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New security measures in place at NY prison after escape
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- A range of new security measures are being put in place at a maximum-security New York prison to close gaps exploited by two inmates who escaped last month.... 7/1/2015 8:43 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 9:14 PM

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

Man bitten by shark on NC Outer Banks is 7th this summer
OCRACOKE, 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 attack in the state's coastal waters in less than three weeks.... 7/1/2015 8:37 PM

Want a national day? Check a website in North Dakota
NEW YORK (AP) -- To most Americans, July 4 is Independence Day. But on Marlo Anderson's calendar, it's also Caesar Salad Day and Barbecued Spareribs Day.... 7/1/2015 6:57 PM

Episcopalians to vote on allowing gay marriage in churches
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Episcopalians were set to vote Wednesday on allowing religious weddings for gay couples, just days after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.... 7/1/2015 3:47 PM

California law decried after black woman's `lynching' arrest
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- When Sacramento police arrested black activist Maile Hampton over her role in a Black Lives Matter protest in January, they didn't charge her with obstructing traffic, trespassing or disturbing the peace.... 7/1/2015 7:04 PM

Federal judge: Alabama counties must allow gay marriage
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- With a handful of Alabama counties still refusing to grant gay marriages even as they issued licenses for straight weddings, a federal judge ruled Wednesday that all must abide by court decisions allowing same-sex unions.... 7/1/2015 7:52 PM

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.... 7/1/2015 9:16 PM

US probing possible airline collusion that kept fares high
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. government is investigating possible collusion among major airlines to limit available seats, which keeps airfares high, according to a document obtained by The Associated Press.... 7/1/2015 8:43 PM

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