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Indiana to clarify 'religious freedom' law, Georgia, N.C. bills stall

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- Indiana Republicans pledged on Monday to clarify a new "religious freedom" law, while similar proposals stalled in Georgia and North Carolina after businesses and activists said such measures could be used to discriminate against gays.

Detroit panel OKs raises for city officials: Detroit Free Press

DETROIT - Just months after Detroit officially exited the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, a panel on Monday recommended raises of 2.5 percent for city council members and the city clerk, to start next fiscal year, a newspaper reported.

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One dead, two hurt as vehicle tries to ram U.S. spy agency gates

WASHINGTON - Two people tried to run their vehicle through the National Security Agency's gates near Washington on Monday before guards at the spy agency fatally shot one of them, said officials, who added there was no evidence of a link to terrorism.

30 Mar 2015

Colorado cinema gunman's mother prays for son to be spared death penalty

DENVER - The mother of Colorado cinema gunman James Holmes says in a new book that she prays prosecutors "stop this quest for death" and allow her son to plead guilty and avoid possible execution, a California newspaper reported on Monday.

30 Mar 2015

North Dakota's new oil train safety checks seen missing risks

WASHINGTON - New regulations to cap vapor pressure of North Dakota crude fail to account for how it behaves in transit, according to industry experts, raising doubts about whether the state's much-anticipated rules will make oil train shipments safer.

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Boston bombing jury hears of grisly deaths, defense calls first witness

BOSTON - The two youngest people killed by the Boston Marathon bombing were torn apart by one of the blasts that ripped through the crowd at the finish line, medical examiners testified on Monday as prosecutors wound up their case against accused bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and defense attorneys began calling witnesses. | Video

30 Mar 2015

Arizona governor vetoes bill aimed at shielding police names

PHOENIX - Arizona's governor on Monday vetoed legislation that would have kept secret for 60 days the identities of police officers involved in deadly shootings, a move that was both welcomed and heavily criticized by separate state police union leaders.

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Philadelphia police corruption case based on criminals' testimony: lawyer

PHILADELPHIA - Lawyers representing six former Philadelphia police officers in a corruption trial said the U.S. government's case against them on charges they robbed and beat-up drug dealers was based on the unreliable testimony of everyday criminals.

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Alabama lawmaker pushes repeal of law named after his dead patient

- An Alabama doctor-turned-lawmaker is seeking to overturn a state law named for one of his patients, whose death 16 years earlier triggered legislation requiring insurers to pay for minimum post-pregnancy hospital stays, records show.

Oddly Enough, 30 Mar 2015

Arizona governor signs bill blocking abortion coverage through Obamacare

PHOENIX - Arizona Republican Governor Doug Ducey signed a law on Monday that requires doctors to tell women that drug-induced abortions can be reversed and that blocks the purchase of insurance on the Obamacare health exchange that includes abortion coverage.

Health, Politics 30 Mar 2015

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