• Suit: Louisiana voter registration law is discriminatory

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A century-old Louisiana law discriminates against foreign-born, naturalized U.S. citizens by arbitrarily subjecting them to “heightened” voter registration requirements that don’t apply to native-born citizens, civil rights groups claim in a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday.

  • North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory pauses while making comments concerning House Bill 2 during a government affairs conference in Raleigh, N.C., Wednesday, May 4, 2016. A North Carolina law limiting protections to LGBT people violates federal civil rights laws and can't be enforced, the U.S. Justice Department said Wednesday, putting the state on notice that it is in danger of being sued and losing hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

    US government: North Carolina LGBT law violates civil rights

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina law limiting protections to LGBT people violates federal civil rights laws and can’t be enforced, the U.S. Justice Department said Wednesday, putting the state on notice that it is in danger of being sued and losing hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding.

  • Sheriff's deputies surround Knight Transportation after a recently dismissed man opened fire inside the facility, fatally shooting a former co-worker before turning the gun on himself, Wednesday, May 4, 2016, in Katy, Texas.  (Michael Ciaglo/Houston Chronicle via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

    Fired employee kills co-worker, self at Houston-area company

    KATY, Texas (AP) — A man dismissed last month from a Houston-area transportation company stormed into the facility and opened fire on Wednesday, fatally shooting a former co-worker and injuring two others before turning the gun on himself, saying his life had been ruined, sheriff’s officials said.

  • Beyonce statement calls for equality in North Carolina

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Beyonce is supporting efforts to overturn a North Carolina law limiting legal protections to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

  • Germany’s Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, right, and Riad Hijab, head of the Higher Negotiations Committee, the Syrian opposition coalition negotiating in Geneva, chat during a joint stroll prior to a meeting of the Foreign Ministers of Germany and France with the Staffan de Mistura, U.N. special envoy for Syria, and Riad Hijab, head of the Higher Negotiations Committee, the Syrian opposition coalition negotiating in Geneva at the guest house of the German Foreign Ministry in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, May 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Ferdinand Ostrop)

    The Latest: UN aid chief describes ‘carnage’ in Aleppo

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  • New Orleans sheriff ships out inmates to cut jail violence

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The sheriff who runs New Orleans’ troubled jail says he’s transferring hundreds of inmates to other jurisdictions.

  • In this May 2, 2016 photo, writer-director Rob Reiner poses for a portrait in New York. Reiner has always had an affinity for the father-son story and has explored the theme and his own life in films like "Stand By Me" and "A Few Good Men," but none have come so close as "Being Charlie," loosely based on his son Nick Reiner's struggles with drugs. (Photo by Brian Ach/Invision/AP)

    Rob Reiner, son explore a dark time in ‘Being Charlie’

    WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) — “I maybe didn’t handle it the best way,” said Rob Reiner of his son’s struggles with drugs.

  • Man acquitted in football player slaying awaiting sentencing

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A 23-year-old man who was acquitted of murder and other charges in the 2013 robbery and killing of Eastern Michigan University wide receiver Demarius Reed is free while awaiting sentencing in an unrelated Detroit shooting.

  • Referee Mark Clattenburg talks with Chelsea and Tottenham players during the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Monday, May 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

    FA seeks eye-gouging ban for Dembele of more than 3 games

    LONDON (AP) — The English Football Association wants Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele banned for more than three matches for an apparent eye-gouge on Chelsea striker Diego Costa.

  • Attorney William Mauzy answers questions from the media as he arrives at his Minneapolis office Wednesday, May 4, 2016. A published report says Prince's representatives arranged for the musician to meet a California doctor to help him kick an addiction to painkillers shortly before his death. Mauzy represents California Dr. Howard Kornfeld who couldn't immediately meet Prince so he sent his son Andrew to discuss treatment. The pop rock singer died on April 21 at the age of 57.  (AP Photo/ Jeff Baenen)

    Report: Prince was set to meet addiction doctor before death

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — In his final weeks, Prince hid signs of trouble from his fans, stonewalling reports of an overdose that required an emergency plane landing and making a brief public appearance to reassure them. But privately, the superstar was in crisis, seeking help from a prominent addiction expert that ultimately came too late.