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Federal Judge Issues Restraining Order Blocking Sports Betting in NJ

AndreyPopov/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A federal judge has issued a temporary restraining order preventing New Jersey racetracks and casinos from allowing sports gambling.

Gov. Chris Christie had signed a law earlier this month repealing the state's bad on sports wagering, and one racetrack was expecting to start taking bets on National Football League games on Sunday. The judge issued the restraining order on Friday, however, after a request from the four major professional sports leagues and the National Collegiate Athletic Administration.

The judge said that the leagues showed they would be irreparably harmed if sports gambling was allowed. New Jersey would have been just the second state in the nation -- after Nevada -- to allow sports betting.

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Pa. Company Recalling Nearly 32,000 Pounds of Chicken Products

neirfy/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A Pennsylvania company is recalling nearly 32,000 pounds of gluten-free breaded chicken products that may be contaminated with bacteria.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture said in a press release Saturday that Murry's Inc. is recalled 31,689 pounds of chicken products that may contain Staphylococcal entertoxin. All of the products have a "best by" date of Aug. 9, 2015.

The recall affects 12-ounce boxes of "Bell & Evans Gluten Free Breaded Chicken Breast Nuggets" and 10.5-ounce boxes of "Bell & Evans Gluten Free Breaded Chicken Breast." All products subject to recall have the establishment number "P-516" inside the USDA mark of inspection.

The products were shipped nationwide.

The USDA says that the toxins that may have contaminated the products are "fast acting, sometimes causing illness in as little as 30 minutes." Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps and diarrhea." Most patients do recover after one to three days.

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Kobe: Nash Retiring Is Tough

NBA via Los Angeles Lakers(LAS VEGAS) -- Lakers All-Star Kobe Bryant stands behind future Hall of Famer Steve Nash's decision to hang it up this week.

Nash announced his retirement following another back injury and Bryant said on Friday that he knows Nash did everything he could to get back on the court.

"You can control what you can control," Bryant said. "He did everything to get back and play at a high level. From that standpoint he should be able to sleep at night. I know I would. I can only think about that in my situation; I just tried to do everything possible to be ready, and if it wasn't in the cards, if I couldn't get back to being at that level, you just have to accept it and when you lay your head down you know that you did absolutely everything possible."

Bryant would have liked to play a full season with Nash, but understands that his teammate made the right choice.

"It's tough," said Bryant.. "I just asked him if he was in good spirits and he said, 'Yeah.' It kind of is what it is at this point. ... He struggled with his back even when he was in his prime. I really don't think it's an age thing, it's an injury thing. He's had to deal with it his entire career, and it just caught up with him now."

Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak reached out to the league about applying for a disabled player exception.

"I think all he knows is that he can't continue to play," Kupchak said. "Whenever he feels like he can, he tries to and then he gets set back three or four weeks. There's age, there's life after basketball. The only reason he's playing this year is because he loves to play, so there's a lot racing through his head. The bottom line is he can't put it together."

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Suspects in Sacramento Area Shooting Identified

aijohn784/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department confirmed that both suspects in the shooting that left two officers dead and an officer and a bystander injured.

The SCSD identified the two suspects as Marcelo Marquez, 34, and Janelle Marquez Monroy, 38. Both suspects have addresses of record in Utah.

The pair were each booked for felony carjacking and attempted murder, while Marcelo Marquez was also booked for felony murder.

Neither suspect had a criminal history prior to this arrest, the SCSD said.

Authorities said Deputy Danny Oliver of the SCSD was shot in the head on Friday when he approached a suspicious vehicle in a motel parking lot. The suspects allegedly carjacked a vehicle, shooting a bystander and drove north to the location where two Placer County deputies were shot. One of those two later died.

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Holder Announces Federal Government to Recognize Same-Sex Married Couples in Six More States

Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. government will recognize same-sex married couples in six more states, Attorney General Eric Holder said Saturday.

The move is yet another development after the Supreme Court decided earlier in October not to hear any pending cases regarding same-sex marriage. The federal government will now recognize same-sex married couples in Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, North Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming.

Holder made a similar announcement last week with respect to seven other states. Saturday's action brings the total number of states where the federal government recognizes same-sex married couples to 32, plus the District of Columbia.

"With each new state where same-sex marriages are legally recognized," Holder said in a statement, "our nation moves closer to achieving...full equality for all Americans." The government will work with those states "to ensure that same-sex married couples...receive the fullest array of benefits allowable under the law."

Holder also announced Saturday that the Department of Justice determined that it can legally recognize marriages performed in Indiana and Wisconsin in June. A number of marriages were performed after federal district courts ruled those states' bans on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, but later legal developments created confusion about the status of those marriages.'

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Iran Executes Woman Accused of Killing Man She Claimed Tried to Rape Her

GOLARA SAJADIAN/AFP/Getty Images(TEHRAN, Iran) -- A woman convicted of killing a man she claimed was trying to sexually abuse her was hanged on Saturday in a Tehran prison.

"The shocking news that Reyhaneh Jabbari has been executed is deeply disappointing in the extreme," Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Amnesty International's Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa Programme, said. "This is another bloody stain on Iran's human rights record."

Jabbari, 26, was arrested in 2007 for the murder of a former employee of Iran's Ministry of Intelligence and was sentenced to death by a criminal court in Tehran in 2009.

She admitted to stabbing the man in the back, claiming that he tried to sexually assault her. She also claimed that a second man was also in the house at the time of the incident. Amnesty International says that those claims were never properly investigated.

Jabbari's execution was deferred multiple times.

On Friday, Sahraoui noted that such occurrences are not uncommon. "Once again Iran has insisted on applying the death penalty despite serious concerns over the fairness of the trial."

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Jack Bruce, Bassist of Rock Band Cream Dead at 71

Photo by Barbara Zanon/Redferns via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Jack Bruce, bass player for legendary supergroup Cream, has died.  He was 71.

"It is with great sadness that we, Jack's family, announce the passing of our beloved Jack: husband, father, granddad, and all round legend," the landing page of Bruce's website read. "The world of music will be a poorer place without him, but he lives on in his music and forever in our hearts."

Bruce formed Cream in the mid-sixties with guitarist Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker; their name came from the notion all three of them were the "the cream of the crop" on their respective instruments. In addition to playing bass, Bruce also sang many of the band's best known tunes, and co-wrote classics like "Sunshine of Your Love," "White Room" and "I Feel Free."  Bruce's bass playing influenced a generation of musicians, including Sting, and Geddy Lee of Rush.

After Cream split in 1968, Bruce continued to play live, and release albums, both solo and as part of various groups, such as the blues trio West, Bruce & Laing. In 1993, for the first time in 25 years, Cream reformed to perform together: the occasion was their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Cream reunited in 2005 at the Royal Albert Hall in London for a series of four shows, and for a single show at New York's Madison Square Garden. The shows were recorded and released as a live CD and DVD.

In 2012, Bruce told ABC News that there had been talk of another reunion in 2013, but that it looked like it wasn't going to happen because Ginger Baker was once again on the outs with Eric Clapton. While Bruce said he knows that there's a lot of love for Cream, and he wouldn't be "churlish" enough to refuse to do a couple of reunion concerts at some point, he noted, "I've got so many other things happening and I don't wanna be a tribute band to myself."

Bruce continued to tour and record; his most recent album, Silver Rails, came out this past March. Asked in 2012 what kept him going, Bruce told ABC News, "I think the music helps to keep you going and if you think about some of the great classical instrumentalists as well as uh, as well as conductors and so on, the music....you can tell after you finished a concert, you feel and look ten years younger, you know?  Everyone should be a musician!"

Rolling Stone contributing editor Anthony DeCurtis told ABC News that while Bruce isn't always remembered for his singing, his unique vocal style helped define Cream's sound. "'Sunshine of Your Love,' 'White Room,' both of those songs have Jack Bruce in the lead vocal," notes DeCurtis. "Not only was he a great bass player, but he was a powerful, very emotional singer and he gave that group both a muscular sound and also a muscular delivery in the vocals."

DeCurtis says that Bruce, along with Baker and Clapton, laid the groundwork for the music of the seventies. "Led Zeppelin, for example, is a band that was influenced by Cream," he says. "They defined a style of rock-and-roll that made you take rock-and-roll seriously because these guys were amazing players. They weren't just teenagers bashing around." 

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