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WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans have abruptly dropped plans to debate a bill banning virtually all late-term abortions. The measure was pulled after objections from GOP women and other lawmakers meant there weren't enough votes for passage. Party leaders hoped to win approval by tomorrow, the same day as the annual March for Life by anti-abortion protesters. Tomorrow is the 42nd anniversary of the Supreme Court decision approving abortion.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Department lawyers are reportedly recommending that federal charges not be brought against the white suburban St. Louis police officer who fatally shot an unarmed, black 18-year-old. That's according to a report by The New York Times. An official tells the AP that the FBI has completed its investigation of the shooting in Ferguson, Missouri. There's been no announcement on how the government plans to proceed.

EDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — The flames have been visible for miles away. Fire officials say all of the residents of a Edgewater, New Jersey, apartment complex have been able to escape a fire that broke out. Sky high flames and smoke have been visible from New York City, across the Hudson River. Residents were taken to a nearby school as firefighters battled the blaze despite the bitter cold and high winds.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Fire officials in Maryland say investigators have found the bodies of two people in the charred remains of an Annapolis-area mansion that burned to the ground on Monday. Four people remain unaccounted for. The missing are grandchildren of the owners. The waterfront mansion is in suburban Washington.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Singer Stevie Wonder, and some of the biggest names in gospel music, have attended a funeral for gospel music icon Andrae Crouch held in Los Angeles today. The Grammy-winning gospel performer, songwriter and choir director was honored during a service at the West Angeles Church of God in Christ. Crouch, who was 72, died Jan. 8 after suffering a heart attack.

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