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US condemns Kabul attack...Obama offers help to Ecuador...Officer won't do prison time in fatal shooting

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is condemning today's Taliban attack in Kabul, and urging the insurgent group to choose the "pathway of peace." Militants today stormed an Afghan government security agency with a suicide car bomb and gunfire, killing 28 people and wounding hundreds in a sign of the insurgency's continued strength. White House spokesman Josh Earnest says the United States remains "committed to supporting the Afghan people and their government."

MANTA, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador's government now says at least 433 people died in the weekend earthquake, with more than 4,000 others injured. President Barack Obama today spoke with Ecuador's president, and promised that the U.S. will do all it can to support Ecuador as it recovers from the devastating quake.

HOUSTON (AP) — A heavy-duty truck has been used to evacuate elderly and other residents from a Houston-area assisted living facility that's surrounded by floodwaters. Several dozen people are being moved from the facility, in an area where more than a foot of rain was recorded since Sunday.

NEW YORK (AP) — A former New York City police officer who was convicted in the accidental shooting death of an unarmed man in a darkened stairwell will not go to prison. Peter Liang was convicted in February of manslaughter in the fatal shooting at a public housing project. Today, a judge reduced the manslaughter conviction to criminally negligent homicide before sentencing Liang to five years of probation and 800 hours of community service.

DANVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A homeowners association for an upscale, gated community in the San Francisco Bay Area has threatened to fine homeowners for brown lawns and landscaping -- despite California's continuing drought emergency. The East Bay Times reports that the Blackhawk homeowners association's community manager has written to homeowners, saying there's "no longer any reason" the landscaping can't "flourish." As of June first, the association will begin "aggressive enforcement" of landscaping standards. East Bay water officials say Blackhawk's directive comes too soon.

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