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U.S. Supreme Court split over Obamacare challenge

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WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court appeared sharply divided on ideological lines on Wednesday as it tackled a second major challenge to President Barack Obama's healthcare law, with Justice Anthony Kennedy emerging as a likely swing vote in a ruling. | Video

'It was him' Boston bomber's lawyers admit guilt, focus on brother

BOSTON - A lawyer for the accused Boston Marathon bomber said at the start of his trial that their client bore responsibility for the attacks that killed three people and injured 264 with a blunt admission: "It was him." | Video

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Ferguson policies targeted blacks, created toxic environment: U.S. attorney general

WASHINGTON/KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A U.S. probe found systemic racial bias targeted blacks and created a "toxic environment" in Ferguson, Missouri, but cleared a white officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager there, Attorney General Eric Holder said on Wednesday. | Video

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Alabama judges stop issuing marriage licenses to gay couples after ruling

- Local judges across Alabama on Wednesday stopped issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in compliance with a ruling a day earlier by the Alabama Supreme Court that was in apparent defiance of the U.S. Supreme Court. | Video

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U.S. jury convicts Pakistani tied to al Qaeda bomb plot

NEW YORK - A Pakistani man was convicted on Wednesday on U.S. charges of conspiring with al Qaeda to bomb targets in Europe and the United States.

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Snowden says U.S. not offering fair trial if he returns

TORONTO - Edward Snowden, the fugitive former U.S. spy agency contractor who leaked details of mass U.S. surveillance programs, said on Wednesday he is not being offered a fair trial if he returns to the United States.

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Man suspected of firing at U.S. spy agency arrested

WASHINGTON - Maryland police have arrested a man suspected of firing at the National Security Agency headquarters, and who is also suspected in four other shooting incidents, authorities said on Wednesday.

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Friend of California teen slain 12 years ago charged with her murder

LOS ANGELES - The onetime friend of a 15-year-old Los Angeles girl who was abducted, raped and beaten to death has been charged with her murder more than 12 years later in a case authorities describe as a gang-related retaliation killing.

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Truck may have been targeted in North Carolina gold heist: police

- Robbers who took $4.8 million in gold bars from an armored truck in North Carolina over the weekend most likely knew the vehicle was carrying valuables when they attacked it during an unplanned stop on a remote stretch of highway, authorities said on Wednesday.

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U.S. had tried to deport man later killed by Los Angeles police

LOS ANGELES - U.S. authorities had tried to deport a homeless man fatally shot by police this week in Los Angeles but had to release him after authorities in his native Cameroon failed to provide a travel document, a U.S. immigration official said.

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