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April 23, 2015 - 1:01am
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Attorneys representing a transgender prison inmate are asking a federal judge to stick with his order that California officials must immediately provide the inmate with sex reassignment surgery.

They filed arguments late Wednesday opposing a delay while the state corrections department appeals the decision issued by U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar of San Francisco earlier this month.

Tigar ruled that the surgery is medically...

April 23, 2015 - 12:08am
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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Six people have been chosen to receive Heinz Awards from a Pittsburgh-based charitable foundation for their innovative work in the arts, environment, human condition, public policy and economics categories.

This year's winners, announced Thursday by the Heinz Family Foundation, include Dr. Sangeeta Bhatia, a researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She's used computer microchip technology to develop artificial human "microlivers" used to...

April 23, 2015 - 12:00am
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REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) — A new Pentagon cybersecurity strategy lays out for the first time publicly that the U.S. military plans to use cyberwarfare as an option in conflicts with enemies.

The 33-page strategy says the Defense Department "should be able to use cyber operations to disrupt an adversary's command and control networks, military-related critical infrastructure and weapons capabilities."

The strategy being released Thursday was obtained...

April 22, 2015 - 11:06pm
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Lawyers for the parents of Michael Brown, the unarmed, black 18-year-old who was fatally shot by a white police officer in a St. Louis suburb, have announced that they plan to file a civil lawsuit against the city of Ferguson on Thursday.

Attorneys for the family said in a statement Wednesday night that the wrongful death lawsuit would be filed the next day.

The lawsuit had been expected. Attorneys for Brown's mother, Lesley...

April 22, 2015 - 11:03pm
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NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities have identified an armed man killed by New York City police officers chasing him after an earlier shooting.

Officials say Thursday two officers fired at Jonathan Efraim after he pointed a gun at them Wednesday night. He was stuck twice.

They say the 30-year-old Efraim had earlier fired at least once at two other officers.

They say police chased Efraim after 911 callers reported he'd fired his gun...

April 22, 2015 - 9:39pm
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MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. (AP) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter says he is concerned that Iranian ships heading toward Yemen may be carrying advanced weapons for the Houthi rebels, and says moving a U.S. aircraft carrier to the region gives the president options.

Making his first public remarks on the Iranian cargo ships, Carter told reporters traveling with him that he is not prepared to say whether the U.S. would be willing to forcibly stop and board one of the Iranian ships...

April 22, 2015 - 9:09pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. Rand Paul is lashing out at the federal government's sweeping surveillance programs.

Speaking at an awards ceremony Wednesday, Paul said that the Founding Fathers would be mortified by the National Security Agency's collection of phone records from millions of Americans.

The libertarian-leaning Kentucky Republican has made civil liberties an early focus of his presidential bid.

The federal...

April 22, 2015 - 8:37pm
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DENVER (AP) — Colorado Republicans have advanced legislation to make the killing of a fetus a homicide in response to the case of a woman accused of cutting into the belly of an expectant mother to claim the baby.

A GOP-led state Senate committee voted 3-2 along party lines Wednesday to advance the bill to the full Senate.

Prosecutors say under current law they can't pursue murder charges in the attack against the Colorado pregnant woman because a...

April 22, 2015 - 8:09pm
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FRESNO, Texas (AP) — A Houston-area woman says she was sure that a 14-year-old Mexican girl brought to the United States with the help of authorities was her kidnapped daughter — until DNA tests proved otherwise.

In an interview with KPRC-TV of Houston, Dorotea Garcia says that when she first saw Alondra Luna, in her words, "I saw my daughter."

But DNA tests showed she isn't Garcia's daughter. Luna has been returned to her family in Mexico....

April 22, 2015 - 7:46pm
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NEW YORK (AP) — Bank of America has asked a federal appeals court in New York to toss out a $1.27 billion fine, saying a case against it stemming from the 2008 financial crisis should never have gone to trial.

The bank said in papers filed Wednesday in the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that the case against it was unfair and "utterly unprecedented." It said the trial judge — Jed Rakoff — should be removed if it is returned to the lower court. The bank said Rakoff...

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