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Connecticut repeals death penalty

Posted: 04/25/2012 - A spokeswoman said the Democrat signed the bill Wednesday afternoon at a private ceremony with lawmakers, clergy and family members of victims.

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Justices skeptical about striking down Ariz. law

Posted: 04/25/2012 - Supreme Court justices strongly suggested that they are ready to allow Arizona to enforce part of a controversial state law requiring police officers to check the immigration status of people they think are in the country illegally.

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Burger King makes cage-free promise

Posted: 04/25/2012 - The decision by the world's second-biggest fast-food restaurant raises the bar for other companies seeking to appeal to the rising consumer demand for more humanely produced fare.

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Napolitano: Secret Service scandal "inexcusable"

Posted: 04/25/2012 - There was no risk to President Barack Obama as a result of a prostitution scandal at a Colombia hotel that involved a dozen Secret Service officers, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told a Senate panel

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Gingrich plans to suspend campaign on May 1

Posted: 04/25/2012 - Newt Gingrich on Wednesday unofficially conceded the Republican presidential race to Mitt Romney, calling on conservatives to unite behind the presumptive nominee.

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Federal agency says transgender people protected

Posted: 04/25/2012 - The agency that enforces the federal job discrimination laws has for the first time ruled that transgender people are protected from bias in the workplace.

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Obama says Romney is stuck with conservative views

Updated: 04/25/2012 - Mitt Romney can't disavow the conservative views he embraced as candidate during the Republican presidential primaries, President Barack Obama says in a new interview.

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New case of mad cow disease in California

Posted: 04/25/2012 - The first new case of mad cow disease in the U.S. since 2006 has been discovered in a dairy cow in California, but health authorities said Tuesday the animal never was a threat to the nation's food supply.

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What to watch for in NFL draft

Posted: 04/25/2012 - The NFL draft begins Thursday night with the first round, continues Friday night with the second and third rounds, and runs through Saturday, when the final four rounds will be held at Radio City Music Hall. The Indianapolis Colts and St. Louis Rams both went 2-14 last season and had the top two picks, but the Rams traded the second spot to Washington.

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Engineer arrested, feds probe BP's spill response

Posted: 04/25/2012 - By arresting a former BP engineer Tuesday, federal prosecutors for the first time showed their hand in the Gulf oil spill case, saying they were probing whether BP PLC and its employees broke the law by intentionally lowballing how much oil was spewing from its out-of-control well.

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New case of mad cow disease discovered in California

Posted: 04/24/2012 - A new case of mad cow disease has surfaced in a dairy cow in California, but the animal was not bound for the nation's food supply and posed no danger, the Agriculture Department said Tuesday.

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More than $1M found in armored car heist arrest

Posted: 04/24/2012 - An armored car guard who allegedly killed his partner in Pittsburgh and made off with more than $2 million was arrested in Florida on Tuesday after nearly two months on the run when someone called Pittsburgh police to report his whereabouts, authorities said.

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N.J. troopers suspended for high-speed escort

Posted: 04/24/2012 - Two New Jersey state troopers have been suspended without pay, following reports they served as escorts last month for a group of high-performance luxury cars on a 100-mph trip down the Garden State Parkway, alarming other motorists.

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