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Senate panel OKs bill curbing gun buys

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Judiciary Committee approved legislation today toughening laws against people who illegally buy guns for others as lawmakers cast the first votes in Congress to curb firearms since December’s horrific shootings at a Connecticut elementary school.

Lion kills Washington statewoman at exotic animal park

DUNLAP, Calif. (AP) — The Seattle-area intern fatally mauled by a lion at a Central California exotic animal park loved lions and tigers since childhood, “was absolutely fearless” around them and hoped to work at a zoo after her six-month internship, her father said late Wednesday.

Budget cuts threaten work at leaking nuke tanks

RICHLAND — Washington’s governor prepared to travel to the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site to learn more about leaking radioactive waste tanks there today, a day after federal officials acknowledged budget cuts may disrupt efforts to empty the aging vessels.

Overdraft rules for banks off to a slow start at Consumer Bureau

WASHINGTON — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which last year began exploring whether to tighten rules on checking overdraft fees, has decided against quick action after hearing from smaller U.S. banks that rely on the revenue.

Van Cliburn, celebrated classical pianist, dies at 78

Van Cliburn, celebrated classical pianist, dies at 78

On video: South African police drag man, who later dies

On video: South African police drag man, later found dead in cell

Gunmen kill Pakistani officer escorting polio team

Gunmen kill Pakistani officer escorting polio vaccination team

Swiss Red Cross cuts blood supply to broke Greece

Swiss Red Cross cuts blood supply to Greece after bills unpaid

First Gaza rocket in three months rattles cease-fire

Rocket fired by Gaza militants rattles three-month cease-fire

Rights group: Syrian missiles kill at least 141 in Aleppo

Rights group: Four Syrian missiles kill at least 141 in Aleppo