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‘Aggressive’ search underway for 2 teens on fishing trip

The Coast Guard searched “aggressively” off the Florida coast and friends combed the shoreline Monday for any sign of two teenage fishermen, described as experienced boaters, who went missing three days earlier after setting out for the Bahamas on a stormy afternoon.

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Judge did not involuntarily commit theater gunman

The gunman responsible for last week’s deadly attack in a Louisiana movie theater was delivered by deputies to hospital for a mental evaluation in 2008 after his family said he was a danger to himself and others.

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Boy Scouts approve ending blanket ban on gay leaders

Religious exemptions kept

The Boy Scouts of America on Monday ended its blanket ban on gay adult leaders while allowing church-sponsored Scout units to maintain the exclusion for religious reasons.

Fed meets, edges toward its first rate hike since 2006

The Federal Reserve is getting close to raising interest rates for the first time in nearly a decade, perhaps in September. When it meets this week, though, don’t expect any timetable for a rate hike to be spelled out in a post-meeting statement. For now, the Fed wants to keep its options open.

Fiat Chrysler settlement could prove costly

Fiat Chrysler could be required to lay out hundreds of millions of dollars to get potentially defective Ram pickups and older Jeeps off the road under a deal with safety regulators to settle claims that the automaker mishandled nearly two dozen recalls.

Obama pushes for end to crippling crisis in South Suday

President Barack Obama launched a personal push for peace in South Sudan on Monday, convening African leaders for urgent talks in neighboring Ethiopia aimed at keeping the world’s newest nation from collapsing amid civil war.

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US, Turkey plan 'safe zone' free of IS in northern Syria

Turkey and the United States have agreed on the outlines of a plan to rout the Islamic State group from a strip of Syrian territory along the Turkish border — a plan that opens the possibility of a safe haven for tens of thousands of displaced Syrians but one that also sets up a potential conflict with U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish forces in the area.

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Obama: Kenya at ‘crossroads’ between peril and promise

Declaring Kenya at a “crossroads” between promise and peril, President Barack Obama on Sunday pressed the nation of his father’s birth to root out corruption, treat women and minorities as equal citizens, and take responsibility for its future.

Possible links eyed between dead man, missing women

West Virginia police said Sunday they are sharing information with authorities investigating suspicious deaths and missing women in southern Ohio.

Lawsuit reveals extent of Ethiopian hacking amid Obama visit

As President Barack Obama faces pressure to discuss human rights in his first official visit to Ethiopia this weekend, a unique lawsuit back home is challenging whether the African country can spy on an American by turning his computer into a giant recording device.

Paris police open fire on car at Tour de France

Paris police were searching for a car that struck a taxi and crashed through barricades set up near the Tour de France finish line on Sunday morning, drawing police fire hours before the arrival of the cyclists and spectators. Police said they didn’t suspect terrorism.

Ohio city better prepared to keep toxins out of tap water

Bright yellow buoys equipped with sensors and scattered across western Lake Erie are more than beacons bobbing in the water.

Newport Jazz Festival to mark Miles Davis’ 60th anniversary

Miles Davis wasn’t even listed in the program book when he appeared for the first time at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1955, but he made his presence felt with a career-reviving performance.

Decendent of Lewis and Clark explorer continues campaign

A former national inline speed skating champion is staying the course on his quest to raise awareness of an ancestor connected to Lewis and Clark’s 1802 expedition. Cory Skyler Drouillard has been campaigning since November in hopes of increasing recognition of his family’s historical importance, the Lewiston Tribune reported.

State health insurance markets struggle with cost challenges

State-run health insurance markets that offer coverage under President Barack Obama’s health law are struggling with high costs and disappointing enrollment. These challenges could lead more of them to turn over operations to the federal government or join forces with other states.

Fiat Chrysler to buy back 500,000 pickups in recall

Fiat Chrysler must offer to buy back from customers more than 500,000 Ram pickup trucks in the biggest such action in U.S. history as part of a costly deal with safety regulators to settle legal problems in about two-dozen recalls.

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25 years on, disabilities act has changed lives of millions

Five days before he was to start college, Fred Maahs' world turned upside down. Off the Delaware coast in 1980, on the last day of summer vacation, the 18-year-old took a dive from his family's boat into an unseen sandbar barely a foot below the surface, sustaining injuries that paralyzed him from the chest down.

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Georgia debates Confederate carving set in stone and state law

The "Confederate Memorial Carving" in a state park outside of Atlanta is once again stirring controversy, as Georgia officials try to decide what, if anything, to do about a huge sculpture that memorializes three of the South's Civil War heroes but causes offense to blacks and others.

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Escaped Mexican drug lord no saint, but lesser evil at home

People living in the hometown of drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman have heard stories of his benevolence: gifts of medicine for the poor, deliveries of drinking water to storm-stricken towns. But finding anyone who's actually received or even seen such a gift is another matter.

Fiat Chrysler to recall more than 1.6 million vehicles in US

Fiat Chrysler is recalling more than 1.6 million vehicles in the U.S. to fix two separate issues affecting its Ram pickup trucks.

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