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  • In this Jan. 21, 2014, photo, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., chair of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel , is interviewed by The Associated Press about her proposal to let military prosecutors rather than commanders make decisions on whether to prosecute sexual assaults in the military, in her Capitol Hill office in Washington. The Senate is heading for a showdown over contentious legislation to curb sexual assaults in the military by taking away the authority of senior commanders to prosecute rapes and other serious offenses. A highly anticipated vote on the bill sponsored by Gillibrand, could come as early as Thursday, March 6, 2014.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Senate blocks change to military sex assault cases

    Bowing to the Pentagon, the Senate agreed after impassioned debate Thursday to leave the authority to prosecute rapes and other serious crimes with military commanders in a struggle that highlighted the growing role of women in Congress.


  • Kansas City group asks ICE to return deported man

    The 12-year-old daughter of a man recently deported from Kansas City tried to meet with immigration officials Thursday to plead for her father's return from Mexico, but she and an advocacy group helping the family said they were turned away after being told no one was available after showing up unannounced.


  • Ore. judge upholds plan to send child to Mexico

    An Oregon judge has upheld a state agency's recommendation that a 6-year-old American-born girl be sent to live in Mexico with her father over the objections of her mother and maternal grandmother.


  • Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius speaks about educating people on signing up for the new national healthcare coverage plan during a news conference, on Wednesday, March 5, 2014, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    Half of uninsured look to Obamacare exchanges for coverage

    Roughly half of uninsured adults and almost half of people without employer-based insurance had looked at or planned to check out the Obamacare marketplace to see what it offered, according to a new brief from the Urban Institute.


  • Ala. House approves execution drug secrecy bill

    Makers and suppliers of Alabama's execution drugs would be kept secret and not released to the public or the courts under a bill approved Thursday in the Alabama House of Representatives.


  • Ark. lawmakers get first look at budget bill

    Legislation outlining Arkansas' $5 billion budget for the coming year calls for boosts in funding for the state's public schools and prisons.


  • OC officers get $3.5M in discrimination case

    A federal jury on Thursday awarded more than $3.5 million to three Westminster police officers who said they were denied promotions because they are Latino.


  • Arkansas lawmakers whittle down surplus requests

    Arkansas lawmakers advanced a plan Thursday to tap nearly $22 million from the surplus to pay for the prison system, school broadband and other one-time needs as they got their first look at legislation detailing the state's $5 billion budget.


  • Edward Montour appears in Douglas County District Court during opening arguments, Wednesday, March 5, 2014, in Castle Rock. Colo. Montour, who was serving a life sentence for the 1997 death of his 11-week-old daughter when prosecutors say he beat to death corrections officer Eric Autobee in 2002. He pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, and prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.  (AP Photo/The Denver Post, RJ Sangosti, Pool

    Inmate pleads guilty to murder, avoids execution

    An inmate pleaded guilty Thursday to first-degree murder in the beating death of a Colorado prison guard after prosecutors dropped their plan to seek the death penalty.


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