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A surfer carries his board into the water next to a sign declaring a shark sighting on Sydney's Manly Beach, AustraliaAs the summer beach season opens in the United States, at least one expert is predicting an increase in shark attacks around the world this year that will surpass last year's record number. "We should have more bites this year than last," George Burgess, director of the International Shark Attack File at the University of Florida, said in an interview shortly before the Memorial Day holiday weekend that signals the unofficial start of America's summer vacation - and beach - season. In 2015, there were 98 shark attacks, including six fatalities, according to Burgess.


Manuel Feliciano, 50, was taken into custody by sheriff deputies just after midnight on Saturday at his home, where he had barricaded himself inside and fired gunshots, the Orange County Sheriff's Office said.

People line up to visit U.S. Supreme Court after split 4-4 decision in first major case after Scalia death in WashingtonA lawsuit brought by Texas and other states against the Obama administration's policy on bathroom access may move the United States closer to a resolution on transgender rights by putting the issue on a trajectory for the Supreme Court. Conservative officials from 11 states sued the federal government on Wednesday to overturn a directive that transgender students be allowed to use the bathroom matching their gender identity instead of being forced to use one corresponding to gender assigned at birth. The country's high court has never ruled on a main question of the lawsuit: Do federal legal protections against sex discrimination apply to transgender people?


Conroe firefighters evacuate Jim Treadway via boat after Treadway was stranded when Pecan Bend Road was washed out near the San Jacinto River on Friday, May 27, 2016, in Conroe, Texas. ( Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle via AP) MANDATORY CREDITBRENHAM, Texas (AP) — At least two people are dead and five people are missing after this week's torrential rains in Texas and Kansas, officials said Saturday. The same areas face the possibility of more rain over the long Memorial Day weekend.


Conroe firefighters evacuate Jim Treadway via boat after Treadway was stranded when Pecan Bend Road was washed out near the San Jacinto River on Friday, May 27, 2016, in Conroe, Texas. ( Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle via AP) MANDATORY CREDITThe Latest on severe weather and flooding around the U.S. (all times local):


HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man charged with vandalizing and firebombing Jewish temples and a rabbi's home has been convicted of terrorism.

FILE- This Wednesday, March 14, 2012 photo shows attorney Wendy Murphy in the law library at the New England School of Law in Boston. As colleges nationwide face increasing pressure to aggressively investigate reports of sex assaults, some advocates think they've found a way to restore what they say is much-needed balance between the rights of the accuser and the accused. Their target: a "Dear Colleague Letter" issued by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights in 2011 that laid out specific requirements for dealing with sexual violence under Title IX, a federal civil rights law that prohibits sex discrimination in education. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)ATLANTA (AP) — As colleges face increasing pressure to aggressively investigate reports of sex assaults, some critics say the rights of the accused are being trampled. Now they want federal guidance on the issue to be tossed out.


HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane has announced that preliminary results of an investigation into inappropriate emails found on state servers will be released Tuesday.

In this Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015 photo, visitors line the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park in northern Arizona. The Grand Canyon and other big national parks are seeing more visitors than usual this year, partly driven by good weather, cheap gas and marketing campaigns. (AP Photo/Felicia Fonseca)HELENA, Mont. (AP) — As the National Park Service kicks off a centennial summer expected to draw record crowds, the agency is seriously considering caps on how many people pass through some of the country's most iconic landscapes and historical sites each day.


NORTH PORT, Fla. (AP) — A 91-year-old World War II veteran in Florida is recovering after police say his caretaker beat him with his oxygen tank.
(Reuters) - The first tropical storm to threaten the United States this year is expected to slam into the coast of South Carolina during the Memorial Day weekend, bringing heavy rain and strong winds, federal officials said on Saturday. The system, a tropical depression, is forecast to strengthen into a tropical storm later in the day, at which time it will take the name Bonnie, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said in a bulletin. The center warned at 11 a.m. ET that within 24 hours tropical storm conditions could make landfall anywhere from the Savannah River north to the Little River Inlet along coastal South Carolina.

In this March 19, 2016 photo, Barbara Handschu talks to a reporters at her apartment in New York. Handschu barely gave it a thought 45 years ago when she was listed first among plaintiffs in a Vietnam-era lawsuit challenging how New York City police officers conducted surveillance of political activities. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) — Barbara Handschu barely gave it a thought 45 years ago when she was listed first among plaintiffs in a Vietnam-era lawsuit challenging how New York City police officers conducted surveillance of political activities.


In this July 22, 2013 photo provided by Dorothy Boynton Rust, hiker Geraldine Largay, of Brentwood, Tenn., poses at the Poplar Ridge Shelter on the Appalachian Trail in Maine. A report released Wednesday, May 25, 2016, by the Maine Warden Service said Largay, known as Inchworm, got lost after leaving the trail that day. Documents show she survived at least 26 days after getting lost. She kept a journal of her ordeal and ultimately resigned herself to the idea she was going to die, and it could be years before her remains were located. They were found in October 2015. (Dorothy Boynton Rust via AP)PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — When she became lost in the Maine woods, Appalachian Trail hiker Geraldine Largay did what she thought she was supposed to do. She stayed put, pitched her tent and waited for help.


Search and rescue boats look for a small plane that went down in the Hudson River, Friday, May 27, 2016. The Federal Aviation Administration say it received a report a World War II vintage P-47 Thunderbolt aircraft may have gone down in the river 2 miles south of the George Washington Bridge. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the fatal crash of a vintage World War II plane into the Hudson River between New York and New Jersey (all times local):


Protesters rally in front of Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Headquarters Wednesday, May 25, 2016, in Phoenix. Arizona taxpayers could be paying out to compensate hundreds of Latinos who were illegally detained when Sheriff Joe Arpaio rounded them up in past immigration patrols. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)PHOENIX (AP) — Taxpayers already on the hook for $54 million in a racial profiling case against the longtime sheriff of metro Phoenix are about to get walloped with another worrisome cost.


This Tuesday, May 24, 2016, image taken from video shows David G. Mata Sr. turning on the faucet in the basement of his home in Flint, Mich. State and local officials are asking Flint residents to flush the pipes in their homes every day for two weeks. Some residents like Mata are giving it a shot, but not all believe the effort will have its intended effect of helping to remove lead particles and coat the pipes. (AP Photo/Mike Householder)FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Replacing water pipes due to the lead-tainted crisis in Flint could be at least twice the price of previous estimates, according to a report obtained by a newspaper.


In this Wednesday, May 25, 2016 photograph, customers buy food at a Case's Pork Roll Paradise vendor during a Trenton Thunder baseball game in Trenton, N.J. The salted pork-based processed meat was developed in the state's capital city of Trenton by John Taylor in 1856. It's often consumed as a breakfast meat paired with egg and cheese in a sandwich usually served on a bagel, bun or hard roll. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — It's one of the most divisive issues in New Jersey, one that inflames regional rivalries and spurs fierce debate among residents and lawmakers.


An FDNY fire department boat searches the Hudson River for the wreckage of a vintage P-47 Thunderbolt airplane that crashed in the river in New York CityThe pilot of a World War Two-era plane was killed at the start of the Memorial Day weekend when his aircraft crashed in the Hudson River off Manhattan after developing engine failure, authorities and local media said on Saturday. The aircraft went down off Manhattan's West 79th Street, a few miles (kms) south of the George Washington Bridge, at around 7:30 p.m. on Friday as the long holiday weekend got underway, New Jersey State Police Sergeant Jeff Flynn said. Friday's crash was close to where the pilot of a U.S. Airways jetliner executed a perfect water landing in January 2009 after striking a flock of birds and losing power in both engines.


Man gunned down in Southwest PhiladelphiaA 26-year-old man is dead following a shooting in Southwest Philadelphia, and police are still looking for the gunman.


TAKES OUT REFERENCE TO FIVE HEADSTONES - In this Nov. 15, 2015 photo, Harold Schook an Air Force veteran who every year at this time plants small American flags near area veterans' graves examines some of the new Civil War-era gravestones belonging to soldiers at the Odell Township Cemetery in Odell, Ill. High school students in Odell discovered the names of several Civil War veterans whose gravestones were battered by decades of rain, wind, snow and pollution and were replaced with new ones. "These kids gave these men their identity back," said Schook. (Joy Butler/Pontiac Daily Leader via AP)CHICAGO (AP) — Visitors who come to the Odell Township Cemetery in north-central Illinois this weekend will see something that wasn't around last Memorial Day: The names of men who fought in the Civil War.


Kemper Arena, which opened in 1974, stands at the American Royal Comples in Kansas City, Mo., Tuesday, May 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The fate of an iconic Missouri arena might be resting on the memories of a generation of Midwesterners who once flocked there for large concerts and sports events.


Motorcyclist critically injured in crash on Roosevelt Blvd. in FeltonvilleA motorcyclist is in the hospital in critical condition after a crash on Roosevelt Boulevard.


SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Family, friends and colleagues are honoring a slain Utah rail worker Saturday as police investigate whether a father and son accused of tying up five women in a basement were involved in his disappearance.
PARAMARIBO, Suriname (AP) — The South American country of Suriname has landed a $478 million loan from the International Monetary Fund to boost an economic reform program amid a drop in commodity prices.

In this May 25, 2016, photo, South Dakota wildlife official Thea Miller, the director of the Outdoor Campus in Sioux Falls, S.D., holds a rabbit while children pet it and listen to her talk about the need to avoid rescuing healthy baby wild animals. Miller has started a social media campaign to remind people to leave baby wild animals alone. (AP Photo/Regina Garcia Cano)SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota wildlife official is trying to combat a scene she sees several times every summer: A mom and her children show up carrying a box with holes poked in the top and a baby wild animal inside.


CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Tropical storm warnings are up all along the South Carolina coast as a tropical depression moves toward shore.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man is accused of killing his girlfriend, shooting his boss and then firing at deputies before being captured following a seven-hour standoff.

Probe underway into fatal river crash of vintage WWII planePolice divers were expected to begin raising the wreckage Saturday of a vintage World War II plane that crashed into the Hudson River between New York and New Jersey, killing the pilot.


Riot police officers take position amid tear gas smoke during a demonstration held as part of nationwide labor actions in Paris, Thursday, May 26, 2016. French protesters scuffled with police, dock workers set off smoke bombs and union activists disrupted fuel supplies and nuclear plants Thursday in the biggest challenge yet to President Francois Hollande's government as it tries to give employers more flexibility. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)PARIS (AP) — France's junior transport minister, Alain Vidalies, says that fuel shortages sparked by nationwide strikes and blockades are easing across France, although he warned that the crisis wasn't over.


Parents in custody after 5-month-old dies weighing less than 5 poundsJazmine Walker, 5 1/2 months, died Wednesday morning in Harvey according to the Cook County Medical Examiner. Her parents are in custody and under investigation for her death.


2 men seriously injured in AC Expressway crash in Winslow Twp.Two men were hurt when their car crashed on the Atlantic City Expressway overnight.


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