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Justice Department finds racial bias in Ferguson police practices


WASHINGTON - The U.S. Justice Department has concluded that the Ferguson, Missouri, police department routinely engages in racially biased practices, a law enforcement official familiar with the department's findings said on Tuesday. | Video

Alabama high court orders halt to same-sex marriage licenses

- The Alabama Supreme Court ordered probate judges on Tuesday to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in apparent defiance of the U.S. Supreme Court, underscoring the depth of opposition to gay matrimony in the socially conservative state.

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Engineer from California train derailment has died, police say

LOS ANGELES - A 62-year-old train engineer who was hospitalized after a train crash and derailment last week in Southern California has died, in the first fatality from the incident that left about 50 people injured, police said on Tuesday.

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Owner of car charged with murder in deadly Los Angeles street race

LOS ANGELES - The owner of a car that spun out of control at a Los Angeles street race and crashed last week, killing two spectators, was charged on Tuesday with murder although prosecutors do not believe he was behind the wheel at the time of the crash.

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FBI investigating reported shots near U.S. spy agency headquarters

WASHINGTON - The FBI is leading an investigation into reported shots fired on Tuesday near National Security Agency headquarters in Maryland and damage to an NSA building, an NSA spokeswoman said.

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Vermont town rejects lowering voting age to 16: report

- Voters in a Vermont town on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected lowering the minimum voting age in local elections to 16 from 18, an idea that had been promoted by a longtime activist, a newspaper reported.

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Homeless man shot dead by LAPD had served time for bank robbery

LOS ANGELES - A homeless man whose fatal shooting by Los Angeles police outraged civil rights activists and fellow skid row residents was a convicted bank robber who was released from federal prison last year, according to a law-enforcement source and records.

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Fugitive ex-NSA contractor Snowden seeks to come home: lawyer

MOSCOW - A Russian lawyer for Edward Snowden said on Tuesday the fugitive former U.S. spy agency contractor who leaked details of the government's mass surveillance programs was working with American and German lawyers to return home. | Video

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South Korea's Asiana settles with 72 passengers of San Francisco crash

SEOUL/LOS ANGELES - Asiana Airlines Inc 020560.KS settled with 72 passengers of its flight that crashed at the San Francisco airport in 2013, a spokesman of the South Korean carrier said on Wednesday.

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Arizona jury told to keep deliberating on Jodi Arias case

PHOENIX - Jurors deciding whether convicted killer Jodi Arias should be executed in Arizona were told by a judge on Tuesday to try harder to reach a verdict after apparently deadlocking in the closely watched retrial, court officials said.

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