Report: 2 dead, 22 hurt in New Hampshire tent collapse

Officers surround the scene of a tent collapse in Lancaster, N.H., Monday, Aug. 3, 2015. Authorities say the circus tent collapsed when a severe storm raked the New Hampshire fairground. (Sebastian Fuentes via AP)A circus tent collapses as a severe storm rakes a northern New Hampshire fairground.



Senate blocks GOP bill to halt Planned Parenthood fed funds

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2015 file photo, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Joe Manchin says he will back a Republican bill cutting off federal aid for Planned Parenthood. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate blocked a Republican drive Monday to terminate federal funds for Planned Parenthood, setting the stage for the GOP to try again this fall amid higher stakes — a potential government shutdown that could echo into next year's presidential and congressional elections.



Special Report: State Department watered down human trafficking report

File photo of Obama shaking hands with Castro as they hold a bilateral meeting during the Summit of the Americas in Panama CityBy Jason Szep and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In the weeks leading up to a critical annual U.S. report on human trafficking that publicly shames the world’s worst offenders, human rights experts at the State Department concluded that trafficking conditions hadn’t improved in Malaysia and Cuba. The State Department’s senior political staff saw it differently — and they prevailed. A Reuters examination, based on interviews with more than a dozen sources in Washington and foreign capitals, shows that the government office set up to independently grade global efforts to fight human trafficking was repeatedly overruled by senior American diplomats and pressured into inflating assessments of 14 strategically important countries in this year’s Trafficking in Persons report.



Jury keeps death penalty as option for Colorado movie gunman Holmes

Accused Aurora theater gunman James Holmes listens during his arraignment in CentennialJames Holmes, the Colorado movie massacre gunman, could face the death penalty after jurors found on Monday that aggravating factors including the cruel nature of his crimes counted for more than mitigating ones such as mental illness. The panel of nine women and three men will now hear from victims of the July 2012 rampage at a midnight screening of the Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises." They will then deliberate on whether the 27-year-old shooter should be executed by lethal injection. Holmes, who killed 12 people and wounded 70, showed no reaction as the verdicts were delivered, staring straight ahead, hands in pockets.



Bottle in car of Ohio man shot by police held fragrance: coroner

University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing's body camera shows driver Samuel Dubose pulled over during a traffic stop in CincinnatiDuBose was pulled over by police officer Raymond Tensing on July 19 because the vehicle he was driving did not have a front license plate. DuBose handed him the bottle, marked as gin, and told him it was air freshener. About a minute later, the two men struggled after DuBose, 43, refused Tensing's request to step out of the car.





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