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Businesses fear Mississippi law promotes anti-gay activity; fight back with sticker campaign
In conservative Mississippi, some business owners who support equal treatment for gays and lesbians are pushing back against a new law that bans government from limiting the free practice of religion.

Pro-Palestinian 'eviction' fliers distributed to NYU students
New York University launched an investigation Thursday after students reported receiving fliers marked "eviction notice" from a pro-Palestinian group.

Homeland security secretary takes swift action in move aimed at heading off potential scandal
It took just hours for Homeland Security Secretary Jeh (jay) Johnson to put the agency's former internal watchdog on leave after a Senate report concluded the employee was too cozy with senior Homeland Security Department officials.

Conservation group seeks to block Idaho gold-mine exploration project
A conservation group and the Nez Perce Tribe have filed a lawsuit against three federal agencies seeking to stop a central Idaho gold-mine exploration project by a Canadian company.

Number of suicides across military services dropped in 2013 even as deaths rose among some
Officials say suicides across the military dropped by more than 15 percent last year but rose among Army National Guard and Reserve soldiers.

Appeals court hears Florida case on whether warrant required for suspect cellphone records
A federal appeals court in South Florida is considering whether investigators are required to obtain a warrant before obtaining cellphone records detailing a suspect's movements.

Hawaii college sued for stopping students from handing out Constitution
Two students at the University of Hawaii at Hilo are suing the school over alleged First Amendment violations after they were told by a campus official that they couldn't approach  fellow students to hand out copies of the Constitution.

University of Missouri brings drones class indoors after feds complain
The University of Missouri has brought a class on using aerial drones indoors after a federal government agency told the journalism school last summer to stop flying them outdoors.

New indictment accuses Oregon defense contractor of supplying $10.5 million in phony parts
A new indictment accuses a Coos Bay, Ore., defense contractor of defrauding the military of $10.5 million by supplying phony truck and helicopter parts.

Attorneys present closing arguments in trial of man accused of killing Coast Guard co-workers
Prosecutors say a 62-year-old man accused of a double homicide at a Coast Guard communications station is the only possible killer in a circumstantial case, countering defense arguments that the government hasn't proven guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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