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Republican Joe Kent has taken the lead over incumbent Republican Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler in the race for the second spot in Washington state’s top two primary. Because Washington is a vote-by-mail state and ballots just need to be in by Election Day, it often takes days to learn final results in close races as ballots arrive at county election offices over several days. Under the state's primary system, all candidates run on the same ballot, and the top two vote getters in each of Tuesday’s races advance to the November election, regardless of party. Herrera Beutler drew the interparty challenge over her vote to impeach former President Donald Trump, and Kent was backed by Trump.

Authorities say a main roadway into Death Valley National Park will remain closed into next week as crews clean up after record-breaking rains damaged the roadway and choked it with mud, rocks and debris. The California Department of Transportation says about 10 miles of State Route 190 remain to be cleared and patched up. Flash flooding in the park last week trapped hundreds of hotel guests and partially buried about 60 cars and trucks in mud. No injuries were reported. More flash flooding on Monday also closed a 5-mile stretch of road in Joshua Tree National Park and prompted evacuation of the southern portion of that park.

Cambodia’s ambassador to the United States says the return of 30 antiquities to his country by U.S. law enforcement is like a returning of the souls of Cambodia's culture. Ambassador Keo Chhea praised the cooperation between the U.S. and Cambodia to enable the return of the antiquities. U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said Monday some of the sandstone and bronze sculptures and artifacts were given up by their owners when U.S. authorities told them they were stolen. Others were claimed through court actions. The artifacts date from the Bronze Age to the 12th century. They were looted during civil war and instability in Cambodia, which was ruled by the brutal Khmer Rouge in the 1970s.

    The U.S. deputy secretary of state says the prime minister of the Solomon Islands “missed an important opportunity” by failing to attend a memorial service to mark the anniversary of a key World War II battle, amid concerns the South Pacific island nation is building closer ties with China. Wendy Sherman and U.S. Ambassador to Australia Caroline Kennedy were among the dignitaries at a dawn service to commemorate the Battle of Guadalcanal. The Solomons prime minister denied he boycotted the event. Sherman says she expressed her displeasure. She says the prime minister repeated his assurance during her recent visit that there would be no Chinese base on the islands. She called the situation critical and says the U.S. will watch it very carefully.

    The Quad Cities Rehabilitation Institute, the region’s only freestanding inpatient rehabilitation hospital, is expected to begin serving patients on Aug. 23. The Quad Cities Rehabilitation Institute is a joint venture of UnityPoint Health-Trinity and Encompass Health, the nation’s largest owner and operator of rehabilitation hospitals. The hospital will provide essential services to help patients regain function and independence as they recover from major injuries and illnesses, such as strokes, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, amputations and complex orthopedic conditions.

    "You not only open doors for our children, you show them just how many doors exist in the world for them to open for themselves," Gov J.B. Pritzker told an audience of educators at the Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel & Conference Center.

    A southwest Iowa company that makes metal castings used by military contractors in helicopters and other equipment has reached a settlement in a lawsuit alleging the company failed to test the castings and falsely certified test results over seven years. Wellman Dynamics, a Creston company that manufactures large metal castings used by military contractors including Bell Helicopter, Sikorsky Aircraft and Boeing Co. will pay $500,000 in restitution to the U.S. government to settle the allegations which surfaced when an employee reported lack of testing and filing of false documents under a whistleblower provision of the False Claims Act.

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    Ty'Ollie Bright, 22, of Davenport, lost control of his 1998 Toyota Corolla, struck a guardrail on the west side of the roadway and rolled several times before coming to a rest in the west ditch. The passenger was a 14-year-old relative of Bright's who is also from Davenport. Both remain hospitalized with life threatening injuries. 

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