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TRENTON, N.J. -- Gov. Chris Christie on Friday unveiled a multi-faceted plan to curb gun violence in New Jersey that includes expanding government-funded mental health treatment, requiring parental sign-off before children can buy or rent violent video games, and mandating that ID presented by would-be gun-owners is government-issued.

The Republican's plan also includes a ban on the sale of Barrett .50-caliber semi-automatic sniper rifles, bail reforms that would make it harder for people suspected of violent gun crimes to be released, and provisions to make it easier for courts and health care professionals to involuntarily commit people they consider violent to a psychiatric hospital.

The plan does not address classroom security or propose stricter limits on the capacity of ammunition magazines, which in New Jersey stands at 15 rounds

Hunger strike grows

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba -- The number of detainees at the wartime prison deemed to be on a hunger strike by the military spiked again Friday, to 63. Defense lawyers contend that the overwhelming majority of the 166 prisoners have been participating in the protest.

Still, the official count of 63 was an increase from 52 on Wednesday. On April 12, the eve of a predawn and briefly violent raid by guards who forced prisoners living in communal cellblocks into lockdown in individual cells, there were 43 participating.

Feds approve brewers' deal

WASHINGTON -- Anheuser-Busch InBev announced Friday that it had received U.S. government approval for its $20.1 billion deal to buy control of Grupo Modelo, the maker of Corona beer.

The Obama administration sued on Jan. 31 to block the takeover, arguing that the deal would give Anheuser-Busch InBev too much control over the U.S. beer market, potentially reducing choices.

The agreement filed with the court Friday resolves the regulatory concerns. Under the deal, Constellation Brands will pay about $5 billion to buy Anheuser Busch InBev's 50 percent stake in Crown Imports, the company that imports Corona into the United States, as well as some breweries and operations. Constellation, one of the world's largest wine companies, already owns half of Crown alongside Modelo.

Police officers withheld fire

LOS ANGELES -- Sheriff's transcripts released Friday indicate deputies didn't fire a single shot during the final two hours of a standoff with Christopher Dorner, a former Los Angeles police officer who authorities said killed four people in a nearly weeklong rampage.

The standoff came after a furious gunbattle that erupted shortly after Dorner arrived at a cabin in the San Bernardino Mountains on Feb. 12. One deputy was killed and another was seriously wounded in the exchange.

Flames eventually broke out, and six minutes later, a single gunshot was heard from inside the cabin. Authorities believe it was Dorner taking his own life.

Nurse backs off claim

TRENTON, N.J. -- At his sentencing hearings in 2006, serial killer nurse Charles Cullen didn't explain why he killed at least 29 hospital and nursing home patients in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

In an interview with CBS' "60 Minutes" that had been scheduled to air Sunday, Cullen at first said he thought he was helping people by ending their suffering. Many of the victims of his lethal drug overdoses were old or gravely ill. But when reminded some victims weren't close to death. Cullen says there was "no justification" and felt "overwhelmed at the time."



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