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July 22, 2013, 1:00 am


Obama rallies faithful ahead of August recess

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is urging his most loyal supporters to build support for his agenda this summer, telling them "we've got to get folks activated and involved."

Obama addressed a summit of Organizing for Action, a group formed from his 2012 re-election campaign with the goal of backing his policy priorities.

Obama is asking for help in passing immigration reform, curbing climate change and implementing his health care law. He says it doesn't have the "razzmatazz" of a campaign, but it's just as important.

He was joined by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi.

Lawmakers will soon return to their home districts for the annual summer break. Many of Obama's major goals face a tough path ahead.


Court stops Dallas suburb's immigrant renters law

DALLAS (AP) — A federal appeals court again has stopped a Dallas suburb from enforcing a law that bans immigrants in the United States without legal permission from renting apartments.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans on Monday upheld a lower court's decision that won't allow the ordinance in Farmers Branch to take effect.

Farmers Branch's ordinance conflicted with federal authority, the court said, citing the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on Arizona's immigration laws.

The law would have required all renters to obtain licenses. The city's building inspector would check an immigrant's status, and landlords who allowed immigrants without permits would have faced fines or revocations of their renters' licenses.

The full court heard the case in September after a three-judge panel ruled against the city.


Kate gives birth to a baby boy

LONDON (AP) — Palace officials say Prince William's wife Kate has given birth to a baby boy.

The birth announcement, via a press release from Kensington Palace, said the boy was born at 4:24 p.m. weighing 8 pounds 6 ounces.

The infant will become third in line for the British throne after Prince Charles and William.

Kate checked into a private wing at St. Mary's Hospital in central London early Monday morning.

William spent the long hours of labor at her bedside. This is the couple's first child.


House to weigh limits on surveillance programs

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House will consider legislation that would cut off funds for the National Security Agency's surveillance programs and imposes limits on the operations.

The Rules Committee voted late Monday to allow the NSA amendments to the $598.3 billion defense bill to be voted on after the House begins consideration of the sweeping measure on Tuesday.

One amendment would bar the NSA from collecting records, including telephone call records, unless the individual is subject of an investigation.

Another amendment prohibits funds to the NSA to target a U.S. individual or acquire and store the content of that person's communications, including phone calls and emails.

Tea party conservatives and liberal Democrats had pushed to include the amendments. Republicans leaders had raised concerns about any attempt to undercut anti-terrorism efforts.


Skipping breakfast may increase heart attack risk

ATLANTA (AP) — Here's another reason to eat breakfast. A new study says skipping breakfast may increase your chances of a heart attack.

Harvard researchers found that older men who regularly skipped breakfast had a 27 percent higher risk of heart attack compared to those who ate a morning meal.

Some other studies have suggested a link between skipping breakfast and obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes and other health problems. But this is called the first to draw a line to heart attacks.

Experts think people who skip breakfast are more likely to eat larger and unhealthier meals later. That can spike sugar levels and perhaps lead to clogged arteries.

The new research was released today by the journal Circulation.


Church, junior high help out Moore, Okla., schools

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — School officials in the Oklahoma city of Moore say students whose schools were destroyed in the deadly May tornado will attend classes next month in a refurbished junior high school building and a local church.

Plaza Towers and Briarwood elementary schools have been razed down to the concrete slabs. District spokeswoman Pam Westbrook said Monday the district is working out the final details for how the new schools will be constructed. She says district officials hope to have both new elementary schools open for students by the start of the 2014 school year.

At Plaza Towers, seven wooden crosses stand in the northeast corner of the lot, each adorned with the name of one of the children killed on May 20 when the tornado slammed into the school.


UPDATE: San Diego mayor rejects accuser's claims

SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego Mayor Bob Filner is rejecting claims by a former aide that he sexually harassed her.

His former communications director, Irene McCormack, filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Filner Monday. She alleges that he asked her to work without panties, demanded kisses and dragged her around in a headlock while whispering sexual advances.

McCormack is the first person to publicly identify herself as a target of the mayor's advances since some of Filner's most prominent former supporters said nearly two weeks ago that he sexually harassed women and demanded he resign.

In a brief statement, the divorced, 70-year-old Filner said he does not believe the claims are valid and said he intends "to defend myself vigorously." He didn't address the specifics of McCormack's claims.


Airline: 8 hurt when landing gear collapses at NYC

NEW YORK (AP) — Southwest Airlines says some people have been hurt when a jet's front landing gear collapsed as it arrived at New York's LaGuardia Airport.

An official with the Port Authorities of New York and New Jersey says 10 passengers were treated at the scene, with six being taken to a hospital with minor injuries. A few suffered anxiety attacks.

There were 150 people aboard the flight from Nashville, Tenn.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the nose gear collapsed just after the plane landed Monday.

The FAA says the Flight 345 landed at 5:45 p.m. safely came to a stop on the tarmac. The nose of the plane could be seen on the ground. The plane was surrounded with emergency vehicles.


Bus, truck collision on busy Thai highway kills 19

BANGKOK (AP) — Police say 19 people were killed and at least 20 were injured when a double-decker passenger bus caught fire after a vehicle collision on one of Thailand's busiest highways.

Police Lt. Assavathep Chantanaree says an 18-wheeled truck crashed into the Bangkok-bound overnight bus on Mitraphab highway in the central province of Saraburi early Tuesday.

He says most passengers were stuck in the bus when it caught fire, including the bus drivers. Authorities are still investigating the cause of the crash and working to identify the dead bodies. It wasn't known if the truck driver was among the dead.

Assavathep says another woman was injured when a pickup truck crashed into the collided pile of vehicles.

Saraburi is 90 kilometers (60 miles) north of Bangkok.


Hearing for Hernandez associate pushed back

ATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) — A pre-trial hearing for a man charged as an accessory to murder in the case involving former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has been rescheduled.

Bristol District Attorney Samuel Sutter said the hearing for Ernest Wallace in Attleboro District Court will be held Friday.

The hearing was originally set for Monday but a spokesman for the district attorney said both sides agreed to a postponement.

Wallace has pleaded not guilty to a charge of being an accessory to murder after the fact in the killing of Odin Lloyd. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to murder.

Prosecutors haven't offered details about Wallace's alleged involvement. They say he and another man, Carlos Ortiz, were with Hernandez when they drove with Lloyd to the industrial park where Lloyd was found shot to death.

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