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As SC fire investigated, stats show church fires not unusual

The Rev. John Taylor feared the worst when he learned his church was on fire, only days after a mass shooting at a...

Ben Carson campaign says it raised $8.3M in past 3 months

Conservative favorite Ben Carson's presidential campaign says it has raised more than $8.3 million in the last three months. Read more »

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New sports uniforms level the playing field for Muslim girls

Girls in stylish athletic wear walk the runway as the sounds of Taylor Swift and Katy Perry blare from speakers. The crowd claps and cheers as the young models strike poses with basketballs,... Read more »

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Solemn ceremony marks return of Tunisia terror attack victims to UK

The bodies of eight British tourists killed in last week's massacre on a Tunisian beach were flown back home Wednesday. A military plane delivered their coffins to waiting hearses in a solemn... Read more »

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Macy's dumps Trump, Flo Rida pulls out of Miss USA pageant

Rapper Flo Rida has pulled out of his guest appearance at the "Miss USA" pageant later this month and Macy's has dumped Donald Trump, part of the continued fallout over the GOP hopeful's remarks... Read more »

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Confidential UN report gives positive nuclear review of Iran

The U.N. nuclear agency says Iran is broadly meeting its commitments under a preliminary nuclear deal that set up the current talks in Austria on a final agreement. Read more »

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Want a national day? Check a website in North Dakota

To most Americans, July 4 is Independence Day. But on Marlo Anderson's calendar, it's also Caesar Salad Day and Barbecued Spareribs Day. Read more »

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Former Auschwitz guard asks God for forgiveness at trial

A 94-year-old former SS sergeant who served in Auschwitz testified Wednesday he helped the death camp function in his role sorting cash and valuables seized from Jews after they arrived in... Read more »

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Official: Fire at South Carolina black church wasn't arson

A fire that destroyed a black church that 20 years ago was a target of the Ku Klux Klan was not the work of an arsonist, a federal law enforcement official said Wednesday. Read more »

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UN: At least 1,466 Iraqis killed in June due to violence

At least 1,466 Iraqis were killed by armed conflict in June, up more than 40 percent from the previous month as security forces suffered mounting casualties battling the Islamic State group,... Read more »

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Syria's Kurds warn Turkey not to intervene militarily

Syria's main Kurdish party warned Turkey on Wednesday that any military intervention would threaten international peace and said the country's main Kurdish militia is ready to face any "aggression." Read more »

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Indonesia plane crash death toll 141 as search effort ends

Indonesia's air force promised Wednesday to investigate whether the aging transport plane that crashed into a city neighborhood, killing 141 people, was violating rules by carrying non-military... Read more »

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South Sudan military is accused of widespread abuses

South Sudan's army has burned people alive, raped and shot girls, and forced tens of thousands from their homes, according to interviews with survivors by The Associated Press and corroborated by... Read more »

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US construction spending rises 0.8 percent in May

U.S. construction spending posted a solid gain in May, pushing total activity to the highest point since the fall of 2008, with the strength led by a big jump in non-residential projects. Read more »

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Emails show top administration officials aware of Clinton's private address as early as 2009

Senior Obama administration officials, including the White House chief of staff, knew as early as 2009 that Hillary Rodham Clinton was using a private email address for her government... Read more »

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Russia halts gas supply to Ukraine amid pricing dispute

The Russian gas company Gazprom halted supplies to neighboring Ukraine on Wednesday after the collapse of pricing talks, a company official said — but an EU official said both nations gave... Read more »

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Probate judges opposed to gay marriage stand firm

Gay couples can petition, protest and even sue — but that won't change Probate Judge Wes Allen's mind: He is not issuing them marriage licenses, despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that... Read more »

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Tractor-trailer hitches could be faulty, 6,000 may be in use

On a twisty, snow-lined hill that the locals call "Devil's Backbone," a 12-ton semi-trailer came loose from its tractor and plowed into an oncoming line of pre-dawn commuters. Read more »

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Western Europe sweats — and enjoys — unusual heat wave

Commuters bared lots of skin, temperatures broke records in cities and towns, and millions gulped down water or splashed away in it as Western Europe sweltered in a heat wave. Read more »

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Greece appears to cave to demands, but Europe skeptical

Greece's government appeared to be caving into demands from its creditors on Wednesday, offering concessions in a desperate attempt to get more aid hours after its bailout program expired. Read more »

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IAEA chief travels to Iran as nuke talks continue in Vienna

The head of the U.N. agency tasked to monitor a nuclear deal is traveling to Tehran to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, the agency said Wednesday, as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry... Read more »

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Hungary: fence on Serbia border forced step to stop migrants

Hungary's prime minister says the fence his country wants to build on the Serbian border to stem the flow of illegal migrants is a "forced measure" not aimed at its southern neighbor. Read more »

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Religious schools and universities on edge after gay marriage ruling

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Sweeping implications of rulling may have been signaled in Kennedy's decision and oral arguments exchange. Read more »

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Arthur Cyr: Greek economic spiral will likely not mirror recent American recession

The long-term success in Europe’s economic integration, plus an expanding influential body of European law, encourages bureaucratic belief that economic market coordination is the same as... Read more »

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Pope to visit poor in Ecuador, Bolivia, Paraguay

Pigs rummage through garbage searching for leftovers. The people live in shacks made of plywood and corrugated metal. Any semblance of stability in the sprawling slum of 15,000 families is upended... Read more »

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Police: 141 bodies recovered from Indonesia plane crash

The death toll from the crash of an air force transport plane in the Indonesian city of Medan jumped to more than 140 on Wednesday, indicating a growing list of victims from the neighborhood where... Read more »

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