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Volunteers search for missing after Central Texas flood, with more rain in the forecast
WIMBERLEY, Texas (AP) -- A handful of volunteers trudged along the muddy and brush-filled banks of the Blanco River in Central Texas, searching for a group of people still missing days after the vacation house where they were staying was swept away in a massive flood....

AP source: Former House speaker paid hush money to conceal old sexual abuse claims
CHICAGO (AP) -- Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert paid hush money to conceal claims that the Illinois Republican sexually molested someone decades ago, a person familiar with the allegations said....

Man not guilty of murder in shooting of unarmed trespassers in Nevada stand-your-ground case
RENO, Nev. (AP) -- Accused of murder for confronting two unarmed trespassers with a deadly barrage of gunfire, Wayne Burgarello walked out of a Nevada courthouse a free man after the jury found him not guilty of all charges in the latest of a series of cases nationally testing the boundaries of stand-your-ground self-defense laws....

Government defends cleanup effort after California oil spill amid criticism by lawmakers
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The leader overseeing a massive oil cleanup along the California coast defended the initial response, saying there were boots on the ground after the spill that stained popular beaches....

Wisconsin jury convicts 'Saved by the Bell' actor Dustin Diamond of misdemeanors in stabbing
PORT WASHINGTON, Wis. (AP) -- TV actor Dustin Diamond was convicted Friday of two misdemeanors stemming from a barroom fight, but a Wisconsin jury cleared the former "Saved by the Bell" actor of the most serious felony charge....

Protesters gather outside Phoenix mosque for Islam protests as police keep 2 sides apart
PHOENIX (AP) -- About 500 protesters gathered outside a Phoenix mosque on Friday as police kept two groups sparring about Islam on separate sides of the street....

Funeral for blues great B.B. King to take place Saturday in his Mississippi Delta hometown
INDIANOLA, Miss. (AP) -- Blues pioneer B.B. King is being remembered in the Mississippi Delta as a man whose talent was equaled by his generous spirit....

From rainy Texas to scorching India, this has been a month of strange weather around the world
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Even for a world getting used to wild weather, May seems stuck on strange....

Texas poised to allow open carry of handguns, overturning Civil War-era ban
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Texas lawmakers on Friday approved carrying handguns openly on the streets of the nation's second most-populous state, sending the bill to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, who immediately promised to sign it and reverse a ban dating to the post-Civil War era....

Holmes told psychiatrist his 'mind was kind of falling apart' months before theater shooting
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) -- James Holmes said his "mind was kind of falling apart" and he began to have homicidal thoughts months before he killed 12 people and injured 70 others in a Colorado movie theater, according to a video excerpt presented Friday at his murder trial....

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Volunteers search for missing after Central Texas flood, with more rain in the forecast

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Man not guilty of murder in shooting of unarmed trespassers in Nevada stand-your-ground case

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