Trump clears way for local police to obtain military gear

WASHINGTON (AP) — Local police departments will soon have access to grenade launchers, high-caliber weapons and other surplus U.S. military gear after President Donald Trump signed an order Monday reviving a Pentagon program that civil rights groups say inflames tensions between officers and their communities.

  • Written by By SADIE GURMAN , Associated Press

Lawyer says Trump Tower in Russia considered during campaign

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump's personal lawyer confirmed Monday that the president's company pursued a project in Moscow during the Republican primary, but said that the plan was abandoned "for a variety of business reasons." The attorney, Michael Cohen, also said he sent an email to the spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin as part of the potential deal.

  • Written by By ERIC TUCKER and CHAD DAY , Associated Press

Inside Houston shelter, a loud and sometimes chaotic night

HOUSTON (AP) — With more guests than cots, some people slept on chairs or the floor. People hung towels and wet clothes on the base of the ceiling supports. Police officers guarded several entrances. Outside, dozens of people still awake stood with their pets and traded cigarettes.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Amid Harvey floods, Houston chief worries 'how many bodies?'

HOUSTON (AP) — Crews overwhelmed by thousands of rescue calls during one of the heaviest downpours in U.S. history have had little time to search for other potential victims, but officials acknowledge the grim reality that fatalities linked to Harvey could soar once the devastating floodwaters recede from one of America's most sprawling metropolitan centers.

  • Written by By MICHAEL GRACZYK and DAVID PHILLIP , Associated Press

In a 1st, NKorea fires missile over Japan in aggressive test

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — In a first, North Korea on Tuesday fired a midrange ballistic missile designed to carry a nuclear payload that flew over Japan and splashed into the northern Pacific Ocean, officials said. The aggressive missile launch — likely the longest ever from North Korea — over the territory of a close U.S. ally sends a clear message of defiance as Washington and Seoul conduct war games nearby.

  • Written by By FOSTER KLUG and KIM TONG-HYUNG , Associated Press