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After meeting with a top Democratic senator, National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell announced Wednesday steps the league is taking to prevent bounties being paid to players to intentionally injure their opponents, including the creation of an anonymous tip line players can use to report infractions.
Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee has been fired, officials say in the city where Trayvon Martin was killed.
Louisiana legislators pass a law requiring sex offenders and child predators to declare their status on Facebook or other social networking websites.
The first major heat wave of the summer blanketed the U.S. East Coast on Wednesday with scorching temperatures that swept across the region.
POL-Holder-Contempt (will update)
Voting on strictly partisan lines, a House committee recommended Wednesday that Attorney General Eric Holder be cited for contempt of Congress for failing to turn over documents relating to the botched Fast and Furious weapons sting operation.
Romania-Former-Premier (will update)
Former Romanian Prime Minister Adrian Nastase was hospitalized Wednesday after an apparent suicide attempt that took place hours after the Supreme Court confirmed his two-year prison sentence for illegally raising campaign funds, the government said.
ENT-Smokey-Robinson-Alarm (will move after 12:01 a.m. Thursday)
Smokey Robinson wants to use Twitter and Facebook to help solve some of the world's problems, such as the lack of water and food in developing countries.
The singer and many of his celebrity friends have created the "Smoke Alarm" system to spread the word to hundreds of millions of people quickly when their help is needed.
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