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To rename or not? Institutions reconsider honors for racists

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, July 5, 2015 - 11:48 AM

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Some institutions outside the South are reconsidering whether to still honor historical figures with ties to slavery and the Confederacy.

Connecticut's Democratic Party will soon decide whether to strip the names of two presidents, Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson, from the moniker of a 67-year-old dinner. Both were former slave owners.

Large wave washes out Jersey shore town's fireworks display

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, July 5, 2015 - 11:43 AM

SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) — A large wave washed out the Fourth of July fireworks show in a Jersey shore community.

Seaside Heights officials say a wave ran so far up the shore on Saturday night that it soaked all the fireworks set up on the beach.

Haley says church shooting will forever change her outlook

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, July 5, 2015 - 11:20 AM

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — For five years, Gov. Nikki Haley dismissed questions about the Confederate flag that flies on Statehouse grounds, saying she respected the 2000 compromise that took it off the dome.

In her 2010 campaign, she called the two-thirds approval required to move the flag too high a hurdle for a healthy debate. Last October, she criticized her opponent's call to remove the flag as a campaign stunt.

But all of that changed after June 17, when nine people were killed at a historic black church in Charleston.

Now playing: Harpsichord of Columbus' era sounds again

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, July 5, 2015 - 11:19 AM

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A harpsichord that entertained the elites of Italy in the mid-1500s has been restored by a South Dakota museum and will soon bring its sound to 21st-century ears.

The National Music Museum in Vermilion worked with Chilean-born keyboardist Catalina Vicens to produce the instrument's first full-length recording.

The crowd-funded project resulted in a 20-track record that will be available for all in January.

Pair of lions kept as pets by Gaza family en route to Jordan

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, July 5, 2015 - 11:14 AM

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Two young lions stranded in Gaza for the weekend have left the territory ruled by the militant group Hamas and are en route to a wildlife sanctuary in Jordan.

Amir Khalil of British charity Four Paws International said they left Gaza Sunday and are traveling through Israel to Jordan.

A Gaza family bought the lions when they were cubs from a local zoo that was damaged in last year's war between Hamas and Israel. The family kept Mona and Max in their small home in a crowded refugee camp.

California water rates rise as cities lose money in drought

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, July 5, 2015 - 11:08 AM

ROSEVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Saving water doesn't always mean saving money in drought-stricken California.

Water departments across California are increasing rates and adding fees because they're losing money as their customers conserve. They say they still have to pay for fixed costs including repairing pipelines and customer service.

Agencies are expected to lose $1 billion in revenue under Gov. Jerry Brown's mandatory conservation order for communities to save water during the drought.

Standoff over social media passwords breaks new legal ground

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, July 5, 2015 - 11:05 AM

HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston-area man had used social media to promote his gun store, posting politically charged messages that criticized the president and promoted Second Amendment rights.

But after Jeremy Alcede lost ownership of his store in bankruptcy, a judge declared the business's Facebook and Twitter accounts property that belonged to the new owner and ordered Alcede to turn over the passwords.

Alcede, who argued the accounts were personal, refused and spent nearly seven weeks in federal custody until he complied with the order in May.

Dead shows set attendance records at Chicago's Soldier Field

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, July 5, 2015 - 10:52 AM

CHICAGO (AP) — The Grateful Dead is making Chicago's Soldier Field come alive like no rock band ever has.

In a news release, Soldier Field says the 70,764 tickets sold for Friday night's show broke a previous record for any event at the stadium when U2 sold 67,936 for a 2009 show.

That record lasted all of one day. On Saturday night, Soldier Field reported that 70,844 tickets were sold for the show. The band has one more show Sunday of what they say will be their last show ever as the Grateful Dead.

Inmate shot after escape moved from NY hospital to prison

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, July 5, 2015 - 10:17 AM

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — An escaped murderer who was shot after three weeks on the run has been moved from a New York hospital to another maximum-security prison.

The state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision says David Sweat was moved from the Albany Medical Center early Sunday. He was taken to the Five Points Correctional Facility in Romulus. The prison is about 200 miles west of Albany.

Officials say Sweat initially will be in the infirmary and then housed in a single cell in a 23-hour confinement unit.

320-acre wildfire threatens homes in Northern California

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Sunday, July 5, 2015 - 10:15 AM

VACAVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters are making progress against a blaze there erupted last night near the Northern California city of Vacaville.

The wildfire that has burned more than 320 acres and is threatening homes, though no structures have burned yet. KCRA-TV reports that about 100 people have been evacuated.

A Vacaville city spokesman says winds gusting up to 40 mph caused the fire to spread quickly while embers sparked other fires. About 130 firefighters are on the scene and had the fire 50 percent contained as of this morning.

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