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Judge strikes down NY limits on donations to 'super PACs'


NEW YORK - A federal judge on Thursday reluctantly struck down New York's limits on donations to independent political action committees as unconstitutional, potentially ushering in a new era of "super PACs" in state campaigns.

One in ten U.S. bridges in urgent need of repair: report

WASHINGTON - More than 63,000 bridges across the United States are in urgent need of repair, with most of the aging, structurally compromised structures part of the interstate highway system, an analysis of recent federal data has found.

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U.S. proposal would ban e-cigarette sales to minors, allow advertising

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed rules on Thursday that would ban the sale of e-cigarettes to anyone under 18, but would not restrict flavored products, online sales or advertising, which public health advocates say attract children.

New statue of Penn State's Paterno set for 2015 unveiling: alumni

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - Fundraising for a new statue depicting Joe Paterno "as the man he was and not Joe the football coach" is set to begin two years after his image was removed from Penn State University because of a child sex abuse scandal involving a long-time assistant coach.

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Rebellious Nevada rancher's racist remarks dim Republican support

- Two Republican senators who voiced support for a Nevada cattleman in his showdown with federal agents over grazing rights on public land condemned recent remarks by the rebellious rancher musing about whether African-Americans would be "better off as slaves."

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New York's 'Dr Vodka' dies in Miami Beach high-speed car crash

MIAMI BEACH, Florida - New York alcohol entrepreneur Malcolm Lloyd, founder of the Double Cross vodka brand, was killed early Thursday morning in a high speed car crash near Miami Beach, police said.

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Gunman in Los Angeles police station shootout dies of wounds

LOS ANGELES - A gunman who opened fire inside a Los Angeles police station earlier this month, wounding an officer who returned fire along with his partner, died on Thursday of wounds suffered in the shooting, a police official said.

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Wyoming natgas facility still ablaze after blast, supplies cut

NEW YORK - A fire was still raging at Williams Companies Inc's natural gas processing plant in southwestern Wyoming on Thursday, a day after an explosion rocked the site, disrupting supplies in a hub in the Rockies.

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Sailors with pellet gun prompt alert at San Diego-area naval base

SAN DIEGO - Two sailors playing with a pellet gun caused officials at a San Diego-area naval base to issue a shelter-in-place warning for part of the facility on Thursday, and were taken into custody, Navy officials said.

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Landslide threatening Wyoming resort town slows to a crawl

- A Wyoming landslide menacing houses and businesses in an upscale resort town has slowed to a crawl, giving crews time to prevent the rupture of a water main, although one official cautioned on Thursday that the respite could prove temporary.

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