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Alabama man sentenced in murder-for-hire plot to kill neighbor

(This April 14 story was corrected to say "raping" instead of "having an affair" in paragraph 3, and changes "trial" to "hearing" in paragraph 4) BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Reuters) - An Alabama man who tried to hire members of the Ku Klux Klan to torture and murder his African-American neighbor was sentenced on Monday to six years in prison. Allen Wayne Densen Morgan, 30, pleaded guilty in October to charges of using interstate facilities in an attempt to commit a murder for hire.

Murder charges filed in shootings at Kansas Jewish sites

Prosecutors filed a death penalty murder charge Tuesday against a white supremacist accused of fatally shooting three people at Jewish sites over the weekend, judicial sources said. Frazier Glenn Cross, 73, was charged with one count of capital murder for the deaths of a 69-year-old physician and his teenaged grandson outside the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City. He also faces one count of first-degree murder for the death of a 53-year-old woman at the nearby Village Shalom retirement community where she was paying a weekly visit to her mother.

Hate crimes charge awaits suspect in Kansas shooting

Hate crime charges on Monday awaited a reputed anti-Semite and former Ku Klux Klan leader suspected of killing three people at Jewish sites in Kansas on the eve of Passover. Frazier Glenn Cross, 73, shouted "Heil Hitler" from a police car as he was taken into custody after Sunday's bloodbath in Overland Park, an affluent suburb of 174,000 outside Kansas City. "We will be filing hate crime charges," US District Attorney Barry Grissom told reporters. "We are in a very good place from an evidence standpoint, and we will be presenting to a grand jury."

Obama: religious violence has no place in US

President Barack Obama warned Monday that religious violence had no place in US society after a gunman with alleged anti-Semitic ties killed three people at a Jewish center and retirement home. "Nobody should have to worry about their security when gathering with their fellow believers. No one should have to fear for their safety when they go to prayer," Obama said at the White House, a day after the shooting in Kansas.

Three dead, suspect caught in shootings at US Jewish sites

A gunman with anti-Semitic ties allegedly shot three people dead Sunday at a Jewish community center and a retirement community in Kansas, drawing widespread condemnation and consternation on the eve of Passover. Frazier Glenn Cross, who is now in custody, was not local and did not know the victims, Overland Park Police Department Chief John Douglass told reporters.

Sebelius says she told Obama staying 'wasn't an option'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who resigned last week, says she made the decision to leave and told President Barack Obama last month that staying on "wasn't an option". In her first interview since the White House announced her resignation as the president's top healthcare adviser, Sebelius told NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday that she and Obama first spoke about her future after Obamacare enrollment began to show signs of recovering from its disastrous October 1 launch.

Conservatives Rand Paul, Ted Cruz test U.S. presidential waters in New Hampshire

By Gabriel Debenedetti MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (Reuters) - Conservative Republican Senators Rand Paul and Ted Cruz tested the 2016 presidential waters at an event on Saturday in the influential state of New Hampshire at which potential opponents from the more moderate wing of the party did not appear. The "Freedom Summit" rally was the latest in a series of stops for Cruz and Paul, who are hoping to win the favor of the party's right wing for potential White House bids.

With new leader for Obamacare, White House shifts to election mode

By Steve Holland, Roberta Rampton and David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Kathleen Sebelius' departure as President Barack Obama's health secretary signals a new chapter in the White House's efforts to defend Obama's signature healthcare law and help Senate Democrats who face tough battles for re-election in conservative states this fall.

Obama warns Republicans suppressing right to vote

President Barack Obama warned Friday that Republicans were suppressing the right of African Americans to vote in a way not seen in 50 years. In unusually sharp language, the president accused his political opponents of using the threat of voter fraud as a ruse to deprive Americans of a fundamental right. "The stark, simple truth is this," Obama said at the annual convention of the National Action Network, a civil rights organization founded by the Reverend Al Sharpton, a prominent community leader.

A new face for 'Obamacare' - but same problems persist of making it work, dealing with GOP

WASHINGTON - Abruptly on the spot as the new face of "Obamacare," Sylvia Mathews Burwell faces steep challenges, both logistical and political. Burwell, until now White House budget director, was named by President Barack Obama on Friday to replace Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who oversaw the messy rollout of the health care overhaul. Now the new secretary must keep the complex program running smoothly and somehow help restore a co-operative dialogue with Republicans who are hoping to use the law's problems to regain control of the Senate in November.
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