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Many states fall short of federal sex offender law

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Nearly three dozen states have failed to meet conditions of a 2006 federal law that requires them to join a nationwide program to track sex offenders, including five states that have given up on the effort entirely because of persistent doubts about how it works and how much it costs.The states, including some of the nation's largest, stand to lose millions of dollars in government grants for law enforcement, but some have concluded that honoring the law would be far more expensive than simply living without the money.\The requirements would have been a huge expense