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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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Timberwolves survive Knicks' second-half barrage to get back to .500

Karl-Anthony Towns' lay-in helped Minnesota get a win in The Garden.

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Charges: MN teen shot mom after dispute over meth

The girl's mother said there had been a dispute over methamphetamine.

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No travel advised: High winds, whiteout conditions in NW MN

Zero visibility in parts of greater Minnesota Tuesday night.

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Update: Holy Angels evacuated over bomb threat, school says

Someone left a voicemail early Tuesday suggesting there was an explosive device.

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Convicted stalker charged with harassment of another DJ at The Current

He pleaded guilty to similar charges involving the DJ's colleague back in 2015.

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10 new shops, food stops at Mall of America

Donuts, K-fashion, model cars — the new tenants cover a lot of bases.

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Gophers fall below roster minimum, postpone Penn State game

It is "due to internal COVID-19 protocols within the Golden Gopher program."

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Report: Vikings request interview with Rams' Raheem Morris

Morris was once the youngest head coach in the NFL at 33 years old.

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Sheriff: Drunk driver crashed trying to 'beat the train'

The BNSF train slammed into the side of the driver's car.

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Man run over after parking dispute leads to road rage crash

The two groups fought about parking prior to the crash.

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Deadly crash shuts down small stretch of Chaska highway for hours

A driver crossed over the center median and hit another vehicle.

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You can now order 4 free at-home COVID tests from the government

Tests will ship for free within 7-12 days, according to the White House.

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