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AG Holder Announces Changes to Mandatory Minimums in Sentences

Posted: 08/12/2013 - The nation's top law enforcement official announced changes to the use of compassionate release and mandatory minimum sentencing and announced new sentencing policies for some "low-level, non-violent drug offenders," with an eye toward reducing extensive sentences for non-violent drug crimes.

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US News: Teen Rescued, Abductor Killed; Infant 'Best Man' Laid to Rest; Deadly Crashes

Updated: 08/11/2013 - Teen found safe in Idaho; alleged abductor killed... Funeral held for Pa. boy who was parents' best man... Va. boy's death puts focus on celebratory gunshots... NTSB: No obvious sign of cause of CT. plane crash... Blue Cross reaches out over insurance law changes... Senate control hinges on fate of Southern Dems... Firefighters make progress battling CA wildfire... Body recovered from mudslide in Colorado... Young driver hits transit bus in La., injuring 12... Utah pageant winner, 3 others charged with throwing homemade bombs from car... Cruz again raps Obama's health care law... NTSB: Helicopter pilot in Pa. crash not certified...

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World News: Child Victims of Python Buried; DEA Agent Killers May Walk; Drones Kill more Militants; Volcano Erupts, Kills 5

Posted: 08/11/2013 - Hundreds at funeral for brothers killed by python... Lawyer: Another suspect in American DEA killing to go free... Chinese state media: 3 Chinese citizens killed in Kabul... Suspected US drone strike kills 2 in Yemen... Israeli Drone Kills militants in Egypt... Indonesia volcano erupts, kills 5 people...

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Day in History: Watts Riot; Mall of America; "Green Onions", "Hey Jude"

Updated: 08/11/2013 - On August 11, 1965, rioting and looting that claimed 34 lives broke out in the predominantly black Watts section of Los Angeles. In 1984, during a radio broadcast voice test, President Ronald Reagan joked that he had "signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes." In 1992, the Mall of America opened in Bloomington, Minn. On August 11th, 1962, the Booker T. and the MG's classic instrumental "Green Onions" was released by Stax Records. In 1968, The Beatles released "Hey Jude" backed with "Revolution," the first single from their Apple Records label.

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Barbie Celebration Mardi Gras-style

Posted: 08/09/2013 - Barbie is being celebrated Mardi Gras-style at the 2013 National Barbie Doll Collectors Convention in New Orleans.

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UPDATE: BP Ordered to Pay Settlement Administrator

Updated: 08/07/2013 - A federal magistrate has ordered BP to pay more than $130 million in fees to the court-supervised administrator of its multibillion-dollar settlement with Gulf Coast businesses and residents after the company's 2010 oil spill.

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D.O.D. Cuts Civilian Furlough Days Down to 6

Updated: 08/06/2013 - U.S. defense officials say they will be able to ease the pain of mandatory, unpaid furloughs that civilian employees have had to bear for a month because of budgetary pressures.

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