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South Carolina lawmakers return for Confederate flag debate

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- While it appears there is broad support in the South Carolina Legislature to bring down the Confederate flag, the depth of that support will get its first test this week as lawmakers return to Columbia to come up with a specific plan....
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Running of the bulls festival starts; crowd doused in wine

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PAMPLONA, Spain (AP) -- Thousands of revelers doused each other with wine Monday to celebrate the start of the famed San Fermin running of the bulls festival in this northern Spanish city....
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Wins, setbacks mark the path to nationwide same-sex marriage

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- In 2004, when Massachusetts became the first state to allow same-sex couples to marry, President George W. Bush declared support for a constitutional amendment "to protect the institution of marriage." Voters in 13 states changed their constitutions to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman. In most of those states, the vote wasn't even close....
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Hard-hit Gaza neighborhood still trying to recover from war

3 hours 44 min ago
SHIJAIYAH, Gaza Strip (AP) -- After weeks of sharing cramped quarters with relatives during last year's war between Hamas and Israel, 39-year-old Mohammed al-Selek thought nothing of it when he heard the incoming roar of two mortar shells. But once a suffocating cloud of acrid smoke filled the stairwell, his heart sank - the family's home had been struck by Israeli fire....
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S. Korean violinist wants border concert with North Korea

3 hours 44 min ago
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Violinist Won Hyung Joon wants to bring North and South Korean musicians together next month to perform on each side of the world's most heavily armed border. Standing in the way is the rivals' long, frustrating inability to move past their painful shared history....
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More than 1 million expected at pope's Mass in South America

6 hours 44 min ago
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) -- Pope Francis travels to the Ecuadorean port of Guayaquil on Monday for a Mass expected to draw more than a million people, as Latin America's first pontiff tours his home continent with a message of compassion for the weak and respect for an ailing planet....
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No more 'roar' as famed trading pits come to an end

6 hours 44 min ago
NEW YORK (AP) -- Pete Meegan had every intention of going back to college, but then he got a summer job in the Chicago trading pits and fell in love with the "roar" of the floor, the excitement of "4,000 people yelling, `Buy! Buy! Buy!'" and decided no more classroom for him....
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'Terminator,' 'Magic Mike' fizzle at July 4th box office

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NEW YORK (AP) -- July 4th went off like a dud at the box office. Anticipated new releases "Magic Mike XXL" and "Terminator Genisys" fizzled, leaving the popular holdovers "Jurassic World" and "Inside Out" to top the holiday weekend....
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Burt Shavitz, the Burt behind Burt's Bees, dies at 80

Sun, 2015-07-05 22:59
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Burt Shavitz, the Burt behind Burt's Bees who co-founded the natural cosmetics company, died Sunday. He was 80....
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To rename or not? Institutions reconsider honors for racists

Sun, 2015-07-05 19:59
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- The massacre at a predominantly black South Carolina church has institutions from Alaska to Connecticut evaluating whether they should continue enshrining the names of historical figures linked to slavery and the Confederacy....
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The Latest: Pope Francis arrives Ecuador for 9-day tour

Sun, 2015-07-05 16:59
Here are the latest developments from Pope Francis' trip to South America:...
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Farmers eager for drones, but most can't legally fly them

Sun, 2015-07-05 16:59
CORDOVA, Md. (AP) -- Mike Geske wants a drone....
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On 9th day, Kerry says Iran nuke talks could go either way

Sun, 2015-07-05 16:59
VIENNA (AP) -- Nine days into marathon nuclear talks, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday said the diplomatic efforts "could go either way," cutting off all potential pathways for an Iranian atomic bomb or ending without an agreement that American officials have sometimes described as the only alternative to war....
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NASCAR fans defend, display Confederate flags at Daytona

Sun, 2015-07-05 13:59
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Steven Rebenstorf has numerous flags flying atop his canopy tent inside Daytona International Speedway....
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Back at work: Congress facing busy agenda, funding deadline

Sun, 2015-07-05 10:59
WASHINGTON (AP) -- After July Fourth fireworks and parades, members of Congress return to work Tuesday facing a daunting summer workload and a pending deadline to fund the government or risk a shutdown in the fall....
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Africans seeking better lives pass through Ethiopian town

Sun, 2015-07-05 10:59
METEMA, Ethiopia (AP) -- The mood in the border town of Metema these days is quiet and watchful....
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World heritage status for The Alamo, Japan industrial sites

Sun, 2015-07-05 10:59
BONN, Germany (AP) -- The United States has succeeded in its bid to "Remember the Alamo," after the U.N. cultural body approved its status as a world heritage site Sunday....
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7/7 spurred tough anti-terror measures some say went too far

Sun, 2015-07-05 07:59
LONDON (AP) -- After four home-grown suicide bombers killed 52 London commuters on July 7, 2005, Prime Minister Tony Blair vowed that Britain would stop at nothing to defeat terrorism. "Let no one be in any doubt," he said. "The rules of the game are changing."...
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2 people dead, 3 missing after boat capsizes in Ohio River

Sun, 2015-07-05 07:59
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky authorities say two people have been killed and three remain missing after the pontoon boat they were riding in hit the Clark Memorial Bridge and capsized in the Ohio River....
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UK's Princess Charlotte to be christened on queen's estate

Sun, 2015-07-05 07:59
LONDON (AP) -- Britain's Princess Charlotte, the nine-week-old baby of Prince William and his wife Kate, is to be christened Sunday at a church on Queen Elizabeth II's country estate....
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