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Senate voting on Planned Parenthood, prelude to fall battle
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate appeared likely to reject a Republican effort to halt federal funds to Planned Parenthood on Monday. But it was just a prelude to a fall faceoff with higher stakes - a potential government shutdown that could reverberate into next year's presidential and congressional elections. The effort by GOP senators was a response to an anti-abortion group's covertly recorded videos of Planned Parenthood officials dispassionately describing how they provide aborted fetus tissue for medical research.

Obama heralds impact of power plant greenhouse gas limits
WASHINGTON (AP) - Calling it a moral obligation, President Barack Obama unveiled the final version of his plan to dramatically cut emissions from U.S. power plants, as he warned anew that climate change will threaten future generations if left unchecked. Touting the plan at a White House event on Monday, Obama said the unprecedented carbon dioxide limits are the "the single most important step" America has ever taken to fight climate change. He warned that because the problem is so large, if the world doesn't get it right quickly, it may become impossible to reverse, leaving populations unable to adapt.

Holmes jury keeps execution as option as sentencing advances
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - Jurors in the Colorado theater shooting trial declined to rule out the death penalty Monday as they move toward sentencing James Holmes. The decision clears the way for one last attempt from both sides to sway the jury with gripping testimony from victims about their harm and suffering as well as more appeals to show mercy to the man convicted of murdering 12 people and trying to kill 70 more.

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GOP face off in early-state forum is also a debate preview
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - The Republican Party's jam-packed presidential class faces off Monday night in New Hampshire, where more than a dozen White House hopefuls aim to warm up for the first full-fledged debate of the primary season. The forum will bring together almost all of the 17 major Republican candidates for president for a debate-lite event, which unlike Thursday's nationally televised debate in Cleveland doesn't have a cut-off for participation.

House GOP says it has the votes to disapprove of Iran deal
WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans said Monday that they have the GOP votes to disapprove of the Iran nuclear deal as Democrats stepped up their support of the agreement the Obama administration and other world powers negotiated with Tehran. Since Republicans hold a commanding 246 seats in the House, it was widely expected that the GOP would come up with 218 votes to support a resolution of disapproval, which has been introduced by Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill.

Cooler weather helps crews battling California wildfire
LOWER LAKE, Calif. (AP) - Cooler weather helped crews build a buffer Monday between a raging Northern California wildfire and some of the thousands of homes it threatened as it tore through drought-withered brush that hadn't burned in years. At least two dozen homes were destroyed over the past few days, and more than 13,000 people were urged to flee.

Man shot to death awaiting court appearance in Mississippi
CANTON, Miss. (AP) - A man got out of his pickup, walked up to the defendant in a drug-dealing case and fatally shot him in the chest, then set down his gun and surrendered as deputies confronted him outside a Mississippi courthouse Monday morning, law enforcement officials said. Police and other officials said they weren't sure why the suspect - 24-year-old William B. Wells, a former Canton firefighter with no history of trouble - would shoot victim Kendrick Armond Brown.

Former President Jimmy Carter undergoes liver operation
ATLANTA (AP) - Former President Jimmy Carter is expected to make a full recovery after having an operation Monday to remove a small mass in his liver, according to a spokeswoman. Carter Center spokeswoman Deanna Congileo called the procedure "elective" in a statement released Monday afternoon. She says the operation was completed without any issues and Carter's "prognosis is excellent for a full recovery."

Report: US-led strikes in Iraq, Syria killed 459 civilians
BAGHDAD (AP) - U.S.-led airstrikes targeting the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria have likely killed at least 459 civilians over the past year, a report by an independent monitoring group said Monday. The report by Airwars, a project aimed at tracking the international airstrikes targeting the extremists, said it believed 57 specific strikes killed civilians and caused 48 suspected "friendly fire" deaths. It said the strikes have killed more than 15,000 Islamic State militants.

Special Olympics athlete vanishes after another found safe
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A teenage Special Olympics athlete vanished from Los Angeles International Airport early Monday, just hours after another missing competitor turned up safe 350 miles away in Northern California. Shion Isimel, 15, of the Ivory Coast, was last seen at 6:30 a.m. Monday at a Delta Air Lines ticket counter, airport police spokesman Rob Pedregon said. A security camera photo showed the French-speaking teen, who competed in table tennis, wearing a black shirt with the words "Special Olympics."