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AP Top U.S. News At 12:20 a.m. EDT

Lloyd hat trick leads US over Japan 5-2 for World Cup title
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- Carli Lloyd lives for the big moment. She had her biggest on Sunday night - and gave the United States its record third Women's World Cup title....

2 people dead, 3 missing after boat capsizes in Ohio River
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Two people were killed and three remained missing after the pontoon boat they were riding in hit a barge and capsized in the Ohio River, Kentucky authorities said Sunday....

Deteriorating nails blamed for North Carolina deck collapse
EMERALD ISLE, N.C. (AP) -- Nails deteriorated by years of exposure to the sand, salt and moisture from the ocean gave way, causing a deck collapse that hurt 24 people as they posed for a picture at a North Carolina beachfront home, authorities said....

To rename or not? Institutions reconsider honors for racists
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- The massacre at a predominantly black South Carolina church has institutions from Alaska to Connecticut evaluating whether they should continue enshrining the names of historical figures linked to slavery and the Confederacy....

Haley says church shooting will forever change her outlook
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- For five years, Gov. Nikki Haley, South Carolina's first minority governor, dismissed calls to remove the Confederate battle flag from the Statehouse lawn as a divisive issue far from her agenda....

Burt Shavitz, the Burt behind Burt's Bees, dies at 80
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- The reclusive beekeeper who co-founded Burt's Bees, and whose face and wild beard appeared on labels for the natural cosmetics, died on Sunday. Burt Shavitz was 80....

No more 'roar' as famed trading pits come to an end
NEW YORK (AP) -- Pete Meegan had every intention of going back to college, but then he got a summer job in the Chicago trading pits and fell in love with the "roar" of the floor, the excitement of "4,000 people yelling, `Buy! Buy! Buy!'" and decided no more classroom for him....

Man shoots off firework from top of his head, dies instantly
CALAIS, Maine (AP) -- A 22-year-old man who was drinking and celebrating the Fourth of July tried to launch a firework off the top of his head, killing him instantly, authorities said Sunday....

California water rates rise as cities lose money in drought
ROSEVILLE, Calif. (AP) -- Saving water doesn't always mean saving money in parched California....

Boy, 7, killed during violent July 4 celebrations in Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) -- Authorities say a 7-year-old boy who was celebrating the Fourth of July with his family was among three people who were shot and killed overnight in Chicago....

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