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Obama signs bill reforming surveillance program


WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama signed into law on Tuesday legislation passed by Congress earlier in the day reforming a government surveillance program that swept up millions of Americans' telephone records. | Video

Colorado theater shooter views death, life sentences as equal punishments

DENVER - Colorado cinema gunman James Holmes told a psychiatrist that he views life in prison and execution as equal punishments but wants his life spared out of concern for his family, jurors in his capital murder trial heard on Tuesday.

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One dead, eight injured in Chicago bus crash: local media

- One person was killed and eight were injured on Tuesday when a Chicago bus ran up onto a downtown sidewalk during the afternoon rush hour, local media reported.

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Obama awards posthumous Medals of Honor to World War One soldiers

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama on Tuesday awarded posthumous Medals of Honor to two soldiers from World War One, one an African American and the other a Jew, who arguably were denied the honor earlier because of discrimination. | Video

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Los Angeles County orders water fees to reach state cutback goal

LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles County officials voted on Tuesday to charge water users for over-consumption in areas hit with some of California's toughest reduction mandates as the state withers from a four-year drought.

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Relatives, politicians call on Iran to free detained Americans

WASHINGTON - A senior U.S. congressman on Tuesday accused the Iranian government of spitting in America's face by holding U.S. citizens while negotiating an end to sanctions in return for curbing its nuclear program.

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California officials reach settlement on path to resuming executions

LOS ANGELES - Authorities in California, where the death penalty has been on hold since 2006, have reached a court settlement that would require the state to create lethal injection rules that could allow it to resume executions, officials said on Tuesday.

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Owners may need to have Takata air bags repaired more than once

WASHINGTON/DETROIT - The top U.S. auto safety regulator said that replacement parts for potentially defective Takata Corp air bag inflators may not offer consumers a remedy that lasts the life of the car.

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$1 million bail for California woman charged in road rage death of Navy officer

SAN DIEGO - A San Diego judge set bail at $1 million on Tuesday for a 25-year-old woman charged with murder in what police said was a road rage killing of a U.S. Navy special operations officer on a busy freeway.

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Deaths of two children in Connecticut home deemed 'suspicious'

- A 5-year-old boy and 7-year-old girl were found dead on Tuesday in a Connecticut home where gas was detected, and police were treating the deaths as suspicious, the Hartford Courant reported.

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