MILWAUKEE

Provocative sheriff resigns

The tough-talking sheriff of Milwaukee County, David Clarke, resigned without explanation Thursday, capping a tumultuous year for the divisive, provocative lawman whose unabashed support for President Donald Trump and in-your-face personality earned him a national following among some conservatives. Clarke submitted his resignation in a one-sentence letter to the county clerk that gave no reason for his departure more than a year before his term is up.

WASHINGTON

Russia probe details leaked

A grand jury used by Special Counsel Robert Mueller has heard secret testimony from a Russian-American lobbyist who attended a June 2016 meeting with President Donald Trump’s eldest son, the Associated Press has learned. A person familiar with the matter confirmed to the AP that Rinat Akhmetshin had appeared before Mueller’s grand jury in recent weeks. The revelation is the clearest indication yet that Mueller and his team of investigators view the meeting, which came weeks after Trump had secured the Republican presidential nomination, as a relevant inquiry point in their broader probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

MARIETTA, Ga.

Police lieutenant fired

A police lieutenant in Georgia who was recorded on video during a traffic stop saying “we only shoot black people” is being fired, the police chief said Thursday. Dashcam video from July 2016 shows a car stopped on the side of a road and a woman can be heard telling Cobb County police Lt. Greg Abbott she was scared to move her hands in order to get her cellphone. Abbott, who is white, interrupts her and says, “But you’re not black. Remember, we only shoot black people. Yeah. We only shoot black people, right?” Announcing his decision to fire Abbott, Police Chief Mike Register remarked that “there’s really no place for these types of comments in law enforcement.”

Sacramento, Calif.

Wildfire declared emergency

Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for a wildfire in rural Northern California that has forced the evacuation of 2,500 homes. Brown’s declaration for the fire in Trinity County on Thursday night says the blaze has destroyed multiple homes. The fire that started Wednesday night for unknown reasons is burning out of control in extreme heat and very dry conditions about 200 miles northwest of Sacramento.

Compiled from wire reports