Today in the news: Senators make bipartisan gun law deal

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Two senators have created a bipartisan agreement to expand background checks for gun buyers, Reuters reports. Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Republican Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania's deal will most likely kick off debate on the gun control pakcage in the Senate tomorrow. The deal aims to close a loophole in the current background check laws that analysts say allow up to 40 percent of gun buyers to bypass checks. Public opinion polls show that 90 percent favor expanded background checks for those who wish to purchase firearms.

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"We would like to express our appreciation to the Cuban authorities for their extensive cooperation to resolve this dangerous situation quickly." - Lynn W. Roche, spokeswoman for the U.S. Interests Section in Havana. The Cuban government turned Josh and Sharyn Hakken, along with their two young sons, over to U.S. State Department officials after the family was found in a Cuban marina yesterday. Josh and Sharyn are accused of kidnapping the boys from the home of their grandparents, who had been granted legal custody after the couple's parental rights were terminated by a Louisiana court last month. The two are in jail and facing charges of kidnapping, child neglect and auto theft. Josh Hakken has also been charged with false imprisonment for tying up the boys' grandmother during the kidnapping.

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