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February 27, 2015 - 8:36pm
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A sheriff's official says deputies have recovered a dress that strongly resembles the custom dress taken from Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o's hotel room earlier this week.

Los Angeles sheriff's spokeswoman Nicole Nishida says the dress found Friday afternoon at a West Hollywood hotel "greatly resembles" the pearl-adorned Calvin Klein Collection by Francisco Costa dress Nyong'o wore to Sunday's Academy Awards. She says detectives are attempting...

February 27, 2015 - 8:26pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has approved a bill to ensure full funding of the Homeland Security Department for one week, sending the measure to the House just hours before the agency faces a partial shutdown.

By voice vote late Friday, the Senate backed the bill.

It came a few hours after the House, in a surprise move, rejected a bill to grant the department a three-week extension. Republicans objected to the measure for failing to roll back...

February 27, 2015 - 8:03pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — An Orthodox rabbi who pleaded guilty to videotaping nude women in a ritual bath in Washington has resigned from his post at Towson University in Maryland.

WJZ-TV reports ( ) that Barry Freundel, who pleaded guilty to 52 counts of voyeurism and admitted to secretly videotaping women in the changing room of a ritual bath in a Washington synagogue for years, turned in his resignation letter to Towson University on Thursday....

February 27, 2015 - 7:22pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is condemning the killing of prominent Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov.

Obama says in a statement that Nemtsov was brutally murdered. He's calling on Russia's government to perform a "prompt, impartial and transparent" investigation to bring the perpetrators to justice.

Nemtsov is a former deputy prime minister who later became a prominent opposition leader and a sharp critic of Russian President...

February 27, 2015 - 7:17pm
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NEW YORK (AP) — A judge has ordered a prominent Texas businessman and his brother's estate to pay $299 million after a federal jury New in York found they engaged in a massive fraud to evade taxes.

U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin (SHIHND'-lihn) issued a final order Thursday in the Securities and Exchange Commission's suit against Sam Wyly and the late Charles Wyly. It follows earlier orders and legal back and forth over calculating interest and other matters....

February 27, 2015 - 6:58pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is circulating procedures for how the Department of Homeland Security will operate in the event of a midnight shutdown.

The 46-page document outlines what is exempt from the shutdown, including airport security checkpoints, Secret Service activities and border patrols. But employees involved in planning, auditing, training and other policy functions would be furloughed.

Employees who keep working during a...

February 27, 2015 - 6:58pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan group of senators is pushing legislation that would require a congressional review of any deal the Obama administration and other western powers strike with Iran on its nuclear program.

The lawmakers introduced the bill late Friday that would mandate that President Barack Obama submit the text of any pact to Congress and bar the administration from suspending congressional sanctions for 60 days. In that time, Congress would hold hearings...

February 27, 2015 - 6:32pm
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DALLAS (AP) — Attorneys say the federal government is loosening its crackdown on issuing bonds for Central American immigrant mothers and children seeking asylum in the U.S. The shift comes after a federal judge ordered a halt to a detention strategy aimed at deterring other illegal crossings.

Immigrant advocates say the effect so far has been minimal: Most families can't afford to post bond anyway.

Attorneys say immigrants at a Karnes City facility...

February 27, 2015 - 6:32pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Two protesters who pleaded guilty to demonstrating inside the Supreme Court have had their sentences reduced from five days in jail to one.

The two appeared in D.C. Superior Court on Friday to begin serving sentences a judge issued Thursday following guilty pleas. Their attorney, Caleb Medearis, says the judge changed her sentence Friday because she felt it was too harsh given the two had no prior record.

Medearis says the change...

February 27, 2015 - 6:30pm
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DENVER (AP) — An autopsy shows a 17-year-old girl who was killed by Denver police officers while driving a stolen car suffered four gunshot wounds.

The Denver medical examiner's office said Friday that Jessica Hernandez also had marijuana and a small amount of alcohol in her system during the Jan. 26 shooting that sparked protests and calls for an outside investigation.

It came during a national debate about police use of force after killings in...

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