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Trump pledges fealty to NRA gun lobby

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ATLANTA President Donald Trump pledged to uphold Americans' right to possess guns on Friday in a speech that he used to revisit some 2016 election campaign themes from his vow to build a border wall to dismissing a Democratic senator as "Pocahontas." | Video

U.S. spy agency abandons controversial surveillance technique

WASHINGTON The U.S. National Security Agency said on Friday it had stopped a form of surveillance that allowed it to collect without a warrant the digital communications of Americans who mentioned a foreign intelligence target in their messages, marking an unexpected triumph for privacy advocates long critical of the practice.

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Florida eye doctor found guilty of scamming Medicare

A U.S. jury on Friday found a Florida eye doctor guilty of defrauding Medicare by as much as $105 million by using false claims, including charging for eye tests of blind patients, according to a federal court document.

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Two arrested on charges of illegal exports to Russia get time served

NEW YORK Two Russian nationals arrested in the United States last October on charges of conspiring to export sensitive military technology from the United States to Russia were sentenced to time served on Friday, a spokesman for U.S. prosecutors said.

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Coughing, convulsing and calls for probe after Arkansas execution

A lawyer for an executed Arkansas death row inmate asked the state on Friday to investigate why his client coughed and convulsed on a death chamber gurney, saying a lethal injection drug may have been the cause.

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Former Chicago Public Schools chief sentenced for fraud

CHICAGO A federal judge on Friday sentenced the former chief executive of the Chicago Public Schools to 4-1/2 years in prison for her role in a scheme to steer lucrative contracts to one of her previous employers in exchange for kickbacks and bribes, the Department of Justice said.

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Massachusetts sues Ocwen over mortgage servicing practices

BOSTON The Massachusetts attorney general sued a unit of Ocwen Financial Corp on Friday, accusing the mortgage servicing company of engaging in abusive practices that harmed thousands of homeowners in the state.

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California enacts $52 billion fuel tax hike for road, bridge repairs

LOS ANGELES California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law on Friday a bill to raise gasoline taxes and other transportation-related fees for the first time in decades in an ambitious $52 billion plan to repair the state's long-neglected roads and bridges.

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American Realty ex-CFO loses bid to dismiss fraud indictment

NEW YORK A federal judge on Friday refused to dismiss an indictment accusing a former chief financial officer of American Realty Capital Properties Inc of fraudulently inflating financial data for the big real estate investment trust.

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Judge tosses Chicago school lawsuit over Illinois funding inequities

CHICAGO An Illinois judge dealt a blow to Chicago's cash-strapped school system on Friday by dismissing its lawsuit that argued the state's school-funding formula discriminates against minority students.

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