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Quadruple-murder suspect faces arraignment in Washington

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WASHINGTON - A man accused of killing a Washington businessman, his wife, son and housekeeper faced arraignment on Friday after authorities tracked him down overnight in the U.S. capital. | Video

NY can ban 'Choose Life' license plates as DMV program upheld

- A divided federal appeals court gave New York wide authority to regulate the content of custom license plates, and reversed a lower court ruling ordering the state to let an adoption advocacy group put the words "Choose Life" on its own plates.

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Federal judge rules again that gay couples have right to wed in Alabama

- A federal judge on Thursday reaffirmed her earlier ruling that same-sex couples in Alabama have a right to wed under the Constitution, but she put the ruling on hold until the U.S. Supreme Court issues a landmark decision on gay marriage.

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Washington state police officer shoots two men accused of stealing beer

SEATTLE - A police officer in the Washington state capital of Olympia shot and wounded two unarmed black men suspected of trying to steal beer from a supermarket on Thursday, law enforcement said, prompting protests in the city.

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U.S. court denies motion to halt execution of long-serving Texas inmate

AUSTIN, Texas - A federal appeals court has denied an application to halt the June execution of Lester Bower, one of the longest-serving inmates on death row in Texas, for killing four men at an airport hangar in 1983.

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Banks hope to benefit from high court ruling on discrimination

WASHINGTON - If the state of Texas prevails in a civil rights case about to be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court, landlords and developers will have an easier time defending themselves in housing discrimination lawsuits.

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Mother stands in at graduation of son killed in prom night crash

CHICAGO - A Chicago area woman whose 18-year-old son was killed in an alleged drunk-driving crash after his high-school prom last weekend wore his cap and gown at his graduation in a tribute to him.

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Suspicious package prompts partial evacuation of NYC's Grand Central

NEW YORK - Police in New York evacuated commuters from Grand Central Terminal's lower level on Friday after receiving a report of a suspicious package at the height of the morning rush hour, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said.

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FBI arrests two suspected Islamic State recruits in California: NBC News

- The FBI has arrested two men in southern California, one at Los Angeles International Airport, suspected of attempting to travel abroad to join Islamic State, NBC News reported on Thursday.

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Florida mother agrees to son's circumcision after jail time: media

TAMPA, Fla. - A Florida mother consented on Friday to allowing her 4-year-old son to be circumcised, ending a legal battle with the child's father, according to media reports.

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