Top Headlines for U.S. News From the Associated Press

San Francisco status as 'sanctuary' criticized after slaying
By JANIE HAR and AMY TAXIN 06 Jul 2015 22:06

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The killing of a woman at a sightseeing pier has brought criticism down on this liberal city because the Mexican man under arrest was in the U.S. illegally, had been deported five times and was out on the streets after San Francisco officials disregarded a request from immigration authorities to keep him locked up....

SC Senate votes to take down flag; House OK still needed
By JEFFREY COLLINS 06 Jul 2015 21:54

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The South Carolina Senate voted Monday to pull the Confederate flag off the Capitol grounds, clearing the way for a historic measure that could remove the banner more than five decades after it was first flown above the Statehouse to protest integration....

Upscale Idaho town threatened by fire urged to flee homes
06 Jul 2015 21:45

BAYVIEW, Idaho (AP) -- A wildfire in northern Idaho has destroyed at least six homes and forced about 300 residents in an upscale lakeside community to evacuate as it ballooned to more than 3 square miles Monday....

APNewsBreak: Cosby said he got drugs to give women for sex
By MARYCLAIRE DALE 06 Jul 2015 21:31

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Bill Cosby testified in 2005 that he got Quaaludes with the intent of giving them to young women he wanted to have sex with, and he admitted giving the sedative to at least one woman and "other people," according to documents obtained Monday by The Associated Press....

Deadly weekend in Chicago highlights city's gang warfare
By DON BABWIN 06 Jul 2015 21:08

CHICAGO (AP) -- A 7-year-old boy who was one of seven people shot to death in Chicago over the holiday weekend was the son of a gang leader with a lengthy arrest record, and police say the man's refusal to cooperate with detectives highlights the city's ongoing challenge to curb gang-related violence....

Condemned Boston Marathon bomber files motion for new trial
06 Jul 2015 19:52

BOSTON (AP) -- Lawyers for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev filed a motion for a new trial Monday, less than two weeks after he was formally sentenced to death for the 2013 attack....

Fraying family ties cut to heart of theater gunman's defense
By SADIE GURMAN 06 Jul 2015 19:38

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) -- They show up in court every day, a visible reminder to jurors that even a killer has parents who love him and don't want him to die....

Q&A: As Obama health law survives, GOP split over next move
By ALAN FRAM 06 Jul 2015 19:02

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Having lost their latest war against President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, Republicans must decide how to wage battles that could fan the issue for the 2016 elections....

The anti-pot taboo shrinks in presidential politics
By KRISTEN WYATT 06 Jul 2015 19:00

DENVER (AP) -- Presidential candidates are talking about marijuana in ways unimaginable not long ago....

Wins, setbacks mark the path to nationwide same-sex marriage
By MARK SHERMAN 06 Jul 2015 17:01

WASHINGTON (AP) -- In 2004, when Massachusetts became the first state to allow same-sex couples to marry, President George W. Bush declared support for a constitutional amendment "to protect the institution of marriage." Voters in 13 states changed their constitutions to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman. In most of those states, the vote wasn't even close....

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