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Doctors, patients scramble ahead of high court Obamacare decision

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NEW YORK - As the U.S. Supreme Court takes on a make-or-break Obamacare case this week, a growing number of U.S. patients and their doctors are already devising a Plan B in case they lose medical coverage.

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

03 Mar 2015

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.

03 Mar 2015

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.

03 Mar 2015

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.

03 Mar 2015

Las Vegas hospital accidentally sends miscarried fetuses to laundry

- A Las Vegas hospital accidentally sent twin miscarried fetuses wrapped in linen to a commercial laundry facility on Tuesday, officials said.

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FBI investigating reported shots near NSA 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.

03 Mar 2015

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.

03 Mar 2015

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.

03 Mar 2015

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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