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South Carolina Senate expected to vote to remove Confederate flag

A Confederate flag stands in front of the South Carolina State House in ColumbiaBy Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - South Carolina's Senate is poised to pass legislation Tuesday to remove the Confederate battle flag from the state house, where it has flown for five decades despite being viewed by many as a symbol of slavery. A bill to banish the flag from the Capitol grounds to a museum is headed on Tuesday for a third and final vote in the Senate, which it is considered virtually certain to pass. Then it will be taken up by the House of Representatives and could become law as early as Thursday.



Bill Cosby said in 2005 lawsuit he gave Quaaludes to women for sex

Comedian Bill Cosby performs at The Temple Buell Theatre in DenverComedian Bill Cosby testified in 2005 that he had obtained Quaaludes with the intent of giving the sedatives to young women in order to have sex with them, according to court documents unsealed on Monday. Cosby, 77, made the admission during testimony in a civil case brought by a former Temple University employee, Andrea Constand, who alleged that Cosby tricked her into taking drugs before he sexually assaulted her. Cosby's lawyers had argued that the documents would cause severe embarrassment to the comedian-actor, who is best known for playing lovable father figure Dr. Cliff Huxtable on the hit TV comedy series "The Cosby Show" in the 1980s and 1990s.



Clinton says Puerto Rico should have access to U.S. bankruptcy laws

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at the Virginia Democratic Party's annual Jefferson-Jackson party fundraising dinnerU.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said Tuesday that Puerto Rico's public entities should be able to use U.S. bankruptcy laws to restructure some $72 billion in debt. Like U.S. states, Puerto Rico, a commonwealth, cannot file for bankruptcy protection. Unlike U.S. states, Puerto Rico's public entities, including municipalities, are not covered by U.S. Chapter 9 bankruptcy laws.



Man convicted in murder, dismemberment seeks new trial

GRETNA, La. (AP) ? A man convicted in the death and dismemberment of a Bourbon Street dancer is seeking a new trial, citing a history of mental illness and three failed requests for a mistrial during his proceedings.


Documents: Bill Cosby said he obtained drugs to give to women for sex, representative responds

Documents: Bill Cosby said he obtained drugs to give to women for sex, representative respondsBill Cosby admitted in 2005 that he secured quaaludes with the intent of giving them to young women he wanted to have sex with.



Patients will have their say at sentencing for cancer doctor

Liz Lupo, second from left, shows a sign in honor of her mother, Marianne Lupo, a former patient of Dr. Farid Fata, outside federal court, Monday, July 6, 2015, in Detroit. Patients of Fata received "stunning" doses of a powerful, expensive drug that exposed them to life-threatening infections, an expert testified Monday as a judge heard details about a cancer specialist who fleeced insurance companies and harmed hundreds of people. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)DETROIT (AP) ? Patients and their relatives will be giving an earful to a Detroit-area cancer doctor who admits ordering excessive treatments to get millions of dollars from insurers.



Deadly Washington ice cave collapse after warm temperatures

In this July 2010 photo, visitors examine the Big Four Ice Caves in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest near Granite Falls, Wash. The Snohomish County sheriff's office says rescuers responded to a report of a partial collapse of the ice caves Monday, July 6, 2015. (Mark Mulligan/The Herald via AP)VERLOT, Wash. (AP) ? Ice caves popular with hikers northeast of Seattle partially collapsed, killing one person and leaving at least four other injured, officials said.



Pedestrian struck and killed by SEPTA bus in Center City

Pedestrian struck and killed by SEPTA bus in Center CityPhiladelphia police say a man was struck and killed by a SEPTA bus in Center City.



Grays Ferry shootings injure 6-year-old, kill man

Grays Ferry shootings injure 6-year-old, kill manPhiladelphia Police are searching for suspects after two separate shootings in the Grays Ferry neighborhood.



Bruce Jenner's 1984 Olympic Torch going on auction block

In this undated photo provided by Heritage Auctions, the 1984 Summer Olympics Torch that Bruce Jenner carried through Lake Tahoe, Nevada is shown. The 24-inch torch, featuring a brass finish and wood handle, is being offered by Heritage Auctions on July 30, 2015, at its Platinum Night Sports Auction in Chicago. It is the first significant piece of Jenner memorabilia to go to auction since the winner of the 1976 Olympic Decathlon Gold Medal became Caitlyn Jenner. (Heritage Auctions via AP)NEW YORK (AP) ? The 1984 Summer Olympic Torch that Bruce Jenner carried through Lake Tahoe, Nevada, is going on the auction block where it could fetch $20,000 or more.