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Arizona border town 'like a war zone all the time,' protesting residents say

Demonstrations unfolded Wednesday at six Arizona border checkpoints, where protesters complained that the Border Patrol has turned their hometowns into intimidating militarized zones, among other border control issues that threaten the quality of their lives.

At the Arivaca checkpoint, about 20 miles outside the town, dozens of protesters stopped traffic for less than a minute in an attempt to shut down the facility, but federal agents quickly herded the group to the roadside.

“It seems like a war zone all the time,” said Patty Miller, who has lived in the area for 31 years and took up a megaphone to shout out her opinion.

Other protests, organized by independent border town community groups, focused on a variety of concerns. In Bisbee, residents voiced concern about the environmental effect of a border fence. Native Americas of the Tohono O’odham Nation complained the Border Patrol was intruding on tribal land. In Tucson, protesters focused on the shooting death of a 16-year-old Mexican...

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Under new EPA rule, Clean Water Act protections will cover all active tributaries

The Obama administration finalized new regulations Wednesday that it says will protect streams, rivers and wetlands that provide drinking water to more than 117 million Americans.

The Clean Water Rule, drafted by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers, extends the Clean Water Act’s protections to all tributaries with signs of flowing water. These streams and wetlands can have a crucial effect on the health of downstream waters, agency officials say. For “drinking water to be clean, the streams and wetlands that feed them need to be clean too,” EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said in a statement.

Environmental groups applauded the changes, which have been opposed by farm groups, land developers and others who warned they would extend federal regulations onto inland wetlands and ponds that go well beyond the traditional scope of federal oversight .

“President Obama heeded the call of sound science and public input in finalizing this rule,” Erich Pica, president...

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Deadly storms slam Texas, Oklahoma: A breakout of the numbers
Texas man arrested, accused of helping friend travel overseas to join Islamic State

A 20-year-old Texas man was arrested Tuesday morning and charged with helping a friend travel overseas, where he successfully joined Islamic State militants in Syria, according to a criminal complaint. 

After helping with his friend's trip, Asher Abid Khan traveled to Turkey to join the fight himself, but was tricked into returning to the U.S. when his family told him his mother had become seriously ill, according to the complaint.

Khan was arrested Tuesday morning and is expected to appear in federal court later today, according to a news release from the Department of Justice.

The 20-year-old is the latest American citizen to face criminal charges for allegedly attempting to join Islamic State after using social media to contact a militant recruiter. While reports of young men and women attempting to join the terrorist organization have been constant in the past year, the attempts have become an increasing concern after Islamic State claimed responsibility for a shooting at an anti-Islamic...

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Gunman among two dead in shooting at North Dakota Wal-Mart, police say

A U.S. airman walked into a Wal-Mart Supercenter early Tuesday and opened fire with a handgun, killing one worker and injuring a second, before taking his own life, police said.

Police said the shooting, which occurred a few minutes after 1 a.m. may have been random, with no link yet found between the airman, Marcell Willis, 21, and either the store or the employees. Willis was stationed at Grand Forks Air Force Base, about a dozen miles west of the city.

"We've not been able to find any linkage to him and any of the victims. That's not to say that can't change," police Lt. Derik Zimmel said at an afternoon news conference. "There's no apparent motive that jumps out at this time."

Authorities did not immediately identify the two workers who were shot or a third worker they say Willis shot at but missed. The injured person was taken to Altru Hospital in Grand Forks with a gunshot wound that was not believed to be life-threatening, Zimmel said. A hospital spokeswoman said the person was...

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Waterspout launches bounce house into the air with kids inside

A waterspout uprooted an inflatable bounce house with three children inside it on a South Florida beach Monday, sending it flying above palm trees, across a parking lot and over four lanes of traffic, police said.

All three children were injured but were alert and conscious when they were taken to a hospital, Fort Lauderdale Police spokesman Keven Dupree said. Additional information about the children or their conditions was not immediately known.

Video on local television stations showed the waterspout — a whirling column of air and water mist — moving from the ocean onto the sand of Fort Lauderdale beach, tossing a canopy and rolling the bounce house before lifting it into the air.

The house flew above the tree line, but the children appeared to have fallen out when it first flipped over the beach, Dupree said.

“They were immediately dropped out of the bounce house onto the sand,” he said.

The bounce house had been secured to a basketball court as part of a city-sponsored family activity...

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