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Officials: US report finds racial bias in Ferguson police
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Justice Department investigation found sweeping patterns of racial bias within the Ferguson, Missouri, police department, with officers routinely discriminating against blacks by using excessive force, issuing petty citations and making baseless traffic stops, according to law enforcement officials familiar with its findings....

Victims to relive horror of marathon bombing as trial begins
BOSTON (AP) -- In the two years since twin bombs tore through crowds at the Boston Marathon finish line, the case against suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has focused on arguments over where his trial should be held, who should sit on the jury and what evidence prosecutors should be allowed to use....

Nitrogen gas executions approved by Oklahoma House
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Oklahoma would become the first state to allow the execution of death row inmates using nitrogen gas under a bill overwhelmingly approved on Tuesday by the House of Representatives....

Facing scrutiny on sex assault, college asks feds for review
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- Facing scrutiny over its practices for responding to sexual assault, a liberal arts college in Iowa has taken the unusual step of asking federal investigators to review whether three cases were handled appropriately....

City, contractor questioned at NYC jail health care hearing
NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City lawmakers have peppered city officials and company executives with questions about the quality of health care at Rikers Island jails....

Ex-CIA chief admits sharing military secrets with mistress
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Former CIA Director David Petraeus, whose career was destroyed by an affair with his biographer, has agreed to plead guilty to charges he gave her classified material - including war strategy and the names of covert operatives - while she was working on the book....

Drew Peterson pleads not guilty in murder-for-hire plot
CHESTER, Ill. (AP) -- Drew Peterson, a former suburban Chicago police officer convicted of killing his third wife and suspected in his fourth wife's disappearance, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to trying to hire someone to kill the prosecutor who helped put him in prison....

Agents target industry helping Chinese women have US babies
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) -- Federal agents searched three dozen homes Tuesday in California during a crackdown on so-called maternity tourism operators who arrange for pregnant Chinese women to give birth in the U.S., where their babies automatically become American citizens....

Documents: Georgia officials indecisive about execution
ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia prison officials were indecisive about whether to proceed with a cloudy lethal injection drug, at one point saying they weren't sure whether they checked "this week's or last week's" batch, according to court documents....

Lawyer: Jury at impasse in Arias case; judge says keep going
PHOENIX (AP) -- A judge on Tuesday ordered jurors in the Jodi Arias case to keep deliberating after her lawyers said the panel had reached an impasse on whether to sentence her to death or life in prison for killing her lover in 2008....

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