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Justice Department's criminal division names new No. 2

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WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Justice has named Marshall Miller as the new No. 2 official in its criminal division, after a spate of departures thinned its top ranks, according to an internal memo obtained on Wednesday.

Mississippi sets 20-week limit on abortions

- Mississippi will ban abortions after more than 20 weeks of pregnancy from July, joining other conservative U.S. states that have placed restrictions on the procedure.

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U.S. Justice Department announces clemency review of drug offenders

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Justice Department laid out new clemency guidelines on Wednesday that are expected to make thousands of drug offenders eligible for a reduction in the sentences they are currently serving.

Politics, 23 Apr 2014

U.S. Army plans to remove about 2,000 officers due to budget cuts

SAN ANTONIO, Texas - The U.S. Army is looking to cut about 2,000 positions for captains and majors by the end of the year as part of its overall plans to reduce its active duty numbers due to budget cuts, the Army's chief of staff said on Wednesday.

23 Apr 2014

Oregon same-sex couples fight gay marriage ban with state on their side

EUGENE, Oregon - Lawyers for four same-sex couples challenging Oregon's prohibition on gay marriage appeared before a federal judge on Wednesday to argue their case, even as the state declined to defend the ban.

Subjects, Gay Marriage 23 Apr 2014

U.S. removed ex-Navy flight boss over workplace behavior complaints

WASHINGTON - The former commander of an elite U.S. Navy flight unit was removed from his position amid an allegation that he enabled a climate of inappropriate behavior when he commanded the famed Blue Angels flight team, the Navy said on Wednesday.

23 Apr 2014

U.S. Army opens hearing for soldier accused of murders in Iraq

OLYMPIA, Washington - The U.S. Army convened a pre-trial evidentiary hearing on Wednesday for a soldier accused of shooting dead two deaf, unarmed Iraqi boys in 2007.

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Student leaders propose rewrite of fight song 'Utah Man'

SALT LAKE CITY - Student leaders at the University of Utah, the flagship public campus in the conservative state, are pressing to change the school's century-old fight song "Utah Man," saying it needs to be more inclusive of women and minorities.

23 Apr 2014

Oklahoma high court clears way for two inmates' executions

OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma Supreme Court lifted a stay of execution on Wednesday for two murderers, put in place due to concerns over secrecy surrounding lethal injection drugs, clearing the way for them to be put to death next week.

23 Apr 2014

Californians overwhelmingly approve new education standards: poll

SACRAMENTO, California - Most Californians support dramatic changes set to take hold in public education, including funneling more money to schools with disadvantaged students and implementing rigorous national standards known as the common core curriculum, a new poll shows.

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