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Swollen Texas rivers prompt evacuations after floods kill 21


DALLAS - A new batch of heavy rain caused Texas rivers to overflow their banks and prompted widespread evacuations on Friday after a week of historic storms flooded Houston, killed at least 21 people and damaged more than 4,000 buildings. | Video

U.S. intelligence chief Clapper urges quick passage of surveillance reform bill

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Director of National Intelligence on Friday urged Congress to quickly pass the USA Freedom Act, a bill which would reform controversial surveillance powers approved by Congress after the Sept. 11 attacks.

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Live anthrax found in U.S. military shipment to Australia: official

WASHINGTON - An investigation of a U.S. military facility's mistaken shipments of live anthrax bacteria has turned up another live sample, this one from a 2008 batch sent to Australia, a U.S. defense official said on Friday.

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Obama nominates new pipeline, rail administrators at Transportation Department

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama on Friday nominated new administrators for the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and the Federal Railroad Administration, the White House said.

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Massachusetts judge orders end to decade-long vigil at Catholic church

BOSTON - A Massachusetts judge on Friday ordered parishioners of a Roman Catholic church who have occupied the building for more than a decade while the archdiocese attempted to close it to end their vigil by next week.

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Chevron pays reported $5M to family of Pennsylvania well fire victim

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Chevron Corp. has paid a reported $5 million to settle a lawsuit filed last year by the parents of a worker who was burnt to death in a gas well fire in western Pennsylvania.

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Family of man shot by San Diego policeman files $20 million claim

SAN DIEGO - The family of an Afghan immigrant who was shot and killed by a San Diego policeman who had not activated his body camera, prompting the department to revise its policy, has filed a $20 million claim against the city.

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Suge Knight hires Michael Jackson ex-attorney in California murder trial

LOS ANGELES - One-time rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight formally changed his attorney on Friday in the murder case against him, bringing in the lawyer who successfully represented Michael Jackson when the late pop star was acquitted on child molestation charges a decade ago. | Video

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Pennsylvania man gets life for rampage at Pocono municipal meeting

STROUDSBURG, Pa. - A Pennsylvania man involved in a long-running property dispute with local officials pleaded guilty on Friday in the fatal shooting of three people at a 2013 municipal meeting and was given three life terms in prison.

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Lil Wayne tour bus shooting leads to gang charges

ATLANTA - An Atlanta man faces charges including aggravated assault and gang activity for shooting at Grammy-winning rap music star Lil Wayne's tour buses, police said on Friday.

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