WHY IT MATTERS: All will be touched by choice in November

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump offer voters distinct choices this fall on issues that shape everyday lives. Actual ideas are in play, as difficult as it can be to see them through the surreal layers of the 2016 presidential campaign.

  • Written by CALVIN WOODWARD, Associated Press

Scathing report on Baltimore cops vindicates black residents

BALTIMORE (AP) — With startling statistics, a federal investigation of the Baltimore Police Department documents in 164 single-spaced pages what black residents have been saying for years: They are routinely singled out, roughed up or otherwise mistreated by officers, often for no reason.

  • Written by JULIET LINDERMAN, Associated Press ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press

Police: Real ammo used by mistake in fatal training exercise

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. (AP) — The officer who shot and killed a 73-year-old retired librarian during a police "shoot/don't shoot" demonstration in Florida was accused of using excessive force with his police dog and resigned from another police agency in 2013 for failing to satisfactorily complete an agency field training program.

  • Written by TAMARA LUSH, Associated Press

Syria opposition: Suspected gas attack causes deaths

BEIRUT (AP) — A Syrian government airstrike on an opposition-held district in the embattled city of Aleppo killed at least two people in what was alleged to have been a chlorine gas attack, a Syrian rescue worker and opposition activists said Thursday.

  • Written by PHILIP ISSA, Associated Press

Prosecutor: Officers made up shooting story; both on leave

MARSHALL, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri prosecutor has dropped charges against a man who was accused of trying to shoot a police officer to avoid arrest, saying he thinks the two officers who were there lied about what happened and that their supervisor covered it up so that the criminal case could proceed.