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California gray wolf protections mulled amid hunts elsewhere
California gray wolf populations haven't roamed in California for nearly a century. A commission in California postponed by three months a decision on whether to list the gray wolf as endangered so that more public comments could be heard.

Auburn threat: University classes resume Thursday
Auburn threat was found in a campus bathroom Tuesday, alluding to the possibility of some kind of attack. The Auburn threat occurred near the Virginia Tech massacre anniversary.

Portland shootout: Portland officer wounded and police dog killed in shootout
Portland shootout: A police officer told his K-9 partner to 'Take that suspect!' The suspect responded by firing repeatedly, killing the dog and wounding the Portland officer.

Privacy concerns? What Google now says it can do with your data (+video)
This week's updates to Google's terms of service spotlight the degree to which it considers anything you upload to any of its various services – YouTube, Google plus, etc. – to be fair game.

Obama, Biden pitch job training: Do reforms go far enough? (+video)
Job training is an important component of getting Americans back to work and the economy humming again. President Obama and Republicans offered dueling messages Wednesday.

Marathon bombings: Special restrictions harming Tsarnaev defense, lawyers say (+video)
A day after Boston marked the anniversary of the marathon bombings, Dzokhar Tsarnaev’s lawyers were in court fighting the restrictions under which he is being held, arguing they hinder their work.

Democrats 'whooping' Republicans in fundraising game – or are they? (+video)
All the first-quarter fundraising results show that Democrats are doing significantly better than Republicans. But Republicans are increasingly raising money in other, more opaque ways.

Should 'new GM' be liable for pre-bankruptcy ignition accidents? (+video)
GM will ask a bankruptcy judge to protect it from many of the lawsuits related to the faulty ignition switch behind a massive recall. And it wants all lawsuits delayed until the ruling is made.

New York gun owners shrug off tough new rules: What happens now?
The SAFE Act, passed in New York last year, had an April 15 deadline for owners of assault-style weapons to register their guns with the state. Some 1 million residents have refused to abide.

Bloomberg's new $50 million gun safety push, one mom at a time
Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is giving $50 million to a new group that aims to win over the 'hearts and minds of Americans' on 'gun violence prevention,' not gun control.

With disbanding of NYPD spy unit, mayor makes good on big promise (+video)
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio sprang to the top of the polls as a candidate last year in large part because of his outspoken criticism of NYPD tactics. Now, he's taken a first, big step toward reform.

North Dakota abortion law struck down by judge
North Dakota abortion law:  US District Judge Daniel Hovland, who is based in Bismarck, said the abortion ban was 'invalid and unconstitutional' and that it 'cannot withstand a constitutional challenge.'

Medal of Honor for 'uncommon valor' high in the Hindu Kush (+video)
Sgt. Kyle White will be awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in November 2007. After his platoon was ambushed, he risked his life to rescue and comfort the wounded and dying and radioed for the help that saved his comrades.

Lunar eclipse viewers report threats in Idaho, two arrested
Lunar eclipse viewers were reportedly harassed and threatened Tuesday by two men who said they would return with guns.

Zohydro ban in Mass. blocked by federal judge
Zohydro ban: Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick said he was disappointed, arguing that the ruling places commercial interests above the public's health.

Vidalia onion rule: Ga. judge won't stop new regulation
Vidalia onion rule: A Georgia judge Tuesday refused to intervene in a legal battle between a prominent Vidalia onion farmer and the state's agriculture commissioner over a new regulation aimed at keeping unripe onions from reaching store shelves.

Boston Marathon: suspect arraigned in Boston bomb hoax (+video)
Kevin Edson of Boston, accused of purporting a bomb hoax at the Boston Marathon finish line, appeared in court Wednesday. He is being held on $100,000 bail and has been sent to Bridgewater State Hospital for psychiatric evaluation.

Jackie Robinson Day: MLB marks 67th anniversary of Robinson debut
Jackie Robinson Day: Baseball holds tributes across the country on April 15, 2014, the 67th anniversary of the beginning of the end of baseball's racial barrier.

Boston police detonate 2 backpacks at marathon site
Boston police have blown up two unattended backpacks found near the Boston Marathon's finish line on Tuesday. They say they've taken a man into custody in connection with them.

New York police end Muslim surveillance program
A special New York Police Department unit that sparked controversy by tracking the daily lives of Muslims in an effort to detect terror threats has been disbanded.