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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.... 7/1/2015 10:06 PM

Episcopalians vote to allow gay marriage in churches
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Episcopalians overwhelmingly voted 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 12:56 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.... 7/1/2015 9:38 PM

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.... 7/1/2015 10:29 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.... 7/2/2015 1:04 AM

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.... 7/2/2015 12:36 AM

Witness: Man killed by police told officers 'shoot me'
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Two witnesses said an unarmed Mexican immigrant fatally shot by police in Washington state fought with an officer, threw rocks and told officers to shoot him before they opened fire, documents released Wednesday show.... 7/2/2015 12:39 AM

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