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Here’s a brief look at some of the top news stories around the world for July 8, 2015.

South Carolina to lower capitol Confederate flag – for good

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley (R) has signed a bill ordering the removal of the Confederate flag from the capitol grounds. This comes after public opinion turned against the flag following the racially motivated murder of nine black church members last month.

[Read more from NBC News]

FBI foils numerous 4th of July terror plots

The FBI linked a number of failed terror plots – aimed at taking American lives on the Fourth of July – to the Islamic State. Details on the nature of the plans are unknown, but the would-be attackers are said to have eyed targets "coast to coast."

[Read more from CNN]

Kerry to Iran: Make 'tough decisions,' or U.S. walks

In Vienna on Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned Iran that America is "absolutely prepared to call an end" to negotiations over the Middle-Eastern country's nuclear program – if Iran does not make "tough decisions" to curb its uranium enrichment process. Iran hopes to secure a deal that would end international sanctions against it.

[Read more from the Washington Post]

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Sisters now living in MN win $80K over treatment at Texas border facility

Kerlin Sanchez Villalobos and her sister were awarded a settlement of $80,000.

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Series of garage fires cause damage in south Minneapolis

Two of the fires occurred on the 4500 block of Snelling Avenue.

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Minneapolis’ public safety chief spends evening mocking, blocking on Twitter

The community safety commissioner responded to one user's question about downtown policing by calling them two-faced.

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Ramen bar announced for upcoming Eat Street Crossing food hall

The restaurant roster is filling up at Eat Street Crossing.

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Man dies after being shot during argument in Minneapolis

It's the 70th homicide in Minneapolis this year.


Minneapolis police, city employees clear out Near North encampment

This comes as colder weather moves through the state.

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New T.J. Maxx to open in the Twin Cities this month

Opening day will kick off with extended hours.

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Former Hennepin County commissioner arrested for DWI

The 61-year-old was being held in Hennepin County Jail as of Thursday morning.

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Electric carshare network showing growth in Twin Cities

Over 25,000 trips have been logged in a six-month span.

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Popular Apple Valley ice arena could be replaced

A concept plan to transform the ice arena is being considered.


Low river levels bring cancellations for St. Paul-New Orleans Viking cruises

The low water also impacted some barge traffic making its way down the river.