WHY IT MATTERS: Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (AP) — THE ISSUE: No one likes an even number on a court that makes decisions by majority vote. Yet that's just what the Supreme Court has been left with, eight justices, since the death of Antonin Scalia in February.

  • Written by MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press

Deaf driver's shooting death by trooper under investigation

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina Highway Patrol is urging people not to jump to conclusions as state agents investigate how a deaf driver with a history of minor offenses ended up dead after leading a trooper on a 10-mile chase.

  • Written by JEFFREY COLLINS, Associated Press MARTHA WAGGONER, Associated Press

In dry, windy West, crews target flames in several states

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — Growing wildfires stoked by windy, dry conditions have destroyed buildings and forced evacuations in California, Washington, Montana and elsewhere.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

North Korean submarine missile launch shows improved ability

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A ballistic missile fired from a North Korean submarine on Wednesday flew about 500 kilometers (310 miles), the longest distance achieved by the North for such a weapon, Seoul officials said, putting all of South Korea, and possibly parts of Japan, within its striking distance.

  • Written by HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press