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NASHVILLE (Reuters) - An explosion at a central Tennessee ammunition plant that killed one man and injured three other people this week resulted from an industrial accident, a federal official said on Saturday. The blast on Wednesday at Rio Ammunition plant in McEwen occurred in an area of the ...
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Miss America has suggested officials at a Pennsylvania high school reconsider their decision to suspend a student for approaching her at a school assembly and asking her to be his prom date, the beauty queen said on Saturday. The disciplinary action taken by school ...
(Reuters) - A man who allegedly threatened to open fire in the building that houses the Los Angeles Times' headquarters was being held in custody for a mental evaluation, police said on Saturday. The man, whose identity has not been released, was taken into custody early Friday evening after he ...
DENVER (Reuters) - A Delta Airlines flight that landed at a Denver airport was directed to a remote taxiway after an unspecified "potential security threat" onboard and passengers were ushered off the plane, but authorities later saw the threat as unlikely to be credible. Flight 1500, a ...
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(Reuters) - A slow-moving landslide threatening the affluent Wyoming community of Jackson is picking up speed, with safety concerns prompting authorities to halt efforts to stabilize the area, city officials said on Friday. "The acceleration in the slide has been doubling since approximately ...
Two extremely shallow earthquakes, a magnitude 5.6 and a magnitude 5.3, struck just minutes apart on Friday afternoon just a few miles (km) southeast of the mine in remote northwest Alaska, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The USGS revised the strength of the quakes from initial estimates of 5.5 ...
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KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) - A man who went on a weeks-long shooting spree on Kansas City, Missouri, highways has been charged with 18 felony counts, including firing into vehicles and striking occupants, prosecutors said on Friday. Mohammed P. Whitaker, 27, arrested on Thursday at his home, ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration further delayed its decision on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project on Friday, with no conclusion now likely until after the U.S. mid-term elections in November. President Barack Obama has said he will have the final say on whether to ...
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CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts (Reuters) - More than 1,600 people gathered at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Friday for a memorial service for a popular campus police officer shot to death a year ago in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing. MIT police officer Sean Collier, 27, was ...
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ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - A Florida man annoyed that his 16-month-old crying son was preventing him from playing video games suffocated the toddler and left him to die in a playpen, police said on Friday. Cody Wygant, 24, was arrested on Thursday on charges of third-degree murder, which is an ...
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SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters) - The sprawling Yearning for Zion Ranch in west Texas, where polygamist leader Warren Jeffs sexually assaulted young girls and justified it by claiming he was the "prophet of God," is now the property of the State of Texas. The Texas Department of Public ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. judge has issued final dismissals of lawsuits accusing Lululemon Athletica Inc and various company officials of defrauding shareholders by concealing defects in yoga pants. U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest in Manhattan had on April 4 issued "draft" ...
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By Alex Dobuzinskis (Reuters) - Young, casual marijuana smokers experience potentially harmful changes to their brains, with the drug altering regions of the mind related to motivation and emotion, researchers found.
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(Reuters) - If General Motors Co creates a fund to compensate victims of its faulty ignition switches, an option that a top legal adviser suggested it is exploring, the company could give up strong defenses to a wave of lawsuits. But it could stand to gain even more. By setting up a fund, GM could ...
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WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina (Reuters) - Cellphones smuggled into prisons by corrupt guards, concealed in food containers or hurled over security fences are an increasing worry for law enforcement as prisoners use them to intimidate witnesses, direct drug deals and plan escapes. The concerns ...
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(Reuters) - Four years after the Deepwater Horizon spill, oil is still washing up on the long sandy beaches of Grand Isle, Louisiana, and some islanders are fed up with hearing from BP that the crisis is over. Jules Melancon, the last remaining oyster fisherman on an island dotted with colorful ...
SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - The fourth U.S. Navy official charged in the widening corruption investigation of a Singapore-based defense contractor made his first court appearance on Thursday, accused of accepting gifts of cash, electronics and luxury hotel stays. Petty Officer First Class Dan Layug, 27, ...
ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - A white supremacist charged with killing three people near two Jewish community facilities in suburban Kansas City this week posted more than 12,000 messages on a racist website which carries the slogan "No Jews, Just Right," according to an organization that ...
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WEST, Texas (Reuters) - Still healing from multiple broken bones after the force of a deadly explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant lifted him out of his boots a year ago, one first responder has begun to address the anguish of losing his team members. Volunteer firefighter Robert Payne said there ...
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ORLAND, California (Reuters) - Newly released recordings of 911 emergency calls revealed the helplessness of stunned residents in the California town of Orland who witnessed the aftermath of last week's fiery crash between a FedEx truck and a tour bus that killed 10 people. The California Highway ...
KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) - A man suspected in a recent spate of seemingly random shootings that left three people wounded in and around Kansas City, Missouri, mostly on highways and roads, was arrested on Thursday but not formally charged, Police Chief Darryl Forte said. The announcement ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. government has agreed to distribute proceeds from the sale of a Manhattan skyscraper linked to Iran to families who were affected by attacks aided by the Islamic republic, according to a court document filed Thursday. The settlement between the Department of Justice ...
Quantavious Thompson was taken into custody late on Wednesday in Atlanta, the FBI said in a statement. He made an initial court appearance on Thursday, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Atlanta. Thompson, who is either 18 or 19 years old, is one of eight people accused in the kidnapping ...
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ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - A white supremacist charged with killing three people near two Jewish community facilities in suburban Kansas City this week posted more than 12,000 messages on a racist website which carries the slogan "No Jews, Just Right," according to a leading ...
NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) struck a deal on Thursday to end a 2-year pay dispute with a more generous offer to workers than the years of pay freezes it had originally proposed, New York state Governor Andrew Cuomo said. The MTA, a state-run agency, ...
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TAMPA, Florida (Reuters) - Suicides among U.S. special operations forces, including elite Navy SEALs and Army Rangers, are at record levels, a U.S. military official said on Thursday, citing the effects of more than a decade of "hard combat." The number of special operations forces ...
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SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - An Iraqi-American man was found guilty by a San Diego jury on Thursday of bludgeoning his wife to death in a killing that was first investigated as a hate crime because of a threatening note found at the scene. Kassim Alhimidi, 49, was convicted of first-degree murder by the ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon on Thursday forecast the cost of developing and buying Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 fighter jet at $398.6 billion, up 2 percent from last year, but said the projected cost to operate and maintain the jets was down about 9 percent. The total cost of the F-35 Joint ...
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WEST, Texas (Reuters) - Still healing from multiple broken bones after the force of a deadly explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant lifted him out of his boots a year ago, one first responder has begun to address the anguish of losing his team members. Volunteer firefighter Robert Payne said there ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Chelsea Clinton announced on Thursday that she is pregnant with the first grandchild of former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. "Marc and I are very excited that we have our first child arriving later this year," said Chelsea ...
Governor Maggie Hassan is expected to sign the bill into law, making adultery legal in the Granite State for the first time in hundreds of years. Back in 1791, being unfaithful in New Hampshire earned you an hour of public embarrassment on the gallows, as many as 39 lashes, a one-year prison ...
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(Reuters) - Flat on his belly in a sniper position, wearing a baseball cap and a flak jacket, a protester aimed his semi-automatic rifle from the edge of an overpass and waited as a crowd below stood its ground against U.S. federal agents in the Nevada desert. He was part of a 1,000-strong ...
CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Two women are dead and two men missing after their boat apparently struck a submerged reef in Lake Erie during a fishing trip, authorities said on Thursday. Authorities launched a search for the missing boaters after family members said they had failed to check in on ...
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Obama said at a White House news conference there were Republicans in both the House and Senate who know immigration reform "is the right thing to do." "I also know it's hard politics for Republicans because there are some in their base that are very opposed to this," Obama ...
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(Reuters) - With the Chicago weather finally getting a little nicer, Chris Anderssen wanted to grill some burgers outside for a group of family and friends. When she got to the meat aisle at her local Jewel-Osco supermarket, a case of sticker shock made her change the menu: extra lean ground beef ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama mounted a vigorous effort on Thursday to show his signature healthcare law is working and dismissed Republican critics who are using flaws in Obamacare to campaign for ousting Democrats from the U.S. Congress in November. Appearing in the White House ...
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FORT MEADE, Maryland (Reuters) - A U.S. military hearing for five men accused of conspiring in the September 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington concluded early on Thursday after defense attorneys raised concerns they were being spied on by the FBI. Progress on the pretrial hearing at the ...
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Reuters) - Tennessee's electric chair, last used in 2007, would become a state option for executions under a bill approved on Thursday by lawmakers looking for alternatives if drugs for lethal injections become unavailable. Tennessee senators voted on Thursday to give the ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - From his perch as a prominent imam at a north London mosque, Abu Hamza al-Masri sent devoted followers around the world - from Oregon to Afghanistan - to pursue violent jihad against non-believers, a federal prosecutor told jurors in New York on Thursday. "His goal was ...
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The marketplace also signed up an additional 1.9 million in the state's Medicaid program for the poor. California's Obamacare enrollments are among 7.5 million people nationally who have signed up, according to federal officials.
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(Reuters) - A federal judge on Thursday rejected a bid to compel General Motors Co to tell customers to stop driving millions of cars that have been recalled for defective ignition switches. Attorneys representing Charles and Grace Silvas, the owners of a recalled 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt, had sought ...
The Senate deadlocked 12 to 12 on a bill to abolish capital punishment, meaning it did not pass. New Hampshire's House had earlier passed the bill, and first-term Governor Maggie Hassan, a Democrat, had said she would sign it. New Hampshire would have been the 19th state to scrap the death penalty ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lowe's Home Centers, the No. 2 U.S. home improvement retail chain, has agreed to pay a $500,000 penalty for violating federal rules governing lead paint exposure, U.S. authorities said on Thursday. The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Justice said Lowe's ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. government has agreed to distribute proceeds from the sale of a Manhattan skyscraper linked to Iran to families who were affected by attacks aided by the Islamic republic, according to a court document filed Thursday. The settlement between the Department of Justice ...
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OVERLAND PARK, Kansas (Reuters) - The scene of what authorities say was a hate crime just days ago became the setting for tears, prayers and calls for peace as religious leaders gathered at a Kansas Jewish community center for a service to honor the three people shot dead on Sunday. Heavy security ...
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to consider whether a New Mexico photography company had free speech grounds to refuse to shoot the commitment ceremony of a same-sex couple.
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's fiscal 2015 budget request would boost U.S. tax revenue by nearly $1.4 trillion over 10 years if fully enacted, cutting deficits by $1.05 trillion while funding new spending, the Congressional Budget Office said on Thursday. But the non-partisan ...
A Monterey Park Fire Department truck ended up largely inside the Lu Dumpling House after apparently going out of control from a crash with a ladder truck from the neighboring town of Alhambra, east of Los Angeles, CNS said. According to Monterey Park Fire Chief Jim Birrell, 15 people were treated ...
PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - A Pakistani immigrant who is the youngest person ever convicted of U.S. terror charges was sentenced to five years in prison on Thursday after pleading guilty to taking part in a plan to kill a Swedish artist. The immigrant, Mohammad Hassan Khalid, 20, who has been in ...
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BOSTON (Reuters) - The homemade bombs that ripped through the crowd at the finish line of last year's Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring 264, showcased the city's medical talent but also taught valuable lessons in responding to a mass disaster. By all accounts, Boston's hospitals ...
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The figures come as President Barack Obama and House of Representatives Republicans clashed openly over immigration- reform legislation that remains stalled in the Republican-led House. More than 11 million people are believed to be in the United States illegally. Many are children brought by ...
A sheriff's department bomb squad and a disposal unit from Vandenberg Air Force Base investigated the unidentified device, which was reported at around 3:30 p.m. in Solvang, a town of about 5,000 residents some 130 miles outside Los Angeles. Residents in 500 to 700 homes and businesses had been ...
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WEST, Texas (Reuters) - Still healing from multiple broken bones after the force of a deadly explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant lifted him out of his boots a year ago, one first responder has begun to address the anguish of losing his team members. Volunteer firefighter Robert Payne said there ...
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SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - A Utah mother accused of slaying six of her own infant children over the course of a decade secretly gave birth to each of the babies without medical assistance at home and then immediately killed them, police said on Wednesday. Megan Huntsman, 39, was ordered held in ...
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(Reuters) - Texas executed by lethal injection on Wednesday a man who was convicted of stabbing his girlfriend, her child and her mother to death after a cocaine binge in 2001. Jose Luis Villegas Jr., 39, was pronounced dead at 7:04 p.m. CDT (8.04 p.m. ET) after receiving a lethal dose of drugs at ...
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Reuters) - One person has died and three others were injured on Wednesday after an explosion at an ammunition plant in central Tennessee that touched off small brush fires nearby, authorities said. The explosion happened Wednesday afternoon at the Rio Ammunition plant in ...
PORTLAND, Oregon (Reuters) - Portland, Oregon is flushing 38 million gallons (143 million liters) of drinking water down the drain because a 19-year-old man urinated in an open reservoir early on Wednesday morning, city water officials said. Three teens were observed at the reservoir in a Portland ...
Jose Luis Villegas Jr., 39, was pronounced dead at 7:04 p.m. CDT (8.04 p.m. ET) after receiving a lethal dose of drugs at the Texas death chamber in Huntsville, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice said. (Reporting by David Bailey and Brendan O'Brien; Editing by Eric Walsh)
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Navy on Wednesday said it would delay the commissioning of the North Dakota, a new Virginia-class submarine that was due to enter active service on May 31, to carry out more design work and resolve quality problems with certain components. The submarine, built jointly by ...
(Reuters) - A New Jersey mother of three teenagers was charged on Wednesday with attempted murder and endangering the welfare of children after allegedly driving her minivan into the Delaware River with them inside, authorities said. Joann Smith, 49, is accused of driving the minivan off a boat ...
ALBURQUERQUE, New Mexico (Reuters) - New Mexico will end conjugal visits between inmates and their spouses next month, officials said Wednesday, in a move that will leave the once-widespread practice in place in only three U.S. states. In addition to addressing concerns over pregnancies, the ...
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Judge Timothy Black on Monday struck down Ohio's ban on recognizing the marriage of same-sex couples wed legally outside the state, but did not address the state's ban on same-sex marriage within the state. Both were enacted in 2004. Black's ruling in Ohio was the latest by a federal judge ...
OMAHA, Nebraska (Reuters) - A Nebraska man was convicted on Wednesday of killing four people during a 10-day murder spree last summer within days of his release from prison and could face the death penalty in a state that has not carried out an execution since 1997. Nikko Jenkins, 27, was found ...
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(Reuters) - The board of Detroit's General Retirement System on Wednesday approved economic terms of a settlement with the city that include cuts to pension benefits, putting in place another key component of Detroit's effort to exit bankruptcy by October. The city also has reached a tentative ...
PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Philadelphia is taking on businesses that blanket its neighborhoods with illegal paper and plastic signs by using automated phone calls to disrupt the operations of people who post them along with contact numbers. "It's as plain as that," said Philadelphia ...
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wisconsin has adopted a law to limit private custody transfers of children, the first law of its kind in the United States, responding to a Reuters investigation that exposed the dangers of the unregulated practice. Reuters reported in September that parents were transferring ...
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SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - Jurors began deliberating on Wednesday in the trial of an Iraqi-American man charged with murdering his wife in a case first investigated as a hate crime, following closing arguments in which prosecutors urged the panel to find him guilty. A defense attorney countered during ...
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The former city administrator of Bell, California, who became a symbol of local government corruption when news surfaced of his annual salary of about $800,000, was sentenced on Wednesday to 12 years in prison, officials said. An apologetic Robert Rizzo, 60, who pleaded ...
Superior Court Associate Justice Sarah Taft-Carter found that the retirees' pension benefits, for which they had previously bargained, suggested enough of a contractual relationship with the state for their claims to continue. Rhode Island's 2011 pension overhaul, considered among the most ...
Officials at Douglas County High School noticed something was causing teachers and students to cough during a class change Wednesday morning, the school said in a statement. The substance sprayed in the hall was believed to be pepper spray, and there were no serious injuries, said Douglasville ...
WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina (Reuters) - Authorities searching for two additional suspects charged in the gang-related abduction of a North Carolina prosecutor's father offered a reward of up to $25,000 on Wednesday for tips leading to their arrest. The two men, Jakym Camel Tibbs and Quantavious ...
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The former city administrator of Bell, California, who came to represent local government corruption when news surfaced of his annual salary of nearly $800,000, was sentenced on Wednesday to 12 years in prison, officials said. An apologetic Robert Rizzo, 60, who pleaded ...
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The man, 25-year-old Kevin Edson, was arraigned on charges including making a false bomb threat and possession of a hoax device after telling police officers that he was carrying a "rice cooker," prompting the evacuation of a crowded downtown street that hours earlier had been the site ...
North Dakota's only abortion clinic had challenged the law approved by the state legislature in 2013, and U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland last July had temporarily blocked it from taking effect. "The state of North Dakota has presented no reliable medical evidence to justify the passage of ...
(Reuters) - In a victory for consumers, a federal appeals court on Wednesday directed that litigation about a product linked to the death of an infant be made public, saying the manufacturer could not keep the details secret to protect its image. Overturning a lower court's findings, the 4th U.S. ...
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The suspects are accused of kidnapping Frank Janssen from his Wake Forest home on April 5 and holding him hostage until he was rescued by federal agents in Atlanta four days later. Janssen's daughter is a Raleigh, North Carolina, prosecutor who helped send Blood gang member Kelvin Melton to prison ...
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WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - A British shoe bomb-plotter-turned-government informant, who once conspired with Osama bin Laden, has become a key witness for U.S. prosecutors seeking to give American juries a taste of life inside al Qaeda, court documents, U.S. and British officials and lawyers ...
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Prospective college students on Wednesday got a peek at new sample questions on the SAT, a widely used college entrance exam that will undergo a redesign over the next two years. The College Board, which oversees the exam required by most colleges and universities for ...
The university suspended normal operations for the day in light of "student and parent anxiety," according to a statement on Auburn's website. In a message sent to students and employees, the university said authorities were investigating a report of a "threatening message."
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The initiative's political target is the powerful pro-gun lobby, including the National Rifle Association, that spends millions of dollars each year to back gun-rights supporters. Bloomberg's group, called Everytown for Gun Safety, will focus on state and local lawmakers, corporate boards, and ...
The unit was set up in 2003 but has been largely inactive since Police Commissioner William Bratton took over the department this January, and its detectives have been reassigned, a statement from the NYPD said on Tuesday. The program deployed undercover detectives in Muslim neighborhoods to ...
(Reuters) - Texas is set to execute a man by lethal injection on Wednesday who was convicted of stabbing his girlfriend, her child and her mother to death after a cocaine binge in 2001. Jose Luis Villegas Jr., 39, is scheduled to be put to death with a lethal dose of drugs after 6 p.m. CDT at the ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Los Angeles residents who still pass a newsstand on their way to work on Wednesday will find an unusual sight there: a new daily print newspaper. The Los Angeles Register is the latest offering to roll off the presses of California-based Freedom Communications, the publisher ...
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BOSTON (Reuters) - The accused Boston Marathon bomber's relationship with family, and particularly with his slain older brother who prosecutors contend helped plan the attack, is key to understanding his case, defense lawyers argued on Wednesday. Attorneys for 20-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev argued ...
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OAKDALE, Penn. (Reuters) - President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden took a trip to a Pennsylvania community college on Wednesday to promote a plan to train workers for skills they need for hard-to-fill jobs. For security reasons, Obama and Biden flew in separate planes for the event in ...
There were no immediate reports of injuries. The 79-foot (24-meter) rig vessel, Petite, and a 1,065-foot container ship, MSC Charleston, "reportedly collided due to weather" at about 7.30 p.m., the Coast Guard said in a statement.
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Citing two people familiar with the talks, the newspaper said the talks were centered around federal money flowing to Michigan for blight removal. Under the plan, $100 million would be earmarked for Detroit, reducing the $500 million the city's emergency manager, Kevyn Orr, plans to use to ...
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OLYMPIA, Washington (Reuters) - The official death toll from a mudslide that devastated a neighborhood in the Cascade foothills of Washington state last month rose to 39 on Wednesday, after search teams pulled out two more bodies from the mud and rubble, local county officials said in a ...
SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - Hundreds of low-level and medium-sized earthquakes have struck central Idaho since last month, puzzling geologists who wonder whether the ruptures portend a much larger temblor to come or are merely the rumblings of a seismic fault previously thought to be dormant. The ...
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OLYMPIA, Washington (Reuters) - Two incompatible ballot measures on background checks for gun buyers in Washington state enjoy majority support in a poll released on Tuesday, but the one advancing stricter gun controls is more popular. The competing measures, both slated to be on the ballot in ...
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PHOENIX (Reuters) - Arizona Governor Jan Brewer on Tuesday signed into a law a bill allowing state health authorities to conduct surprise inspections of abortion clinics without first obtaining a warrant, handing another victory to abortion foes. The Republican-backed bill, which gained final ...
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The unit, which began in 2003, has been largely inactive since the incoming Police Commissioner William Bratton took over the department in January, and its detectives have been reassigned, the report said. "Understanding certain local demographics can be a useful factor when assessing the ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Americans increasingly think Democrats have a better plan for healthcare than Republicans, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted after the White House announced that more people than expected had signed up for the "Obamacare" health plan. Nearly one-third of ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Donald Rumsfeld has a new addition to his list of known unknowns - the accuracy of his 2013 tax filing. Rumsfeld, who was U.S. defense secretary under President George W. Bush, posted a picture on Twitter of the letter he sent to the Internal Revenue Service, saying he had ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Prosecutors can use radical preacher Abu Hamza al-Masri's own inflammatory words against him during his trial in New York on terrorism-related charges, including praise for Osama bin Laden and for the September 11, 2001, attacks, a federal judge ruled on Tuesday. The decision ...
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TAMPA, Florida (Reuters) - Despite enduring "a perfect storm" of troubles for U.S. spy agencies over the last 18 months, the director of national intelligence announced on Tuesday that he plans to stay on the job through the end of President Barack Obama's term. Speaking to an industry ...
(Reuters) - A Missouri man has been charged with raping and torturing five women in a St. Louis-area apartment over several years, law enforcement officials said on Tuesday. Adam Michael Capriglione, 29, of south St. Louis County, has been charged with 19 felony counts and is jailed with bond set ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A protester who disrupted a Supreme Court proceeding in February, and whose shouts at the justices were secretly recorded on a video that was later posted online, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to a misdemeanor offense. Noah Kai Newkirk, 33, entered his plea in the Superior Court ...
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Ceasar Huerta Cantu, of Katy, Texas, pleaded guilty in 2006 of charges related to drug trafficking and money laundering. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison. The White House said a typographical error in Cantu's pre-sentencing report, however, mistakenly assigned him a prison sentence that was ...
Frank Arthur Janssen, 63, was rescued by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents in Atlanta last week, four days after being snatched from his home in Wake Forest, North Carolina and held hostage. Janssen's daughter was the assistant district attorney who prosecuted gang member Kelvin Melton in a ...
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FORT MEADE, Maryland (Reuters) - A military hearing for five men accused of conspiring in the September 11, 2001, attacks was derailed on Tuesday over concerns that defense attorneys were being spied upon by the FBI. Defense attorneys insisted they could not proceed with the pretrial hearing in ...
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A rain-soaked hillside collapsed above the north fork of the Stillaguamish River on March 22, unleashing a torrent of mud that swallowed up a stretch of a state highway and some three dozen homes on the outskirts of the tiny community of Oso. Of the 37 people confirmed dead, 36 have been ...
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WEST, Texas (Reuters) - Not far from an enormous crater where a fertilizer plant stood before an explosion there killed 15 people, lifeless and uprooted trees surround boarded-up homes spray-painted with "OK." A year ago, that designation was meant to signal that structures had been ...
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Reuters) - An Alabama man who tried to hire members of the Ku Klux Klan to torture and murder his African-American neighbor was sentenced on Monday to six years in prison. Allen Wayne Densen Morgan, 30, pleaded guilty in October to charges of using interstate facilities in an ...
The device was found near an approach ramp to a major interstate highway, about 1.5 miles from the site where a memorial ceremony is scheduled to mark the anniversary of the April 15, 2013 Boston Marathon bombing attack that killed three people and injured 264. State police said they detonated the ...
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(Reuters) - US Airways said it was investigating a pornographic tweet on Tuesday sent on its Twitter account in response to a customer complaint about a flight delay, which went viral on social media. US Airways issued an apology on Monday immediately after deleting the tweeted photograph of a ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a victory for the Obama administration, a U.S. appeals court on Tuesday upheld a regulation that would limit emissions of mercury and other hazardous pollutants mainly from coal-fired power plants, starting next year. The decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the ...
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(Reuters) - Detroit reached its first deal with a retired workers group on Tuesday over pension and healthcare benefits and was close to a deal with at least one of its pension funds, giving a major boost to the city's plan to exit bankruptcy in October. Momentum for the city's plan to adjust its ...
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BOSTON (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, local leaders and officials and survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing shared messages of thanks and defiance on Tuesday at a tribute to the three people killed and 264 wounded in the attack exactly one year ago. From Patrick Downes, who lost a ...
WEST CHESTER, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - The backbreaking life of a roughneck, the iconic worker bees of oilfield drilling rigs, is getting a little easier. Schramm Inc, which built the drilling rig that four years ago helped rescue 33 trapped Chilean copper miners, has designed a 500,000-pound rig ...
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(Reuters) - Americans used more health services and spent more on prescription drugs in 2013, reversing a recent trend, though greater use of cheaper generic drugs helped control spending, according to a report issued on Tuesday by a leading healthcare information company. Spending on medicines ...
The two suspects, Franc Cano, 27, and Steven Dean Gordon, 45, both registered sex offenders from Anaheim, were booked on suspicion of murder late on Friday and remained held without bail, Anaheim police Lieutenant Bob Dunn said. Both men have since been formally charged with committing four ...
Allen Wayne Densen Morgan, 30, pleaded guilty in October to charges of using interstate facilities in an attempt to commit a murder for hire. Prosecutors said Morgan spoke with an FBI agent posing as a Ku Klux Klan member and offered to pay him if he killed his neighbor. Morgan falsely suspected ...
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OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - An Oklahoma man was charged on Monday as an accessory after the fact in connection with the killing last summer of an Australian athlete who had been attending a state university, prosecutors said. Oddesse Barnes, 22, was the fourth person charged in the killing of ...
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A convict was sentenced to life in prison on Monday for plotting to have a judge and a prosecutor decapitated and their heads preserved in formaldehyde as souvenirs, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's office for the Western District of New York. District ...
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(Reuters) - A prominent New York defense lawyer who recently represented the son-in-law of Osama bin Laden has pleaded guilty to failing to file income taxes for six years. Stanley Cohen, 63, pleaded guilty on Monday in federal court in Syracuse, New York, to obstructing and impeding the Internal ...
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Major General Jeffrey S. Buchanan's decision to uphold the findings of Manning's 2013 court-martial will automatically send the case to the Army Court of Criminal Appeals, an Army statement said. The soldier, formerly known as Bradley Manning, was working as an intelligence analyst in Baghdad in ...
ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - A Central Florida woman was recovering at home on Monday after a bear knocked her down outside her house, clamped its jaw on her head and tried to drag her away on Saturday, her husband said. Terri Frana, 44, of Lake Mary, received stitches and staples in the back of ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Health insurance subsidies under the Affordable Care Act will cost slightly less than previously thought, helping to slow down the forecast growth of U.S. deficits over the next decade, the Congressional Budget Office said on Monday. The non-partisan CBO, in revisions to its ...
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CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - Parts of the world saw a rare celestial event on Tuesday when the Earth's shadow fell across the moon, turning it orange. The lunar eclipse unfolded over three hours beginning at about 2 a.m. EDT, when the moon began moving into Earth's shadow. A little more ...
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PITTSBURGH (Reuters) - Teachers and staff returned on Monday to the Pittsburgh-area high school where a stabbing last week left 22 people injured, in preparation for the resumption of classes. Four critically injured boys remained hospitalized following the attack last Wednesday at Franklin ...
The Sunday flight set down at the Eppley Airfield after an unruly passenger, identified as Joshua Carl Lee Suggs, pushed past a flight attendant and tried to open one of the rear doors while the plane was flying, according to papers filed by the Nebraska U.S. Attorney's Office in federal ...
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CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Ohio must recognize the marriages of same-sex couples wed legally outside the state, a federal judge ruled on Monday in the latest in a string of decisions supporting an expansion of gay rights. U.S. District Judge Timothy Black in Cincinnati had said earlier in April he ...
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SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - A Utah mother was ordered held on $6 million bail on Monday, accused of killing six of her own newborn children over a 10-year period and stuffing their bodies into cardboard boxes that were later unearthed at the house where she once lived. Police said Megan Huntsman, ...
Copper Beech Farm, a 12-bedroom mansion complete with its own clock tower, greenhouse, solarium and swimming pool along Long Island Sound in exclusive Greenwich, Connecticut, had originally been listed at $190 million. The 50-acre (20 hectare) estate was purchased last week by The Conservation ...
MIAMI (Reuters) - A Miami federal judge released a Miami-Dade Police Department internal affairs detective on $500,000 bond after he was charged with helping drug smugglers and orchestrating a murder-for-hire plot. As part of an agreement with federal prosecutors Ralph Mata, 45, will wear an ...
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ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - A judge reinstated a $100,000 bond on Monday for a Florida man charged with leaving the scene of a car crash at an Orlando-area day care center that killed a four-year-old girl and injured 14 people, including one child who remains in critical condition. Judge Jerry ...
FORT MEADE, Maryland (Reuters) - Defense lawyers for five men accused of conspiring in the September 11, 2001, attacks asked a judge to halt a pretrial hearing in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on Monday over concerns that FBI agents are investigating them. Earlier this month, two FBI agents approached a ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Monday struck down parts of a regulation that forces public companies to disclose if their products contain "conflict minerals" from a war-torn part of Africa, saying it violates free speech rights. The ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - When the U.S. men's soccer team lines up in Brazil to play their first game of the soccer World Cup in June, their home support may be tepid at best. Two in three Americans do not plan to follow this year's tournament, according to an ongoing Reuters/Ipsos poll. Only 7 percent ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Eight men and four women will decide the fate of Egyptian-born radical Islamic cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri at his trial on charges of assisting in a 1998 kidnapping in Yemen and plotting to establish a training camp for militants in the United States. The 55-year-old imam, who ...
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BOSTON (Reuters) - "Left on Boylston" in this American city means only one thing on marathon day. It means you're in the home stretch of the Boston Marathon, and all of the early morning runs in the dark New England winters, and all the wild cheering from family and friends, and all your ...
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(Reuters) - Within hours of the U.S. government's unprecedented release last week of a trove of Medicare billing data, a small fraternity of lawyers who specialize in representing whistleblowers in healthcare fraud cases began to mobilize. These lawyers earn their living bringing cases on behalf ...
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Aldon Smith, 24, had been randomly selected for a secondary screening at the airport by a Transportation Security Administration agent, airport police Sergeant Karla Ortiz said. "The suspect then became belligerent and uncooperative with the process and with the TSA agent, making a comment ...
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The current owners of the home in Pleasant Grove, Utah, called police on Saturday after finding an infant's remains while cleaning out their garage, Pleasant Grove Police Captain Michael Roberts said. Police found six other newborns, all wrapped in separate cardboard boxes, Roberts said. Six of ...
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OVERLAND PARK, Kansas (Reuters) - The suspect in the killing of three people at two Jewish facilities near Kansas City over the weekend could face the death penalty on state murder charges filed Tuesday, prosecutors said. Frazier Glenn Cross, 73, who also goes by the name Glenn Miller, likely will ...
(Reuters) - Two runners competing in a half-marathon in Raleigh, North Carolina, collapsed and died on Sunday, officials said. The runners were among some 12,000 participants in the race, one in a series of half and full Rock'n'Roll marathons held across the United States and abroad but for the ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's new nominee for health secretary drew some early political fire from Republicans on Sunday in what could foreshadow a stormy election-year confirmation debate in the U.S. Senate over the future of the law known as Obamacare. Two days after Obama ...
ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - Central Florida is scheduled to roll out a commuter rail system on May 1 along a major interstate corridor that runs through downtown Orlando, becoming the first new system to open in the United States in three years. SunRail will extend a total of 61 miles at a cost ...
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OSO, Washington (Reuters) - Watching the now murky river from his kitchen window, Bill Best speaks in low tones of neighbors buried by a massive mudslide, where damage to salmon and steelhead trout spawning beds only adds to the grief in a rural Washington state community with deep ties to the ...
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NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) - The Manhattan district attorney has issued a subpoena seeking correspondence from New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's administration and records from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey relating to several major construction projects, according to media ...
Alex Newsome, a sixth grader at Roland-Grise Middle School in Wilmington, North Carolina, was hit by a line drive on Friday and died hours later, Valita Quattlebaum, a spokeswoman for New Hanover County Schools, said in a statement. "New Hanover County Schools is greatly saddened by the loss ...
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BOSTON (Reuters) - Boston officials vowed on Saturday to balance tight security with a feeling of fun at the coming Boston Marathon, the first running of the world-renown race since the bomb attack last year killed three people and injured 264. Officials advised residents and visitors to expect a ...
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Friends and family of Iraq war veteran Timothy Owens, 37, a native of Effingham, Illinois, attended a private service at First Baptist Church. Outside the church, several dozen motorcyclists, many of them veterans, prepared to escort the hearse to the cemetery.
People who ate at or who were working at La Fontana restaurant in the village of Nyack, about 20 miles north of Manhattan, between March 19 and April 1 may have been exposed to the virus, the Rockland County health department said. The department is urging diners and employees who were at the ...
The man went into Margo Manhattan jewelry store on Friday afternoon and asked a 53-year-old female employee to show him some of the store's wares, police said. He then grabbed her by the neck, forced her into a back room and tied her up. He took her key and could be seen on surveillance video ...
The San Bernardino Sheriff's office said that it received a report in March about possible misconduct by the staff at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga and that three deputies who had worked at the facility were "no longer employed" by the department as of Tuesday. It ...
The crowd funneled out of the Edward Jones Dome, the home of the St. Louis Rams National Football League team, after about 9 p.m. local time (0200 GMT), the gas utility and the St. Louis Fire Department said in a statement. Two people were treated at the scene and one was sent to hospital, all ...
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BUNKERVILLE, Nevada (Reuters) - A Nevada rancher who succeeded in reclaiming his seized cattle from federal land managers over the weekend by rallying armed supporters called on local sheriffs across the country on Monday to join his crusade against government overreach. The federal Bureau of Land ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Kathleen Sebelius' departure as President Barack Obama's health secretary signals a new chapter in the White House's efforts to defend Obama's signature healthcare law and help Senate Democrats who face tough battles for re-election in conservative states this fall. In the ...
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The Obamas were joined at the show by adviser and friend Valerie Jarrett as well as former football star Ahmad Rashad, according to an administration official. The president was in town to speak at a meeting of the civil rights group National Action Network. He returns to Washington later in the ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The family of an Iranian-American former U.S. Marine held in Iran since 2011 called on Saturday for senior Iranian officials to review his conviction and 10-year prison sentence on charges of collaborating with the U.S. government and to free him. The family of Amir Hekmati, ...
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ENTERPRISE, Utah (Reuters) - A Utah county, angry over the destruction of federal rangeland that ranchers use to graze cattle, has started a bid to round up federally protected wild horses it blames for the problem in the latest dustup over land management in the U.S. West. Close to 2,000 wild ...
FORT WORTH, Texas (Reuters) - A Texas judge, who was criticized for sentencing a wealthy Texas teen to probation after he killed four people while driving drunk, on Friday ordered his parents to pay a small part of the cost of his treatment at a state-run facility. Judge Jean Boyd, whose sentence ...
(Reuters) - A truck driver beaten unconscious by a Detroit mob when he tried to assist a child he accidentally hit with his pickup nine days ago has begun to regain consciousness and is breathing on his own, his daughter said on Friday. Steve Utash, 54, has been taken off a ventilator and is ...
TEXARKANA, Arkansas (Reuters) - Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said on Friday he would appeal a federal judge's decision striking down a state law that bans most abortions starting at 12 weeks of pregnancy, one of the most stringent such statutes in the United States. U.S. District ...
KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) - Police believe a dozen shooting incidents, in which three people have been injured over the past month mostly on highways and roads in Kansas City and surrounding areas, are connected, authorities said on Friday. Police have made no arrests in the investigation ...
HOUSTON (Reuters) - A Texas jury sentenced a woman on Friday to life in prison for stabbing her boyfriend to death with the 5-1/2-inch stiletto heel of her shoe during an argument after an alcohol-fueled night out last year. Ana Trujillo, 45, was convicted on Tuesday of killing University of ...
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (Reuters) - A 20-year-old college bullrider has been killed in an accident during a practice session at his university's rodeo arena after being thrown from a 2,000-pound bucking bull and then stepped on by the animal, a university spokesman said on Friday. Irvyng Urquijo, ...
CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Prosecutors will drop a misdemeanor charge against an Ohio wrestling coach accused of failing to report a suspected rape of a teenage girl by high school football players at a party, authorities said Friday. Steubenville High School wrestling coach Seth Fluharty, indicted by ...
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BOSTON (Reuters) - The U.S. team prosecuting accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev asked defense attorneys on Friday to notify them by next month if they plan to make the 20-year-old defendant's mental faculties an issue at trial. In a filing in U.S. District Court in Boston, ...
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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Demonstrations against the grip on San Francisco held by wealthy technology workers took a personal turn on Friday with protesters taking aim at a Google lawyer they say personifies the tensions being stirred by abundant tech money. Jack Halprin, a landlord in the city's ...
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(Reuters) - A Montana bride who pleaded guilty to pushing her husband off a cliff to his death at Glacier National Park is appealing her prison sentence, arguing the judge improperly denied her request to withdraw her plea after a deal with prosecutors unraveled. Jordan Graham, 22, was sentenced ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras, the U.S. journalists who reported on spy agency analyst Edward Snowden's leaks exposing mass government surveillance, returned to the United States on Friday for the first time since revealing the programs in 2013. Greenwald and Poitras flew ...
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GEORGETOWN, Delaware (Reuters) - A prominent Delaware pediatrician and best-selling author who punished his 11-year-old stepdaughter using a form of waterboarding was sentenced to three years in prison on Friday. A jury found Dr. Melvin Morse, who has written about near-death experiences and ...
(Reuters) - Texas is reconsidering whether to impose strict limits on Gilead Sciences' $84,000 hepatitis C treatment for patients on the state's Medicaid health plan for the poor, at the urging of outside advisers, a state official said on Friday. The Texas Health and Human Services Commission, ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Friday upheld a federal occupational safety agency's finding against SeaWorld Entertainment Inc following the workplace death of one of its killer whale trainers. By a vote of 2-1, the three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of ...
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DETROIT (Reuters) - Detroit's plan to get out of bankruptcy cleared a major hurdle on Friday when a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge approved the cash-strapped city's third attempt at settling costly interest-rate swap agreements with two investment banks. The city will pay $85 million to UBS AG and ...
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ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - A Florida man charged in a car crash that killed a 4-year-old girl at a day care center and injured 14 other people will be held without bail through the weekend after prosecutors argued he was a flight risk, a judge ordered on Friday. Robert Corchado, 28, surrendered ...
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BOSTON (Reuters) - Boston marathon runners are poised to set an off-course record this year, in the form of charity fundraising. Donations to charity teams linked to the world-renowned race are flooding in from around the globe and are poised to break last year's record performance of $21 million, ...
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A woman who sparked a high-profile international custody fight when she took her two U.S.-born children to her native Slovakia and failed to return on time returned to the United States on Thursday to face criminal charges, the FBI said. Maria Pfeifer, 32, is accused of ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's late king, Khalid bin Abdul Aziz, went there for heart surgery. The late United Arab Emirates president, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, traveled 7,000 miles to get there for his kidney transplant. For decades the Cleveland Clinic has provided healthcare to ...
KANSAS CITY (Reuters) - Seven chimpanzees used an improvised ladder from a tree to scale a wall and briefly escape their enclosure at the Kansas City Zoo on Thursday, a zoo official said. One of the chimps apparently pulled a log or a branch and leaned it against the wall of the enclosure, giving ...
(Reuters) - A slow-moving landslide prompted the evacuation of dozens of homes in the upscale Wyoming community of Jackson amid reports the mass was gaining speed and could dislodge a hillside neighborhood, a city manager said. More than 70 people living at the base of a hill were told to leave on ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Up to 70 percent of all federal drug offenses could carry shorter prison sentences if the recommendation passed on Thursday by an agency that advises U.S. federal judges on sentencing is not opposed by Congress. The U.S. Sentencing Commission's recommendation reflects a ...
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The Central Intelligence Agency also issued erroneous claims about how many people it subjected to techniques such as simulated drowning, or "water boarding," according to the news service, citing conclusions from the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report obtained by ...
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(Reuters) - An investigation into the northern California crash between a FedEx truck and bus that killed 10 people last week has turned up "no evidence" of a pre-collision fire, contrary to a witness report, authorities said on Sunday. A witness in a car the truck clipped before ...
PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - A Philadelphia judge on Thursday set aside most of an arbitration ruling that could have cost the state of Pennsylvania some $180 million from a landmark 1998 settlement with the nation's tobacco companies. The decision restores $120 million of the $180 million in payments ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy hopes to save money and time by leveraging industry investments as it replaces its Ohio-class nuclear-armed submarines with the Virginia-class attack submarines now built by General Dynamics Corp and Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc. Navy chief weapons buyer ...
(Reuters) - An aspiring TV producer who was being held captive by a knife-wielding man in West Hollywood was mistakenly shot and killed by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies as he tried to escape his assailant, the sheriff's department said on Thursday. John Winkler, 30, was one of three men ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning after overseeing the botched rollout of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, a White House official said on Thursday. Her departure removes one lightning rod for critics as Obama and ...
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Alison Michelle Ernst, 36, was released on her own recognizance just before midnight on Thursday, said Tess Driver, a spokeswoman for the Clark County District Attorney's Office. Ernst has not been formally charged but is scheduled to appear in court on June 24, Driver said. Clinton was giving a ...
SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - A cruise ship with more than 100 passengers and crew suffering from a gastrointestinal ailment caused by Norovirus, have arrived in San Diego, a cruise line spokeswoman said on Thursday. The Crown Princess, carrying 3,141 passengers in all, docked in San Diego and planned to ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Information that may have intensified U.S. scrutiny of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev fell through the cracks in communications among U.S. law enforcement agencies and between the United States and Russia, according to a U.S. report released on ...
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department cited the Albuquerque Police Department on Thursday for engaging in what federal civil rights investigators call a pattern of excessive force, some of it deadly, against residents of New Mexico's largest city. A 46-page report capped ...
MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) - Minnesota lawmakers on Thursday approved a measure raising the state's minimum wage from one of the lowest in the nation to one of the highest. The measure to bump the hourly wage to $9.50, one of dozens of wage proposals debated by lawmakers around the country this year, ...
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(Reuters) - A former top official for the California city of Bell was sentenced to 11 years and 8 months in prison on Thursday for her role in a public corruption scandal that drew national attention and led to upheaval in the working-class community. Angela Spaccia, who served as the city's ...
The donation will be used in part to expand the school's faculty and comes on the heels of a sizable gift earlier this year from a hedge fund billionaire to another Ivy League school. "I am deeply honored and grateful for this extraordinary act of generosity," said Dartmouth College ...
U.S. District Judge Richard Young entered a temporary restraining order that requires the state to recognize the August 2013 marriage of Amy Sandler and her ailing spouse, Nikole Quasney, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2009. Quasney and Sandler, both 37, joined a pending challenge by ...
(Reuters) - Prosecutors in Detroit on Thursday charged a 16-year-old with a hate crime in the severe beating of a motorist who stopped to help a 10-year-old boy he struck accidentally. The 16-year-old was charged as a juvenile with assault with intent to do great bodily harm and ethnic ...
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WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina (Reuters) - Five people face kidnapping charges in the abduction of a North Carolina prosecutor's father, who was rescued in Atlanta four days after disappearing from his home, U.S. law enforcement officials said on Thursday. Frank Arthur Janssen, 63, was reported ...
Party chairman Roger Villere urged Representative Vance McAllister to resign in a written statement at about the same time that U.S. House Speaker John Boehner told reporters that McAllister has "got decisions that he has to make." "I expect all members to be held to the highest ...
A 46-page report capped an 18-month inquiry by the Justice Department following public complaints over a string of police-involved shootings in recent years, many of them fatal, and what critics have called heavy-handed use of stun guns by officers in Albuquerque. The investigation of ...
The former U.S. Department of State employee, William Bradford Bishop Jr., has been on the run since 1976 and could be hiding in plain sight, the FBI said. The agency added Bishop to its 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list, hoping the extra publicity will bring about his capture. "When Bishop took ...
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In its monthly report, the Climate Prediction Center, an agency of the National Weather Service, pegged the likelihood at more than 50 percent. In March, it said there was about a 50 percent chance of the weather pattern that causes floods and droughts across the world during the summer or autumn.
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(Reuters) - Armed U.S. rangers are rounding up cattle on federal land in Nevada in a rare showdown with a rancher who has illegally grazed his herd on public lands for decades, as conflict over land use simmers in western states. The dispute in Nevada came to a boiling point after ...
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DENVER (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court signaled on Thursday it may strike down a Utah ban on same-sex marriages in the highest-level case to date to test whether gay and lesbian couples have a right under the U.S. Constitution to marry. During an hour-long argument, two of the three judges on the ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors will aim for a second high-profile terrorism conviction in weeks when a one-eyed, handless Islamic cleric known for fiery speeches goes on trial on Monday on charges that he provided support for al Qaeda in Afghanistan. The government has also accused Abu ...
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(Reuters) - Russia declined several FBI requests for more information on Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev two years before the deadly 2013 attack, the New York Times reported on Wednesday, citing an unpublished U.S. government review. The information, including a telephone call in ...
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SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - A family of four rescued from their sailboat after their infant daughter became seriously ill at sea returned safely to San Diego on Wednesday aboard a U.S. warship that picked them up in the Pacific over the weekend, a Navy spokeswoman said. The parents, Eric and Charlotte ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Detroit on Wednesday struck a deal with a core group of creditors that dramatically cuts the losses they would suffer in the city's landmark bankruptcy case, a breakthrough that could pave the way for settlements with other holdout creditors. Additionally, Detroit might no ...
NASHVILLE, Tenn (Reuters) - Tennessee's electric chair would be pressed back into service for executions if the state cannot obtain drugs needed to carry out lethal injections under a bill advanced Wednesday by state lawmakers. The Tennessee Senate voted 23-3 to advance the proposal that would ...
PHOENIX (Reuters) - Arizona lawmakers gave final passage on Wednesday to a bill that would allow state health authorities to conduct surprise inspections of abortion clinics without first obtaining a warrant, handing another legislative victory to abortion foes. The Republican-backed bill, which ...
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (Reuters) - A medivac helicopter crashed moments after takeoff from the roof of a New Mexico hospital on Wednesday, injuring the pilot, said hospital spokesman Billy Sparks. The Airbus AS350 B3E had just dropped off a patient at the University of New Mexico Children's ...
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(Reuters) - Detroit's emergency manager Kevyn Orr showed little enthusiasm on Wednesday for a new proposal from a bond insurer to sell or securitize the insolvent city's world-class art collection. The collection, housed at the Detroit Institute of Arts, has been in question since Detroit filed ...
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AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Texas executed by lethal injection on Wednesday a Mexican citizen who was convicted of bludgeoning a man to death and repeatedly raping the man's wife. Ramiro Hernandez, 44, was pronounced dead at 6:28 p.m. CDT at the Texas state death chamber in Huntsville after ...
Catalina Clouser, 21, faces three months in jail if she fails to successfully complete her probation in connection with the 2012 incident, said Vincent Funari, a spokesman for Maricopa County Superior Court said. Her 2-month-old son was found unhurt in the middle of a Phoenix highway, still ...
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former convicts, inmates' families and legal activists called on the Brooklyn District Attorney's office on Wednesday to fast-track its reviews of questionable murder convictions linked to cases involving a retired former homicide detective. Their pleas followed the release ...
MIAMI (Reuters) - An internal affairs officer with the Miami-Dade Police Department has been charged with helping drug smugglers and orchestrating a murder-for-hire plot to have assassins dressed as cops kill their rivals, officials said. Ralph Mata, 45, appeared in a federal court in Miami on ...
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ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - A Florida man suspected of involvement in a hit-and-run car crash that killed a 4-year-old girl and injured 14 people at an Orlando-area day care center surrendered to authorities on Thursday, police said. Robert Corchado, 28, turned himself in at the Orange County ...
The five former city council members were convicted last year of five counts of misappropriation of public funds and acquitted of five other counts of the same charge. But jurors had deadlocked on a few other charges. Wednesday's plea deal avoids a retrial on those charges. The five former ...
WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina (Reuters) - Three lesbian couples facing urgent health issues sued on Wednesday to force North Carolina to acknowledge their same-sex marriages and allow access to insurance, tax and inheritance benefits. The women said it was important for a U.S. court to take quick ...
By Daniel Wiessner ALBANY, New York (Reuters) - New York's highest state court has ruled that a lawsuit by the Algosaibi family conglomerate, claiming that a Saudi billionaire who married into the family committed a $150 million fraud, should be heard in Saudi Arabia.
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Los Angeles, faced with nearly $10 billion in unfunded pension and retirement liabilities, should adopt the pension formula used by investor Warren Buffett at Berkshire Hathaway Inc to manage the city's growing retirement costs, a report recommended on Wednesday. The Los ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on Wednesday asked oil-by-rail leaders to create a tank car fit to carry the kinds of fuel involved in recent fiery derailments even as he dodged lawmaker questions about when such a plan would be ready. Rail shipments of oil have ...
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FORT HOOD, Texas (Reuters) - As the U.S. flag snapped at half-staff in a stiff breeze, President Barack Obama for the second time in five years attended a solemn memorial service on Wednesday for victims of a tragic shooting at Fort Hood Army base. Standing before an estimated 3,000 people, ...
TRENTON, New Jersey (Reuters) - The use of rap lyrics as evidence in their author's attempted murder trial came under fire on Wednesday in New Jersey's highest court, where justices and lawyers debated the possible risk to freedom of speech. Donte Skinner was convicted of shooting and paralyzing ...
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SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - A family of four rescued from their sailboat after their infant daughter became seriously ill at sea returned safely to San Diego on Wednesday aboard a U.S. warship that picked them up in the Pacific over the weekend, a Navy spokeswoman said. The parents, Eric and Charlotte ...
ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - A pregnant woman who drove a minivan with her three children into the ocean off a Florida beach no longer faces charges that she had planned to kill them, court papers filed on Tuesday show. The reduced charges of attempted second degree murder require prosecutors to ...
A sentry at Camp Lejeune died Tuesday evening from a single gunshot to the chest after another sentry discharged an M4 rifle inside the guard shack at the main gate of the base, officials said. The sentry who discharged the gun remained in custody as military law enforcement officials investigate ...
The fire at the shop called Suit Corner broke out about 9:15 a.m. ET and was brought under control in less than 90 minutes, said Philadelphia Fire Department Captain Clifford Gilliam. The store, located near the historic Liberty Bell and Independence Hall landmarks, has been in business for more ...
By Michael Hirtzer (Reuters) - The U.S. Coast Guard on Tuesday closed the Mississippi River at Sabula, Iowa, after a barge struck a railroad bridge, said Eric Washburn, bridge administrator for the agency's Eighth District Western Rivers Bridge Branch.
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(Reuters) - A body recovered on Sunday from a northwestern Indiana lake has been confirmed as that of a Michigan doctor who went missing early in December and likely drowned, authorities said on Wednesday. Teleka Patrick, 30, missing since December 5, was found not far from the spot where police ...
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BOSTON (Reuters) - Brandeis University has decided not to award an honorary degree to a Somali-born women's rights activist who has branded Islam as violent and "a nihilistic cult of death." The private university outside Boston said it had decided not to bestow the honor on Ayaan Hirsi ...
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MURRYSVILLE, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - Pennsylvania officials sought a motive on Thursday for what may have driven a 16-year-old student to turn on his classmates with two kitchen knives, stabbing startled victims in the stomach and back and leaving nearly two dozen wounded. Sophomore Alex Hribal ...
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Texas plans to execute on Wednesday Ramiro Hernandez, 44, a Mexican citizen who was convicted of bludgeoning a man to death and repeatedly raping his wife. Texas is set to put Hernandez to death by lethal injection at 6 p.m. CDT at its death chamber in Huntsville. If the ...
Jose Manuel Martinez, a California native awaiting trial in Alabama since 2013 on a separate murder charge, could face the death penalty if convicted, Tulare County District Attorney Tim Ward said in a statement. Martinez was charged with stabbing and shooting nine victims ranging from ...
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KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (Reuters) - Last month a baby in Tennessee made history: Emilia Maria Jesty was the first child born in the state to have a woman listed on the birth certificate as her "father." The marital status of the baby's parents was the subject of a flurry of court filings up ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - In 2012, south Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen received $20.8 million in Medicare payments, the highest amount the government health plan for the elderly and disabled paid an individual provider that year, according to a Reuters analysis of federal data released on ...
PHOENIX (Reuters) - Striking shuttle bus drivers at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport walked off the job on Tuesday in a labor dispute that could affect the estimated 25,000 riders who use rental cars and travel within the airport's terminals daily. Union officials said an estimated 180 ...
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"Personnel are being re-assigned as a result of staffing rotations and as a result of assessments made after two recent incidents of misconduct," Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan said in a statement. One agent was found drunk and passed out in the hallway of a hotel near The Hague a ...
Jurors also found Pamela Phillips, 56, guilty of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder in the fiery death of husband Gary Triano that shocked the community and went unsolved for years. The Pima County Superior Court jury deliberated for nearly three days before rendering the guilty verdicts, ...
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A gunman who opened fire in a Los Angeles police station, shooting an officer seven times in the arms and torso as he returned fire, had previously applied to join the department, a police spokesmen said on Tuesday. The wounded officer remained hospitalized in good ...
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BOSTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government warned banks and other businesses on Friday to be on alert for hackers seeking to steal data exposed by the "Heartbleed" bug, as a German programmer took responsibility for the widespread security crisis. On a website for advising critical ...
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The Navy last year halted work on a complex "sense and avoid" radar being developed by Exelis Inc after the company ran into technical challenges in trying to develop a system small enough to fit on the nose of the drone. Sean Burke, deputy program manager for the Triton program, told ...
Zeituni Onyango, 61, died in her sleep on Monday night at a nursing and rehabilitation center in South Boston, said Gordon Landefeld, marketing manager at Margaret W. Wong and Associates, a Cleveland-based firm. Landefeld said Onyango had been ill since January.
The shooting death of Miriam Carey, 34, last October made national headlines. Her one-year-old baby, who was unhurt, was in the car with her when she got into a high-speed chase that injured two police officers and led to a Capitol lockdown. Carey died of multiple gunshot wounds, according to the ...
The incident took place at around 5:30 p.m. at the main gate of the Camp Lejeune base. One sentry discharged an M4 rifle, killing a second sentry in the guard shack with a single shot to the chest, Marine Captain Joshua Smith said. The shooting, which was under investigation, was thought to have ...
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BOSTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Iowa and North Carolina said they are looking into a breach involving a subsidiary of Experian Plc that exposed some 200 million social security numbers, in addition to two states that previously announced investigations. Separately U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, a ...
In October 2013, Disney parks stopped offering autistic visitors a "guest assistance card" that let them and their families bypass lines, according to a lawsuit filed April 3 in federal court in California. Instead, the company offered a "disability access service" card to ...
(Reuters) - Delaware's Court of Chancery, which has been known as a go-to venue for corporate disputes with a reputation for tailoring its rulings to fit each conflict, has added a new legal fix this week to its repertoire - incarceration. W.L. Gore & Associates, famed for its waterproof ...
(Reuters) - Prosecutors in Detroit charged two men with assault on Tuesday in the severe beating of a motorist who stopped to help a 10-year-old boy he struck accidentally last week, raising to three the number of people now charged in the "vigilante-style" attack. Wonzey Safford, 30, ...
Jonathan Fleming, 51, walked out of Brooklyn Supreme Court a free man after the Kings County District Attorney's Office dropped all charges against him "in the interest of justice." "He's extremely happy this day finally came but frustrated that he suffered for 25 years for a crime ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal judge on Tuesday harshly criticized the U.S. State Department over its handling of a 2007 shooting in Baghdad involving Blackwater Worldwide security guards and asked the agency's watchdog to investigate problems that helped delay a related criminal case. The ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. administration has not determined whether it has legal authority to delay Obamacare's individual mandate, which requires most Americans to enroll in health insurance or pay a tax penalty, a senior Treasury official said on Tuesday. Mark Iwry, senior adviser to ...
HOUSTON (Reuters) - A Texas jury swiftly convicted a Houston woman on Tuesday of beating her boyfriend to death with a 5-1/2-inch spike-heeled stiletto shoe during an argument after an alcohol-fueled night out last year. Ana Trujillo, 45, had said she was acting in self-defense when she picked up ...
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A passenger who was left paralyzed in the deadly December derailment of a Metro-North commuter train in New York City filed a negligence lawsuit against the railroad on Tuesday seeking $100 million in damages. Samuel Rivera, 39, was traveling to New York City with his teenage ...
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The Islamic center and prayer space opened in 2011 amid protests that it could become a shrine to the Islamic extremists responsible for the deadly attacks on the World Trade Center. The New York City Department of Buildings said on Tuesday it was reviewing an application from the developer to ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Budget cuts have eroded the U.S. Coast Guard's ability to combat drug smuggling and the agency is intercepting only about 20 percent of the illegal drugs heading into the United States by sea from South America, its top officer said on Tuesday. Admiral Robert Papp, U.S. ...
ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - Voters in a central Florida town will decide on Tuesday whether to re-elect their 93-year-old mayor for a record 20th term in office. Mayor John Land of Apopka, population 41,000, is facing opposition for the first time in a decade after finishing second in a four-way ...
(Reuters) - A Detroit teenager was charged as an adult on Monday in the severe beating of a motorist who stopped to help a 10-year-old boy he accidentally struck last week, prosecutors said. Bruce Wimbush, 17, was charged with assault with intent to murder and assault with intent to do great ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Civil rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton said on Tuesday that he had cooperated with a 1980's federal probe into New York organized crime but lashed out at media reports labeling him a mob turncoat, saying he had never been a criminal. Sharpton told reporters that the city's ...
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Obama will stop in Oso, Washington, on April 22, before starting out on a week-long trip to Asia. Obama will "view the devastation from the recent mudslide and meet with the families affected by this disaster, as well as first responders and recovery workers," the White House said.
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HAVANA (Reuters) - The U.S. contractor sentenced to a 15-year prison term in Cuba for attempting to establish an illegal Internet service has gone on a hunger strike to protest his treatment by the Cuban and U.S. governments, his lawyer said on Tuesday. The lawyer also criticized the United States ...
The resident of Bridgeport, Connecticut, 26-year-old El Mehdi Semlali Fathi, was arrested on Monday after telling a friend that he was studying how to carry out the bomb attack with a toy plane, according to a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Connecticut and court papers filed by a ...
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A gunman opened fire in a Los Angeles police station on Monday night, shooting an officer seven times in the arms and torso as he returned fire, leaving both men badly wounded, Los Angeles Police Department spokesmen said. The shooter walked into the lobby of the West ...
Twenty-nine percent of U.S. mothers, or about 10.4 million women, stayed at home in 2012, up from a low of 23 percent in 1999 in a reversal of three decades of decline. The category of stay-at-home mothers with children under 18 includes women who are at home to care for their families and mothers ...
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ARLINGTON, Virginia (Reuters) - A suspected al Qaeda fighter held at Guantanamo Bay U.S. military prison could return to extremism if freed, a Pentagon assessment said at a parole-style hearing on Tuesday, but the man's defenders contended he was no threat to the United States. Ghaleb Nassar ...
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HOUSTON (Reuters) - A Texas man who died after his girlfriend attacked him with her stiletto-heeled shoe might have been saved if police and medical responders at his Houston condominium had checked him for heart activity, a pathologist testified at the woman's murder trial on Monday. Defense ...
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Labor unions, bond insurers, bondholders, city retiree groups and Michigan county governments met Monday's deadline set by the court and filed laundry lists of objections to the city's disclosure statement. That statement explains how Detroit came to file the biggest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. ...
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SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - The daughter of an Iraqi-American man accused of killing his wife in California in what was first investigated as a hate crime denied under cross-examination by a defense lawyer on Monday that she ever said she wanted her mother dead. Fatima Alhimidi acknowledged telling an ...
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The mayor last week unveiled a plan to hike property taxes by $50 million a year over five years. Worker's current contributions of 8.5 percent of earnings to the city's municipal and laborers retirement systems would rise to 11 percent over five years. Instead of retirees getting an annual 3 ...
(Reuters) - Police have told the parents of a missing Michigan doctor a body recovered from a northwestern Indiana lake may be that of their daughter, a private investigator working the case said on Monday. Teleka Patrick went missing on December 5 after attempting to check into a hotel in ...
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A drug smuggling boat loaded with roughly a ton of marijuana was found beached on Monday in California near a popular Malibu-area surfing spot, and three people located nearby were detained for questioning, a Los Angeles County sheriff's spokesman said. The so-called panga ...
"There's no doubt I've fallen short and I'm asking for forgiveness," Representative Vance McAllister said in a statement issued by his office. "I'm asking for forgiveness from God, my wife, my kids, my staff, and my constituents who elected me to serve." McAllister, who took ...
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A family of four rescued from their sailboat after the youngest of two children became seriously ill are due to return to California on Wednesday aboard a U.S. warship that picked them up over the weekend, Navy and Coast Guard officials said. Military officials declined on ...
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Vandals flipped over a handful of miniature Smart cars parked in two typically quiet San Francisco neighborhoods on Monday, authorities said. San Francisco police officers responding to reports of a loud crash at about 1 a.m. found four of the tiny energy-efficient ...
ATLANTA (Reuters) - After a courtroom outburst from a civil rights leader, a judge on Monday delayed the trial of a terminally ill former Atlanta school superintendent accused of conspiring to alter students' standardized test scores. Beverly Hall, who resigned her job as head of Atlanta school ...
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DENVER (Reuters) - Lawyers for the man charged with mass murder in a 2012 shooting frenzy that left 12 people dead at a Colorado movie theater have asked that his upcoming trial be moved out of the suburban Denver county where the case has been prosecuted. Defense attorneys argued in their motion ...
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AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - The shooting rampage at Fort Hood U.S. Army base last week started with an argument over leave and lasted eight minutes, with the suspected shooter getting in and out of his car as he fired on soldiers he worked with and others who happened onto his path, investigators ...
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The state Senate approved the measure making possession of up to 10 grams, or about a third of an ounce, of marijuana a civil offense. Democratic Governor Martin O'Malley said he would sign it. Supporters said decriminalization was an issue of justice since blacks were far more likely than people ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Older unemployed Americans got no help from laws against age discrimination during the recession and may have quit the labor force as a result, according to a Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco study. The study by David Neumark and Patrick Button, published on Monday, ...
Wyndham had argued that the commission did not have jurisdiction to sue over what it saw as lax security leading to data breaches, It had asked for the lawsuit to be dismissed. Judge Esther Salas, of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, disagreed and ruled that the FTC should be ...
A multi-state investigation and three-day stakeout ended the 23-year search for James Wade Barclay with his arrest on Saturday, the New Jersey State Police Department said. Barclay was arrested in 1989 and pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a 10-year-old multiple times over a two-year period, ...
MIAMI (Reuters) - The leader of a Florida megachurch has resigned after confessing to church administrators a "moral failing" preventing him from fulfilling his duties, according to a church statement over the weekend. Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale, a branch of the California ministry ...
(Reuters) - A Detroit teenager was charged as an adult on Monday in the severe beating of a motorist who stopped to help a 10-year-old boy he accidentally struck last week, prosecutors said. Bruce Wimbush, 17, was charged with assault with intent to murder and assault with intent to do great ...
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AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Texas will carry out the execution of convicted murderer Ramiro Hernandez this week after a U.S. appeals court on Monday ruled that the state does not have to reveal where it gets its lethal injection drug. Texas is set to execute Hernandez, a 44-year-old Mexican native, ...
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MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) - Minnesota Timberwolves basketball team forward, Dante Cunningham, charged last week with choking his live-in girlfriend during a domestic assault, is now suspected of sending her threatening messages, police said on Monday. Cunningham, 26, was arrested on a felony domestic ...
CHICAGO (Reuters) - An emergency braking system sensor was too close to the end of the rails to stop a passenger train that jumped the tracks and ran part-way up an escalator at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, federal safety investigators reported on Monday. The Chicago Transit Authority ...
PHOENIX (Reuters) - An unemployed Arizona woman accused of leaving her two young children in a hot car while she went to a job interview pleaded not guilty to two felony child abuse charges on Monday, court officials said. Shanesha Taylor, 35, made the plea during a brief arraignment in Maricopa ...
KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) - Investigators in Kansas City are searching for one or more gunmen who have been firing at area motorists over the last month, hitting at least 13 vehicles and injuring three people, police said on Monday. "We are having a rash of these. It's crazy," said ...
The Democrat-controlled House of Delegates approved passage 87-47 and sent the bill to Democratic Governor Martin O'Malley, who had made the measure a priority. Maryland's entry-level wage is $7.25 an hour and was last raised in 2006. The bill would raise it in stages to $10.10 in July 2018.
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Pratt & Whitney, the engine-making unit of United Technologies Corp, must redouble efforts to lower the cost of the single F135 engine it builds for the Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jet, a top U.S. military official said on Monday. Rear Admiral Randy Mahr, deputy ...
Investigators believe a male friend of the children's mother left the gun on top of a refrigerator in the family's home in the Mantua neighborhood on the city's west side, but it was moved to a bedroom where four siblings were playing on Saturday morning. The children located the gun, which was ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - The percentage of Americans without health insurance dipped to its lowest in nearly six years due in part to U.S. President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law, commonly known as Obamacare, according to a Gallup poll released on Monday. Some 15.6 percent of Americans lacked ...
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BOSTON (Reuters) - Convicted gangster James "Whitey" Bulger has a message for members of Boston's criminal underworld: If you confess to a crime you committed, he's not coming for you. Bulger was known for killing criminal associates he suspected of talking to police while he ran ...
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DENVER (Reuters) - Lawyers for the man charged with mass murder in a 2012 shooting frenzy that left 12 people dead at a Colorado movie theater have asked that his upcoming trial be moved out of the suburban Denver county where the case has been prosecuted. Defense attorneys argued in their motion ...
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A bare-chested protester interrupted a presentation by Southwestern Energy Co Chief Executive Steven Mueller at an investment conference on Monday, an apparent outburst against the natural gas producer's plans to expand into Canada. The protester stood toward the middle of ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - The driver of a train that derailed in December in New York City, killing four passengers, had an undiagnosed sleep disorder at the time of the accident, the National Transportation Safety Board said on Monday. William Rockefeller, the engineer at the controls of the ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to stop a lower court ruling from going into effect while the justices consider an appeal in a patent fight over Teva's top-selling multiple sclerosis drug Copaxone. On March 31, the high court agreed ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to consider whether a New Mexico photography company had free speech grounds to refuse to shoot the commitment ceremony of a same-sex couple. The court's refusal to intervene means an August 2013 New Mexico Supreme Court decision ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ducking a new case on the divisive issue of campaign finance, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a challenge to an Iowa law that bans corporate contributions in state elections. The court declined to take up the case just days after it issued a ruling lifting limits ...
Hockey sticks, gloves and helmets littered the ice at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York, about 30 miles east of New York City, as players from both teams grappled with each other for several minutes as the crowd roared their encouragement in videos posted on YouTube and Instagram. Beyond the ...
Firefighters in a Birmingham, Alabama, suburb worked for six hours to evacuate residents by boat and rope pulls after swift waters from a nearby creek flooded their apartments, said Homewood Fire Department Lieutenant Gus Murphree. No one was injured, he said.
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Pinette was found dead inside a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, hotel room on Saturday, an official with the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office said. Pinette died from natural causes and was discovered by family members, the official said.
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QINGDAO, China (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel took a two-hour tour around China's sole aircraft carrier on Monday, in an unprecedented opening by Beijing to a potent symbol of its military power. The carrier visit came at the start of Hagel's three day trip to China, his first as ...
More than 40 people, including several law enforcement officers, were taken to hospitals for treatment after clashes broke out between partygoers and police during the annual "Deltopia" street party in Isla Vista, about 11 miles south of Santa Barbara. The party draws up to 15,000 people ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will launch two new executive actions this week aimed at increasing transparency about women's pay in a continuing effort to ensure women are paid equally to their male counterparts for similar work, the White House said on Sunday. Obama and his ...
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AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers should look at arming commanders and easing restrictions for carrying weapons on military posts in the United States in the wake of a deadly shooting at the Fort Hood base in Texas, a prominent congressman said on Sunday. The remarks came as the Fort Hood ...
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McCaskill, as chairwoman of the Senate subcommittee on consumer protection and product safety, led a blistering round of questioning of GM chief executive officer Mary Barra last week. In an appearance on ABC's "This Week" show, McCaskill said GM now faced "a real moment of ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - CIA officials had rave reviews for Boris Pasternak's classic Russian novel "Doctor Zhivago" - not for its literary merit but as a propaganda weapon in the Cold War, the Washington Post reported on Sunday. The U.S. intelligence agency saw the book as a challenge to ...
Daniel Schlemmer died four days after investigators found him and his 3-year-old brother, Luke, unconscious on the floor of a bathroom inside their home in McCandless, about 11 miles north of Pittsburgh. The boys' mother, former teacher Laurel Michelle Schlemmer, had already been charged with the ...
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MOORE, Oklahoma (Reuters) - The mayor of Moore, Oklahoma, a municipality twice devastated by tornados in the past 15 years, is fixated on garage doors, knowing they are a key to protecting the city from even more damage during this year's tornado season. Moore, in the heart of "Tornado ...
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(Reuters) - An unexplained blast this week at a liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility in rural Washington state, which injured workers, forced an evacuation and raised alarm about a potentially large second explosion, could focus attention on the risk of storing massive gas supplies near population ...
The statement said embassy personnel were prohibited from using Baghdad International Airport "at this time" and urged American citizens all across Iraq to remain on alert. No further details were given.
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CHICAGO (Reuters) - Edward Snowden and reporter Glenn Greenwald, who brought to light the whistleblower's leaks about mass U.S. government surveillance last year, appeared together via video link from opposite ends of the earth on Saturday for what was believed to be the first time since Snowden ...
(Reuters) - Two teenagers were taken into custody on Saturday in the severe beating in Detroit of a motorist who stopped to help a 10-year-old boy he struck with his vehicle, with the arrests coming a day after city leaders decried the attack, police said. The two juveniles, age 16 and 17, were ...
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SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - Hundreds of Mormon women who want ecclesiastical equality were denied admittance to a male-only session of their faith's spring conference on Saturday, in their bid to promote the ordination of women into the lay priesthood. Adorned in purple, members of Ordain Women ...
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ATLANTA (Reuters) - The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Atlanta, who has been criticized for lavish spending of church money, on Saturday said he has decided to sell the $2.2 million mansion he has been using as his official residence. Money from the sale of the Tudor-style home in an exclusive ...
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(Reuters) - Rescuers plucked a seriously ill American baby girl and her family from a sailboat in the Pacific Ocean on Sunday and transferred them to a U.S. Navy frigate that will take them back to California, the U.S. Coast Guard said. The family was put into an inflatable raft then helped aboard ...
(Reuters) - The cause of a carbon monoxide leak near Cleveland was under investigation on Saturday, a day after an elderly woman was found dead and eight people were taken to hospital from an apartment building where deadly levels of the gas were detected, police said. The poisoning occurred in a ...
(Reuters) - Earthquakes rattled residents in Oklahoma on Saturday, the latest in a series that have put the state on track for record quake activity this year, which some seismologists say may be tied to oil and gas exploration. One earthquake recorded at 3.8 magnitude by the U.S. Geological ...
Rescue divers responding to a 911 call pulled four occupants - two men and two women - from the vehicle submerged in Steinway Creek. The four were declared dead on arrival at area hospitals, New York Police Department spokesman Adam Navarro said. The fifth occupant, a 20-year-old man who was the ...
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NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) - A key aide to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie testified on Friday in a far-reaching criminal investigation into the September 2013 lane closures near the George Washington Bridge, media reported. Michael Drewniak, a longtime spokesman for the embattled moderate ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The helicopter kicked up a cloud of freshly fallen snow that partly obscured the ground below, but despite the poor visibility, it gently touched down in a landing that was unremarkable except for the fact no one was at the controls. The helicopter, filmed during testing by ...
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PHOENIX (Reuters) - A team of 221 skydivers failed with their final attempt to break a world record in a daring jump above the southern Arizona desert on Friday, one day after a colleague died in a previous attempt, organizers said. Skydivers from 28 countries attempted the feat at about 19,500 ...
SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - The largest school district in Idaho has banned from its curriculum an award-winning book about the struggles of a Native American teenager after complaints by parents that the novel was rife with profanity, racial epithets and anti-Christian rhetoric. The school board in ...
MILFORD, Connecticut (Reuters) - Two British men who pleaded guilty to raising money for al Qaeda and the Taliban were denied their bid on Friday to gain access to secret documents about a witness whose testimony could have a major impact on how long they spend in prison. The pair, 39-year-old ...
SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - An Iraqi-American man charged with murdering his wife in their California home in what was first investigated as a hate crime heard testimony from his daughter on Friday that showed deep conflict within the family. Kassim Alhimidi, 49, who prosecutors accuse of beating his ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - General Dynamics Corp said on Friday that the U.S. Army denied its protest about the terms of multibillion-dollar competition for a new armored vehicle, which General Dynamics said were skewed to favor its rival, BAE Systems Plc. General Dynamics spokesman Pete Keating said ...
MIAMI (Reuters) - A federal judge on Friday sentenced a South Florida doctor to more than six years in prison on a money-laundering conviction related to prescriptions she wrote for thousands of painkillers to addicts and drug dealers. A jury in July 2013 acquitted Dr. Cynthia Cadet, 43, a retired ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit filed against the U.S. government by the families of three American citizens killed by U.S. drones in Yemen, saying senior officials cannot be held personally responsible for money damages for the act of conducting war. The ...
(Reuters) - Chicago transit officials on Friday fired a train operator who dozed off and did not wake up until cars jumped the end of the track at O'Hare International Airport and ran part-way up an escalator and stairs, a spokeswoman said. More than 30 people were injured, though none seriously, ...
Mayor Eric Papenfuse confirmed media reports that he had been subpoenaed and testified. He said the city was cooperating with Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane's office, including handing over documents. "I've never felt more confident that we will have accountability for ...
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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (Reuters) - A U.S. federal judge refrained on Friday from issuing an emergency order that would have parked millions of General Motors Co cars recalled for defective ignition switches linked to at least 13 deaths. District Court Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos at a hearing in ...
(Reuters) - A snowboarder who inadvertently triggered a deadly avalanche that engulfed a Montana home in February will not face charges for riding a mountain slope that was closed to the public at the time, prosecutors said on Friday. The avalanche that tore down a mountainside and into a Missoula ...
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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The personal data gathering abilities of Google, Facebook and other tech companies has sparked growing unease among Americans, with a majority worried that Internet companies are encroaching too much upon their lives, a new poll showed. Google and Facebook generally ...
(Reuters) - Detroit's mayor and city council president on Friday called for calm and condemned the severe beating that bystanders gave to a motorist who stopped to help a 10-year-old boy he had struck with his vehicle. Steven Utash, 54, who was surrounded by a group and beaten on Wednesday ...
(Reuters) - Chicago transit officials on Friday fired a train operator who dozed off and did not wake up until cars jumped the end of the track at O'Hare International Airport and ran part-way up an escalator and stairs, a spokeswoman said. More than 30 people were injured, though none seriously, ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former al Qaeda operative in Britain told a U.S. judge on Friday that he feared he would be arrested if he traveled to the United States to testify for the prosecution in the upcoming trial of the one-eyed, handless Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri. "I would like to ...
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wing Chau, an investment adviser made infamous in the "The Big Short," a best-selling book about the financial crisis, wept on the witness stand during his administrative trial on Friday before yelling, "Shame on you!" at a lawyer for the U.S. ...
Sihai Cheng supplied thousands of parts that have nuclear applications to Eyvaz, a company involved in Iran's nuclear weapons program, in violation of U.S. sanctions on Iran, federal prosecutors said. The indictment, unsealed on Friday, comes as Iran and six world powers are trying to negotiate a ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three million lower-income Americans have enrolled in the Medicaid program for the poor so far during the rollout of U.S. President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law, the administration announced on Friday. That brings to more than 10 million the number of people who have ...
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SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) - A prominent Democratic California state senator and gun-control advocate was indicted by a San Francisco grand jury on charges of corruption and conspiracy to traffic in firearms, according to court documents released on Friday. The indictment adds to the ...
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CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) - A South Carolina mother who gave her infant daughter a lethal dose of morphine via her breast milk was sentenced on Friday to 20 years in prison, a prosecutor said. Former nurse Stephanie Greene, 39, was convicted in Spartanburg on Thursday of homicide by ...
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Reuters) - A federal judge said on Friday that Ohio's ban on recognizing the marriages of same-sex couples wed outside the state was unconstitutional and would be struck down later this month. "I intend to issue a written decision and order by April 14, striking down as ...
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A year after ConAgra Foods Inc won the dismissal of a lawsuit claiming that its Hebrew National hot dogs were not kosher, a higher authority has given the case new life. A federal appeals court in St. Paul, Minnesota on Friday said a trial judge erred in dismissing the lawsuit ...
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - U.S. federal agents have uncovered two drug-smuggling tunnels underneath the U.S.-Mexico border, both surfacing in San Diego-area warehouses and equipped with rail systems for moving contraband, officials said on Friday. The discovery led to the arrest of a 73-year-old ...
MILFORD, Connecticut (Reuters) - Two British men who pleaded guilty to raising money for al Qaeda and the Taliban go to a U.S. court on Friday seeking access to secret documents about a witness whose testimony could influence how long they spend in prison. The pair, 39-year-old Babar Ahmad and ...
The Lakefield, Minnesota, company is recalling 22 models sold under the brands Kozy Heat Fireplaces, Ambiance Fireplaces and Stellar Hearth Products, the agency said in a statement. Hussong has received nine reports of gas being released prematurely and exploding, causing minor property damage. ...
The list was part of a letter found by officials at Wadsworth Elementary School in Griffith, Indiana, about 30 miles (50 miles) south of Chicago. "On Friday, March 28, 2014, a 'hit list' of students was discovered in the afternoon," Griffith Superintendent Peter Morikis said in a letter ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down the overall cap on federal election contributions is sending ripples across American politics, as states have begun backing away from their own restrictions on donations and lawyers are forecasting a new wave of challenges to ...
One man died in February and the other two died in late March, said a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. The men were all either 27 or 28 years old. They were among eight people who have contracted invasive meningococcal disease in 2014, the Public Health Department ...
The gap is growing by about $15 million per day, the California State Teachers Retirement System said in a written statement, and the system could run out of money in 32 years. "CalSTRS has slightly less than 67 cents on hand for every dollar it owes its members," CalSTRS spokeswoman ...
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PHOENIX (Reuters) - A federal judge on Thursday grilled an aide to Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio for misleading local residents about a ruling that found deputies racially profiled Latino drivers. During the tense hearing in Phoenix, U.S. District Judge Murray Snow also threatened to personally ...
The letter came a day before the U.S. Army is due to rule on a protest by General Dynamics Corp, which argues that the Army's rules for the competition are skewed to favor BAE Systems Plc's Bradley Fighting Vehicle, while putting General Dynamics' wheeled Stryker vehicles at a ...
SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - The daughter of an Iraqi-American man charged with killing his wife in what was first investigated as a hate crime, on Thursday tearfully described hearing her mother's murder from her upstairs bedroom and finding her dying on the kitchen floor. Fatima Alhimidi, taking the ...
PHOENIX (Reuters) - A German skydiver who was among 222 people trying to set a world record with a group-formation jump was killed on Thursday in the Arizona desert when her main parachute malfunctioned, police and a spokeswoman for the skydiving facility said. The skydiver, identified by police ...
RICHMOND, Virginia (Reuters) - Legislation requiring that the Korean name for the Sea of Japan be included in new school textbooks has become law in the U.S. state of Virginia, a victory for Korean-American campaigners backed by the South Korean government. Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe signed ...
(Reuters) - Texas on Thursday executed a suspected serial killer convicted of stabbing a teenage girl to death, a day after a federal appeals court rejected his challenge over the drugs to be used in his lethal injection. Tommy Lynn Sells, 49, was pronounced dead at 6:27 p.m. CDT after receiving a ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's plan for overhauling the National Security Agency's phone surveillance program could force carriers to collect and store customer data that they are not now legally obliged to keep, according to U.S. officials. One complication arises from the ...
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TALLAHASSEE (Reuters) - The Florida legislature on Thursday gave up on efforts to open the state to casino gambling, conceding that a deal "is not in the cards." A special committee on gaming failed to reach consensus on a 400-page bill that was intended to allow two "destination ...
SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - The daughter of an Iraqi-American man charged with killing his wife two years ago in what was first probed as a hate crime testified on Thursday that her parents had fought over plans for her to marry a cousin in the months leading up to the killing. Fatima Alhimidi, taking ...
(Reuters) - A New Jersey man was found guilty of first-degree murder on Thursday for tossing his toddler daughter, strapped in her car seat weighted down by a tire jack, into a frigid creek, prosecutors said. Arthur Morgan III, 29, faces life in prison without parole for the murder committed ...
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By Jon Herskovitz and Heide Brandes
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TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Reuters) - Florida Governor Rick Scott's efforts to purge non-U.S. citizens from the state's voter rolls, a move that has triggered legal challenges from voting rights groups, have been dealt the second significant setback in a week. A federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.N. panel will examine the rules for handling the kind of oil-by-rail shipments involved in several recent fiery derailments in a move that could rattle the fast-growing sector. The U.N. panel for shipping hazardous materials said this week it accepted a request from U.S. ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Texas tycoons Sam and Charles Wyly employed a labyrinthine system of offshore trusts to conceal stock trades in four companies on whose boards they sat, netting themselves more than $550 million in undisclosed profits, a U.S. government lawyer told a federal jury on ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee voted on Thursday to declassify its long-awaited report on the CIA's use of brutal interrogation methods that critics say amount to torture. Senator Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat who chairs the committee, said the vote was 11-3 to ...
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BOSTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - A number of U.S. states are jointly investigating a data breach involving a subsidiary of Experian Plc that exposed the social security numbers of some 200 million people to potential criminal activity. A Vietnamese man last month confessed in U.S. District Court in New ...
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The city's Chapter 9 bankruptcy case, the biggest in U.S. history, was filed in July 2013 amid high hopes expressed by the Kevin Orr that the bankruptcy would speed along. Instead, the case has largely limped along as scores of city creditors objected to pension cuts and other critical ...
PHOENIX (Reuters) - An experienced skydiver was killed while taking part in a 222-person group-formation jump trying to set a world record on Thursday when the victim's main parachute malfunctioned, a spokeswoman for the Arizona skydiving facility said. The skydiver, who was not immediately ...
(Reuters) - A suspected serial killer convicted of killing a 13-year-old girl and attempting to kill another girl is scheduled to be executed on Thursday in Texas, a day after an appeals court rejected his challenge regarding the drugs to be used in his lethal injection. The state, which executes ...
Nassau County policeman Nikolas Budimlic was justified in shooting at an armed robber who was using Hofstra University student Andrea Rebello as a shield, a report by the county district attorney said on Wednesday. The fact that Budimlic accidentally shot and killed Rebello, 21, did not change his ...
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Reuters) - Alabama measures to extend an abortion waiting period and tighten rules for minors seeking the procedure are headed to the governor's desk, but a move to ban abortions based on evidence of a fetal heartbeat appears stalled in the legislative session that ends on ...
NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City's ban on religious worship services inside school buildings after hours was ruled constitutional on Thursday by a federal appeals court. In a 2-1 decision, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the New York City Board of Education's regulation, created so ...
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The House Judiciary Committee voted instead on Wednesday to form a task force to investigate decriminalization over the next two years, said Ryan Lhotsky, the chief of staff for state Senator Bobby Zirkin, who sponsored the bill. "Hopefully it's not officially dead, but it's not the result we ...
The administrative building had been evacuated following the threat, received at 9:12 a.m. EDT, and a police search of the premises yielded "no credible threat," according to a posting on the university Web site. Spokeswoman Stephanie Reitz said the threat had come outside the university ...
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SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - The Nez Perce tribe once hunted bison in what is now Yellowstone National Park, and some tribal leaders want to revive the practice, which ended with Western settlement and the near total extermination of the once-vast U.S. bison herds. Today, remnants of the bison, or ...
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ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - Beer fans line up every winter at Intuition Ale Works in north Florida for the annual tapping of Underdark, a world-class dark brew aged for a year in bourbon barrels that sells out quickly even at $15 a bottle. Ben Davis, who owns the four-year-old local craft brewery ...
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BOSTON (Reuters) - The massive manhunt for the perpetrators of last year's Boston Marathon bomb attack exposed some "fault lines" in coordinating law enforcement at the federal, state and local levels, according to a study released on Thursday. Emergency responders racing to a crime ...
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(Reuters) - The latest shooting at Fort Hood is throwing a spotlight on the U.S. military's so-far frustrated efforts to secure its bases from potential shooters, who increasingly appear to see the facilities as attractive targets. A soldier with mental health problems killed three people and ...
Flight 886, which was carrying 118 passengers and five crew from an Atlanta airport to New York's LaGuardia Airport, was diverted to John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) because it has longer runways, Delta spokeswoman Leslie Scott said. "It wasn't traveling fast when it ...
Manny Pacheco, spokesman for the Marine Corps office in charge of land systems said the goal was to buy around 200 wheeled vehicles priced at $3 million to $6 million each under the first phase of the Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) program. Additional orders for specialized vehicles to be used ...
No one was injured in the incident shortly after 8 p.m. local time near Bowman Hall, an academic building, Kent State spokesman Eric Mansfield said. The school was placed on lockdown and students were told to shelter in place as police searched for the man on campus, according to alerts the ...
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The reduction represents a sharp decrease from the days soon after the March 22 mudslide, when at one point authorities had received up to 176 missing person reports related to the disaster. The current death toll stands at 29. (Reporting by Jonathan Kaminsky in Darrington, Washington; Writing by ...
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AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court overturned a temporary stay of execution on Wednesday for two Texas inmates challenging the state's lack of disclosure about the supplier of the drugs to be used in their lethal injections this month. The decision puts back on track an execution ...
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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will release on April 9 massive amounts of data on more than 880,000 individual doctors and other health professionals in all 50 states who participate in Medicare's Part B fee-for-service program, which covers physician fees and out-patient ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - A sea of New York City doormen marched along one of Manhattan's wealthiest strips of luxury buildings on the Upper East Side in a rally for higher wages on Wednesday, and authorized their union to strike if their demands are not met. In a city where housing prices have hit an ...
MIAMI (Reuters) - Florida authorities removed all lottery equipment and tickets from three convenience stores on Wednesday after an investigation by local newspaper found that store owners and clerks may have stolen millions of dollars in winning tickets and cashed them. The investigation, by The ...
PORTLAND, Oregon (Reuters) - Federal regulators are feeling the wrath of the entire Oregon congressional delegation over a ruling that threatens to crush a new state law allowing grocery stores and restaurants to sell refillable wine jugs. The U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau ruled ...
DALLAS (Reuters) - Advocacy groups filed a new lawsuit on Wednesday to challenge restrictions in Texas that have caused a third of abortion clinics there to close. The lawsuit comes days after a U.S. federal court ruled against them in a previous challenge. It was filed in an Austin federal court ...
So it was that President Barack Obama, his staff and accompanying press corps flew on one of the smaller planes in the fleet during his travels to Michigan and Illinois on Wednesday. The reason? The main jets were both in maintenance. "The VC-25 is undergoing some routine maintenance, so ...
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Reuters) - A federal judge on Wednesday set a May 19 trial date to determine whether a new Alabama law requiring doctors who perform abortions to obtain hospital admitting privileges poses a significant impediment for women seeking an abortion. U.S. District Judge Myron ...
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FORT HOOD, Texas (Reuters) - The suspected gunman at Fort Hood in Texas argued heatedly with fellow soldiers before going on a shooting spree that left three dead and 16 injured at the expansive U.S. Army base, a military investigator said on Friday. The suspected shooter Ivan Lopez, a 34-year-old ...
(Reuters) - A federal appeals court sided with abortion rights advocates on Tuesday in temporarily blocking Arizona from enforcing regulations that restrict access to abortion-inducing drugs by prohibiting off-label uses. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco issued a preliminary ...
Fort Hood said in a tweet it had asked all personnel on post to shelter in place. In November 2009, a U.S. Army major shot and killed 13 people and wounded more than 30 others during a shooting spree.
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PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Pennsylvania's top court on Wednesday rejected a bid by former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky to appeal his 2012 conviction on charges of sexually abusing children. In a case that rocked the world of big-time college sports, Sandusky was found guilty of 45 counts ...
DENVER (Reuters) - An African exchange student plummeted to his death from a hotel balcony after eating a marijuana-infused cookie, in the first reported pot-related death in the city since Colorado legalized recreational marijuana in 2012, the Denver coroner's office said on Wednesday. Levi ...
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MILFORD, Connecticut (Reuters) - A Connecticut woman whose face and hands were ripped off in an attack by a friend's pet chimpanzee in 2009, on Wednesday was denied a bid to sue the state for up to $150 million to cover her medical expenses. The state legislature's judiciary committee voted 35-3 ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - House of Representatives Republican leaders on Wednesday predicted passage of a budget blueprint offered by Representative Paul Ryan, despite criticism from conservative Tea Party activists who said the plan would not eliminate federal deficits quickly enough. "It'll ...
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CHICAGO (Reuters) - On a politically focused trip aimed at revving up his base and raising cash, President Barack Obama on Wednesday urged supporters to help Democrats keep control of the U.S. Senate and declared this year to be his last campaign. Buoyed by good news over his signature healthcare ...
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The estimate, released by the Chicago-based Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, reflects enrollment activity among 35 Blue Cross Blue Shield plans in 47 of the 50 states, including plans sold by WellPoint Inc, from October 1 through February 1. That data could help shed light on the integrity of ...
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AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A U.S. federal judge has temporarily suspended the execution of two inmates planned for this month in Texas, saying the state has hidden information about the supplier of the drugs to be used in the lethal injections. The decision is part of a series of recent court ...
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a preliminary injunction stopping enforcement of the statute while opponents, including Planned Parenthood, sought to overturn it in court. The FDA has approved RU-486, the so-called "abortion pill," for use within seven weeks' gestation. ...
JACKSON, Mississippi (Reuters) - Mississippi's governor said he will sign a religious freedom bill approved by state lawmakers over the objections of opponents who say it could be used as an excuse to refuse services to gays and minorities. The Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which passed 79-43 ...
SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - The trial of an Iraqi-American man accused of murdering his wife, a killing first investigated as a hate crime, resumed on Tuesday with his 19-year-old daughter expected to take the stand to testify about finding her mother bludgeoned and dying. The high-profile trial of ...
MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - A large swath of the U.S. Midwest is bracing for potentially dangerous weather including possible tornadoes as an intense storm system moves through the region on Wednesday and Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. The area of greatest risk includes Oklahoma, ...
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Judge Steven Rhodes, who is overseeing Detroit's historic bankruptcy case, overruled objections by city creditors who took issue with the timing and structure of the loan. "This court has previously held the city is service-delivery insolvent," Rhodes said.
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, who is testing the waters for the 2016 presidential race, on Wednesday unveiled a set of ideas on U.S. healthcare policy that he said could take the place of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law. Republicans have put their call ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. judge sentenced a former State Department analyst on Wednesday to 13 months in prison for sharing classified information about North Korea with a reporter in 2009 without authorization. Stephen Kim, 46, told U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly at a hearing that ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - About two-thirds of Americans say drug abusers need access to treatment to address their addiction rather than criminal prosecution that could lead to jail time, according to a poll released on Wednesday that highlights the public's shifting attitude toward illegal drugs in ...
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AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A U.S. federal judge has temporarily suspended the execution of two inmates planned for this month in Texas, saying the state has hidden information about the supplier of the drug to be used in the lethal injections. "The court stays plaintiffs' scheduled executions ...
(Reuters) - A forced evacuation of the area around Williams Cos Inc's damaged liquefied natural gas facility in rural Washington state has been lifted following an explosion on Monday. What prompted a blast that injured five workers and set off a potentially dangerous leak in a massive LNG tank at ...
PHOENIX (Reuters) - A team of 222 veteran skydivers from around the world will step off a small squadron of airplanes in the Arizona skies this week and float down in formation to try to shatter a world record, organizers said on Wednesday. Skydivers must execute two formations before deploying ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ukrainian industrialist Dmitry Firtash, a member of India's parliament and four others were indicted by a U.S. grand jury for their suspected role in an international corruption scheme, the U.S. Justice Department said on Wednesday. The indictment, which was returned under ...
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The loan deal received previous approval from the Detroit City Council and Michigan's Local Emergency Financial Assistance Loan Board. (Reporting by Karen Pierog; Editing by James Dalgleish)
Harry Richard Black, of Kettering, Ohio, died at his home on Sunday after a brief illness, the Dayton Daily News reported. Born in Philadelphia, Black's artistic career included a 20-year commission from the Department of the Interior to paint Smokey Bear, the fire prevention mascot who warns that ...
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WATERTOWN, Massachusetts (Reuters) - Thousands of firefighters from across the United States lined the streets of a Boston suburb on Wednesday to grieve for one of two firefighters who died battling a blaze in a downtown apartment building. In front of St. Patrick's Church in Watertown, where the ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - The question of whether a fragile Picasso painting that covers a wall in New York City's Four Seasons Restaurant will crumble if taken down to allow repairs went before a state court judge on Wednesday. The dispute between the restaurant's landlord and the painting's owner ...
DENVER (Reuters) - Voters in the small farming town of Deer Trail, Colorado, on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected a tongue-in-cheek proposal to issue hunting licenses to shoot down unmanned drones that fly over the hamlet's airspace, an election official said. The ballot question, which would have ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - District of Columbia city council member Muriel Bowser swept to victory over scandal-plagued Mayor Vincent Gray in the U.S. capital's crowded Democratic Party primary on Wednesday. Winning the Democratic primary is seen as tantamount to taking the general election in the ...
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HONOLULU (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Tuesday he expected to discuss lessons learned from the search for a missing Malaysian jetliner at talks with southeast Asian defense chiefs, but stopped short of criticizing Malaysia's coordination effort. The so-far fruitless search ...
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DETROIT/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - General Motors Co in 2005 decided not to change an ignition switch eventually linked to the deaths of at least 13 people because it would have added about a dollar to the cost of each car, according to an internal GM document provided to U.S. congressional ...
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If tsunami waves reach Hawaii they would strike at 3:24 a.m. (9:24 a.m. ET) local time on Wednesday, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said in a statement. The earthquake off Chile generated a tsunami that hit the northern part of the country and led officials to issue a tsunami warning for all ...
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(Reuters) - The United Auto Workers (UAW) on Tuesday asked a U.S. agency to stay an April 21 hearing related to a mid-February union vote it lost at a Tennessee Volkswagen plant, citing what it called new evidence of collusion between Republican lawmakers and anti-union groups. The union was ...
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SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) - Stung by a string of corruption charges against state lawmakers, California Democrats on Tuesday canceled a golf fundraiser that costs as much as $65,000 per foursome, saying it was time to re-evaluate the relationship between governing and raising money. Three ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. missile defense system could see additional costs and delays after several test failures and technical challenges in 2013, a congressional watchdog agency warned in a new report released Tuesday. The U.S. government has already spent $98 billion since 2002 to ...
CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) - Students and faculty at a liberal arts college in South Carolina are protesting the selection of the state's lieutenant governor as their next president, citing his record as a defender of Confederate history. Students at the College of Charleston have held ...
SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - The trial of an Iraqi-American man accused of killing his wife in a crime that was first investigated as a hate crime opened on Tuesday with testimony from a paramedic who described finding the woman bloodied and dying in her San Diego area home. Shaima Alawadi, a 32-year-old ...
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NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) - Two American men said to belong to an international cyber crime ring admitted hacking into accounts at banks, brokerage firms and government agencies in an attempt to steal some $15 million, New Jersey authorities said on Tuesday. The two were part of a scheme to ...
SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - Idaho State Police began an investigation on Tuesday into a Colorado man's claims that he was illegally searched and detained for suspected marijuana possession because his truck had license plates from a state that permits recreational pot use. Darien Roseen filed a ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A janitor suspected of murdering his wife and abducting an 8-year-old girl killed himself in a Washington, D.C. park and the search for the girl is ongoing, police said on Tuesday. The body of Kahlil Tatum, 51, was found in Kenilworth Park on Monday and had been there ...
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RICHMOND, California (Reuters) - A California city in the pricey San Francisco Bay Area postponed a vote on Tuesday to raise its minimum wage to $12.30, which if passed would be among the highest municipal "living wage" rates in the United States. The proposal before the city council in ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. proposal to consider freeing a jailed Israeli spy caught many American intelligence officials off-guard and will face stiff opposition if the Obama administration decides to go ahead with it in a bid to salvage Middle East peace talks, officials said. Negotiations ...
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James Valentine, 21, was part of a crew pruning trees on Monday afternoon when his saw suddenly kicked back and the blade sliced into him. His co-workers brought him down from the tree and he was taken to Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Emergency workers removed the motor ...
SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - The trial of an Iraqi-American man got under way in San Diego on Tuesday on charges he beat his wife to death, a 2012 killing first investigated as a possible anti-Muslim hate crime but later said by prosecutors to be the result of domestic violence. Shaima Alawadi, a ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military is working closely with Lockheed Martin Corp and other suppliers to lower the per-plane cost of the F-35 fighter jet and improve its reliability, the chief weapons buyer for the U.S. Air Force said in interview on Monday. Assistant Air Force Secretary ...
(Reuters) - The number of mumps cases from an outbreak in central Ohio has more than quadrupled over the last two weeks, to 116, mostly students at Ohio State University or people connected to the school, authorities said Tuesday. The outbreak had been limited to the university and those connected ...
The 28-year-old woman and her partner were wed on March 22 in Washtenaw County, one of four counties that briefly allowed same-sex nuptials after a federal judge struck down the Michigan ban on same-sex nuptials. The woman was confronted by three men after she got off a bus on Monday evening close ...
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(Reuters) - The unfunded liabilities of public-employee pension plans rose by 10 percent in fiscal 2012 to a record $914 billion, hit by low investment returns, missed contributions and unfunded benefits, underscoring the pension funding crisis in U.S. states and cities, a report by the Pew ...
Colin Chisholm III and his wife, Andrea, allegedly received more than $165,000 in food stamps and other public assistance over a seven-year period, a Minnesota prosecutor said. Police in the Bahamas spotted the couple on Monday and told them their visas had expired. Authorities then escorted the ...
CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) - Students and faculty at a liberal arts college in South Carolina are protesting the selection of the state's lieutenant governor as their next president, citing his record as an avid defender of Confederate history. Students at the College of Charleston have ...
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SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) - FBI agents searched a legislative office in California's capital on Tuesday that was used by staff of state Senator Leland Yee, who faces charges of corruption and gun trafficking, a senate official said. Yee, a San Francisco Democrat who was the senate's first ...
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SUNBURY, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - The woman dubbed the "Craigslist killer" suspect appeared on Tuesday in a Pennsylvania courtroom, where legal arguments focused largely on the online activities of the man she is accused of murdering. The appearance in Northumberland County Court of ...
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Prison records posted on Tuesday show Rashad Charjuan Owens, 21, from Killeen, Texas, has had the charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon added to his detention booking. Each count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon can bring up to life in prison while a conviction on capital ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - George Soros won a bid on Tuesday to dismiss a $50 million claim by an ex-girlfriend who claimed he reneged on a promise to buy her a pricey Manhattan apartment, but the appeals court did not dismiss an assault claim against the 83-year-old billionaire. A New York state ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A body found in a Washington, D.C., park has been identified as that of a janitor suspected of murdering his wife and abducting an 8-year-old girl whose disappearance has made national headlines, police said on Tuesday. The dead man found in the 700-acre park on Monday was ...
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BOSTON (Reuters) - A Saudi Arabian national who was injured in the bombing attack on last year's Boston Marathon has filed a defamation lawsuit against television commentator Glenn Beck for publicly accusing him of being the "money man" behind the attacks. Beck, a conservative television ...
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Decisions, decisions. A high school senior on Long Island has been accepted at all eight of the elite Ivy League schools - Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Yale, Princeton and the University of Pennsylvania, he told Reuters between classes on Tuesday.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - African-American children's poverty, poor housing and lack of access to education pose a national crisis, said a report released Tuesday that found a wide gap in well-being among U.S. children of different races. In almost every region of the United States, African-American, ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York legislators approved a $137.9 billion budget for the state's 2014-15 fiscal year late on Monday, providing funding for statewide full-day pre-kindergarten programs and keeping spending growth below 2 percent. Passed on the last day of the state's fiscal year, the ...
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HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - A woman dubbed the "Craigslist killer" suspect makes her first court appearance on Tuesday in Pennsylvania since making controversial claims that she is a serial killer with at least 22 victims. Miranda Barbour, 19, and her husband, Elytte Barbour, ...
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U.S. officials who have seen a Senate Intelligence Committee report on the CIA interrogation program described damning new information about a network of secret detention facilities, also called "black sites", the Washington Post said. The Intelligence Committee is responsible for ...
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Archbishop Wilton Gregory said he took his "eye off the ball" after the archdiocese received a $15 million donation from the estate of Joseph Mitchell, a nephew "Gone With The Wind" author, Margaret Mitchell. Pope Francis has been urging Roman Catholic officials to live simpler ...
The attack happened on Monday in an apartment in the town of League City, about 25 miles southeast of Houston. When police arrived, the dog was in the process of mauling the two-year-old child, as the mother made efforts to ward it off. Officers shot the dog, and the child was flown to a nearby ...
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(Reuters) - The Asiana Airlines Inc flight that crashed in San Francisco in July, killing three passengers, was likely because the pilots were flying dangerously slow and a warning system that should have alerted them was inadequate, according to conclusions drawn by the airline and reported in ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Police may have found the body of a janitor suspected of murdering his wife and abducting an 8-year-old girl whose disappearance had made national headlines, District of Columbia Police Chief Cathy Lanier said on Monday. Authorities have been searching for the girl, Relisha ...
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BOSTON (Reuters) - Archivists in Boston used to handling documents ranging from budget records to minutes of city council meetings, along with an occasional file dating to the city's 17th-century founding, have spent the last year processing thousands of sneakers, T-shirts and letters. It has been ...
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The congressional watchdog agency said it now estimates the Pentagon will spend $332.3 billion over coming decades to develop the new radar-evading F-35 jet and buy a total of 2,457 aircraft, about 3.3 percent less than last year's estimate. The new estimate was provided in fiscal year 2014 ...
Funding for public schools has decreased by about $215 million since 2008, although there are 40,000 more public school students, according to the Oklahoma Education Coalition, which helped organize the protest. "When that many people converge at the foot of the Capitol, they cannot ignore ...
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The action cleared a second Republican procedural roadblock in as many weeks and moved the bill toward anticipated Senate passage later this week. But the White House-backed measure is expected to die when it reaches the Republican-led House of Representatives.
By a vote of 64-35, the Democratic-led Senate sent the measure, approved last week by the Republican-led House of Representatives, to President Barack Obama to sign into law. The bill would give doctors a one-year reprieve from a 24 percent cut set to kick in this week under the Medicare payment ...
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judge has thrown out a $12 million punitive damages award to billionaire William Koch in his lawsuit accusing a fellow oenophile of selling him 24 bottles of fake Bordeaux, and reduced the award to just $711,622. U.S. District Judge J. Paul Oetken in Manhattan agreed ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An Idaho man who fired a rifle at the White House in 2011 was sentenced on Monday to 25 years in prison, lawyers said. Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, 23, of Idaho Falls, Idaho, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., for firing at least eight rounds with a ...
ALBUQUERQUE (Reuters) - New Mexico's governor urged calm on Monday after weekend protests over the police shooting of a mentally ill homeless man in Albuquerque turned to scuffles and ended with shots of tear gas into the crowd. Four people were charged with disorderly conduct as a result of ...
The scam took advantage of tens of thousands of people, many of them elderly, between May 2011 and December 2013, the FTC said. Some of that money was returned to the victims, the FTC added. The FTC accused Ari Tietolman, Marc Ferry and others of setting up a boiler room in Canada to cold-call ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A prominent Virginia state politician whose mentally ill son attacked him before committing suicide said on Monday that healthcare reforms passed because of the incident would prevent other tragedies. Democratic state Senator and former gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds ...
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The law makes possession a civil violation with a penalty of $25, lower than most city parking tickets. Possession had been a misdemeanor carrying up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. "He did sign it this morning," said spokeswoman Doxie McCoy. Gray is facing a tight race in the ...
(Reuters) - A spring blizzard swept through the northern U.S. Plains and upper Midwest on Monday causing treacherous driving conditions under heavy snow and strong winds that forced schools and some state offices to close. The storm was expected to dump a foot of snow as winds reach 60 mph in ...
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JACKSON, Mississippi (Reuters) - The Mississippi Supreme Court on Monday ordered a new trial for a female death row inmate, only days after she was given a last minute reprieve from execution. Michelle Byrom, 57, would have become the first woman to be executed in the state in 70 years. She was ...
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(Reuters) - Former Penn State President Graham Spanier filed a federal lawsuit on Monday seeking to end the state's prosecution of him on charges he tried to cover up child abuse by onetime assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. Spanier is one of three former school officials accused of lying to ...
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judge has thrown out a $12 million punitive damages award to billionaire William Koch in his lawsuit accusing a fellow oenophile of selling him 24 bottles of fake Bordeaux, and reduced the award to just $711,622. U.S. District Judge J. Paul Oetken in Manhattan agreed ...
Students and staff at the school, in Owings Mills outside of Baltimore, were told to shelter in place at about 2:30 p.m. local time after police and school security received calls that a gunman was spotted at the school. "It appears that the incident was caused by two students who had the ...
BOSTON (Reuters) - Archivists in Boston used to handling documents ranging from budget records to minutes of city council meetings, along with an occasional file dating to the city's 17th-century founding, have spent the last year processing thousands of sneakers, T-shirts and letters. It has been ...
DENVER (Reuters) - Two workers helping mitigate the risk of avalanches on a Colorado mountain pass were injured on Monday when a mortar shell used to trigger controlled snow slides to prevent larger ones exploded prematurely, officials said. The accident occurred just after sunrise on Loveland ...
Emergency responders are evacuating residents within a two-mile radius of the site to a shelter in Hermiston, Oregon, and established roadblocks on a nearby highway and an interstate artery, said Deanna Davis, a public information officer with the Benton County Emergency Management office. The ...
HOUSTON (Reuters) - A woman charged with beating her boyfriend to death with a stiletto high heel after a night of drinking faced a Texas jury on Monday as opening arguments began in a trial expected to take about a week. Prosecutors say Ana Trujillo, 45, stabbed University of Houston professor ...
Some 50 percent of voters in Virginia backed gay marriage, while 42 percent opposed it, a Quinnipiac University poll said. Same-sex marriage is recognized in 17 states and the District of Columbia.
MIAMI (Reuters) - The mayor and other Miami officials are calling for the end of the annual Ultra electronic dance music festival after a security guard was trampled and rushed to the hospital with brain injuries when gate-crashers broke through a security fence during the three-day event. The ...
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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the new requirement will apply to all vehicles under 10,000 pounds (4,500 kg), including buses and trucks. "Rear visibility requirements will save lives, and will save many families from the heartache suffered after these tragic ...
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New York City accused FedEx of creating a "public nuisance" through its partnership with Shinnecock Smoke Shop to ship untaxed cigarettes to homes. An amended complaint filed on Sunday included New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman among the plaintiffs seeking more than $239 ...
Lakeland High School in Shrub Oak and Walter Panas High School in Cortlandt Manor were searched by police after receiving the threats at 10:15 a.m. EDT, Lakeland Central School District said. Less than two hours later, authorities completed sweeps of the buildings and found them to be safe, it ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's national healthcare program signed up more than 7 million people by the end of March, the president said on Tuesday, notching a rare victory after a months-long, glitch-filled rollout of the law. Appearing in the White House Rose Garden, the ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Training for U.S. Navy SEALs, the special operations force, follows a warrior tradition that harkens back to Samurais, but fitness experts say the tough regime is gaining popularity with entrepreneurs, corporate executives, lawyers and elite athletes. The workout, geared ...
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The City of New York had sued FedEx last December, accusing the company of creating a "public nuisance" through its partnership with Shinnecock Smoke Shop to ship untaxed cigarettes to homes. An amended complaint filed on Sunday included the State of New York Attorney General Eric ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court justices stepped gingerly into a raging debate over computer software on Monday, voicing concerns about vaguely defined patents but signaling they would avoid any radical change to existing law. This may help tech companies fend off lawsuits filed by ...
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(Reuters) - Yellowstone National Park, which sits atop one of the world's largest super-volcanoes, was struck on Sunday by a magnitude 4.8 earthquake, the biggest recorded there since February 1980, but no damage or injuries were immediately reported. The tremor, a relatively light event by ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - General Motors came under withering attack for its decade-long failure to notify the public about defective parts linked to fatal crashes, as a U.S. Senate hearing opened on Wednesday with accusations that the company fostered "a culture of cover-up." Rebutting ...
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - A woman dubbed the so-called Craigslist killer suspect, who is accused of luring a man to his death through the classified ad website, claims two other men responded to her online post but failed to show up to their planned meetings, according to a jailhouse ...
PHOENIX, Arizona (Reuters) - Basketball fans went on a rampage, lobbing bottles and firecrackers, outside the University of Arizona after the school's team narrowly lost to the University of Wisconsin in an NCAA tournament game, police said on Sunday. Tucson police in riot gear used pepper spray ...
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DARRINGTON, Washington (Reuters) - Days after a Washington state mudslide left dozens dead and missing, Dan Rankin stood in a high school gymnasium and hugged tight a teenage girl reeling from the loss of her sister. Before the March 22 disaster, Rankin's main tasks as mayor of the small logging ...
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UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has selected a new ambassador to represent Tehran at the United Nations, Hamid Abutalebi, a veteran diplomat who has held key European postings in the past, Iranian sources said. Abutalebi, who has served as Iran's ambassador to Italy, ...
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(Reuters) - A Mexican immigrant to the United States whose daughter asked Pope Francis for help in stopping her father's deportation has been released from custody, but U.S. immigration officials said there was no papal intervention. Mario Vargas-Lopez was free on bond from a detention center in ...
"When the weather lets up, we will begin letting people in through the gates. Right now we are still in evacuation procedures," the organizers of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg said in a statement. Florida, from the Panhandle region to Miami, was expected to be lashed by ...
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DETROIT/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When General Motors Co Chief Executive Mary Barra faces Congress next week she will have to explain how the top brass at the biggest U.S. automaker can say they knew nothing for more than a decade about a faulty ignition switch linked to crashes and at least 12 ...
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(Reuters) - Two families who settled with General Motors Co over fatal crashes linked to faulty ignition switches are considering trying to overturn the agreements, after the company disclosed it had known about the issue for years. The lawyer of one family said he could challenge the agreement, ...
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(Reuters) - Residents of southern California were rattled by a 4.1 magnitude earthquake Saturday afternoon, the largest of more than 100 aftershocks following Friday's 5.1 rumbler that caused light scattered damage around the Los Angeles area. Saturday's quake rippled through an area near Rowland ...
Robert James Talbot Jr., 38, of Katy, Texas, was arrested by U.S. agents Thursday after an eight-month federal probe as he was about to rob an armored car with inert explosives provided to him by informants who had entered his group, according to a criminal complaint filed in a U.S. federal court ...
MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - A state lawmaker in Wisconsin ousted weeks ago as a Republican leader of the Assembly over accusations of sexual harassment was charged Friday with sexually assaulting a female aide to a senator in 2011, according to a criminal complaint. Republican Bill Kramer was accused in ...
DALLAS (Reuters) - A Texas court on Friday began screening thousands of potential jurors to serve in the October trial of a case that dominated headlines last year, when a man was accused of shooting dead three people, including two prosecutors. Nearly 3,000 people have been summoned to come to ...
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DENVER (Reuters) - Colorado needs to strengthen efforts to combat wildfires to prevent future destructive blazes but need not create its own state-run aerial fleet of water-dropping planes, a firefighting agency recommended on Friday. The report by the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and ...
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Juan Elias "Cruzito" Garcia, 21, a reputed member of the murderous international gang known as MS-13, was taken into custody when he voluntarily returned to the United States to face criminal prosecution, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said in a press release. Garcia, who has ties ...
Eight of the injured people were taken to hospitals and one person was treated at the scene, the Wayne Township Fire Department said on its twitter feed. All were in stable condition, it said. A "pressurized release" of nitric acid occurred on the manufacturing floor in one of the ...
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Dzohkhar Tsarnaev, who is charged with killing three people and injuring 264 with homemade bombs at the April 15, 2013, marathon and shooting dead a university police officer a few days later, faces the threat of execution if convicted of the worst mass-casualty attack on U.S. soil since September ...
(Reuters) - The Louisiana Department of Corrections does not plan to appeal a U.S. Court decision this week that compels it to reveal to inmates on death row the content and maker of drugs used in lethal injections, a prisons official said on Friday. The decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Friday threw out a federal regulation that allowed government agencies to transfer water between different water bodies, such as rivers and lakes, without needing to safeguard for pollution. U.S. District Judge Kenneth Karas of the Southern District of New ...
OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - Oklahoma police on Friday arrested a 67-year-old woman suspected of murdering two women and a child who went missing more than 20 years ago and whose skeletal remains were discovered in 2013. Beverly Noe was arrested on Friday in the murders of Wendy Camp, 23, her ...
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SUNBURY, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - A judge on Friday loosened an injunction restricting the movements of a Pennsylvania anti-fracking activist to allow her access to her local hospital, grocery and other places declared off-limits because they sat atop land leased for gas extraction. Until Judge ...
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"David tendered his resignation to me this afternoon, effective immediately," Christie told reporters a day after a law firm hired by his office released a report finding Christie faultless in the recent "Bridgegate" scandal. (Reporting by Daniel Kelley; Writing by Scott Malone)
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(Reuters) - The California state Senate suspended three Democratic lawmakers on Friday charged with federal criminal cases including Leland Yee, who was arrested this week in an FBI sweep on corruption and gun trafficking charges. The Senate voted 28-1 to suspend the three, all of whom have been ...
SUNBURY, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - A Pennsylvania journalist will not have to testify about his jailhouse interview with so-called Craigslist murder suspect Miranda Barbour, in which she reportedly claimed to be a serial killer. The subpoena seeking the newspaper reporter's testimony was withdrawn ...
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Matthew and Grace Huang were arrested in January last year after their 8-year-old daughter, Gloria, died unexpectedly. An autopsy found that she had died of "cachexia and dehydration", while the prosecutor charged the couple with "murder with intent by forced starvation". ...
DC fire department spokesman Tim Wilson said investigators determined "that the substance was non hazardous." Emergency responders investigated the scene after the powder was reported at the rail and bus station, which is just blocks from the U.S. Capitol.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Jeremiah Denton, a former U.S. senator who was held as a prisoner of war by North Vietnam for more than seven years and revealed his treatment by blinking the word "torture" in Morse code during a televised interview, died on Friday at age 89. Denton died at a ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the nuclear missile wing at a base in Montana resigned on Thursday and nine officers were removed from their jobs over a test-cheating scandal that involved 91 missile launch officers, the Air Force said. Lieutenant General Stephen Wilson, head of the Air Force's ...
The move means that other regional carriers that fly under the American Eagle brand, such as Republic Airways Holdings, could get more work from the world's largest airline. The Air Line Pilots Association union, which represents more than 2,700 pilots at American Eagle, said 92 percent of ...
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More than 300 couples were married last Saturday, a day after U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman lifted Michigan's same-sex marriage ban, saying it violated the U.S. Constitution. The state appealed the ruling later on Saturday and Michigan Governor Rick Snyder said the newly-weds would not ...
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The three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said the 2013 regulation, which concerns country of origin details for muscle cuts of meat, can be enforced. The American Meat Institute and related trade associations had asked for a preliminary injunction ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Friday it will take a hard look at whether new regulations are needed to cut emissions of methane from the oil and gas industry, part of President Barack Obama's plan to address climate change. The suggestion drew a sharp rebuke from the main oil and ...
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(Reuters) - A prolonged drought in California could lead to ratings downgrades on the state's water and public power utilities unless they show a willingness to raise prices, according to a report by Fitch Ratings. "Ratings could eventually be pressured if the severity and duration of this ...
By Dan Levine and Sharon Bernstein SAN FRANCISCO/SACRAMENTO (Reuters) - A prominent California lawmaker was arrested on Wednesday in an FBI sweep that netted 26 people, a high-profile case that could affect statewide elections and brings to three the number of Democratic state senators who face ...
(Reuters) - Northwestern University football players who tentatively won the right to unionize are digging in for a lengthy legal and political battle with the Illinois school that could reshape the multimillion-dollar sports business U.S. colleges have built around unpaid amateur players. As ...
(Reuters) - An investigative team plans to re-enter an underground nuclear waste site in New Mexico next week for the first time since an accidental release of unsafe levels of radiation there last month, a U.S. Energy Department official said Thursday. U.S. authorities now say that 21 workers at ...
MILFORD, Connecticut (Reuters) - Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy on Thursday signed into law a measure that will phase in the highest minimum wage of any U.S. state, in line with a push by Democrats nationwide to raise the entry-level wage. The bill, which was approved by state legislators a ...
Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin, a Michigan Democrat, criticized the Navy's plan to "break" the multi-year purchase agreement during a hearing on the Navy and Marine Corps budget requests. "This action would result in the government having to pay termination ...
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AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Texas executed convicted murderer Anthony Doyle on Thursday as it kept the pace of executions steady while other states have had to postpone capital punishments because they cannot obtain drugs used in lethal injections. Doyle, 29, was convicted of beating food delivery ...
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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A prominent state senator withdrew from a race for California Secretary of State on Thursday, a day after he was arrested by FBI agents and charged with corruption and conspiring to import and traffic firearms, his attorney said. Democratic state Senator Leland Yee said ...
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court upheld a Texas law on Thursday that places restrictions on abortions, saying a provision requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital was a reasonable regulation. Those opposed to the law have said it amounts to a ...
Dr. John Fuller, a 60-year-old pain specialist, has been charged with one count of sexual battery and one count of rape by instrumentation, it said. Fuller's attorney, Scott Adams, was not immediately available to comment on Thursday. Adams told reporters on Wednesday the charges were baseless and ...
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Incompetent teachers in California are holding back poor and minority children, an attorney for several students said on Thursday in closing arguments for a closely watched trial that could change the way public school teachers are hired and fired in the most populous U.S. ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers on Thursday grilled an Obama administration official on the government's decision to renew a contract with student loan servicing company SLM Corp, the subject of numerous government investigations. Massachusetts Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren said during ...
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"We have determined that our term-life formula results in reserves that are high relative to actuarial experience and should be modernized," New York Department of Financial Services superintendent Benjamin Lawsky said in a letter to other state regulators on Thursday. The modifications ...
East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - Suspects have been identified in the death of a college student in a Pennsylvania fraternity hazing incident but authorities are waiting for forensic medical reports before making arrests, officials said on Thursday. Charges may not be filed until May in ...
Under the agreement, UBS AG and Merrill Lynch Capital Services, a unit of Bank of America Corp. would no longer have to support the financially hobbled city's plan to restructure its debts. Other creditors had said they could be subject to a "cram down" if the banks officially approved ...
Carroll County Commissioner Robin Bartlett Frazier began the group's budget meeting with a prayer she says was written by George Washington, the first U.S. president, that referred to Jesus Christ at least three times. The budget meeting came two days after a U.S. District Court judge in Maryland ...
BOSTON (Reuters) - Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick on Thursday declared a public health emergency over rising heroin and opioid addiction in the state, and announced measures to make overdose reversal medication more widely available. The move comes as states across America report sharp ...
Matthew and Grace Huang were arrested in January last year after their 8-year-old daughter, Gloria, died unexpectedly. An autopsy found she had died of "forced starvation" and malnutrition. But the couple argued she had been suffering from malnutrition-related diseases since they adopted ...
DeAndre Tatum "passed away as a result of his injuries," Austin police said on their Twitter feed. Tatum, a Fort Worth, Texas, resident, had been in critical condition at an Austin hospital since the March 13 incident. Rashad Charjuan Owens, 21, from Killeen, Texas, has been charged with ...
NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) - Federal authorities charged 21 people with running a New Jersey heroin trafficking ring after investigators intercepted phone conversations that used coded language and were made on disposable cellphones. Most of those charged in the drug bust on the Jersey Shore ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Pennsylvania woman who protested at the White House will get an apology and a family trip to Washington from the U.S. Secret Service to settle a lawsuit that accused the officers of effectively turning her away. Under the settlement approved by a judge on Thursday, two ...
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Negotiators for New York City and more than 100,000 teachers and school workers could agree on the outline for a deal to end a four-year contract dispute as soon as the end of April, a person with direct knowledge of the talks said. Reaching a framework for a contract ...
ATLANTA (Reuters) - A U.S. Army soldier accused of using his wife's $500,000 life insurance benefits to fund an anti-government militia group was convicted on Thursday of killing her and their unborn child, a military spokesman said. A military judge found Private Isaac Aguigui, 22, guilty of ...
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - Prosecutors pressing charges against the so-called Craigslist murder suspect, who told a small newspaper in Pennsylvania that she was a serial killer, head to court this week hoping to force the reporter to testify about the jailhouse interview. Miranda ...
Carroll County Commissioner Robin Bartlett Frazier began the group's budget meeting with a prayer she says was written by George Washington, the first U.S. president, that referenced Jesus Christ at least three times. The budget meeting came two days after a U.S. District Court judge in Maryland ...
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Texas is set to put to death convicted murderer Anthony Doyle on Thursday as it keeps its pace of executions steady while other states have had to postpone capital punishments because they cannot obtain drugs used in lethal injections. Doyle, 29, was convicted of beating ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the nuclear missile wing at a base in Montana resigned on Thursday and nine officers were removed from their jobs over a test-cheating scandal that involved 91 missile launch officers, the Air Force said. Lieutenant General Stephen Wilson, head of the Air Force's ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. senators seeking to curb frivolous patent litigation plan to add a "loser pays" amendment into a bill that many believe has a good chance of becoming law, a leading lawmaker said on Thursday. The change would require parties that lose lawsuits to cover ...
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NASHVILLE (Reuters) - For many first-time marathoners, the idea of covering 26.2 miles on foot is a daunting one. That distance is a jog around the block compared with what a group of Tennessee runners will undertake next month when they set off on a 1,075-mile relay to Boston, where they plan to ...
On a 65-34 vote, the bipartisan measure advanced toward anticipated Senate passage, yet it will likely die when it reaches the Republican-led House of Representatives. House Speaker John Boehner, the top Republican in Congress, has called the measure "unworkable," citing concerns by ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More than 6 million people have now signed up for private insurance plans under President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law known as Obamacare, reflecting a surge in enrollments days before the March 31 deadline, the White House said on Thursday. The milestone gives ...
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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A rare tornado has damaged about a dozen homes in Northern California, sending roof tiles and solar panels flying and leaving residents of the city of Roseville in shock over the unusual event, officials said on Thursday. The twister descended late on Wednesday in a ...
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(Reuters) - A few U.S. states whose newly created Obamacare insurance exchanges were stalled by technology failures may join the federal government's HealthCare.gov marketplace for next year, while only two states that relied on the administration plan to go it alone. Exchange officials in Oregon, ...
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As Tuesday's fire consumed the building in the luxury apartment complex, construction supervisor Curtis Reissig swung from the fifth floor to a fourth floor balcony to escape raging flames above and behind him. The action was caught on video that went viral on YouTube. With no means of escape, he ...
Kansas City, Missouri (Reuters) - Former fugitive Virgil Tillman will have plenty of time to contemplate his unfortunate choice of restaurants as he sits in jail. Wanted on weapons and drugs charges by three counties in two states, Tillman was spotted at a pricey restaurant in Kansas City, ...
The arrests came after airport police and the Los Angeles Police Department served 25 search warrants late on Wednesday as part of an investigation focused on current and former employees of companies hired by airlines to handle luggage, police said. "It's a disappointment, but a fact of ...
SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - Mexican restaurants in the United States are being squeezed by a sudden jump in the price of limes, an essential ingredient, which has led managers in places like San Antonio that are a hotbed for the cuisine to alter recipes. "Mexico received some heavy rains that ...
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MISSOULA, Montana (Reuters) - A Montana bride who shoved her husband off a cliff at Glacier National Park was sentenced to 30 years in prison on Thursday after a federal judge denied her request to withdraw her guilty plea to a charge of second-degree murder. Attorneys for Jordan Graham, 22, had ...
DALLAS (Reuters) - Planned Parenthood will open a $5 million surgical abortion facility in San Antonio in a few months as other providers have been forced to close because of stringent restrictions passed by Texas lawmakers last year. The facility is expected to be completed by September, when new ...
(Reuters) - A federal data-sharing system meant to prevent healthcare providers banned from one state's Medicaid program from billing another state's program isn't working as intended, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General. Two years after ...
JACKSON, Mississippi (Reuters) - A Mississippi woman convicted of murder could become the first female prisoner executed in the state in 70 years, as defense attorneys on Thursday pressed for a last-minute reprieve arguing her son has repeatedly confessed to the crime. Mississippi Attorney General ...
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DENVER (Reuters) - Forty-eight hours after a recent windstorm blew a wall of tumbleweeds into his community on the high plains of Colorado, Robert McClintock and his neighbors were still working to clear away heaps of the spiny plant. "It was crazy. Some piles were more than 10 feet ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration on Thursday announced details of its plan to end the government's vast bulk collection of data about phone calls made in the United States, including new procedures to get judicial approval before asking companies for such records. Under the plan, ...
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The British group, which believes that some supplies may not contain authentic Alli, is working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on the retailer-level recall. News of the tampering first emerged on Wednesday.
NASHVILLE (Reuters) - For many first-time marathoners, the idea of covering 26.2 miles on foot is a daunting one. That distance is a jog around the block compared with what a group of Tennessee runners will undertake next month when they set off on a 1,075-mile relay to Boston, where they plan to ...
(Reuters) - Closing arguments were set to begin Thursday in a closely watched California legal case that could change the way public school teachers are hired and fired in the most populous U.S. state. The two-month trial focused on the question of whether five laws meant to protect teachers' jobs ...
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Texas is set to put to death convicted murderer Anthony Doyle on Thursday as it keeps steady its pace of executions while other states have had to postpone capital punishments because they cannot obtain drugs used in lethal injections. Doyle, 29, was convicted of beating ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - An analysis of government data on hospital safety, including how likely patients are to die of avoidable surgical complications, shows that hospitals vary markedly on these measures and that patients are at higher risk in some nationally-known facilities than at tiny hospitals ...
(Reuters) - A federal data-sharing system meant to prevent healthcare providers banned from one state's Medicaid program from billing another state's program isn't working as intended, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General. Two years after ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A congressional report issued on Wednesday on the Boston Marathon bombings urges more cooperation among law enforcement agencies, saying a "greater sharing of information might have altered the course of events." The report by the House of Representatives Homeland ...
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SAN FRANCISCO/SACRAMENTO (Reuters) - A prominent California lawmaker was arrested on Wednesday in an FBI sweep that netted 26 people, a high-profile case that could affect statewide elections and brings to three the number of Democratic state senators who face criminal charges this year. Senator ...
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(Reuters) - A Montana bride who shoved her husband of eight days off a cliff at Glacier National Park is due to be sentenced on Thursday, and a judge was expected to rule on a defense motion to withdraw her guilty plea to a second-degree murder charge. Attorneys for 22-year-old Jordan Graham on ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy would add two Boeing Co EA-18G Growler electronic attack fighters to each five-plane squadron on its aircraft carriers, if Congress will fund its request of $2.1 billion for 22 more of the aircraft. Rear Admiral Michael Manazir, director of the Navy's air ...
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White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters that Obama believes "that everybody representing the United States of America overseas needs to hold himself or herself to the highest standards." He said Obama supports Secret Service Director Julia Pierson's "zero-tolerance" ...
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The Suffolk County District Attorney's office said it had assigned an investigator to work with Boston Fire Department officials to determine what had triggered the afternoon fire, as tributes poured in for the slain officers, Lieutenant Edward Walsh, 43, and Firefighter Michael Kennedy, ...
(Reuters) - An Oklahoma judge ruled on Wednesday the state's secrecy on its lethal injections protocols was unconstitutional, a decision that could delay executions in other states where death row inmates are planning to launch similar challenges. County district court judge Patricia Parrish ruled ...
MILFORD, Connecticut (Reuters) - Connecticut's legislature on Wednesday approved a bill that would raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, the highest statewide rate in the nation, following a call to action last month by Governor Dannel Malloy. The bill passed by a vote of 23-13 in the Senate ...
(Reuters) - An international theft ring used stolen bank account information to create fake ATM cards and withdraw money from cash machines in Chicago and the surrounding area, federal prosecutors said on Wednesday. Seventeen people were accused of stealing about $200,000 from ATMs and another ...
The package in the northwest corner of the museum's second floor was removed by a Washington police bomb squad, police spokeswoman Sergeant Lelani Woods said. She declined to provide details on the package. Woods could not confirm whether the unconscious man had any connection with the package.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Transportation Security Administration recommended on Wednesday that armed law enforcement officers be posted at airport checkpoints and ticket counters during peak hours. An agency review, prompted by a deadly Los Angeles airport shooting incident last fall, called ...
All residents of the apartment building escaped unharmed, said Boston Fire Department spokesman Steve MacDonald. He described the blaze as a nine-alarm incident, the department's highest level of severity, with more than 150 firefighters at the scene. "The fire right now is still not out. It ...
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CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Reuters) - The mayor of North Carolina's largest city resigned Wednesday after prosecutors said he had been arrested on federal public corruption charges that include accepting more than $48,000 in bribes from undercover FBI agents. Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon, 47, ...
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ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - U.S. casinos may soon have to vet where their high rollers' funds come from under a requirement being developed by the U.S. Treasury Department, according to two people familiar with the matter. The move is part of a push to address longstanding regulatory and law enforcement ...
(Reuters) - Michigan is not recognizing same-sex marriages while the state appeals a federal judge's ruling lifting a ban on gay nuptials, Governor Rick Snyder said on Wednesday. Clerks in four Michigan counties issued hundreds of marriage licenses to same-sex couples and performed weddings on ...
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Accused of the execution-style shooting of the mother and child, who was clinging to his leg, is Juan Elias "Cruzito" Garcia, 21, a reputed member of MS-13 with ties to El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala and Panama, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said in a press ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court signaled on Wednesday it would rule that two Secret Service agents cannot be sued over allegations they treated protesters gathered in support of former President George W. Bush more favorably than protesters critical of him. During a one-hour oral ...
A Washington police bomb squad is investigating the package in one of the museum's galleries, said a Smithsonian Institution spokeswoman. She could not confirm whether the person found unconscious had any connection with the package. A police spokeswoman said officers have blocked off streets ...
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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California state Senator Leland Yee was arrested on Wednesday as federal investigators conducted public corruption raids across California, shaking up the election season in the nation's most populous state. In addition, federal authorities arrested Raymond "Shrimp ...
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(Reuters) - The operator of a passenger train that jumped the tracks and ran part-way up an escalator at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport early on Monday admitted that she dozed off and did not wake up until the crash, a federal investigator said. The operator had been running Chicago ...
No injuries were reported and the migrants were transferred to a nearby U.S. Coast Guard ship after they were spotted on Tuesday, according to Coast Guard spokesman Gabe Somma. "This could've been a real tragedy. There was no lifesaving or navigation equipment and the boat was taking on ...
OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - An Oklahoma judge ruled on Wednesday that the state's execution procedures were unconstitutional because they do not allow inmates proper access to the courts when it comes to the drugs used in lethal injections. County district court judge Patricia Parrish ruled that the ...
BOWDOINHAM, Maine (Reuters) - Parts of New England were hit with a late blast of wintry weather on Wednesday, the so-called "bombogenesis" storm that brought high winds to much of the region and snow to parts of Maine and Massachusetts' Cape Cod resort area. Maine's rural ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Suleiman Abu Ghaith, a son-in-law of Osama bin Laden, was found guilty of terrorism-related charges on Wednesday following a three-week trial that offered unusually vivid details of the former al Qaeda leader's actions in the days after the September 11, 2001 attacks. Abu ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board issued a safety alert on Wednesday on how airplane pilots can avoid landing at the wrong airport, after recent incidents when planes landed on much shorter runways than their intended destinations. "All of us have ...
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The number of ships waiting to move to the port of Houston through the channel, the waterway through which more than a tenth of U.S. refining capacity receives crude oil, had risen by 12 overnight to 87, the Coast Guard said. To limit the spread of fuel oil floating in Galveston Bay, the Coast ...
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The company's Secure Work Space offering now has Federal Information Processing Standard 140-2 certification. Secure Work Space fences off corporate email, calendar, contacts, tasks, memos, browsing and document editing from personal apps and content on smartphone and tablet devices that run on ...
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VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama heard the Catholic Church's concerns over his health care plan while on a visit to the Vatican on Thursday, but drew a cheerful response from Pope Francis when inviting him to visit Washington. The president appeared at ease and joked during the ...
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Obama, her two daughters and mother visited the city of Chengdu as part of a week-long trip to China, where she has sought to promote education and boost cultural ties. China has criticized the White House for its support for exiled Tibetan leader the Dalai Lama, denounced by Beijing as a ...
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(Reuters) - A Montana bride accused of pushing her husband off a cliff to his death at Glacier National Park asked a judge on Tuesday to withdraw a guilty plea she entered as part of a deal with prosecutors to avoid a life sentence, court records show. The bride, 22-year-old Jordan Graham, in ...
The spokesman, Brian Leary, declined to provide further details. The agents were disciplined after going out for a night of drinking, the Washington Post reported. One of the agents was found drunk and passed out in a hotel hallway a day before the president arrived in Europe, said the Post, which ...
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PERRY, Georgia (Reuters) - On a cloudless, windswept Georgia morning 100 miles south of Atlanta, a rescuer dangled 30 feet in the air, secured by rappelling ropes, wielding a jackhammer, as he drove the drill into a massive concrete slab designed to mimic the 1995 bombing of the federal building ...
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The Post said people who started to apply for Obamacare coverage through the HealthCare.gov website but cannot finish by Monday would have until about the middle of April to seek an extension. The administration is scheduled to announce the change on Wednesday, the newspaper said. People could ...
BONNE TERRE, Missouri (Reuters) - Missouri officials executed a man early on Wednesday who was convicted of abducting a teenage girl at the gas station where she worked, then raping and strangling her. Jeffrey Ferguson, 59, was pronounced dead at 12:11 a.m local time at a state prison in Bonne ...
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Jose Pimentel, a 29-year-old Dominican-born U.S. citizen, was arrested in 2011 after a police informant secretly recorded meetings with him as he bought bomb materials and read online instructions on how to assemble them, according to court documents. Pimentel was accused of plotting to attack ...
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NEWTOWN, Connecticut (Reuters) - Architects on Tuesday unveiled designs for a new elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, filled with sunlight, connections to nature - and new security measures - to replace the building where a gunman killed 26 people, mostly young children, in 2012, one of the ...
The ruling overturned a Kansas federal judge's preliminary injunction that stopped the state from eliminating the federal funding to family planning clinics Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri operates in Wichita and Hays. No abortion services are provided at the health centers and ...
SEATTLE (Reuters) - Dozens of detainees at an immigration holding center in Washington state have begun refusing meals, renewing a hunger strike launched by hundreds of inmates earlier this month, attorneys and activists supporting the group said on Tuesday. The protesters have been demanding ...
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Citing a congressional report it said could be released by the House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee as soon as Thursday, NBC News said the Russian intelligence agency FSB cabled the FBI about its concerns in March 2011, warning that Tsarnaev was known to have associated with ...
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According to eyewitnesses, the man was on the platform when he was struck and killed by an oncoming northbound train shortly before 5 p.m. local time, said spokesman William Smith. The impact was so intense that four commuters standing nearby were struck by blood and body parts, Smith said.
HOUSTON (Reuters) - Five men suspected of being part of a human smuggling ring that held more than 100 people captive in a derelict Houston area home were charged with hostage-taking and firearms crimes at a federal court on Tuesday. Jose Aviles-Villa, Jonathan Solorzano-Tavila, Antonio ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. Army officer told lawmakers on Tuesday that a return to deep budget cuts as required by law beginning in 2016 would make it difficult for the military to carry out even one extended ground war. General Ray Odierno, the Army chief of staff, told a panel in the ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two CNN journalists were arrested for trying to sneak past security at the World Trade Center in New York City on Tuesday in an attempt to report on recent security lapses at the site, police said. Yon Pomrenze, 35, and Connor Fieldman Boals, 26, first tried to talk their way ...
SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - Two men were hospitalized after plunging nearly 500 feet into an Idaho canyon in the latest of a spate of accidents in the extreme sport known as BASE jumping, authorities said Tuesday. The incident at Snake River Canyon near Twin Falls on Monday came just a day after a ...
The flight was due to depart for Charlotte, North Carolina, when the fire broke out. The plane taxied to the gate and was sprayed with water from trucks, according to the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, the agency that runs the airport. Everyone stayed on the plane and no one was ...
Judge Thomas Hogan, who has been a federal judge in Washington, D.C., since 1982, will begin work as the presiding judge of the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court on May 19, the court said in a statement. U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts, who has exclusive authority over the makeup of the ...
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(Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court panel extended a temporary hold on Tuesday on a federal judge's ruling that struck down a Michigan ban on gay nuptials, blocking the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples pending an appeal. A federal judge in Detroit struck down Michigan's ban on ...
SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - Utah's Provo-Orem metropolitan area sits at the top of a list of U.S. communities with the highest level of overall well-being, beating out sunny Honolulu and Boulder, Colorado, a recent survey conducted by Gallup-Healthways showed on Tuesday. The Provo-Orem area beat ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court arguments over federal healthcare policy were nearly finished on Tuesday when Justice Anthony Kennedy challenged Obama administration lawyer Donald Verrilli on abortion rights. "Under your view, a profit corporation ... could be forced in principle to ...
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PERRY, Georgia (Reuters) - On a cloudless, windswept Georgia morning 100 milessouth of Atlanta, a rescuer dangled 30 feet in the air, secured by rappelling ropes, wielding a jackhammer, as he drove the drill into a massive concrete slab designed to mimic the 1985 bombing of the federal building in ...
Saudi Arabia does not recognize Israel, but has said it is willing to change that if Israel agrees to a peace plan it proposed that involved creating a Palestinian state and allowing Palestinian refugees to return to their former homes. "We are deeply disappointed that this credible ...
The survey by the American Hotel & Lodging Association showed that many hotels required callers to dial 9 before 911 or have some other system, such as calling the front desk first. The results of the survey were released on Monday by Federal Communications Commission member Ajit Pai, who had ...
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"The secretary is now resting comfortably and continues to expect to resume his normal schedule in Washington next week," U.S. Treasury spokesperson Natalie Wyeth Earnest said. Lew, 58, was sworn in as Treasury secretary in February 2013 after serving as President Barack Obama's chief of ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Four years after President Barack Obama launched his "Race to the Top," education initiative, the administration said on Tuesday the program was boosting high school graduation rates and encouraging reform at U.S. schools. Since the first competitive grant was ...
No injuries have been reported in the five-alarm blaze with scores of Houston Fire Department units dispatched to the scene along with nearly 200 personnel, fire officials and the mayor's office said. Fire officials were investigating what caused the blaze.
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The crash sent the Chicago Transit Authority train hurtling onto an escalator and stairs at the airport's mass transit station early on Monday. Thirty-two people sustained injuries that were not life-threatening. Investigators hope to interview the train operator on Tuesday afternoon and have not ...
DALLAS (Reuters) - A gunman who holed himself up in a downtown Dallas apartment building was arrested on Tuesday after a three-hour standoff with police that halted traffic in parts of the city center and led to several buildings being placed on lockdown. No one was injured when a man thought to ...
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice said on Tuesday it will not appeal a court ruling this year that found problems with how the government administers its controversial no-fly policy. The policy excludes individuals from commercial air travel if they are suspected of having ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal jury in New York on Tuesday began deliberating whether or not to convict a son-in-law of al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden of conspiring to kill Americans and other terrorism-related charges. Prosecutors have accused Suleiman Abu Ghaith of acting as a spokesman and ...
MILFORD, Connecticut (Reuters) - Architects on Tuesday plan to unveil designs for a new elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, to replace the one where a gunman killed 26 people, mostly, young children in 2012, one of the worst such attacks in U.S. history. The proposal calls for the $50 ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court signaled on Tuesday it may allow corporations to mount religious objections to government action, possibly paving the way for companies to avoid covering employees' birth control as required under Obamacare. During a 90-minute oral argument, 30 minutes ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that taxes are due for Social Security and Medicare on severance packages paid to workers who are laid off involuntarily, overturning a lower court ruling that could have led to a wave of payroll tax refund requests from U.S. ...
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ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - An FBI agent who fired six to eight gunshots and killed a man being questioned last year about his connection to a suspect in 2013 Boston Marathon bombings has been cleared of any wrongdoing, officials said on Tuesday. The agent's actions were justified to defend ...
KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) - Missouri officials were preparing Tuesday to execute a man convicted of abducting, raping and strangling a teenage girl who was working as a gas station attendant. Jeffrey Ferguson, 59, was convicted twice for killing 17-year-old Kelli Hall, kidnapping her with an ...
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(Reuters) - A civilian shot dead a sailor aboard a ship at a U.S. Navy base in Norfolk, Virginia, late on Monday before being killed by base security forces, naval officials said. Security services briefly shut down Naval Station Norfolk after the incident involving the two men, which occurred on ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - The West Coast of the United States, long a battle ground for industrial and environmental interests, is set for another round of disputes as the region attracts key energy projects. Huge new oil and gas fields have changed the way energy is transported across the United ...
The single-engine Socata TBM700 crashed on Saturday into the Ridgway Reservoir about 25 miles south of Montrose, Colorado. "Rescue operation divers have been successful in locating all five victims inside the wreckage of the plane," Ouray County spokeswoman Marti Whitmore said in a ...
Emergency calls reported smoke on the lower levels of the 48-story Time & Life Building late on Monday evening, New York Fire Department spokesman Danny Glover said, adding there were no injuries and the fire was out by about 11 p.m. EDT. Heavy smoke could be seen outside the Avenue of the ...
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former senior guard at New York City's main jail complex was arrested on Monday on a federal charge that he deprived a mentally ill inmate of medical aid after he swallowed a corrosive disinfectant. Terrence Pendergrass, 49, was a captain on duty at Rikers Island in August ...
SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) - University of California President Janet Napolitano on Monday joined a growing chorus of higher education leaders who have expressed skepticism about the use and cost-effectiveness of courses that are offered online. Napolitano's remarks at a Sacramento luncheon ...
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Security cameras around the World Trade Center site had recorded at least two figures in black suits and black helmets landing and walking off into the night with their parachutes at about 3 a.m. local time on September 30. Nearly six months later, Marko Markovich, 27; Andrew Rossig, 33; Kyle ...
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DENVER (Reuters) - Colorado lawyers who provide legal services to state-sanctioned medical and recreational marijuana businesses will not run afoul of attorney ethics regulations under a rule adopted on Monday by the state's highest court. The decision could help marijuana entrepreneurs widen the ...
SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) - Consumer advocates in California said on Monday they had gathered enough signatures to place an initiative on the November ballot that would raise a decades-old state cap on medical malpractice awards to $1.1 million. The proposed initiative, backed by trial ...
SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - A BASE jumper has died after leaping from a peak in Utah's Zion National Park, known for its sandstone cliffs and narrow canyons, in the second such death there in less than two months, the U.S. National Park Service said on Monday. The man's body, which was spotted by a ...
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - An African-American teenager who authorities say was the target of racial hazing on a California university campus last fall filed a claim for $5 million in damages against the school on Monday, his attorney said. Officials with San Jose State University failed to protect ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Before the smoke had cleared from the attacks of September 11, 2001, Osama bin Laden had asked a fiery Kuwaiti teacher and imam to recruit more fighters for al Qaeda, a U.S. prosecutor said in closing arguments of the man's trial on Monday. The preacher, Suleiman Abu Ghaith, ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Army said on Monday that it would delay until April 4 making a ruling on a protest filed by General Dynamics Corp about a new competition for armored vehicles. General Dynamics filed a protest with the Army on February 14, arguing that the Army's rules for a ...
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PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - A cigarette left on an upholstered chair was the likely cause of a New Jersey shore motel fire that killed four people last week, according to a preliminary finding released on Monday. The fire started early on Friday in a designated smoking area on the top floor of the ...
The activists chained themselves to the front doors of the Etowah County Detention Center in Gadsden, Alabama, to protest immigrant deportations, according to an immigrants rights group, the Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice. Dozens of other protesters gathered at the detention center.
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PHOENIX (Reuters) - A federal judge admonished Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio and a chief deputy on Monday for critical remarks directed at a sweeping court ruling that found their deputies racially profiled Latino drivers. The judge warned Arpaio, a divisive figure in the national immigration debate, ...
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(Reuters) - Southwest Airlines Co will more than double its flights from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport this year with new nonstop routes to cities including Akron-Canton, Ohio; Indianapolis and Dallas Love Field, it said on Monday. The carrier also plans to add nonstop flights between ...
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Joseph Savage, 34, sent a threatening letter to 1400 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., not 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, the address of the White House, prosecutors said. The block he sent the letter to is the site of Commerce Department offices, a park and some historic buildings. Savage was ...
SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - A BASE jumper has died after leaping from a peak in Utah's Zion National Park, known for its sandstone cliffs and narrow canyons, in the second such death there in less than two months, the U.S. National Park Service said on Monday. The body, which was spotted by a ...
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(Reuters) - A top New Jersey legislator on Monday said he planned to introduce a bill to legalize recreational marijuana use in the state, setting the stage for conflict with Governor Chris Christie, who is a staunch opponent. State Senator Nicholas Scutari said he plans to introduce a bill to ...
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PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - An improperly discarded cigarette was the likely cause of a New Jersey shore motel fire that killed four people last week, according to a preliminary finding released on Monday. The fire started early on Friday in a designated smoking area on the top floor of the two-story ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Detroit's emergency manager expects the city's $18 billion bankruptcy plan to win court approval by the fall despite obstacles such as a dispute over swap agreements and a vote by retirees on the plan that could potentially slow or derail the process. The Motor City filed for ...
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The law puts into place $504 million in tax cuts, consisting of $406 million in property tax relief and a $98 million state income tax break for those in the lowest tax bracket. A typical state homeowner will see a $100 reduction in property taxes and a worker who makes $40,000 will save about $58 ...
SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) - Consumer advocates in California said on Monday they had gathered enough signatures to place an initiative on the November ballot that would raise a decades-old state cap on medical malpractice awards to $1.1 million. The proposed initiative, backed by trial ...
(Reuters) - A former senior guard at New York City's main jail complex was arrested on Monday on a federal charge that he deprived a mentally ill inmate of medical aid after he swallowed a corrosive disinfectant. Terrence Pendergrass, 49, was a captain on duty at Rikers Island last August when an ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday considers whether business owners can object on religious grounds to a provision of President Barack Obama's healthcare law that requires employers to provide health insurance that covers birth control. In one of the biggest cases of the ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A judge on Monday ordered the District of Columbia to provide homeless families private rooms when temperatures drop below freezing instead of housing them in public recreation centers. The ruling by District of Columbia Superior Court Judge Robert Okun came in response to a ...
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YORK, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - Four years ago, Pennsylvania businessman Tom Wolf abandoned a promising bid for governor to return to his family's building products company, a once successful business that was spiraling toward collapse after a sale to private investors. As he undertakes another run ...
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ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - Two teenagers are suspected of killing a Central Florida police officer just before shooting themselves to death, the Orange County Sheriff's Office said on Monday. The suspects left suicide notes, the sheriff's office said in a statement. The officer, 31-year-old ...
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"We hope to have the hearing completed by the middle of August or so," the state-appointed manager, Kevyn Orr, said during an event on Detroit's historic bankruptcy filing at the Manhattan Institute. "The court would either approve or disapprove - we hope it's going to approve - ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy is mulling whether to dismantle or relocate an ice camp used to support submarine exercises off the Alaskan coast after cracks appeared in the ice, sources familiar with the process said on Monday. This is the first time since 2011 that the U.S. Navy has built ...
ATLANTA (Reuters) - With Georgia's famed Vidalia onions soon to hit grocery store shelves nationwide, the brand's largest grower is celebrating a court victory against state regulators in a fight over when he can ship his sweet crop. Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black exceeded his legal ...
(Reuters) - Some 63 cases of mumps have been reported in Ohio in an outbreak that started at Ohio State University in Columbus but has spread to people without ties to the school - a "disturbing development," say public health officials. Forty-five of those infected are Ohio State ...
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The landslide, triggered after rain-soaked embankments along State Route 530 near Oso, Washington, about 55 miles northeast of Seattle, gave way on Saturday morning, washing away at least six homes. (Reporting by Jonathan Kaminsky; Writing by Steve Gorman; editing by Cynthia Johnston)
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"The chaos of those moments is hard to describe," Patrick said of the minutes after two pressure-cooker bombs exploded at the finish line of the world-famous Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013, killing three people and injuring more than 260. Public officials, law enforcement agencies and ...
"September 11 is a day that profoundly changed New York and the nation," New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a statement. "The Memorial Museum will bring New Yorkers together in the same spirit of unity we showed after this senseless act of terror." The opening of the ...
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OLYMPIA, Washington (Reuters) - A Native American tribe, concerned about the impact of marijuana on its youth, is fighting to derail the rollout of a nascent recreational pot industry across a quarter of Washington state, where it still holds some traditional rights. The roughly 10,000-member ...
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The Dallas-based carrier is adding the flights after it bought takeoff and landing rights that formerly belonged to American Airlines Group at the airport near Washington. American agreed to divest the rights under a deal with the U.S. government that cleared the way for its merger late last ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday delivered a blow to Arch Coal Inc by declining to hear its challenge to an Obama administration decision to block an environmental permit for a coal mining project in West Virginia. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it would veto ...
(Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to review a ruling that shut down Delaware's novel program to have judges hear private arbitration cases, which critics blasted as "secret courts". The U.S. Court of Appeals in Philadelphia ruled last year that having state judges ...
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wearing only a strategically carved cluster of leaves, the chiseled male figure towering over two female forms in the 1922 marble sculpture "The Triumph of Civic Virtue" now watches over a lonely cemetery in Brooklyn. The same statue, once representing victory over ...
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CHICAGO (Reuters) - A passenger train crashed through the end of the line early Monday at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport and barreled up an escalator and stairs, leaving 32 people with non-life threatening injuries, officials said. The Chicago Transit Authority train, a mass transit train ...
MONTROSE, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - A Pennsylvania judge could rule as early as this week on whether to modify his five-month-old injunction banning an anti-fracking activist from approaching lands leased by a Texas-based natural gas producer that effectively prohibits her from visiting the local ...
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"As a matter of fact, you know, I have felt that my own communications are probably monitored," Carter told NBC's "Meet the Press" in an interview that aired on Sunday. "And when I want to communicate with a foreign leader privately, I type or write a letter myself, put it ...
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Lew expects to stay at home in New York for the rest of the week, and "his physician expects that he will be able to return to his full schedule next week," Treasury spokeswoman Natalie Wyeth Earnest said in a statement. The 58-year-old Lew became Treasury secretary in February 2013 ...
The plane, believed to be a single-engine Socata TBM700, crashed into the Ridgway Reservoir in a southwestern Colorado state park on Saturday. Divers and crews using sonar found that the plane's fuselage appeared to be intact and its wings appeared to be attached, said Ouray County spokeswoman ...
The pachyderms busted out the back entrance of Family Arena in St. Charles, Missouri, at about 5:30 p.m. local time (2230 GMT) between performances of the Moolah Shrine Circus, said event spokesman Dennis Burkholder. They were in a private holding area and escaped into an employee parking lot, ...
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Dayton, a No. 11 seed in the South region, defeated No. 3 seed Syracuse 55-53. Dayton won a surprise victory over No. 6 seed Ohio State in the first round. "Devin Oliver, I may need to take you up on that pick-up game one of these days," the president said in a Twitter post signed ...
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TEXAS CITY, Texas (Reuters) - The closure of the vital Houston Ship Channel looked set to extend to a fourth day after the Coast Guard struggled to finish cleaning up after an oil barge spill on Monday, threatening to force deeper production cuts at local refiners. Earlier on Monday, the Coast ...
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DALLAS (Reuters) - Even before the first pie is delivered, a jalapeño-heavy pizza with a Mexican slang name has produced chuckles among Spanish speakers in U.S. border states and an advertising ban by broadcasters who say the moniker could get them fined. The new dish called "La ...
The disclosure by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in the nation's most populous state comes at a time of heightened concern about data breaches following revelations of a massive theft of payment card records from Target Corp. "The Department of Motor Vehicles has been alerted by law ...
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A rain-soaked hillside collapsed without warning above the north fork of the Stillaguamish River on March 22, unleashing a torrent of mud that engulfed some three dozen homes on the outskirts of the tiny community of Oso. Of the 36 people confirmed dead, 32 have been positively identified ...
"To allow a more reasoned consideration of the motion to stay, it is ordered that the district court's judgment is temporarily stayed until Wednesday, March 26, 2014," stated the ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. (Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis)
Robert German, an officer in Windermere, southwest of Orlando, had called for backup after seeing what he described as two suspicious individuals walking on a roadway at about 4 a.m. local time, said Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings. When officers arrived at the scene, they found German, 31, ...
NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - The number of American adults who enjoy a daily cup of coffee has dropped to 61 percent this year, from 63 percent in 2013, the annual National Coffee Association of USA's National Coffee Drinking Trends study showed on Saturday. The popularity of espresso-based coffee ...
Michael Montgomery of Lodi, California was arrested last September after the stabbing of Jonathan Denver, the son of a Dodgers security guard, outside a bar just blocks from the San Francisco Giants stadium, AT&T Park. The altercation began as a shouting match between fans of the rival Dodgers ...
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SEATTLE (Reuters) - Video footage shows a news helicopter that crashed this week in a crowded area of downtown Seattle, killing two people, spinning off a building before nose-diving to street level, the National Transportation Safety Board said on Saturday. U.S. officials were still trying to ...
Mireille Miller-Young, an associate professor who teaches feminist studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara, faces misdemeanor charges of theft, battery and vandalism, Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce Dudley said in a statement. Miller-Young was seen in a YouTube video ...
The student, Daniel Harry Milzman, made the white powder with materials he bought at local stores, including The Home Depot and American Plant Company, according to an affidavit filed in court on Thursday. He found the recipe for making it by doing a search on his iPhone, investigators ...
Officers went to check on the two boys, aged 3 and 5, and a girl, 8, on March 14 at their home in Salinas, 100 miles south of San Francisco, after two of the children missed medical appointments, arousing concern. After speaking with the children's two mothers, officers found the children with ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional auditors have joined the Pentagon's chief arms tester in raising concerns about the pace of development of software on Lockheed Martin Corp's new F-35 fighter jet and recommended the military's F-35 program office assess the plane's ability to integrate ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the CIA on Friday promised a quick review of whether a Senate report on the agency's use of "enhanced interrogation" methods on foreign terrorism suspects can be released on an unclassified basis, apparently moving to reduce tensions with the CIA's ...
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Gordon Fox said in a statement that he is giving up the speakership he has held since 2010 and that he would serve out his term as a representative in the House but would not run for re-election this fall. He has been in office for 22 years. "Because of the respect I have for all members of ...
Victor Lipukhin, a Russian citizen and formerly an Illinois resident, was indicted on Thursday for hiding between $4 million and $7.5 million in bank accounts at UBS AG from 2002 through 2007, the Justice Department said in a statement. The indictment's announcement came amid growing tensions ...
OLYMPIA, Wash (Reuters) - A Washington state man who prosecutors said beat his crying infant daughter and put her in a freezer for 90 minutes so he could take a nap was sentenced on Friday to 16 years in prison, authorities said. Tyler Deutsch, 26, wanted to take a nap in May, but his daughter was ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration will soon issue new Obamacare guidelines allowing people to enroll in health coverage after a March 31 deadline, but only under certain circumstances, according to sources close to the administration. The sources said the new federal guidelines for ...
SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - A Mexican immigrant activist, who once famously sought refuge from deportation in a Chicago church, has been released from detention, U.S. immigration officials said on Friday, after she returned to the United States seeking to stay on humanitarian grounds. Elvira Arellano, ...
CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Ohio rejected a request from a death row inmate to donate a kidney to his mother, saying there was not enough time for transplant surgery ahead of the execution. Ronald Phillips, 40, convicted of the rape and murder of a 3-year-old girl, had his execution postponed by ...
(Reuters) - A couple who collected food stamps and other public assistance from Minnesota while living on a yacht in Florida were being sought on fraud charges, prosecutors said on Friday. Colin Chisholm III and his wife, Andrea Chisholm, accepted more than $165,000 in public assistance between ...
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Total audits fell by 5 percent from 2012 to reach the lowest level since 2008 as the IRS said it coped with budget cuts. For the fiscal year that ended September 30, 2013, the IRS said it audited 24.2 percent of individual tax returns with adjusted gross income of $10 million or more. That was ...
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PONTIAC, Michigan (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Saturday placed a temporary hold on a federal judge's ruling that struck down Michigan's ban on gay marriage, a move that followed hastily arranged and joyful wedding ceremonies in the state. The decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the ...
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California police were looking into allegations that a third-grade boy repeatedly sexually assaulted a classmate at their elementary school, and two teachers have been put on leave as an investigation proceeds, a district spokeswoman said on Friday. The allegations at a ...
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Foxx said he ordered the investigation "out of an abundance of caution." Several safety watchdogs have said the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration should have ordered GM to recall the cars as early as 2007. The automaker has said it first learned of the defect in 2001, before ...
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(Reuters) - U.S. consumers eligible for Obamacare health plans could see double-digit price hikes next year in states that fail to draw large numbers of enrollees for 2014, including some states that have been hostile to the healthcare law, according to insurance industry officials and ...
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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - An Iraq War veteran critically wounded by police during an Occupy protest in 2011 will receive $4.5 million in a tentative settlement with the City of Oakland, the northern California city where he was hurt, attorneys said on Friday. Scott Olsen was 24 when he suffered ...
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(Reuters) - The United Auto Workers (UAW) union will make its case on April 21 that the results of a February election it lost at a Chattanooga, Tennessee Volkswagen plant should be thrown out. An administrative law judge will begin presiding over what could be a multi-day hearing on that date, ...
ATLANTA (Reuters) - Georgia lawmakers approved a watered-down expansion of gun carry rights, but an effort aimed at legalizing medical marijuana for children with severe seizure disorders failed on Thursday, the final day of the state's legislative session. "We did nothing for kids, but we ...
(Reuters) - A federal appeals court refused to hold members of the U.S. Marshals Service liable for raiding the home of an anti-abortion activist to enforce a money judgment favoring Planned Parenthood, but strongly criticized their tactics, saying they appeared aimed at stifling the activist's ...
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WASHINGTON/ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - Investigators have concluded that an FBI agent should be cleared of any wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of a Chechen immigrant while he was being questioned about his ties to one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, a federal law enforcement official ...
"They are so precious. They are tiny. They are all special," their mother, Michelle Seals, said at a hospital news conference on Thursday. "I want to hold them so bad and then I am looking forward to being home," said the elementary school teacher.
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HARTFORD, Connecticut (Reuters) - A woman whose face and hands were ripped off by a friend's pet chimpanzee in 2009 came to the Connecticut State Capitol on Friday to ask permission to sue the state for $150 million in damages. Charla Nash, who has undergone a face transplant and many other ...
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POINT PLEASANT BEACH, New Jersey (Reuters) - An early morning fire tore through a Jersey Shore motel popular with fishermen on Friday, killing four people and critically injuring three others, law enforcement officials said. Beach breezes whipped up the flames that engulfed the two-story Mariner's ...
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(Reuters) - The Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday struck down as unconstitutional a state eavesdropping law, one of the strictest in the United States, saying it criminalized recording a sweeping array of innocent behavior such as fans cheering at an athletic event. The ruling is a big blow to ...
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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California has become a major U.S. target of cyber crimes committed by outlaw groups with ties to Eastern Europe, China and Africa, according to a report by state Attorney General Kamala Harris released on Thursday. As part of a broader report on international organized ...
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Blaec Lammers, 21, was convicted in January on charges of first-degree assault and armed criminal action. Even though he did not bring weapons to the theater or store, Missouri law allows for the charges because he was gathering weapons and ammunition. The charges were brought in November 2012 ...
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (Reuters) - A 55-year-old homeless man from New Mexico pleaded guilty on Thursday to making a telephone threat against President Barack Obama in which he said he would shoot the president, federal prosecutors said in a statement. Tracy York White of Las Cruces was arrested ...
TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Reuters) - A Florida man convicted of bludgeoning two women to death with a hammer and setting them on fire more than 26 years ago was executed on Thursday, a state prison official said. Robert Lavern Henry, 55, was pronounced dead at 6:16 p.m. after receiving a lethal ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A judge acquitted a former Naval Academy football player on Thursday of sexually assaulting a drunken female midshipman, one of a number of sexual misconduct cases roiling the U.S. military. Midshipman Joshua Tate, a senior from Nashville, Tennessee, had been accused of ...
Robert Lavern Henry, 55, was pronounced dead at 6:16 pm local time after receiving a lethal injection, said Misty Cash, a spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Corrections. (Reporting by Bill Cotterell; Editing by Kevin Gray and Cynthia Johnston)
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BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Reuters) - A medical marijuana bill unanimously passed both the Alabama House and Senate on Thursday and is headed to the desk of Gov. Robert Bentley, who has said he will sign it into law. The measure makes it legal to possess only a prescribed medical grade extract known as ...
NASHVILLE, Tenn (Reuters) - A woman found stabbed to death inside a wooden box in her Tennessee home has been identified as the great-niece of country music legend Johnny Cash, authorities said on Thursday. Courtney Cash, 23, was killed Wednesday morning with a kitchen knife, according to Putnam ...
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - Authorities are investigating the death of an 18-year-old Penn State student who last week jumped from a rooftop, a suicide the young man's father blames on fraternity hazing practices his son was asked to inflict on fellow students. Marquise Braham, a freshman ...
CLEVELAND (Reuters) - The Ohio Libertarian Party will appeal a federal judge's ruling that would effectively strike its candidates for governor and state attorney general from the November ballot, a party spokesman said on Thursday. Ohio's secretary of state, Republican Jon Husted, booted the ...
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The unemployment rate among veterans who had joined the military after September 11, 2001, averaged 9.0 percent last year, down from 9.9 percent in 2012, the Labor Department said. That was about 1.6 percentage points above the rate for the civilian population. Joblessness among this group is set ...
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OLYMPIA, Washington (Reuters) - A cold case investigator has found several rolls of undeveloped film from the scene of Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain's 1994 death, but Seattle police said on Thursday they do not expect the discovery will alter a finding that he committed suicide. The grunge rock hero ...
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Chicago Democrat Michael Madigan's plan surfaced just two days after voters in the Republican primary election chose multi-millionaire venture capitalist Bruce Rauner to face incumbent Democratic Governor Pat Quinn in the November general election. Chip Englander, Rauner's campaign manager, said ...
(Reuters) - New Mexico on Friday withdrew a temporary permit allowing two new disposal vaults at a U.S. government nuclear waste dump grappling with a release of radiation in February, state regulators said. Seventeen workers at the Carlsbad-area "waste isolation pilot project" (WIPP) ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - After a two-day delay, the jurors considering whether to convict five former Bernard Madoff aides of helping him perpetuate his Ponzi scheme will resume deliberations on Friday with one fewer member. U.S. District Judge Laura Taylor Swain in New York ruled on Thursday that the ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - The number of Americans who believe U.S. oil should be kept on U.S. soil to lower gasoline prices rose in the last four months, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll. Some 77 percent of respondents support export restrictions if that will help them save at the pump, showing ...
TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Reuters) - A Florida man convicted of bludgeoning two women to death with a hammer and setting them on fire more than 26 years ago is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection on Thursday. Robert Lavern Henry, 55, was convicted of the November 1987 murder of co-workers ...
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Justin Casquejo, 16, of Weehawken, New Jersey, was carrying his camera when he crawled through a small hole in the construction fence encircling the World Trade Center site in lower Manhattan shortly after 4 a.m. on Sunday morning, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey ...
OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - Two Oklahoma teenagers charged with first-degree murder in the death of an Australian baseball player attending a university in the state pleaded not guilty at an arraignment on Thursday, a court clerk said. Michael Jones, 18, and Chancey Luna, 16, also waived their right ...
(Reuters) - Fred Phelps, the pastor who led a small Kansas church's vitriolic "God Hates Fags" anti-gay campaign across the United States, has died, the church said on Thursday. Phelps, whose Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas, won a 2011 freedom-of-speech U.S. Supreme Court ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A judge acquitted a former Naval Academy football player on Thursday of sexually assaulting a drunken female midshipman, one of a number of sexual misconduct cases roiling the U.S. military. Midshipman Joshua Tate, a senior from Nashville, Tennessee, had been accused of ...
The workers' injuries were not believed to be life-threatening, fire officials said. (Reporting by Scott Malone; Editing by Stephen Powell)
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FORT BRAGG, North Carolina (Reuters) - An Army general who admitted to an adulterous sexual affair and other improper relationships with junior female officers was spared jail and dismissal from the service on Thursday, a sentence critics decried as a failure of military justice. The case that ...
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ARLINGTON, Virginia (Reuters) - A suspected Osama bin Laden bodyguard held at Guantanamo Bay military prison for 12 years on Thursday faced a U.S. national security board weighing whether he should remain in detention there. Ali Ahmad al-Razihi, 33, is suspected of having been part of what U.S. ...
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Russian national Alex Kibkalo, a former Microsoft employee in Lebanon and Russia, admitted to Microsoft investigators that he provided confidential company documents and information to the blogger, documents from a Seattle federal court showed. The blogger, who was not identified, was known to ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Robert Strauss, who once headed the Democratic National Committee, served as U.S. trade representative and ambassador to Moscow, and advised presidents from both parties, died in Washington on Wednesday at age 95. "We can confirm that Robert Strauss passed away ...
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(Reuters) - The estate of Martin Luther King Jr. has moved to end a five-month dispute with U.S. singer and social activist Harry Belafonte over the ownership of documents that included an undelivered speech of the late civil rights leader. In an 18-page motion filed in New York federal court on ...
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PHOENIX (Reuters) - Arizona sheriff's officials lifted a ban on Wednesday on jail visits by a key member of Jodi Arias' defense team over accusations she tried to smuggle one of the convicted murderer's drawings out of the facility, an administrator said. Mitigation specialist Maria De La Rosa, ...
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(Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors are seeking a life sentence for a Montana bride who killed her new husband by pushing him off a cliff at Glacier National Park during an argument and after expressing misgivings about their marriage. The bride, 22-year-old Jordan Graham, struck a deal with prosecutors ...
PHOENIX (Reuters) - Efforts by Kansas and Arizona to require people who register to vote by mail to prove they are U.S. citizens were upheld by a federal judge on Wednesday, potentially opening the door for more states to enact such measures. The two Republican-led states had sued the U.S. ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The defense and prosecution rested on Wednesday in the court-martial of a former U.S. Naval Academy football player accused of sexually assaulting a female midshipman when she was drunk. Final arguments are set for Thursday in the trial of Midshipman Joshua Tate, a senior ...
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JERSEY CITY, New Jersey (Reuters) - Lawmakers and members of the public on Wednesday called for the chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to resign in the wake of a traffic scandal and an investigation into his law firm's relationship with the bistate agency that oversees the ...
Shelton Thomas Bell admitted he recruited an unnamed juvenile and the two flew to the Middle East in 2012 with the intention of joining the Ansar al-Sharia group, according to his plea agreement. The two traveled to Amman, Jordan, in an effort to reach Yemen but were deported by Jordan to the ...
Raymond Jones, 45, his wife April, 38, their son Justin Bey, 21 and his friend Samantha McClellan, 18, were charged with attempted first degree intentional homicide, kidnapping and several other felonies, prosecutors said in a criminal complaint. The four are accused of beating the man, age 40, at ...
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HOUSTON (Reuters) - Police found more than 100 foreign nationals from Central America and Mexico being warehoused in a rundown Houston-area residence during a raid on Wednesday into a suspected human smuggling operation. Five people were arrested on suspicion of running the smuggling ring, while ...
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PHOENIX (Reuters) - Arizona will not seek to extradite former standout professional football player Darren Sharper from California to face rape and drugging charges involving two women as a similar case against him in Los Angeles proceeds, prosecutors said on Wednesday. Sharper, who helped the New ...
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The death of a mentally ill, homeless man who was being held in a New York City jail cell is under investigation, and there are indications that the cell was overheated, the city's Department of Correction said on Wednesday. Jerome Murdough, 56, was found dead in his cell at ...
CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) - South Carolina's Republican-controlled House of Representatives approved a bill on Wednesday that would ban most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, moving the state closer to becoming the latest to limit access to the procedure. State representatives ...
(Reuters) - Chicago may have a long and colorful history of political corruption, but voters will only take so much. In Tuesday's Democratic primary, a Chicago candidate who served a prison term for bribery and another due to go on trial on similar charges this spring both lost their races, ...
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William Melchert-Dinkel, 51, was convicted in 2011 of encouraging and advising a British man and a Canadian woman to kill themselves within days of chatting online or exchanging emails with him. He was sentenced to a year in jail, but has been free while the case was being appealed. The court ...
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FEDERAL WAY, Washington (Reuters) - Investigators combing through the wreckage of a news helicopter that crashed near the Seattle Space Needle were looking into reports of a strange noise before the accident but have yet to pinpoint a cause of the crash, an official said on Wednesday. The chopper ...
DALLAS (Reuters) - The family of a Texas teen who killed four people while driving drunk about a year ago has reached a settlement with two of the families of the victims who sued for compensation, lawyers said on Wednesday. The case set off an emotional debate after the teen was sentenced to ...
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BOSTON (Reuters) - Training for the Boston Marathon may be grueling, but finding a place to stay during the event is also proving a challenge for participants and supporters this year. Hotels across Boston are already packed for the April 21 event due to a groundswell of interest after last year's ...
The couple called emergency responders after spotting the 3-year-old as he was about to make his fall in a Los Angeles suburb on Sunday. They had already plucked him from danger by the time rescuers arrived, the Burbank Fire Department said in a statement. Konrad and Jennifer Lighter told local ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - On September 11, 2001, just hours after hijackers deliberately crashed passenger aircraft in attacks on the United States, a Kuwaiti teacher and imam named Suleiman Abu Ghaith met Osama bin Laden inside a cave in Afghanistan. "We are the ones who did it," bin Laden ...
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FORT BRAGG, North Carolina (Reuters) - A U.S. Army general who pleaded guilty to mistreating a junior female officer during one of several inappropriate relationships should be dismissed from the service for the harm caused by his criminal acts, military lawyers argued on Wednesday. Brigadier ...
ATLANTA (Reuters) - Georgia lawmakers have passed a measure allowing a monument to be erected on the state Capitol grounds to honor late civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., nearly a half century after the Georgia-born Nobel Peace Prize winner's assassination. The bill, which won final ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A female U.S. Naval Academy midshipman testified on Wednesday that she had been torn about pursuing allegations that a fellow student sexually assaulted her in April 2012 when she was drunk at an off-campus party. "Openly, yes, I wanted it (the investigation) to close. ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Osama bin Laden's son-in-law Suleiman Abu Ghaith took the stand in his own defense Wednesday in New York federal court against charges that he conspired to kill Americans. Abu Ghaith, a former al Qaeda spokesman, is one of the highest profile people to face terrorism-related ...
The winning numbers were 11, 19, 24, 33, 51 and 7, according to the Mega Millions website. The jackpot had been rolling over since January 3 and swelled again after no one matched all six numbers in Friday night's drawing of the game, which is played twice a week.
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WASHINGTON/DETROIT (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp will pay a record $1.2 billion to resolve a criminal probe into safety issues, in a deal that could serve as a template for how U.S. authorities approach a similar investigation into General Motors Co. The settlement between the Justice Department ...
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The state, which executes more people than any other in the United States, plans to execute Ray Jasper, 33, at 6 p.m. CDT by lethal injection at its death chamber in Huntsville. Jasper was convicted of the 1998 killing of David Alejandro, 33, who owned and operated a studio where musicians could ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court could dodge the contentious question of whether corporations have religious rights when it weighs objections to an Obamacare requirement that employers provide insurance coverage for contraception. The court, which hears oral argument in two ...
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The winning numbers were 11, 19, 24, 33, 51 and 7, according to the Mega Millions website. The jackpot had been rolling over since January 3 and swelled again after no one matched all six numbers in Friday night's drawing of the game, which is played twice a week.
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SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - An undocumented Mexican immigrant who made headlines after seeking refuge from deportation in a Chicago church joined a growing protest of deportees crossing into the United States on Tuesday, asking to be allowed to stay, organizers said. Elvira Arellano, who was deported in ...
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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - San Francisco has doubled the amount of money it will lend to middle-class home buyers to help with down payments in a market where an influx of high-paid technology workers has pushed prices up, city officials said on Tuesday. Starting this month, the city will offer ...
SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - A business executive charged in connection with a U.S. Navy contracting case that has exploded into a corruption scandal pleaded guilty on Tuesday to one count of conspiring to defraud the United States. Alex Wisidigama, whose cousin ran a Singapore-based company at the ...
CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) - South Carolina sued the U.S. Department of Energy on Tuesday over the federal government's plans to scrap a plutonium recycling plant that has been under construction for years in the state, arguing it violates a nuclear non-proliferation treaty with ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A female U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen who contends she was sexually assaulted by a football player at an alcohol-fueled party testified at his court-martial on Tuesday that she had no memory of the alleged attack. The 22-year-old woman said she had been drinking heavily at ...
SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - A group of Mormon women seeking access to a male-only session of the faith's semi-annual conference with church leaders have been rebuffed and warned that they may be kept off church grounds if they try to get in. Ordain Women, which has pressed the Church of Jesus ...
(Reuters) - Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam will appeal a federal judge's ruling requiring the state to temporarily recognize the legal marriages of three same-sex couples who wed in other states, the state attorney general said on Tuesday in court papers. Judge Aleta Trauger on Friday ordered ...
FORT BRAGG, North Carolina (Reuters) - A U.S. Army general who admitted he mistreated a female captain during one of several improper relationships with junior officers earned loyalty from soldiers by empowering and inspiring them, supporters testified on Tuesday. Defense witnesses said they still ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two dozen U.S. Army veterans received the country's top military honor at the White House on Tuesday for acts of bravery in World War Two, Korea and Vietnam as part of an effort to recognize those whose service may have been ignored because of their race or ...
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In a motion, Detroit asked the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to force the parties, including the city's two pension funds, labor unions and retiree groups, to file in one lead case or to jointly file a principal brief accompanied by short individual briefs. "Each of the appellants has ...
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IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said in a statement that an unencrypted thumb drive containing the information was plugged into an employee's unsecured home network, making the information potentially accessible to third parties online. He said the drive contained "sensitive personnel ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - The federal agency investigating a natural gas explosion that leveled two New York City apartment buildings last week, killing eight people, said on Tuesday it had identified a gas leak next to one of the buildings. The National Transportation Safety Board, which investigates ...
(Reuters) - A mumps outbreak at The Ohio State University has grown to 28 cases and officials are concerned the number could rise with students returning from spring break, a city health department spokesman said on Tuesday. He said those infected include 23 students and a staff member at the ...
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PHOENIX (Reuters) - A key member of Jodi Arias' defense team was barred from a Phoenix jail where the convicted murderer is being held after being accused of smuggling one of her drawings out of the facility, sheriff's officials said on Tuesday. Maria De La Rosa, a so-called mitigation specialist ...
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A review of a deadly shooting that killed a federal security officer at Los Angeles International Airport in November faulted law enforcement agencies for communication lapses during the initial response, a report showed on Tuesday. While praising the heroism of individual ...
The jackpot swelled after no one matched all six numbers in Friday night's drawing. If no winner emerges Tuesday night, the jackpot will roll over for the next drawing on March 21. The record U.S. jackpot of $656 million was in a March 2012 Mega Millions drawing. In December 2013, lucky ticket ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered steps to improve Pentagon security on Tuesday after reviews found the Navy Yard shooting that killed 12 people last year could have been averted if concerns about the gunman's mental health been properly handled. Navy Yard shooter Aaron ...
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Ralik Hansen, 28, has been charged with robbery following the January 31 smash-and-grab of a Cartier store on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue, the FBI said in a press release. He remained at large, the FBI said. Hansen also is accused of participating in at least two robberies in New Jersey and Virginia, ...
FORT BRAGG, North Carolina (Reuters) - A female U.S. Army lieutenant testified on Tuesday that a married general who admitted to having inappropriate relationships with her and other junior officers became angry after she declined his invitation for a horseback riding date. The invitation is among ...
The two executions have been moved to April, according to documents filed with the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals. According to court documents filed by the state on Monday, the Oklahoma Department of Corrections "remains without the drugs to carry out the lawful sentences of death" ...
The newspaper cited unnamed sources with direct knowledge of the system as well as documents supplied by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who since last year has leaked extensive data revealing sweeping American spying activities. The newspaper said that at the request of U.S. officials, it ...
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The settlement is the second from an ongoing New York investigation into alleged labor law violations at numerous fast-food chains and comes a week after McDonald's workers in three U.S. states sued the world's biggest restaurant company over alleged wage theft and other pay issues. U.S. ...
Some of the men assumed female online personas to connect with the children, who ranged in age from three to 17 years, on popular social networks, officials from the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement said. The alleged U.S. victims, who have been identified and ...
NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City has settled a long-running lawsuit claiming that its fire department intentionally discriminated against minority applicants, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Tuesday. Under the agreement, which must be approved by a federal judge, the city will pay about $98 million ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Jurors deciding the fate of a son in law of Osama bin Laden will not hear testimony from the accused mastermind of the September 11 attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, a U.S. judge ruled on Tuesday. Judge Lewis Kaplan rejected as "entirely baseless" a motion by defense ...
(Reuters) - Rachel "Bunny" Mellon, the aristocratic philanthropist and a close friend of Jacqueline Kennedy who provided money used to conceal 2008 U.S. presidential candidate John Edwards' extramarital affair, has died at the age of 103, her attorney's office confirmed on ...
(Reuters) - A major oil pipeline owned by Sunoco Logistics Partners LP leaked thousands of gallons of crude oil into a nature preserve in southwest Ohio late on Monday. Between 7,000 and 10,000 gallons (26,000-38,000 liters) of sweet crude leaked into the Oak Glen Nature Preserve about a quarter ...
Some of the men assumed female online personas to contact the children, who ranged in age from three to 17 years, on popular social networks, officials from the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement said. Eleven of the men charged with running the website, which ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New Jersey teenager who drew international attention when she sued her parents for financial support after leaving home in a dispute on Tuesday dropped the case against them, according to court records. Rachel Canning, 18, filed papers to dismiss the lawsuit in New Jersey ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. investigators were looking into gas lines and meters to determine what caused a natural gas explosion last week that leveled two New York City apartment buildings and killed eight people, fatalities that a city official said were accidental. Five women and three men died ...
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U.S. special envoy for Syria Daniel Rubinstein said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had refused to step down and was responsible for atrocities against Syrians. "We have determined it is unacceptable for individuals appointed by that regime to conduct diplomatic or consular operations in the ...
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SEATTLE (Reuters) - A news helicopter crashed and burst into flames in downtown Seattle near the Space Needle on Tuesday, killing a pilot and a photographer on board and setting three cars on fire in the popular tourist area, officials said. The chopper appeared to have fallen to the street as it ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered new Pentagon security procedures on Tuesday after reviews found last year's deadly Navy Yard shooting could have been averted if concerns about the gunman's mental health been properly addressed. Hagel told a Pentagon news conference the ...
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FORT BRAGG, North Carolina (Reuters) - A U.S. Army general who admitted to inappropriate relationships with several junior officers, including one he pleaded guilty to mistreating during an adulterous sexual affair, will argue on Tuesday against serving jail time for his military crimes. Brigadier ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - As a young boy working on his uncle's potato farm in rural Montana, little did Christopher Lovell know the company whose name was emblazoned across trains crossing the state would one day make him the nation's most revered - or reviled - commodities lawyer. Years later, as a ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A former U.S. Naval Academy football player laughed off his suspected sexual assault of a woman midshipman who had passed out at an alcohol-fueled party, a prosecutor said at the start of the man's trial on Tuesday. In the case, among a spate of sexual misconduct allegations ...
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CHICAGO (Reuters) - Illinois Republicans are voting on Tuesday to pick a candidate to challenge a Democratic incumbent governor they say is weak enough to give their party a shot at taking back an office long held by Democrats. Four Republicans are running in Tuesday's primary election for a ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With the clock running down on Obamacare enrollment, the administration sought to persuade young people to sign up for health coverage on Tuesday by telling them how much it hurts not be insured - that is, how much it can hurt the wallet. Take the humble ankle sprain, one of ...
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OLYMPIA, Washington (Reuters) - Seattle lawmakers on Monday voted to cap the number of rideshare company drivers in a hotly contested move to limit a nascent industry that has emerged in dozens of cities to compete with traditional taxis. The rules, approved unanimously by the Seattle City ...
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WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Some U.S. doctors are becoming concerned about the quality of generic drugs supplied by Indian manufacturers following a flurry of recalls and import bans by the Food and Drug Administration. India supplies about 40 percent of generic and over-the-counter drugs used ...
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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Along the banks of the Mahoning River in the struggling Ohio steel town of Youngstown sits a once-abandoned furniture warehouse that has been converted into a sleek new laboratory. Inside is a Silicon Valley-style workspace complete with open meeting areas ...
SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - The American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho on Monday asked a federal judge to strike down a state law it says violates constitutional rights to free speech by banning the documentation of animal abuse at livestock operations. The law in Idaho, which makes it illegal to ...
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SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) - Drought-plagued California will ease some protection for fish in the fragile San Joaquin-Sacramento River Delta, officials said Tuesday, a move expected to make more water available for farming and ease political tensions in an election year. The move marks a ...
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A third person has died as a result of a motorist plowing his car into crowds of people outside of nightclubs, bars and restaurants last week at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, officials said on Monday. Sandy Thuy Le, 26, died on Monday surrounded by her ...
SEATTLE (Reuters) - A California man who prosecutors say was on his way to Syria to join an al Qaeda splinter group was arrested on Monday near the U.S.-Canada border in Washington state on a terrorism charge, federal officials said. The U.S. Department of Justice said in a statement that ...
The men's discussion of the film grew more heated as the three left the theater and went to the parking lot after the late Sunday evening film. Two of the men then got into a pickup truck. "The driver of the truck put the vehicle in reverse striking the victim and knocking him to the ...
MIAMI (Reuters) - A legislative committee took a major step toward clarifying Florida's hotly debated 'stand your ground' self-defense law on Monday, approving some restrictions on its use and clarifying that the statute does not permit 'vigilantism' by neighborhood watch activists. The compromise ...
A Volusia County judge on Monday delayed a decision to allow arguments to continue at a court hearing set for March 25. A public defender representing Ebony Wilkerson was set to argue for a reduction in her $1.2 million bond on three charges of attempted murder and three counts of child abuse.
OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - Oklahoma, as of Monday, did not have the drugs needed to conduct an execution scheduled for this week but aims to obtain chemicals for the lethal injection by the time the death sentence is to be implemented on Thursday, officials said. Several states, including Oklahoma, ...
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A California college student who admitted hacking into the webcams of teenage girls and young women, including the 2013 Miss Teen USA, to take nude pictures of them as part of an extortion scheme was sentenced on Monday to 18 months in federal prison. The case made ...
CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. TV pitchman Kevin Trudeau, who was convicted last year of criminal contempt for exaggerating the contents of his weight-loss book in infomercials, was sentenced on Monday to 10 years in prison. Trudeau, 51, who has been held in federal custody since his conviction in ...
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(Reuters) - Federal prosecutors on Monday announced the indictment of three men they accuse of being members of an international cybercrime ring that tried to steal at least $15 million by hacking into U.S. customer accounts at 14 financial institutions and the Department of Defense's payroll ...
OLYMPIA, Washington (Reuters) - A California man who prosecutors say was on his way to Syria to join an al Qaeda splinter group was arrested on Monday near the U.S.-Canada border in Washington state on a terrorism charge, federal officials said. The U.S. Department of Justice said in a statement ...
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"Granting Tsarnaev an unlimited right to view the naked and mutilated corpses of the victims would needlessly invade the victims' privacy and expose their families to unnecessary anguish," according to the motion. Tsarnaev's lawyer, Miriam Conrad, said she had not yet seen the motion and ...
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PHOENIX (Reuters) - An Arizona judge on Monday set a September court date to try again to determine whether convicted murderer Jodi Arias will be put to death for killing her ex-boyfriend nearly six years ago, court officials said. Arias was convicted by a jury in May 2013 of murdering Travis ...
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NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards, who had served an eight-year prison term on racketeering charges, said on Monday he will seek election to the U.S. Congress. The 86-year-old Democrat, who was released from prison about three years ago, will campaign for the seat ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - About one million spectators, mostly dressed in green, streamed into New York on Monday for its St. Patrick's Day Parade, even as the city's mayor and beer companies that previously sponsored the event dropped out amid concerns that organizers excluded gay groups. Parade ...
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AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A third person has died as a result of a motorist plowing his car into a crowd of people outside a nightclub last week at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, officials said on Monday. University Medical Center Brackenridge and Austin police a 26-year-old woman, ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Fashion designer L'Wren Scott, found dead in her high-rise Manhattan apartment on Monday, committed suicide by hanging, the New York City medical examiner's office said on Wednesday. Police had been treating the death of the 49-year-old former model and stylist who was the ...
CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. TV pitchman Kevin Trudeau, who was convicted last year of criminal contempt for exaggerating the contents of his weight-loss books in infomercials, faces up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced by a federal judge on Monday. Trudeau was found guilty last November of ...
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SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters) - Warren Jeffs, the polygamist leader serving a life prison term for sexually assaulting two young girls at his sect's ranch in Texas, has been taken to a prison hospital, prison officials said on Monday. A spokesman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice said ...
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Police stopped Irsay on Sunday night for driving at a slow pace, halting in the roadway and failing to signal a turn. He was arrested after failing several roadside field-sobriety tests, police in Carmel, Indiana, said in a statement. A search of his vehicle yielded multiple prescription drugs ...
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DETROIT (Reuters) - General Motors Co announced new recalls of 1.5 million vehicles on Monday and in a virtually unprecedented public admission by a GM chief executive, Mary Barra acknowledged the company fell short in catching faulty ignition switches linked to 12 deaths. "Something went ...
The grenade was real but it had been hollowed out, police said. The scare closed the station for about an hour, according to Greyhound. Atlanta's mass transit agency also shut down train services on one line for about 30 minutes while the grenade was investigated by a police SWAT team, agency ...
The quake, which was initially registered by the U.S. Geological Survey as a 4.7, struck shortly before 6:30 a.m. local time and was centered about 6 miles north-northwest of Westwood, California. The shaking was felt as far away as Orange County to the south and Palmdale to the east, but ...
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Traditional green worn on St. Patrick's Day was hidden under the winter coats of children enjoying one more sledding day and of road crews manning plows ahead of the official start of spring on Thursday. No change in the cold weather in the eastern United States is likely for the next week, said ...
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BEVERLY, Massachusetts (Reuters) - As he sat in a tattoo artist's chair a few days after the Boston Marathon bombing having a line-drawing of the city's skyline inked onto his arm, Christopher Padgett looked at the people around him and got an idea. The crowd at Good Mojo Tattoo in the Boston ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The trial of a former Naval Academy football player on charges of sexually assaulting a female midshipman was delayed on Monday because of a snowstorm that shut down the U.S. capital. The court-martial of Midshipman Joshua Tate at Washington's Navy Yard will resume on ...
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(Reuters) - U.S. baby boomers desperate for retirement income are increasingly turning back to a financial product that, after the housing bust, had been left for dead: the reverse mortgage. Many retirees haven't saved enough to cover expenses for the rest of their lives. But many of them have one ...
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FORT BRAGG, North Carolina (Reuters) - A U.S. Army general was cleared of sexual assault charges on Monday but admitted, as part of a plea deal in the rare court-martial of a senior military officer, that he mistreated a captain during an illicit sexual relationship. Brigadier General Jeffrey ...
(Reuters) - The founder of a fundamentalist church known for picketing military funerals and political events with anti-gay signs was excommunicated last year and is near death in a Kansas hospital, his son said on social media on Sunday. Fred Waldron Phelps Sr, who launched the Topeka-based ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Emergency crews clearing debris from the site of two New York City apartment buildings leveled in a gas explosion four days ago said they expected to reach an underground area on Sunday where natural gas lines could reveal what caused the deadly blast. Eight people were killed ...
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BOSTON (Reuters) - Irish brewer Guinness said on Sunday that it would not participate in New York City's St. Patrick's Day parade this year because gay and lesbian groups had been excluded, costing organizers a key sponsor of the annual event. The move came on the same day that Boston's ...
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Tom Menino, 71, told the newspaper that the cancer has spread to his liver and lymph nodes. "It's very simple. I was diagnosed," said Menino, who now teaches at Boston University. "I've got treatment coming. I believe I'll get through it. And I'll be at work Monday morning."
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - If the news last month that the prevalence of obesity among American preschoolers had plunged 43 percent in a decade sounded too good to be true, that's because it probably was, researchers say. When the study was published in late February in the Journal of the American ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As details emerge about how General Motors Co dealt with faulty ignition switches in some of its models, car owners are increasingly angry after learning that the automaker knowingly allowed them to drive defective vehicles. Saturn Ion owner Nancy Bowman of Washington, ...
He died of renewed complications from a brain hemorrhage he suffered about two years ago, said Rachel Crumbley, spokeswoman for Callaway Gardens, a resort complex and public garden that Callaway cofounded in Pine Mountain, Georgia. He died at an assisted living facility in Columbus, she ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama and his Democrats face the challenge of limiting fallout from Obamacare and drumming up voter enthusiasm in the November congressional elections, problem areas exposed by the loss of a Florida candidate who had led in the polls. The defeat of Democrat ...
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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Saturday called on the Republican Party to become more inclusive on issues like immigration. "We have a responsibility to those who do not yet have the liberties and the rights that we enjoy," Rice told a ...
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DENVER (Reuters) - A third person was arrested Saturday in connection with the murder of an Aspen, Colorado, socialite whose body was found inside her home in the chic ski resort town last month, police said. Kathy Carpenter, 56, was being held without bond pending the filing of first-degree ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City emergency crews have cleared the majority of debris from the site where two apartment buildings collapsed in a gas explosion and are nearing the underground area where the gas lines are located, officials said on Saturday. Eight people - five women and three men ...
MIAMI (Reuters) - Cuban Americans met in Miami on Saturday to discuss how to normalize relations with Cuba and end the five decade-long United States embargo against the communist-run island, the first such gathering in a decade in a city better known for hostility toward the communist-run ...
(Reuters) - The director of a Crime Stoppers program in Miami, Florida, was facing jail on Saturday after refusing to hand over information in a drug case because he said it would violate the organization's promise to keep its tipsters anonymous. Richard Masten was sentenced Friday to 14 days ...
The squadron's distinctive blue-and-gold fighter jets will perform precision aerobatics, rolling and diving through the air at the Naval Air Facility in El Centro, California, their contrails painting the skies red, white and blue. Between 30,000 and 50,000 people are expected to attend, said ...
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In a March 13 filing with NHTSA, Honda said 2005-2010 Odysseys built in Alabama have a fuel-pump part that could crack and cause a fuel leak, increasing the risk of fire. The company said it has no reports of fires or injuries related to the problem. Because the recall involves 886,815 Odyssey ...
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London slipped from the top of the global rankings, scoring 784 against 786 for New York, because a series of own goals had tarnished its reputation, the report said. "London sees the largest fall in the top 50 centres," said Mark Yeandle, report author and associate director of Z/Yen, ...
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MIAMI (Reuters) - The riverbank that hugs this city's downtown has in recent years sprouted flashy rows of towering high-rises and trendy restaurants. More boat slips are envisioned so water taxis can handle larger crowds. But as business owners chart their course to prosperity, they have bumped ...
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (Reuters) - A federal judge on Friday struck down an Arkansas law that would ban most abortions starting at 12 weeks of pregnancy, one of the most restrictive such statutes enacted in the United States, declaring the measure unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Susan Webber ...
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(Reuters) - A drunken motorist suspected in a high-speed chase during which two people were killed and nearly two dozen injured near Texas' South by Southwest festival, told police he fled because of outstanding warrants and feared prison, court documents showed on Friday. Rashad Charjuan Owens, ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two major beer manufacturers on Friday dropped sponsorship of St. Patrick's Day parades in New York City and Boston to protest bans on gays marching openly. Sam Adams pulled out of Boston's parade, which takes place on Sunday, and Heineken yanked its support of the New York ...
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Reuters) - Tennessee must recognize the legal same-sex marriages of three couples who wed in other states, a federal judge in Nashville ruled on Friday in a limited decision that echoed a similar case in neighboring Kentucky. Judge Aleta Trauger granted the couples a ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - For-profit colleges on Friday criticized the Obama administration's proposal to deny federal funding to career-training institutions that students leave with high levels of debt. The Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities, which represents more than 1,400 ...
(Reuters) - A federal jury in New York found a mechanic and a former librarian guilty on Friday of conspiring to kidnap women in order to satisfy sexual fetishes for rape and murder that they originally nursed online via Internet message boards. Michael Van Hise, 23, and Christopher Asch, 61, were ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Prosecutors in New York on Friday rested their case in the trial of Suleiman Abu Ghaith, a son-in-law of Osama bin Laden who is accused of conspiring to kill Americans when he acted as a spokesman for al Qaeda after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and ...
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Los Angeles judge on Monday ordered R&B singer Chris Brown to remain in jail at least until a probation violation hearing next month after the judge expressed concern about his ability to stay out of trouble. Brown, 24, was arrested last Friday when he was dismissed ...
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DENVER (Reuters) - A Colorado judge overseeing the mass murder case against a gunman charged with killing 12 people in a suburban Denver movie theater has rejected several defense challenges to the state's death penalty laws and abruptly canceled hearings on the issue. The series of written ...
Judge Aleta Trauger granted the couples a preliminary injunction that requires Tennessee to recognize their marriages pending a final decision on the constitutionality of Tennessee's ban on same-sex nuptials. "At this point, all signs indicate that, in the eyes of the United States ...
OLYMPIA, Washington (Reuters) - The FBI is refusing to run background checks on people who want to get into the marijuana business in Washington state, regulators said on Friday, in a move that could complicate efforts to keep hardened criminals out of the nascent industry. Washington state and ...
(Reuters) - Backers of a ballot measure to cut California's public pensions, which was seen as a model for other states, abandoned their campaign to win voter support on Friday after a court ruling. Chuck Reed, the Democratic mayor of San Jose, said he was ending his campaign to put the statewide ...
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The lead agency for President Barack Obama's healthcare reform announced on Friday that it would require, rather than merely encourage, insurers that sell Obamacare policies to accept funds from a federal program that helps people with HIV-AIDS pay health insurance ...
Judge Aleta Trauger granted the couples a preliminary injunction that requires Tennessee to recognize their marriages pending a final decision on the constitutionality of Tennessee's ban on recognizing same-sex marriages. Their lawsuit did not challenge the constitutionality of Tennessee's ban on ...
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The electric car maker is now studying "judicial remedies" to fight the ruling, Chief Executive Elon Musk said in a sharply worded blog post. The ruling, which requires sales of all new cars to go through dealer franchises, was approved by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Search and rescue workers on Friday combed the still-smoldering rubble for victims of a gas explosion that caused two New York City apartment buildings to collapse this week, killing eight people and injuring dozens. The blast shook the East Harlem neighborhood on Wednesday ...
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Glenn Edward McDuffie, who said he was the kissing sailor in the iconic Life magazine photograph, died this month at the age of 86, the Houston Chronicle newspaper reported on Friday. For years, many men had claimed to be the sailor in the photograph taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt. In 2007, Life ...
San Francisco (Reuters) - A northern California teen-age father has been arrested on suspicion of biting off the tip of his infant son's nose in a fit of rage over the child's crying, police said on Friday. Joshua Cooper, 18, was booked into jail on Thursday on suspicion of child cruelty and ...
NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) - A New York woman was sentenced on Friday to more than 21 years in prison for leading a carjacking ring that stole luxury cars valued at more than $2.5 million to sell in West Africa, according to federal prosecutors. In U.S. District Court in Camden, New Jersey, ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Married gay couples will be eligible for a family health policy under President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law, beginning in 2015, the U.S. government said on Friday, encouraging insurers to begin offering coverage this year. The Department of Health and Human Services ...
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The new rates apply to non-contractual less-than-truckload shipments rated on the current UPS tariffs, the company said, and will come into effect March 31. Less than truckload is the shipping of relatively small loads of freight, and customers use this method because it costs less than hiring an ...
PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Drexel University confirmed on Friday that a student died this week from the rare strain of meningitis that hit Princeton University and the University of California at Santa Barbara last fall. Stephanie Ross, 19, a mechanical engineering major from the Pittsburgh area, ...
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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - UberX on Friday expanded the insurance coverage it offers to ridesharing drivers, a step toward easing U.S. regulators' and lawmakers' concerns and creating broader acceptance of the services. Ridesharing companies such as UberX, part of black-car service Uber, allow ...
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ANNAPOLIS, Maryland (Reuters) - The Maryland state Senate voted overwhelmingly on Friday to decriminalize possession of a small amount of marijuana, part of a trend across the United States to ease penalties for pot. The Democrat-controlled Senate voted 36-8 to make possession of less than 10 ...
Dakkari Dijon McAnuff posted a photo on his Twitter account earlier this week of a rifle resting on what appeared to be an upper floor balcony railing, pointed down at a darkened street, police said. McAnuff posted, "100 RT's (retweets) and I'll shoot someone walking," according to ...
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A co-founder of the Pinkberry frozen yogurt chain who was convicted last year of beating a homeless man with a tire iron over a tattoo he considered disrespectful was sentenced on Friday to seven years in prison. Young Lee, a 49-year-old South Korean kick ...
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The offer came in the Senate's budget proposal adopted on Thursday and is part of a larger $2.7 billion package to fund de Blasio's signature educational programs over the next five years without raising taxes. De Blasio hailed the Senate's move as a step forward, calling it a sign of a "a ...
JUNEAU, Alaska (Reuters) - An Alaskan moose hunter, whose discovery of the corpse of a wanderer two decades ago helped lead to the 2007 movie "Into the Wild," has been shot and killed by police following a weekend chase through the city of Wasilla, Alaska State Troopers said. Police said ...
DALLAS (Reuters) - A North Texas woman and her husband have been arrested and charged with stealing thousands of gold, jeweled sorority pins worth an estimated $400,000 from the Delta Delta Delta national headquarters in Arlington, Texas, police said on Friday. Carla Seals, who worked at the Tri ...
The program puts Massachusetts-based Tufts among a handful of American colleges offering to pay for a 'gap year' to explore the world and absorb different cultures after high school, a tradition that is more common in Europe. "The idea behind the program is to give incoming students a ...
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The lawsuit filed in Indianapolis federal court is the second challenge to Indiana's law filed in the past week and one of a series of cases brought by gay rights supporters around the United States. Gay marriage bans have been challenged in numerous states since a U.S. Supreme Court decision in ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Power producers' coal ash disposal ponds like the one that leaked toxic sludge into a North Carolina river in February may soon become a thing of the past. After six years of deliberation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in May will decide on changes to the Clean ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Metro-North Railroad, the second-largest U.S. commuter rail line serving an estimated 83 million riders annually in the New York metro area, has an "overemphasis of on-time performance" ahead of safety, according to a federal review released on Friday. The ...
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PHOENIX (Reuters) - An Arizona man convicted of the execution-style killings of six Buddhist monks and three others at a temple near Phoenix more than two decades ago was sentenced on Friday to spend the rest of his life in prison. Johnathan Doody, 39, was sentenced to nine consecutive life terms ...
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BOSTON (Reuters) - Even as police prepare for a massive presence at Boston's first marathon since the 2013 bombing attack that killed three people and injured 264, officials acknowledge the sheer scale of the event poses inevitable security risks. More than 3,500 officers will be stationed along ...
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TAMPA, Florida (Reuters) - A retired police captain charged with shooting dead a fellow moviegoer in a dispute over cellphone use in a Florida theater in January messaged his son from his seat minutes before opening fire, court documents show. The Pasco County sheriff's office has said Curtis ...
JUNEAU, Alaska (Reuters) - An Alaskan moose hunter, whose discovery of the corpse of a wanderer two decades ago helped lead to the 2007 movie "Into the Wild," has been shot and killed by police following a weekend chase through the city of Wasilla, Alaska State Troopers said. Police said ...
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NASHVILLE (Reuters) - Tennessee lawmakers on Thursday passed a measure that allows teachers to wish their students "Merry Christmas" and "Happy Hanukkah" and display scenes and symbols of winter celebrations without fear of legal action. The state House of Representatives ...
Jeffrey Corzine had been living in Malibu, California, and was an aspiring photographer, said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity and could not name the hotel. Corzine family spokesman Steven Goldberg confirmed Jeffrey Corzine's death in a written statement.
SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - Dozens of young, undocumented adults raised in the United States but sent back to Mexico marched over the border on Thursday as part of an ongoing protest of the plight of college-age immigrants in a sometimes violent country where they feel like strangers. Organized by the ...
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The Department of Education will announce rules making it harder for "predatory, poor performing" schools to get federal funds, White House and department officials said on Thursday. The government provides $26 billion in federal loans and $10 billion in grants annually to schools that ...
(Reuters) - A U.S. defense contractor in Hawaii pleaded guilty on Thursday to charges he passed national defense secrets, including classified information on joint training and planning exercises with South Korea, to a Chinese woman with whom he was romantically involved, prosecutors ...
James Robert Jones, a U.S. Army private, was arrested as he showed up for work near Deerfield Beach, Florida, the U.S. Marshall's Service said in a statement. He had been living in Florida under an alias and admitted his real identity shortly after he was arrested.
KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) - A Missouri gun shop is facing a wrongful death lawsuit after selling a handgun to a woman who is charged with using it to murder her father. The Washington-based Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence brought the suit on behalf of Janet Delana, who said she warned ...
PHOENIX (Reuters) - The former chief of U.S. college football's Fiesta Bowl was sentenced to eight months in prison on Thursday for leading a scheme to illegally funnel roughly $50,000 from bowl employees to political campaigns. John Junker, 58, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge David Campbell ...
(Reuters) - The niece of a Michigan woman whose body is believed to have been found years after she died has created a "Mummified in Michigan" Facebook page to commemorate her as investigators continue to search for clues into her death. Nina Logan, the 19-year-old niece of Pia ...
The prizes presented at the New School in New York City honor books published in the United States in the past year and are selected by the group's 24-member board of directors. The prize for fiction went to "Americanah," the third novel by Nigerian-born author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie ...
SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters) - A U.S. Border Patrol agent was found dead on Thursday in his Texas home just north of the Mexico border by authorities alerted to allegations he had kidnapped and sexually assaulted three female undocumented immigrants, federal agents said. Authorities did not ...
MIAMI (Reuters) - Eight Florida gay couples backed by a gay rights group have filed a lawsuit to force the state to recognize same-sex marriages from other states, saying their exclusion violates the right to equal protection under the U.S. Constitution. The lawsuit, filed late Wednesday, comes on ...
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There were no reports of serious injuries in the early evening incident on Flight 1702 bound for Fort Lauderdale, Florida. But Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers said two passengers were hospitalized, one with a minor injury and one with a minor illness. Initial indications are that the ...
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (Reuters) - The Los Alamos National Laboratory is evaluating how to meet a June deadline to permanently discard plutonium-tainted junk in light of a prolonged shutdown of a New Mexico nuclear waste dump after an accident there last month, a lab official said. Los Alamos, ...
TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Reuters) - The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a state law that placed a $1 million limit on the amount of money people can be awarded in wrongful death cases caused by medical malpractice. The 5-2 ruling declared as unconstitutional a key provision of a 2003 ...
(Reuters) - A U.S. defense contractor in Hawaii was expected to plead guilty on Thursday to charges he passed national defense secrets, including classified information on joint training and planning exercises with South Korea, to a Chinese woman with whom he was romantically involved, prosecutors ...
CLEVELAND (Reuters) - An Ohio man was sentenced on Thursday to five years in federal prison for his role in holding captive a cognitively disabled woman and her child and forcing the woman to perform manual labor and eat dog food, prosecutors said. Daniel J. Brown, 34, was one of four people ...
The father heard noises coming from the room and went to investigate. Upon finding the 17-year-old boy with his daughter, the father got into a fight with the boy, and "the homeowner, who was armed, shot the male once," the office said. Police have not released the name of the ...
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(Reuters) - If the Obama administration follows through on overtime pay reforms, businesses will have to realign payroll policies for millions of salaried workers and a flurry of lawsuits could follow asking courts to clarify the new standards. Legal battles over overtime pay are already common. ...
ROCKVILLE, Maryland (Reuters) - Two Maryland women accused of killing two children they believed were possessed by demons were indicted on Thursday on multiple counts of murder, authorities said. Zakieya Avery, 28, and Monifa Sanford, 21, were each indicted by a grand jury on two counts of first ...
SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - A Utah truck driver known for wearing vampire-fanged dentures is facing federal criminal charges over accusations he sexually abused two women who authorities said were held captive in the man's semi-tractor trailer as he traveled nationwide. Prosecutors, in a complaint ...
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Malian national pleaded not guilty in a New York federal court on Thursday to charges of assassinating an American diplomat in the Republic of Niger in Western Africa and attempting to kill a U.S. Marine who tried to intervene. The government of Mali extradited Alhassane ...
MIAMI (Reuters) - Eight Florida gay couples backed by a gay rights group have filed a lawsuit seeking to force the state to recognize same-sex marriages in other states, saying their exclusion violates the right to equal protection under the U.S. Constitution. The lawsuit, filed late Wednesday, ...
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will take public comments on its proposal after posting a Federal Register notice on Thursday. The agency requires random drug and alcohol testing for maintenance workers based in the United States, but its regulations do not extend to companies or ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bipartisan bill to protect millions of Americans from potentially unaffordable increases in the cost of federal flood insurance won final U.S. congressional approval on Thursday. On a vote of 72-22, the Democratic-led Senate sent the measure, earlier approved by the ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bipartisan deal in Congress to spare doctors from recurring Medicare pay cuts was in jeopardy on Thursday, as Republicans ignored protests from physicians and moved forward with legislation that would use the so-called "doc fix" to undermine Obamacare. Hundreds ...
MILFORD, Connecticut (Reuters) - A Connecticut man on death row for the 2007 murders of a mother and her two daughters in a quiet suburb sent his attorney a letter saying he planned to commit suicide days before he was found unresponsive in his cell on Monday, the lawyer said. Steven Hayes, 50, ...
Virginia has reported positive samples of the virus in the environment, but not yet in a hog herd, according to data released on Thursday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Animal Health Laboratory Network. Confirmed cases of PEDv increased by 274 in the week ending March 8, bringing ...
VANCOUVER (Reuters) - The Canadian province of British Columbia said on Thursday it wants to keep a 50-year-old Canada-U.S. pact on Columbia River flood control and power generation in place, but it urged the federal government to push for what it called improvements. The announcement of the ...
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DENVER (Reuters) - Some people found guilty of possessing marijuana in Colorado at the time the state legalized recreational pot may have their convictions thrown out, a state appellate court ruled Thursday, though legal experts said the decision would apply to few cases. Colorado and Washington ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the Food and Drug Administration on Thursday defended the agency's approval of Zohydro, a powerful prescription opioid made by Zogenix Inc, saying it offers a "unique" option to treat pain despite concerns about potential abuse. The FDA's approval of ...
Prosecutors are expected to start reviewing the case on Thursday afternoon, a police spokesman said. The man is being held at the Milwaukee County jail, a sheriff's spokeswoman said. Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn said in a statement the 39-year-old maintenance man was arguing with two teenagers ...
The Federal Aviation Administration sought comments on its proposed rule in a Federal Register notice on Thursday. The FAA's present drug and alcohol testing regulations do not extend to companies or individuals who perform sensitive functions, including preventive maintenance on aircraft, outside ...
JACKSON, Mississippi (Reuters) - A Mississippi man pronounced dead last month and put in a body bag only to come alive just before embalming, has now died, a coroner said on Thursday. Walter Williams, 78, died at about 1 a.m. local time in Lexington, two weeks after shocking people when he started ...
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - In the continuing battle over how California will cope with historic drought, an appeals court on Thursday sided with environmentalists over growers and upheld federal guidelines that limit water diversions in order to protect Delta smelt. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of ...
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Former pro football star Darren Sharper, who faces accusations in several states of drugging and raping women, was ordered held without bail by a Los Angeles judge on Thursday, based on charges filed against him this week in Arizona. Sharper, who played 14 years in the ...
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PHOENIX (Reuters) - A group of same-sex couples in Arizona filed a federal lawsuit on Thursday to challenge the state's ban on gay marriage, arguing that it violates the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution, court documents showed. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in ...
The police investigation at the Prince William campus, about 30 miles southwest of Washington has concluded, the university said on its website. Buildings had been evacuated and shuttle bus service was suspended as authorities sought information about who made the bomb threat.
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing for jobless benefits hovered near three-month lows last week and factory activity in the Mid-Atlantic region rebounded this month, suggesting the economy is regaining strength after being hobbled by severe weather. While other data on Thursday ...
TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Reuters) - Former Florida Governor Reubin Askew, a champion of tax reform and open government who became a pivotal figure in Florida politics, died on Thursday aged 85. He was admitted to hospital in Tallahassee on Saturday with pneumonia and suffered a stroke, according to ...
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NEW YORK/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - An Indian diplomat charged in New York with visa fraud and making false statements about her domestic worker has won a dismissal of her federal indictment, in a move that could help smooth over a dispute that has frayed U.S.-India ties. Devyani Khobragade, who was ...
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AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A driver evading a police sobriety checkpoint plowed into a crowd at high speed outside a nightclub in Austin on Thursday, killing two people and injuring 23 near the South by Southwest festival, police said. The motorist, identified as Rashad Charjuan Owens, 21, fled ...
South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside on Long Island, near New York City, said patients may have received insulin from a pen reservoir - not a single-use disposable needle - that could have been used on more than one patient. "The risk of infection from this is extremely low," ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration on Thursday threw its weight behind a proposal that it says could cut the average prison sentence for a federal drug defendant by 11 months, a change designed to help reduce the massive U.S. prison population. Attorney General Eric Holder endorsed ...
SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - Lawyers for four same-sex couples who wed in Utah while a ban on gay marriage was briefly lifted urged a U.S. judge on Wednesday to force the conservative, heavily Mormon state to recognize their nuptials while the legal battle over marriage plays out in an appeals ...
CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Three people were killed and a state trooper was seriously injured in a pileup of about 50 cars and trucks in Ohio after a winter storm covered the Great Lakes region in ice and snow Wednesday afternoon, according to state and county officials. The injured Ohio State Highway ...
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Former Manson Family member Bruce Davis, who was sentenced to life in prison for two 1969 murders carried out with other members of the cult, was granted parole on Wednesday by a California parole board, although it was not certain he would be freed. Davis' parole must ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. transportation officials warned lawmakers on Wednesday that dwindling funds for highway and rail projects may cause delays in work this summer during the height of the construction season unless they quickly approve billions of dollars in new funding. The Highway Trust ...
Processing and storing crude oil at the port could pose health risks, said County Executive Daniel McCoy, who estimated that the health review could take "many months." The moratorium targets a proposed expansion at an oil-processing facility operated by Global Partners LP. The company ...
Flight 678 was met by an ambulance when it landed at Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport on Tuesday night. The child was in stable condition, the department said, without offering details on the cause of the medical emergency. Two medically trained personnel, not associated with the child, ...
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Stephens County Court Judge Jerry Herberger decided there was enough evidence to try Chancey Luna, 16, and Michael Jones, 18, on first-degree murder charges, which in this case could mean life in prison without the possibility of parole if they were convicted. James Edwards, a third teenager who ...
(Reuters) - U.S. authorities in pursuit of a fugitive animal rights activist suspected in a pair of California bombings over a decade ago have focused their hunt on Hawaii's big island following a lead he may be there, an FBI spokesman said on Wednesday. The fugitive, Daniel Andreas San Diego, is ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy said on Wednesday that 151 sailors had been disqualified from working as sexual assault counselors and other positions as the military tries to improve how it helps victims following a string of high-profile sexual assault cases. The sailors were disqualified ...
Lolita Grayson had accused her husband of shoving and bruising her, and on March 3 obtained a temporary restraining order against him, based on her account of what happened when they met at the family home on March 1. The couple is estranged, with Lolita Grayson having filed for divorce in January.
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New Guantanamo Bay U.S. prison guidelines describe hunger striking detainees as undergoing "long term non-religious fasting," a copy of the document obtained by Reuters shows. Two U.S. military officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said on Wednesday the ...
(Reuters) - The number of U.S. cattle deaths that may be linked to the Merck & Co Inc feed additive Zilmax are much higher than the figures reported by the drug company to the federal government, according to a research study published on Wednesday. The findings by researchers from Texas Tech ...
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ATLANTA (Reuters) - The Georgia Senate voted Wednesday to allow the first monument to the late civil rights leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner Martin Luther King Jr. on the state Capitol grounds. A portrait of King, who was born just a few blocks away, hangs inside the Capitol building, but there ...
The new contract brought the potential value of the contract to $3.25 billion from $2.5 billion, the Pentagon said in its daily digest of major weapons contracts. (Reporting by Andrea Shalal; Editing by Richard Chang)
Processing and storing crude oil at the port could pose health risks, said County Executive Daniel McCoy, who estimated that the health review could take "many months." The moratorium targets a proposed expansion at an oil-processing facility operated by Global Partners LP. The company ...
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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - While U.S. law enforcement agencies have long tried to stamp out networks of compromised computers used by cyber criminals, the National Security Agency has been hijacking the so-called botnets as a resource for spying. The NSA has "co-opted" more than 140,000 ...
DENVER (Reuters) - A 4-year-old pajama-clad boy was left unattended in a vehicle that was carjacked by a fugitive and survived a high-speed police chase in the Denver area on Wednesday, police said. The suspect later carjacked two other vehicles and struck a police officer before his arrest.
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New Jersey teen who drew international attention when she sued her parents to demand they pay her tuition after she moved out of their house has decided to return home, but their legal battle has not yet been settled, attorneys said Wednesday. Rachel Canning, 18, was going ...
(Reuters) - The owners of New York City's iconic Katz's Delicatessen filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against the operators of local food trucks named Katz & Dogz, claiming the trucks are a blatant attempt to dupe consumers. Customers are likely to assume that the trucks, which sell the same ...
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PHOENIX (Reuters) - Former NFL star Darren Sharper, who faces accusations in several states of drugging and raping women, has been indicted in Arizona on sexual assault charges, Tempe police said on Wednesday. Sharper, who played 14 years in the National Football League and helped the New Orleans ...
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A five-alarm blaze that may have been caused by a welding mishap broke out late on Tuesday at the MB360 apartment complex under construction in the Mission Bay district, said San Francisco Fire Department spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge. The tower that burned in the two-building, partly built complex ...
By Daniel Kelley PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - The Archdiocese of Philadelphia will no longer take applications for a small program that pays the Catholic school tuition of children of victims of sexual abuse by priests, saying that the money could be used to benefit victims directly.
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MARRIOTTSVILLE, Maryland (Reuters) - The gunman who killed two store employees at a Maryland mall early this year may have been obsessed with the 1999 Columbine High School massacre and left a journal behind in which he wrote that he might already be dead, police said on Wednesday. The shooter, ...
NEW YORK (Reuters) - New Jersey this week became the first U.S. state to allow pregnant women to bar the fathers of their children from the delivery room while giving birth, under a court ruling. Mothers-to-be are also not obligated to inform fathers they have gone into labor, according to a ...
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Authorities toiled overnight, parsing a smoking pile of bricks and twisted metal - at one point three stories high - in an effort to find any remaining victims. The explosion at about 9:30 a.m. EDT on Wednesday shook the East Harlem neighborhood shortly after a resident complained to the Con ...
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(Reuters) - The wife of convicted child molester and former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky said on Wednesday that he was innocent and that victims who testified against him were manipulated for money. In her first television interview on the subject, Dottie Sandusky said on NBC's ...
(Reuters) - A dying seven-year-old boy who is suffering from a viral infection could receive an unapproved treatment as early as Wednesday after a drugmaker struck a deal with U.S. regulators to provide the medicine. Pharmaceutical company Chimerix Inc, lobbied by supporters of Josh Hardy in a ...
NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - A Louisiana man who has spent nearly three decades on death row walked free on Tuesday, after prosecutors asked a judge to set aside his first-degree murder conviction and death sentence, citing new evidence in the case that exonerated him. Glenn Ford, 64, a black man, was ...
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(Reuters) - Federal agents have arrested an Oklahoma man accused of mailing a package bomb last year addressed to Joe Arpaio, the controversial Arizona lawman who calls himself "America's toughest sheriff," officials said on Tuesday. Gregory Lynn Shrader, 55, is suspected of dropping off ...
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OLYMPIA, Washington (Reuters) - Five detainees on hunger strike at an immigration holding center in Washington state were placed under medical observation on Tuesday, a federal agency said, while advocates insisted it was a divide-and-conquer tactic to undermine their protest. Now in its fifth ...
By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - For the two men charged with hatching a kidnap conspiracy on a website catering to violent sexual fetishes, their own Internet musings about abducting and brutalizing women are so outlandish, they only bolster their defense, their lawyers argued in a New York ...
Prosecutors found "insufficient evidence" to charge the archbishop after an extensive St. Paul police investigation into the allegation, the Ramsey County Attorney's Office said in a statement. Nienstedt, who had denied any inappropriate contact, stepped aside in December while ...
(Reuters) - A white supremacist woman accused of killing four people during a violent road trip across the Pacific Northwest with her boyfriend pleaded guilty on Tuesday to racketeering in a deal that could send her to prison for life, federal prosecutors said. The racketeering charge to which ...
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., March 11 - To tackle a rising demand for space-based surveillance in an era of flat budgets, the U.S. military is looking at smaller satellites, cheaper rockets and partnerships, the head of Air Force Space Command said on Tuesday. "Status quo is just not going to work ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - A lawyer for Suleiman Abu Ghaith, a son-in-law of Osama bin Laden on trial for conspiring to kill Americans, tried to discredit a U.S. government witness on Tuesday, portraying the former jihadi as more interested in saving himself than in preventing horrific attacks. The ...
NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - A Louisiana man who has spent nearly three decades on death row was slated to walk free on Tuesday, after prosecutors asked a judge to set aside his first-degree murder conviction and death sentence, citing new evidence in the case that exonerated him. Glenn Ford, a black ...
PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - The Archdiocese of Philadelphia will no longer take applications for a small program that pays the Catholic school tuition of children of victims of sexual abuse by priests, saying that the money could be used to benefit victims directly. The 13 children who rely on the ...
HOUSTON (Reuters) - About $200,000 in cash and twice that amount in checks and written credit card information were taken from a safe at the Lakewood Church led by televangelist Pastor Joel Osteen, police said Tuesday. The theft is believed to have taken place between 2:30 p.m. local time on ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - President Barack Obama took on a daunting task on Tuesday: shopping for clothes for his wife and daughters during a brief stop at a Gap store while raising money for Democrats in New York. Obama was in New York to attend fundraisers aimed at building up campaign war chests for ...
Avrohom Goldstein, 34, and Moshe Goldstein, 31, were among 10 men, including their father and two Orthodox Jewish rabbis, arrested last fall in the alleged scheme in which they hired themselves out to unhappy wives who wanted their husbands kidnapped and beaten until they agreed to divorce, ...
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - A court injunction obtained by Texas-based Cabot Oil & Gas is preventing Pennsylvania resident Vera Scroggins from going to her local grocery store, her friends' homes, schools, or even the hospital. That's because those properties sit atop the more than ...
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DENVER (Reuters) - A judge overseeing the Colorado movie theater massacre case appointed an evaluator on Tuesday to conduct a second sanity examination of accused gunman James Holmes after earlier ruling a first evaluation to be "incomplete and inadequate." Arapahoe County District Court ...
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By David Quiñones MIAMI (Reuters) - Three passengers suing Carnival cruise lines for damages after an engine fire left their ship adrift for days are asking the company to pay $5,000 per year for life while the rest are seeking $2,500 to $5,000 for four to five years.
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"We're still using that as a pretty firm chalk line for those companies that are bidding on it and in determining which requirements make it, and which ones don't," Air Force Undersecretary Eric Fanning told reporters. He said the cost per aircraft would be higher if research and ...
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(Reuters) - Elon Musk wants to keep selling electric cars directly to the public in New Jersey, but on Tuesday the state said no, insisting instead that Tesla Motors Inc offer its cars through an auto franchise rather than its own stores. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's administration ...
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(Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Labor on Tuesday proposed a rule requiring pension plan service providers to offer a guide to help employers navigate disclosures about fees and potential conflicts of interest. The proposal amends a 2012 regulation that forced service providers to present ...
KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) - A Missouri man cleared of a murder conviction after nearly a decade in captivity has filed a $100 million lawsuit against police and prosecutors, alleging reckless investigation, destruction of evidence and other "abuse of power." Ryan Ferguson, 29, was ...
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(Reuters) - Stanley Fischer wrote the book on macroeconomics. Literally. A noted scholar, he co-authored "Macroeconomics," one of the world's leading college economics textbooks.
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Eric Toth, 32, had pleaded guilty to pornography charges stemming from photographs and videos that he took of children while working as a camp counselor in Wisconsin, as a teacher at the capital's private Beauvoir School and at a Maryland home. U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras sentenced ...
(Reuters) - Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd agreed to pay $27.6 million to settle charges that it paid kickbacks to a Chicago psychiatrist to induce him to prescribe an anti-schizophrenia drug to patients, resulting in more than 100,000 false Medicaid and Medicare claims. The world's largest ...
BROCKPORT, New York (Reuters) - Mya, the puppy whose photo showing her held upside down above a keg and drinking beer resulted in animal cruelty charges against two college students, was headed back to the off-campus home of her owner on Tuesday. A photo of the 4-month-old black Labrador doing a ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama took his quest to sign young people up for health insurance to an edgy comedy website on Tuesday, where he traded insults with host Zach Galifianakis while plugging his signature Obamacare health program. Obama sat for an interview on "Between Two ...
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ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - Voters on Florida's Gulf Coast head to the polls Tuesday to fill a vacant U.S. Congressional seat in a special election watched by both major parties for what it portends for November when all 435 congressional seats will be up for grabs. "It's still anybody's ...
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Bridget Kelly, Christie's former deputy chief of staff, and Bill Stepian, his former campaign manager, have so far not cooperated with subpoenas issued by state lawmakers looking into the September incident, when Christie aides apparently helped orchestrate traffic jams at the busy George ...
OLYMPIA, Washington (Reuters) - Dozens of detainees on the fourth day of a hunger strike protesting U.S. deportations and detention center conditions at a Washington state immigration facility were being medically evaluated on Monday and could be force-fed, a federal agency said. As of lunchtime ...
(Reuters) - Four more workers have tested positive for exposure tied to an accidental release of radiation from an underground nuclear waste site in New Mexico, but tests have shown no further contamination in two sections of the site, officials said on Monday. This brings to 17 the number of ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - - As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear a religious dispute over the Obamacare contraception mandate, advocates on both sides are trying to set the court straight on the science. The case, to be heard on March 25, is one of the most closely watched of the year, partly ...
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TRENTON, New Jersey (Reuters) - Former top aides to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie have not cooperated with a state probe into a traffic scandal that threatens the Republican governor's political future out of fear they will incriminate themselves, their attorneys argued in court on ...
(Reuters) - Floods that washed out rural roads in central Montana left hundreds of people stranded on Monday and forced the evacuation of 30 homes in one small town, as forecasts predicted more rain and snow that could worsen conditions in the region. The flooding, which saw water begin streaming ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A leading District of Columbia businessman pleaded guilty on Monday to violating campaign finance laws in a case that has tarnished the U.S. capital's Democratic mayor and overshadowed his bid for a second term. Federal prosecutors had accused Jeffrey Thompson, once a major ...
(Reuters) - Police have arrested a man in Texas suspected of killing his roommate, a former Mexicana airlines employee, whose severed head was found underneath the famed Hollywood sign overlooking Los Angeles in 2012, officials said on Monday. The suspect, 38-year-old Gabriel Campos-Martinez, was ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Jurors in the trial of alleged al Qaeda operative Suleiman Abu Ghaith on Monday watched videos of the defendant warning of a "storm" of airplane attacks a month after September 11, 2001. Abu Ghaith, 48, is on trial in Manhattan federal court for conspiring to kill ...
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SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) - California lawmakers took aim Monday at truancy among elementary school children with a package of bills that would help families bring their kids to school and keep them there, but it would not remove the threat of arrest if they refuse to comply. The bills were ...
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TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Reuters) - Parents of two black teenagers whose killings sparked heated criticism of Florida's "stand your ground" law marched on the state Capitol on Monday, warning legislators of a political backlash unless they reform the statue. "Florida is failing ...
The Sunday evening incident began when the cat, a black-and-white Himalayan, scratched a 7-month-old baby in the face, according to Portland Police Bureau spokesman Sergeant Pete Simpson. The baby's father kicked the cat in the backside, which sent it into a rage, and the parents and baby, along ...
Steven Hayes, 50, was alone in his cell at the Northern Correctional Institution in Somers when a prison guard on a routine patrol found him unresponsive, Connecticut Department of Correction officials said in a statement. It was unclear what led to Hayes' unresponsive state, and he was undergoing ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - After discovering China-made components in the F-35 fighter jet, a Pentagon investigation has uncovered Chinese materials in other major U.S. weaponry, including Boeing Co's B-1B bomber and certain Lockheed Martin Corp F-16 fighters, the U.S. Defense Department ...
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MIAMI (Reuters) - A group of passengers suing Carnival cruise lines for damages after an engine fire left their ship adrift for days are asking the company to pay $5,000 a month for the rest of their lives for medical bills and mental anguish. A lawsuit brought by 33 passengers of the ill-fated ...
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DENVER (Reuters) - Sales of recreational marijuana products in Colorado added more than $2.1 million to state coffers in tax receipts and other fees in the first month retail sales of the drug were allowed, state figures showed on Monday. The figures, which the Colorado Department of Revenue said ...
TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Reuters) - Parents of two black teenagers whose killings sparked heated criticism of Florida's "stand your ground" law marched on the state Capitol on Monday, warning legislators of a political backlash unless they reform the statue. "Florida is failing ...
Earlier this year BlueCross BlueShield of Louisiana, the state's largest carrier, said it would begin rejecting checks from a federal program called the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program that for decades had helped low-income people with HIV and AIDS pay for both AIDS drugs and insurance ...
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U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara is interested in particular in any potential conflicts of interest between Samson's role as chairman and his private law firm, Wolff & Samson, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing anonymous sources. Pressure has been building on Samson, an appointee of New ...
(Reuters) - Police have arrested a man suspected of killing a former Mexicana airlines employee whose severed head was found underneath the famed Hollywood sign overlooking Los Angeles in 2012, officials said on Monday. The suspect, 38-year-old Gabriel Campos Martinez, was arrested in Texas on ...
A Tesoro spokeswoman, however, would not identify the chemical which the two contract workers were exposed to while carrying out maintenance on a unit at the Martinez refinery. "The contractors were doing maintenance, with full protective safety equipment worn," Tesoro spokeswoman Tina ...
DENVER (Reuters) - Police responding to the reported rape of a teenage girl found her mother and two young siblings slain inside their Colorado home, where the suspected rapist and killer was taken into custody, authorities said on Monday. A registered sex offender believed to be the boyfriend of ...
Michael Foret, 33, was escorted from a Delta Air Lines plane by police when it landed in the Cayman Islands on Sunday night. The flight was traveling from Atlanta en route to Costa Rica. His wife remained aboard the plane and continued traveling to San Jose, Costa Rica, police said.
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JUNEAU, Alaska (Reuters) - Dallas Seavey won his second Iditarod sled-dog race in three years on Tuesday, unseating his father, Mitch, as defending champion while breaking the race's three-year-old record. The 26-year-old Seavey and his canine team finished the 42nd annual, 1,000-mile race through ...
MIAMI (Reuters) - Protesters marched into the offices of the state attorney for Miami-Dade County on Monday after the disclosure that the medical examiner investigating the fatal Tasing of an 18-year-old graffiti artist last summer concluded the death was "accidental." About 25 family ...
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The United Methodist Church announced on Monday it was dropping its case against a New York clergyman accused of defying church policy by officiating at his son's same-sex wedding. The church said a trial over the actions of the Rev. Thomas Ogletree, a former dean at Yale ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A leading District of Columbia businessman pleaded guilty on Monday to violating campaign finance laws in a case that has tarnished the U.S. capital's Democratic mayor and overshadowed his bid for a second term. Federal prosecutors had accused Jeffrey Thompson, once a major ...
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AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Former security contractor Edward Snowden, addressing a sympathetic crowd at a tech-heavy event in Austin, Texas, on Monday from a secret location in Russia, said proposed reforms at the National Security Agency show that he was vindicated in leaking classified ...
CLEVELAND (Reuters) - A man suspected of shooting three men to death at an Ohio bar, including an off-duty police officer, has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder, authorities said on Monday. Igmidio Mista, 33, is accused of opening fire early Sunday at the Last Call Bar in Fremont, ...
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former adviser to mining company BSG Resources pleaded guilty in New York on Monday to one count of obstructing a criminal investigation in connection with a bribery investigation into mining rights in Guinea. Frederic Cilins, a French national, pleaded guilty before U.S. ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a setback to the U.S. government's long-running policy of converting abandoned railroads into public trails, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled for a Wyoming property owner who objected to a plan to extend a pathway across his land. In a decision that could affect ...
The teenagers admitted to investigators that they planned to kill both the girl's mother and father so that they could continue dating, the Marion County Sheriff's office said. Both the girl and the boy admitted to police that he used a kitchen knife to cut the mother's throat in Ocala, Florida on ...
2013 was the eighth straight year in which more than 10 billion trips were taken on U.S. public buses, subways, commuter rail and streetcars, the American Public Transportation Association(APTA) said in a report. 2013 marked the highest level of ridership since 1956, it said.
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a school district's appeal over an attempt by officials to ban breast cancer awareness bracelets bearing the message "I (heart sign) boobies," handing victory to two students who challenged the decision on free ...
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Speaking publicly for the first time, Peter Lanza, father of shooter Adam Lanza, said: "You can't get any more evil. How much do I beat up on myself about the fact that he's my son? A lot." Adam Lanza, 20, shot and killed 20 first-graders and six staff members at Newtown's Sandy Hook ...
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FORT BRAGG, North Carolina (Reuters) - The trial of a U.S. Army general charged with sexual assault was delayed indefinitely after the prosecution's case hit a stumbling block when a judge ruled that politics fueled the decision to court-martial the military commander. On Tuesday morning, a ...
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As part of that campaign, Holder reiterated the Obama administration's call for more law enforcement agencies to train and equip personnel with an overdose-reversal medication called naloxone. The director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy issued a similar plea to police ...
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BOSTON (Reuters) - Attorneys for three college friends of the accused Boston Marathon bomber who are charged with helping cover up evidence of the crime on Monday asked for more records related to their arrests. Defense attorneys for the friends said they needed notes of any statements they made ...
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A series of small aftershocks continued to rattle the extreme northern coast of California on Monday, hours after a magnitude 6.8 earthquake shook the town of Eureka and an area extending into Oregon and Nevada with no reports of damage. The main tremor, which struck at ...
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(Reuters) - Double-digit annual returns for most U.S. public pension systems over the past two years have done little to shrink the yawning deficits facing many of them after a decade of inadequate funding, according to analysts and recent data. Thanks to a robust stock market, most systems have ...
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DETROIT (Reuters) - Former Ford Motor Co executive William Clay Ford Sr., the last surviving grandchild of the automaker's founder, Henry Ford, and the longtime owner of the Detroit Lions football team, died on Sunday at age 88, the company said. Ford, who spent many of his 57 years at Ford ...
A fourth person was wounded at the Last Call Saloon in Fremont, 40 miles south of Toledo, and authorities were searching for the shooter, Fremont police said. The gunman fired at least four shots, killing a 25-year-old bartender, a 24-year-old patron and a 26-year-old man identified as an off-duty ...
More than 200 students were on stage when the front portion of the platform gave way during a Saturday night production at Servite High School, a private Catholic school in Anaheim, about 25 miles south of Los Angeles, police said. Twenty-four students were transferred to local hospitals with ...
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The two-engined jetliner en route to San Francisco from Tokyo diverted to Honolulu, landing at 1343 local time Saturday with 160 passengers on board, a spokesman for JAL said. No one was injured in the incident. "We are investigating the cause of the drop in oil pressure," the spokesman ...
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MALVERN, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - On a cold winter's day, historian Bill Watson found himself standing in the snow, picking through the roots of an upturned stump near railroad tracks in a place now known as Duffy's Cut. The exposed roots once held in their grip buttons, human bones and old coffin ...
Another 28 people were issued summonses since violence broke out on Saturday morning during an annual party known as the "Barney Blowout," near the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. The Amherst Police Department said officers brought the situation under control and made final arrests ...
OLYMPIA, Wa. (Reuters) - Hundreds of detainees at an immigration holding center in Tacoma have gone on hunger strike to demand better conditions at the facility and an end to U.S. deportations, their attorney said on Saturday. While advocates for the strikers put their numbers at 1,200, U.S. ...
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TAMPA, Fl. (Reuters) - A pregnant woman and her family were hospitalized this week after eating steak bought from a Wal-Mart that local authorities believed was laced with the hallucinogenic drug LSD, according to the medical examiner's initial test results. A blue balloon announcing "Baby ...
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ORLANDO (Reuters) - A judge set bail at $1.2 million on Saturday for a pregnant woman facing attempted murder charges for driving a minivan carrying her three young children into the surf off a Florida beach, according to jail records. Ebony Wilkerson, 32, has been charged with three counts of ...
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AUBURN, New York (Reuters) - An 89-year-old U.S. World War Two veteran who was wounded when his plane crashed in occupied France in 1944 received a Purple Heart medal on Saturday, an honor he declined 70 years ago. Richard Faulkner was a 19-year-old staff sergeant when the B-17 bomber in which he ...
TOWSON, Maryland (Reuters) - An 11-year-old girl who was missing from a Baltimore-area home where her mother was killed has been found at a South Carolina motel with her father, who was arrested on murder and flight charges, police said on Friday. The suspect, Timothy Virts, 38, went missing with ...
CHICAGO (Reuters) - The daughter of President Barack Obama's former pastor was convicted on Friday of laundering thousands of dollars from a state grant for a Chicago-area job-training program, federal prosecutors said. A federal jury took less than two hours to find Jeri Wright, 48, the daughter ...
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SARATOGA, California (Reuters) - Teenagers who share sexually explicit images of others on the Internet to harass them could soon face tougher punishment under California legislation proposed on Friday, spurred by the suicide of a teen after images of her sexual assault were circulated to other ...
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Former NFL player Darren Sharper, facing California charges of drugging and raping two women, will not immediately be sent to Louisiana where he is wanted on suspicion of rape in a separate incident, a judge ruled on Friday in an extradition hearing. Los Angeles Superior ...
CLEVELAND (Reuters) - An Ohio couple was convicted on Friday of holding captive a cognitively disabled woman and her young child, who were forced to eat dog food and threatened with a large snake, federal prosecutors said. A jury found Jordie Callahan, 27 and Jessica Hunt, 32, guilty of engaging ...
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Sigma Alpha Epsilon, one of the oldest and largest U.S. college fraternities, said on Friday that it would eliminate its member initiation practices, following a number of hazing-related deaths and other incidents. Starting Sunday, the fraternity with 14,000 undergraduate ...
PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Lawyers for the state of Pennsylvania asked a judge on Friday to throw out an arbitration ruling that could cost the state hundreds of millions of dollars from the landmark 1998 settlement with the nation's tobacco companies. Under the settlement, the nation's four largest ...
Duke Energy Corp, the biggest utility in the United States, said it had more than 355,000 customers without power in the Carolinas, down from 387,000 earlier in the day. Duke said power will be restored to some customers in western North Carolina late Friday, but workers were still working to ...
(Reuters) - A suburban Seattle Catholic school vice principal who was fired in December for violating religious doctrine by marrying his same-sex partner, on Friday sued the school and the Archdiocese of Seattle for wrongful dismissal. Mark Zmuda, who was also a swim coach at Eastside Catholic ...
Taylor Blake Martin and Seth Andrew Stephenson, both 22, face up to a year in prison and a $50,000 fine, according to the U.S. Attorney's office in Orlando. A sentencing date has not been set. Manatees are protected under state and federal laws. The Florida Manatee Sanctuary Act prohibits ...
PITTSBURGH (Reuters) - A Pittsburgh lawyer's online ad showing smiling robbers, drug dealers and prostitutes flashing thumbs up and thanking him for getting them off the hook has garnered tens of thousands of views and drawn fire from a local bar association. One fictional criminal pauses while ...
Michael J. Fischer, head of the Border Patrol, said in a conference call with reporters that immigrant smugglers were increasingly using rock-throwing as a way to drive away patrols. Since 2010, agency personnel have opened fire 43 times, killing 10 people, in response to 1,713 rock-throwing ...
In a statement, the FAA said it was appealing Thursday's ruling, which rejected a fine against the operator for filming a commercial using a drone, to the full National Transportation Safety Board. "This decision could impact the safe operation of the national airspace system and the safety ...
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TOWSON, Maryland (Reuters) - Police seeking a Maryland man suspected of abducting his 11-year-old daughter and wanted in connection with the death of her mother widened their search to across the United States on Friday. The suspect, Timothy Virts, 38, went missing with his daughter, Caitlyn ...
DeWine, 67, a former two-term U.S. senator, was elected Ohio's attorney general in 2010. The statement said DeWine was, "as a precaution ... taken to The Christ Hospital to be evaluated." The Cincinnati Enquirer newspaper reported that DeWine was alert after passing out during the ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former Manhattan madam Kristin Davis, whose quixotic bid for New York City comptroller last year was interrupted by her arrest on drug charges, pleaded guilty on Friday to selling prescription drugs for cash. Davis, 38, admitted in U.S. District Court in New York City that she ...
The 22-year-old man shot at Oak Court Mall on Thursday was taken to a hospital, where his condition on Friday was listed as stable, the Memphis Police Department said in a statement. "The suspect responsible for the shooting remains at large," the statement said.
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ORLANDO/MIAMI (Reuters) - A pregnant woman who drove a minivan with her children inside into the surf off a Florida beach was charged with three counts of attempted murder, law enforcement officials said on Friday. A tourist's video showed lifeguards and bystanders rushing to help rescue the ...
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(Reuters) - Attorneys for the man charged with mass murder for shooting dozens of people at a Colorado movie theater have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to force a reporter to reveal confidential sources she used for a story about the massacre. James Holmes, 26, faces the death penalty in the ...
BOSTON (Reuters) - Massachusetts on Friday banned people from secretly taking pictures or video under another person's clothing, two days after the state's top court pointed out that so-called 'upskirting' was allowed under existing laws. The state legislature had hastily drafted the bill making ...
(Reuters) - Kansas is violating the state constitution in its funding of public schools, a duty that is mandatory and not to be left to the whims of state legislators, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled on Friday. The court has given the Kansas legislature until July 1 to fully fund its obligations ...
Duke Energy Corp, the biggest utility in the United States, said it had more than 387,000 customers without power in the Carolinas. North Carolina electric cooperatives reported about 55,000 outages. Neighboring states were not hit as hard.
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. judge has thrown out a fine by the Federal Aviation Administration against the operator of a small commercial drone, a decision that could open up the nation's skies to more unmanned-aircraft flights. The case involved a $10,000 fine levied by the FAA against Raphael ...
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BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Philanthropist and former media tycoon Ted Turner was rushed to hospital on Friday in Argentina's Patagonia region before flying to Buenos Aires for appendicitis surgery, local media said. After being seen by doctors at the San Carlos clinic in the lakeside city of ...
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FORT BRAGG, North Carolina (Reuters) - A U.S. Army general twice forced a female captain to engage in oral sex when she tried to break off their illicit sexual relationship during their deployment in Afghanistan in 2011, the woman said during an emotional account on Friday at his military ...
WMC-TV reported that four men were arguing inside the mall and one of them shot a fifth man, who was in critical condition in hospital. Police searched the mall as frightened employees and customers hid inside stores. The four suspects were later arrested near the mall. "There was shooting ...
The Baltimore County Police Department said it had obtained an arrest warrant for Timothy Virts, 38, who went missing with his daughter Caitlyn Marie Virts on Thursday. The girl was last seen in the Dundalk, Maryland area and is believed to be in "in extreme danger," according to ...
SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - Idaho lawmakers on Thursday approved a measure allowing concealed guns to be carried onto university and college campuses. The legislation, which cleared the state House of Representatives by a 50-19 vote and was overwhelmingly approved by the state Senate last month, now ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy plans to add 22 Boeing electronic attack jets to a list of "unfunded" priorities requested by Congress, but the document must still be vetted by senior Pentagon officials, who have underscored their commitment to Lockheed Martin Corp's next-generation ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Osama bin Laden's son-in-law, Suleiman Abu Ghaith, urged al Qaeda recruits en route to a training camp in Afghanistan to pledge their lives to bin Laden a few months before September 11, 2001, a government witness told jurors on Thursday. Sahim Alwan, 41, of Lackawanna, New ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military carried out freedom of navigation operations challenging the maritime claims of China, Iran and 10 other nations last year, asserting its right to use the seas in defiance of their restrictions, a Pentagon report said Thursday. The Defense Department's ...
TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Reuters) - Immigrants in the U.S. illegally, including those who moved as children, cannot work as lawyers in Florida, the state Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Thursday even as its sole Hispanic member decried the decision as unjust. The unsigned ruling on a question from ...
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The departure of Gary Cohen as director of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) was announced within the administration on Wednesday in an email from his boss, Marilyn Tavenner, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Cohen, a former ...
In a letter to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, the senators, led by Democrat Chris Murphy of Connecticut and Republican Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, noted that in recent years historians have succeeded in identifying the remains of other sailors who died in the battle that drew the United ...
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Two U.S. Marines have been relieved of their commands over an explosion at the Camp Pendleton base that killed four bomb specialists in November, probably when a live grenade fell into a demolition pit, military officials said on Thursday. A Marine investigation could not ...
(Reuters) - A New York personal trainer pleaded guilty on Thursday to being part of a New Jersey ring that used violence to coerce Jewish husbands to agree to grant their wives religious divorces, federal prosecutors said on Thursday. David Hellman, 31, was one of 10 men, including two Orthodox ...
DALLAS (Reuters) - Two more Texas abortion providers said they will shut down this week, saying their doctors were unable to get admitting privileges to nearby hospitals as required under new restrictions enacted by the state last year. Proponents of new regulations say they were designed to ...
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(Reuters) - A North Carolina judge ruled on Thursday that Duke Energy Corp must immediately stop the sources of groundwater pollution at its 14 coal-fired power plants in the state. The issue of pollution from coal ash gained momentum in North Carolina last month, when a spill from a retired Duke ...
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A California woman who set out to sea in an inflatable dinghy to watch the sunset, spent about 15 hours clinging to the raft after it began taking on water in frigid Monterey Bay, before the U.S. Coast Guard plucked her to safety on Thursday. Two fishermen spotted the ...
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ATLANTA (Reuters) - Martin Luther King Jr.'s daughter said Thursday she will comply with a judge's order to turn over the late civil rights leader's Nobel Peace Prize medal and personal Bible, and urged her two brothers to reconsider selling the "sacred" items. Fulton County Superior ...
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Waiting for a bus in her heavily immigrant Los Angeles neighborhood, cleaning lady Yesenia Hernandez looked up at a new apartment block across the street that will boast such luxuries as a rooftop pool and dog park, with rents far beyond her reach. "I want to ...
MBCRC said in its filing with Suffolk County Superior Court that Keolis, a unit of France's Societe Nationale des Chemins de Fer Francais, misrepresented its record in France, omitted mandatory security plans for the rail service, and provided an unrealistic estimate of operating costs in its ...
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ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - Every Wednesday afternoon, Doug Varrieur steps into his backyard in the Florida Keys, aims his .380 caliber Smith & Wesson pistol and fires shots that ricochet through city halls around the state. Varrieur, 57, discovered a little-noticed part of Florida law which ...
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BOSTON (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Thursday agreed to have a federal program pay the legal expenses of a man charged with helping the accused Boston Marathon bomber cover his tracks, but rebuffed his attorney's request to have two lawyers on the defense team. Robel Phillipos, of Cambridge, ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. job growth accelerated sharply in February despite the icy weather that gripped much of the nation, easing fears of an abrupt economic slowdown and keeping the Federal Reserve on track to continue reducing its monetary stimulus. Employers added 175,000 jobs to their ...
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Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 26,000 to a seasonally adjusted 323,000, the Labor Department said on Thursday. That was the lowest level since the end of November and the drop more than unwound the prior week's rise. Claims for the week ended February 22 were revised to ...
The threat was found overnight at the Art and Design Building at the university's Fairfax campus, about 15 miles west of Washington, the school said in a statement on its website. Police concluded their investigation and the building was deemed safe, it said. The Art and Design Building is open ...
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The announcement came a day after the Pentagon unveiled plans to put more U.S. fighter jets on a NATO air patrol mission in the Baltics, moving to reassure allies alarmed by Russia's effective seizure of the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea. Crimea is home to Russia's Black Sea military base in ...
The Embraer jet, which had taken off from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and was bound for Moline, Illinois, landed safely at Greenville's Majors Airport, and no injuries were reported among the 45 passengers and three crew members, American Eagle spokeswoman Laura Masvidal said on ...
DENVER (Reuters) - An avalanche tore down a southwestern Colorado mountainside on Wednesday burying five snowmobilers, one of whom remained unaccounted for, in a winter season that has already left at least 19 people dead, authorities said. The group set out from the town of Mancos and were ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military carried out freedom of navigation operations challenging the maritime claims of China, Iran and 10 other countries last year, asserting its transit rights in defiance of efforts to restrict passage, a Pentagon report said on Thursday. The Defense ...
(Reuters) - Four same-sex couples filed a lawsuit on Wednesday challenging on constitutional grounds Wyoming's ban on gay marriage, a gay advocacy group said, following a recent string of court decisions striking down similar restrictions. The couples argue the Western state's marriage ...
PORTLAND, Oregon (Reuters) - A former nurse from Vancouver, Washington, was sentenced to two years in prison on Wednesday for mailing more than 100 threatening letters containing white powder to members of Congress and media organizations in February of 2012. Christopher Carlson, 41, pleaded ...
PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - The U.S. government sued Philadelphia's school district for religious discrimination on Wednesday for demanding that a veteran Muslim police officer trim his beard. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court by the Department of Justice, said the nation's eighth-largest school ...
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Three former top executives from the bankrupt U.S. law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf are expected to be hit with criminal charges on Thursday related to their alleged misleading of lawyers and banks about the firm's financial straits, according to a person familiar with the ...
JUNEAU, Alaska (Reuters) - A 38-year-old veteran Alaska musher competing to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race became the first on Wednesday to reach the halfway point on a course whose early sections have been described as among the most grueling in years. In the fourth day of the nearly ...
Saunders, 55, topped finalists Andrea Barrett's "Archangel" collection and Rebecca Lee's "Bobcat" for the $20,000 prize, the richest among annual literary fiction honors in the United States. Saunders, who lives in New York and teaches creative writing at Syracuse University, ...
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McClatchy Newspapers and the New York Times, quoting individuals with knowledge of the investigation, said the CIA's inspector general launched the probe after members of Congress complained that agency officers had improperly accessed the work of Intelligence Committee staffers. According to ...
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Reuters) - A Tennessee man was charged on Wednesday with murder and aggravated kidnapping in the death of a nursing student who disappeared three years ago from the driveway of her rural home. Zachary Rye Adams, 29, was arrested last week on an unrelated aggravated assault ...
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - An obligatory essay, arcane vocabulary words and penalties for wrong answers will be gone from the widely used SAT exam as of 2016 as administrators try to make the standardized test more reflective of a student's readiness for college. The College Board, which oversees ...
PHOENIX (Reuters) - An Arizona state senator revealed that he was gay on Wednesday, saying he felt compelled to make his sexual orientation public because of the recent battle over legislation in the state that would have allowed businesses to refuse sevices to homosexuals. The disclosure by ...
ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - A lawyer for U.S. Representative Alan Grayson denied accusations on Wednesday that the congressman shoved his wife during a weekend domestic dispute and said a video recording of the incident supports his account. The video shows that Grayson's estranged wife, Lolita, ...
DENVER (Reuters) - A former physician and his wife, tenants of an Aspen ski resort socialite found dead in her home, have made their first court appearance after being arrested on suspicion of her murder, authorities said. The body of Nancy Pfister, 57, daughter of the Buttermilk ski area's ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Vice President Joe Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder said on Wednesday that they would push the U.S. Congress to fund a budget proposal intended to clear the country's backlog of unanalyzed rape kits. Rape kits holding DNA evidence that could help catch perpetrators are ...
Branko Bogdanov, 58, along with his wife Lela, 52, and daughter Julia, 34, of Northbrook, some 25 miles north of Chicago, were charged in U.S. District Court with interstate transportation of stolen property, the U.S. Attorney's office said in a statement. According to investigators, the trio ...
That child is the second case, following an earlier instance in Mississippi, in which doctors may have brought HIV in a newborn into remission by administering antiretroviral drugs in the first hours of life, said Dr. Deborah Persaud, a pediatrics specialist with the Johns Hopkins School of ...
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Netanyahu, on a visit to Silicon Valley, and Brown signed a memorandum of understanding for research and development cooperation in various technological fields, including water conservation. "Israel has demonstrated how efficient a country can be, and there is a great opportunity for ...
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(Reuters) - Oil and gas giants Chesapeake Energy and Encana Corp were charged on Wednesday with colluding to keep oil and gas lease prices artificially low in Michigan, state Attorney General Bill Schuette said. The criminal charges follow a lengthy investigation by Schuette's office into whether ...
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - An obligatory essay, arcane vocabulary words and penalties for wrong answers will be gone from the widely used SAT exam as of 2016 as administrators try to make the standardized test more reflective of a student's readiness for college. The College Board, which oversees ...
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The ruling by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court will make it easier for people convicted in drug cases linked to Dookhan to win new trials, by removing one of the standards for reversing a guilty plea. "We must account for the due process rights of defendants," said the ruling, ...
(Reuters) - Three third-graders were caught smoking marijuana in the boys' bathroom of their northern California elementary school last week in what the local police chief says marked the youngest pot bust he has ever encountered. The three boys - two 8-year-olds and one 9-year-old - were caught ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Several death threats have been made against a former U.S. Internal Revenue Service officer who played a key role in last year's 'Tea Party' scandal at the IRS, the officer's lawyer said on Wednesday after a brief but dramatic congressional hearing. Lois Lerner, who refused ...
Allen Darrell Wade, 43, was arrested at a bus stop after saying on Facebook he intended to surrender after the news earlier on Wednesday that he had been charged with the murder of Susan and Sarah Wolfe, the sisters of Iowa state Representative Mary Wolfe, police said. Charges against Wade include ...
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The currency firm representing a California couple who found $10 million worth of rare Gold Rush-era coins buried on their property says no valid claim to the collection has emerged, despite rumors that the stash was swiped in a 1901 heist. A sale of the treasure trove, ...
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TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Reuters) - Acknowledging a major shift in societal attitudes toward marijuana, a key committee of the Florida legislature voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to approve medical use of a "non-euphoric" marijuana extract that has shown promising results in treating ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Suleiman Abu Ghaith, a son-in-law of Osama bin Laden, proclaimed the September 11, 2001, attacks were al Qaeda's doing and called on others to fight for the Islamist militants, a prosecutor told jurors at the start of his trial on Wednesday. A Kuwaiti, Abu Ghaith is one of the ...
PHOENIX (Reuters) - Two women's healthcare providers have filed a federal lawsuit in Arizona to block new regulations that would limit the use of the most popular abortion-inducing drug in the state, officials disclosed on Wednesday. The lawsuit, filed on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Phoenix ...
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FORT BRAGG, North Carolina (Reuters) - A U.S. Army general pleaded guilty on Thursday to military crimes of having an adulterous affair, asking junior female officers for nude photos and possessing pornography on his laptop while deployed in Afghanistan. Brigadier General Jeffrey Sinclair, the ...
ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - Rescuers pulled three children from a minivan tossing in the surf at a Florida beach after their mother drove them into the Atlantic Ocean, according to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office. The mother, whose name has not been released, was undergoing mental health ...
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has appointed a top lawyer at AOL Inc as its general counsel, the agency confirmed Wednesday. Sarah Harris, AOL's deputy general counsel for intellectual property, will fill a post that has been empty since August 30, when the ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday made it more difficult for a parent living overseas to seek the immediate return of a child abducted by another parent and taken to the United States. The court ruled 9-0 against a father living in the United Kingdom who says his former ...
Massachusetts law prohibits secretly filming or photographing a person who is nude or partly nude, but that does not apply to people who are fully clothed, according to a Supreme Judicial Court decision written by Justice Margot Botsford. The ruling comes in the case of a man who was arrested by ...
ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - A lawyer for Representative Alan Grayson denied accusations on Wednesday that the congressman shoved his wife during a weekend domestic dispute and said a video recording of the incident supports his account. The video shows that Grayson's estranged wife, Lolita, was ...
The man facing extradition, Hossein Nayeri, is one of four defendants who authorities say in October 2012 tried to force the dispensary owner to divulge the location of cash they mistakenly believed he had hidden in the desert. The Prague municipal court ruled Nayeri, who was taken into custody in ...
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BOSTON (Reuters) - Attorneys for the accused Boston Marathon bomber on Wednesday took issue with prosecutors' focus on what they called a "gently mocking" comment about his confinement made by Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to his sister during a jailhouse visit. An assertion by prosecutors, made in ...
Mechanics at the dealership in Amherst, Ohio, west of Cleveland made the discovery when they installed the spare tire and heard a "loud thumping" as the woman drove away, police said on Wednesday. They found marijuana worth about $12,000 wrapped in plastic that had been stashed in the ...
Allen Darrell Wade, 43, was charged with the murder of Susan and Sarah Wolfe, the sisters of Iowa state Representative Mary Wolfe. Their bodies were found on Feb 7 in the basement of their Pittsburgh home. Susan, 44, was nude and doused with chemicals and Sarah, 38, was clothed nearby, police ...
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In an effort to curb what gun control advocates say is the increasing use of the social networks to circumvent checks and controls on firearms sales, Facebook and Instagram will also bar users under 18 from viewing gun offers posted by individuals or groups. "We will not permit people to post ...
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"I don't blame him," biker Edwin Mieses told NBC's Today show. "Because at the end of the day, I'm not him to know what was going through his mind." Fellow bikers surrounded driver Alexian Lien's SUV last fall after the vehicle and a motorcycle bumped. Lien, who was traveling ...
A videotape of the rescue recorded by a Canadian tourist and aired by television stations showed lifeguards and bystanders at Daytona Beach frantically pulling the children, ages 3, 9 and 10, out of the van as it bobbed in the waves on Tuesday. "The two in the back seat (were) crying, with ...
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RICHMOND, Virginia (Reuters) - The Virginia Court of Appeals has denied a request for a new trial for a former University of Virginia lacrosse player convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend four years ago in a drunken rage. George Huguely was convicted of second-degree murder in 2012 for killing ...
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Roman Catholic archbishop of Newark, New Jersey, is facing mounting criticism over his plan to spend $500,000, mostly from the sale of church assets, on a extension to a countryside house where he will soon spend his retirement. Some local Catholics are refusing to ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. private employers added fewer workers than expected in February and services sector growth hit a four-year low, the latest signs of the economic toll severe weather is taking. Another indication of the weather's impact came in the Federal Reserve's anecdotal Beige Book ...
The skier, who was not identified, was crossing slopes near Conejos Peak, 280 miles southwest of Denver, when the accident occurred at an elevation of 11,700 feet, the Colorado Avalanche Information Center said in a statement. It was the seventh avalanche death in Colorado this season. Over the ...
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A judge refused on Tuesday to dismiss a closely watched legal challenge to California's teacher tenure laws, which education reform advocates say inflict public schools that serve poor and minority students with a disproportionate share of the worst teachers. The lawsuit, ...
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ALBANY, New York (Reuters) - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio put on a show of force in the state capital Albany on Tuesday to persuade lawmakers to adopt his plan for universal preschool funded by tax hikes. In a sign of his growing impatience with the plan, New York state Governor Andrew Cuomo ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Air Force decided on Tuesday to start work on a new rescue helicopter by United Technologies Corp's Sikorsky Aircraft in fiscal 2015, a surprising turnaround hours after the Pentagon told Congress the program had been postponed. Air Force Secretary Deborah James ...
PHOENIX (Reuters) - Arizona lawmakers advanced a Republican-backed measure on Tuesday that would allow unannounced inspections of licensed abortion clinics in a state that has taken some of the country's toughest stances on abortion. The bill, which passed in the state House of Representatives ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration will allow consumers to extend health insurance plans that fail to comply with President Barack Obama's healthcare law beyond 2014, according to three people familiar with the matter. In a move that could help Democrats avoid a repeat of last ...
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MORRISTOWN, New Jersey (Reuters) - A New Jersey student who says her parents abandoned her when she turned 18 lost a first round on Tuesday in the lawsuit she filed against them for school costs and living expenses, a case that could set a precedent for a family's obligation to support a child who ...
The Air Force cited the importance of the rescue mission in a statement explaining its last-minute decision to proceed with the Combat Rescue Helicopter (CRH) program just hours after Pentagon budget documents showed the program was being delayed. "Moving forward with the CRH contract award ...
RICHMOND, Virginia (Reuters) - A senior Virginia state investigator has resigned his post, citing changes that officials made to his report on a November incident in which the mentally ill adult son of state Senator Creigh Deeds stabbed the senator and later shot and killed himself. On Saturday, ...
The 2016 F-650 and F-750 trucks, which will go on sale in the spring of 2015, will be assembled at Ford's plant in Avon Lake, Ohio and feature chassis, engine and transmissions all built in-house. For years, the two vehicles were built on chassis made in Escobedo, Mexico under a joint venture with ...
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Snowden, who is in Russia, will answer questions via video conference at the South by Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin on Monday on how the U.S. National Security Agency uses technology to keep tabs on people. "Hear directly from Snowden about his beliefs on what the tech community ...
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FORT BRAGG, North Carolina (Reuters) - The court-martial of Army Brigadier General Jeffrey Sinclair on sexual assault charges that could send him to prison for life began on Tuesday, a rare proceeding against a top U.S. military officer in recent decades. Sinclair, 51, a married father of two, is ...
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Los Angeles City Council voted on Tuesday to ban the use of electronic cigarettes, also known as "vaping," from restaurants, bars, nightclubs and other public spaces in the nation's second-largest city. A spokeswoman for Mayor Eric Garcetti confirmed to ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A measure decriminalizing marijuana in the U.S. capital got final approval from Washington's city council on Tuesday, a move that would make smoking pot a violation comparable to a parking ticket. The bill, which passed the second of two votes with the support of 10 of the ...
PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - An explosion in a condominium development in southern New Jersey's Ewing Township on Tuesday killed one person, injured seven others and damaged dozens of homes, police said. Aerial photographs of the scene displayed on local online media showed a raging fire and thick ...
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NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) - Husband-and-wife cast members of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" reality television show pleaded guilty on Tuesday to mail and wire fraud conspiracy and bankruptcy fraud stemming from what prosecutors said was years of hiding income and lying to obtain ...
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BOSTON (Reuters) - A former Massachusetts state crime-lab chemist who admitted to faking drug test results was the sole "bad actor" at the facility, but lax management allowed her to carry on for nine years, an official review released on Tuesday concluded. In a case that shook the ...
(Reuters) - A New Jersey student who says her parents abandoned her when she turned 18 is suing them for school costs and other expenses in a case legal experts say could set a precedent for a family's obligation to support a child who has left home. Rachel Canning, 18, of Lincoln Park, New ...
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ATLANTA (Reuters) - A Georgia measure that would legalize use of a liquid, non-intoxicating form of marijuana for patients with severe seizure disorders has been passed by the state House of Representatives with wide support. Lawmakers approved the legislation on Monday in a 171-4 bipartisan vote, ...
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(Reuters) - Kentucky's governor plans to hire an outside counsel to appeal a federal court ruling that the state recognize same-sex marriages from other states, after Kentucky's attorney general refused to challenge the decision. The move by Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear, who like state Attorney ...
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Texans went to the polls on Tuesday in primary elections where the top candidates for governor were expected to post easy wins and favorites of the conservative Tea Party movement are trying to topple established Republicans in several races. U.S. Senator John Cornyn, a ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday said whistleblower protections apply not just to publicly traded companies but also to subcontractors that do business with them. The justices voted 6-3 along non-ideological lines in a ruling that extends whistleblower protections to ...
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FORT BRAGG, North Carolina (Reuters) - Army Brigadier General Jeffrey Sinclair's court-martial on a sexual assault charge that could send him to prison for life gets underway on Tuesday, one of the few such proceedings against a top U.S. military officer in recent decades. Sinclair, 51, is accused ...
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BOSTON (Reuters) - Five Vietnam War veterans sued the U.S. military on Monday, saying they were denied some veterans services after receiving other-than-honorable discharges for actions that resulted from post-traumatic stress disorder. The men, including one who was the victim of a poison gas ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama proposed new tax credits and job-training programs for U.S. workers on Tuesday in a 2015 budget that drew instant condemnation from Republicans, who dismissed the document as an election-year campaign pitch. The $3.9 trillion blueprint for the fiscal ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With Russia's incursion into Ukraine reviving Cold War-style tensions, President Barack Obama is at risk of suffering a blow to his credibility at a time when he can least afford it: as he tries to convince voters to stick with his fellow Democrats in congressional elections ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy is set to order 33 fewer Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jets than originally planned over the five years starting in fiscal 2015 due to budgetary pressures, a defense official said Monday. In a move that will sharply slow work on the F-35 model built to land ...
(Reuters) - A woman buried alive with her husband by an avalanche that roared down a mountainside and swallowed their house in Missoula, Montana, late last week has died of her injuries, police said on Monday. Michel Colville, 68, a textile artist, and her husband, Fred Allendorf, 66, a professor ...
CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) - In a victory for immigrant rights supporters, South Carolina said on Monday it would no longer defend a key part of a 2011 law that required police to check the immigration status of people during stops. State officials and a coalition of immigrant rights ...
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(Reuters) - Detroit on Monday said it reached an agreement with two investment banks to end costly interest rate swaps, a move that could give Detroit access to revenue from casino taxes and give it leverage in efforts to win court approval for the city's plan to restructure its debt. The deal to ...
ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - A Florida hospital on Monday settled for $80 million to $90 million part of a federal whistleblower lawsuit that accused it of Medicare fraud and kickbacks to its cancer doctors and neurosurgeons, according to a lawyer for the whistleblower. Halifax Health, a 678-bed ...
DETROIT (Reuters) - The Michigan defense of its same-sex marriage ban got off to a rough start on Monday when its first witness at a federal trial was dismissed for not being qualified, dealing a blow in what may be an uphill battle to keep its law on the books. Last week, two federal judges ruled ...
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Reuters) - A former Tennessee magistrate who ruled last summer that a baby could not be called "Messiah" because that name was reserved for Jesus Christ was censured on Monday for bias. Lu Ann Ballew was found guilty of violating judicial canons regarding ...
A Livingston County jury on January 29 found Raulie Casteel, 44, guilty of terrorism, assault with a dangerous weapon, firing a weapon from a vehicle and other felony weapons charges. He faced up to life in prison for the attacks. No one was injured, but the threat of being fired upon sent chills ...
By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Five Vietnam War veterans sued the U.S. military on Monday, saying they were denied some veterans services after receiving other-than-honorable discharges for actions that resulted from post-traumatic stress disorder.
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Suleiman Abu Ghaith, a son-in-law of Osama bin Laden, went on trial in New York on Monday, becoming one of the highest-profile defendants to face terrorism charges in the United States. Prosecutors have accused the Kuwaiti-born Abu Ghaith, 48, of recording videos in ...
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Prosecutors say Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23, walked into an airport terminal and used a semi-automatic rifle to kill a U.S. security screener and wound three people. He is charged with murder and attempted murder. Ciancia, who was wounded by gunfire when police at the airport stopped him, sat ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A majority of the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday appeared poised to rule for a Florida inmate who is challenging the state's method of deciding whether criminals are mentally disabled and therefore exempt from the death penalty. The state determined that convicted murderer ...
Blair Thomas, 29, entered a post office in Darby, Pennsylvania, on January 23, pulled out a handgun and demanded $10,000 in money orders. The clerk declined to print them and noticed the suspect had a white-skinned face but black stomach, according to papers filed in federal court. Investigators ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected attempts by towns in Texas and Pennsylvania to revive local laws that cracked down on illegal immigration. The court decided against hearing appeals filed by the towns of Farmers Branch, Texas, and Hazleton, Pennsylvania, which were ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear an Arkansas prison inmate's challenge to the prison's grooming policy. In a hand-written petition, Gregory Holt asked the court that he be allowed to grow a beard in accordance with his Muslim beliefs. He argued that the prison ...
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WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina (Reuters) - The rare court-martial of a U.S. Army general charged with sex crimes will delve into explicit details of his adulterous affair with a female captain in two war zones, and alleged inappropriate email exchanges with several other subordinates. The ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Police arrested hundreds of young people protesting the Keystone XL project on Sunday, as demonstrators fastened themselves with plastic ties to the White House fences and called for U.S. President Barack Obama to reject the controversial oil pipeline. Participants, who ...
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(Reuters) - While Colorado environmental groups work to put a ballot measure before voters this fall that could severely hobble the U.S. energy industry, Whiting Petroleum Corp is busy figuring out where in the state it can spend $10 billion over the next decade. Whiting has little concern the ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The eastern and central United States were plunged into a deep freeze on Tuesday, with record low temperatures in the wake of a deadly storm expected to moderate in coming days. The late-winter storm left behind frigid temperatures after pushing freezing rain, sleet and snow ...
MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - Wisconsin Republican lawmakers will attempt to remove Assembly Majority Leader Bill Kramer from his leadership post after two women accused him of sexual harassment last week, according to local media on Sunday. The Republican caucus in the Assembly will vote on Tuesday on ...
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SPRINGFIELD, Missouri (Reuters) - The pages are brown, faded and stained, but the handwriting is meticulous and the words detail a 150-year history of the U.S. prison system through the eyes of one of its most famous inmates. Robert Stroud, known as the Birdman of Alcatraz for his painstaking ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will unveil a budget this week that seeks to boost spending on new initiatives such as road repairs, education programs and tax breaks for the working poor while avoiding an increase in U.S. deficits. Obama has made reducing the gap between the rich ...
It was unclear why the woman, who was in her mid-80s, drove into the Food 4 Less store but it did not appear to be deliberate, said Lieutenant Ken Romane of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Nine people with minor to moderate injuries, including two children, were taken to hospitals ...
The pilot, who the Navy did not identify, died when the aircraft crashed at the Fallon Range Training Complex, some 70 miles east of the Naval Air Station at Fallon, Nevada, in a remote and rugged mountainous region. The aircraft was not carrying any weapons or other munitions. There were no ...
(Reuters) - An avalanche that destroyed a house and injured three people in Missoula, Montana, may have been inadvertently triggered by a snowboarder riding a mountain slope that was closed for recreational use, federal authorities said on Saturday. The avalanche on Friday roared down Mount Jumbo ...
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"This legislation marks a crucial step - but Californians must continue to take every action possible to conserve water," Brown, a Democrat, said in a statement. The largest share of the drought relief package - $549 million - comes from accelerated spending of bond money voters ...
(Reuters) - A gay rights group will be allowed to march in Boston's St. Patrick's Day parade, event organizers said on Saturday, reversing a 20-year-long stance after the city's new mayor intervened. It was unclear, however, if marchers from MassEquality, one of the largest gay rights advocacy ...
The 2-inch-wide (5-cm-wide) crack appeared in the spillway of the 8,320-feet-long (2535-meter-long) Wanapum Dam, a large hydroelectric power plant on the Columbia River that currently can generate more than 1,000 megawatts of power, the utility said late Friday. The spillway is a channel that ...
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(Reuters) - Nearly 70 competitors from around the world set off from a frozen lake on Sunday to challenge reigning Iditarod champion Mitch Seavey at the true start of Alaska's famed and grueling sled-dog race. The nearly 1,000-mile (1,600-km) Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race kicked off a day earlier ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama is making income inequality an issue in midterm elections, and proof of the gap between rich and poor is close at hand right outside the White House. The booming District of Columbia features the wealthiest high-income strata among big U.S. cities and ...
(Reuters) - State regulators in North Carolina on Friday said Duke Energy Corp violated environmental laws and could face quotidian fines after a massive spill of toxic coal ash this month contaminated water and wildlife in the Dan River. The state's Department of Environmental and Natural ...
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SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) - A large winter storm brought much-needed relief to parched California on Friday, boosting depleted reservoirs and the Sierra Nevada's mountain snowpack, but officials said the precipitation would be too little to offset years of drought. The heavy rains also ...
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(Reuters) - Detroit faces a long legal fight over its valuable art collection and other key matters in its historic bankruptcy case that make it imperative to push back the start of a trial on the city's debt adjustment plan, a bond insurer argued on Friday. In a filing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, ...
ATLANTA (Reuters) - A Georgia man who last November shot and killed a 72-year-old Alzheimer's patient who rang at his front door will not be charged with a crime because the homeowner feared for his safety, a county prosecutor said on Friday. In the latest case to raise questions about the ...
(Reuters) - An avalanche swept down a mountainside into a Missoula, Montana, neighborhood on Friday and crushed the two-story home of an elderly couple, burying them in snow along with a young boy nearby, but all three were later found alive, police said. Large, destructive avalanches are rare in ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Aides in former President Bill Clinton's White House crafted a strategy to "humanize" then-first lady Hillary Clinton and work around her "aversion" to the national media, according to documents released on Friday. The documents also detailed the first ...
DALLAS (Reuters) - One of the most expensive high school football stadiums in the United States has been temporarily shut due to structural problems less than two years after it opened in the Dallas suburb of Allen. The $60 million stadium has developed cracks of nearly an inch wide in the ...
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BOSTON (Reuters) - Joint prison visits to accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev by his sisters and attorneys should not be treated as confidential lawyer-client meetings, U.S. prosecutors argued in court papers filed Friday. Responding to an October request by defense attorneys to ...
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NEW YORK/CALGARY (Reuters) - New U.S. rules to toughen classification standards for oil-train shipments will affect less than 3 percent of the tank cars now hauling crude across the country, leaving older, flawed models on the tracks, officials and industry sources say. The emergency order ...
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The new rules will apply to people in immigration detention centers and holding facilities run by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection. "DHS is committed to upholding a culture that promotes safety and refuses to tolerate abuse," Secretary Jeh Johnson ...
SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - The ostentatious contents of the California home of former TV pitchman and convicted fraudster Kevin Trudeau go on sale on Friday to pay a $38 million judgment over false promises he made in a weight-loss book, according to an estate sale listing. Trudeau has battled federal ...
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Federal and state officials inspected two rail yards on Thursday, one in Albany owned by Canadian Pacific Railroad, and the other in Buffalo owned by CSX, Cuomo's office said. Rail cars laden with Bakken crude have been involved in a slew of recent fiery derailments.
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judge on Friday rejected a last-ditch request from one of Osama bin Laden's sons-in-law to delay his trial after his lawyers said the government may have mixed him up with a detainee at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, with a similar name. U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan said ...
ORLANDO (Reuters) - Diners at a Florida restaurant chain are being asked to pay a health insurance surcharge on their meal tabs to cover the cost for business owners of the Obama administration's new healthcare program. Customers at eight Gator's Dockside restaurants dotted around central and ...
The gunman was spotted on Friday morning in the street outside the Brevard county courthouse in Viera on Florida's Atlantic coast, and gunshots rang out more than two hours later after police surrounded him, according to News 13 TV station. Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey told reporters that the ...
Oil prices briefly spiked earlier on Friday on rumors that several Bakken oil terminals may have been shut down following new federal rules requiring shippers to test all crude before it is carried by train. Inspections in North Dakota by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and ...
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(Reuters) - Mt. Gox, once the world's largest bitcoin exchange, has been sued by a customer in what may be the first of many U.S. lawsuits seeking to recoup millions of dollars of losses linked to a hacking attack that led to the exchange's bankruptcy. In a complaint filed on Thursday in U.S. ...
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(Reuters) - An anti-union group representing workers at Volkswagen AG's Chattanooga, Tennessee plant on Friday moved to undercut a United Auto Workers challenge of an election in which the union failed to organize the factory, the second such action this week. Southern Momentum, an anti-UAW group ...
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In the report to Congress, the agency said all levels of the U.S. government would need to spend between $123.7 billion and $145.9 billion per year to maintain and improve the condition of roads and bridges alone. In 2010, the latest year for which figures are available, about $100 billion was ...
(Reuters) - North Dakota is the latest state to confirm a case of a deadly pig virus which has killed an estimated 4 million pigs in the United States since its discovery in the spring of 2013. The first North Dakota case of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus, or PEDv, was confirmed in the eastern ...
The comment comes after oil prices briefly spiked earlier on Friday on rumors that several Bakken oil terminals may have been shut down following new federal rules requiring shippers to test all crude before it is carried by train. There have been a slew of fiery derailments recently involving ...
No injuries were reported following the pre-dawn blaze in an underground network vault owned by American Electric Power (AEP), a local public utility, fire officials said. Traffic lights and electricity were out in many parts of the area on Friday morning, according to the Columbus Police ...
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WHITE PLAINS, New York (Reuters) - It took a jury less than hour to find the daughter of slain U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy not criminally liable for sideswiping a tractor-trailer while driving on a suburban New York highway, after mistakenly taking a sleeping pill. After a four-day trial, the ...
LEXINGTON, Mississippi (Reuters) - A funeral director and coroner in Mississippi got the shock of their lives this week when a man put in a body bag because he was believed to be dead kicked to get out just before they began the embalming process. "He was not dead, long story short," ...
OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - The Oklahoma House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill on Thursday to apply new restrictions on abortions that lawmakers said are aimed at protecting women's health but opponents say are designed to shut down clinics. The legislation includes a provision ...
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Adobe Systems, the San Jose-based software company, will make over $300 million of software available to students for creative projects, school management and teacher training, the White House said in a statement. In addition, Prezi, a Hungarian software firm, is providing $100 million in licenses ...
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture hailed the revamping of its Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children as the first comprehensive revisions to WIC food voucher allowances since 1980. The list of foods that recipients could pay for with WIC vouchers was long limited ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's ban on discriminatory health insurance practices against the sick has not stopped insurers from increasing up-front charges for the expensive drugs needed to control chronic illnesses from leukemia to multiple sclerosis. Actuarial studies of plans ...
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - San Francisco Bay-area high school officials did not violate the civil rights of five students by demanding they remove T-shirts bearing images of the U.S. flag at an event celebrating the Mexican holiday of Cinco de Mayo, a federal appeals court ruled on Thursday. A ...
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Two Mexican nationals were indicted on Thursday on charges of running an outlaw weapons-supply shop in northern California that assembled and sold unmarked, illegal firearms and accessories, including machine-guns and silencers. A federal grand jury in Sacramento indicted ...
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The two women accusing him in New Orleans say Sharper, 38, and an acquaintance, Erik Nunez, 26, each raped them both at the same location on the night of September 23, 2013, according to a New Orleans Police Department statement on Thursday. No other details of the alleged assaults were disclosed.
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California's attorney general on Thursday waded into a court fight over the state's strict gun laws, asking an appeals court to reverse itself and restore the leeway local governments had to decide who can carry a concealed firearm. A three-member panel of the 9th U.S. ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two people at the heart of a traffic scandal dogging New Jersey Governor Chris Christie joked weeks earlier about causing traffic problems in front of the home of a rabbi, documents released on Thursday show. Christie's former deputy chief of staff Bridget Anne Kelly and David ...
MIAMI (Reuters) - After a 14-month manhunt in four countries, a Cuban man accused of a $2.8 million Miami gold heist is in custody in Belize and could be headed back to the United States to face charges, authorities and a private investigator said on Thursday. Raonel Valdez Valhuerdis was found ...
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Prisoners at Chicago's Cook County Jail live in fear due to a "culture of brutality and lawlessness" that subjects them to physical abuse by guards, a civil rights lawsuit filed in federal court in Chicago said on Thursday. The complaint, brought on behalf of about ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Thursday launched a very personal appeal to help improve opportunities for boys from minority groups who, he said, resembled him as a youth and faced statistical challenges that their white peers did not. Noting that he grew up without a father and ...
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(Reuters) - A U.S. judge ordered Kentucky on Thursday to recognize the legal same-sex marriages of residents who wed elsewhere, the latest in a string of court victories for gay rights advocates. U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II said the Kentucky laws that deny the marriages of same-sex ...
OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - The Oklahoma House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill on Thursday to apply new restrictions on abortions that lawmakers said are aimed at protecting women's health but opponents say are designed to shut down clinics. The legislation includes a provision ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate investigators have sharply criticized the implementation of a new Obama administration law meant to fight offshore tax evasion by Americans, saying that "gaping loopholes" in the law could let shell companies skirt it. The Senate Permanent Subcommittee ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Radical Islamist cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri plans to testify in his own defense at his trial on terrorism charges in New York in April, according to a letter to the judge overseeing his case. In a five-page hand-written letter made public on Thursday, al-Masri told U.S. ...
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Prisoners at Cook County Jail in Chicago live in fear due to a "culture of brutality and lawlessness" that subjects them to physical abuse by guards, charged a lawsuit filed in federal court in Chicago on Thursday. The civil rights complaint, brought on behalf of ...
TOTOWA, NJ (Reuters) - A group of 32 men was charged on Thursday with running an international carjacking ring that stole luxury vehicles in New York and New Jersey and shipped them to West Africa for resale, state authorities said. More than 160 cars, worth more than $8 million, have been ...
NEW YORK (Reuters) - It ended up requiring two bags to carry all the tools he thought they would need to capture, torture, rape and kill the woman they had been watching. The items gathered by Christopher Asch, 61, a former New York City school librarian whose federal kidnapping conspiracy trial ...
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CENTENNIAL, Colo. (Reuters) - A Colorado judge on Thursday set a new trial date in October for James Holmes, the former neuroscience graduate student accused of killing 12 moviegoers in a shooting spree at a suburban Denver cinema in 2012. Arapahoe County District Court Judge Carlos Samour set the ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - For the first time, video footage of U.S. Supreme Court proceedings has been recorded and posted online. The Supreme Court has always barred any type of cameras, including news media, from recording proceedings.
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JACKSONVILLE, Florida (Reuters) - The parents of Jordan Davis, a Florida teenager who was killed by a middle-aged man in a gas station dispute over loud rap music, plan to campaign to reform the state's self-defense law that they blame for their son's death. "I expect Jordan would expect us ...
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U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman in December accepted a recommendation from Washington's St. Elizabeths Hospital that Hinckley be allowed to leave for 17 days a month, up from 10 days a month, to stay with his mother in Williamsburg, Virginia. Friedman issued a 29-point order on Wednesday that ...
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Dick Hoyt, whose 52-year-old son Rick suffers from cerebral palsy, had planned to make the 2013 race his last but decided to run one more time after the duo was stopped along with thousands of other athletes at the 25-mile marker because of the twin pressure-cooker bombs that killed three people ...
The decision is the latest in a string of rulings that expand gay rights following a U.S. Supreme Court decision last year that legally married same-sex couples nationwide are eligible for federal benefits, striking down a key part of the 1996 federal Defense of Marriage Act. U.S. District Judge ...
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WHITE PLAINS, New York (Reuters) - Attorneys in the drugged driving trial of the daughter of assassinated U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy on Thursday debated whether Kerry Kennedy made a criminal mistake when she crashed her car in 2012 after inadvertently taking a sleeping pill. Defense attorneys ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Tennessee Senator Bob Corker called on federal authorities on Thursday not to muzzle lawmakers who are opposed to union organizing as they consider the United Auto Workers' appeal of a failed effort to represent workers at a Volkswagen plant in his state Saying Corker and ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two people at the heart of a traffic scandal dogging New Jersey Governor Chris Christie joked weeks earlier about causing traffic problems in front of the home of a rabbi, documents released on Thursday show. Christie's former deputy chief of staff Bridget Anne Kelly and David ...
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A British man has been charged with hacking into computer servers belonging to the U.S. Federal Reserve, and then widely disclosing personal information of people who use them. Thursday's charges against Lauri Love were announced four months after he was arrested in England, ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Suleiman Abu Ghaith, one of Osama bin Laden's sons-in-law and a former spokesman for al Qaeda, heads to trial next week in New York on terror-related charges in a case that could feature testimony from several al Qaeda figures. Prosecutors have accused Abu Ghaith of conspiring ...
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Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, Las Vegas and Phoenix will submit bids for the opportunity to stage the convention in the summer of 2016, said RNC Chairman Reince Priebus. A site selection committee will evaluate the bids and select one or more finalists by late ...
Of the 2 million consumer complaints that the commission received last year, 290,056, or about 14 percent, were related to identity theft, the FTC said. "This (identify theft) has topped the list since at least 2006," said David Torok, director of the FTC's Division of Planning and ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Packaged foods sold in the United States would display calorie counts more prominently and include the amount of added sugar under a proposal to significantly update nutritional labels for the first time in 20 years as health officials seek to reduce obesity and combat ...
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CENTENNIAL, COLORADO (Reuters) - A Colorado judge on Thursday set a new trial date for October 14 for James Holmes, the former neuroscience graduate student accused of killing 12 moviegoers in a shooting spree at a Colorado cinema in 2012. Arapahoe County District Court Judge Carlos Samour delayed ...
(Reuters) - In his effort to keep Detroit on a fast track to end its historic bankruptcy, the city's emergency manager has cobbled together a plan to cajole or even threaten key creditors to accept cuts he laid out in federal court filings last week, or else face even deeper losses if they do not ...
The plane, chartered by Maui County, crashed late on Wednesday, killing the pilot of the plane and two employees from the county's department of planning, Maui County said in a statement on its website. Two of the injured were in critical condition at a local hospital, while the third victim was ...
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"The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened an investigation into the timeliness of General Motors' recall of faulty ignition switches to determine whether GM properly followed the legal processes and requirements for reporting recalls," the safety agency said in a ...
MIAMI (Reuters) - A Cuban intelligence agent was released from prison in Arizona after serving more than 15 years for spying on Cuban-American exiles in Miami, the Federal Bureau of Prisons said on Thursday. Fernando Gonzalez, 50, will be deported to Cuba as soon as possible, his lawyers and U.S. ...
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Obama, the first black U.S. president, said during his State of the Union address in January that he intended to reach out to leading foundations and corporations to help young men through a program to be called "My Brother's Keeper." In material describing the initiative, the White ...
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(Reuters) - Boston Marathon organizers have banned runners from bringing bags and imposed other measures to tighten security for the April race after a twin bomb attack near the finish line last year killed three people and wounded 264. The rule changes announced on Wednesday stem from security ...
SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - The FBI on Wednesday offered a $5,000 reward for help tracking down vandals who spray-painted anti-Mormon graffiti on three churches in a spree of defacements that left a predominantly Mormon town in southeastern Idaho shocked and puzzled. The phrases and graphics - which ...
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(Reuters) - Alaska voters will decide this summer whether America's Last Frontier will become the third U.S. state to legalize the sale and recreational use of marijuana for adults under a proposal that officially qualified on Wednesday for a statewide ballot. Alaska Lieutenant Governor Mead ...
(Reuters) - Nearly 500 foods found on grocery store shelves in the United States, including many foods labeled as "healthy," contain a potentially hazardous industrial plastics chemical, according to a report issued Thursday by a health research and advocacy group. Azodicarbonamide, also ...
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DETROIT (Reuters) - Nearly two months into his tenure as Detroit mayor, Mike Duggan outlined a plan for adding jobs and removing abandoned buildings in the bankrupt city during his first state of the city address Wednesday night. The mayor's speech came just days after a state-appointed emergency ...
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NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Reuters) - Country singer Loretta Lynn suffered minor burns on her hands putting out a small fire at her ranch near Nashville, but the incident will not keep the coal miner's daughter from performing in Texas on Friday, a representative said. Lynn, 81, snuffed a small fire on ...
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ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - The lawyer for acquitted killer George Zimmerman said the rules for Florida murder trials should be changed so jurors are only instructed to consider the lenient standards of the state's "stand your ground" self-defense law when a case merits it. The ...
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A corruption probe in a small California town has resulted in the arrests of four current and former police officers for stealing impounded cars belonging to mostly poor Latino drivers, prosecutors said on Wednesday. Those arrested on Tuesday in the agricultural town of ...
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(Reuters) - The ex-boyfriend of Amanda Knox is distancing himself from the U.S. former exchange student, convicted of murdering her British roommate in an Italian university town, as he pursues his own appeal in the case, his U.S.-based lawyer said on Wednesday. Italian Raffaele Sollecito was ...
TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Reuters) - A South Florida drug dealer, who was convicted in the pipe-bomb killing of a state highway patrolman during a traffic stop 22 years ago, was executed on Wednesday, state prison officials said. Paul Augustus Howell met with a spiritual adviser and ate a peanut ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The State Department acted properly in its choice of an outside contractor to review the Keystone XL oil pipeline, a U.S. report said on Wednesday, raising calls by the project's supporters for President Barack Obama to approve it. The State Department inspector general's ...
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PHOENIX (Reuters) - Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoed a bill on Wednesday derided by critics as a license to discriminate against gays in the name of religion, citing opposition from big business and warning that the measure could "create more problems than it purports to solve." The ...
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Her office said she planned to make a statement at 5:45 p.m. local time concerning the bill, which would allow business owners to cite personal religious beliefs as legal grounds for refusing to serve same-sex couples or any other prospective customers. (Reporting by David Schwartz; Writing by ...
MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - A Wisconsin man convicted of sexually assaulting his stepsister while she was held captive and starved for years by their parents in the basement of their house was sentenced on Wednesday to three years in prison, prosecutors said. Joshua Drabek, 20, was convicted by a Dane ...
OLYMPIA, Washington (Reuters) - Washington became the fifth U.S. state to offer college financial aid to students brought into the country illegally as children, as Democratic Governor Jay Inslee signed legislation on Wednesday to make them eligible for state grants. Inslee, in signing the bill to ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A dispute between two fitness equipment makers landed at the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday, giving justices a chance to consider how to deal with so-called patent trolls, companies that acquire patents to sue for infringement or extract licensing fees. It and a second ...
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(Reuters) - In his effort to keep Detroit on a fast track to end its historic bankruptcy, the city's emergency manager has cobbled together a plan to cajole or even threaten key creditors to accept cuts he laid out in federal court filings last week, or else face even deeper losses if they do not ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military's system for handling sexual assault cases is so inadequate that an Army private had to turn to the Internet to decide what to do after she was raped, the victim testified at an emotional Senate hearing on Wednesday. "I had to Google what to do when it ...
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Same-sex couples in the central Illinois county that includes the state's largest university can get a marriage license immediately and won't have to wait to tie the knot until a state law legalizing gay marriage takes effect in June, the county clerk said Wednesday. The ...
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SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters) - The Texas state ban on same-sex marriage was ruled unconstitutional on Wednesday by a U.S. federal judge, who declared a stay on the decision, meaning that the ban stays in effect. U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia said the law excludes the two couples who brought ...
SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - A Japanese couple on vacation in Utah was pulled from a rental car at gunpoint near the Arizona border over the weekend after leading police on an accidental high-speed chase because they didn't understand U.S. traffic laws. Utah Highway Patrol officers conducting a ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. consumer watchdog said on Wednesday it has sued ITT Educational Services Inc for what the agency says are predatory student lending practices that could lead borrowers to default on their loans. The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said the Indiana-based ...
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WHITE PLAINS, New York (Reuters) - A daughter of assassinated U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy told a court on Wednesday that she had not realized she had taken a sleeping pill before sideswiping a truck in 2012 and that her memory of the incident was "jumbled." Kerry Kennedy said on the ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Mythili Raman, the top criminal prosecutor at the Department of Justice, is planning to leave the agency next month, wrapping up a year overseeing high-profile investigations into global market manipulation. Raman said in an interview this week that the agency has made great ...
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(Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday ordered Google Inc to remove from its YouTube video-sharing website an anti-Islamic film that had sparked protests across the Muslim world. By a 2-1 vote, a panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Google's assertion that the removal of ...
"We called an environmental clean-up company to determine how to clean up the mess," said Cole Hackett, a spokesman for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation. The department closed off some lanes of Interstate 44, placing salt and sand over the pancake syrup spill.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that an anti-nuclear weapons protester could not avoid prosecution simply because he demonstrated on a public road that runs through a U.S. military installation in California. On a 9-0 vote, the court found fault with a federal appeals ...
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara has sent subpoenas to Mt. Gox, other bitcoin exchanges, and businesses that deal in bitcoin to seek information on how they handled recent cyber attacks, a source familiar with the probe said on Wednesday. In the attacks - known as ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Investors in Allen Stanford's $7 billion Ponzi scheme can sue to recoup losses from lawyers, insurance brokers and others who worked with the convicted swindler, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday. On a 7-2 vote, the court held that lawsuits filed in state courts can ...
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Sony has a total of 31 retail stores in the U.S. The job cuts are part of a previously announced reduction of 5,000 positions globally, or just over 3 percent of its staff, and fall under a much larger reorganization that includes spinning off Sony's TV operations and putting its personal computer ...
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"There was an altercation between two inmates in our special management unit, and one of them was Aaron Hernandez," said Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson. "It was stopped very quickly by my staff." Neither inmate involved in the incident on Tuesday required medical ...
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TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Reuters) - A South Florida drug dealer, who was convicted in the pipe-bomb killing of a state highway patrolman during a traffic stop 22 years ago, is scheduled to die by lethal injection on Wednesday. Paul Augustus Howell, 48, had come within hours of being executed a year ...
Among those affected are people who attended the university from 2011 to 2014 at seven of its campuses, it said late on Tuesday. "The information was not downloaded by an unauthorized individual looking for specific sensitive data, but rather was accessed by three automated computer ...
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OLYMPIA, Washington (Reuters) - Washington is set to become the fifth state to offer college financial aid to students brought into the country illegally by their parents. Democratic Governor Jay Inslee is expected on Wednesday to sign legislation that provides grants to students whose families ...
BERKELEY, California (Reuters) - A California city is to consult its citizens on whether to impose a soda tax on sugary drinks, following failed bids by other local governments to pass similar measures. The Berkeley City Council will gauge local voter support for a penny-per-ounce tax - opposed by ...
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ST PAUL, Minnesota (Reuters) - President Barack Obama announced on Wednesday a four-year, $302 billion plan to repair the country's crumbling roads and bridges, but the proposal, which relies on tax reform for funding, is not expected to gain traction on Capitol Hill. Congress faces a September 30 ...
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KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) - A Missouri man was executed early on Wednesday for raping and murdering a 15 year-old school girl, authorities said after the U.S. Supreme Court dismissed a flurry of petitions seeking a stay. Michael Taylor died by lethal injection 25 years after he and an ...
KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court late on Tuesday denied an 11th-hour flurry of petitions seeking to stay the execution of convicted killer Michael Taylor, who was slated to die by lethal injection in a Missouri prison shortly after midnight. Taylor, 47, condemned for the ...
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The survey on attitudes towards lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people comes as U.S. lawmakers and courts are increasingly allowing same-sex couples to wed. Some 53 percent of the 4,509 Americans surveyed by the Public Religion Research Institute said they supported gay marriage, up from 32 ...
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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "Shorty" Guzman won a temporary injunction to block his extradition to the United States where he faces narcotics and arms trafficking charges, a federal judge ruled on Tuesday. Guzman, who was Mexico's most wanted criminal and boss of ...
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(Reuters) - San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge marked a milestone in 2013 as 46 people leaped to their deaths in what appears to be the deadliest year for suicides at the California landmark, a watchdog group said on Tuesday. The Bridge Rail Foundation, which tracks fatalities at the ...
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A trove of rare Gold Rush-era coins unearthed in California last year by a couple as they walked their dog may be the greatest buried treasure ever found in the United States, worth more than $10 million, a currency firm representing the pair said on Tuesday. The 1,400 gold ...
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The next U.S. military budget will include funds to overhaul Boeing Co's ground-based missile defense system and develop a replacement for an interceptor built by Raytheon Co, the Pentagon's chief weapons buyer said Tuesday, citing "bad engineering" on the existing ...
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PHOENIX (Reuters) - Arizona Governor Jan Brewer came under mounting pressure on Tuesday from other prominent Republicans and consultants to veto a controversial bill described by critics as a license to discriminate against gays and others in the name of religion. Brewer has yet to say publicly ...
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana and two smaller insurers will delay implementing policies to stop poor HIV patients from paying for Obamacare plans with funds from the federal Ryan White HIV/AIDS assistance program. The decision, which the insurers revealed at a federal ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. regulators issued an emergency order on Tuesday requiring oil from North Dakota being loaded onto trains to be tested and properly labeled to reflect its volatile nature after a series of explosive train derailments over the past year. U.S. Department of Transportation ...
The Boeing 777, en route from Seoul, hit a seawall short of the runway at San Francisco airport, broke apart and caught on fire. "Asiana's response to the crash of flight 214 indicates that the carrier failed to commit sufficient resources to carry out its family assistance plan," the ...
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Obama made the comments to cheers from supporters during an appearance at a "national organizing summit" put together by the political organization Organizing for Action that was formed out of his 2012 campaign apparatus. He urged supporters to keep reaching out to people to get them ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration's top Medicare official on Tuesday defended proposed changes to the popular Part D drug benefits program for the elderly and disabled that are fiercely opposed by a broad network of drugmakers, insurers, healthcare providers and patient ...
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SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - The lead singer for the heavy metal Christian rock band As I Lay Dying pleaded guilty in California on Tuesday to a charge of soliciting an undercover detective posing as a hit man to kill his estranged wife. Tim Lambesis, 33, entered the plea in a San Diego court as part of ...
ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - The number of radical-right hate and militia-type "patriot" groups in the United States, which peaked in 2012 after four years of explosive growth, fell significantly last year due in part to the mainstreaming of right-wing ideas, a civil rights group said ...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Defense will submit a supplemental war funding request to Congress after its next steps in Afghanistan become clearer, Acting Deputy Defense Secretary Christine Fox said on Tuesday. Fox said the Pentagon would include a "placeholder" request ...