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Bulger prosecutors want criminal checks on jurors

Federal prosecutors in the upcoming racketeering trial of Massachusetts’ reputed gangster Whitey Bulger (BUHL’-jur) want to do criminal background checks on potential jurors. In a court filing Thursday, prosecutors cited the case of convicted killer…

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Christie unveils buyout offer to NJ flood victims

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has announced plans to use $300 million in federal funding to buy out homeowners whose properties have flooded repeatedly, especially during Superstorm Sandy. Christie announced the buyout plan Thursday, just…

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Fire burns 3,000 acres in Calif. national forest

Cooler temperatures and lighter winds are helping hundreds of firefighters combat a 3,000-acre wildfire that has blackened rugged terrain in the Los Padres National Forest. The fire that broke out Wednesday quickly charred 3,000 acres…