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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Parts of Texas are dealing with flooding again after a fresh round of heavy rain. WFAA-TV in Dallas says people had to be rescued from their homes in Johnson County after 5 to 8 inches of rain fell overnight. Flooding is also reported in San Antonio and in Austin, where traffic was being rerouted after high water made roads impassable. The National Weather Service says 3 to 5 inches of rain fell in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, where total rainfall is running about 5 inches above normal for this time of year.

BAGHDAD (AP) — A police officer in the Iraqi city of Ramadi says about two dozen policemen are missing following fierce clashes with Islamic State militants, who control much of the city. The officer says government forces have retreated from one southern Ramadi district, leaving behind some 30 army vehicles and weapons including artillery and assault rifles. Authorities say 15 members of Iraqi security forces have been killed in suicide bombings in Ramadi today.

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — About 600 U.S. and Georgian troops are conducting joint exercises aimed at training the armed forces of the former Soviet republic for participation in the NATO Response Force. Georgia has aspirations of joining NATO and has contributed troops to the NATO-led military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine lawmakers are considering changes to the state's policies regarding life-sustaining treatment for minors. Legislators are examining a bill that would prevent the state from withholding life-sustaining treatment for a child in its custody unless the parent's rights have been officially terminated. Supporters say that will protect parental sovereignty and clarify a legal grey area that drew national attention when a teenage mother sued the state last year to lift a do-not-resuscitate order imposed on her brain-damaged daughter.

BOSTON (AP) — An organization studying great white sharks is enjoying some attention after one of the creatures they've been monitoring gained a loyal social media following. @MaryLeeShark is the fake Twitter handle for a very real, nearly 3,500-pound great white whose movements up and down the East Coast can be tracked online and in real time. She's drawn over 44,000 followers with her playful updates and witty replies. Researchers hope the project will help improve understanding about the endangered predator's behavior and encourage conservation.

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