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Marriage equality supporters see hope in deep-red Ind.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — In one of the most conservative states in the nation, supporters of gay marriage are pondering the unthinkable: a victory, or at least not a loss.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 December 2013

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Spy panel wants duplicate oversight board replaced

WASHINGTON (AP) — For months, two review panels given nearly identical assignments by President Barack Obama have been studying how the White House should change or limit the National Security Agency's surveillance programs. They have functioned separately — with different experts and private and public hearings — but with almost the same mandate.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 December 2013

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Congress sends sweeping defense bill to Obama

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — The women of the Senate who led the fight to change how the military deals with sexual assault in its ranks are hailing passage of a comprehensive defense bill that now heads to President Barack Obama for his signature.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 December 2013

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Man who shot woman on porch will face murder trial

DEARBORN HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit-area man who fatally shot a drunk, unarmed woman on his porch will stand trial for second-degree murder, a judge said Thursday, rejecting a self-defense argument for the killer's "bad choice."

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 December 2013

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Ga. woman claims 1 of 2 winning lottery tickets

ATLANTA (AP) — On her way to work, Ira Curry heard on the radio that one of the winning lottery ticket numbers was her family's lucky No. 7. She called home, her daughter checked the ticket and in an instant, Curry was a multi-millionaire.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 December 2013

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Oil trains raise concerns in small towns, cities

WOLF POINT, Mont. (AP) — It's tough to miss the trains hauling crude oil out of the Northern Plains. They are growing more frequent by the day, mile-long processions of black tank cars that rumble through wheat fields and towns, along rivers and national parks.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 December 2013

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Fewer deportations big issue for Asians, Hispanics

WASHINGTON (AP) — With immigration legislation stalled in Congress, Hispanics and Asian-Americans say getting relief from deportations is more important for many of the 11 million immigrants here illegally than creating a pathway to U.S. citizenship, a new study finds.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 December 2013

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A mistreated maid? Or a profound insult?

NEW DELHI (AP) — In New York, it looked like a straightforward case: an obscure young diplomat at the Indian consulate was accused of lying on visa forms so she could bring her maid to the U.S., paying her less than $3 an hour. The diplomat was arrested, processed through the legal system like anyone else and quickly freed on bail.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 December 2013

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