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AP Top U.S. News At 4:47 a.m. EDT

Baltimore residents fearful amid rash of homicides
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Antoinette Perrine has barricaded her front door since her brother was killed three weeks ago on a basketball court near her home in the Harlem Park neighborhood of West Baltimore. She already has iron bars outside her windows and added metal slabs on the inside to deflect the gunfire....

Floods in vulnerable Houston no surprise, despite controls
HOUSTON (AP) -- The flooding, property damage and loss of life as torrential rains this week hit the Houston area should be no surprise....

Swollen rivers cause Texas cities to worry about flooding
HOUSTON (AP) -- While the barrage of deadly thunderstorms that hit Texas has tapered off, several cities aren't out of danger, as officials warn about possible flooding as the week goes on from rivers swollen by rainfall....

Latest on flooding: Officials: Threat remains across Texas
1 a.m. CDT...

Deaths highlight hidden danger from municipal storm drains
The drowning of an Oklahoma firefighter and a Texas teenager in storms that swept through those states highlight the persistent dangers posed by storm drains that help protect neighborhoods during flash flooding but can suck in unsuspecting residents and rescue workers....

Is rent out of reach? Study shows how 11 US cities stack up
NEW YORK (AP) -- Renters are on the rise in America's biggest cities, but many tenants are scrambling to keep up with growing rent bills and shrinking vacancies, according to a study being released Thursday....

Massive coal breaker, Pennsylvania's last, is coming down
MAHANOY CITY, Pa. (AP) -- When coal was king, its castle was the breaker - an imposing fortress that crushed, washed and sized billions of tons of Pennsylvania anthracite for use in factories, foundries and homes up and down the East Coast....

Georgia man pleads guilty to seeking to join Islamic State
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) -- Leon Nathan Davis had a family and a sales job - and says he left them behind last fall with a one-way ticket overseas and a plan to join the Islamic State group....

Theater shooting prosecutors build case that Holmes was sane
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) -- Prosecutors are methodically building a case that James Holmes knew right from wrong when he planned and carried out the deadly Colorado theater shootings, hoping to convince jurors he should be convicted and executed and not sent to a mental hospital....

Iconic Martha's Vineyard lighthouse being moved inland
AQUINNAH, Mass. (AP) -- An iconic lighthouse on Martha's Vineyard's is set to begin a multi-day trek to a new home farther inland....

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Baltimore residents fearful amid rash of homicides

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