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The Justice Department said Tuesday it has opened a civil rights investigation into the death of Freddie Gray, a black man who suffered a fatal spinal-cord injury under mysterious circumstances after he was handcuffed and put in the back of a police van.
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Obama attorney general nominee heads for vote after 5 months

Erica Werner, Associated Press  |  posted Apr 21st - 6:41pm
President Barack Obama's long-stalled nominee for attorney general, federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch, is on her way to a confirmation vote after senators extricated themselves Tuesday from a partisan dispute over abortion that had stood in her way.
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Charge reduced against trucker in fatal pileup in Wyoming

Bob Moen, Associated Press  |  posted Apr 21st - 6:31pm
Crews reopened Interstate 80 on Tuesday, about 32 hours after a fiery chain-reaction crash involving more than 60 vehicles killed two people and became the second weather-related pileup to shut down the major trucking corridor in less than a week.
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Officer: Arpaio is to blame for disobeying judge's orders

Jacques Billeaud, Associated Press  |  posted 21 minutes ago
A law enforcement officer provided a rare glimpse into the inner workings of Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office on Tuesday during a contempt-of-court hearing in which the officer said the sheriff was to blame for ignoring a 2011 order that barred his signature immigration patrols.
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1 dead, 18 ill with botulism symptoms after church picnic

Lisa Cornwell, Associated Press  |  posted 31 minutes ago
One person died and at least 18 others were sickened with suspected food-borne botulism after attending a church picnic in central Ohio, a hospital said Tuesday.
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Evacuations at MU after reports of bomb threat

The Associated Press  |  posted 31 minutes ago
The University of Missouri has evacuated its Student Center and Memorial Union after reports of a bomb threat.
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Requirement on cancer pill patient costs passes NC House

The Associated Press  |  posted 31 minutes ago
Supporters of a bill requiring health insurance companies to charge North Carolina patients the same price or less for oral drugs for cancer compared to intravenous medications say the mandate is about fairness and helping the sick afford suitable medications.
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Texas State Aquarium fish kill blamed on mislabeling

The Associated Press  |  posted 51 minutes ago
The deaths of 389 fish at the Texas State Aquarium are being blamed on a mislabeled chemical container.
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Bill designating more elected offices nonpartisan fails

The Associated Press  |  posted Apr 21st - 7:01pm
The Assembly has rejected a bill that would designate more Nevada elected offices as nonpartisan.
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Anger at acquittal of Chicago policeman in shooting of woman

The Associated Press  |  posted Apr 21st - 6:51pm
A judge's surprise acquittal of an off-duty Chicago police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed woman called into question prosecutors' decision not to charge the man with murder, and set off protests for a second day Tuesday.
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US teen attracted to IS sentenced to prison on gun charge

The Associated Press  |  posted Apr 21st - 6:51pm
A South Carolina teenager who authorities say was attracted to the Islamic State group and who was plotting to kill U.S. troops in North Carolina has been sentenced to five years in juvenile prison on a state gun charge, a prosecutor said Tuesday.
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Oregon lawmakers advance vaccine bill to budget committee

Sheila V Kumar, Associated Press  |  posted Apr 21st - 6:51pm
An Oregon Senate committee advanced a vaccine bill ahead of a key deadline Tuesday, passing a measure that seeks to increase the number of immunized children and requires schools to publish vaccination rates.
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Brisk pace at Nevada Legislature on bill deadline day

Riley Snyder and Michelle Rindels, Associated Press  |  posted Apr 21st - 6:41pm
Nevada lawmakers kept busy Tuesday as they faced down a deadline to pass bills out of the house where they were first introduced.
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Nevada official says Common Core vendors breached contracts

The Associated Press  |  posted Apr 21st - 6:41pm
The Nevada Department of Education says two of its vendors are in breach of their contracts in providing Common Core exams in the state's schools.
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Council approves move of Presley's planes from Graceland

Adrian Sainz, Associated Press  |  posted Apr 21st - 6:41pm
Two airplanes once owned by Elvis Presley, the Lisa Marie and the Hound Dog II, will be moved from Graceland to a location down the street under a plan approved by the Memphis City Council Tuesday.
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Not guilty plea for officer charged in taped beating

The Associated Press  |  posted Apr 21st - 6:32pm
A judge has entered a not guilty plea and set bond at $25,000 for a Detroit-area police officer charged in the beating of a motorist that was caught on video.
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Judge: Pro-Israel group can post 'Killing Jews' ads on buses

Larry Neumeister, Associated Press  |  posted Apr 21st - 6:31pm
A pro-Israel advocacy group known for publicly criticizing Islam can display its political advertisement containing the phrase "Hamas Killing Jews" on New York City's buses, a judge said.
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Texas lieutenant governor advisers: Pre-K a 'Godless' choice

Paul J. Weber, Associated Press  |  posted Apr 21st - 6:31pm
Advisers to Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick described a major bipartisan pre-K initiative as socialist and keeping children in a 'Godless environment' in a letter sent to lawmakers Tuesday.
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Obama again avoids calling 1915 Armenian killings 'genocide'

Matthew Lee and Julie Pace, Associated Press  |  posted Apr 21st - 6:31pm
President Barack Obama will once again stop short of calling the 1915 massacre of Armenians a genocide, prompting anger and disappointment from those who have been pushing him to fulfill a campaign promise and use the politically fraught term on the 100th anniversary of the killings this week. Officials decided against it after opposition from some at the State Department and the Pentagon.
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Man who escaped custody decades ago turns himself in

The Associated Press  |  posted Apr 21st - 6:21pm
A Kentucky sheriff says a man who spent decades as a fugitive after escaping custody in North Carolina has turned himself in to authorities.
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Arizonans want closer spot to watch federal checkpoints

Astrid Galvan, Associated Press  |  posted Apr 21st - 6:01pm
Residents of a small southern Arizona town who have spent the past year protesting a Border Patrol checkpoint 20 miles north of Mexico say they should be able to monitor agents from a much closer position than they can now.
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Colorado lawmakers advance school shooting liability bill

Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press  |  posted Apr 21st - 6:00pm
Colorado lawmakers choked back tears and recalled the state's painful history of school violence Tuesday as they advanced a plan intended to reduce school shootings by making public schools legally liable for student safety.
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School district expansion bill fails final House vote

Alison Noon, Associated Press  |  posted Apr 21st - 6:00pm
A handful of Montana representatives reversed their votes Tuesday and overturned a proposal to allow residents of small school districts to establish their own high schools.
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