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Governor: NC looking for shark attack patterns

Safety officials are still trying to find patterns in the series of shark attacks on the North Carolina coast that might help keep the key tourism region safe for visitors, Gov. Pat McCrory said Thursday.

Charleston suspect’s sister raises money for wedding

The sister of the man accused of killing nine people at a Charleston church has taken down a Go Fund Me profile set up to help pay for her honeymoon and wedding, which was originally planned for the weekend after the slayings.

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Pilot saves own bacon, glides pig-shaped balloon after crash

The pig couldn’t fly, the cowboy got away, and the pilot’s OK.

No evidence of shooting at Washington Navy Yard

Investigators found no evidence of a shooting after the Washington Navy Yard went on lockdown Thursday when someone reported shots fired in the same building where a gunman killed 12 workers in a rampage two years ago.

US stocks slip on mixed US jobs report, Greek fears

Stocks ended a tumultuous trading week with slight losses Thursday as investors sought safety ahead of an extended holiday weekend.

$18.7B deal clears path for BP to close books on Gulf spill

Trying to close the books on the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history, BP agreed Thursday to provide billions of dollars in new money to five Gulf Coast states in a deal the company said would bring its full obligations to an estimated $53.8 billion.

Boko Haram guns down 97 people praying in mosques in Nigeria

Boko Haram extremists gunned down nearly 100 Muslims praying in mosques in a northeast Nigerian town during the holy month of Ramadan, a government official and a self-defense fighter said Thursday.

Ferry capsizes in Philippines; 35 dead, 20 missing

A ferry carrying 189 passengers and crew capsized Thursday minutes after it left a central Philippine port in choppy waters, leaving at least 35 dead and 20 others missing, coast guard officials said.

Greek vote campaign begins amid crisis

The battle for Greek votes entered full swing Thursday ahead of a crucial weekend referendum that could decide whether the country falls out of the euro.

Egypt’s warplanes strike back at militants in troubled Sinai

Egyptian warplanes launched new airstrikes and troops went house-to-house Thursday in the troubled Sinai Peninsula, a day after Islamic State-linked militants set off the area’s bloodiest fighting in decades in an unprecedented, coordinated attack.

Iran takes hard line on inspections, sanctions at nuke talks

Iran took a hard line Thursday on two of the biggest demands of world powers in a final nuclear accord, rejecting any extraordinary inspection rules and threatening to ramp up enrichment of bomb-making material if the United States and other countries re-impose sanctions after the deal is in place.

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New sports uniforms level the playing field for Muslim girls

Girls in stylish athletic wear walk the runway as the sounds of Taylor Swift and Katy Perry blare from speakers.

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Sonia Manzano retiring from ‘Sesame Street’

"Sesame Street” is about to be less A-OK. Sonia Manzano, who has played the role of Maria on the groundbreaking kid show since 1971, is retiring.

Missouri ends budget year with 8.8 percent revenue growth

Newly released data shows Missouri revenues are on the rise, which could jumpstart finances for the new budget year.

Storms, rain rake Missouri, 1 dies in flash flooding

Another night of strong storms and torrential rain swept across Missouri, leading to a flash flooding death in eastern Missouri and two apparent tornadoes in suburban Kansas City.

Ameren utility looks to build eastern Missouri solar plant

Ameren Missouri is asking Missouri regulators for permission to build a solar plant in eastern Missouri's Montgomery County.

Royals fan whose cancer fight gained attention dies

A Kansas boy whose fight against cancer and love of the Kansas City Royals received national attention during last year’s World Series has died. He was 7.

Some counties still not issuing licenses to same-sex couples

Some Missouri counties still won’t issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples despite last week’s Supreme Court ruling, prompting an advocacy group to threaten legal action Wednesday to force compliance.

Defense leads U.S. to the Women’s World Cup final

It used to be that the U.S. women’s national team was known more for its fierce attack. For the Women’s World Cup in Canada, the Americans are finding success with a locked-down defense.

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Former Tiger Carroll says he’s heading to Raptors

When DeMarre Carroll’s left knee buckled in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals, the breakout season that put him on the precipice of a big payday nearly went right down the drain.

At hot-for-Wimbledon, Venus and Serena on collision course

Venus Williams is no longer the player she once was, on account of the passage of time and the day-to-day ups and downs of an energy-sapping condition.

Lawsuit alleging teacher slapped autistic boy settled

A federal judge has approved a $350,000 settlement in a lawsuit alleging a teacher repeatedly slapped an autistic boy at a Springfield school.

June economic report echoes previous signs for Midwest

Data from a June survey echo previous signs that slower economic growth likely lays ahead for nine Midwestern and Plains states, according to a report released Wednesday.

Columbia businessman pleads not guilty in arson case

Police say a Columbia businessman charged with paying a man to set fire to a trailer hid in the attic of his home for hours before surrendering.

All set for start of Tour de France

The Tour de France is like a good bouillabaisse, the traditional Mediterranean seafood stew. Take out one ingredient, and it does not taste the same.

New president takes over at SEMO

The new president at Southeast Missouri State University is officially at the helm.

Own goal gives Japan win against England in World Cup

England defender Laura Bassett was inconsolable as she lay face down on the field, sobbing.

Blues sign Lehtera, lose Jackman

The St. Louis Blues have signed forward Jori Lehtera to a three-year contract extension that will begin with the 2016-17 season.

Cavaliers break the bank on Day 1 of free agency

Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert promised LeBron James he would do whatever it took financially to surround him with a team capable of ending the city’s 51-year championship drought.

Carrasco loses no-hitter with a strike to go in 9th

Carlos Carrasco was one strike away from throwing Cleveland’s first no-hitter in 34 years and already considering ways to celebrate.

Commission chastised for covering Jesus symbol on memorial

The Boone County Commission is being urged to overturn a decision to cover a Christian symbol on a monument to Columbia-area soldiers who died in Operation Desert Storm.

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Missouri panel rejects plan for multistate line

Missouri utility regulators on Wednesday denied a company’s request to construct a high-voltage power line in Missouri that was planned for a multistate wind energy project.

Weather Service says tornado touched down in Lee’s Summit

A tornado has touched down in suburban Kansas City, but there are no immediate reports of injuries.

Overcoming hostilities, US and Cuba to open embassies

After more than a half-century of hostility, the United States and Cuba declared Wednesday they will reopen embassies in each other’s capitals this month, marking a historic full restoration of diplomatic relations between the Cold War foes.

Greece proceeds with vote plan as creditors rebuff overture

The Greek government vowed Wednesday to go ahead with plans to have the people decide whether they want more austerity measures in exchange for a rescue deal. Greece offered more concessions to its creditors, but was rebuffed — Eurozone finance ministers refused to negotiate any more aid until the referendum clears up what the country wants.

Maine crews use drone to rescue 2 boys from raging river

Officials in Maine used a drone to help deliver a life jacket to a boy stranded on a rock in the middle of a raging river before bringing him and another boy to safety.

Arkansas soldiers receive Purple Hearts after 2009 attack

After more than six years of letters, appeals and finally a change in federal law, an Arkansas soldier who was killed and another who was wounded in a 2009 shooting outside of a Little Rock Army-Navy recruiting center were awarded Purple Hearts on Wednesday.

Man bitten by shark on NC Outer Banks is 7th this summer

A shark bit a 68-year-old man several times Wednesday in waist-deep water off North Carolina’s Outer Banks, officials said, the seventh attack in the state’s coastal waters in less than three weeks.

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As SC fire investigated, stats show church fires not unusual

The Rev. John Taylor feared the worst when he learned his church was on fire, only days after a mass shooting at a black church in Charleston prompted Southern leaders to call for removing Confederate flags.

White Sox activate reliever Jennings from 15-day DL

The Chicago White Sox activated reliever Dan Jennings from the 15-day disabled list and optioned right-hander Junior Guerra to Triple-A Charlotte.

Wednesday's MLB Capsules

Games played on July 1, 2015

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ROUNDUP: Justin Smoak homered from both sides of the plate, Mark Buehrle won his fourth straight decision and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Red Sox 11-2 on Wednesday, ending Boston's winning streak at three.

Confidential UN report positive on Iran nuclear commitments

Iran has met a key commitment under a preliminary nuclear deal setting up the current talks on a final agreement, leaving it with several tons less of the material it could use to make weapons, according to a U.N. report issued Wednesday.

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Massive assault on Egypt army in Sinai kills 64 troops

Dozens of Islamic militants unleashed a wave of simultaneous attacks, including suicide car bombings, on Egyptian army checkpoints in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula on Wednesday, killing at least 64 soldiers, officials said.

Missouri panel rejects plan for multistate wind power line

A panel of Missouri utility regulators has denied one company's request to construct a high-voltage power line in Missouri for a multistate wind energy project.

US stocks gain as Greece appears willing to negotiate

U.S. stocks closed higher as investors hoped a deal can be struck on Greece’s debt issues.

US probing airline collusion on high fares

The U.S. government is investigating possible collusion among major airlines to limit available seats, which keeps airfares high, according to a document obtained by the Associated Press.

30th anniversary of 'Future' celebrated

Thousands went back in time as one of the largest movie audiences ever in one place gathered to watch “Back to the Future” at the Hollywood Bowl in a celebration of the film’s 30th anniversary.

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Remains of schooner raised from Lake Champlain back to Navy

The remains of a Revolutionary War battleship that burned and sank as the Americans and British struggled for control of Lake Champlain will be in the hands of the U.S. Navy in time for the Fourth of July.

JBS USA to buy Cargill pork business for $1.45 billion

The U.S. subsidiary of a Brazilian-based international meat processor is buying the pork division of Cargill Inc.

Nixon reauthorizes tax that funds Missouri Medicaid services

A Missouri tax on medical service providers that helps fund the state Medicaid program has been reauthorized by the governor.