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To rename or not? Institutions reconsider honors for racists

AP Photo/Bob Child HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The massacre at a predominantly black South Carolina church has institutions from Alaska to Connecticut evaluating whether they should continue enshrining the names of historical figures linked to slavery and the Confederacy. The...
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California water rates rise as cities lose money in drought

AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli ROSEVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Saving water doesn’t always mean saving money in parched California. Millions of Californians expecting relief on their water bills for taking conservation measures instead are finding higher rates and drought...

Police: Man shoots off firework from top of his head, dies

CALAIS, Maine (AP) — A young man who was drinking and celebrating the Fourth of July tried to launch a firework off the top of his head, fatally injuring himself, authorities said Sunday. Devon Staples and his friends had been drinking and setting off fireworks Saturday...

Boy, 7, killed during violent July 4 celebrations in Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — Authorities say a 7-year-old boy who was celebrating the Fourth of July with his family was among three people who were shot and killed overnight in Chicago. At least 27 other people were wounded in overnight shootings. Police say 7-year-old Amari Brown was...

2 people dead, 3 missing after boat capsizes in Ohio River

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky authorities say two people have been killed and three remain missing after the pontoon boat they were riding in hit the Clark Memorial Bridge and capsized in the Ohio River. Louisville Fire Chief Greg Frederick tells WHAS-TV that three of the...

320-acre wildfire threatens homes in Northern California

VACAVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire that has burned more than 320 acres is threatening homes in a Northern California city. The fire started around 10 p.m. Saturday, and wind gusts up to 40 mph are fanning the flames, said Vacaville city spokesman Mark Mazzaferro. KCRA-TV...

Police: 14 hurt in deck collapse at North Carolina beach

EMERALD ISLE, N.C. (AP) — A deck collapsed at a North Carolina beachhouse as a family got set to take a group photo Saturday evening, leaving at least 14 injured with two of those in critical condition, authorities said. Emerald Isle Police Chief Jeffrey Waters said an...
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Matt Stonie tops Joey Chestnut in hot dog eating contest

AP Photo/Tina Fineberg NEW YORK (AP) — Matt Stonie upset Joey “Jaws” Chestnut to win the July Fourth hot dog eating contest at Nathan’s Famous in Coney Island, breaking Chestnut’s bid for a ninth straight victory. Stonie, who finished second last...
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Ohio community seeks clues, fights fear after 6 women vanish

AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (AP) — The fate of six women – four of them dead, two missing for months – have people on edge in this small southern Ohio city as relatives seek clues, seemingly in vain, to whatever happened to their loved ones....
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After year of Washington legal pot sales, taxes top $70M

AP Photo/Elaine Thompson SEATTLE (AP) — Washington launched its second-in-the-nation legal marijuana market with just a handful of stores selling high-priced pot to long lines of customers. A year later, the state has about 160 shops open, tax revenues have soared past...