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FBI: Thousands of gun sales slip through check system

More gun sales than ever are slipping through the federal background check system – 186,000 last year, a rate of 512 gun sales a day, as states fail to consistently provide thorough, real-time updates on criminal and mental histories to the FBI. At no time of year is this problem more urgent. This Friday opens the busiest season for gun purchases, when requests for background checks speed up to nearly two a second.

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Police release hiker’s photos of his fatal bear attack

A New Jersey hiker killed by a bear in September took a series of photos with his cellphone before the bear mauled him to death. Police in West Milford have released photos taken by 22-year-old Darsh Patel before he was killed by the 300-pound black bear while hiking in the Apshawa Preserve.

Missouri

Ferguson officer Darren Wilson: ‘I know I did my job right’

Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson told ABC News in an exclusive interview Tuesday that “all I wanted to do is live” in the moments before he shot unarmed teenager Michael Brown. The interview, with “Good Morning America” co-host George Stephanopoulos, aired less than 24 hours after St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch announced that Wilson would not face criminal charges for the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.

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