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May 29, 2015 - 7:39pm
12 min 14 sec ago

The record rains that have submerged highways, flooded homes and led to several deaths in Texas show little signs of diminishing.

The National Weather Service said Friday that there's up to a 70 percent chance of heavy rain and thunderstorms in the Houston area this weekend, with similar forecasts for other areas of the beleaguered state.

Here's a collection of images showing the floodwaters from the air.

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May 29, 2015 - 7:22pm
12 min 14 sec ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles County judge says he knows who owns a 752-pound emerald — and that finding may end a six-year battle over the gigantic gem.

Michael Johnson made a tentative ruling Thursday that FM Holdings had established title to the Bahia Emerald, which has been appraised at $372 million.

The gem — a 3-foot-tall bunch of green rods embedded in rock — is one of the world's largest uncut emeralds, with about 180,000 carats....

May 29, 2015 - 7:16pm
12 min 14 sec ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Father and son Chinese immigrants have pleaded guilty in a case of suspected money laundering for Mexican drug cartels in the Los Angeles fashion district.

Xilin (SHE'-lin) Chen and his son, Tom Chen, pleaded guilty Friday in federal court in Los Angeles and are set to be sentenced in August.

The Chens were among nine people arrested when authorities raided the fashion district in September.

Though the arrests...

May 29, 2015 - 7:08pm
12 min 14 sec ago

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas lawmakers have approved licensed open carry of handguns on the streets of the nation's second-most populous state.

The bill cleared the Legislature late Friday. It now heads to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, who is expected to sign it.

The bill would reverse a ban dating to the post-Civil War era.

The measure passed after key concessions were made to police groups, who demanded that they not be restricted...

May 29, 2015 - 7:03pm
12 min 14 sec ago

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California regulators are limiting how much water can be used to irrigate lawns on new buildings.

The state Building Standards Commission voted unanimously Friday to reduce the amount of water that can be used on such landscapes.

The standards came in response to Gov. Jerry Brown's executive order to save water during the four-year drought.

The standards include limits on how much water can be used on...

May 29, 2015 - 6:58pm
12 min 14 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — A man charged Wednesday with calling in fake threats against Metro stations, buses and trains in the nation's capital has been indicted on 11 felony counts.

A federal grand jury indicted 20-year-old Jerez Nehemiah Coleman of Washington on Friday. The indictment details alleged threats made between December 2014 and May 2015.

Coleman is also known as Jerez Nehemiah Stone-Coleman and "Kidd Cole." He was once exposed on MTV's "Catfish...

May 29, 2015 - 6:44pm
32 min 12 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed human trafficking legislation that provoked weeks of partisan dissent in the Senate and held up Loretta Lynch's confirmation for attorney general.

The legislation expands law enforcement tools to target sex traffickers, creates a new fund to help victims, and defines child pornography production as a form of trafficking. The House passed the bill last week after a tumultuous process in the Senate.

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May 29, 2015 - 6:30pm
42 min 11 sec ago

A person familiar with the situation says Tom Brady's appeal of his suspension in the deflated footballs scandal will be on June 23.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the date hasn't been officially announced.

The New England Patriots quarterback was suspended four games after an NFL investigation found that he was "at least generally aware" of an illegal scheme to play the AFC championship game with...

May 29, 2015 - 6:17pm
1 hour 2 min ago

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — An animal control worker in Michigan was convinced he was looking at a young tiger lying in a driveway, so he approached with care. He grabbed a pole and a shield, and called police.

Turns out, it was a stuffed animal.

The Grand Rapids Press (http://bit.ly/1d4i9Y5 ) reports that Kent County Animal Control received a call Thursday about a tiger in the driveway of a vacant Grand Rapids home.

Supervisor...

May 29, 2015 - 6:01pm
1 hour 12 min ago

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (AP) — Metro Atlanta school officials have voted to fire a teacher accused of letting students have sex in a storage closet in his classroom.

DeKalb County schools officials said Friday that the officials voted to affirm the superintendent's recommendation to fire 25-year-old Quentin Wright, who taught math at The Champion School in Stone Mountain.

A warrant says Wright arranged times with students when the classroom would be...

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