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Military announces plan to lift transgender ban

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter has ordered a six-month study aimed at formally ending one of the last gender- or sexuality-based barriers to military service, saying the Pentagon's current regulations banning transgender individuals from serving in the military need to be examined.

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Jail error was initial mistake shooting suspect's gun buy

LEXINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Both the FBI and a county sheriff's department agency promise to review a series of mistakes that allowed South Carolina church shooting suspect Dylann Roof to get a gun he never should have been allowed to buy.

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Official calls teen's plane crash survival a 'miracle'

SEATTLE (AP) — A 16-year-old girl survived a small plane crash in the rugged mountains of north-central Washington state and then hiked through thick forest to reach safety in what one official called "a miracle." But searchers were still looking for the plane wreckage and her two step-grandparents, who were also on board.

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US retail sales fall in June as consumers stay cautious

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans cut back their spending at stores and restaurants last month, a sign that they remain cautious despite robust job growth in the past year.

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News guide: Movie theater shooting trial closing in Colorado

 

Closing arguments are set for Tuesday in the long trial of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes. Here's a look at top elements in the case:

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Lots of speculation, few clues about mysterious beach blast

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A loud boom that knocked a Rhode Island beachgoer out of her chair is still a mystery days later, and with no evidence of an explosive device and few clues in the sand, investigators and scientists are wondering whether this was a bizarre case of nature acting up.

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Greek leader faces dissent at home over rescue deal

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras faced open revolt from some of his own ministers as he tried Tuesday to rally support for a financial rescue agreement that includes measures that will cause more economic pain for Greeks.

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Harper Lee's town joyful, anxious over 'Mockingbird' sequel

MONROEVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Judy May and her sister Julia Stroud drove back to their hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, and snatched up the first two copies as Harper Lee's new novel "Go Set a Watchman" as the book went on sale at midnight.

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