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U.S. House Speaker Boehner dismisses talk of impeaching Obama

Speaker of the House John Boehner speaks to the media on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans have no plans to begin impeachment proceedings against President Barack Obama, House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner declared on Tuesday, putting the blame on Democrats for stirring up pre-midterm election tensions in Washington. Boehner is, however, hoping this week to pass Republican legislation that would authorize a lawsuit, claiming Obama overstepped his powers in ordering unilateral changes to his landmark healthcare law known as "Obamacare." Any such lawsuit could take years to wind through the court system. Meanwhile, Obama is weighing whether to take executive action to scale back deportations of some undocumented residents, a move that would further rachet up tensions with Republicans, who have blocked comprehensive changes to U.S. immigration law, insisting the president take stronger action to stop the flow of illegal migrants. "We have no plans to impeach the president.



Water main break, geyser flood UCLA campus, strand motorists

A man walks through flood water up stairs from a parking structure outside UCLA's Pauley Pavilion sporting arena in Los AngelesBy Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A major water main ruptured underneath a street near the University of California, Los Angeles on Tuesday, unleashing a 20-foot-tall geyser and millions of gallons of water that flooded part of campus and stranded motorists on nearby streets. The water gushed across the north end of the campus for several hours, submerging athletic fields and pouring into an underground parking structure, where motorists were caught in water up to their wheel wells, Los Angles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said. The deluge happened as California suffers through a record drought that has prompted state and local authorities to impose water-use restrictions on residents, such as fines for wasting even a few gallons on excessive lawn-watering. Workers were removing inches of standing water from the floor of the UCLA basketball team's Pauley Pavilion, which in 2012 underwent a multi million-dollar renovation, university spokesman Ricardo Vazquez said.



U.S. Senate bill proposes sweeping curbs on NSA surveillance

CIA InvestigationsSenator Patrick Leahy introduced legislation on Tuesday to ban the U.S. government's bulk collection of Americans' telephone records and Internet data and narrow how much information it can seek in any particular search. The bill, which has White House backing, goes further than a version passed in May by the U.S. House of Representatives in reducing bulk collection and immediately drew warmer response from privacy advocates and technology companies. Revelations last year by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden prompted President Barack Obama to ask Congress in January to rein in the bulk collection and storage of records of millions of U.S. domestic telephone calls.



Fence aims to curb George Washington Bridge jumps

FILE - Traffic crosses the George Washington Bridge, in Fort Lee, N.J., in this Jan. 11, 2014 file photo. The bridge spanning New York and New Jersey is getting a fence to help curb suicides as the number of deaths there approaches record levels. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says there have been 13 suicides and 40 rescues on the span so far this year. There were 16 deaths for all of 2013. Plans call for erecting a 9-foot fence to replace the current railing to make jumping from the bridge difficult. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)FORT LEE, N.J. (AP) ? The George Washington Bridge spanning New York and New Jersey is getting a fence to help curb suicides as the number of deaths there approaches record levels.



Officer stops driver for speeding, saves his life

KENNEBUNK, Maine (AP) ? Not many people can say they owe their lives to a near speeding ticket.


Russia's central bank supports sanctions targets

President Barack Obama speaks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, July 29, 2014, as he announces new economic sanctions against key sectors of the Russian economy in the latest move to force Russian President Vladimir Putin to end his support for Ukrainian rebels. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)MOSCOW (AP) ? Russia's central bank promised to support financial institutions hit by U.S. sanctions as stocks took a tumble in Moscow on Wednesday.



PHOTOS: Megan's Law fugitives from South Jersey

PHOTOS: Megan's Law fugitives from South JerseyOn the 20th anniversary of the rape and murder of 7-year-old Megan Kanka of New Jersey - a crime that inspired Megan's Law - we are profiling the most wanted Megan's Law offenders from South Jersey.



Nintendo reports loss on shaky Wii U sales

FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2013 file photo, shoppers take escalators painted with the logos of Nintendo and Super Mario characters at an electronics store in Tokyo. Nintendo Co. sank to a worse-than-expected loss for the fiscal first quarter on lagging Wii U and 3DS video-game machine sales. But the Japanese company behind Super Mario and Pokemon games stuck to its annual forecasts Wednesday, July 30, 2014 for a 20 billion yen ($196 million) profit on 590 billion yen ($5.8 billion) sales. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)TOKYO (AP) ? Nintendo Co. sank to a worse-than-expected loss for the fiscal first quarter on lagging Wii U and 3DS video-game machine sales.



I-76 East reopens after vehicle overturns in Conshohocken

I-76 East reopens after vehicle overturns in ConshohockenAll eastbound lanes of the Schuylkill Expressway are back open after a vehicle overturned in the left lane.



Fla. baby survives after being left in hot minivan

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) ? A 2-month old baby is recovering after being left for about an hour inside a hot minivan parked outside a doctor's office in Florida.