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  • Arizona mother accused of drowning twin sons in bathtub

    An Arizona woman was arrested for murder on Sunday on suspicion of drowning her two-year-old twin sons in a bathtub and attempting to do the same with another child, authorities said. Mireya Lopez, 22, was taken into custody at the suburban residence west of Phoenix facing two counts of…

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  • Texas secessionists launch petition drive for vote to break away

    By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters) - A group called the Texas Nationalist Movement fanned out to 31 cities across Texas this weekend trying to gather the 75,000 signatures they say they need to get the question of the state's secession from the United States on the primary ballot next…

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  • Five more California inmates diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease

    Five of the inmates are being treated at outside hospitals after they were diagnosed with the disease through tests conducted over the last several days, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said in a statement. On Friday, the state announced that an inmate at the San…

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  • Obama changing name of Alaska's Mount McKinley to Denali

    President Barack Obama on Monday will officially restore Denali as the name of North America's tallest mountain, siding with the state of Alaska in ending a 40-year battle over what to call a peak that has been known as Mount McKinley. The historic change, coming at the beginning of a three-day…

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  • University of Texas moves statue of Confederate president Jefferson Davis

    The university said the figure would be refurbished and moved to an exhibit in the school's Briscoe Center for American History within the next 18 months. The southern Confederacy seceded from the United States, in large part to defend the practice of slavery, prompting the bloody 1861-65 U.S.…

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  • Hurricane Ignacio weakens, forecast to just miss Hawaii

    (Reuters) - Ignacio lessened in intensity but was still a major Category 3 hurricane as it blew across the Pacific on a route likely to bypass Hawaii on Monday, the U.S. Central Pacific Hurricane Center said. Packing potentially destructive winds of 115 miles per hour (185 km per hour), the…

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  • Man falls 40 feet to death at Atlanta baseball stadium

    Gregory Murrey, of Alpharetta, Georgia, fell about 40 feet (12 meters) in front of a sellout crowd of 49,000 during a game between the Atlanta Braves and the New York Yankees. The cause of his fall had not been determined but no foul play is suspected, Atlanta police spokesman Greg Lyon said in a…

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  • Suspect in Houston officer shooting to appear in court Monday

    The accused man, Shannon Miles, is scheduled to appear in Harris County District Court, records show. Miles is accused of shooting deputy Darren Goforth on Friday evening at a Houston gas station, sheriff's officials said. Goforth's wife, Kathleen, described her late husband as "an incredibly…

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  • Two dead, massive outages after windstorm slams Washington state

    (Reuters) - A powerful windstorm toppled trees, killing two people in Washington state as work crews scrambled on Sunday to restore power to 450,000 customers, a TV report showed. A father driving with his three-year-old daughter in Gig Harbor, just west of Tacoma, was killed on Saturday when a…

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  • Sharper forecasts may help avert repeat of Katrina disaster

    By David Adams MIAMI (Reuters) - The science of predicting hurricanes has come a long way since Katrina caught New Orleans officials off guard 10 years ago. A range of technological advances, from a new generation of satellites to supercomputers and unmanned drones, promises more-accurate…

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  • Houston police officer killed because of uniform: county sheriff

    (Reuters) - The killing of a U.S. police officer on Friday in a Houston suburb was unprovoked, a county sheriff said, saying the victim was a target because of his uniform. "It appears to be clearly unprovoked," said Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman on Saturday, speaking of Friday's shooting of…

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  • Ten years later, 'unbowed' New Orleans reflects on Hurricane Katrina disaster

    By Kathy Finn and Edward McAllister NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - From the Lower Ninth Ward to the Superdome, New Orleans observed the 10th anniversary of devastating Hurricane Katrina, paying tribute to its victims and homage to the city's resilience in the face of disaster. It was the culmination of…

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  • Erika no longer a tropical storm, loses steam over Cuba

    By David Adams MIAMI (Reuters) - Erika, a tropical storm that killed 20 people on the Caribbean island of Dominica and at least one person in Haiti, fell apart on Saturday over eastern Cuba, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. Erika's maximum sustained winds had dropped to 35 mph (56 kph),…

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  • Man faces capital murder charge in killing of Houston deputy

    Shannon Miles was picked up for questioning early on Saturday following the Friday night shooting, which was captured on surveillance video, Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman told reporters. Earlier on Saturday, Hickman had linked the shooting of deputy Darren Goforth, who was white, to…

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  • Man arrested in killing of Houston deputy, faces capital murder charge

    Shannon Miles was picked up for questioning early on Saturday following the Friday night shooting, which was captured on surveillance video, Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman told reporters. Earlier on Saturday, Hickman had linked the shooting of deputy Darren Goforth, who was white, to…

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  • Suspect to be charged with capital murder in killing of Houston deputy

    (Reuters) - A man arrested on Saturday in the shooting death of a sheriff's deputy at a Houston gas station a day earlier will face capital murder charges, Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman told reporters at a news conference.

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  • Hurricane Ignacio gains strength but expected to bypass Hawaii

    (Reuters) - Hurricane Ignacio intensified as it blew across the Pacific on a route likely to bypass Hawaii on Saturday, said the Central Pacific Hurricane Center of the National Weather Service. With winds gusting up to 115 miles per hour (185 kmph), the hurricane centered 835 miles (1,344 km)…

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  • Sheriff blames anti-police sentiment in Houston deputy's killing

    Police questioned one person early on Saturday morning about the fatal shooting, but Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman said at a news conference that no one was in custody. Harris County deputy Darren Goforth, in uniform, was pumping gas into his patrol car on Friday night when the gunman…

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  • Ten years later, resilient New Orleans reflects on Katrina

    From the Lower Ninth Ward to the Super Dome, New Orleans launched a day of events on Saturday to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, paying tribute to its victims and homage to the city's resilience in the face of disaster. Dignitaries made speeches to honor the 1,500 who died,…

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  • Black Lives Matter marches on Minnesota State Fair

    Several hundred protesters from the Black Lives Matter movement marched to the Minnesota State Fair on Saturday to bring attention to race issues ranging from policing to underrepresentation of minorities at one of the nation's biggest state fairs. "There's a cliche that Minnesota is nice to…

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