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Oregon focus of effort to expand background checks for guns

Fresh off a victory in Washington state, a leading gun control group backed by billionaire Michael Bloomberg is hoping to make Oregon its next prize in a campaign to require gun sales to go through universal background checks.

Southern Baptist leaders call for integrated churches

Leaders in nation's largest Protestant denomination are preaching that integrated churches can be a key driver of racial justice in society. But that could be a hard sell to those sitting in Southern Baptist Convention congregations.

GOP presses state bills limiting gay rights before ruling

A Texas lawmaker would strip the salaries from government officials who honor same-sex marriage licenses. Other states would protect government officials who opt out of performing gay nuptials.

Company seeks rights to names of iconic Grand Canyon lodges

To those who know and love the Grand Canyon, the names of its historic lodges are synonymous with the national park itself.

Fueled by oil, agriculture sector welcomes low diesel prices

The recent plunge in fuel prices has been a welcome relief across the agricultural sector, helping ease the pain of low grain prices for growers and boosting profits for cattle ranchers.

Police: Third person dies after shooting at Nebraska party

Gunfire erupted during a crowded party in a vacant house in Omaha early Saturday, leaving three people dead and five wounded, and most witnesses refusing to help investigators, according to police.

Alabama seeks to stay order overturning gay marriage ban

The Alabama attorney general is asking a federal judge to stay a ruling that overturned Alabama's ban on gay marriage, as advocates cheer what once seemed an improbable victory in the deeply conservative state.

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Winter's 1st big storm leaves snow, slush covering Northeast

Parts of the Northeast got their first real taste of winter on Saturday as a storm crawling up the coast left a slushy, snowy coating from Pennsylvania to New England, but forecasters are watching a possible second shot of snow that could affect the region early in the work week.

Police: Man shot his family, killing 3, then killed himself

In the quiet of a pre-dawn Saturday on a dead-end street, a father came home and shot his family in their heads, leaving women in three generations dead and a wounded 12-year-old girl calling 911, police said.

FBI: No bombs found on planes in Atlanta after threat

Law enforcement officials found no bombs on two planes at Atlanta's main airport after authorities received what they considered credible threats, FBI spokesman Stephen Emmett said.

Obama to cut short India trip to pay call on Saudi Arabia

President Barack Obama will shorten his trip to India and divert to Saudi Arabia, paying respects after the death of King Abdullah and meeting with the oil-rich nation's new monarch, the White House said Saturday.

Justices will review use of midazolam as execution drug

The Supreme Court is stepping into the issue of lethal injection executions for the first time since 2008 in an appeal filed by death row inmates in Oklahoma.

Settlements reached in so-called 'hot fuel' litigation

Twenty-eight oil companies and retailers have agreed to settle litigation claiming customers were knowingly overcharged when gas station fuel temperatures rose, plaintiffs announced Friday.

$2 gasoline: Good times keep rolling at the pump

At some point this will end, perhaps even soon.

Report gives mostly high marks for attorney general nominee

Justice Department evaluators gave mostly high ratings to the management skills of Loretta Lynch, President Barack Obama’s nominee for attorney general, in a report made public five days before she faces a Senate confirmation hearing.

Family remembers 4 kids, grandparents believed dead in fire

The big sister wanted to be known as a gamer, and she loved making videos with her pet guinea pig, Oreo.

Forensic group to take look at unsolved 1992 Zywicki killing

Illinois State Police say they are turning over to a private forensics group the unsolved 1992 slaying of an Iowa-bound college student from New Jersey.

US reports slight decline in union membership during 2014

Union membership in the U.S. is down slightly, making up just over 11 percent of the workforce last year.

Courthouse quote isn’t Washington’s; ‘Unknown’ now credited

A quote about respect for military veterans that had been attributed to George Washington and displayed prominently at the Deschutes County Courthouse has a new credit: “Unknown.”

Garden gnome fans fret: SkyMall files for bankruptcy

Apparently, airline passengers aren’t buying enough garden gnomes, superhero pajamas and heated cat shelters.

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