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SAN DIEGO — A Marine who was left paralyzed by a sniper's bullet in Afghanistan fulfilled a promise to himself on Friday and walked using robotic leg braces in a ceremony at Camp Pendleton, where he was awarded a Bronze Star.

SKUKUZA, South Africa — The rhino crashes forward, pounding the earth with its broad feet.

FERGUSON, Mo. — Activists, authorities and the family of Michael Brown called for calm Friday as a grand jury drew closer to an announcement in the Ferguson police shooting. But it was unclear whether the panel was still at work or when it would render a decision.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Anyone who's grown up in Buffalo or even spent a few years here has stories of the big ones. Lots of us remember the Blizzard of '77 with drifts so high kids sledded off rooftops, and there was the 2006 "October Surprise" that flattened trees and killed power for a week.

WASHINGTON — United against President Barack Obama but uncertain how to stop him, outraged Republicans struggled for a response on immigration Friday that would check the president without veering into talk of impeachment or a government shutdown. Their remedy was far from clear.

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The sales tax on cookies, chips, sodas and other junk food sold on the country's largest American Indian reservation is going up.

NEW YORK — Hillary Rodham Clinton's strongest supporters held a strategy session Friday to prepare for her 2016 presidential bid, even though she has yet to say whether she will run.

WASHINGTON — House Republicans filed a federal lawsuit Friday accusing the Obama administration of exceeding its constitutional powers in carrying out President Barack Obama's prized health care law, giving legal voice to conservatives who have long protested that he has abused his office's authority.

KNOXVILLE — Ariel Massengale scored 20 points off the bench and made a career-high six 3-pointers Friday as No. 4 Tennessee breezed to an 81-48 victory over Winthrop.

Some highlights from Friday's 114-page report from the Connecticut Office of Child Advocate that looked into the history of Newtown school shooter Adam Lanza:

BEIRUT — More than two months into its assault on Kobani, the Islamic State group is still pouring fighters and resources into trying to capture the besieged Syrian Kurdish town, but the drive has been blunted.

NEW YORK — A Fancy Vivid Blue pear-shaped diamond from the estate of Rachel "Bunny" Mellon has sold for $32.6 million. It's an auction record for any blue diamond.

PINE RIDGE, S.D. — Oglala Sioux officials have rounded up and killed dogs on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation after a pack of dogs attacked and killed an 8-year-old girl.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's basketball team hung tough with third-ranked Notre Dame for nine minutes Friday, but the Fighting Irish took control and rolled to an 88-53 win Friday afternoon.

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