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WASHINGTON: GOP asks Obama for "less, please"

Republicans say they want to hear less about everything they've been hearing for the past two years when President Barack Obama gives his State of the Union address. Less spending and less of a government hand in trying to solve problems, GOP lawmakers said on the talks shows Sunday, two days ahead of Obama's speech.


ARIZONA: Sifting evidence in shooting

Investigators have been poring over surveillance video, interviewing witnesses and analyzing items seized from Jared Loughner's home as they build a case in the assassination attempt against Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. It's a case likely to take years to play out as it goes through the criminal justice system: prosecutions by both federal and state authorities, proceedings over whether to move the case to a different venue, a possible insanity defense and prosecutors' likely push for the death penalty. In Houston, meanwhile, the hospital treating Giffords said her condition is improving daily, but gave no update on the buildup of brain fluid that has kept her in intensive care.


MICHIGAN: Gunfire in police station

A gunman opened fire inside a Detroit police station house Sunday, wounding four officers, including a commander, before he was shot and killed by police, authorities said. The man walked in through a revolving door around 4:20 p.m. with a pistol-grip shotgun and opened fire, Sgt. Todd Eby, who was sitting at his desk, told the Detroit Free Press. He said officers shot back at the gunman, killing him. None of the wounded appeared to have life-threatening injuries.


WASHINGTON STATE: 1 dead in Walmart shooting

A shooting at a Walmart in Port Orchard on Sunday left one person dead and two sheriff's deputies wounded. Kitsap County Sheriff Steve Boyer told the Kitsap Sun that the two deputies and another person were taken to a Tacoma hospital. The shooting began about 3:45 p.m. but few details were known, including what had sparked it. Port Orchard is about 15 miles west of Seattle across Puget Sound.

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