Federal judge grills GOP lawyers over need for bathroom law

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — A federal judge lobbed tough questions at GOP lawyers Monday as he considered whether to block a North Carolina legal measure governing transgender bathroom access, asking pointedly how the law was making people safer.

  • Written by JONATHAN DREW, Associated Press

Godzilla comes back to Japan, in ways fresh and familiar

TOKYO (AP) — Godzilla is back in its homeland of Japan after a 12-year absence, still breathing fire and mercilessly stomping everything in its way. The Associated Press noted four ways the new film "Shin Godzilla," or "New Godzilla," breaks from its past, and other ways it is reassuringly familiar. It's now showing in theaters in Japan and is promised for the U.S. and other countries later this year.

  • Written by YURI KAGEYAMA, Associated Press

AP FACT CHECK: Trump gets much wrong on Ukraine

EDITOR'S NOTE _ A look at the veracity of claims by political figures

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump is trying to claw back a string of inaccurate comments about Ukraine, but he's yet to get it right.

  • Written by BRADLEY KLAPPER, Associated Press

Wildfires burn in 7 Western states, prompt evacuations


Wildfires were burning Monday in seven Western U.S. states, from California's famed Big Sur region to tribal towns and hamlets near Reno, Nevada. More than a dozen homes were destroyed in Montana, and evacuations were ordered in Nevada, Oregon and Wyoming. Firefighters were trying to stop a Washington blaze from reaching a thickly forested security zone at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.


Chinese human rights activist gets suspended sentence

TIANJIN, China (AP) — A Chinese court issued a suspended three-year prison sentence to a human rights activist charged with subversion of state power after a brief trial Tuesday, the first publicly acknowledged hearing in a secrecy-shrouded yearlong case involving hundreds of rights activists.

  • Written by HELENE FRANCHINEAU, Associated Press GERRY SHIH, Associated Press