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June 29, 2014 - 3:48pm
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For gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people and their supporters, June is a month of pride and celebration.

Around the globe, LGBT Pride Month has been marked with parades and marches, festivals and dances, and in some cases, protests and counter-protests. In the United States, much of the celebrations have focused on a string of victories in states where gay marriage bans were overturned.

The month's events culminate this weekend with some of...

June 29, 2014 - 3:24pm
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LAGRANGE, Ga. (AP) — Former Auburn tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen, a fan favorite who played on the 2010 national championship team, has died in a one-car crash in Georgia, state police said.

Authorities said Lutzenkirchen, 23, was ejected from a 2006 Chevrolet Tahoe when it overturned several times near LaGrange early Sunday morning. He was a passenger in the vehicle.

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn called Lutzenkirchen "a great player and competitor" and...

June 29, 2014 - 3:00pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama sees a rising threat that battle-hardened militants who have spent time in Syria and Iraq will be able to enter the United States on European passports.

Obama says these militants pose a danger because they won't need a U.S. passport to make such a visit.

He tells ABC's "This Week" that the U.S. must improve surveillance, reconnaissance and intelligence gathering to neutralize the risk, and U.S. Special Forces...

June 29, 2014 - 2:52pm
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PILCHUCK FALLS, Wash. (AP) — A search and rescue worker died over the weekend trying to save another man who fell 100 feet at Pilchuck Falls in western Washington.

Skagit County authorities say the hiker also died Saturday night. A friend who got in trouble himself while trying to rescue the 25-year-old hiker was rescued.

The accident happened about 36 miles northwest of Seattle when the two men were separated from their hiking group and tried to...

June 29, 2014 - 2:12pm
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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Hundreds of people, including some who brought their pets, rallied outside Salt Lake City police headquarters, seeking answers from the department about an officer who fatally shot a dog in a backyard while searching for a missing child.

Sean Kendall, the owner of the Weimaraner killed June 18, told the Salt Lake Tribune ( ) he felt overwhelmed by the show of community support on Saturday.

Kendall has called...

June 29, 2014 - 2:10pm
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BLOOMSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A vendor accidentally shot a woman in the leg while demonstrating a gun and holster at a central Pennsylvania gun show, police said.

The Columbia County district attorney's office will determine whether the vendor, Geoffrey Hawk, will face criminal charges stemming from the shooting Saturday at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds, Officer Brad Sharrow said.

Hawk, 44, of Warminster, didn't immediately return calls Sunday to his cellphone...

June 29, 2014 - 1:01pm
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PRINCETOWN, N.Y. (AP) — When Maggie McNally-Bradshaw and husband Curt hop on their electric motorcycles and twist the throttles, they get a rush like no other.

Or maybe a WHOOSH!

"There is that sense of being at the beginning of something new, and part of our future as far as ecology," said McNally-Bradshaw, chairwoman of the American Motorcyclist Association. "People think it's novel. Then they realize it's powerful stuff. The technology is...

June 29, 2014 - 1:00pm
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RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A businessman looking to invest more time in his traveling concession business is seeking a buyer for his rural, southwestern South Dakota town — for the price of $400,000.

Lance Benson is the sole owner of Swett, an unincorporated hamlet in Bennett County about two hours southeast of Rapid City. Benson — who bought the town in 1998, gave it to his ex-wife in their divorce and reclaimed it in 2012 — put the town on the market last week, according...

June 29, 2014 - 12:57pm
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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...

June 29, 2014 - 12:50pm
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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.

Authorities say Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev admitted they removed Tsarnaev's backpack from his dorm room...

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