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Residents: Police shortage is a security risk for Mardi Gras

By CAIN BURDEAU (NEW ORLEANS, AP) — Throughout the quieter parts of the French Quarter, residents and businesses have posted signs that read “Caution: Walk in Large Groups. We (heart)…

11 rescued from sinking tow vessel off Hawaiian island

(HONOLULU, AP) — Officials say 11 people are safe after being rescued from their sinking tow boat off the Hawaiian island of Oahu. The Coast Guard says it received an…

Campaign finance protest, hidden camera disrupt high court

By MARK SHERMAN (WASHINGTON, AP) — For the second time in 11 months, opponents of Supreme Court rulings lifting limits on money in political campaigns briefly disrupted proceedings in the…

Jury in Va. to hear closing arguments in CIA leak case

(ALEXANDRIA, Va., AP) — A federal jury is slated to hear closing arguments in the leak trial of a former CIA officer accused of giving details of a classified operation…

Video of New Jersey man shot by police raises questions

By SEAN CARLIN and GEOFF MULVIHILL (BRIDGETON, N.J., AP) — A police video of officers confronting and then fatally shooting a black man in southern New Jersey has raised questions and…

Trial to begin for Pennsylvania man whose yard had bodies

(WILKES-BARRE, Pa., AP) — A notorious Pennsylvania inmate found with at least five sets of human remains buried in his yard nearly a dozen years ago will stand trial on…

TransCanada takes steps to acquire Keystone pipeline land

By GRANT SCHULTE (Lincoln, Neb., AP) — The developer of the Keystone XL oil pipeline made good on its promise Tuesday to try to seize access to the Nebraska land it needs…

Saudi Arabia’s rights crackdown linked to war on terror

(DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, AP) — A man is given 50 lashes in a public square for “insulting Islam” on a liberal blog. Another is arrested for filming and uploading…

Study: Fewer struggle with medical costs as coverage grows

(WASHINGTON, AP) — Not only do more Americans have health insurance, but the number struggling with medical costs has dropped since President Barack Obama’s health care law expanded coverage, according…

Justices must act fast if gay marriage to be settled in June

(WASHINGTON, AP) — Time is running short for the Supreme Court to get same-sex marriage on its calendar if the justices want to tackle the issue before their current term…