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U.S. lawmakers rebuke Secret Service over White House breach


WASHINGTON - U.S. lawmakers scolded the head of the U.S. Secret Service on Tuesday over a security breach that allowed a knife-wielding intruder to run deep into the White House, and Director Julia Pierson promised them it would never happen again.

Florida loud music shooting not accidental, shooter testifies

JACKSONVILLE Fla. - A middle-aged white man on trial for murder in the shooting death of a black teenager during a dispute about loud music told a Florida jury on Tuesday he thought his life was in danger and showed little remorse as he described pulling the trigger.

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Oklahoma suspect in beheading death charged with murder

NORMAN Oklahoma - Oklahoma authorities on Tuesday filed murder charges against Alton Nolen, who is suspected of beheading a former co-worker at a food distribution center last week shortly after being fired, and may seek the death penalty, prosecutors said.

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Olympic U.S. swimming champion Phelps arrested for drunken driving

WASHINGTON - Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps was arrested for drunken driving early on Tuesday after speeding and then crossing the double-lane lines inside the Fort McHenry Tunnel in Baltimore, Maryland Transportation Authority Police said.

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Colorado court hears appeal of worker fired for medical marijuana

- The Colorado Supreme court on Tuesday heard arguments over whether employees can be fired for using medical marijuana, which is legal in the state but illegal under federal law.

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Colorado student protests spread to a middle school

DENVER - Protests against a proposed curriculum change that saw hundreds of high school students walk out of class in a Colorado district spread to a middle school on Tuesday.

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Accused Pennsylvania stabber rejected by psychiatric unit: judge

PITTSBURGH - A western Pennsylvania teenager accused of stabbing 21 people at his high school in April was refused admission to a Pittsburgh psychiatric hospital due to safety concerns, a judge confirmed on Tuesday.

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Brookfield bids for Atlantic City's Revel Casino: WSJ

- An affiliate of Brookfield Asset Management has topped Florida real estate developer Glenn Straub's $90 million bid for the bankrupt Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources.

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Inmate convicted of police killing to speak at Vermont graduation

PHILADELPHIA - A former death row inmate, now serving a life sentence for the murder of a Philadelphia police officer in 1981, will deliver a graduation speech at a liberal arts college in Vermont at the request of students there.

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Novartis ordered to face U.S. lawsuit over doctor kickbacks

NEW YORK - A federal judge said Novartis AG must face a U.S. government lawsuit accusing the Swiss drugmaker of paying multimillion-dollar kickbacks, including a $9,750 dinner for three at a Japanese restaurant, to induce doctors to prescribe its drugs.

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