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A federal grand jury in Portland has indicted Ammon Bundy and 15 other anti-government protestors who took over a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon, according to an indictment filed Wednesday and made public Thursday. The occupiers were each indicted on a single count of conspiracy to impede officers of the United States.

In addition to the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge that began Jan. 2, the indictment also alleges some of the occupiers made threats against federal officials last year.

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BALTIMORE (AP) — As a convicted murderer seeks a new trial in a case spotlighted by the popular "Serial" podcast, an alibi witness who was never before called to testify in the case has cast doubts about testimony from the case's former prosecutor, who she says persuaded her not to come forward with information that might help win the defendant a new trial.

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Members of the Congressional Black Caucus said House Speaker Paul Ryan told them he backs a bill to restore portions of the Voting Rights Act gutted by the Supreme Court, but won't bypass his committee chairman to bring it the floor for a vote, The Hill reported.

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) told The Hill that Ryan had signaled support for the Voting Rights Amendment Act, a bipartisan bill sponsored by Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI), at a meeting with the group of black lawmakers Wednesday.

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Ben Jealous, the former president of the NAACP, is preparing to endorse Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), a Sanders campaign source told CNN.

The endorsement comes as Sanders' rival, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is counting on the support of minority voters in states like Nevada and South Carolina after Sanders' strong showing in Iowa this week and expected victory in New Hampshire next week.

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