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William Cheek, left, Nelson Waller, center, and Jim Collins, right, protest proposals to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse on Monday, July 6, 2015, in Columbia, S.C. The General Assembly returns Monday to discuss Gov. Nikki Haley's budget vetoes and what to do with the rebel flag that has flown over some part of the Statehouse for more than 50 years. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)

Monday’s vote comes less than a week after the 15th anniversary of South Carolina taking the flag off the Capitol dome where it flew since the early 1960s and moving it to beside a monument honoring Confederate soldiers.

In this courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, right, stands before U.S. District Judge George O'Toole Jr. as he addresses the court during his sentencing, Wednesday, June 24, 2015, in federal court in Boston.  Tsarnaev apologized to the victims and their loved ones for the first time Wednesday just before the judge formally sentenced him to death. (Jane Flavell Collins via AP)

Tsarnaev, 21, was convicted of 30 federal charges in the bombing, which killed three people and injured more than 260. The same jury recommended the death penalty, and a federal judge on June 24 sentenced him to death.

FILE - In this June 22, 1995, file photo, New Jersey Gov. Christie Whitman, left, with her husband John, hold an octopus in the kitchen of La Gondola Ristorante in Trenton, N.J. John Whitman, New Jersey's first-ever first gentleman, died Thursday, July 2, 2015. He was 71. He died at Morristown Medical Center after suffering a catastrophic brain injury in mid-June, said Heather Grizzle, a spokeswoman for Todd Whitman. (AP Photo/Allen Oliver, File)

“He was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather, and we are heartbroken to lose his presence in our lives,” Todd Whitman said in a statement. “I am so grateful for the thoughts and prayers of so many who have showered our family with their love over these past two weeks.”

Spectators wave American flags and cheer during an Independence Day celebration and naturalization ceremony at Monticello in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday, July 4, 2015. The annual Fourth of July tradition at the historic home of Thomas Jefferson featured the naturalization of new American citizens from 40 countries. (Ryan M. Kelly/The Daily Progress via AP)

The United States marks 239 years as an independent nation on Saturday as it celebrates the Fourth of July with parades, fireworks, food and music. Here are some highlights and lowlights of Independence Day celebrations across the globe: PRESIDENTIAL HOPEFULS CAMPAIGN IN PARADES Parades across Iowa and New Hampshire were clear reminders of the race […]

In this Monday, June 8, 2015 photo, 1-year-old Joshua Tinoco clings to a gate at his relative's home in Los Angeles. At a brief hearing, a government lawyer tells his teenage mother that her son is an immigration enforcement priority for the United States and should be sent back to his native Honduras even though she is being allowed to stay and seek a green card. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

LOS ANGELES | At 1-year-old, a wide-eyed, restless Joshua Tinoco faces the prospect of deportation to his native Honduras, one of tens of thousands of unaccompanied children who arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border last year. While his teenage mother has been allowed to stay in the U.S. and seek a green card under a federal program […]

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams watches Joey Chestnut, left, and Matt Stonie, right, during a news conference to promote the upcoming Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Hot-Dog Eating Contest  Friday, July 3, 2015, at Brooklyn Borough Hall in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

NEW YORK | Matt Stonie shocked the competitive eating world on Saturday by upsetting Joey “Jaws” Chestnut at the Fourth of July hot dog eating contest at Nathan’s Famous in Coney Island, breaking Chestnut’s bid for a ninth straight victory. Stonie, 23, who finished second last year, downed 62 hot dogs and buns, beating Chestnut by […]

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