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Holder says U.S. malls should 'step up' security: CNN

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WASHINGTON - Shopping mall operators need to increase security through more staff, cameras and other techniques in light of threats made against the Mall of America in Minnesota and other shopping centers by Somali-based Islamist militants this week, outgoing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said.

Eight people found dead in murder-suicide in rural Missouri

- A man shot and killed seven people in a house-to-house shooting spree in a sparsely populated area in rural Missouri before shooting himself, the state Highway Patrol said on Friday. | Video

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Slain U.S. journalist's father: identification of 'Jihadi John' not important

- The father of American journalist James Foley, who was taken captive in Syria and later decapitated by Islamic State militants, has said it was "not important" to him that his son's purported killer, "Jihadi John," had been identified.

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Three infected with measles at Las Vegas seafood restaurant

- Three new cases of measles have been confirmed in Las Vegas, in people believed infected by a contagious worker at an upscale MGM Grand Hotel and Casino seafood restaurant, Nevada public health officials said on Friday.

Health 2:40pm EST

Muslim day at Oklahoma Capitol hit by anti-Islamic protests

OKLAHOMA CITY - A rally by hundreds of American Muslims at the Oklahoma Capitol on Friday to promote religious tolerance was interrupted by anti-Islamic protesters holding signs proclaiming the United States a Christian nation.

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New York banana magnate faces prison after beating, fatal sex romp

NEW YORK - A former Long Island banana importer was sent to prison on Friday for as long as four years for beating his girlfriend, despite her emotional courtroom appeal to a judge for leniency.

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Environmental group sues U.S. EPA over monarch butterfly demise

- An environmental group sued the U.S. government on Friday, accusing regulators of discounting the dangers of a widely used herbicide on the declining monarch butterfly population.

Environment 3:09pm EST

Obama struggles with Wall Street to woo Democrats over broker rules

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is battling Wall Street to win the support of dozens of Democrat lawmakers over rules that could rein in brokers who handle trillions of dollars in retirement accounts.

Politics 2:30pm EST

U.S. Congress pursues stopgap funding to avert security agency shutdown

WASHINGTON - Congressional Republicans on Friday hoped to avoid a partial shutdown of the U.S. domestic security agency by finding votes to pass a three-week-long stopgap funding bill, which the White House said President Barack Obama would sign if it came to his desk.

Politics 2:57pm EST

Ex-NFL star Hernandez sent urgent text on night of murder

FALL RIVER, Mass. - Former National Football League star Aaron Hernandez texted a friend to "hurry" in the hours before prosecutors say the pair and another man murdered an associate in an industrial park in 2013, according to testimony on Friday.

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