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Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb announces 2016 presidential bid

FILE - In this June 30,2015 file photo, former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb speaks in Baltimore. On Thursday, Webb announced his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)Webb is the latest politician to join the field of challengers going up against Democratic frontrunner Hillary Rodham Clinton for the party’s nomination.



Can P.G. Sittenfeld make millennials stop hating politics?

Sittenfeld checks his iPhone before an interview with the editorial board of the Toledo Blade. (Photo: Andrew Romano/Yahoo News)The 30-year-old is aiming to be the first member of his generation elected to the U.S. Senate.



Christie can’t win New Jersey. Does that matter?

Here’s the good news for Christie, if you want to be glass-half-full about it: At least he’s not running for reelection as governor.



All-clear given after reports of shooting at Navy Yard

A large police presence gathers along M St. in Southeast Washington, Thursday, July 2, 2015, after an official said shots have been reported in a building on the Washington Navy Yard campus. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)Reports of an active shooter at the site of a deadly 2013 attack spurred a massive response from law enforcement.



Sanders raises $15 million after launching presidential bid

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. speaks during a town hall meeting, Thursday, July 2, 2015, in Rochester, Minn. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign said Thursday the Vermont Democrat has raised $15 million since joining the race in late April, a strong total for his challenge against front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton.



Thousands evacuated after Tennessee train fire

A train carrying toxic chemicals derails and catches fire in eastern Tennessee.



New warden, security measures after New York prison escape

This June 6, 2015 photo provided by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office shows Cuomo, second from left, walking with Steven Racette, left, superintendent of Clinton Correctional Facility, in Dannemora, N.Y. Racette and his deputy in charge of security are among 12 more staff who have been put on administrative leave during the investigation into David Sweat and Richard Matt's escape from the maxiumum-security facility, officials said Tuesday, June 30, 2015. (Darren McGee/Officer of the New York Governor via AP)ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A range of new security measures is being put in place at a maximum-security prison to close gaps exploited by two inmates who escaped last month.



Thousands evacuated after freight train derails, catches fire, in Tennessee

Smoke rises from the site of a train derailment near Maryville, TennesseeA freight train carrying flammable and toxic gas derailed in eastern Tennessee, igniting a fire in one car and spreading noxious fumes that forced the evacuation of more than 5,000 people and the hospitalization of 25, officials said. Homes and businesses were evacuated following the derailment around midnight Wednesday of the CSX Corp train in Blount County, near Maryville, the officials they said. Local officials said the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was monitoring air quality in the area.



Washington state reports first U.S. measles death in 12 years
By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - A previously undetected measles infection was found by an autopsy to be the underlying cause of a Washington state woman's death this spring, marking the first known U.S. fatality from the disease in 12 years, public health officials said on Thursday. The woman from Clallam County, in northwestern Washington, was most likely exposed to measles at a medical facility during a recent outbreak in the area, the state Health Department said in a statement on its website. The cause of her death was ruled by medical examiners as pneumonia due to measles, according to the agency.
Anonymous donors raise $3 million for scholarships after U.S. church shooting

People take part in "Black Lives Matter" march around Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in CharlestonThe large contribution underscores a national outpouring of grief and support for Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church, site of the racially motivated shooting spree on June 17. The scholarship fund will be named after one of the victims, Reverend Clementa Pinckney, the church's leader and a state senator. The scholarships are intended for the church's extended community, including the victims' relatives.



Episcopalians vote to allow gay marriage in churches

FILE - In this May 1, 2005, file photo, Bishop Gene Robinson addresses the congregation at Christ Church in Philadelphia, Sunday, May 1, 2005. Robinson, now retired, said he is breathless about how quickly the gay rights movement has progressed since he was getting daily death threats and forced to wear a bulletproof vest to his consecration 12 years ago. Episcopalians are set to vote Wednesday, July 1, 2015, on allowing religious weddings for same-sex couples, just days after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide. (AP Photo/Coke Whitworth, File)Episcopalians overwhelmingly voted to allow religious weddings for same-sex couples.



Macy's dumps Trump; New York City reviewing contracts

People hold signs in front of Macy's Herald Square flagship store, Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in New York. Macy's became the latest company to end its relationship with presidential candidate Donald Trump after his remarks about Mexican immigrants. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Macy's department store chain joined an ongoing exodus from association with Donald Trump and New Mexico's governor and New York City's mayor slammed him over his comments on Mexican immigrants.



Obama: 'New chapter' begins as U.S., Cuba to open embassies

President Obama: 'New Chapter' Begins as US, Cuba Will Open EmbassiesPresident Obama announced the U.S. and Cuba are opening embassies in their respective capitals later this month and formally reestablished diplomatic relations between the two countries for the first time in more than 50 years. "More than 54 years ago at the height of the cold war, the United States closed its embassy in Havana. Today, I can announce that the United States has agreed to formally reestablish diplomatic relations with the republic of Cuba and re-open embassies in our respective countries," the president said in the Rose Garden today.



Man bitten by shark on NC Outer Banks is 7th this summer

People surround and attend to a 68-year-old man that was bit by a shark in waist-deep water off Ocracoke Island, N.C., Wednesday, July 1, 2015. The man suffered wounds to his ribcage, lower leg, hip and both hands as he tried to fight off the shark. (Laura I. Hefty via AP)RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A shark bit a 68-year-old man several times Wednesday in waist-deep water off North Carolina's Outer Banks, officials said, the seventh in a record-breaking year of shark attacks for the state's coastal waters.



What could happen if Greece leaves European Union?

Greece: What Could Happen If Country Leaves the European UnionIf Greece and its 11 million people left the European Union, it would be an unprecedented move within the monetary system that gave birth to the currency known as the euro.A referendum, which has already been criticized as confusing and illegal, scheduled on Sunday will help determine whether a "Grexit" -- Greek exit -- from the 19-nation currency bloc could become a reality. Earlier this week, the government issued a maximum cash withdrawal for Greek residents at 60 euros. But due to the shortage of 20-euro banknotes, people mostly have access to 50-euro banknotes. ...



Trump loses business deals over comments about Mexicans, but gains in polls

Donald Trump’s comments about Mexican immigrants may be costing him a growing of number of business relationships, but they appear to have given him a bump in the polls.