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Court reinstates lawsuit over NYPD surveillance of Muslims
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A federal appeals court on Tuesday reinstated a lawsuit challenging the New York Police Department's surveillance of Muslim groups in New Jersey after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, saying any resulting harm came from the city's tactics, not the media's reporting of them....

Ex-staffer disputes Gowdy claim on Benghazi investigation
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Lawyers for a former Republican staffer fired from the House Benghazi committee on Tuesday challenged comments by the panel's GOP chairman, calling them "unequivocally false" in an escalating internal dispute just days before Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton testifies....

California's sweeping new social policies could set trend
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California ends its legislative season having enacted some of the country's most aggressive social policies: Laws requiring student vaccinations, granting terminally ill people the right to take life-ending medications, and mandating equal pay for women were among dozens approved....

Memphis chief says not enough evidence for murder charge
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- An off-duty officer was not taking "official police action" when he was killed in a shootout with a neighbor, and there is not enough evidence to charge the neighbor with murder, a police chief said Tuesday....

2 firefighters die after 2 rescued from Kansas City blaze
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Two firefighters involved in rescuing two residents from a burning Kansas City building died after a wall collapsed on them, authorities said....

Man claims he lost job at Catholic home because he's gay
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A Virginia man said the bishop of a local Catholic diocese forced his removal from the top job at a diocese-owned assisted living home because he's gay and married to his partner of 30 years....

Planned Parenthood changes fetal-tissue reimbursement policy
NEW YORK (AP) -- Responding to a furor over undercover videos, Planned Parenthood says it will maintain programs at some of its clinics that make fetal tissue available for research, but will cover the costs itself rather than accepting any reimbursement....

Serial killer sent to death row 3 times faces 4th sentencing
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Three times Dayton Leroy Rogers has been sentenced to death, and three times his sentence has been overturned....

Less skin: Playboy to stop running pictures of nude women
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Playboy is about to find out how many people really do read it for the articles....

A look at famous models from Playboy's naked past
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It's the end of an au naturel era. Deciding that less skin is the key to future success, Playboy says it will no longer run photos of completely naked women. Here's a look back at some of the most famous models who have bared all - or most - in the magazine's pages....

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