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Church fires common, but usually not the result of arson
GREELEYVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- While investigators probe the cause of a fire that destroyed a rural black church in South Carolina, statistics show church fires aren't unusual and happen dozens of times a week across the nation.... 7/2/2015 8:40 AM

New warden, increased security after New York prison escape
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- A new superintendent has been named at the maximum-security prison in upstate New York where two inmates escaped last month, and a range of new security measures has been put in place.... 7/2/2015 6:46 AM

Man questioned in case of missing Phoenix-area couple
MARICOPA, Ariz. (AP) -- Authorities in Arizona questioned a "person of interest" Wednesday night in the case of a Phoenix-area couple missing for more than a week.... 7/2/2015 7:46 AM

Retired military dogs find new purpose in US meth wars
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Five retired military dogs that spent years working in war zones are putting their noses to new uses by helping police in the U.S. combat methamphetamine and other drugs.... 7/2/2015 6:15 AM

Macy's dumps Trump; New York City reviewing contracts
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Macy's department store chain joined an ongoing exodus from association with Donald Trump and New Mexico's governor and New York City's mayor slammed him over his comments on Mexican immigrants.... 7/2/2015 5:43 AM

Man bitten by shark on NC Outer Banks is 7th this summer
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A shark bit a 68-year-old man several times Wednesday in waist-deep water off North Carolina's Outer Banks, officials said, the seventh in a record-breaking year of shark attacks for the state's coastal waters.... 7/2/2015 5:20 AM

Former NFL star tackles overgrown field for football camp
HIGHLAND PARK, Mich. (AP) -- The weeds and wild grass rose well above Reggie McKenzie's knees as the former NFL star walked the field bearing his name in the small Detroit enclave of Highland Park. With two weeks until the start of the youth football camp he's been running for four decades, the city-owned field had yet to be mowed - and something had to be done.... 7/2/2015 6:17 AM

Episcopalians OK allowing gay marriage in churches
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Episcopal Church has completed its embrace of gay rights, changing church law to allow same-sex religious marriages throughout the denomination, just days after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide.... 7/2/2015 8:21 AM

Western wildfires: Progress against Washington fires
Fire crews have reported progress fighting wildfires in tinder-dry, drought-stricken Washington state, as well as in Nevada.... 7/2/2015 6:05 AM

California: Record water savings shows big cuts possible
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Water use in drought-stricken California plunged by record levels in May, and Gov. Jerry Brown's administration cited that as proof cities can hit steep summer conservation targets they have blasted as unfair.... 7/2/2015 7:21 AM

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