WASHINGTON

Clinton aides face scrutiny

A federal judge opened the door to allowing a conservative legal group to question top aides to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about whether she deliberately sought to thwart open records laws by using a private email server. U.S. District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan ruled Tuesday that Judicial Watch can prepare a plan for “narrowly tailored discovery” into the circumstances surrounding the Democratic presidential candidate’s use of a home-based email server during her stint as the nation’s top diplomat from 2009 to 2013. The lawsuit stems from a Freedom of Information Act request seeking records related to the employment status of Huma Abedin, Clinton’s former deputy chief of staff. A longtime confidante, Abedin was allowed to work simultaneously for both the State Department and the Clintons’ private foundation. She is now vice chair of Clinton’s 2016 campaign organization.

NEW YORK

Disparity in HIV infection

About half of gay and bisexual black men will be diagnosed with the AIDS virus in their lifetime, according to new government estimates. Overall, for the average American, the odds of an HIV infection is 1 in 99 and has been declining. But the risk varies widely for different groups. For example, the projection is 1 in 2 for gay black men but fewer than 1 in 2,500 for heterosexual white men. “The differences are stark,” said Dr. Jonathan Mermin of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC released the estimates at a Boston medical conference on Tuesday. HIV, or human immunodeficiency virus, is spread mainly through sex and sharing needles for injecting drugs.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.

Injured child left at crash site

A woman is expected to face child abuse charges after she crashed on a freeway during rush hour and left behind her 18-month-old child, who was ejected from the vehicle, police said. Georgette Vigil, 36, apparently lost control of the wheel of her SUV and slammed it into a concrete wall Monday evening and then fled, police said. Her toddler — strapped into a car seat that was thrown from the vehicle — was left behind in chilly weather. The child sustained cuts but did not suffer any life-threatening injuries and is expected to survive, said officer Tanner Tixier, a police spokesman. In 911 recordings released Tuesday, callers reported the vehicle crossed several lanes of traffic before wrecking, and the driver left the scene.

Compiled from wire reports