Denis Jr. Tangney/iStock/Thinkstock(COLUMBIA, S.C.) — The South Carolina Senate moved forward on Monday with a plan to take the Confederate battle flag down off the statehouse lawn.

State Senators spent much of the day offering history lessons about the Civil War, and perspectives about a proposal to fold up the Confederate flag flying outside and put it into a museum.

By the end of the day, the idea passed by a 37-to-3 margin.

Senator Vincent Sheheen, a co-sponsor of the legislation to remove the flag, said it should be removed because it’s “the right thing to do.”

Senator Harvey Peeler however disagreed. He supports the flag and said he will vote against the bill. As for suggestions the flag be moved to a museum, he said, “The greatest museum in the state of South Carolina is right here, the state house capitol complex is the greatest museum in the entire state.”

Senator John Courson also defended the flag, saying that he has never perceived the flag as a racial symbol.

“I regret, deeply deeply regret that right wing extremist groups have hijacked that banner and turned it into a political symbol of hate,” he said.

Monday’s vote was the second of three readings in the Senate; another vote is scheduled for Tuesday before the matter is sent to the State House of Representatives.

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ABC News(BETHESDA, Md.) — No injuries were reported at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center campus near Bethesda, Maryland, following a report of a suspected active shooter.

Someone made a phone call Monday morning reporting noises that could have been shots, the Montgomery County Police said.

The center announced a shelter in place order soon after the call was made. However, officers responded and found no confirmed shots and no reported injuries, police said.

Officers were still working to clear each floor and room as of this afternoon, police said.

Patient care at the facility is suspended for the rest of the day, the Montgomery County Police tweeted.

The Navy originally confirmed the lockdown in a statement, saying: “All base personnel are sheltering in place as a result of unconfirmed reports of an active shooter.”

The Navy’s statement added: “DOD Security Force, NIH Police Force and County EMS and Medics have responded and searching the area.”

The National Naval Medical Center and Walter Reed Army Medical Center joined in 2011, forming the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, one of the largest military medical centers in the U.S.

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Courtesy of Steinle family(SAN FRANCISCO) — An undocumented immigrant suspected of killing a woman at a San Francisco pier said he chose the city for its sanctuary policies — that is, he knew San Francisco was a good place to avoid deportation, he told ABC station KGO-TV.

In an exclusive jailhouse interview, a KGO-TV reporter asked Francisco Sanchez, the alleged gunman, “Did you keep coming back to San Francisco because you knew that they wouldn’t actively look for you to deport you?” and Sanchez responded, “Yes.”

Sanchez, who has been deported five times, told KGO-TV he started wandering on Pier 14 on Wednesday after taking sleeping pills he found in a dumpster. He said he then picked up a gun that he found and it went off.

Kate Steinle, 32, who was walking the pier with her father, was shot dead, authorities said, noting that Sanchez, 45, was arrested an hour later.

Sanchez, who was on probation in Texas at the time of the shooting, served time in federal prison for repeatedly sneaking back into the country, authorities said.

Sanchez told KGO-TV that he kept coming back to the country because he was “looking for jobs in the restaurant or roofing, landscaping, or construction.” He said he knew San Francisco was a sanctuary city where he would not be pursued by immigration officials.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement had said in a statement that Sanchez was turned over to the San Francisco Police Department this past March on an outstanding drug warrant, and that the department requested that police notify Immigration and Customs Enforcement prior to his release so ICE officers could make arrangements to take custody.

On Sunday, Steinle’s brother told ABC News he will miss his sister’s smile, kindness and warmth, and that he is heartbroken his sister won’t get to meet his daughter, who is due in a few months.

Steinle’s father and brother declined to comment to ABC News on Sunday regarding the suspect.

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Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(VANCOUVER, British Columbia) — Carli Lloyd experienced the game of her life Sunday.

The midfielder scored three goals — in the first 16 minutes — of the Women’s World Cup final, leading the United States to a 5-2 victory against Japan. The win marks the United States’ first Women’s World Cup title since 1999, when Lloyd was an up-and-coming high school soccer player in New Jersey.

“I’ve dedicated my whole life to this,” Lloyd told reporters following the victory. “And everything [else] comes second. But I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Lloyd, 32, began playing soccer at age 5, her mother Pam said in a 1999 interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer.

“At that age, it was coed, and Carli was hanging with the boys,’” Pam Lloyd said. “She always loved it and showed a lot of ability from an early age, but she also has always worked hard.’”

Lloyd attended Delran High School and Rutgers University, and has represented the United States in three World Cups: 2007, 2011 and 2015. She has also participated in the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics, helping the United States win gold medals in each games.

Lloyd has previously credited her two goals in the 2012 Olympic final against Japan as her best moment.

But that was prior to Sunday’s World Cup final. Her first goal Sunday came in the third minute on a perfectly timed run on a corner kick. The second goal came minutes later, off a deflection on a free kick.

Her third goal came from midfield, when she caught goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori off-guard — securing the fastest hat trick in World Cup history.

“I was just on a mission,” Lloyd said. “I was on a mission to help my team win this game.”

Lloyd won the Golden Ball Sunday as the tournament’s best player. All six of Lloyd’s goals came in knockout rounds.

Following the victory, President Obama congratulated Lloyd and her teammates on Twitter.

“What a win for Team USA! Great game @CarliLloyd!” he wrote. “Your country is so proud of all of you. Come visit the White House with the World Cup soon.”

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Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(VANCOUVER, British Columbia) — Carli Lloyd experienced the game of her life Sunday.

The midfielder scored three goals — in the first 16 minutes — of the Women’s World Cup final, leading the United States to a 5-2 victory against Japan. The win marks the United States’ first Women’s World Cup title since 1999, when Lloyd was an up-and-coming high school soccer player in New Jersey.

“I’ve dedicated my whole life to this,” Lloyd told reporters following the victory. “And everything [else] comes second. But I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Lloyd, 32, began playing soccer at age 5, her mother Pam said in a 1999 interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer.

“At that age, it was coed, and Carli was hanging with the boys,’” Pam Lloyd said. “She always loved it and showed a lot of ability from an early age, but she also has always worked hard.’”

Lloyd attended Delran High School and Rutgers University, and has represented the United States in three World Cups: 2007, 2011 and 2015. She has also participated in the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics, helping the United States win gold medals in each games.

Lloyd has previously credited her two goals in the 2012 Olympic final against Japan as her best moment.

But that was prior to Sunday’s World Cup final. Her first goal Sunday came in the third minute on a perfectly timed run on a corner kick. The second goal came minutes later, off a deflection on a free kick.

Her third goal came from midfield, when she caught goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori off-guard — securing the fastest hat trick in World Cup history.

“I was just on a mission,” Lloyd said. “I was on a mission to help my team win this game.”

Lloyd won the Golden Ball Sunday as the tournament’s best player. All six of Lloyd’s goals came in knockout rounds.

Following the victory, President Obama congratulated Lloyd and her teammates on Twitter.

“What a win for Team USA! Great game @CarliLloyd!” he wrote. “Your country is so proud of all of you. Come visit the White House with the World Cup soon.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) —

WOMEN’S WORLD CUP FINALS
USA 5, Japan 2

INTERLEAGUE

Pittsburgh 5, Cleveland 3

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Tampa Bay 8, N-Y Yankees 1
Toronto 10, Detroit 5
Boston 5, Houston 4
Baltimore 9, Chi White Sox 1
Kansas City 3, Minnesota 2
Seattle 2, Oakland 1
L.A. Angels 12, Texas 6

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Milwaukee 6, Cincinnati 1
Philadelphia 4, Atlanta 0, 10 Innings
St. Louis 3, San Diego 1
Chi Cubs 2, Miami 0
Colorado 6, Arizona 4
N-Y Mets 8, L.A. Dodgers 0
Washington 3, San Francisco 1

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Sarah Crabill/NASCAR via Getty Images(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) — It was a long night for NASCAR drivers on Sunday night — a very long night that was capped with a very scary crash.

After waiting out a lengthy rain delay, the Sprint Cup Series staged its Coke Zero 400 into the early morning hours at Daytona International Speedway.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the race. Jimmie Johnson was second, followed by Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch.

The race was scheduled to begin a little after 8 p.m. ET, but because of the weather it didn’t begin until 11:42 p.m. — and was capped with an ugly crash that left Austin Dillon’s car obliterated against a safety fence in the final lap.

The driver was able to escape the wreck and wave to fans; he only suffered a bruised tailbone and forearm, ESPN reports.

Multiple cars were involved in the crash, which sent Dillon’s #3 car airborne at top speed, and smashing into the Daytona International Speedway catch fence.

Joie Chitwood, the president of the Daytona International Speedway, said at a post-race presser that 13 people in the grandstands were assessed by medical personnel after the crash. Eight declined medical attention, four were treated at the scene, and one was transported to a local hospital in stable condition.

Experts agreed it could have been much worse. “The fence worked,” Chitwood said.

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Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Major League Baseball All-Star Game starting lineups were announced on Sunday night, with the Kansas City Royals landing four of the starting slots.

A number of familiar names made the cut, with two-time MVP Miguel Cabrera starting at first base for the American League, and Mike Trout joining him in the outfield. For the National League, Buster Posey, Bryce Harper and Giancarlo Stanton will start.

But the leading vote-getter was Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson, who will appear in his second midsummer classic.

Cincinnati Reds third baseman Todd Frazier will start the game at his home stadium on July 14.

Reserves, pitchers and players eligible for the Final Vote will be announced Monday.

See the full list of starters below:

American League

Catcher: Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals
First Baseman: Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers
Second Baseman: Jose Altuve, Houston Astros
Shortstop: Alcides Escobar, Kansas City Royals
Third Baseman: Josh Donaldson, Toronto Blue Jays
Outfielder: Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels
Outfielder: Lorenzo Cain, Kansas City Royals
Outfielder: Alex Gordon, Kansas City Royals
Designated Hitter: Nelson Cruz

National League

Catcher: Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants
First Baseman: Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks
Second Baseman: Dee Gordon, Miami Marlins
Shortstop: Jhonny Peralta, St. Louis Cardinals
Third Baseman: Todd Frazier, Cincinnati Reds
Outfielder: Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals
Outfielder: Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins
Outfielder: Matt Holliday, St. Louis Cardinals

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Anyone with information about this baby found abandoned in Maryland is asked to call the Anne Arundel County Police Department. (Anne Arundel County Police Department)(ANNE ARUNDEL, Md.) — The mother of a baby girl found apparently abandoned on the side of a Maryland road was arrested Sunday evening, accused of taking the infant out of her car and leaving her there.

Sandra Clara McClary was charged with child neglect and reckless endangerment, Anne Arundel County police said in a statement.

The woman had called police after they had posted the baby’s photo on social media, Lt. T.J. Smith of the Anne Arundel County Police said at a news conference earlier Sunday.

The woman, who was verified as the baby’s mother, initially told investigators the little girl’s father was was supposed to have her, but neither of them knew where the child was, police said.

Investigators later determined that the mother had allegedly had the girl with her in a vehicle in Pasadena, but removed the child from the vehicle and left her on the side of the road, police said.

The incident began just before midnight Saturday, when officers responded to a report of an abandoned child on the side of a road, the police department said on its Facebook page.

Officers found a baby girl in a car seat carrier. Police said the baby was 2 or 3 months old.

“Scuff marks on the carrier and other debris indicate that the carrier may have fell off of a moving vehicle,” the police wrote in the post.

The child was taken to a hospital to be treated for dehydration, police said.

The baby was in good condition Sunday, Smith said at the news conference, adding that the baby was in the custody of the Department of Social Services.

The investigation is ongoing, police said Sunday afternoon. The police department is working with the Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Anyone with information can contact the Anne Arundel County Police Department at 410-222-6145.

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Photo by William Volcov/LatinContent/Getty Images(VANCOUVER) — Carli Lloyd scored twice in the first five minutes on the way to the fastest hat trick in World Cup history and the the U.S. made the margin stand up, defeating Japan 5-2 to win the 2015 Women’s World Cup.

With the victory, the American women avenged their 2011 World Cup finals loss to Japan, a game they lost on penalty kicks.

The U.S. struck first, in just the third minute of the game, when Lloyd drilled a shot out of a crowd in front of the net that found the net to Japanese goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori’s right.

The goal, coming off a corner kick by Megan Rapinoe, was the fastest goal in a finals game in Women’s World Cup history, amd had Japan trailing for the first time in the tournament.

Lloyd scored again less than two minutes later to put the U.S. up 2-0, flipping a shot through a defender’s legs that trickled into the goal off a free kick.

The U.S. stretched the lead to 3-0 when a charging Lauren Holiday pounded in a shot from the edge of the box in the 14th minute, after a header from Japan defender Azusa Iwashimizu went straight up in the air.

Lloyd made it 4-0 less than two minutes later when her blast from midfield got over the goal keeper’s outstretched hand.

With the goal, Lloyd became the first woman to score a hat trick in the World Cup final, and just the third U.S. woman to score a hat trick in any World Cup match. Michelle Akers and Carin Jennings Gabarra both accomplished the feat in the 1991 tournament.

Japan finally got on the board in the 27th minute, when Yuki Ogimi turned right in front of the net and chipped a shot over the outstretched hand of U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo.

It was first goal scored against the U.S. since the opening match of the tournament against Australia.

Japan cut the margin to 4-2 on an own goal off Julie Johnston’s head, but Tobin Heath put the U.S. up 5-2 in the 54th minute, scoring out of a crowd in front of the net.

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