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Sweltering California
A helicopter drops water on a hot spot in Keenbrook, California, Thursday, Aug. 18.
 
U.S. President Barack Obama will visit Laos next month, a first for a U.S. president, in a trip that begins with a G-20 summit in China, the White House said Thursday.
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The Mexican government's human rights agency is accusing federal police of executing at least 22 people during a confrontation with suspected cartel criminals last year and then rearranging the scene by moving bodies and planting guns to support the official version of the bloodshed.
 
Former US chairman of joint chiefs of staff Gen. John Vessey dies at 94
Retired Army Gen. John W. Vessey, who rose through the ranks in a 46-year military career to become chairman of the joint chiefs of staff and help oversee President Ronald Reagan's military buildup, has died. He was 94.
 
Lochte apologizes for not being more candid about incident
U.S Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte has apologized for his behavior surrounding a late-night incident at a Rio de Janeiro gas station, saying he should have been more "careful and candid" about how he described what happened.
 
Russia marks 25th years since failed Soviet coup
Few Russians are marking Friday's 25th anniversary of a coup attempt which heralded the demise of the Soviet Union, a holiday ignored in official circles because of its revolutionary, anti-establishment nature.
 
British-Australian man held in Dubai over charity support
A British-Australian man has been detained in Dubai for highlighting the work of an Afghan refugee charity on social media, a campaign group and his brother said on Friday.
 
Obama to phase out some private prison use
The Obama administration announced Thursday it will phase out its use of some private prisons, affecting thousands of federal inmates and immediately sending shares of the two publicly traded prison operators plunging.
 
Donald Trump made a rare act of contrition Thursday, saying he regretted offending people with his harsh way of speaking.
 
Donald Trump's campaign chairman Paul Manafort resigned on Friday in the wake of campaign shake-up and revelations about his work in Ukraine.
 
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