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A long-haul truck driver ar­rested for driv­ing a trac­tor-trailer so hot and so crammed with im­mi­grants that 10 peo­ple died had his li­cense to drive com­mer­cial trucks re­scinded three months ear­lier. Florida dis­qual­i­fied James Matthew Bradley Jr.’s com­mer­cial driv­ing priv­i­leges April 12 af­ter he failed to pro­vide the state with a med­i­cal card.

In 1997, Bradley pleaded guilty in a felony do­mes­tic vi­o­lence case in Colorado and was sen­tenced to two years of pro­ba­tion, said Rich Or­man, chief deputy dis­trict at­tor­ney for the 18th Ju­di­cial Dis­trict. His wife said he “took a hand­gun, pulled the ham­mer back thus ‘cock­ing’ it, pointed it at her and told her he was go­ing to kill her,” the af­fi­davit says.

In 1998 he was ar­rested in Ohio and ex­tra­dited to Colorado for vi­o­lat­ing pro­ba­tion. Bradley was ar­rested and re­turned to Colorado in 2003. He was sen­tenced to three years in a half­way house, but he left the fa­cil­ity and never re­turned. In 2005 he was sen­tenced to one year in a Colorado prison, Or­man said.

Thou­sands join Mus­lim prayer protests over shrine.

Thou­sands of Pales­tinian Mus­lims prayed in the streets near Jerusalem’s most con­tested holy site Tues­day, heed­ing a call by clergy to not en­ter the shrine de­spite Is­rael’s seem­ing ca­pit­u­la­tion when it re­moved metal de­tec­tors it in­stalled there a week ear­lier. Mus­lim lead­ers said they would call off the protests only af­ter they made sure Is­rael had re­stored the sit­u­a­tion to what it was be­fore the lat­est cri­sis.

Coast Guard says pad­dlers can use Po­tomac near Trump golf course.

WASH­ING­TON» Kayak­ers, pad­dle­board­ers and other ac­tive groups can use the Po­tomac River near a Vir­ginia golf course owned by Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, the com­man­dant of the Coast Guard said Tues­day. The Coast Guard has been clos­ing a 2-mile sec­tion of the river when Trump is at his golf course, prompt­ing protests from boaters and other out­doors en­thu­si­asts. As long as river en­thu­si­asts stay on the Mary­land side of the river, they can con­tinue to use ca­noes, kayaks and other wa­ter­craft, Adm. Paul Zukunft said Tues­day.

Chain­saw at­tack sus­pect ar­rested.

The sus­pect in a chain­saw at­tack on a health in­surer’s of­fice in Switzer­land that left five peo­ple wounded was caught on Tues­day af­ter more than a day on the run, po­lice said.

Franz Wrousis was ar­rested in Thal­wil, about 28 miles from the scene of Mon­day morn­ing’s at­tack in Schaffhausen, po­lice said.

EPA chief taps tax­payer dol­lars for week­end flights home.


Records show the head of the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency spent week­ends in his home state dur­ing his first three months in of­fice, fre­quently fly­ing to and from Oklahoma at tax­payer ex­pense.

EPA Ad­min­is­tra­tor Scott Pruitt’s ex­pense re­ports from March, April and May were re­leased af­ter a Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion re­quest by the En­vi­ron­men­tal In­tegrity Project, a non­profit watch­dog.

Records show Pruitt trav­eled home at least 10 times, typ­i­cally leav­ing Wash­ing­ton on Fri­days and re­turn­ing on Mon­days. Pruitt was ei­ther in Oklahoma or on trips that in­cluded stops there for nearly half the days en­com­passed in the three­month pe­riod, cost­ing more than $15,000.

Pruitt flew to Colorado Springs in May to give a speech to the Her­itage Foun­da­tion be­fore buy­ing his own ticket to Tulsa for the week­end and re­turn­ing to Wash­ing­ton. On that trip, EPA paid $2,690 in com­mer­cial air­fare. The Her­itage Foun­da­tion, a free-mar­ket think tank that re­ceives fund­ing from groups tied to the fos­sil-fuel in­dus­try, paid for Pruitt’s ho­tel room in Colorado Springs.

Trump cranks up heat on Ses­sions.

WASH­ING­TON» Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump cranked up the heat Tues­day on At­tor­ney Gen­eral Jeff Ses­sions, scorn­ing him as “very weak” and re­fus­ing to say whether he’ll fire the na­tion’s top law en­force­ment of­fi­cer and his one­time po­lit­i­cal ally. It was an ex­tra­or­di­nary public re­buke, and even fel­low Repub­li­cans pushed back force­fully.

All through a day of any­thing-but­sub­tle tweets and state­ments, Trump rued his de­ci­sion to choose Ses­sions for his Cabi­net and left the for­mer se­na­tor’s fu­ture prospects dan­gling.

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