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Floods force dramatic rescues in Phoenix area

Phoenix floodingWorkers at a farm saw hundreds of cactuses sweep away in a flood. Drivers on Arizona's main north-south freeway watched in shock as muddy waters submerged the road. Rescuers across the state rushed to save people trapped in cars and homes.

The Phoenix area was battered by torrential rain storms Tuesday that caused severe flooding across the desert region. The National Weather Service said some areas received more rain Tuesday than they had all last summer.

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Wrongfully convicted NYC man settles suit for $10M

Jabbar CollinsThe city has reached a $10 million settlement with a Brooklyn man who spent more than 15 years in prison for the murder of a rabbi he did not commit, ending a bitter legal battle that tarnished the legacy of former Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes.

Jabbar Collins' wrongful conviction was one of many in Brooklyn that came to light in recent years, but his case stood out as the shameful result of an allegedly rogue prosecutor who railroaded Collins to solve a high-profile crime that had struck deeply in the Orthodox Jewish community.

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Don Pardo, 'Saturday Night Live' announcer, dies at 96

Don PardoLongtime Saturday Night Live announcer Don Pardo died Monday night in his Tucson, Arizona home. He was 96.

Pardo began working with NBC Radio in 1944, switched to television in the 1950s and semi-retired in 2004. He announced SNL's title, host, musical guest and cast members after the opening "Live from New York...." for 37 of the show's 38 seasons. Before becoming the voice of the late night comedy show, Pardo voiced The Price is Right from 1956 until 1963. He also voiced other game shows including Jeopardy!, Winning Streak and Jackpot!.

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Police come under gunfire, arrest 31 in Missouri racial unrest

Police arrest 31 in FergusonU.S. police said early on Tuesday they came under heavy gunfire and arrested 31 people during another night of racially charged protests in Ferguson, Missouri, sparked by the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white policeman 10 days ago.

Demonstrations, mostly peaceful but with spasms of violence by smaller groups, have flared since Michael Brown, 18, was shot dead while walking down a residential street on August 9.

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Michael Baden: Michael Brown 'shot multiple times'

Michael Brown shot 6 timesThe unarmed black teenager killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, on 9 August was shot at least six times, including twice in the head, a medical examiner has said.

Dr Michael Baden was hired to perform a second, independent autopsy by the family of Michael Brown, 18.  The family have called for the arrest of the officer who killed Mr Brown.

Mr Brown's death has sparked days of unrest and clashes between protesters and police in the St Louis suburb.

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Supermarket Chain Kroger Under Fire From Gun-Control Moms

Kroger chainThe fight over whether shoppers should be allowed to tote guns openly in American businesses is about to spill into the aisles of Kroger, the nation's largest supermarket chain.

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a national gun control organization backed by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, will kick off a campaign on Monday that seeks to pressure the grocery giant to ban the open carry of firearms in all of its nearly 2,500 stores. The moms' group decided to take action in response to recent demonstrations by open carry activists in Kroger stores in Ohio and Texas, and after conducting research that identified more than a dozen shootings on Kroger property since 2012, said Erika Soto Lamb, a spokeswoman.

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Mo. Governor Nixon orders National Guard to Ferguson

Ferguson - Nat'l Guard called inMissouri's governor on Monday ordered the National Guard to a St. Louis suburb convulsed by protests over the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen, after a night in which police used tear gas to clear protesters off the streets well ahead of a curfew.

Gov. Jay Nixon said the National Guard would help "in restoring peace and order" to Ferguson, where protests over the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a white police officer entered their second week. Police said they acted in response to gunfire, looting, vandalism and protesters who hurled Molotov cocktails.

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