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Rick Perry tells Republicans to work harder for black votes 02 Jul 2015

WASHINGTON - Presidential contender Rick Perry urged his fellow Republicans on Thursday to work harder to win black votes, saying decades of failed Democratic economic policies had given the party a fresh opportunity to appeal to African-Americans.

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Regional Feds' head-hunting under scrutiny over insider bias, delays

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON - Efforts to fill top positions at some U.S. Federal Reserve regional branches are casting a spotlight on a decades-old process that critics say is opaque, favors insiders, and is ripe for reform.

State senator asks Justice Department to monitor gay marriage in Texas

SAN ANTONIO - A Texas Democratic state senator has asked the U.S. Department of Justice to keep an eye on same-sex marriage in the state after a Republican leader said county clerks could deny wedding licenses on religious grounds, the senator said on Thursday.

Subjects, Gay Marriage 02 Jul 2015

Texas attorney general could face felony indictment: special prosecutor

AUSTIN, Texas - Special prosecutors will ask a Texas grand jury as early as this month to indict the state's attorney general on first-degree felony charges for suspected securities laws violations, one of the prosecutors said on Thursday.

02 Jul 2015
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California moves to strike 'lynching' language from state law

SAN FRANCISCO - California Governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday was considering whether to sign a bill that would remove the word "lynching" from a 1933 law that used the term to describe the crime of trying to wrest a person from police custody.

02 Jul 2015