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Anthrax inquiry widens to 24 labs in 11 states, two foreign countries

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WASHINGTON--A widening Pentagon investigation found late Friday that an Army biodefense facility in Utah has been mistakenly sending out live deadly anthrax samples to at least two dozen private and military laboratories around the world for the last seven years.

The military said the laboratories, located in 11 U.S. states as well as South ...Read more

Open carry gun bill sent to a welcoming Texas Gov. Abbott

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AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas is one governor's signature -- and seven months -- away from allowing openly carried handguns.

The House and Senate on Friday approved final changes to House Bill 910, allowing those with a concealed handgun license -- soon to be known as handgun license -- to openly wear a firearm in a hip or shoulder holster.

Within ...Read more

Court records raise doubts about birth at St. Louis' Homer G. Phillips Hospital

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ST. LOUIS -- A family court has formally released the original birth certificate and adoption records of Melanie Gilmore, the woman at the center of controversy involving the former maternity ward of Homer G. Phillips Hospital in St. Louis.

Albert Watkins, an attorney representing Gilmore, 49, and her mother Zella Jackson Price, 76, received ...Read more

Two suspects in biker shooting sue for release from jail

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AUSTIN, Texas--In what could be the beginning of a mountain of lawsuits connected to the May 17 Waco shootings that claimed nine lives, two Austin-area suspects have sued, seeking to be released from jail.

Jimmy Lee Pond, a 43-year-old Hays County resident, and Georgetown resident Thomas Paul Landers, 58, have filed writs seeking their release....Read more

Washington teen shot by sheriff's deputy after car pursuit remains hospitalized

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SEATTLE -- The 17-year-old boy shot in the head by a King County sheriff's deputy in SeaTac on Thursday night remained hospitalized Friday, while the deputy was placed on administrative leave.

The teen suffered a non-life-threatening wound in the shooting.

The 1996 Lexus driven by the teen had been reported stolen in Federal Way, the sheriff's...Read more

Patriot Act's future uncertain as Sunday night Senate vote looms

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WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Friday urged the Senate not to let the National Security Agency's power to collect Americans' phone records expire, warning that U.S. intelligence agencies could be left in the dark.

Meeting in the Oval Office with Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Obama said the renewal of authority is being held up by a "...Read more

'Catfish' subject indicted in connection with transit, State of the Union threats

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WASHINGTON -- A 20-year-old Washington, D.C., man allegedly called Metro Transit Police on the night of the State of the Union speech, claiming people "from France" told him they planned to ambush President Barack Obama's motorcade and assassinate the president that night.

The caller went on to say that the same people had placed bombs around ...Read more

After 6 years, ownership of massive emerald may finally be settled

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LOS ANGELES--Over the last six and a half years, nine men, one woman, three corporations and one government have laid claim to the giant emerald that's been at the center of a protracted ownership dispute in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

On Thursday, Judge Michael Johnson, the second judge to preside over the case, said he has finally ...Read more

Lane-splitting for motorcycles is relatively safe, says landmark Berkeley study

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LOS ANGELES--A study on which new California legislation is based says lane-splitting is relatively safe for motorcyclists--even safer than not lane-splitting.

The exhaustive University of California, Berkeley study, a copy of which was obtained by the Los Angeles Times, reviewed 6,000 motorcycle-involved traffic collisions between June 2012 ...Read more

Don't worry, pet owners: Experts say H3N2 dog flu is no cause for panic

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There's a new strain of canine flu in the U.S., and it has some pet owners worried about their furry family members.

More than 1,000 dogs caught the illness during a recent outbreak in Chicago, and infections are reportedly emerging in other states, including California. But the H3N2 canine flu--not to be confused with the seasonal H3N2 human ...Read more

Patient at KU Hospital considered 'very low risk' for Ebola

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The University of Kansas Hospital said Friday evening that a patient under treatment with a fever, who recently returned from the West African nation of Sierra Leone, is considered at "very low risk" for Ebola.

Sierra Leone and neighboring Guinea have been experiencing a widespread Ebola outbreak for more than a year. Early ...Read more

Venezuela's opposition prepares to protest amid fears of divisions in the ranks

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BOGOTA--Demonstrators will be taking to the streets of Venezuela and Miami on Saturday -- calling for the release of political prisoners, the end of censorship and for authorities to set a date for legislative elections.

But the protests -- called for in a jailhouse video by politician Leopoldo Lopez -- have also become the latest test for an ...Read more

Overnight rains cause heavy flooding across Dallas-Fort Worth area

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- Overnight thunderstorms dumped unwanted rain across the Dallas-Fort Worth area, causing major flooding that shut down roads, triggered high-water rescues and caused two flood gates to be opened at Possum Kingdom Lake, raising concerns about downstream flooding in Parker County.

Roadways were either shut down or clogged with...Read more

Man behind Silk Road website sentenced to life in federal prison

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Ross William Ulbricht, the San Francisco man convicted of running an underground website that allowed drug dealers to peddle their wares to countless customers online, will spend the rest of his life in federal prison, a judge ruled Friday.

Ulbricht was sentenced to life in prison Friday, according to a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's ...Read more

Key police witness testifies in murder case of Canadian teen

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MIAMI -- After his older brother was shot to death in a marijuana drug-rip off, Canadian teen Marc Wabafiyebazu grew angry in a Miami police interview room, even threatening to shoot a detective.

But by the time Marc was being driven to a juvenile jail, the 15-year-old turned somber, spurring transport officer Juan Velez to offer some ...Read more

NC governor files veto of magistrate marriage exemption bill

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Gov. Pat McCrory formally vetoed a bill to exempt magistrates from performing marriages late Thursday, saying "we are a nation of laws" despite his personal opposition to gay marriage.

The official veto message was posted Friday morning, one day after the House voted 67-43 to pass Senate Bill 2.

The bill would allow ...Read more

To counter Putin, Poland and Lithuania officials want US bases, Sen. Durbin says

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WASHINGTON -- Officials in Lithuania and Poland told Senate Minority Whip Richard J. Durbin they're concerned enough about the threat posed by Russia that they want to host U.S. military bases.

The Illinois Democrat traveled to the two NATO member states, as well as to Ukraine, during the Memorial Day break, meeting with officials in the three ...Read more

Cuba removed from US terrorism list

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MIAMI -- It's official. After 33 years on the U.S. black list of pariah nations, Cuba is no longer considered a state sponsor of terrorism.

A 45-day notification to Congress of Cuba's impending removal from the list expired Friday and Secretary of State John Kerry made the final decision to rescind Cuba's designation as a state sponsor of ...Read more

Supreme Court to decide whether to plunge back into abortion debate

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court faces a decision soon on whether to dive back into the contentious issue of abortion and consider allowing states to enforce new, stricter laws, including one from Mississippi that would close that state's only licensed abortion clinic.

Since 2010, Republican-led states have passed an array of abortion-related ...Read more

Islamic State claims responsibility for bombing outside Saudi mosque

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ALEXANDRIA, Egypt -- Islamic State militants claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing on Friday outside a Shiite Muslim mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia that killed four people, echoing a similar deadly strike a week ago, also claimed by the group.

As in last week's attack, the bombing in the port city of Dammam targeted Shiite worshippers at...Read more