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at 19:57 on May 29, 2015, EDT.

Bill allowing open carry of handguns, overturning Civil War-era ban, clears Texas Legislature

AUSTIN, Texas - Texas lawmakers on Friday approved carrying handguns openly on the streets of the nation's second most-populous state, sending the bill to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, who is expected to sign it and reverse a ban dating to the post-Civil War era.

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at 19:51 on May 29, 2015, EDT.

Nigeria's new president pledges to end insurgency by Boko Haram, free kidnapping victims

ABUJA, Nigeria - Nigeria's new president was sworn in on Friday and pledged to tackle Boko Haram "head on," asserting the fight against the Islamic extremists wouldn't be won until hundreds of schoolgirls abducted last year and other kidnapping victims were brought home alive.

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at 18:57 on May 29, 2015, EDT.

Source: Former House Speaker's payments were apparent effort to conceal sex misconduct

A person familiar with the matter tells The Associated Press that payments from former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert were an apparent effort to conceal decades-old allegations involving sexual misconduct.

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at 18:52 on May 29, 2015, EDT.

Amid corruption crisis, Sepp Blatter secures another term as head of soccer's world body

ZURICH - In the end, nothing could stop Sepp Blatter.

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at 18:41 on May 29, 2015, EDT.

Catch a tiger by the tail? Michigan animal control fooled by furry, life-sized stuffed tiger

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - An animal control worker in Michigan was convinced he was looking at a young tiger lying in a driveway, so he approached with care. He grabbed a pole and a shield, and called police.

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at 18:01 on May 29, 2015, EDT.

Officials: Gunmen hijack buses in Pakistan, kill 19 passengers and battle security forces

QUETTA, Pakistan - Around 20 armed men hijacked two buses in Pakistan's southwestern Baluchistan province, killed 19 passengers and took at least 25 with them into the mountains as hostages Friday, a Pakistani official said.

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