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California Drug Raid Nets Dozens of Arrests: A Southern California drug task force concluded their undercover drug operation on Tuesday after arresting 65 suspects.  Kristy Wolski of Fox 5 San Diego reports that officers recovered over 150 pounds of methamphetamine, cocaine, and heroin, along with more than 70 guns and a live hand grenade.  Some of the individuals arrested will face federal drug trafficking charges which could result in a life sentence.  Under California law drug dealing is a non-serious crime punishable with a county jail sentence.

Oklahoma Executes Death Row Inmate: An Oklahoma man convicted of first-degree murder was executed Tuesday evening by lethal injection.  The Associated Press reports that 61-year-old Anthony Banks was already serving a life sentence for a previous homicide when DNA evidence linked him to the 1979 murder of a 25-year-old woman for which he was eventually sentenced to death.  Banks became the fourth person executed by the state of Oklahoma this year.

Inmate Charged After Attacking Guard: A North Dakota inmate already serving a life sentence for kidnapping and murder has been charged with attempted murder after attacking a prison guard with a homemade knife.  The Associated Press reports that 43-year-old John Bridges was sentenced to life plus 20 years after pleading guilty to the kidnapping and ax murder of another man.  Prior to the attack on the guard, Bridges was being held in the prison's administrative segregation unit.

Senators Recalled Over Gun Control Support: Two Colorado Democrats were recalled from the state senate yesterday due to their support of tougher gun control laws.  Joseph Weber of Fox News reports that Colorado voters recalled the state's senate president and another senator based upon their votes in support of 15-round limits on ammunition magazines and tougher background checks during private gun sales.  This is the first time in Colorado history that state lawmakers have been recalled.

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