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Failures by 3 governments preceded homeless man's death
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Mistakes and miscommunication by three governments on three continents over nearly 20 years led to a homeless man known as "Africa" being on Los Angeles' Skid Row, where he was shot by police after authorities say he became combative and appeared to reach for an officer's weapon.... 3/5/2015 5:34 AM

Storm could be winter's last big one but some want more
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A storm stretching from northern Texas to southern New England threatened to bring icy rains, sleet, and snow overnight Wednesday but also hopes it would be the last significant snowfall for the East Coast this winter.... 3/5/2015 2:53 AM

`It WAS him': Defense admits Tsarnaev bombed Boston Marathon
BOSTON (AP) -- The question, for all practical purposes, is no longer whether Dzhokhar Tsarnaev took part in the Boston Marathon bombing. It's whether he deserves to die for it.... 3/5/2015 12:25 AM

A defiant Alabama regains ground against gay marriage
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama's stand against same-sex marriage regained ground Wednesday after the state's highest court ruled that its ban remains legal, despite federal court pressure to begin issuing licenses to gays and lesbians. But advocates said they're not giving up either - and that the justices in Montgomery will find themselves on history's losing side.... 3/4/2015 11:16 PM

Q&A: In Alabama, state court vs. federal courts. Who wins?
ATLANTA (AP) -- The Alabama Supreme Court is in a showdown with a federal judge who ruled that the state's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional. The state's justices say they remain the authority on state law, at least until the U.S. Supreme Court settles the question of whether the U.S. Constitution gives gay couples nationwide a fundamental right to marry.... 3/4/2015 10:00 PM

Pakistani man guilty in al-Qaida plot to bomb NYC subway
NEW YORK (AP) -- A Pakistani man was found guilty Wednesday in a failed al-Qaida bomb plot after a New York trial that featured spies in disguise, evidence from the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound and the defendant's questioning of an admitted co-conspirator.... 3/4/2015 8:41 PM

Children in Southern California breathing easier, study says
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Smog-covered mountains, gritty sidewalks, smelly fumes from traffic-choked freeways. The Los Angeles area was a tough place to breathe several decades ago. Now a study shows how much that has changed, especially for the region's youngest residents.... 3/4/2015 10:41 PM

US clears officer in Ferguson case, criticizes police force
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Justice Department on Wednesday cleared a white former Ferguson, Missouri, police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old, but also issued a scathing report calling for sweeping changes in city law enforcement practices it called discriminatory and unconstitutional.... 3/5/2015 5:26 AM

Feds: Evidence backs Ferguson officer's account in shooting
A federal investigation that cleared a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer for killing Michael Brown concluded that the physical evidence and credible witnesses all bolster the officer's account that he feared for his life when he fatally shot the black 18-year-old.... 3/4/2015 11:35 PM

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