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June 30, 2014 - 4:32pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is condemning what he calls a "senseless act of terror against innocent youth" in the Mideast and offering U.S. help to find those who killed three teenagers.

Obama is extending condolences to the families of the teens found by the Israeli military on Monday, two weeks after they were allegedly abducted by Hamas (huh-MAHS') militants.

Obama said in a statement, quote, "As a father, I cannot imagine the...

June 30, 2014 - 4:26pm
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PLANO, Texas (AP) — A man charged with trying to blow up a North Texas natural gas pipeline in 2012 pleaded guilty late Monday to two of the charges he faced at trial.

Anson Chi, 35, entered the plea after the end of a full day of jury selection for the federal court trial in Plano, Texas. The Dallas Morning News reported (http://bit.ly/TxY6Hn ) Chi pleaded guilty to possessing a destructive device that was not registered as required by law. Chi also pleaded guilty to a...

June 30, 2014 - 4:23pm
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DETROIT (AP) — Madonna, who was "inspired" during a recent visit to Detroit, is donating money toward the construction of a new youth boxing gym and buying iPods, iPads and other supplies for students at a charter school in her hometown, according to a news release issued by the music icon's publicist Monday.

The statement said Madonna's donations to three Detroit organizations represent "the first phase of a long-term commitment to" the city.

The...

June 30, 2014 - 4:16pm
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NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are closing out another strong quarter, giving the Standard & Poor's 500 index its sixth straight quarterly gain.

The market was mixed on the day as trading was muted ahead of the July 4th holiday in the U.S.

The S&P 500 edged down less than a point to close at 1,960 Monday, two points below the record high it set on June 20.

The Dow Jones industrial average lost 25 points, or 0.2 percent, to...

June 30, 2014 - 4:15pm
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. (AP) — A San Francisco Bay Area man had an unexpected passenger in his car during the 30-mile trip to his parents' house: a small, stray kitten that had somehow found a place to ride in the engine compartment.

Jim Michelotti (My-koh-la-TEE) says he heard meowing after pulling into a gas station on Saturday. A woman next to him said it was coming from his 1993 Mitsubishi Diamante, so he began checking around.

With the help of a...

June 30, 2014 - 4:11pm
1 week 5 days ago

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The sponsor of a California law that bans so-called conversion therapy aimed at turning gay minors straight is welcoming the Supreme Court's decision today to reject a legal challenge to the ban.

The justices, without comment, let stand an appeals court ruling that said the ban doesn't violate the free speech rights of licensed counselors and patients seeking treatment.

State Sen. Ted Lieu said it's a victory for "child welfare,...

June 30, 2014 - 4:11pm
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MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Elida formed Monday off the southwestern coast of Mexico, generating dangerous ocean surf and heavy rains.

Elida was centered Monday afternoon about 120 miles (195 kms) off the coast of Manzanillo, Mexico, said the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami.

It had maximum sustained winds of 50 mph (85 kph), and was moving northwest at 12 mph (19 kph), parallel to the coast, the center said. The storm was not expected to...

June 30, 2014 - 3:43pm
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NEW YORK (AP) — A wave of violence swept New York City over the weekend as at least 20 people were shot, four of them fatally, authorities said Monday.

The shootings, which included the separate woundings of 10- and 12-year-old boys, made for the third weekend in June that at least a dozen people were struck by bullets, police said. In the last week of June, 35 people were shot, down from 39 gunshot victims the same week a year ago, according to New York Police...

June 30, 2014 - 3:40pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — In the court of public opinion, the 2012 Benghazi attack has been contentious. In the court of law, it's going to be a grind.

The suspect in the first prosecution arising from the attack is due back in court this week. His trial promises to be a thread-the-needle effort to prosecute and defend an alleged terrorist without spilling security secrets or running afoul of the rights accorded the accused in the U.S. justice system.

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June 30, 2014 - 3:29pm
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NEW YORK (AP) — Plastic junk is floating widely on the world's oceans, but there's less of it than expected, a study says.

Such ocean pollution has drawn attention in recent years because of its potential harm to fish and other wildlife.

The new work drew on results from an around-the-world cruise by a research ship that towed a mesh net at 141 sites, as well as other studies. Researchers estimated the total amount of floating plastic debris in open...

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