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News21: States fight the feds on gun control

Across the country, a thriving dissatisfaction with the U.S. government is prompting a growing spate of bills in state legislatures aimed at defying federal control over firearms - more than 200 during the last decade, a News21 investigation found.

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Why does the Ice Bucket Challenge work?

By now you’ve undoubtedly seen the giddiness of friends and celebrities as they’ve poured ice water over their head while challenging others to do the same or contribute to fight ALS. Like other social media extravaganzas that preceded it, the challenge has sparked a swell of participation, a burst of interest in the cause, a backlash of criticism and, finally, a quest for lessons learned.

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Witness testimony key to Ferguson investigation

Even before a county grand jury starts to hear evidence on Wednesday in the police shooting death of Michael Brown, dueling narratives have emerged. Several witnesses said Brown raised his hands and was not attacking the officer. Others say Brown was running away from police.

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News21: Public-carry laws expand gun rights

Increasingly those with firearms can bring guns into public places such as bars, restaurants, churches and parks. The practice is now legal in a majority of states.

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Does calling in the National Guard help?

Local and state officials have tried a variety of tactics to quell the violence in Ferguson, Missouri. Most recently the National Guard was called into protect the police command center, not patrolling the streets or controlling protestors. The National Guard and its predecessors have history of being deployed to suppress civil unrest.

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