indicating that he's been personally informed by the special counsel that he is a target of the probe. Read More »

Baseball Gunman Was Headed Home


He told his wife that he was headed to Washington , D.C., "to work on taxes". The shaken widow of the Belleville-area man who opened fire at a congressional baseball practice Wednesday morning said she had no idea what her husband was going to do. Read More »

9 revelations from hearing on teen's death at Penn State frat

He looked like a corpse", Scicchitano said. Centre County prosecutors claim the video shows the students failed to help Piazza after a night of heavy drinking, causing his death the next day. Scicchitano said the footage shows Piazza was clearly injured after his first serious fall, at 11:22 p.m. "His eyes are closed. He is dead weight", he said, also noting he had a bruise on his abdomen. Read More »

Trump again blasts 'distraction of the witch hunt'

The president has denied that he told Comey to drop the Flynn investigation. The Trump tweets come after the top lawyer for his transition team warned organization officials to preserve all records and other materials related to the Russian Federation probe. Read More »

Rep. Scalise upgraded from "critical" to "serious condition"


House Speaker Paul Ryan has paid a visit to wounded Majority Whip Steve Scalise at the hospital. More than $1 million has been raised for Congressional Sports for Charity so far, the game's organizers announced. Scalise was shot in the hip, and the bullet damaged bone, blood vessels and internal organs. While talking to reporters about injured colleague Rep. Read More »

GOP Health Care Law Could Cost Nearly 1 Million Jobs

I urge him to carefully consider all ramifications of his vote if a health care bill comes out of conference for House action. "There needs to be a hearing to thoroughly discuss a health care plan that affects one-sixth of our economy and the health and lives of millions of Americans". Read More »

Hospital Says Scalise Still Critical But Improved

The others wounded were a police officer, a congressional aide and a lobbyist. Steve Scalise , who was shot in the left hip, had surgery Thursday related to his internal injuries and a broken bone in his leg. She did not specify which comments by Republicans she objected to. Investigators said in a statement that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has searched the van, which was parked not far from the Alexandria, Virginia, baseball field where Wednesday's shooting took place. Read More »

Halfway through June, still no GOP health bill in Senate


The Senate bill is likely to be more moderate than the House-passed healthcare bill. In 1993, President Bill Clinton empowered the first lady, Hillary Clinton, to assemble health care legislation in private, with input from a panel of more than 500 experts. Read More »