This 2012 file photo shows James Hodgkinson of Belleville protesting outside the U.S. Post Office in downtown Belleville, Illinois.

A small-town American left Illinois, and he turned his weapons on Washington

By Peter Holley and Kurt Shillinger, The Washington Post on June 18, 2017, at 2:31 p.m.
“The people around here, from 55 to 75 years old, are looking for help, and it’s not there. It’s enough to make people reach their breaking point. Unfortunately, he was one of them.”
Rocker Ted Nugent performs on the Bangor waterfront, July 8, 2012.

Ted Nugent once said Obama should ‘suck on my machine gun,’ but now he wants to tone down the ‘hateful rhetoric’

By Herman Wong, The Washington Post on June 18, 2017, at 12:26 p.m.
“I’m not going to engage in that kind of hateful rhetoric anymore,” the rock guitarist said.
President Donald Trump walks from Maine One as he returns to the White House in Washington, June 16, 2017.

Trump lawyer insists there is no obstruction investigation — then hedges

By John Wagner and Rosalind S. Helderman, The Washington Post on June 18, 2017, at 11:46 a.m.
It was reported last week that Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III is interviewing senior intelligence officials as part of a widening probe that now includes an examination of whether Trump attempted to obstruct justice.
U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, speaks to reporters on her way to the U.S. Capitol in Washington, May 23, 2017.

New ad campaign to pressure Susan Collins to vote against health care overhaul

By Sean Sullivan, The Washington Post on June 18, 2017, at 11:12 a.m.
An organization that opposes the Republican effort to repeal and replace key parts of the Affordable Care Act is pressuring five GOP senators not to vote for the emerging legislation in a new $1.5 million ad campaign.

Philip Gossett, musical sleuth who revived forgotten operas, dies at 75

By Emily Langer, The Washington Post on June 18, 2017, at 9:21 a.m.
Philip Gossett, a musical sleuth who combed European libraries to recover, reassemble and revive forgotten works of the 19th-century masters Rossini and Verdi, a labor that allowed modern-day listeners to experience music unheard for a century or more, died June 13 at his home in Chicago. He was 75.

Evangelist Franklin Graham calls rounding up Iraqi Christians for deportation ‘very disturbing’

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey, The Washington Post on June 18, 2017, at 9:11 a.m.
Graham, who has been supportive of Trump and his travel ban, urged the president to have someone investigate the cases where dozens of Iraqi nationals were swept up in immigration raids in Michigan and Tennessee.

Arthur Jackson, Medal of Honor recipient for WWII ‘one-man assault’ at Peleliu, dies at 92

By Adam Bernstein, The Washington Post on June 18, 2017, at 9:04 a.m.
Arthur J. Jackson, who received the Medal of Honor for killing 50 Japanese soldiers and silencing a dozen enemy pillboxes during the battle of Peleliu, and almost two decades later was forced out of the service after covering up his slaying of an alleged Cuban spy, died June 14 in Boise, Idaho. He was 92.

Martin Wolfe, doctor specializing in tropical and travel medicine, dies at 82

By Matt Schudel, The Washington Post on June 18, 2017, at 8:39 a.m.
Martin S. Wolfe, a tropical disease specialist who founded one of the country’s first medical practices devoted to ailments incurred in travel and who, in the 1970s, accompanied Henry Kissinger as his personal physician, died June 15 at his home on Block Island, Rhode Island. He was 82.

Stephen Furst, who played Flounder in ‘Animal House,’ dies at 63

By Greg Braxton, Los Angeles Times on June 18, 2017, at 8:34 a.m.
Stephen Furst, best known for his role as the hapless Delta House fraternity pledge Kent “Flounder” Dorfman in the landmark comedy “National Lampoon’s Animal House,” has died. He was 63.
The national smoking rate has fallen to historic lows, with just 15 percent of adults still smoking. But the socioeconomic gap has never been bigger.

America’s new tobacco crisis: The rich stopped smoking, the poor didn’t

By William Wan, The Washington Post on June 18, 2017, at 8:10 a.m.
Hidden among the steady declines in recent years is the stark reality that cigarettes are becoming a habit of the poor.
The U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald returns to Fleet Activities Yokosuka following a collision with a merchant vessel while operating southwest of Yokosuka, Japan, June 17, 2017.

Number of missing sailors found dead as US destroyer reaches port

By Anna Fifield, The Washington Post on June 18, 2017, at 7:14 a.m.
The sailors were found in the berthing compartments of the ship that flooded after a collision between a destroyer and a container ship.
Bill Cosby walks out of the Montgomery County Courthouse with his publicist Andrew Wyatt (L), after a mistrial was declared in his sexual assault trial when the jury declared it could not reach a verdict.

Mistrial is declared in sexual-assault trial of Bill Cosby

By Manuel Roig-Franzia, Washington Post on June 17, 2017, at 11:06 a.m.
A Pennsylvania judge declared a mistrial Saturday after a jury was “hopelessly deadlocked” on sexual-assault charges against Bill Cosby, whose legacy has been tarnished by a years-long sex and drugging scandal.
U.S. President Donald Trump

Trump retains assets worth at least $1.4 billion, new disclosure shows

By Matea Gold, Rosalind S. Helderman and Drew Harwell, Washington Post on June 16, 2017, at 8:52 p.m.
The report underscores the unprecedented financial interests Trump has brought with him to the Oval Office, an arrangement that has generated sharp criticism and spurred legal challenges.
The USS Fitzgerald

7 sailors missing after US Navy destroyer built at BIW collides with container ship

By Toru Hanai and Megumi Lim, Reuters on June 16, 2017, at 8:20 p.m.
Japanese media reported that seven U.S. crew members were missing.
Minnesota police officer Jeronimo Yanez has been acquitted of manslaughter in the shooting death of motorist Philando Castile last July. Yanez is shown in this booking photo taken November 18, 2016 in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Minnesota officer acquitted of manslaughter for shooting Philando Castile during traffic stop

By Mark Berman, Washington Post on June 16, 2017, at 5:02 p.m.
The decision comes nearly a year after the encounter, which was partially streamed online before a rapt nation in the midst of a painful reckoning over shootings by law enforcement.
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about the shootings in Alexandria, Virginia, from the White House in Washington, U.S., June 14, 2017.

Trump acknowledges he is under investigation in Russia probe

By Susan Heavey and Patricia Zengerle, Reuters on June 16, 2017, at 12:09 p.m.
“I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt,” the president said on Twitter.

Russia’s military says it may have killed ISIS leader; West, Iraq skeptical

By Dmitry Solovyov and Ahmed Rasheed, Reuters on June 16, 2017, at 11:49 a.m.

Judge rules Massachusetts woman guilty in texting suicide case

By Lindsey Bever and Kristine Phillips, Washington Post on June 16, 2017, at 11:49 a.m.
A Massachusetts judge found a young woman guilty of manslaughter Friday for a series of text messages to her boyfriend urging him to commit suicide in 2014.

Facebook wants to use artificial intelligence to block terrorists online

By Hamza Shaban, Washington Post on June 16, 2017, at 11:22 a.m.
To combat the spread of terror-related content online, Facebook announced Thursday that it will bolster its automated and human-powered efforts to flag and take down extremists posts, and will develop data-sharing systems across its family of social media and messaging apps.
Michael Phelps during the men's 100m butterfly preliminary heats in the U.S. Olympic swimming team trials at CenturyLink Center.

Michael Phelps to race a great white during ‘Shark Week’

By Des Bieler, Washington Post on June 16, 2017, at 11:11 a.m.
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water without winding up in a race with Michael Phelps, the Olympic hero is set to test his mettle once again. This time, though, Phelps will be putting his aquatic prowess up against his most dangerous opponent yet: a great white shark.