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Lawmakers in South Carolina have voted 37-3 to remove from the grounds of the state legislature the Confederate flag -- a symbol increasingly viewed with repugnance following last month's shooting massacre at a black church. After passing easily in the state Senate, the bill now is set to go before South Carolina's House of Representatives, amid growing public demands that the red, white and blue banner no longer be permitted to fly outside the legislature in the capital city Columbia. "It's the right thing to do," said Democratic state senator Vincent Sheheen as he and his colleagues in the Republican-dominated legislature took up the hot-button issue late Monday.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian authorities have frozen six bank accounts as part of an investigation into allegations that hundreds of millions of dollars were transferred from a state investment fund to the personal accounts of Prime Minister Najib Razak.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi has defended his office's decision to release a Mexican man who was in the U.S. illegally and who is now suspected in the killing of a woman at a sightseeing pier.