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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is taking steps on his own to expand background checks to cover more firearms sold at gun shows, online and elsewhere. One goal is to close a loophole that doesn't require sellers in informal settings to register as dealers. Opponents are vowing to challenge the president's authority.

BURNS, Ore. (AP) — It's gone on since the weekend, but federal authorities appear to be in no rush to end a takeover by armed, anti-government activists holding a remote wildlife reserve in eastern Oregon. About two dozen activists seized the facility to protest the conviction of two ranchers and as part of a long-running feud over public land use.

CHICAGO (AP) — There's been a shakeup at Chicago city hall. A top city lawyer has resigned after a federal judge accused him of hiding evidence in a fatal police shooting. Judge Edward Chang also threw out a jury's verdict that two officers were justified in the fatal shooting of a black man killed during a 2011 traffic stop.

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A former South Carolina police officer charged with gunning down an unarmed black motorist is free on bail. Ex-officer Michael Slager was released on a $500,000 surety bond. His trial has been set for October 31st. Video of the shooting enflamed a national debate about how blacks are treated by white police officers. The family of Walter Scott has called for the community in Charleston to remain calm.

NEW YORK (AP) — Local officials, the homeless and their advocates are expressing opposition to an executive order by New York's governor that requires the homeless to be forcibly removed from the streets in freezing temperatures. New York City says it may defy Gov. Andrew Cumo's order. One homeless man says he fears the mentally ill in shelters and rides subway trains for warmth.

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