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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Thousands of Wisconsin union workers rallied at the Capitol Saturday to protest a "right-to-work" proposal that would outlaw the mandatory payment of union dues, but the crowd was much smaller than those in 2011 against Gov. Scott Walker's law stripping public sector unions of much of their power.

Speakers at the event jeered Walker's comment Thursday that fighting against protesters during the 2011 debates prepared him to battle terrorists as president. Walker has not yet announced his presidential campaign, but is expected to do so later this year.

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MOSCOW (AP) — Maybe it was Islamic extremists who killed Boris Nemtsov. Or someone offended by his love life. Or agents of a Western power that will stop at nothing to disfigure President Vladimir Putin's image and drive him from power.

Russian investigators, politicians and political commentators on state television on Saturday covered much ground in looking for the reason Nemtsov was gunned down in the heart of Moscow, but they sidestepped one possibility — that he was murdered for his relentless opposition to Putin.

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) on Saturday criticized Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker for his comment at the Conservative Political Action Conference arguing that since he could take on union protesters, he could address the Islamic State.

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BOSTON (AP) — Publicity hasn't jeopardized Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's right to an impartial jury, a federal appeals panel says, and opening statements can proceed next week as scheduled in the city where the deadly explosions occurred almost two years ago.

The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel said in a 2-1 ruling Friday that a U.S. district judge correctly denied Tsarnaev's requests on three occasions to move the trial, especially given the "particularly unusual" timing with jury selection already underway.

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BERLIN (AP) — Police in the German city of Bremen warned Saturday of a potential danger from Islamic extremists there and stepped up security measures.

Officials received indications of an elevated risk from violent Islamic extremists on Friday evening, police in the northwestern city said in a statement. They gave no further details of the nature of the potential threat.

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Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) is not happy with the Republicans who defied House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and refused to vote for a bill on Friday that did not address President Obama's executive actions on immigration and would have funded the Department of Homeland Security for three weeks.

"I prefer to be in the arena voting than trying to placate a small group of phony conservative Members who have no credible policy proposals and no political strategy to stop Obama's lawlessness," Nunes told National Journal in an interview published Saturday. "While conservative leaders are trying to move the ball up the field, these other Members sit in exotic places like basements of Mexican restaurants and upper levels of House office buildings, seemingly unaware that they can't advance conservatism by playing fantasy football with their voting cards."

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The Wyoming legislature on Thursday passed a bill that would allow the state board of education to consider the Next Generation Science Standards, which acknowledge man-made climate change.

The bill, which now heads to Gov. Matt Mead's (R) desk, reverses the legislature's budget amendment in 2014 that blocked the board from adopting the standards. Wyoming lawmakers originally opposed the standards because they acknowledge climate change and may have limited state control over education standards.

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A man suspected of providing a bullet-proof jacket to the gunman who killed two people in attacks in Copenhagen has been jailed for 26 days.

The 18-year-old man, who cannot be named under a court order, reportedly is the younger brother of Omar El-Hussein, who killed a Danish filmmaker attending a free speech event Feb. 14 in Copenhagen.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are losing some skirmishes over the Department of Homeland Security, but many feel they are winning a political war that will haunt Republicans in 2016 and beyond.

Democrats lacked the votes Friday to force Republicans to fund the department for a year with no strings. Still, even some Republicans say party leaders are on a perilous path with a very public ideological struggle only highlighting the GOP's inability to pass contested legislation and possibly worsening its weak relationship with Hispanic voters.

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