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HAVANA (AP) — Talks between a high-level U.S. delegation and Cuban officials will continue tomorrow in Havana. They're expected to be broader than today's talks which focused on Cuban migration. Cuban officials urged the U.S. to change its rules that grant virtually automatic legal residency to any Cuban who touches U.S. soil but they were rebuffed. Meanwhile, the U.S. is sending more ships to the Florida Straits to halt Cuban rafters.

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are dropping a planned debate of a bill criminalizing virtually all late-term abortions after objections from GOP women and other lawmakers left them short of votes. The abrupt decision came on the eve of the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. Republican leaders had planned for the House to pass the legislation tomorrow.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials and experts say it's unlikely federal prosecutors will bring civil rights charges against the former police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. That's partly because of the extraordinarily high legal standard prosecutors would need to meet. An official says the FBI has completed its probe. There's no word from the Justice Department on its plans.

BRIDGETON, N.J. (AP) — Video from a police dashboard camera in New Jersey is raising questions and stirring anger over another death of a black man at the hands of police. Bridgeton police pulled over a Jaguar for running a stop sign on the night of Dec. 30. After one officer reported seeing a gun, the passenger was told not to move. Despite the warning he got out of the car with his hands raised about shoulder level. The officers then opened fire, killing him.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A favorite staple of American diets could become safer to eat. The Agriculture Department is proposing new standards that aim to reduce rates of salmonella and another pathogen in chicken parts, ground chicken and ground turkey. The standards would be voluntary but designed to pressure companies to take steps to reduce contamination.

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