About 4,000 more US troops to go to Afghanistan

The bulk of the additional troops will train and advise Afghan forces, according to the administration official, who wasn’t authorized to discuss details of the decision publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. A smaller number would be assigned to counterterror operations against the Taliban and IS, the official said.

Bat-Signal lights up Los Angeles in tribute to Adam West

Hundreds of fans, some in costume, cheered as Mayor Eric Garcetti and Police Chief Charlie Beck switched on the iconic signal and splashed a yellow oval with a bat silhouette high up on the wall of City Hall.

Pilot injured when blimp goes down near US Open in Wisconsin

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Sheriff’s officials said the pilot was the only one on board. He had some burns, but was in stable condition, according to Pamela S. Sullivan, a senior air safety investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board.

Pawn shop workers help nab polygamous sect leader Lyle Jeffs

A tip proved to be the break the FBI had been craving since Jeffs used olive oil to slip out of his ankle monitor and escape home confinement in Utah on June 18, 2016, ahead of his trial in an alleged multimillion-dollar food stamp fraud scheme.

One woman among FWPD graduating class of recruits

The Fort Wayne Police Department graduated its 62nd Basic Recruit Class, Thursday night. Police Chief Steve Read said the department is working to increase diversity on the force.

A ballgame of unity, spirit, friendly rivalry, won by Dems

In a final flourish of bipartisan camaraderie for the night, Democratic Rep. Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania, his team’s manager, accepted the trophy, then gave it to his GOP counterpart, Rep. Joe Barton of Texas, to put in Scalise’s office on behalf of the Democrats.

Pence hires outside legal counsel

Pence’s office confirms that he has retained Richard Cullen of McGuire Woods “to assist him in responding to inquiries by the special counsel.”

Family files suit in police killing of unarmed black man

The lawsuit filed in federal court Thursday on behalf of Terence Crutcher seeks at least $75,000 in damages and calls for widespread reforms and increased transparency from the police department, including better training.

Pence to host Indianapolis fundraiser on Friday

Pence could use the money he raises to parcel out funds to candidates supportive of White House policies. The event will be held at 5 p.m. Friday at the JW Marriott hotel in downtown Indianapolis.