Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton start the race to November 8 on essentially even ground, with Trump edging Clinton by a scant two points among likely voters, and the contest sparking sharp divisions along demographic lines in a new CNN/ORC Poll.
A wildfire in Southern California raged virtually unchecked in thick brush on Wednesday after destroying dozens of houses and forcing the evacuation of more than 80,000 people from their homes, officials said.
Donald Trump's campaign is undergoing a major staff shake-up with less than three months to Election Day, adding two officials to top posts overseeing his struggling campaign and signaling a shift in campaign leadership toward a more aggressive style willing to go scorched earth in order to win.
Authorities in Baton Rouge have released the names of the officers killed in the shooting on Sunday, as well as some of those who were injured.
A man, later identified as Gavin Long, 29, a former Marine from Kansas City, Missouri, opened fire on officers responding to a 911 call of a man in all black walking around with a rifle Sunday morning, officials said. Three officers were killed and three others were wounded in the shooting, and Long died at the scene, police said.
The Cuban economy minister has been removed from his post following President Raul Castro's warning last week that people would have to tighten their belts amid the continuing economic crisis in Venezuela.
A Minnesota officer fatally shot a man in a car with a woman and a child, an official said, and authorities are looking into whether the aftermath was livestreamed in a widely shared Facebook video, which shows a woman in a vehicle with a man whose shirt appears to be soaked in blood telling the camera "police just shot my boyfriend for no apparent reason."
The US Supreme Court has struck down a contentious abortion law in the state of Texas that imposed strict regulations on the procedure that made it harder for women to get an abortion.
In the court's biggest abortion case in nearly a quarter of a century, justices voted 5-3 on Monday in favour of Texas clinics that protested against the regulations.
Justice Stephen Breyer's majority opinion for the court held that the regulations are medically unnecessary and violated a woman's constitutional right to obtain an abortion.
Breyer wrote that "the surgical-centre requirement, like the admitting privileges requirement, provides few, if any, health benefits for women, poses a substantial obstacle to women seeking abortions and constitutes an 'undue burden' on their constitutional right to do so".
The rules required doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals and that abortion clinics must be fitted with hospital-like surgical centres.
The law effectively forced dozens of abortion clinics in the state to close, with the number of providers shrinking from 41 to seven, most of them located in major cities.
Many clinics are now expected to reopen.
Texas had argued that its 2013 law and subsequent regulations were needed to protect women's health.
Al Jazeera's Patty Culhane, reporting from Washington DC, said the Supreme Court ruling was a "massive victory" for people campaigning for abortion rights.
"As the Supreme Court finally waded into this issue after nearly 10 years of silence … there were a lot of people who thought that this would come down to a split decision, with four Conservatives and four Liberals on the court. But the swing vote by Conservative Justice Anthony Kennedy, and his decision to side with the Liberals, effectively ended this issue."
President Barack Obama welcomed the ruling sayong, “Every woman has a constitutional right to make her own reproductive choices. I’m pleased to see the Supreme Court reaffirm that fact today.”
Some US states have pursued a variety of restrictions on abortion, including banning certain types of procedures, prohibiting it after a certain number of weeks of gestation, requiring parental permission for girls until a certain age, imposing waiting periods or mandatory counselling, and others.
Americans remain closely divided over whether abortion should be legal. In a Reuters/Ipso online poll involving 6,769 US adults conducted from June 3 to June 22, 47 percent of respondents said abortion generally should be legal and 42 percent said it generally should be illegal.