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Crowds count down to legalization of marijuana in Oregon, then light up

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PORTLAND, Ore. - Crowds counted down the minutes to midnight then lit up joints as smoking marijuana became legal in Oregon on Wednesday, part of a growing legalization movement spreading down the United States' west coast.

Colorado movie rampage jurors to hear from expert on psychosis

CENTENNIAL, Colo. - Calling into question his note-taking, qualifications and conclusions about gunman James Holmes, the lead prosecutor in Colorado's movie massacre trial put the defense's first expert witness through a withering cross-examination.

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White House lifts 40-year-old ban on cameras during public tours

WASHINGTON - The White House lifted a 40-year-old ban on taking photos during public tours of the executive mansion on Wednesday, delighting tourists who immediately began posting pictures on social media.

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U.S. Girl Scouts get night under the stars at White House

WASHINGTON - It was not your average Girl Scout campout.

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Fire investigated at South Carolina church, scene of earlier KKK arson

- Law enforcement authorities were investigating an overnight fire at an African-American church in South Carolina that 20 years ago was burned down by the white supremacist Ku Klux Klan, local officials said on Wednesday, adding that the cause of the blaze was not yet known.

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Tennessee store owner posts sign telling gays to stay away

- A Tennessee hardware store owner who objects to the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling permitting same-sex marriage across the country posted a "No Gays Allowed" sign at his store on Monday, according to a local media report.

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U.S. runs hundreds of counter-terrorism investigations: DOJ official

LONDON - U.S. authorities are pursuing hundreds of active counter-terrorism investigations embracing all 50 American states, a senior U.S. Justice Department official said on Wednesday.

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NFL player C.J. Spillman charged with sexual assault in Texas

DALLAS - National Football League free agent safety C.J. Spillman has been charged with sexual assault in a September incident at a Dallas-area hotel when he was playing for the Cowboys, officials said on Wednesday.

Sports, 10:34am EDT

Candidate Jeb Bush releases 33 years of tax returns in show of transparency

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK - Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush released 33 years of tax records on Tuesday that traced his path to a net worth of between $19 million and $22 million, in a show of transparency that will pressure Democrat Hillary Clinton and his Republican rivals to open their financial books.

Politics 30 Jun 2015

In some U.S. churches, guns are the answer to a prayer

JACKSON, Mich. - The Sunday service was winding down, but before it ended, Bishop Ira Combs led the congregation of 300 at the Greater Bible Way Temple in prayer. The shootings that killed nine people in a Charleston church could not happen here, he reassured his flock.

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