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Colorado gun law relies on flawed estimate
DENVER (AP) -- A law expanding background check requirements on Colorado gun sales has been in effect for about a year, and an Associated Press analysis of state data compiled during that span shows the projected impact was vastly overstated in a key budget report....
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Judge rules feds wrongly protecting bearded seals
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- A federal judge in Alaska has ruled that a federal agency improperly listed bearded seals as threatened under the Endangered Species Act....
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Feds 'closely monitoring' NY police custody death
NEW YORK (AP) -- U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Friday the Justice Department is "closely monitoring" New York City's investigation into the death of a man who was placed in an apparent chokehold by a police officer arresting him on suspicion of selling loose, untaxed cigarettes....
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War crimes commission takes aim at Islamic State
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The head of an independent commission on Syrian war crimes says commanders of the Islamic State extremist group are "good candidates" to be put on a confidential list of alleged perpetrators who should be brought to justice....
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Kansas court overturns brothers' death sentences
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday overturned the death sentences of two brothers convicted of killing four friends who were robbed and forced to engage in sex acts before being shot to death and left in a snow-covered Wichita field....
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Federal court upholds Fla.'s docs vs. glocks law
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- A Florida law restricting what doctors can tell patients about gun ownership was deemed to be constitutional Friday by a federal appeals court, which said it legitimately regulates professional conduct and doesn't violate the doctors' First Amendment free speech rights....
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Police chief pleads no contest in tea party flap
LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) -- A police chief in Wisconsin pleaded no contest Friday to a charge that he signed a local tea party leader up on gay dating, pornography and federal health care websites....
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Same-sex marriage ban struck down for Miami area
MIAMI (AP) -- A Florida judge on Friday overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage in a ruling that applies to Miami-Dade County, agreeing with a judge in another county who made a similar ruling last week....
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Comments sought on possible Arctic lease sale
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- A federal agency is testing the waters on a possible lease sale in the Alaska Arctic....
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Carjacked SUV hits crowd, killing 3 young siblings
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Two men carjacked a woman at gunpoint but soon sped out of control, killing three children Friday as they plowed into a group selling fruit to raise money for their church, Philadelphia police said....
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Prosecutors consider charges after burglar killed
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- Prosecutors deciding whether to charge a California man who says he fatally shot a violent burglar in the back in an alley as she fled his home face a difficult decision because the case falls in a gray area involving self-defense, a legal expert said Friday....
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UPS driver charged with stealing dozens of guns
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) -- A Southern California UPS driver has been arrested after federal agents say he stole dozens of guns to sell them on the black market....
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Attorney: 'Fatal Vision' court case will continue
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The case of the Green Beret doctor who has maintained for decades that not him but a band of hippies chanting "acid is groovy, kill the pigs" slaughtered his wife and two young daughters will continue in court....
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Ohio State under shadow again, this time with band
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Having forced out a beloved football coach and watched its president retire after a series of verbal gaffes, Ohio State University again finds itself grabbing headlines with the firing of a celebrated marching band director accused of ignoring a "sexualized" culture of rituals among band members....
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Judge says Texas man innocent in rape
DALLAS (AP) -- A Dallas man who prosecutors say did not commit a 1990 rape for which he served 12 years in prison should be exonerated based on recent DNA testing he did not request, a judge recommended Friday....
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