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U.S. Supreme Court split over Obamacare challenge


WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court appeared sharply divided on ideological lines on Wednesday as it tackled a second major challenge to President Barack Obama's healthcare law, with Justice Anthony Kennedy emerging as a likely swing vote in a ruling. | Video

'It was him' Boston bomber's lawyers admit guilt, focus on brother

BOSTON - A lawyer for the accused Boston Marathon bomber said at the start of his trial that their client bore responsibility for the attacks that killed three people and injured 264 with a blunt admission: "It was him." | Video

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Ferguson policies targeted blacks, created toxic environment: U.S. attorney general

WASHINGTON/KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A U.S. probe found systemic racial bias targeted blacks and created a "toxic environment" in Ferguson, Missouri, but cleared a white officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager there, Attorney General Eric Holder said on Wednesday. | Video

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Californian tried to join Islamic State in Syria: prosecutors

LOS ANGELES - A Southern California man whom prosecutors say sought to travel to Syria last year in a bid to join Islamic State fighters was indicted on federal charges, the Justice Department said on Wednesday.

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Judge tells Atlantic City's Revel Casino to seek higher bid

- Advisors to the shuttered Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey, failed to get approval on Wednesday for an agreement to sell the hotel for $82 million and were told by a U.S. Bankruptcy Judge to look for a better price.

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Arizona jury in Jodi Arias case to keep deliberating Thursday

PHOENIX - The jury in Phoenix deciding whether convicted killer Jodi Arias should be executed for murdering her ex-boyfriend ended a fifth day of deliberations on Wednesday without reaching a verdict in the closely watched retrial, court officials said.

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U.S. considering possible Middle East missile defense: general

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military is considering sending its THAAD missile defense system to the Middle East, a senior U.S. Army general said on Wednesday, citing what he called an urgent need to respond to foes with missile systems and the will to use them.

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Second Los Angeles hospital identifies 'superbug' infections

LOS ANGELES - Four patients at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles were infected with a drug-resistant "superbug" bacteria during endoscopic procedures, and 64 others may have been similarly exposed, since August, the hospital said on Wednesday.

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U.S. jury convicts Pakistani tied to al Qaeda bomb plot

NEW YORK - A Pakistani man was convicted on Wednesday on U.S. charges of conspiring with al Qaeda to bomb targets in Europe and the United States.

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Snowden says U.S. not offering fair trial if he returns

TORONTO - Edward Snowden, the fugitive former U.S. spy agency contractor who leaked details of mass U.S. surveillance programs, said on Wednesday he is not being offered a fair trial if he returns to the United States.

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