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12 missing after flooding in Texas sweeps away vacation home
WIMBERLEY, Texas (AP) - Recovery teams were resuming the search early Tuesday for 12 people who are missing after a rain-swollen river in Central Texas carried a vacation home off its foundation, slamming it into a bridge downstream. The hunt for the missing picked up after a holiday weekend of terrible storms that dumped record rainfall on the Plains and Midwest, caused major flooding and spawned tornadoes and killed at least eight people in Oklahoma and Texas. More than 1,000 homes have been damaged or destroyed in Texas, and thousands of residents are displaced.


The Latest on flooding: Houston floodwaters strand motorists
7:10 a.m. High water and flooding made driving impossible for many travelers in the Houston area, even those on the city's major highways.


Iraq launches operation to drive Islamic State from Anbar
BAGHDAD (AP) - Iraq on Tuesday announced the launch of a major military operation to drive the Islamic State from the western Anbar province and retake the Sunni heartland where the extremist group captured the provincial capital, Ramadi, earlier this month. The operation is backed by Shiite militias and Sunni pro-government fighters, the Iraqi state TV reported, without providing further details. There was no indication of any immediate movements on the ground following the announcement.


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The Latest on IS: Fighting, strikes near Iraq's Ramadi
3:18 p.m. (1218 GMT) Officials in Iraq's Anbar province say there is ongoing fighting and airstrikes west and south of the Islamic State-held city of Ramadi.


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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. 12 MISSING AFTER FLOODING IN TEXAS SWEEPS AWAY VACATION HOME


Media CEOs dominate ranks of top-paid executives
NEW YORK (AP) - They're not Hollywood stars, they're not TV personalities and they don't play in a rock band, but their pay packages are in the same league. Six of the 10 highest-paid CEOs last year worked in the media industry, according to a study carried out by executive compensation data firm Equilar and The Associated Press.


Vermont's Sanders to kick off 2016 bid from Clinton's left
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - For a vocal group of liberals who aren't satisfied with Hillary Rodham Clinton, Vermont's self-described "democratic socialist" senator isn't the candidate they want. But Bernie Sanders is the candidate they're about to get. Already in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, Sanders aims to jumpstart his campaign on Tuesday with a kickoff event - complete with free Ben & Jerry's ice cream - in Burlington, the place where he won his first election by beating a longtime incumbent Democrat by 10 votes to become mayor.


Cable company Charter buying Time Warner Cable for $55.3B
NEW YORK (AP) - Charter Communications is buying Time Warner Cable for $55.33 billion, creating another U.S. TV and Internet giant. And executives say they're confident regulators will allow it.


APNewsBreak: UN officials let child sex abuse claims linger
UNITED NATIONS (AP) - For months, the U.N.'s top human rights officials knew about allegations of child sexual abuse by French soldiers in Central African Republic, collected by their own staff. But they didn't follow up because they assumed French authorities were handling it, statements marked "strictly confidential" show, even as France pressed the U.N. for more information about the case. In a signed statement obtained by The Associated Press, the deputy high commissioner for human rights also says that her colleague who first informed French authorities last July did it because he didn't think the recently created U.N. peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic would act on the allegations.


US returns 25 looted artifacts to Italy: Vases, frescoes
ROME (AP) - The United States on Tuesday officially returned 25 artifacts that had been looted over the decades from Italy, including Etruscan vases, 1st-century frescoes and precious books that ended up in U.S. museums, universities and private collections. Italy has been on a campaign to recover looted artifacts, using the courts and public shaming to compel museums and collectors to return antiquities, and has won back several important pieces.

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