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Feeling the heat: July was hottest month on record

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Earth just keeps getting hotter. July was the planet's warmest month on record, smashing old marks, U.S. weather officials said.

And it's almost a dead certain lock that this year will beat last year as the warmest year on record, they said.



SYDNEY SEAU PAYS TRIBUTE TO HALL OF FAME FATHER

CANTON, Ohio (AP) -- The rules prevented Sydney Seau from honoring her Hall of Fame father Junior with an induction speech from the stage alongside the rest of the Class of 2015 on Saturday night.

It hardly mattered. Like her relentless father, she found a way to deliver anyway.

The daughter of the legendary linebacker - who took his life in 2012 - provided the remarks she would have given on the stage to the New York Times before expanding on them during a lengthy interview with NFL Network shortly after she and her three brothers unveiled Junior Seau's bronze bust.



THE POLITICS OF TIME: WHY COUNTRIES SWITCH TIME ZONES

(AP) — North Korean officials announced Friday that the country is creating its own time zone, moving back 30 minutes on Aug. 15. The establishment of "Pyongyang time" is a political move intended to erase the legacy of Japanese colonial rule a century ago. Before that, the entire Korean peninsula was 8 1/2 hours ahead of GMT, the time that North Korea will now revert to.

Here is a look at ways in which countries have changed their time zones for political reasons:



Seau fondly recalled as he goes into Hall of Fame

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Junior Seau was many things to many people.

He was one of the most ferocious linebackers of all time, the fist-pumping, emotional leader of his hometown San Diego Chargers for 13 seasons. He was a beach rat, living the Southern California lifestyle to the fullest. He always had a big smile and called everybody "Buddy."

Seau will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, three years after he took his life in his oceanfront home at age 43.



AP tracks slave boats to Papua New Guinea

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- From space, the fishing boats are just little white specks floating in a vast stretch of blue water off Papua New Guinea. But zoom in and there's the critical evidence: Two trawlers loading slave-caught seafood onto a massive refrigerated cargo ship.



HALL OF FAME LIMITS SEAU'S DAUGHTER'S COMMENTS TO VIDEO

CANTON, Ohio (AP) -- Junior Seau's daughter will be commenting only on a video when her late father enters the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Aug. 8.

Citing previous policies on posthumous inductions, the Hall is limiting Sydney Seau's comments to a video presentation about the former linebacker who killed himself in 2012. Seau is one of seven men being inducted this year.

In a statement from Hall executive vice president Joe Horrigan, a 2010 policy was referenced Friday.



TENNESSEE TITANS ANNOUNCE DEAL WITH MARCUS MARIOTA

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota signed with the Tennessee Titans on Tuesday, becoming the last of the NFL's first-round draft picks to finalize his deal.

The former Oregon quarterback is expected to start immediately, with the timing of the contract keeping the No. 2 overall pick on track to open the season Sept. 13 at Tampa Bay against Jameis Winston - the No. 1 overall selection from the draft.



Military announces plan to lift transgender ban

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Defense Secretary Ash Carter has ordered a six-month study aimed at formally ending one of the last gender- or sexuality-based barriers to military service, saying the Pentagon's current regulations banning transgender individuals from serving in the military need to be examined.



Am Samoa questions gay marriage validity in territory

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) -- American Samoa is the only U.S. territory to hold out against the recent Supreme Court ruling that legalized gay marriage.

As the Pacific island's attorney general reviews the decision, legal observers and gay rights advocates are saying it should go into effect immediately.

"It should be unquestioned," said Rose Cuison Villazor, a professor at University of California, Davis' law school and an expert on territorial law. "The Supreme Court's decision was pretty strong."



The right look: Casting call for "Hawaii Five-0"

HONOLULU (AP) — At 6 feet tall and 280 pounds -- with a distinctive shaved head -- Conrad Kalauoka'aea could picture himself appearing as an extra in an episode of "Hawaii Five-0" as an undercover cop, or maybe a bodyguard.

"Why not?" Kalauoka'aea asked after getting his picture taken Saturday and submitting an application to appear as a "Five-0" extra for the show's sixth season.



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