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Indiana Republicans pledged on Monday to clarify a new "religious freedom" law, while similar proposals stalled in Georgia and North Carolina after businesses and activists said such measures could be used to discriminate against gays. Arkansas lawmakers, however, signaled they would move forward with their own bill, even after Indiana was rebuked by companies and executives including Wal-Mart Stores Inc , Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook, and Eli Lilly and Co . Indiana's law, signed by Governor Mike Pence last week, was perceived as going further than those passed in 19 other states, giving businesses a right to refuse services on religious grounds.
By Serena Maria Daniels DETROIT (Reuters) - Just months after Detroit officially exited the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, a panel on Monday recommended raises of 2.5 percent for city council members and the city clerk, to start next fiscal year, a newspaper reported. The Detroit Elected Officials Compensation Commission, which determines whether elected officials can receive raises, voted unanimously on Monday night to support the pay hikes, the Detroit Free Press said. The move would bring the salary for the clerk and council members to $78,761 from $76,840 and the council president's to $82,776 from $80,757, the paper said. City Council President Brenda Jones and City Clerk Janice Winfrey made the request earlier in March.
By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two people tried to run their vehicle through the National Security Agency's gates near Washington on Monday before guards at the spy agency fatally shot one of them, said officials, who added there was no evidence of a link to terrorism. The second occupant of the vehicle was also shot, according to one official, and a police officer was injured. Both suspects, who were dressed in women's clothes and may be transgender, tried to drive their sport utility vehicle through an entrance at the agency's Fort Meade, Maryland, headquarters, U.S. law enforcement and security officials said. The motive was not immediately known, but one official said drugs may have been involved in the incident that occurred about 20 miles (32 km) northeast of Washington.
BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) ? Authorities say detectives have interviewed a 22-year-old man who survived a weekend shooting that left a woman and her roommate's toddler dead at a mobile home park.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) ? Indiana lawmakers have been scrambling to control damage from a widely criticized new law that critics fear could permit discrimination against gays and lesbians. The state is among about a dozen where measures aimed at preventing government from infringing on people's religious beliefs have been introduced this year.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) ? The fight over "religious freedom" proposals facing increasing criticism from businesses and advocates who call them a license to discriminate against gays and lesbians has shifted toward Arkansas, which was poised to become the second state this year to enact such a measure.
CHICAGO (AP) ? A few years ago, violence on Chicago streets thrust a recently elected mayor into the national spotlight as shootouts in some of the city's most troubled neighborhoods fueled nearly constant bloodshed.