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No decision on Mormon gay-rights advocate case

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, June 29, 2014 - 12:57 PM

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Mormon man well-known for advocating for gay rights and questioning some church policies said no immediate decision was made Sunday by a Utah church leader considering whether he'll be excommunicated.

John Dehlin, of Logan, Utah, said regional church leader Bryan King told him at a meeting that he needed time to think and pray on whether to send Dehlin's case to a disciplinary panel.

Another meeting or deadline wasn't set, and Dehlin said he agreed not to talk with the media any more about his case.

Jury selection to begin for marathon suspect's pal

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, June 29, 2014 - 12:50 PM

BOSTON (AP) — The first of four friends of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is set to go on trial on charges he impeded the investigation into the deadly attack.

Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday in Azamat Tazhayakov's trial on obstruction of justice and conspiracy charges. Opening statements are scheduled for July 7.

1 dead, 5 hurt in California awards party violence

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, June 29, 2014 - 12:43 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — One person was killed and five were injured in two separate incidents at parties ahead of the BET Awards that were not officially connected to the ceremony, Los Angeles police said Sunday.

Gunfire killed one person and wounded four others early Sunday at the Monalizza Restaurant & Banquet Hall, Officer Drake Madison said. It was not immediately clear whether the shooter attended the party or fired from outside, he said.

Authorities search for rafter at Grand Canyon

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, June 29, 2014 - 12:24 PM

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities are searching for an Arizona man who reportedly fell into the Colorado River while on a rafting trip in Grand Canyon National Park.

The National Park Service says it received a phone call from a commercial river trip operator Friday afternoon. The rafting company reported that one passenger was missing.

Authorities say Victor Tseng of Phoenix reportedly fell from a ledge into the river and was not wearing his floatation device at the time.

Police: 9 shot on Bourbon Street in New Orleans

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, June 29, 2014 - 12:21 PM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Two men exchanged gunfire early Sunday on the city's always-crowded Bourbon Street in the celebrated French Quarter and nine people were shot in the crossfire, including two who were critically wounded, police said.

Images captured from a surveillance camera above a bar showed people running down the famous street in the chaos of the shooting at 2:45 a.m., NOLA.com The Times-Picayune reported (http://bit.ly/1iRk304). Police and emergency workers responded immediately and attended to victims as other revelers looked on.

'Transformers' unearths $100M debut at box office

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, June 29, 2014 - 12:16 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Transformers: Age of Extinction" is ruling the box office.

The fourth installment in filmmaker Michael Bay's morphing robots series earned $100 million in North America during its opening weekend, making it the biggest debut for a movie this year, according to studio estimates Sunday. The Paramount blockbuster outperformed "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" and its $95 million inauguration in April.

NASA to launch global warming satellite after loss

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, June 29, 2014 - 12:07 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Five years after a NASA satellite to track carbon dioxide plunged into the ocean after liftoff, the space agency is launching a carbon copy — this time on a different rocket.

The $468 million mission is designed to study the main driver of climate change emitted from smokestacks and tailpipes. Some of the carbon dioxide is sucked up by trees and oceans, and the rest is lofted into the atmosphere, trapping the sun's heat and warming the planet.

'Mistake by the Lake' seeks political redemption

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, June 29, 2014 - 11:46 AM

CLEVELAND (AP) — This Lake Erie city has suffered some bad public relations over the years and has made headlines for all the wrong reasons: poverty, pollution, foreclosure, bizarre crimes and a fleeing population. Yet, thanks to billions of dollars spent burnishing the city's image and its physical face, Cleveland is one of two finalists for the Republican national convention in 2016 and a longshot candidate to host the Democrats, as well.

A look at the Border Patrol's staffing imbalance

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, June 29, 2014 - 11:42 AM

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The number of Border Patrol agents roughly doubled over the last decade to more than 21,000, but many of them work where illegal crossings are relatively low. The imbalance has become increasingly clear since Central Americans began pouring into Texas' Rio Grande Valley by the thousands. Here are some numbers from Customs and Border Protection's website and internal documents reviewed by The Associated Press:

Police: 9 injured during Bourbon Street shooting

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, June 29, 2014 - 11:38 AM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans Police say nine people have been injured during a shooting on celebrated Bourbon Street.

Police spokesman Frank Robertson says the incident happened early Sunday. Seven people were hospitalized in stable condition, and a female was listed in critical condition. Another victim's condition was not available.

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