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U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has surgery to repair skull

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Rep. Giffords has surgery to repair skull

Doctors in Houston used a hard plastic implant to fix a hole in Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' skull on Wednesday, the latest milestone in her recovery from an assassination attempt four months ago. The procedure will improve her quality of life, experts say.

new york

Workers illegally fired over posts

Federal labor regulators say a New York nonprofit illegally fired five employees after they went on Facebook to criticize working conditions. The National Labor Relations Board says Hispanics United of Buffalo violated federal law, which allows employees to talk with co-workers about their jobs and working conditions without reprisal.

washington

Filibuster possible over Obama pick

The Senate stands on the edge of what could be the biggest fight over an Obama administration judicial nominee yet. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., Tuesday night filed a motion to limit debate on the nomination of Goodwin Liu to the U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco. The motion requires 60 votes to pass and its failure to do so would be, in effect, a filibuster.

GOP bid to speed drilling is blocked

The Senate has rejected a Republican bid to speed up and expand offshore oil drilling in the face of $4-a-gallon gasoline prices. A procedural vote failed Wednesday, 57-42, on the bid to speed decisionmaking on drilling permits and force the government to conduct previously scheduled lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico and off Virginia's coast. The sales were suspended after the BP oil spill.

seattle

Iran frees former Seattle journalist

Former Seattle journalist Dorothy Parvaz was released by Iran Wednesday and allowed to travel to Doha after at least two weeks in detention without charge in Iran. Parvaz, who holds U.S., Iranian and Canadian citizenship, was born in Iran but grew up in Canada. She was arrested shortly after arriving in Syria to cover protests, then transferred to Iran in an unprecedented move by Syrian authorities.

alabama

Indictment in poisoning of trees

The Alabama fan accused of poisoning the oaks at Auburn's Toomer's Corner has been indicted by a Lee County grand jury. The 62-year-old faces two felony counts of first-degree criminal mischief, two felony counts of unlawful damage, felony vandalism or theft of property from a farm animal or crop facility and two misdemeanor counts of desecrating a venerated object.

california

San Francisco may ban circumcision

A group seeking to ban the circumcision of male children in San Francisco has succeeded in getting their controversial measure on the November ballot, meaning voters will be asked to weigh in on what until now has been a private family matter. City elections officials confirmed Wednesday that the initiative had received enough signatures to appear on the ballot, getting more than 7,700 valid signatures from city residents.

Times wires

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  1. Suspect arrested in fatal shooting of Virginia special agent

    Crime

    RICHMOND, Va. — A Virginia State Police special agent died Saturday after being shot by a man sitting in a car in Richmond, police said. The shooting suspect fled on foot, sparking an overnight manhunt that ended with the man's arrest about an hour after the agent's death.

    This image provided by the Virginia State Police shows law enforcement investigating the scene of a shooting early Saturday in Richmond, Va.   Special Agent Michael T. Walter, a Virginia State Police special agent died Saturday after being shot by a man sitting in a car in Richmond, police said. The shooting suspect fled on foot, sparking an overnight manhunt that ended with the man's arrest about an hour after the agent's death. Virginia State Police said in an emailed statement that Travis A. Ball of Richmond is being held without bond on charges that include malicious wounding and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. (Virginia State Police via AP)
  2. Mayor Rick Kriseman says St. Petersburg mayoral election is about going forward, not back

    Blogs

    ST. PETERSBURG — Mayor Rick Kriseman christened his campaign office Friday evening by telling his supporters that the mayoral election was about moving forward, not backward.

    Mayor Rick Kriseman says mayoral election is about inclusiveness Friday at campaign office rally
  3. Forecast: Lots of sunshine, low humidity to start Memorial Day weekend

    Weather

    The start of your long Memorial Day weekend is all sunshine this Saturday, according to WTSP 10Weather meteorologist Rick Kearbey.

    WTSP seven-day forecast on May 27, 2017.
  4. For starters: Rays at Twins, looking for another with Odorizzi starting

    Blogs

    UPDATE, 12:45: Cash said Robertson was taking better swings Friday and so he wanted to move him up today, liking the idea of having three straight right-handers vs. a LHP they don't know much about. ... Souza was still smiling this morning about his failed dive attempt last night, and the reaction it got. .. The …

  5. Global computer outage grounds British flights

    Airlines

    LONDON — British Airways canceled all flights from London's Heathrow and Gatwick airports Saturday as a global IT failure caused severe disruption for travelers on a busy holiday weekend.

    British Airways planes are parked at Heathrow Airport in January. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, file)