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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

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

Arizona copper mine stirs debate pitting profits vs religion
SUPERIOR, Ariz. (AP) -- Outside of an aging mining town in the mountains east of Phoenix, a copper company has burrowed a shaft 1.3 miles into the high desert landscape in what is believed to be the deepest such mine in the U.S.... 7/2/2015 6:09 AM

Episcopalians vote to allow gay marriage in churches
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Episcopalians voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to allow religious weddings for same-sex couples, solidifying the church's embrace of gay rights that began more than a decade ago with the pioneering election of the first openly gay bishop.... 7/2/2015 2:11 AM

New warden, security measures after New York prison escape
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- A range of new security measures is being put in place at a maximum-security prison to close gaps exploited by two inmates who escaped last month.... 7/2/2015 3:51 AM

Confederate emblems 'treason,' says head of rights group
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- The national president of a civil-rights group says Confederate symbols represent "treason" and should be removed from public objects, including the Mississippi state flag.... 7/1/2015 8:46 PM

Boy chained up with dead chicken around neck tells his story
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Handcuffed and shackled to a block of steel, the young boy would brace himself when he heard footsteps outside his bedroom door. He knew that once the grown-ups entered, the abuse would begin.... 7/1/2015 9:38 PM

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

California cities show biggest water savings yet in drought
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California's drought-stricken cities set a record for water conservation, reducing usage 29 percent in May, according to data released by a state agency Wednesday.... 7/2/2015 12:40 AM

As SC fire investigated, stats show church fires not unusual
GREELEYVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- The Rev. John Taylor feared the worst when he learned his church was on fire, only days after a mass shooting at a black church in Charleston prompted Southern leaders to call for removing Confederate flags.... 7/2/2015 2:34 AM

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