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Arizona shooter indicted on 49 counts

Federal prosecutors on Friday unsealed an expanded 49-count indictment against Tucson shooting rampage suspect Jared Lee Loughner, setting in motion the formal process of deciding whether to seek the death penalty. The latest indictment charges Loughner with first-degree murder of a federal employee in the deaths of a federal judge and an aid to U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, gravely wounded in the attack at a meet-and-greet event for her constituents. Loughner, 22, also is charged with causing the deaths of four other people who were “participants at a federally provided activity” when they were gunned down at the January 8
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Wisconsin layoffs loom amid budget impasse

MADISON, Wisconsin (Reuters) – Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker issued layoff warning notices on Friday to unions representing state workers as a battle intensified between Republican and Democratic lawmakers over union bargaining rights that has sparked protests and a national debate. Read the full story.
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Boehner aims to defend anti-gay marriage law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top Republican in the House of Representatives said on Friday he will seek to do what the Obama administration no longer does — defend a 15-year-old federal law against same-sex marriage. Read the full story.
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Republicans to debate Ohio union bill for weeks

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Reuters) – The Republican leader of Ohio’s House of Representatives plans to hold at least three weeks of debate on a bill to weigh curbs on public sector workers’ power to bargain, his spokesman said on Friday. Read the full story.
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Florida rail deal off the tracks, funds withdrawn

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Reuters) – About $2.4 billion in federal funds for a high-speed rail project in Florida will go elsewhere after the state’s Republican governor rejected the deal out of hand, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said on Friday. Read the full story.
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