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Smithsonian bans selfie sticks

WASHINGTON – The Smithsonian has made it official: Selfie sticks are a no-no.

One more shot at wider gun checks

WASHINGTON – Former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is returning to Capitol Hill today to help kick-start a longshot campaign to expand criminal background checks to all commercial firearms sales.

Police officers watch protesters as smoke fills the streets in Ferguson, Mo., on Nov. 25, after a grand jury's decision in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. A Justice Department investigation has found patterns of racial bias in the Ferguson police department and at the municipal jail and court. (Charlie Riedel/The Associated Press)

DOJ report: Ferguson police showed racial bias

Past federal investigations of local police departments, including one in Albuquerque last year, have encouraged overhauls of fundamental police procedures

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