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WASHINGTON: Obama releasing drone data

President Barack Obama has directed the Justice Department to give Congress' intelligence committees access to classified legal advice providing the government's rationale for drone strikes against American citizens working with al-Qaida abroad, a senior administration official said Wednesday. Demands to see the documents were intensified by the leak this week of an unclassified "white paper" the Justice Department sent confidentially to key lawmakers last year. Chairwoman Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said the legal opinion would be provided to her committee by Thursday morning.


Vote on Hagel postponed

A Senate panel abruptly postponed a vote on Chuck Hagel's nomination to be defense secretary amid Republican demands for more information about the nominee's paid speeches and business dealings. Committee chairman Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) said late Wednesday no vote would occur this week.


OKLAHOMA: Brothers held in 4 slayings

Two brothers arrested in a quadruple killing in Tulsa lived in the same run-down apartment complex where the four women were found shot to death Jan. 7, police said Wednesday. Cedric Poore, 39, and James Poore, 32, were arrested on suspicion of murder, but police did not disclose a motive. Twin sisters Rebeika Powell and Kayetie Melchor, 23, Misty Nunley, 33, and Julie Jackson, 55, were discovered dead, police said.


COLORADO: Woman, 2 kids fatally shot

Two young children and a woman were killed and a third child was critically wounded in a shooting at a northeast Denver house, police said day. The wounded child was in Denver Health Medical Center.


GEORGIA: 4 killed in Interstate pileup

Two dozen cars, pickup trucks and tractor trailers collided Wednesday morning in a fiery pileup on a foggy Interstate 66, killing four people and injuring nine others, officials said.

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