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South Carolina bill to remove Confederate flag advances in legislature

A Confederate flag stands in front of the South Carolina State House in ColumbiaSouth Carolina lawmakers took a step on Monday toward removing the Confederate battle flag that flies at the state house in Columbia, long denounced as a symbol of slavery by critics. A bill to banish the flag from a Civil War memorial on the capitol grounds to a museum passed a crucial second reading in the state Senate by an overwhelming vote of 37-3 after an emotional debate. Numerous elected officials, including Republican Governor Nikki Haley, called for the flag's removal after the June 17 killings of nine African-American churchgoers during Bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church in Charleston.     Photos of the white man charged in the shootings showed him posing with the flag on a website that also carried a racist manifesto.



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.



Boston Marathon bomber files motion seeking new trial

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is pictured in this handout photo presented as evidence by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Boston(Reuters) - Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who has been sentenced to death, filed a motion in federal court on Monday seeking a new trial, according to court records. The preliminary motion for a new trial cited a lack of evidence in his trial this spring, according to documents filed in federal court in Massachusetts. Tsarnaev was convicted in April of killing three people and injuring 264 in the bombing near the finish line of the world-renowned Boston Marathon in 2013, as well as fatally shooting a police officer three days later.



AP: Bill Cosby said he obtained drugs to give to women for sex

AP: Bill Cosby said he obtained drugs to give to women for sexBill Cosby admitted in 2005 that he secured quaaludes with the intent of giving them to young women he wanted to have sex with, and that he gave the sedative to at least one woman and "other people," according to documents obtained Monday by The Associated Press.



'Can't Buy Me Love' actress Amanda Peterson dies at 43

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) ? Amanda Peterson, best known for her role in the 1987 romantic comedy "Can't Buy Me Love," has died. She was 43.


Mom of man killed setting off fireworks on head: rules lax

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) ? The mother of a man who tried to launch a firework off the top of his head for July Fourth and was killed instantly said Monday she's advocating for stricter controls about who can use the explosives.


Oregon lawmakers vote to help gay veterans, strippers

SALEM, Ore. (AP) ? Oregon is on track to be the first state to hire a coordinator to help lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender veterans upgrade a less-than-honorable discharge received because of their sexual orientation.


State: Tractor front-loader caused fatal Fresno blast

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) ? The front loader of a tractor punctured a gas line that exploded in Central California earlier this year, killing one jail inmate, sending several people to a hospital and halting traffic in both directions on a major highway, state officials said Monday.


APNewsBreak: Cosby said he got drugs to give women for sex

FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2014, file photo, comedian and Navy veteran Bill Cosby speaks during a Veterans Day ceremony in Philadelphia. Cosby admitted in a 2005 deposition that he obtained Quaaludes with the intent of using them to have sex with young women. In court documents released Monday, July 6, 2015, he admitted giving the sedative to at least one woman. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)PHILADELPHIA (AP) ? Bill Cosby admitted in 2005 that he secured quaaludes with the intent of giving them to young women he wanted to have sex with and that he gave the sedative to at least one woman and other people, according to documents obtained Monday by The Associated Press.



Police: Search for baby in river is a recovery operation

Authorities continue a search of the Connecticut River for a missing child, Monday, July 6, 2015, in Middletown, Conn. Police issued an alert Monday for 7-month-old Aaden Moreno, who may have been with his father when the man jumped from the Arrigoni Bridge Sunday night. (Catherine Avalone/The New Haven Register via AP) MANDATORY CREDITHARTFORD, Conn. (AP) ? A man jumped off a bridge into the Connecticut River with his 7-month-old son, police said Monday as they ended a search for the baby and began a recovery operation.