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Car tied to suspected threat against Obama found in Connecticut

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HAMDEN Conn. - A car sought in connection with a suspected threat against President Barack Obama has been located in Connecticut, authorities said on Saturday.

Sam's bid to be first openly gay NFL player on hold

- Defensive end Michael Sam's dream of becoming the first openly gay player in the National Football League (NFL) was put on hold on Saturday when he failed to make the St. Louis Rams' 53-man roster for the 2014 regular season.

Sports 4:31pm EDT

Florida schools make play for scholastic chess curriculum

FORT LAUDERDALE Fla. - Leaning over chess boards in the middle of classes, seven- and eight-year-olds in one of Florida's largest school districts furrow their brows as they plot moves toward a checkmate.

7:06am EDT

U.S. judge halts major part of Texas law restricting abortions

AUSTIN Texas - A U.S. judge struck down parts of a law restricting abortions in Texas, saying in a decision on Friday that a provision requiring clinics to have certain hospital-like settings for surgeries was unconstitutional.

29 Aug 2014

Death of man after New York police restrain him ruled a homicide

NEW YORK - The death of a man who was restrained by police during a drug-fueled outburst was ruled a homicide by the city's medical examiner, New York police said, as the department faces accusations of overly harsh arrest tactics.

6:38am EDT

California passes plastic bag ban, would be first such law in U.S

SACRAMENTO Calif. - The California state legislature enacted a ban on plastic grocery bags on Friday near the end of its two-year session, a measure that if signed into law would become the first of its kind in America.

Politics, Environment 3:41pm EDT

Oil train regulation passes in California

SANFRANCISO - California lawmakers on Friday passed legislation requiring railroad companies to tell emergency officials when crude oil trains will chug through the state.

Politics, 12:31am EDT

Bill to regulate California groundwater passes in state legislature

SACRAMENTO Calif. - A package of bills aimed at regulating drought-parched California's stressed groundwater supplies were passed on Friday despite efforts by some agricultural interests to block bills in the waning days of the state legislative session.

Politics, 6:17am EDT

California says to appeal against teacher protection lawsuit

LOS ANGELES - California will appeal a controversial court decision that overturned some job protections for public school teachers and could change the way educators are hired and fired in the state, the office of Governor Jerry Brown said on Friday.

2:12am EDT

California bill would remove guns from potential offenders

- A bill allowing family members to ask a judge to order firearms removed from people likely to commit gun violence was sent to California Governor Jerry Brown on Friday for signing into law.

29 Aug 2014

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