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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — About 20 people have been blocking a street in front of the apartment building in Madison, Wisconsin, where a 19-year-old biracial man was shot to death by a white police officer in March. A prosecutor announced today that the officer won't be charged because deadly force was justified. Clergy are standing around the protesters, protecting them from oncoming cars.

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. defense officials say it's possible that a military helicopter carrying six Marines and two Nepalese Army soldiers that is missing in Nepal may not have crashed. The chopper was being used to deliver aid to earthquake victims. An Indian helicopter nearby at the time is said to have heard radio chatter from a Marine aircraft about a possible fuel problem.

WASHINGTON (AP) — South Dakota Republican Sen. John Thune says Senate Democrats are "throwing their own president under the bus." That was his take on a near unanimous Democratic vote to block full-blown debate on President Barack Obama's request for "fact-track" trade authority. Fast track would let the president present trade agreements that Congress can ratify or reject, but not amend. Democrats say that would hurt jobs.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid says the National Football League is more concerned with air in footballs than the Washington Redskins' "racist" name. His comment on the Senate floor came a day after the NFL suspended New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for the first four games next season for his role in a scheme to deflate footballs. The Nevada senator says the Washington team name denigrates Native Americans.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho is warning that a south-central Idaho school district's dress code is unconstitutional and must be changed. The Cassia (KASH'-uh) County School District is requiring all female students participating in the high school graduation to wear white or pastel dresses. Male graduating students must wear pants and a tie. The ACLU says the dress code enforces gender stereotyping.

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