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Senate panel withdraws subpoena for Manafort

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman will not be testifying Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, as originally scheduled, after the committee rescinded its subpoena.

Amazon goes on hiring spree as labor market tightens

SEATTLE (AP) — Amazon has some job openings. Lots of them.

The company on Wednesday said that it's looking to fill more than 50,000 positions across the U.S. The announcement comes at a time when the labor market is growing tight with back-to-school and holiday shopping around the corner. Others will be competing for many of those potential hires.

New-home sales improve modestly in June

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. sales of new homes perked up slightly in June, a sign that more would-be buyers are seeking newly built properties.

The Commerce Department said Wednesday that new-home sales edged up 0.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 610,000. Sales have registered a healthy 10.9 percent increase so far this year.

The latest: Parents concede baby Charlie dying in hospice

LONDON (AP) — The latest on the legal case over the care of critically ill British baby Charlie Gard (all times local):

3:15 p.m.

Charlie Gard's parents are conceding that he will die in a hospice and not at home as they had previously wished.

Woman sentenced to prison in cancer fraud case

EDWARDSVILLE (AP) — A western Illinois woman accused of falsely claiming she and her son had cancer has been sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Melissa D. Barton, 28, was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty in October to two counts of felony theft by deception. She was indicted in 2014 on charges of soliciting funds from numerous donors for fraudulent cancer claims.

Wounded Amtrak conductor released from hospital

HOMEWOOD (AP) — An Amtrak conductor who was shot while standing on the platform of a suburban Chicago train station in May is recovering at home after being released from a hospital.

Parents, ex-Scouts alarmed by Trump's speech at jamboree

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — No knot-tying demonstrations. No wood-carving advice. President Donald Trump went straight to starting a fire in a speech at a national Boy Scout gathering.

Investigator: Driver part of larger human-smuggling scheme

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Investigators believe a truck driver accused in the deaths of 10 people found inside a packed, sweltering tractor-trailer is part of a larger organization involved in human smuggling that authorities are trying to identify and dismantle, a U.S. immigration official said.

Trump says 'time will tell' fate of attorney general

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has cranked up the heat on Attorney General Jeff Sessions, scorning him as "very weak" and refusing to say whether he'll fire the nation's top law enforcement officer and his onetime political ally. It was an extraordinary public rebuke, and even fellow Republicans pushed back forcefully.

Trump bars transgender people from armed forces

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is barring transgender people from serving in the military "in any capacity," citing "tremendous medical costs and disruption."

Trump's announcement Wednesday morning on Twitter did not say what would happen to transgender people already in the military.