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July 7, 2015 - 5:27am
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LAS VEGAS (AP) — A thunderstorm with heavy rains and high winds moved across the Las Vegas area, flooding roads and knocking out power to hundreds.

The National Weather Service says parts of the area were under a flash flood warning Monday evening.

Las Vegas Fire and Rescue says firefighters handled 10 water rescues.

Spokesman Tim Szymanski says most of the drivers were in deep water and needed assistance getting out of their...

July 7, 2015 - 4:51am
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SEAHORSE KEY, Fla. (AP) — Biologists are trying to find the reason thousands of nesting birds have abandoned Seahorse Key off Florida's Gulf Coast.

The little blue herons, roseate spoonbills, snowy egrets, pelicans and other birds left the island all at once in May.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Vic Doig said what was once the largest bird colony on the state's Gulf Coast is now a "dead zone." Scientists have found no indication that...

July 7, 2015 - 4:36am
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The push to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse is about to clear its first hurdle.

But even if a bill to bring down the rebel banner passes the state Senate as expected Tuesday, it faces a less certain future in the House.

Senators voted 37-3 Monday to take down the flag and the pole it flies on, both put up in 2000 as part of a compromise that led to the removal of the Confederate flag...

July 7, 2015 - 3:22am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of Vietnam's Communist Party is heading to the White House on Tuesday for meetings with President Barack Obama and other top officials.

Nguyen Phu Trong is the de facto leader of Vietnam despite holding no official government post. He's in Washington for a visit aimed at boosting ties 20 years after the U.S. and Vietnam normalized relations following the Vietnam War.

Obama plans to host Trong for a morning meeting in the...

July 7, 2015 - 3:20am
25 min 29 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Forget the prime-time interviews or the formal, choreographed news conferences. President Barack Obama is taking to Twitter to muse about sports, pop culture, even Supreme Court rulings — at all hours of the day.

The White House has used Twitter to promote the president's views for years, but mostly in a highly scripted manner, with tweets composed by press aides and released at strategic times. Only occasionally would Obama post to Twitter himself....

July 7, 2015 - 3:18am
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Marion "Suge" Knight is scheduled to appear in a Los Angeles court for hearings in separate murder and robbery cases filed against the former rap music mogul.

Knight changed attorneys in late May and his new counsel was given time to figure out how to proceed on the cases, both of which carry long prison sentences if the 50-year-old is convicted as charged.

The Death Row Records co-founder faces murder and attempted murder charges...

July 7, 2015 - 3:17am
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MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — It may be called "Billionaires' Beach," but the pristine views along one of Malibu's most exclusive coastlines are now easily accessible to anyone.

After a legal fight that pitted public access advocates against a wealthy homeowner who refused to build a path, the California Coastal Commission is officially opening a third access way along the 1.5-mile Carbon Beach on Tuesday.

The lengthy legal quarrel over beach access dates...

July 7, 2015 - 3:16am
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DENVER (AP) — A suburban Denver baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple will argue before the Colorado Court of Appeals that his religious beliefs should protect him from sanctions against his business.

The case underscores how the already simmering tension between religious-freedom advocates and gay-rights supporters is likely to become more heated in the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark ruling last month legalizing same-sex marriage...

July 7, 2015 - 3:15am
25 min 29 sec ago

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A bill that would allow California physicians to help terminally ill patients end their lives is struggling for support ahead of a legislative vote.

The Catholic Church and other religious groups are mobilizing against the right-to-die legislation ahead of a hearing Tuesday in the Assembly Health Committee.

The bill's authors already postponed the vote because they didn't have enough support for it from fellow Democrats....

July 7, 2015 - 3:06am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — It's something most Democrats and Republicans in Congress can agree on — an update to the Bush-era No Child Left Behind education law is much needed and long overdue.

This week, the Senate and House take up rewrites of the 2002 law, with lawmakers seeking to finally resolve a key question they have struggled with for years: how much of a role should the federal government have in ensuring a quality education for children, poor and affluent alike....

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