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The Short List: California drought; Arkansas 'religious freedom' bill; March Madness salaries

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 13:32

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Murders, shootings on the rise in Chicago

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 13:30

Grim numbers come just days before voters go to the polls in Chicago's mayoral runoff.

       

Attorney: Cops lied about drugs after beat down

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 13:17

Floyd Dent says Inkster, Mich., police beat him for no reason after a traffic stop.

       

Menendez charges won't slow legislation, senators say

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 13:06

Work on military force and Iran bills is a 'solid go-ahead,' says committee chairman.

       

International court welcomes Palestinians as 123rd member

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 12:56

Human Rights Watch welcomed the Palestinian Authority as the court's 123rd member

       

Ready for debates? 16 sites eager to be 2016 hosts

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 12:53

Sixteen universities or cities apply to host a 2016 presidential debate.

       

Fiorina backs religious freedom law, marriage equality

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 12:52

The former Hewlett-Packard CEO plans to launch a long-shot presidential bid.

       

Farmers not as impacted by new Brown drought measures

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 12:42

Water allocations to farmers have already been set, but new reporting rules are in effect

       

Sen. Menendez has faced ethics complaints before

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 12:37

Political expert says Menendez has been able to "ride out the storm" in earlier probes.

       

Iran nuke talks extended to Thursday

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 12:36

Focus is on preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons and easing sanctions.

       

Menendez indictment: A look at senators charged with crimes

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 12:19

New Jersey Democrat is 12th senator indicted while in office and first since Ted Stevens in 2008.

       

DOJ drops contempt case against Lois Lerner

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 12:15

House had sought charges after she refused to testify in IRS targeting scandal

       

Obama's pocket veto on shaky legal ground, experts say

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 12:09

Obama uses a controversial - and some say unconstitutional - tool.

       

Police: Man, 87, caused Michigan interstate explosion

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 12:09

Driver, changing lanes, collided with tanker causing fireball explosions visible for miles.

       

Menendez indicted on federal corruption charges

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 12:05

Prosecutors say New Jersey senator used his office to benefit a wealthy donor

       

Soon to be legal in Florida: Living in sin

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 12:05

The state legislature is moving to repeal the 1868 law that makes unwed cohabitation illegal, Reuters reports.

       

Iran nuclear talks: More wrangling ahead

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 12:03

When this round of talks is over, there's more to come.

       

5 things you need to know Wednesday

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 11:34

The biggest and most buzzworthy news to start your morning.

       

'Kidnappers' of Vallejo, Calif. woman threaten police

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 11:33

Staff at the San Francisco Chronicle say after Denise Huskins was found safe, and after police said the whole thing was an orchestrated even...

       

Arrests made in attack on Chuck E. Cheese employees

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 11:20

Two suspects surrendered to police; others are still being sought in connection with the beating.