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Storms and deadly floods hit the Midwest and PlainsBy Lisa Maria Garza and Jim Forsyth DALLAS (Reuters) - Rivers in Texas flooded their banks on Friday after historic storms had pounded the state for more than a week, with the severe weather leaving at least 21 people dead, damaging more than 4,000 structures and prompting widespread evacuations. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for Central Texas into Kansas, with additional rain swelling Texas rivers already at dangerously high levels. Across Texas, people spent the night in shelters as this week's floods turned streets into rivers, ripped homes off their foundations and swept over thousands of vehicles.

By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - An Idaho law that prohibits abortions of fetuses 20 or more weeks after fertilization is unconstitutional, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Friday. The ruling, from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, also struck down an Idaho law that required all second-trimester abortions to occur in a hospital. Bans on abortion after 20 weeks have been passed in 12 U.S. states since 2010, according to NARAL Pro-Choice America, an abortion rights advocacy group.

Switzerland FIFA ElectionDespite scandal all around him, Sepp Blatter remained FIFA's president thanks to a voting bloc he's spent years building using old-school politics.

FILE- This Monday, May 4, 2015 file photo shows the Islamic Community Center of Phoenix. A civil rights group has asked the FBI to investigate a threatening letter sent to the Phoenix mosque that was once a place of worship for suspects in a shooting three weeks ago at a Texas cartoon contest featuring cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)(Reuters) - Arizona police stepped up security on Friday near a mosque for a planned outdoor protest that includes drawing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad, weeks after a similar competition in Texas came under attack by two gunmen. Friday's event is set to run concurrently with evening prayers at the Islamic Community Center of Phoenix. "Dealing with this type of activity is a challenge that is facing law enforcement across the country," Phoenix police Sergeant Trent Crump said in an email response to questions.

Spores from the Sterne strain of anthrax bacteria (Bacillus anthracis) are pictured in this handout scanning electron micrographLive anthrax has been found in a 2008 sample sent to Australia from the same U.S. Army facility identified this week for more recent, mistaken shipments to nine U.S. states and an air base in South Korea, a U.S. defense official said on Friday. The U.S. official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, did not know what kind of facility in Australia received the sample, which, like the others, was meant to have been inactive. The discovery was made during the investigation into the U.S. Army's Dugway Proving Ground in Utah that was cited for the other mistaken shipments.

File photo of Raul Castro pretending not to hear questions from journalists as he and Obama hold a bilateral meeting during the Summit of the Americas in Panama City, PanamaSecretary of State John Kerry has signed an order as part of the process of normalizing relations between the Cold War foes.

Former NFL star Darren Sharper and his attorney Leonard Levine appear at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center in Los Angeles(Reuters) - Former NFL player Darren Sharper, accused of drugging and raping women in four states, was expected on Friday to change his not-guilty plea on related federal charges in New Orleans. Sharper, 39, already has pleaded guilty or no contest to rape or attempted rape in Arizona, California and Nevada as part of a series of plea agreements with prosecutors that call for his sentences to be served concurrently in federal prison. Court records indicate Sharper, a five-time Pro Bowl National Football League safety who helped lead the New Orleans Saints to a Super Bowl victory in 2010, will change his plea on charges that he drugged women in Louisiana and elsewhere with the intent to rape them.

Former U.S. ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul, a key architect of President Barack Obama’s attempt to “reset” relations with Moscow...

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