Aaron Hernandez was in a gang; U.S., Russia to conduct high-level talks; Michelle Obama continues her passion for education; and more headlines to end your workweek, Friday, May 5, 2017.

Trump signs $1 trillion spending bill, keeps government open

BRANCHBURG, N.J. President Donald Trump signed his first piece of major legislation on Friday, a $1 trillion spending bill to keep the government operating through September.

The bill cleared both houses of Congress this week and Trump signed it into law behind closed doors at his home in central New Jersey, well ahead of a midnight Friday deadline for some government operations to begin shutting down.

But other budget battles lie ahead as the White House and Congress hammer out a spending plan for the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1.

Senator says FBI paid $900K for iPhone hacking tool

WASHINGTON Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate committee that oversees the FBI, said publicly this week that the government paid $900,000 to break into the locked iPhone of a gunman in the San Bernardino, California, shootings.

The FBI considers the figure to be classified information. It also has protected the identity of the vendor it paid to do the work.

FBI Director James Comey hinted at a ballpark range last year, saying the government paid more than he would earn in his remaining seven years on the job, an amount that would have been more than $1 million. He has called the sum "worth it."

High-level US-Russia talks set for next week in NYC

WASHINGTON The State Department says high-level diplomatic talks between the U.S. and Russia aimed at improving relations are due to begin next week.

The department said Friday that Thomas Shannon, undersecretary for political affairs, will travel to New York next week to meet Russia's deputy foreign minister "to discuss a range of bilateral issues."

The meeting on Monday will mark the start of a dialogue that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (SEHR'-gay LAHV'-rahf) agreed to last month in Moscow. The talks are intended to address festering irritants in the U.S.-Russia relationship that are hindering cooperation on larger issues such as Syria and Ukraine.

Records: Aaron Hernandez was member of Bloods street gang

BOSTON Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez was a member of the Bloods street gang and was once disciplined for having gang paraphernalia, according to newly released documents related to the investigation into his prison suicide.

A death report released Friday lists the Bloods under Hernandez's "gang profile" and says Hernandez was once disciplined for having "STG" paraphernalia. In prison, "STG" stands for Security Threat Group," a euphemism for gangs.

The Bloods is a violent gang that started in California but made its way across the country to the East Coast and now claims to have thousands of members.

Michelle Obama: My passion for education will linger on

NEW YORK Former first lady Michelle Obama said Friday that her departure from the White House won't end her passion for education.

She made the comment at a New York City event marking College Signing Day, a nationwide tradition she began participating in as first lady to encourage young people to seek higher education. It was the fourth year she had participated.

"I might not live in the White House anymore, but Barack and I are going to keep on celebrating you all and supporting you and lifting you up no matter what house we live in," Michelle Obama said. "Our belief in the power of education to transform your lives is real and it's going to be at core of everything that we do going forward."