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Justice Dept. Sues St. Anthony, MN over mosque rejection

mosque rejection The U.S. Dept. of Justice is suing the city of St. Anthony for denying a special permit for mosque in 2012.

U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger said St. Anthony Village City Council applied its zoning laws unevenly, and the federal government is seeking an injunction that will, in effect, undo the panel's vote.

"An injustice has been done," Luger told reporters, "And it is my job as the united states attorney to enforce the constitution and protect the civil rights of all members of our community, including Abu Huraira."

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Texas Border Patrol agent fires at armed militia member

border patrolA Border Patrol agent pursuing a group of migrants in a wooded area near the Texas-Mexico border on Friday fired several shots at an armed man who later identified himself as a militia member.

Border Patrol spokesman Omar Zamora said agents had been chasing a group of migrants east of Brownsville Friday afternoon when an agent saw a man holding a gun near the Rio Grande. The agent fired four shots, but did not hit the man. The man then dropped his gun and identified himself as a member of a militia. Zamora said no other details were immediately available.

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145 immigration activists arrested in front of W.H.

wh protestMore than 140 immigration activists were arrested in front of the White House on Thursday as they loudly protested President Barack Obama over deportations of undocumented immigrants.

The scores of arrests, which come as Obama is preparing to unveil changes to his deportation and immigration policies, amounted to one of the largest shows of civil disobedience at the White House over immigration.

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California lawmakers pass bill on campus sex assault

California pass campus assault billState lawmakers on Thursday passed a bill that would make California the first state to define when "yes means yes" while investigating sexual assaults on college campuses.

The Senate unanimously passed SB967 as states and universities across the U.S. face pressure to change how they handle rape allegations. The bill now goes to Gov. Jerry Brown, who has not indicated his stance on the bill.

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Pennsylvania Opts Into Obamacare

ObamacareEnding a yearlong negotiation, the Obama administration on Thursday approved Gov. Corbett's alternative Medicaid expansion proposal, a step that could extend health-care benefits to roughly 600,000 uninsured Pennsylvanians.

In what was described as a five-year demonstration project, Pennsylvania got the go-ahead to use federal money to pay private insurers to provide health care to uninsured individuals - many in low-wage jobs.

The Obama administration praised Pennsylvania for joining other states that opted into the program under the Affordable Care Act. Corbett administration officials called the agreement a successful compromise.

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Range where instructor killed by girl drew concerns

Shooting rangeThe Bullets and Burgers gun range at Arizona Last Stop fell silent this week.

No high-powered rounds could be heard at the biker bar a mile down the road, no tourists were allowed to try firing a fully automatic rifle, and no downrange neighbors feared a stray bullet. The range has closed indefinitely.

It was the week Lance Krig had both hoped for and feared since 2012. On Monday, a 9-year-old New Jersey girl would lose control of an Uzi and fatally shoot her firearms instructor.

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N.D. gets federal grant to address crimes against women in boom towns

ND oil field The boost in North Dakota's economy from the oil boom has been met with a corresponding increase in crimes against women, Sen. John Hoeven said.

Hoeven, R-N.D., said the state received a $3 million grant from the U.S. Justice Department to help prosecute crimes against women in the Bakken region of the state.

"The rapid growth of western North Dakota's economy and population has also brought challenges, including crimes against women," Hoeven said in a statement Tuesday. "These grants are one of the law enforcement resources we're working to provide for the Bakken [area], as well as a larger drug enforcement and FBI presence in the region."

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