WASHINGTON

Insight into Clinton emails

Longtime Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin said in a legal proceeding that Clinton did not want the private emails that she mixed in with State Department emails on her private computer server to be accessible to “anybody,” according to transcripts released Wednesday. Abedin’s comments provided new insight into the highly unusual decision by the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee to operate a private email server in her basement to conduct government business when she served as secretary of state. Abedin also said under oath that she was not aware whether Clinton personally deleted any emails during her tenure as secretary. Abedin spoke to lawyers for the conservative group Judicial Watch in a deposition.

Pentagon weighs new rules

Senior military leaders expressed deep concerns this week that the launch of new Pentagon rules allowing transgender service members to serve openly in the U.S. military is moving too quickly, arguing that a number of details and questions must still be resolved, several senior U.S. officials told the Associated Press. The Pentagon plans to unveil the new regulations in the next day or two. Under the new policy, transgender individuals will be allowed to serve in the military, and can no longer be forced to leave based on their gender identity.

PHOENIX

Heat may close city trails

The city of Phoenix is considering closing its popular hiking and biking trails when temperatures get dangerously high in an effort to prevent heat deaths and injuries. The Parks and Recreation board will consider a proposal by staff on Thursday to close down the city’s 41 trailheads in extreme heat. Parks and Recreation spokesman Gregg Bach said the department is proposing to post signs that indicate the trails are closed for people when the temperature hits 110 degrees and for pets when it hits 100.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska

Oil checks will get smaller

Facing a multibillion-dollar deficit, Alaska’s governor on Wednesday cut in half the annual checks that give all residents a share of the state’s oil wealth, but he kept enough money in place to award everyone a $1,000 payout. Gov. Bill Walker’s administration said the checks had to be reduced in order to save the program. The veto “preserves that ability to provide a check to every citizen in this state forever,” his budget director, Pat Pitney, said. If nothing was done, Walker said the Alaska Permanent Fund — worth about $52 billion — would have been depleted in four years.

Compiled from wire reports