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30 October 2015

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  • Arizona governor signs $3.5 billion education plan to end lawsuit

    By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) – Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed legislation on Friday to pump $3.5 billion more into education coffers over the next decade and settle a five-year-old legal dispute. The Republican governor acted quickly in approving a three-bill package to provide new…

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  • California doctor convicted of murder by over-prescription

    A Southern California doctor was found guilty of murder on Friday for over-prescribing drugs that caused the fatal overdose of three patients, in a landmark verdict prosecutors called the first such conviction in the United States. The case comes amid what public health officials describe as a…

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  • Beverly Hills fined for not conserving enough water in drought

    By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) – Upscale Beverly Hills is among four California cities whose water utilities have been fined for not forcing residents to conserve enough water during California’s unrelenting four-year drought, officials said on Friday. The wealthy Los Angeles…

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  • New charges for suspect in road rage killing of New Mexico girl

    Tony Torrez, 32, has admitted fatally shooting the child, Lilly Garcia, when he opened fire on her parents’ truck after cutting them off on Interstate-40 in Albuquerque and exchanging words with her father, police say. As well as charges including first degree murder and child abuse resulting in…

    Reuters
  • Port truckers take wage theft grievances to Los Angeles City Hall

    Striking Southern California port truckers who accuse shipping companies of wage theft took their grievances on Friday to City Hall in Los Angeles, where they gained new political backing for their cause. The City Council voted unanimously in favor of a resolution voicing support for the truckers…

    Reuters
  • Colorado carjacker gets 160 years for crime spree caught on live TV

    A Colorado man convicted of carjacking three vehicles, including one with a 4-year-old boy inside, was sentenced on Friday to 160 years in prison for the high-speed chase that was seen on live TV, prosecutors said. Ryan Stone, 30, was found guilty in April of 11 felonies including attempted…

    Reuters
  • Two dead as torrential rains, tornadoes lash central Texas

    At least two people were killed when a storm with high winds and heavy rains pelted central Texas on Friday, flooding highways, causing evacuations after rivers overflowed and spawning tornadoes that ripped through buildings outside San Antonio. The body of one man swept away by raging waters when…

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  • Man charged in St. Louis area church fires

    A 35-year-old man with an extensive criminal record was charged on Friday in connection with a string of suspected arson fires at St. Louis-area churches, police said. David Lopez Jackson, 35, was charged with two counts of second-degree arson in connection with fires set at the doors of two…

    Reuters
  • Cemetery association cleared in four-year-old’s tombstone crushing death

    A cemetery association in Utah has been found not responsible for the 2012 death of a 4-year-old boy who was crushed by a tombstone during a summer excursion with his family. Jurors in a Park City, Utah, court on Thursday determined the Glenwood Cemetery Association was not negligent in the death…

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  • U.S. charges Burkina Faso man with fraud over bogus malaria nets

    A Burkina Faso man has been criminally charged by U.S. prosecutors in New York over an alleged $12.2 million fraud in which he put millions of people in his home country at risk for malaria by distributing bogus mosquito nets. Malamine Ouedraogo, 33, was accused on Friday by U.S. Attorney Preet…

    Reuters
  • 9/11 suspects’ lawyers say U.S. senators may have swayed testimony

    Defense attorneys for suspects in the Sept. 11 attacks questioned on Friday whether U.S. lawmakers improperly influenced the legal process during a visit to the Guantanamo Bay military prison. The attorneys raised the issue while they questioned a female guard during a pre-trial hearing at…

    Reuters
  • Massive fissure mysteriously opens in Wyoming mountains

    The mass geologic movement in the remote area where no people or property are directly at risk came to light last week when commercial hunters in Wyoming discovered it and posted photographs and commentary on their firm’s Facebook page, sparking a flurry of online interest. The hunters from SNS…

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  • Man launched from car onto overhead sign in fatal California crash

    California Highway Patrol spokesman Chad Guin said he did not know how the 20-year-old man, who was pronounced dead at the scene, ended up on the sign hanging over the Interstate 5 freeway in Glendale. The roll-over crash occurred at around 7 a.m. and blocked southbound lanes for several hours as…

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  • ‘Disturbing schools’ law criticized after South Carolina student’s arrest

    A South Carolina law that landed a black high school student in handcuffs after she was thrown across a classroom by a white deputy is too broad and needs to be changed, a sheriff and local leaders said following outrage over the girl’s arrest. “A child simply looking at a phone is enough to bring…

    Reuters
  • Mass release of U.S. prisoners spells deportation for hundreds

    Almost a third of 6,000 federal prisoners scheduled to be freed between Friday and Tuesday, part of a push to reduce America’s soaring incarceration rate, will immediately be turned over to U.S. immigration authorities for deportation proceedings. While this weekend will be a happy occasion for…

    Reuters
  • Two passengers still in hospital in Florida as plane fire investigated

    Two adult passengers remained hospitalized as National Transportation Safety Board investigators began examining the engine on a Venezuela-bound 767 airplane that burst into flames before takeoff on Thursday at a South Florida airport, officials said. Twenty-one people were taken to Broward Health…

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  • Pentagon spy agency hires first British deputy director

    The Pentagon’s principal spy agency is appointing a British Air Force officer as its first deputy director in charge of improving “integration” between U.S. intelligence units and spy agencies of other English-speaking countries. U.S. intelligence agencies have long had close relationships with…

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  • Montana governor to consider clemency for man convicted in murder of teen girl

    Barry Beach was convicted in 1984 by a Montana jury of deliberate homicide after confessing to authorities that he beat to death Kimberly Nees, a 17-year-old classmate at Poplar High School in northeastern Montana, with a wrench and tire iron after she refused him sex, court document show. Beach,…

    Reuters
  • One killed in partial building collapse in New York

    By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) – A building undergoing demolition in New York partially collapsed on Friday, killing one construction worker and temporarily trapping another in the rubble, authorities said. Some 65 firefighters responded to the collapse, which occurred at about 10:30 a.m. in…

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  • Judge says McDonald’s must give employee emails to U.S. labor board

    A U.S. judge on Friday gave McDonald’s Corp 30 days to hand over thousands of employee emails to a federal labor agency that says the company should be held liable for labor violations by franchisees. At a hearing Friday morning, U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon in Manhattan accused the company…

    Reuters
  • Dallas-area police fatally shot armed man after highway standoff

    Dallas-area police fatally shot an armed man on Friday after an overnight car chase and a nearly two-hour standoff along a Texas highway, with the final moments caught on video and shown on local news. Police in the city of Mesquite, a suburb east of Dallas, said officers attempted to pull over…

    Reuters
  • White House aware of reports an American was detained in Iran

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House is aware of reports that an Iranian-American businessman was detained while visiting Iran, spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters on Friday, referring questions about U.S. interactions on the issue to the State Department.

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  • Six hurt in Virginia high school chemistry lab fire

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A fire broke out at a Virginia high school’s chemistry lab on Friday, injuring a teacher and five students, two of them seriously, officials said.

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  • Twelve taken to hospital over chemical odor at California hotel

    The odor was first noticed on Thursday night at a Westin hotel in Palo Alto, south of San Francisco, and paramedics responded to the scene, the city’s fire department said in a statement. A hazardous materials team found swimming pool chemicals at the hotel but their containers were intact, and…

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  • Connecticut man could be charged with murdering parents -prosecutor

    Kyle Navin, 27, who was arrested last month on a gun charge as police searched for his parents, appeared in U.S. District Court in Bridgeport to ask a judge to release him on bail ahead of trial. Noting that two bodies had been discovered by a homeowner in Westport just the day before, Assistant…

    Reuters
  • Three arrested for dealing in bootleg Native American artifacts

    Federal agents have arrested three people in a multi-state operation and accused them of dealing in bootleg Native American arts and crafts that were actually made in the Philippines and sold to tourists in New Mexico and California. The indictment unsealed on Thursday charges Nael Ali, 51, and…

    Reuters
  • Teenage girl in Oregon hospitalized with bubonic plague

    The girl was believed to have been infected by a flea bite during a hunting trip earlier this month, according to the Oregon Health Authority’s Public Health Division and the Crook County Public Health Department. The teen was in an intensive care unit at a hospital in Bend, in central Oregon,…

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  • Big-wave surfer ‘Ace Cool’ Cooke missing in Hawaii

    (Reuters) – Big-wave surfer Alec “Ace Cool” Cooke has been missing in Hawaii since failing to return from a surfing trip on Tuesday on the North Shore of the island of Oahu, officials said. An HC-130 Hercules airplane searched for Cooke, 59, in the waters of Waimea Bay after his girlfriend…

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  • Delta jet with engine trouble lands safely in Portland, Oregon

    The crew of Delta Flight 1831 from Portland, Oregon, to Salt Lake City, Utah, chose to return to Portland after receiving an indication of a possible problem with one of the aircraft’s engines, the statement said. The plane, a Boeing 757 with 169 passengers and six crew members, landed without…

    Reuters
  • Deputy in stable condition after gunfight in Tennessee

    A sheriff’s deputy is in stable condition on Friday morning, the day after he was involved in a gunfight with a man who broke into a house in central Tennessee, officials said. The Lewis County deputy, who was not identified, was shot twice, once in the arm and the other in an undetermined…

    Reuters
  • Spooked by sugar, Americans search for healthier Halloween treats

    By Luc Cohen NEW YORK (Reuters) – The so-called war on sugar has a new battleground: Halloween. Sugary chocolates still dominate Halloween candy handed out and provide an annual sales treat for companies like Hershey Co, privately held Mars and Nestle SA. But as more consumers demand healthier…

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  • Officers kill Kentucky fugitive suspected in police shooting

    Floyd Ray Cook, 62, was accused of attempted first-degree murder after allegedly wounding a police officer on Saturday in rural Tennessee and later shooting at a Kentucky trooper across the border, Kentucky State Police said. Cook, who had been on the run for days, was killed in an exchange of…

    Reuters
  • FBI spy planes flew 10 times over Freddie Gray protests: documents

    The FBI deployed at least 10 flights of surveillance planes equipped with advanced aerial surveillance technology, including infrared and night-vision cameras, to monitor the Baltimore riots earlier this year, according to government documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union. The…

    Reuters
  • Iranian-American businessman detained in Iran: source

    A prominent Iranian-American businessman has been detained by authorities in Iran, potentially throwing up another obstacle to closer U.S.-Iran ties in the wake of the nuclear deal between the countries. Siamak Namazi was detained by Iranian authorities in mid-October, according to a source…

    Reuters
  • Judge orders Louisiana to continue funding Planned Parenthood

    A Louisiana judge issued an order on Thursday blocking attempts to defund Planned Parenthood clinics in the state, finding that more than 5,000 low-income patients would lose access to healthcare including cancer screenings and gynecology exams. U.S. District Judge John deGravelles issued a…

    Reuters
  • University of Louisville apologizes over Hispanic Halloween costumes

    The University of Louisville issued an apology on Thursday, after a community outcry over a photograph showing school staff, including school President James Ramsey, donning sombreros and other items associated with Hispanic culture during a party. The photograph, taken at a staff luncheon, was…

    Reuters
  • Police say Missouri man dies from self-inflicted wound

    An 18-year-old black man died on Thursday from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his face after a confrontation with police in the St. Louis suburb of Normandy, according to police, whose version was disputed by the man’s father and some witnesses. Normandy police and St. Louis County Police said…

    Reuters
  • U.S. Air Force to brief Boeing Friday on bomber contract loss: sources

    The U.S. Air Force is due to brief Boeing Co on Friday about its decision to award Northrop Grumman Corp a huge contract to build a next-generation long-range strike bomber, according to two sources familiar with the matter. Boeing, which had teamed up with Lockheed Martin Corp, told its staff in…

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  • Two police officers shot in Tennessee firefight: broadcasters

    NBC-affiliate WSMV cited Hohenwald’s police chief as saying three officers responded to an aggravated robbery at a home when a suspect opened fire and was killed during the exchange. One struck in the arm and was flown to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, WSMV reported. Another officer was…

    Reuters
  • Florida executes man convicted in quadruple murder

    Florida on Thursday executed a man convicted of fatally stabbing his young daughter, ex-wife and two of her relatives in a jealous rampage 30 years ago, marking the state’s second execution this year. Jerry Correll, 59, died by lethal injection at 7:36 p.m. (2336 GMT) in the execution chamber at…

    Reuters
  • Michigan mechanic gets prison over sale of Ferrari engine

    A Michigan man who specialized in repairing exotic foreign cars and high-end luxury vehicles, was sentenced on Thursday to two years in prison after he evaded paying taxes on the $610,000 sale of a rare Ferrari engine, prosecutors said. Terry Myr, 71, who was convicted in April of attempted tax…

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  • Plane catches fire on takeoff at Florida airport, 15 hurt

    An engine on a passenger jet bound for Caracas, Venezuela, burst into flames while taxiing for takeoff at a Florida airport on Thursday, forcing frightened passengers to exit the plane using inflatable emergency slides. Fifteen people were injured, one seriously, as 101 passengers and crew…

    Reuters
  • New York clothing bin operator fined for donation scheme: prosecutor

    A company operating more than 1,100 clothing drop-off bins in New York has agreed to pay $700,000 to settle claims that it falsely advertised its operation as charitable while selling donated items for big profits, prosecutors said on Thursday. Thrift Land USA of Yonkers Inc is the latest…

    Reuters
  • Illinois, New Jersey men admit to trying to support Islamic State

    CHICAGO/NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. authorities on Thursday secured guilty pleas from two men in New Jersey and Chicago for trying to provide support to the Islamic State in a pair of cases following investigations nationally into potential supporters of the militant group. Alaa Saadeh, a…

    Reuters
  • South Carolina church massacre detailed in newly released documents

    Police logs released on Thursday revealed a chilling account of the June 17 massacre at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, that killed nine people. The accounts cited calls made from inside Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, which is the oldest African-American…

    Reuters
  • American Airlines flight diverted after passenger’s ‘alarming’ 9-11 speech

    An American Airlines flight bound for Philadelphia from Los Angeles was diverted to Phoenix on Thursday after a passenger made “alarming” statements referencing the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, police said. The passenger was removed from American Airlines Flight 754 at Phoenix Sky Harbor International…

    Reuters
  • U.S. court throws out Iraqi Kurdish crude suit, big issue unresolved

    A U.S. judge has dismissed a lawsuit over a disputed cargo of Iraqi Kurdish crude oil that showed up last year off the shore of Texas, prompting months of legal wrangling as Iraq sought to block the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) from directly exporting oil. The case was dismissed on…

    Reuters
  • Year in jail for former U.S. prep school student in sex assault trial

    A New Hampshire judge on Thursday sentenced a former student at an elite prep school to serve one year in jail for luring an underage classmate into a sexual encounter. Owen Labrie, 20, was convicted in August at the end of a high-profile trial that cast a harsh light on the culture of the elite…

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  • Famous skateboarding dog Tillman dies at age 10 in California

    By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Tillman, the English bulldog who in 2009 set a Guinness World Record as the fastest skateboarding canine and starred in videos that demonstrated his four-wheeled prowess, has died in Southern California at age 10, his owner said on Thursday. Tillman,…

    Reuters
  • Police say Missouri man dies from self-inflicted wound after confrontation

    An 18-year-old black man died on Thursday from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his face after a confrontation with police in the St. Louis suburb of Normandy, police said. Normandy police and St. Louis County Police said Amonderez Green shot at police with a .38-caliber revolver before running…

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  • Ex-New England prep school student sentenced to one year in prison

    A New Hampshire judge on Thursday sentenced a former student at an elite prep school to serve one year in prison for luring an underage fellow student into a sexual encounter in the final weeks of the school year. The student, 20-year-old Owen Labrie, was convicted in August at the end of a…

    Reuters
  • Allen Stanford loses appeal of Ponzi scheme conviction

    The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans turned aside 10 arguments raised by Stanford. “We find no evidence that the district court was partial to the government in derogation of Stanford’s right to a fair trial under the Constitution,” Circuit Judge Edith Brown Clement wrote for a…

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  • Ohio judge detains until trial fraud suspect captured in Peru

    Eric Bartoli, 61, an Ohio resident originally from Peru, had been indicted in 2003 on 10 counts of conspiracy, securities fraud, sale of unregistered securities, wire fraud, mail fraud, money laundering and attempted income tax evasion. The Peruvian National Police took Bartoli into custody in…

    Reuters
  • Lockheed promotes Babione to head F-35 fighter jet program

    Lockheed Martin Corp on Thursday said Jeff Babione would head the company’s F-35 fighter jet program, the Pentagon’s single largest arms project, effective Jan. 1. Babione, currently the deputy head of the $391 billion F-35 program, will succeed Lorraine Martin, who will become deputy executive…

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  • Guantanamo judge rules lawyer for 9/11 suspect should stay on

    A Yemeni Sept. 11 suspect must keep his court-appointed U.S. lawyer since he has failed to show why the attorney should be replaced, a Guantanamo Bay military judge ruled on Thursday. Judge Army Colonel James Pohl issued the ruling after a closed session in which Walid bin Attash, one of five…

    Reuters
  • Hormel Foods issues limited U.S. recall of Skippy peanut butter

    By Anjali Athavaley NEW YORK (Reuters) – Hormel Foods Corp said on Thursday that it was voluntarily recalling a limited number of jars of its Skippy peanut butter in seven U.S. states because they might contain small pieces of metal shavings. It is limited to 16.3 ounce jars with a “Best If Used…

    Reuters
  • Bush debate performance fuels more doubts about his campaign

    By James Oliphant BOULDER, Colo. (Reuters) – Jeb Bush needed a strong performance at Wednesday night’s Republican presidential debate to silence the doubters. Bush’s campaign manager insisted immediately after the debate that the former Florida governor would remain in the 2016 presidential…

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  • On social media, Cruz steals spotlight, but Trump wins on sentiment

    By Angela Moon NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. presidential candidate Ted Cruz drew the most attention on social media during Wednesday’s Republican debate, mostly for accusing the CNBC moderators of a liberal bias. Thomson Reuters’ social media sentiment analysis showed the volume of tweets mentioning…

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  • Ex-football players’ retrial set for April in Vanderbilt rape case

    Two former Vanderbilt University football players will be retried in April on charges that they raped an unconscious female student two years ago after a mistrial was declared in June due to juror misconduct, a judge said on Thursday. Cory Batey and Brandon Vandenburg were convicted in January of…

    Reuters
  • Friends of Kentucky fugitive from police shootings arrested

    Two friends of a Kentucky fugitive accused of shooting at law enforcement officers in two states have been arrested after a confrontation with U.S. marshals in Tennessee, authorities said on Thursday. The fugitive, Floyd Ray Cook, was not believed to be in the rural stretch of Tennessee about 30…

    Reuters
  • Murder suspect trying to surrender turned away by California jailer

    A correctional deputy at a San Francisco jail was under investigation on Thursday after sending away a murder suspect who was trying to surrender, officials said. Hugo Castro, 28, walked into the main lobby of the Santa Clara County jail on Monday and told a civilian staff member he wanted to…

    Reuters
  • U.S. Mint suspends coin exchange program for six months

    NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. Mint is suspending a coin exchange program for six months due to the possibility of “unlawful activity,” a Federal Register notice said on Thursday.

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  • White House says Obama ‘hopeful’ he can work with House Speaker Ryan

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House on Thursday said President Barack Obama is hopeful he can work with new U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Obama called Ryan to wish him well on his new leadership position. Earnest said Obama respects Ryan…

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  • Four people killed in Arkansas small plane crash

    Four people were killed when a small, private plane they were aboard crashed and burned shortly after takeoff on Thursday near Pottsville, Arkansas, the Pope County Sheriff’s Office said. The single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza crashed about 75 miles northwest of Little Rock. The identities of the…

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  • Boy, 10, seriously injured in shark attack off Hawaii

    The boy was in the water off Makaha Beach on Oahu when he was attacked, the Honolulu Emergency Services Department said in a statement on its Facebook page. Kelly Krohne, who witnessed the incident, told the station: “I saw a 10-year-old child, he kind of got bumped up about 50, 60 yards off the…

    Reuters
  • Newly elected speaker Ryan promises to fix ‘broken’ House

    Newly elected U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan on Thursday promised to sweep away Republican Party differences and repair a “broken” House of Representatives by returning legislative power to committees and rank-and-file members. Ryan won 236 votes among the chamber’s 247 Republicans to be elected…

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  • New Mexico police officer dies of wounds from shooting last week

    An Albuquerque, New Mexico, police officer shot several times during a traffic stop last week died in a hospital early on Thursday, officials said. Daniel Webster, a nine-year veteran of the Albuquerque Police Department who had been in critical condition since the shooting, died at the University…

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  • Ryan wins 236 Republican votes to be elected House speaker

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Paul Ryan won 236 votes to be elected U.S. House Speaker on Thursday among the 247 Republicans in the chamber, indicating that only a handful of conservative members of the party deserted the Wisconsin congressman. His main Republican challenger, Representative…

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  • Presidential debate trumps World Series on Twitter

    The trend may indicate the debate among GOP hopefuls trumped the baseball World Series broadcast in TV viewership. Game 2 of the World Series between the New York Mets and Kansas City Royals, which aired on Fox, finished about 40 minutes after the debate.

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  • Sandusky move for new trial puts Pennsylvania AG Kane in spotlight

    By David DeKok BELLEFONTE, Pa. (Reuters) – Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane was ordered Thursday to turn over evidence that she says proves that a judge had leaked secret information to a reporter about a grand jury investigating Jerry Sandusky for child sex abuse. The order came…

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  • Runaway U.S. military blimp wreaks havoc in Pennsylvania

    EXCHANGE, Pa./WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A high-tech U.S. military blimp designed to detect a missile attack came loose on Wednesday and wreaked havoc as it floated from Maryland into Pennsylvania while dragging more than a mile of cable and knocking out power to thousands. The U.S. military scrambled…

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  • Massachusetts man arrested after making bomb threat on plane: police

    BOSTON (Reuters) – A Massachusetts man is due in court on Thursday after being arrested a night earlier for boarding a United Airlines flight at Logan International Airport and saying that he had a bomb in his bag, state police said.

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  • Pentagon says Guantanamo detainee transferred to Mauritania

    The United States has transferred Ahmed Ould Abdel Aziz, a detainee at the Guantanamo Bay prison, to Mauritania, the Pentagon said on Thursday. It said in a statement a review board that examined security issues and other factors unanimously approved Aziz’s release from the prison where the United…

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  • Florida to execute man convicted in quadruple murder

    Florida plans to execute on Thursday a man who was convicted of fatally stabbing his young daughter, his ex-wife and two of her relatives in a jealous rampage 30 years ago. Jerry Correll, 59, is scheduled to die by injection at 6 p.m. in the execution chamber at Florida State Prison. Correll’s…

    Reuters
  • White House hopeful Cruz bashes Fed, endorses gold standard

    (Reuters) – White House hopeful Ted Cruz slammed the U.S. Federal Reserve during the Republican presidential debate on Wednesday night, saying the central bank should be audited and should move to a monetary system backed by gold. Cruz, a U.S. senator from Texas who is among the candidates seeking…

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  • Rubio, Cruz dominate rowdy Republican presidential debate

    By Steve Holland and James Oliphant BOULDER, Colo. (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidates Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz emerged as the strongest challengers on Wednesday to insurgent front-runners Donald Trump and Ben Carson, in a fiery debate that may have marked a new phase in the 2016 race. …

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  • Signatures to be filed for California drug price referendum

    By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) – Backers of a referendum aimed at reducing the cost of prescription drugs in California said Wednesday that they had gathered more than enough signatures to place their measure on the November, 2016, ballot in the most populous U.S. state. The…

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  • Online sports gambling ring bust nets 17 suspects

    Seventeen people in three states have been charged with operating an illegal sports gambling ring that utilized offshore websites to book more than $32 million in bets each year, prosecutors said on Wednesday. The suspects, spread between Nevada, California and New York, were charged in a…

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  • Gunman shoots three people at Indianapolis mall: police

    A gunman opened fire on Wednesday inside the Washington Square Mall on the east side of Indianapolis, and three people were wounded, police said. An Indianapolis Metropolitan Police spokesman said the shooting occurred at about 6:30 p.m. in a mall corridor where the suspect encountered a man he…

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  • Texas woman arrested for ‘blood ritual’ kidnapping

    A Texas woman who believed that the girlfriend of her dead brother played a role in his demise is suspected of kidnapping, drugging and performing a “blood ritual” on her, authorities said on Wednesday. Mercedes Salazar, 32, has been arrested on suspicion of holding the girlfriend, who has not…

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  • Bodies of two women discovered in Los Angeles park

    (Reuters) – The bodies of two women were discovered in a Los Angeles park on Wednesday afternoon, police said.

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  • Two Oregon men killed while filming WW2 tank destroyer

    Two men killed by an explosion inside a tank-like armored fighting vehicle from World War Two were filming video of the weapon in action for a non-profit military preservation exhibit, authorities in Oregon said on Wednesday. A film crew was capturing footage of the 1944-vintage M18 Hellcat tank…

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  • California officials outline preparations for El Nino flooding

    As California braces for torrential downpours this winter from El Nino, authorities have stockpiled extra sandbags across the state while putting hundreds of personnel through flood-control training, officials told state lawmakers on Wednesday. Water engineers and emergency managers addressed a…

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  • Exonerated death row inmate can sue Ohio: state supreme court

    Dale Johnston, 82, was found guilty in 1984 of murdering his stepdaughter and her fiance and sent to death row where he remained until his conviction was overturned in 1990. Johnston sued Ohio for wrongful imprisonment in 1993, but a court ruled he had not proven he did not commit the murders. …

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  • Former lawmaker seeks to succeed Sacramento’s basketball star mayor

    By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) – The former top Democrat in the California Senate said on Wednesday he will run for mayor of Sacramento in what is expected to be an expensive contest to succeed former NBA star Kevin Johnson, who has helped revitalize his hometown. The…

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  • Slain New York police officer remembered as man with a calling

    Thousands of police officers in dress blue uniforms gathered in the rain outside a Queens church on Wednesday for the funeral of slain New York Patrolman Randolph Holder, who was remembered as a principled man drawn to law enforcement work despite its dangers. The service for 33-year-old Holder,…

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  • New York transit authority passes reduced $29 billion capital plan

    Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio were involved in a public showdown over the program, which was eventually reduced from the MTA’s original proposal last year for $32 billion of investments. The capital plan, which runs over five years through 2019, is designed to…

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  • Civil rights retrial under way for Alabama officer who threw Indian man to ground

    Eric Parker is being retried on accusations that he used unreasonable force while working as a Madison, Alabama, police officer during the February incident. A jury in Huntsville, Alabama, deadlocked last month on whether to convict or acquit Parker, 27, of a single charge of depriving the Indian…

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  • Accused Connecticut serial killer appears via closed circuit TV for hearing

    An accused Connecticut serial killer appeared via closed-circuit television during a pretrial hearing on Wednesday, with the judge giving his lawyer until Dec. 10 to decide on whether to proceed directly to trial on six more murder charges. William Devin Howell, already serving a 15-year sentence…

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  • Christian evangelists win Michigan speech case over Arab festival

    By an 8-7 vote, the entire 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday said Wayne County, Michigan and two deputy police chiefs were civilly liable to members of Bible Believers for violating their First Amendment rights. The case now returns to a federal district judge to award damages and…

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  • Chicago approves Emanuel’s city budget, property tax increase

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s $7.8 billion fiscal 2016 budget and a historic property tax increase to pay for public safety worker pensions easily cleared the city council on Wednesday. Emanuel last month proposed a $543 million property tax hike phased in over four years, as well as fee increases…

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  • Texas man carving pumpkins with daughter stabs would-be intruder

    A Dallas-area father carving jack-o-lanterns with his 7-year-old daughter for Halloween stabbed a suspected car thief with a knife after the alleged criminal broke into their home, police said on Wednesday. The suspect stole a car from a nearby gas station on Tuesday evening, crashed it and then…

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  • U.S. student math test scores slip for first time since 1990

    Math test scores for fourth and eighth grade students across the United States dipped in 2015, marking the first such decline in 25 years, according to a U.S. Department of Education report released on Wednesday. The National Assessment of Educational Progress, known as the “nation’s report card,”…

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  • U.S. judge bars Alabama from defunding Planned Parenthood clinics

    U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson issued a preliminary injunction after Planned Parenthood challenged the state’s move to terminate its contract to provide services under Medicaid, the federal and state healthcare program for the poor. The judge wrote that Alabama had not provided a reason for…

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  • Massachusetts report faults agency’s handling of ‘Baby Doe’ case

    A Massachusetts agency charged with guarding children’s well-being fell short in its handling of a toddler whose body was found washed up on a Boston Harbor beach earlier this year, a state review of the case found on Wednesday. The remains of 2-1/2-year-old Bella Bond were found in a garbage bag…

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  • Ex-House Speaker Hastert pleads guilty in hush-money case

    Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert pleaded guilty on Wednesday to a federal financial crime in a hush-money case stemming from allegations of sexual misconduct, marking the dramatic downfall of a once powerful politician. In exchange for the guilty plea, federal prosecutors recommended a…

    Reuters
  • Pennsylvania ruling may allow new Sandusky case to proceed

    A Pennsylvania judge ruled on Wednesday that a man who says Jerry Sandusky molested him in 1988 is not barred by the statute of limitations from pursuing a private criminal complaint against the jailed former Penn State assistant football coach. The man, who alleges Sandusky sexually molested him…

    Reuters
  • ‘Warlock’ slapped with restraining order in new Salem witch trial

    A judge in Salem, Massachusetts, on Wednesday granted a self-proclaimed witch’s request for a restraining order to keep a self-proclaimed warlock and business rival from harassing her. Lori Sforza, 75, who calls herself a psychic and a “hereditary high priestess” had appealed to Salem District…

    Reuters
  • SAC’s Martoma seeks reversal of U.S. insider trading conviction

    A U.S. appeals court wrestled on Wednesday with whether a recent appellate ruling that limited the scope of insider trading laws meant that the 2014 conviction of former SAC Capital Advisors portfolio manager Mathew Martoma should be reversed. Martoma’s lawyer told the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of…

    Reuters
  • Oklahoma judge rules man competent to stand trial for beheading

    A man charged with first-degree murder in the beheading of a woman at an Oklahoma City-area food-processing plant is competent to stand trial, an Oklahoma judge ruled on Wednesday. Alton Nolen, 31, is accused of stabbing and beheading 54-year-old Colleen Hufford on Sept. 25, 2014. A forensic…

    Reuters
  • Boy shot while family poses with illegal guns in Tennessee home

    Police on Wednesday investigated how a boy was shot in the face while his family posed for photos with illegal firearms in their southeastern Tennessee home. The shooting occurred on Sunday night at a home in Harrison, Tennessee, about 20 miles east of Chattanooga, according to the Hamilton County…

    Reuters
  • Pennsylvania schools taking out more loans amid state budget impasse

    Pennsylvania school districts have had to take out more loans to survive the state’s budget impasse, with total borrowing now at $431 million, Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said on Wednesday. An additional 10 districts have borrowed another $85 million since DePasquale’s first…

    Reuters
  • Video shows student flip California principal in school brawl

    The 40-second clip, apparently shot on a student’s mobile phone on Monday, shows pupils at Florin High School in Sacramento screaming as a melee breaks out in the cafeteria. The three boys began fighting because of a relationship issue involving a female classmate, school officials said, and…

    Reuters
  • Violent South Carolina arrest prompts concerns over school police

    Almost 31,000 “school resource officers” or other law enforcement officers are stationed at U.S. public schools, with another 13,060 sworn law enforcement officers spending at least part of their time at schools, according to U.S. Department of Education data. Americans have grown accustomed to…

    Reuters
  • Greater pay transparency seen as bridging U.S. gender wage gap

    Lawrence discovered the pay discrepancy when hacked Sony Pictures emails were published. In transparent pay companies like supermarket chain Whole Foods Market or social media software startup Buffer salaries are posted internally, or online for everyone to see. “It removes any opportunities for…

    Reuters
  • GE to spend $200 million on two factories for jet engine parts

    The plants in Huntsville will produce silicon-carbon ceramic materials for LEAP engines on thousands of single-aisle Boeing and Airbus jetliners sold for delivery over the next decade. The LEAP engine was developed by CFM International, a joint venture between GE and France’s Snecma (Safran) . …

    Reuters
  • Guantanamo court in closed hearing on replacing 9/11 suspect’s lawyer

    A Guantanamo Bay court went into closed pre-trial session on Wednesday to hear why a Yemeni Sept. 11 suspect should be allowed to replace a lawyer in the slow-moving death penalty case. Judge Army Colonel James Pohl ordered the closed session with only the defendant, Walid bin Attash, and his…

    Reuters
  • U.S. seeks 30 years to life for man convicted in British bomb plot

    A Pakistani man convicted in March in a U.S. court of conspiring with al Qaeda to bomb a shopping center in Manchester, England should spend 30 years to life in prison, U.S. prosecutors said. Abid Naseer, 29, poses an “extreme danger” to society given his “continued commitment” to cause mass…

    Reuters
  • ‘Disturbing’ arrest of black S. Carolina student sparks federal, local probes

    A white deputy who slammed a black South Carolina high school student to the ground during a classroom arrest became the focus of a federal probe on Tuesday, as civil rights groups called for him to be fired and charged with assault. Officer Ben Fields, 34, was suspended without pay after videos…

    Reuters
  • As U.S. braces for Syrian refugees, mental health services lag

    WASHINGTON/DEARBORN, Mich. (Reuters) – More than 20 years after Saddam Hussein’s soldiers in Iraq killed his brother in front of him, Ali Alghazally still suffers from night terrors he blames on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a common problem among refugees often left untreated. As the…

    Reuters
  • Factbox: Refugee flows to United States since 1950s

    (Reuters) – Turmoil abroad regularly brings refugees to the United States. British and Germans arrived after World War Two. More recently, Vietnamese and others fleeing war and disorder have arrived on U.S. shores. A wave of Syrians is expected soon.

    Reuters
  • Factbox: Coming to America: the path for Syrian refugees

    U.S. government vetting that includes face-to-face interviews, a health screening and security checks can take as long as two years. A State Department official outlined the process in a background briefing as President Barack Obama directed his administration last month to prepare to take in at…

    Reuters
  • Labor friction escalates between California port truckers, shippers

    Long-simmering labor tensions between Southern California port truckers and shipping companies they accuse of wage theft escalated on Tuesday as a group of drivers demanded recognition as full-fledged employees and petitioned to join the Teamsters union. The action, according to the Teamsters, was…

    Reuters
  • Rhode Island reopens probe into loan to former Red Sox player’s company

    Rhode Island lawmakers investigating the state’s $75 million loan guarantee to former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling’s now-bankrupt video game company said on Tuesday documents show that numerous red flags were raised before the deal was approved. Schilling, who named his company 38 Studios in a…

    Reuters
  • Two people dead after explosion at Oregon gun range

    Officials were investigating the cause of the afternoon explosion at the COSSA firing range, east of Bend, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Nathan Garibay said. It was not clear why the tank was at the gun range, he said. The range is on 600 acres of Bureau of Land Management land,…

    Reuters
  • Earthquake risk analysis shows U.S. nuclear plants safe: NRC

    (Reuters) – Nuclear power plants in the United States are safe to continue operating but need to conduct an in-depth analysis where appropriate, as far as earthquake hazards are concerned, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) said on Tuesday. “Our substantial reviews have shown that fewer…

    Reuters
  • One killed, college students injured in Pennsylvania crash

    A bus carrying members of the Lehigh University rowing teams collided with a car on a Pennsylvania highway on Tuesday, killing one person in the car and sending students to hospitals with minor injuries, police and campus officials said. The car erupted into flames after the collision on U.S.…

    Reuters
  • Los Angeles council OKs law requiring handguns to be locked up

    Handgun owners in Los Angeles would have to keep their weapons locked in a box or disabled with a trigger lock under a measure aimed at protecting children that was given unanimous approval on Tuesday by the city council. The provisions would not apply to people carrying a handgun or having one in…

    Reuters
  • Nevada cryotherapy center where worker died closed for lack of insurance

    The facility operated by Rejuvenice LLC was ordered closed because it could not provide proof it had a worker’s compensation insurance policy, said Teri Williams, spokeswoman for the state Department of Business and Industry. The move to close the facility just outside the Las Vegas suburb of…

    Reuters
  • California prison officials propose new executions protocol

    California prison officials on Tuesday filed proposed new guidelines for using lethal injection to kill condemned inmates, a step that could lead to a resumption of the death penalty in a state that has not conducted an execution since 2006. The most populous U.S. state, a Democratic stronghold…

    Reuters
  • Crime still low, says Obama, noting intense police scrutiny

    President Barack Obama on Tuesday said violent crime rates in the United States remain low even as police officers come under increased scrutiny in the post-Ferguson, camera-phone era. In remarks to a global conference for law enforcement leaders in Chicago, Obama said data from across the nation…

    Reuters
  • Seattle teen steals garbage truck, goes on ‘destructive’ downtown tour

    An 18-year-old with a learner’s driving permit stole a garbage truck in Seattle and went on a “destructive tour” of downtown on Tuesday, crashing into parked cars and a bike rack before hitting another waste truck, police said. The teen hopped into the driver’s seat of the truck in the dense…

    Reuters
  • Arena Pharmaceuticals to lay off 35 percent of U.S. workers

    San Diego-based Arena said it would incur restructuring charges of about $3.3 million related to the U.S. layoffs, mostly in the fourth quarter. Arena will not proceed at present with “certain lifecycle management programs” for its main drug, the anti-obesity treatment Belviq, sales of which have…

    Reuters
  • Grand jury meets in fatal police shooting of Ohio 12-year-old

    A grand jury has been hearing testimony for the last few weeks in the fatal shooting of a 12-year-old boy by a Cleveland police officer in a playground last November, the president of the police union said on Tuesday. Cuyahoga County Prosecuting Attorney Timothy McGinty had said a grand jury would…

    Reuters
  • County police chief in N.Y. resigns amid probe into beating allegations

    A county police chief on Long Island, New York, resigned on Tuesday amid an ongoing federal probe into whether he beat a suspect accused of stealing a duffel bag from his car in 2012. James Burke, the chief of Suffolk County, one of the state’s largest by population, stepped down on Tuesday after…

    Reuters
  • Texas judge grants change of venue for sentencing in ‘Bernie’ case

    Judge Diane DeVasto granted prosecutors’ request to move the new punishment hearing for Bernie Tiede to Henderson County from Panola County, also in East Texas. Prosecutors argued that justice would not be guaranteed in Panola County because of the film’s account of events and the “influence in…

    Reuters
  • Congress aims for fast budget, debt limit passage

    A U.S. budget and debt ceiling deal headed toward quick action in Congress on Tuesday as lawmakers rushed to avert yet another fiscal standoff, which threatened to push the federal government into an unprecedented default early next month. House Speaker John Boehner told fellow Republicans he was…

    Reuters
  • New York man pleads guilty to threatening President Obama

    A New York man pleaded guilty on Monday to threatening the life of U.S. President Barack Obama after he was accused of threatening several political leaders on social media last year, a U.S. attorney announced on Tuesday. Brandon Correa, 31, of Rochester, posted online threats to kill Obama in…

    Reuters
  • Iowa shooting incidents stemmed from domestic issues: authorities

    A 40-year-old man had been involved in a dispute with his estranged wife before fatally shooting himself when confronted by police responding to reports of gunfire at two Iowa businesses, authorities said on Tuesday. Robert Mayes, who lived in Coal City, Illinois, south of the two cities, died…

    Reuters
  • ‘Then came the Beatles!’ — how one TV appearance altered music, communities and a country

    Before the Beatles played six songs in two sets before 73 million Americans on the Feb. 9, 1964, Ed Sullivan Show, the secret was already out. The group’s biggest hit at the moment — “I Want to Hold Your Hand” — was just leaked, played relentlessly on local radio and spread virally (before that was…

    Yahoo News
  • Wildlife photo wins first place in Yahoo News and Flickr winter scenes contest

    David Renwald’s patience in freezing temperatures and snow in Yellowstone National Park in January paid off. His photograph captured a coyote sitting among grass poking from the snow in a moment that evokes seclusion, concentration and calm.

    Yahoo News
  • Is the ‘clock turning back’ on American women?

    Hillary Clinton cautions that opportunities for American women could vanish if the United States does not prioritize their economic advancement.

    Yahoo News

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