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The Latest: Houston police say shooting suspect 'DOA'
HOUSTON (AP) -- The Latest on a shooting at a Houston strip mall (all times local):...

Debate Night: Clinton, Trump set for high-stakes showdown
WASHINGTON (AP) -- After months of tangling from afar, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will confront each other face-to-face for the first time in Monday night's presidential debate, laying out for voters their vastly different visions for America's future....

Charlotte ends curfew imposed after black man shot by police
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Charlotte lifted its midnight curfew, signaling movement toward normalcy after a state of emergency was imposed following the shooting death of a black man by police last week that brought National Guard troops and armored vehicles to downtown street corners....

Mall shooting suspect: 'Creepy,' multiple arrests, disputes
OAK HARBOR, Wash. (AP) -- The 20-year-old man suspected of killing five people with a rifle at a Macy's makeup counter was described by a neighbor as so "creepy, rude and obnoxious" that she kept a Taser by her front door. He also had a string of run-ins with the law in recent years, including charges he assaulted his stepfather....

Bomb case is latest hardship for NJ's large Muslim community
PATERSON, N.J. (AP) -- At the Islamic Center of Passaic County, which draws about 2,000 people each Friday for communal prayers, the talk is about how this year is different....

Goodbye to homework for some elementary schools and classes
SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) -- Guess what, kids? No homework. Really. All year....

1 of 2 boaters missing for week found alive, adrift in raft
BOSTON (AP) -- The U.S. Coast Guard says one of two Connecticut boaters missing for a week has been found alive, drifting on an inflatable life raft off the coast of Massachusetts....

Things to Know about deadly shootings at mall in Washington
BURLINGTON, Wash. (AP) -- Authorities have been investigating the background and possible motive of the suspect arrested in the slayings of five people in the makeup department of a Macy's store at a mall north of Seattle. Here are things to know about the shooting and the investigation:...

US terror attacks' common denominator: Anwar al-Awlaki
NEW YORK (AP) -- Five years after Anwar al-Awlaki was killed by an American drone strike, he keeps inspiring acts of terror....

Residents evacuate Cedar Rapids homes ahead of flooding
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) -- Several thousand residents of Cedar Rapids left their homes Sunday as floodwaters began to spill out of the rising Cedar River, and Iowa's second-largest city worked to apply the lessons officials learned after the record 2008 flood....

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