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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Far-reaching immigration legislation offering the prize of U.S. citizenship to millions is swiftly gaining ground in the Senate following agreement between Republicans and Democrats on dramatic steps aimed at securing the border with Mexico.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The National Weather Service says several communities in west central Minnesota are experiencing flash flooding following severe thunderstorms. Meteorologist Chris Franks says streets in Morris, Glenwood and Starbuck are among those that flooded after big downpours. He says some areas got 4 to 5 inches of rain in two to three hours. Franks says flooding in those areas developed in about an hour because storm drains just couldn't handle the volume. Franks says the storms are moving south and east and should have moved into Wisconsin by about 8 a.m.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Xcel Energy says nearly 140,000 customers are without power in Minnesota following severe thunderstorms. The company reports about 1,500 outages affecting about 139,600 customers before 7 a.m. Friday. The National Weather Service says some parts of Minnesota got 4 to 5 inches of rain in just a couple hours. More storms are expected tonight.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is holding his first meeting with a privacy and civil liberties board Friday as he seeks to make good on his pledge to have a public discussion about secretive government surveillance programs.
BANGKOK (AP) -- Oil prices staged a moderate rebound Friday, a day after their sharpest drop in more than seven months.
STONEHENGE, England (AP) -- Police say more than 20,000 celebrants have gathered at the famed Stonehenge monument to mark the summer solstice. The cloud cover Friday morning prevented bright sunshine at dawn of the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere but a joyous spirit prevailed. Police say there were fewer arrests than usual with 22 people taken into custody, most for drug-related offenses.
EDEN PRAIRIE — Adrian Peterson was inside working out while the Minnesota Vikings went through minicamp on a warm Wednesday afternoon. Any time the NFL MVP is absent from drills, no matter how deep they are in the offseason, there’s an unmistakably missing presence even with 89 other players on the roster and dozens of coaches and staffers surrounding the practice fields at Winter Park. But this is precisely when the Vikings believe they can spare the time for Peterson to rest.
MIAMI — LeBron James had 37 points and 12 rebounds and the Miami Heat repeated as champions with a 95-88 victory over the San Antonio Spurs in Game 7 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night. Dwyane Wade added 23 points and 10 rebounds and Shane Battier scored 18 points on 6-for-8 shooting from 3-point range for Miami.
MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Twins flexed some muscle for their first three-game sweep of the season. The Chicago White Sox were easily overpowered in this lopsided series. Brian Dozier’s two-run homer was one of a career-high four long balls hit off John Danks, and the Twins beat the White Sox 8-4 on Thursday. “It always helps a lot when you’ve got everybody hitting in the lineup,” said Dozier, who homered for the third time in his last four games.
ATCHISON, Kan. (AP) -- After most of the world's population is wiped off the map by a wayward meteorite or hail of nuclear missiles, the survival of the human race might just depend on a few thousand people huddled in recreational vehicles deep in the bowels of an eastern Kansas mine.