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Four Illegal Aliens Rearrested:  Stephen Dinan of the Washington Times reports that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement have rearrested four of the most dangerous illegal aliens released from federal custody due to budget cuts. The aliens were part of an overall  2,228 with felony convictions the agency has released due to the federal budget sequester.  While the government had originally reported that less than 700 non-violent alien criminals were released, they were apparently wrong on both counts.

MD Death Penalty Abolition Moves Forward:  The Associated Press reports Maryland's House of Delegates rejected approximately 20 amendments to the repeal of the state's death penalty. Among the rejected amendments were provisions to retain the death penalty for acts of terrorism, mass murderers, kidnappers who kill their victims and criminals who kill police or firefighters in the line of duty. Gov. Martin O'Malley may sign the bill into law as early as Friday. Continued from this News Scan.

NY Spree Shooter Killed After Standoff with Police:  Aaron Katersky and Colleen Curry of ABC News report that spree shooter Kurt Myers was shot and killed by police in upstate New York. Myers, 64, is believed to have killed four people and wounded two in multiple random attacks carried out Wednesday morning. After shooting at police, he holed up in an abandoned building around 11 a.m. He was shot and killed after a nearly 20 hour standoff. The motive for Myers attacks remains unknown.

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