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SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Tropical Storm Erika is losing some steam after dumping rain over Haiti and the Dominican Republic. The prime minister of Dominica says 20 people have died on the small eastern Caribbean island. In Florida, Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency. Florida could begin seeing the effects of the system late Sunday and early Monday.

COLLINSVILLE, Va. (AP) — Andy Parker is determined to fight for gun control after his daughter Alison was shot and killed on live television in Virginia on Wednesday. Speaking today outside the Roanoke station where his daughter worked as a reporter, Parker said he's not against gun ownership in general, but stricter background checks are needed to keep guns away from mentally ill people.

ROME, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say three North Georgia men have been sentenced to prison in an anti-government militia plot. A federal prosecutor says Brian Cannon, Terry Peace and Cory Williamson, all of Rome, were sentenced to 12 years each for conspiring to use weapons of mass destruction. The prosecutor says Peace wanted the pipe bombs designed for "maximum fragmentation."

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Supreme Court is being asked by a Kentucky county clerk for permission to keep denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, who objects to gay marriage for religious reasons, asked the court today to grant her "asylum for her conscience." The request comes just months after the court legalized gay marriage nationwide,

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey elementary school teacher allowed to keep his job despite being late for work 111 times in two years says breakfast is to blame for his tardiness. An arbitrator has ruled that Arnold Anderson, who works in New Brunswick. is entitled to progressive discipline. He says it was only one or two minutes and that he was prepared and never late for class.

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