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Obama delivers remarks at the Memorial Day observance at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VirginiaBy Patricia Zengerle and Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama warned on Friday that surveillance powers used to prevent attacks on Americans could lapse at midnight on Sunday unless "a handful of senators" stop standing in the way of reform legislation. Obama said he had told Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other senators that he expects them to act swiftly on a bill passed by the House of Representatives that would renew certain powers and reform the bulk collection of telephone data. "I don't want us to be in a situation in which for a certain period of time, those authorities go away and suddenly we're dark and heaven forbid we've got a problem," Obama told reporters in the Oval Office.


By Lisa Maria Garza and Jim Forsyth DALLAS (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama signed a disaster declaration late on Friday for areas in Texas hammered by severe weather that killed at least 21 people, caused massive flooding and prompted evacuations this week. Storms that battered North Texas on Thursday and Friday added more runoff to swollen rivers and prompted hundreds of calls for help in Dallas, where some areas saw up to seven inches (17.8 cm) of rain. "Communities across the State of Texas have experienced devastating destruction, injury and – most tragically – loss of life due to the major and unceasing severe weather system that has been impacting our state for weeks," said Governor Greg Abbott, who has declared 70 counties disaster areas.

Spores from the Sterne strain of anthrax bacteria (Bacillus anthracis) are pictured in this handout scanning electron micrographBy Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military said on Friday it discovered even more suspected shipments of live anthrax than previously thought, both in the United States and abroad, and ordered a sweeping review of practices meant to inactivate the bacteria. The Pentagon said a total of 11 states, two more than it first acknowledged, received "suspect samples," as did Australia and South Korea. It had previously only identified a foreign shipment to a U.S. air base south of Seoul.


Debris covers a lingering snow pile, amassed during the record-setting winter, Thursday, May 28, 2015, the Seaport District in Boston. A 75-foot-high snow mound in the Seaport District has been reduced to a three-story pile of dirt and trash, including bicycles, traffic cones and even half a $5 bill, that remains encrusted in solid ice. Crews have been working for six weeks to clean away the trash as it breaks free from the mound. So far, they have pulled 85 tons of debris from the pile. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)BOSTON (AP) — One of New England's snowiest winters on record has given way to one of the region's driest springs, confounding farmers who are worried about their crops.


MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Andres has strengthened to a Category 2 storm as it spins far off the coast of Mexico.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio family is mourning for a toddler who drowned in a pond on the same day her mother gave birth to her brother.

Man shot 4 times in LoganA man is in serious condition after being shot multiple times in the Philadelphia's Logan section early Saturday morning.


In this Thursday, May 28, 2015 photo, banners hang from a building at Barnard College in New York. Barnard, like other women's colleges, has always admitted only students born as women, but the class of 2020 may be different. Soon Barnard's trustees vote on whether to officially admit transgender students _ trans women, trans men or those not identifying with either gender _ following new policies announced at several other women’s colleges. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)Barnard College's Board of Trustees is expected to vote next week on a formal policy governing admission of transgender students. The vote at the Manhattan campus follows those at a number of women's colleges across the country over the past year. The policies, which all acknowledge changing norms regarding gender, differ in their breadth. Here's a look at some of them:


In this Thursday, May 28, 2015 photo, a gate over the entrance of Barnard College is seen in New York. Barnard, like other women's colleges, has always admitted only students born as women, but the class of 2020 may be different. Soon Barnard's trustees vote on whether to officially admit transgender students _ trans women, trans men or those not identifying with either gender _ following new policies announced at several other women’s colleges. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) — On a recent bright spring morning, students admitted to the Barnard College Class of 2019 gathered on campus. As blue-and-white balloons fluttered in the breeze, the prospective freshmen attended panels and lunched on the lawn, chatting animatedly with current students.


FILE - In this undated file photo provided by the Alabama Department of Corrections shows death row inmate Donnis Musgrove. Musgrove, who been on death row for 27 years but says he is innocent, is asking a federal judge to overturn his case. Jefferson County Circuit Judge Tommy Nail says he believes Donnis George Musgrove and another man were wrongly convicted of capital murder in 1988, and he hopes a federal court now reviewing Musgrove’s appeal corrects the error. (Alabama Department of Corrections via AP, file)BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama inmate who has spent almost 30 years on death row for a murder he denies committing has an unusual supporter in his bid for freedom: A state judge who represented the man's co-defendant while working as a defense lawyer.


By Michael Georgy CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian-American jailed in Egypt for nearly two years for involvement in the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood has been released and is headed for the United States, his family said on Saturday. Mohamed Soltan was among thousands detained after Islamist president Mohamed Mursi was toppled in 2013 by the military under Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who is now president. "After extensive efforts, the U.S. Government has successfully secured Mohamed’s deportation back home to the U.S., mercifully concluding this dark chapter for Mohamed and our family." The family has run a campaign to free her 27-year-old brother, who had been on hunger strike in detention and has appeared emaciated in photographs.

The hearse with the casket bearing the body of blues legend B.B. King leaves the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center after a day of public viewing, Friday, May 29, 2015 in Indianola, Miss. The visitation comes a day before the funeral for the man who influenced generations of singers and guitarists. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)INDIANOLA, Miss. (AP) — Blues pioneer B.B. King is being remembered in the Mississippi Delta as a man whose talent was equaled by his generous spirit.


Flood waters from the Brazos River encroach upon a home in the Horseshoe Bend neighborhood, Friday, May 29, 2015, in Weatherford, Texas. Floodwaters submerged Texas highways and threatened more homes Friday after another round of heavy rain added to the damage inflicted by storms. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)9 a.m. (CDT)


FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2006, file photo, Anders Kompass, the U.N. High Commission for Human Rights representative in Guatemala, speaks with members of the media during a news conference in Guatemala City. The U.N.’s poor handling of child sex abuse claims against French soldiers has human rights staffers in the field fearing for their jobs as they struggle with how to respond to highly sensitive allegations in the future, according to a letter to the world body’s human rights chief obtained by The Associated Press. The letter dated May 8 from U.N. human rights field staffers is an angry response to last month’s suspension of colleague Kompass for telling French authorities, a decision that the U.N. Dispute Tribunal reversed this month. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo, File)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The boys said they approached the French soldiers because they were hungry. Some were so young they didn't quite understand the acts the soldiers demanded in return. One boy, 8 or 9 years old, said he did it several times to the same soldier, "until one day an older kid saw him and told him what he was doing was bad."


In this Thursday, May 28, 2015 photo, an Edgar Allan Poe bobble-head rests on the dashboard of a utility van dubbed "Dedgar the Poemobile," driven by its owner, Dead Poets Society of America founder Walter Skold, left, in Freeport, Maine. Skold will take the van on a 16-state, 10-week tour to document the final resting places of 90 poets in the Deep South. (AP Photo/David Sharp)FREEPORT, Maine (AP) — A former teacher who travels the country to document the final resting places of poets is looking forward to calling attention to African-American poets on a tour of the South and elsewhere.


1 NJ State trooper killed, 1 injured in Monmouth County crashPolice say a 24-year-old New Jersey State police trooper has died and another was injured in a crash along 195 eastbound in Freehold, Monmouth County.


FILE - In this March 25, 2015 file photo of FBI director James Comey speaks at FBI headquarters in Washington. As Congress debates whether to renew a program that collects and stores American phone records, federal law enforcement officials are trying to focus public attention on the jeopardy to lesser-known surveillance tools that they consider more valuable in fighting terrorism. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File)A look at the post-Sept. 11 surveillance provisions that, barring a last-minute deal in Congress, are set to expire when Sunday turns into Monday:


2 men shot in the chest in Camden, N.J.Police are investigating a double shooting in Camden, New Jersey early Saturday morning.


FILE - In this June 6, 2013 file photo, the sign outside the National Security Agency (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md. Barring a last-minute deal in Congress, three post 9/11 surveillance laws used against spies and terrorists are set to expire midnight Sunday. Will that make Americans less secure? Absolutely, senior Obama administration officials say. Nonsense, counter civil liberties activists. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Barring a last-minute deal in Congress, three post-Sept. 11 surveillance laws used against spies and terrorists are set to expire as Sunday turns into Monday.


Teen girl struck by bullet in Port RichmondA 13-year-old girl is in critical condition after being shot in Philadelphia's Port Richmond section.


1 injured after ATV and SUV crash in Camden CountyAn ATV rider is fighting for his life, following a crash in Pennsauken, New Jersey early Saturday morning.


Johnny Rodriguez uses a plank to cross standing water as he works along the Blanco River, Friday, May 29, 2015, in Wimberley, Texas. Search efforts continue for those persons who went missing from the Memorial Day weekend floods in Central Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)WIMBERLEY, Texas (AP) — A handful of volunteers trudged along the muddy and brush-filled banks of the Blanco River in Central Texas, searching for a group of people still missing days after the vacation house where they were staying was swept away in a massive flood.


A National Security Agency data gathering facility is seen in Bluffdale, south of Salt Lake CityBy Warren Strobel and Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - At 3:59 p.m. EDT on Sunday, the National Security Agency and telecommunications companies will begin mothballing a once-secret system that collected Americans' bulk telephone records, shutting down computers and sealing off warehouses of digital data. If the U.S. Congress fails to act, key provisions of the USA Patriot Act will lapse in a watershed moment in the post-Sept. 11, 2001, era. Intrusive government powers, created and wielded in the name of preventing another mass-casualty terrorist attack, would be at least partly scaled back, proponents and critics of the surveillance say.


1 NJ State trooper killed, 1 injured in Monmouth County crashPolice say a New Jersey State police trooper has died and another was injured in a crash along 195 eastbound in Freehold, Monmouth County.


1 NJ State trooper killed, 1 injured in Monmouth County crashTwo New Jersey State police troopers were injured in a crash along 1-95 eastbound in Freehold, Monmouth County.


Protesters gather outside the Islamic Community Center of Phoenix, Friday, May 29, 2015. About 500 protesters gathered outside the Phoenix mosque on Friday as police kept two groups sparring about Islam far apart from each other. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)PHOENIX (AP) — About 500 protesters gathered outside a Phoenix mosque on Friday as police kept two groups sparring about Islam on separate sides of the street.


Cleveland police officer Brelo sits during his manslaughter trial in Cleveland(Reuters) - An Ohio prosecutor on Friday asked a state appeals court to correct legal errors made by a judge who found a Cleveland officer not guilty in the shooting deaths of an unarmed black man and woman after a high-speed car chase in 2012. Timothy McGinty of the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office filed the motion highlighting "egregious" mistakes in Judge John O'Donnell's ruling last Saturday that cleared officer Michael Brelo in the shooting deaths of Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell. McGinty said in the document that prosecutors could not contest Brelo's acquittal but maintained that O'Donnell's errors needed to be remedied.


"Justice was not served today. Cody Devine did not deserve to die for being in the wrong place at the wrong time." — The Rev. Howard Dotson after Wayne Burgarello was acquitted of murder in Nevada in the latest case nationally testing the boundaries of stand-your-ground self-defense laws.
Andrew McComb, 6, was in a house washed away in Wimberley, Texas.

Wayne Burgarello, 74, left, watches as his lawyer, Theresa Ristenpart, talks to reporters Friday night, May 29, 2015, outside the Washoe County Courthouse in Reno, Nev., after a jury found him not guilty of murder and all other charges in the 2014 fatal shooting of an unarmed trespasser at a vacant duplex Burgarello owns in Sparks. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner)RENO, Nev. (AP) — Accused of murder for confronting two unarmed trespassers with a deadly barrage of gunfire, Wayne Burgarello walked out of a Nevada courthouse a free man after the jury found him not guilty of all charges in the latest of a series of cases nationally testing the boundaries of stand-your-ground self-defense laws.


Television actor Dustin Diamond, center, exits the courtroom in Port Washington, Wis., Friday night, May 29, 2015, after a 12-person jury convicted him of two misdemeanors stemming from a barroom fight, but a Wisconsin jury cleared the former "Saved by the Bell" actor of the most serious felony charge. (AP Photo/Dana Ferguson)PORT WASHINGTON, Wis. (AP) — TV actor Dustin Diamond was convicted Friday of two misdemeanors stemming from a barroom fight, but a Wisconsin jury cleared the former "Saved by the Bell" actor of the most serious felony charge.


FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2007, file photo, former House Speaker Dennis, Hastert, R-Ill., announces that he will not seek re-election for a 12th term in Yorkville, Ill. Federal prosecutors have indicted Thursday, May 28, 2015, the former U.S. House Speaker on bank-related charges. (AP Photo/Brian Kersey, File)CHICAGO (AP) — Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert paid hush money to conceal claims that the Illinois Republican sexually molested someone decades ago, a person familiar with the allegations said.


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