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U.S. women's soccer team welcomed to NYC with ticker-tape parade

IS Women's Soccer ChampionsScreams and a blizzard of confetti cheered the World Cup winning U.S. women's soccer players as they rolled up New York City's "Canyon of Heroes" on Friday in the first ticker-tape parade honoring a women's sports team.

"U-S-A, U-S-A," chanted thousands waving American flags as the parade began moving north from lower Manhattan, cheered by a crowd thick with girls decked out in soccer socks and star-spangled headbands.

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FBI: Flawed background check allowed Dylann Roof to purchase gun

RoofThe background check used to clear Dylann Roof to buy a handgun was completed incorrectly and he should not have been allowed to purchase it due to a felony drug charge, the FBI said Friday, contradicting earlier assertions the check was done properly.

FBI Director James Comey told reporters Friday a clerical error allowed Roof to purchase a .45-caliber Glock handgun despite him having previously admitted to drug possession.

"We are all sick this happened," said FBI director, James B. Comey. "We wish we could turn back time."

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Netanyahu Admits Aide Bullied Family of Israeli Held in Gaza

Ethiopian Israel in GazaPrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blasted Friday comments made by a senior aide to the family of an Israeli of Ethiopian descent who has been missing in Gaza for the past 10 months and said the official spoke with the family and apologized for comments the prime minister said were inappropriate.

The official, Lior Lotan, who serves as Netanyahu’s coordinator for hostages and missing persons, met with the family of Avera Mengistu last Wednesday, and threatened them not to criticize the way the government is handling the affair, which was only cleared for publication Thursday morning, Channel 10 News reported.

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House bill would speed drug approvals, boost research

Fred UptonPressed by industry and patients' groups, the House is nearing approval of a bipartisan bill that would speed federal approval of drugs and medical devices and boost biomedical research.

Passage seemed likely Friday despite warnings from consumer organizations and others that the measure would weaken government safeguards against dangerous or ineffective products. Supporters said that with genetic mapping, biologic medicines produced in living cells and other advances, it was time to streamline how federal regulators assure the safety of new treatments and let them reach market.

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Pope Francis Seeks forgiveness for church's crimes against ‘native people’

Pope apologizes Pope Francis cast himself as the spiritual and political leader of the world's oppressed on Thursday evening with a remarkable mea culpa for the sins and crimes of the Catholic Church against the indigenous peoples during the colonial conquest of the Americas.

Francis “humbly” begged forgiveness at a gathering of indigenous leaders in Bolivia in the presence of Bolivia's first-ever indigenous president, Evo Morales, the climactic high of Francis' weeklong South American tour.

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Omar Sharif, of "Doctor Zhivago," "Lawrence of Arabia," dies

Omar SharifOmar Sharif, the Egyptian-born actor with the dark, soulful eyes who soared to international stardom in movie epics, "Lawrence of Arabia" and "Doctor Zhivago," died Friday. He was 83.

Sharif died of a heart attack in a Cairo hospital, his longtime agent, London-based Steve Kenis, and the head of Egypt's Theatrical Arts Guild, Ashraf Zaki, told The Associated Press. The actor had been suffering from Alzheimer's.

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After 54 years, Confederate flag removed from Statehouse

Confederate flag take downThe Confederate flag was lowered from the grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse on Friday, ending its 54-year presence there and marking a stunning political reversal in a state where many thought the rebel banner would fly indefinitely.

The turnabout seemed unthinkable before the June 17 massacre of nine black parishioners — including a state senator — at a Charleston church during a Bible study. Dylann Roof, a white man who was photographed with the Confederate flag, is charged in the shooting deaths, and authorities have called the killings a hate crime.

The massacre reignited calls to remove Confederate flags and symbols across the South and around the nation.

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Federal officials investigate deportation of teen mom who attempted suicide

Lilian Olivia BardalesFederal civil rights officials have opened an investigation into the case of a teenage mother who was abruptly deported after attempting suicide in early June.

The investigation comes as her attorney has requested that the Department of Justice pursue criminal charges against the immigration officials who were in charge of her and her 4-year-old son’s care.

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More than 21 million affected by government data breach

ssecurity breachHackers stole Social Security numbers, health histories and other highly sensitive data from more than 21 million people, the Obama administration said Thursday, acknowledging that the breach of U.S. government computer systems was far more severe than previously disclosed.

The scope of the data breach — believed to be the biggest in U.S. history — has grown dramatically since the government first disclosed earlier this year that hackers had gotten into the Office of Personnel Management's personnel database and stolen records for about 4.2 million people. Since then, the Obama administration has acknowledged a second, related breach of the systems housing private data that individuals submit during background investigations to obtain security clearances.

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