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McCaskill backs push to revoke medal from Cosby

(ST. LOUIS, AP) — U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri says she supports efforts to have President Barack Obama revoke Bill Cosby’s Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Promoting Awareness Victim…

Vet finds 62 hair bands, 8 pairs of underwear inside dog

(MARS, Pa., AP) — This hungry Labrador has some unusual taste buds. A Pennsylvania veterinarian retrieved 62 hair bands, eight pairs of underwear and a bandage from the dog’s stomach…

FBI, Justice Dept. taking encryption concerns to Congress

By ERIC TUCKER (WASHINGTON, AP) — Federal law enforcement officials are pressing their concerns about encryption before Congress, where they will argue to senators on Wednesday that the right to…

South Carolina Senate votes to take down Confederate flag

By JEFFREY COLLINS (COLUMBIA, S.C., AP) — The push to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse is about to clear its first hurdle. But…

Deadly Washington ice cave collapse after warm temperatures

(VERLOT, Wash., AP) — Ice caves popular with hikers northeast of Seattle partially collapsed, killing one person and leaving at least four other injured, officials said. Monday’s collapse came after…

California right-to-die bill struggling amid religious fight

By FENIT NIRAPPIL (SACRAMENTO, Calif., AP) — A bill that would allow California physicians to help terminally ill patients end their lives is struggling to muster enough support ahead of…

Obama heads to Pentagon for meetings on Islamic State

(WASHINGTON, AP) — President Barack Obama is making a rare visit to the Pentagon to get an update from military leaders on the campaign against the Islamic State. Obama’s meetings…

Amtrak’s future in Kansas hinges on satisfying mandate

(NEWTON, Kan., AP) — Kansas could lose its Amtrak service unless funding is found to satisfy a federal requirement to install positive train control systems along its lines by the…

South Carolina lawmakers return for Confederate flag debate

By JEFFREY COLLINS (COLUMBIA, S.C., AP) — While it appears there is broad support in the South Carolina Legislature to bring down the Confederate flag, the depth of that support…

Solar-powered plane due to land in Hawaii after 5-day flight

By AUDREY McAVOY (HONOLULU, AP) — An airplane powered by the sun is scheduled to land in Hawaii Friday after a five-day journey across the Pacific from Japan. The flight…