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July 31, 2015 - 6:34am
16 min 6 sec ago

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

1. CECIL THE LION'S KILLER SOUGHT

Zimbabwe intends to seek the extradition of an American dentist who killed the famed lion that was lured out of a national park and shot with a bow and a gun.

2. WHERE 2022 WINTER GAMES WILL BE HELD

Beijing is selected to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, becoming the first...

July 31, 2015 - 6:12am
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EVANS, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities in western New York say a woman drowned while trying to rescue two girls from Lake Erie.

The two 11-year-olds were in the water at Wendt Beach in Evans just after 7 p.m. Thursday when they started struggling. That's when a woman went in after them, but she soon went underwater.

Authorities say a police lieutenant and a bystander pulled the girls from the water, but the woman drowned. Both girls were conscious and alert...

July 31, 2015 - 6:00am
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MAHWAH, N.J. (AP) — Police say they've arrested one of two men who made off with a bag containing $150,000 in cash after two employees filling ATMs mistakenly left it on a northern New Jersey lawn.

Police arrested 42-year-old Alton Harvey on Wednesday afternoon in Irvington. Authorities are still seeking 35-year-old Jamar Bludson.

Mahwah police say the ATM employees had stopped at a business when one of them placed the satchel on the lawn as he moved...

July 31, 2015 - 5:42am
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The suspect in the deadly South Carolina church shooting is expected in federal court to face dozens of federal charges, including hate crimes and obstructing the practice of religion.

Twenty-one-year-old Dylann Roof is scheduled to be arraigned Friday in Charleston. The hearing originally set for July 27 was rescheduled to allow more time to prepare.

The prosecution, particularly on hate crimes, has been expected since the...

July 31, 2015 - 5:15am
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's announcement that he's closing the Baltimore City Detention Center marked a milestone in addressing long-standing problems with the state's dangerously decrepit correctional facilities.

The problem has bedeviled Maryland officials for years, spanning Democratic and Republican administrations while providing a steady flow of ammunition for political opponents.

The Republican repeatedly cited failures...

July 31, 2015 - 5:00am
16 min 6 sec ago

MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Guillermo has formed in the Pacific and could be headed toward Hawaii.

The Category 1 storm has maximum sustained winds early Friday near 80 mph (130 kph) with additional strengthening forecast during the next day or two.

Richard Pasch, a senior hurricane specialist at the U.S. National Hurricane Center, says Guillermo is headed in Hawaii's general direction but it's too early to tell if there will be any danger to land....

July 31, 2015 - 4:33am
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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A seventh night of searches for two Florida boys missing at sea has passed with no major break.

The Coast Guard was still scouring waters from Florida up through South Carolina early Friday but hadn't turned up any new clues in the boys' disappearance.

Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos, both 14, have been missing a week. Their capsized boat was found last Sunday.

The Coast Guard says it will keep...

July 31, 2015 - 4:22am
46 min 8 sec ago

ATLANTA (AP) — Surveillance cameras caught images of two white males laying Confederate battle flags on the ground near the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s church, but it wasn't immediately clear whether they had committed a crime.

Atlanta police Chief George Turner said Thursday his officers are working with federal authorities and hadn't determined what charges might be sought. Turner said they had not ruled out a hate crime, though Georgia has no state hate crimes law...

July 31, 2015 - 4:04am
56 min 8 sec ago

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Attorneys are eyeing a November retrial date for Kurt Mix, the former BP engineer charged with obstructing a federal investigation into the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Court papers filed Thursday show attorneys are working toward a Nov. 16 date but may seek to push the trial back to Nov. 30.

Federal prosecutors say Mix deleted text messages about the amount of oil flowing from BP's well after a 2010 rig explosion. Mix's lawyers...

July 31, 2015 - 3:30am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The circle of life is closing in on the king of the jungle.

When Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer killed Cecil the lion, the Internet exploded with outrage. But scientists who have studied lions say the big cats have been in big trouble for years.

Experts say the African lion population has shriveled by more than half since 1980 and dwindled even faster in crucial East Africa. They say trophy hunting like Palmer's has failed to live...

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