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Heavy rains pound North Texas, severe weather kills 18 in the state

Amy Gilmour a volunteer from San Antonio Texas walks past a pile of debris which included parts of destroyed homes that amassed when the Blanco River flooded during the Memorial Day weekend rains in Wimberley Texas By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - Storms bringing as much as seven inches of rain drenched North Texas overnight into Friday, prompting hundreds of calls for emergency assistance and adding to the woes of the state where 18 people have been killed in severe weather this week. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for the Dallas area on Friday morning and a flash flood watch for an area stretching from central Texas into central Kansas. The seven inches (17.8 cm) in North Texas from Thursday morning into Friday comes after storms dumped seven inches on Austin on Monday and as much as 11 inches (28 cm) overnight on Monday in the Houston area.


Ex-NFL star Darren Sharper to change plea in U.S. sex crime case

Former NFL star Darren Sharper and his attorney Leonard Levine appear at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center in Los Angeles (Reuters) - Former NFL player Darren Sharper, accused of drugging and raping women in four states, was expected on Friday to change his not-guilty plea on related federal charges in New Orleans. Sharper, 39, already has pleaded guilty or no contest to rape or attempted rape in Arizona, California and Nevada as part of a series of plea agreements with prosecutors that call for his sentences to be served concurrently in federal prison. Court records indicate Sharper, a five-time Pro Bowl National Football League safety who helped lead the New Orleans Saints to a Super Bowl victory in 2010, will change his plea on charges that he drugged women in Louisiana and elsewhere with the intent to rape them.


U.S. swimming pools ban long breath-holding after deaths

Undated handout family photo of Witner Milner smiling as he is fishing By Barbara Goldberg NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. Navy SEAL hopeful and his friend, an off-duty lifeguard, were barreling through underwater drills in a pool just 3.5 feet (1 meter) deep. This summer, nearly four years after those deaths in a Staten Island pool raised alarms about a little known hazard called shallow-water blackout or hypoxic blackout, New York City is putting up warning signs at all public pools prohibiting prolonged breath holding. It is part of a movement to raise awareness of the peril that has killed accomplished swimmers and to stop it by banning lengthy breath holding in the nation's estimated 300,000 public pools.


National Spelling Bee ends in tie for 2nd year in a row

Dev Jaiswal, 13, of Jackson, Miss. reacts as he correctly spelled "bouclé" during the semifinals of the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee, Thursday, May 28, 2015, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — They couldn't be rattled. They couldn't be denied. Gokul Venkatachalam and Vanya Shivashankar had worked too hard and come close too many times not to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee.


Psychiatrist: Colorado shooter knew what he was doing

Jurors hear from Holmes on video that he regretted attack CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — The man who killed 12 moviegoers and wounded scores of others in a suburban Denver theater was mentally ill but legally sane, a court-appointed psychiatrist testified Thursday.


CDC investigating error that caused live anthrax shipments

In this May 11, 2003, file photo, Microbiologist Ruth Bryan works with BG nerve agent simulant in Class III Glove Box in the Life Sciences Test Facility at Dugway Proving Ground, Utah. The specialized airtight enclosure is also used for hands-on work with anthrax and other deadly agents. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it is investigating what the Pentagon called an inadvertent shipment of live anthrax spores to government and commercial laboratories in as many as nine states, as well as one overseas, that expected to receive dead spores. (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac, File) WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Army's top general said Thursday that human error probably was not a factor in the Army's mistaken shipment of live anthrax samples from a chemical weapons testing site that was opened more than 70 years ago in a desolate stretch of desert in Utah.


Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert indicted on federal charges

File photo of House Speaker Dennis Hastert speaking during a news conference in Batavia Illinois Hastert, 73, is accused of illegally transferring funds to avoid detection by the IRS.


Chicago’s heart of mercy for the disabled

Chicago’s Misericordia is changing lives of disabled men and women Nestled away in a northern Chicago suburb, among tree-lined streets, white picket fences and perfectly manicured lawns, is a 31-acre complex known as Misericordia. Misericordia, whose name means “heart of mercy” in Latin , is home to more than 600 children and adults with a wide range of physical and mental disabilities.


Pataki record: A Roosevelt Republican from N.Y.’s crime-crackdown years

FILE - In this April 17, 2015 file photo, former Gov., N.Y., George Pataki speaks in Nashua, N.H. Pataki is the latest Republican to get into the race for president. In a video posted Thursday morning on YouTube, Pataki says America needs to recapture the spirit of unity that spread through the country in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He was in his second of three terms as governor when the attacks struck New York and Washington, and Pataki highlights his role in New York and the country's recovery in the video. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File) Amid a growing group of long-shot Republican presidential hopefuls that already includes a neurosurgeon, a deposed Silicon Valley CEO, and two failed contenders from presidential primaries past, few official or potential primary candidates have been as quickly dismissed as George Pataki.


U.S. military mistakenly ships live anthrax to labs in nine states

The Centers for Disease Control sign is seen at its main facility in Atlanta By Phil Stewart and Sharon Begley WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. military mistakenly sent live anthrax bacteria to laboratories in nine U.S. states and a U.S. air base in South Korea, after apparently failing to properly inactivate the bacteria last year, U.S. officials said on Wednesday. The Pentagon said there was no known suspected infection or risk to the public. Twenty-two personnel at the base in South Korea were also given precautionary medical measures although none have shown sign of exposure, the U.S. military said.



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German justice minister urges new start at FIFA without Blatter - Reuters


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German justice minister urges new start at FIFA without Blatter
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Can you spell co-champions? National Spelling Bee ends in tie - Washington Post


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Can you spell co-champions? National Spelling Bee ends in tie
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All sorts of history was made at the National Spelling Bee on Thursday night. Vanya Shivashankar and Gokul Venkatachalam duked it out to a tie and were named co-winners of the annual contest. It marked the second year in a row that co-champions were ...
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Jaw-dropping Dennis Hastert indictment stirs deeper mystery - Washington Post


Los Angeles Times

Jaw-dropping Dennis Hastert indictment stirs deeper mystery
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We don't know — we may never know — what former U.S. House speaker Dennis Hastert did that was so bad, if anything. What we do know: Prosecutors say he was willing to pay $3.5 million to cover it up. The former lawmaker was indicted this week on ...
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