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Kremlin: Snowden has given up on plan to stay in Russia

Edward Snowden has abandoned his effort to seek asylum in Russia after President Vladimir Putin warned that he would have to stop leaking information about U.S. surveillance programs if he wanted to stay, a Russian official said Tuesday.

Western U.S. seared by heat as eastern U.S. deluged by storms

Mother Nature is showing her versatility in wildly disparate ways across the country. While dangerously hot temperatures broil the Southwest, parts of the Northeast grapple with flooding from torrential storms.

Egyptian military issues warning over protests

Egypt's armed forces sent a stiff message to the country's embattled president and his political opponents and allies, saying Monday that the growing governing dispute must be resolved in 48 hours or it will step in to restore order.

Thousands of borrowers to get mortgage payments reduced

Starting this week, hundreds of thousands of struggling borrowers could be in for a pleasant surprise: a quick and easy way to get their mortgage payments back on track -- and save considerable money.

Texas abortion battle continues, heads into second special session

If at first you don't succeed ...

The heat is on in southwestern U.S. - enough to melt sneakers

When it's so oppressively hot that your sneakers melt, there's a run on your ice cream shop, and your July 4th plans are dashed, then there's really not much else you can do but bear it and grin.

19 firefighters killed in Arizona blaze; 'Our entire crew was lost'

The 19 firefighters were part of an elite squad who confronted wildfires up close, setting up barriers to stop their destructive spread. But the inferno blazing across central Arizona proved too much.

Student loan rates doubling on Monday

Students preparing to take subsidized government loans will see their interest rates double to 6.8% from current levels, starting Monday, July 1.

High court lets same-sex marriages in California continue

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Record-setting heat wave turns fatal in Southwest

Death Valley resident Mike Wood says he's used to the heat. But when his running shoes begin to melt, he starts to pay attention.