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The Postal Ser­vice en­gaged in wide­spread vi­o­la­tions of fed­eral law by pres­sur­ing man­agers to ap­prove let­ter car­ri­ers tak­ing time off last fall to cam­paign for Hil­lary Clin­ton and other union­backed Democrats, in­ves­ti­ga­tors said Wednes­day.

High-level postal of­fi­cials had for years granted em­ploy­ees re­quests for un­paid leave, lead­ing last year to an “in­sti­tu­tional bias” in fa­vor of Clin­ton and other Democrats en­dorsed by the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Let­ter Car­ri­ers, one of the largest postal unions. The Postal Ser­vice’s Of­fice of Spe­cial Coun­sel and in­spec­tor gen­eral found that the agency vi­o­lated the Hatch Act, which re­stricts fed­eral em­ploy­ees from work­ing for or against a po­lit­i­cal can­di­date or party dur­ing elec­tion sea­son.

Trump picks Raytheon lob­by­ist as Army sec­re­tary.

WASH­ING­TON» Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump is nom­i­nat­ing Raytheon lob­by­ist Mark Esper to be the next sec­re­tary of the Army. Esper has been the top lob­by­ist for ma­jor de­fense con­trac­tor Raytheon since 2010. He also has ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing in the House and Se­nate, at the Pen­tagon and at the Her­itage Foun­da­tion, a con­ser­va­tive think tank.

On voter data, Trump ques­tions mo­tives of states.

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump on Wednes­day urged mem­bers of his new voter fraud com­mis­sion to ap­proach their task with “a very open mind,” de­spite hav­ing spent months mak­ing un­founded claims, with­out ev­i­dence, that mil­lions of fraud­u­lent bal­lots had been cast against him. Trump also ques­tioned the mo­tives of states that have re­fused to com­ply with the com­mis­sion’s re­quest for ex­ten­sive per­sonal voter in­for­ma­tion, sug­gest­ing they had some­thing to hide.

Saudis re­lease woman in miniskirt video.

Saudi Ara­bia an­nounced Wednes­day that a woman who was de­tained af­ter wear­ing a miniskirt in a video that went vi­ral has been re­leased with­out charge. The de­ci­sion not to press charges was a rare win for sup­port­ers of women’s rights in Saudi Ara­bia, who crit­i­cized the pub­lic out­cry against her.

Min­nesota teen ID’d as Gacy vic­tim.

Af­ter run­ning away from his Min­nesota home in 1976, 16-year-old Jimmy Haak­en­son called his mother, told her he was in Chicago, then dis­ap­peared for­ever. More than 40 years later, a de­tec­tive from Illi­nois ar­rived at the fam­ily’s home to tell Haak­en­son’s rel­a­tives that at some point af­ter hang­ing up the phone, the teenager crossed paths with se­rial killer John Wayne Gacy. Haak­en­son’s body, it turns out, was among dozens found in a crawl space of Gacy’s Chicago-area home in 1978. But the re­mains were only re­cently iden­ti­fied thanks to DNA tech­nol­ogy that wasn’t avail­able then, the Cook County Sher­iff’s De­part­ment an­nounced Wednes­day.

Le­gal pot sales be­gin in Uruguay.


URUGUAY» Mar­i­juana afi­ciona­dos lined up at phar­ma­cies across Uruguay on Wednes­day to be among the first in the South Amer­i­can na­tion to le­gally buy pot as a law reg­u­lat­ing its sale took full ef­fect.

Au­thor­i­ties say nearly 5,000 peo­ple have reg­is­tered as con­sumers, al­low­ing them to buy up to 40 grams per month us­ing fin­ger­print recog­ni­tion.

The price is set at the equiv­a­lent of $1.30 per gram, with 90 cents of that go­ing to the two busi­nesses cho­sen to cul­ti­vate mar­i­juana. The rest is split be­tween the phar­ma­cies and the gov­ern­ment.

Re­mains of 10th flash­flood vic­tim may have been found.

Re­mains found Wednes­day in a water- and de­br­is­filled canyon in cen­tral Ari­zona are be­lieved to be those of a miss­ing 27-yearold man who’s the 10th and fi­nal vic­tim of last week­end’s flash flood, au­thor­i­ties said. Gila County of­fi­cials said iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of the body will be sub­ject to DNA anal­y­sis by the Ari­zona De­part­ment of Pub­lic Safety. But they be­lieve the body is that of Hec­tor Miguel Gar­nica and have no­ti­fied his rel­a­tives.

Of­fi­cer has yet to talk to in­ves­ti­ga­tors.


Four days af­ter a Min­neapo­lis po­lice of­fi­cer fa­tally shot a woman who had called 911 to re­port a pos­si­ble rape, the of­fi­cer has yet to talk with in­ves­ti­ga­tors, and his at­tor­ney has given no in­di­ca­tion he ever will. Some le­gal ex­perts say the move is wise and well within the of­fi­cer’s rights. But with­out Of­fi­cer Mo­hamed Noor’s ver­sion of events, there’s vir­tu­ally no ex­pla­na­tion for what hap­pened Satur­day when he fired a shot from the pas­sen­ger seat of a squad car, past his part­ner in the driver’s seat and killed Jus­tine Da­mond, 40, who was stand­ing out­side the ve­hi­cle.

Trump Jr., Manafort called be­fore Se­nate com­mit­tees.

Mem­bers of the Trump cam­paign’s in­ner cir­cle, in­clud­ing his el­dest son and son-in-law, are be­ing called be­fore Se­nate com­mit­tees next week to talk about the 2016 elec­tion. Don­ald Trump Jr. is sched­uled to ap­pear July 26 be­fore the Se­nate Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee along with former cam­paign chair­man Paul Manafort. Also, a lawyer for Trump’s son-in-law and ad­viser said Jared Kush­ner will speak to the Se­nate In­tel­li­gence Com­mit­tee on Mon­day.

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