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WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has agreed to again testify before a special congressional panel investigating the attacks in Benghazi, Libya. South Carolina Republican congressman Trey Gowdy had requested Clinton appear twice before the panel-- with one hearing to focus on Clinton's use of private emails, and a separate session on Benghazi. A lawyer for Clinton says she'll appear once and will be able to answer all of lawmakers questions in one day. It'll happen on or after May 18.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal agents says they'd been investigating one of the men suspected in a deadly shooting in suburban Dallas outside a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest for years before he helped carry out Sunday's attack. Agents recorded the young man from Phoenix talking about fighting nonbelievers for Allah and his plans to travel to South Africa and link up with "brothers" in Somalia. Elton Simpson was prosecuted for lying to a federal agent and got three years' probation.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Police say a Canadian tourist in Louisville for the Kentucky Derby was shot to death while fighting off three people who robbed him at random during a crime spree during the festivities of the famed horse race. Three people have been arrested in Saturday's killing. Police said the trio was responsible for a string of armed robberies.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) —Oregon lawmakers have passed a bill expanding background checks to encompass nearly all gun sales in the state. The measure now heads to Democratic Gov. Kate Brown, who is likely to sign it. Oregon would be the eighth state to require screening before firearms can be transferred between private, unrelated owners.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas has moved to ban its own cities from imposing prohibitions on fracking and other potentially environmentally harmful oil and natural gas drilling activities within their boundaries. It's a major victory for industry groups and top conservatives who have decried rampant local "overregulation." Lawmakers in America's largest oil-producing state have been scrambling to limit local energy exploration prohibitions ever since a town near Dallas, passed an ordinance against fracking in November.
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