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Florida attraction Machine Gun America to allow children, gun nuts to fire off automatic weapons

gun fun for kids in FloridaIt's an amusement park with a bang!

Machine Gun America, a controversial Orlando, Fla. attraction that puts automatic weapons and military-grade firearms in the hands of gun lovers as young as 13, is opening its doors this weekend.

"Most of these are not eligible to be owned by an individual," the venue's Brooklyn-born General Manager Bruce Nierenberg told the Daily News after naming off a stockpile of firearms available, including Uzis, Tommy Guns, AK47s and M5s.

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Nebraska, Oklahoma File Federal Suit Against Colorado Over Marijuana Legalization

Colorado marijuana lawThe states of Nebraska and Oklahoma filed a federal lawsuit in the U.S. Supreme Court Thursday, claiming that Colorado's legalization of recreational marijuana is unconstitutional under federal law.

"Federal law undisputedly prohibits the production and sale of marijuana," Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning said Thursday in a statement. "Colorado has undermined the United States Constitution, and I hope the U.S. Supreme Court will uphold our constitutional principles."

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ACLU lawsuit challenges Ferguson-area school board over district voting policies

Ferguson school board The American Civil Liberties Union on Thursday filed a lawsuit challenging a Missouri school district’s board voting policies as part of an effort to increase the representation of black students in a region including Ferguson – the city that this summer became a flashpoint for American race issues.

Simmering racial tensions in the region peaked in August, when unarmed black teenager Michael Brown was fatally shot by white police officer Darren Wilson. The incident sparked international protests that continue across the globe as more broad demonstrations against systemic racism in the US.

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Abused kids die as authorities fail to protect

Abused childrenAt least 786 children died of abuse or neglect in the U.S. in a six-year span in plain view of child protection authorities — many of them beaten, starved or left alone to drown while agencies had good reason to know they were in danger, The Associated Press has found.

To determine that number, the AP canvassed the 50 states, the District of Columbia and all branches of the military — circumventing a system that does a terrible job of accounting for child deaths. Many states struggled to provide numbers. Secrecy often prevailed.

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New Jersey Paid Fees To Mary Christie's Firm After State Investment Was Terminated

Christie and wife MaryWhen the New Jersey pension system terminated a $150 million investment in a fund called Angelo, Gordon & Co. in 2011, that did not close the books on the deal. In the three years since state officials ordered the withdrawal of that state money, New Jersey taxpayers have forked over hundreds of thousands of dollars in fees to the firm. As those fees kept flowing, Angelo Gordon made a prominent hire: Mary Pat Christie, wife of Gov. Chris Christie, who joined the company in 2012 as a managing director and now earns $475,000 annually, according to the governor's most recent tax return.

The disclosure that New Jersey taxpayers have been paying substantial fees to a firm that employs the governor's spouse -- years after state officials said the investment was terminated -- emerged in documents released by the Christie administration to International Business Times through a public records request.

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Arizona erred in denying dreamers' licenses, Supreme Court says

Jan BrewerThe U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a last-minute bid by Gov. Jan Brewer to keep dreamers from getting licenses to drive.

In a brief order issued this morning, the court denied Brewer's request that it issue a stay to prevent the 9th Circuit from ordering a federal judge in Phoenix to issue an injunction blocking Brewer's edict declaring that dreamers do not meet the requirements of Arizona law. The justices gave no reason for their decision.

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Judge hears of 'bloody mess' execution as Oklahoma seeks to lift moratorium

Clayton LovettA federal judge heard witness testimonies on Wednesday regarding Oklahoma's attempt to resume executing prisoners, just nine months after the lethal injection of Clayton Lockett lasted an excruciating 43 minutes during which his vein burst causing what one warden described as “a bloody mess.”

Attorneys representing 21 death-row inmates in Oklahoma filed court documents last Friday revealing that Lockett’s death was far more grisly than previously portrayed, according to The Tulsa World newspaper on Sunday.

In court testimony Wednesday, Dr Joseph Cohen, a pathologist hired by the inmate's lawyer, said he was convinced Lockett suffered after being declared unconcious.

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