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Holder says U.S. malls should 'step up' security: CNN

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WASHINGTON - Shopping mall operators need to increase security through more staff, cameras and other techniques in light of threats made against the Mall of America in Minnesota and other shopping centers by Somali-based Islamist militants this week, outgoing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said.

Eight people found dead in murder-suicide in rural Missouri

- A man shot and killed seven people in a house-to-house shooting spree in a sparsely populated part of Missouri before shooting himself, the state Highway Patrol said on Friday. | Video

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House rejects stopgap security agency funding, partial shutdown looms

WASHINGTON - The House of Representatives on Friday failed to approve a stopgap funding bill for the U.S. domestic security agency, increasing the threat of a partial agency shutdown at midnight.

Politics 5:39pm EST

Slain U.S. journalist's father: identification of 'Jihadi John' not important

- The father of American journalist James Foley, who was taken captive in Syria and later decapitated by Islamic State militants, has said it was "not important" to him that his son's purported killer, "Jihadi John," had been identified.

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Catholic school quits Boston St. Patrick's parade over gay marchers

BOSTON - A Roman Catholic grammar school located near Boston has pulled out of the city's St. Patrick's Day parade in protest over organizers' decision to allow a gay veterans' group to march in next month's event.

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Colorado sold 17 tons of retail marijuana in first legal year

DENVER - Consumers in Colorado bought more than 17 tons of recreational marijuana buds during the first year of the state's new retail market, but sales of medicinal pot still outstripped that at almost 50 tons, officials said on Friday.

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Ex-school employee pleads to obstruction in Steubenville rape case

CLEVELAND - A former school employee in Ohio pleaded guilty to obstruction in a rape case involving a 16-year-old girl that drew national attention after supposed images of the incident circulated on the Internet, the state's Attorney General office said Friday.

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Man accused in 1979 NY murder admitted hurting boy: psychiatrist

NEW YORK - A man accused of killing a New York boy missing for decades admitted he had hurt a child but did not say he killed him, a psychiatrist testified on Friday.

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Environmental group sues U.S. EPA over monarch butterfly demise

- An environmental group sued the U.S. government on Friday, accusing regulators of discounting the dangers of a widely used herbicide on the declining monarch butterfly population.

Environment 3:09pm EST

Obama struggles with Wall Street to woo Democrats over broker rules

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is battling Wall Street to win the support of dozens of Democrat lawmakers over rules that could rein in brokers who handle trillions of dollars in retirement accounts.

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