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  • San Francisco prosecutor charges deputy in hospital assault: report

    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The San Francisco District Attorney's office charged a sheriff's deputy on Friday for allegedly attacking a hospital patient and covering it up with a false police report, according to officials and local media. District Attorney George Gascón said in a statement on…

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  • Seventy-four arrested in Milwaukee during police shooting protest

    By Brendan O'Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - Dozens of protesters were arrested on Friday in Milwaukee when they blocked rush-hour traffic on a major highway to protest the killing of an unarmed black man who was fatally shot by a white police officer this year. The Milwaukee County Sheriff's…

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  • NY police officer suspended after new video shows brutality

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York City police officer who appears to punch a black youth during an arrest that was captured on video and widely circulated on the Internet has been suspended from duty, the department said on Friday. The posting of the footage follows weeks of protests across the…

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  • American nurse exposed to Ebola released from hospital

    (Reuters) - An American nurse who was exposed to Ebola while volunteering in Sierra Leone was released from the National Institutes of Health's Clinical Center in Maryland on Friday without showing signs of the disease, NIH said. "The patient has shown no clinical or laboratory evidence of Ebola…

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  • U.S. judge restores protections to Great Lakes wolves

    By Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) - A federal judge on Friday restored U.S. Endangered Species Act protections to gray wolves in the western Great Lakes in a decision hailed by wildlife advocates for halting wolf hunting and trapping planned in such states as Minnesota and Wisconsin. U.S. wildlife…

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  • Inspections prompt changes at mismanaged Yellowstone, Yosemite jails

    By Ruffin Prevost LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The National Park Service says it has revamped operations at jail facilities in two of its largest and most popular parks after a review by federal auditors revealed that the detention sites were being improperly managed. But the agency has been slow in…

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  • U.S. Supreme Court allows gay marriage to proceed in Florida next month

    By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday declined to extend a stay sought by Florida officials defending the state's ban on same-sex marriages, allowing gay marriages to proceed in Florida next month. Some weddings would be allowed to start when a stay…

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  • Protesters from both sides of policing controversy face off in NYC

    By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - Scores of protesters denouncing police violence against non-whites rallied alongside dozens of supporters of New York City police officers on Friday in a tense standoff outside City Hall that comes amid weeks of mostly peaceful protests. It was one of the…

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  • Remains of two infants found in California storage locker

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - Officials in northern California have asked for help finding information about the grisly discovery of two infants or fetuses in an abandoned storage unit. The Placer County Sheriff's department said Thursday that a woman who bought the contents of the unit through an…

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  • Child being observed at Chicago hospital to rule out Ebola

    By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - A child who arrived in Chicago with a fever was under observation on Friday at a city hospital to rule out the Ebola virus, hospital officials said. Federal officials screening arriving passengers at O'Hare International Airport detected the fever, but no…

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  • Kentucky county passes ordinance that hits at power of unions

    By Steve Bittenbender LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Reuters) - Warren County, Kentucky passed a right-to-work ordinance on Friday, making the fifth most-populous county the first in the state to pass legislation prohibiting unions from requiring members to pay dues in exchange for representation. The ordinance,…

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  • Former Florida mayor sentenced to prison for secret consulting job

    By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - A south Florida mayor was sentenced to 22 months in prison on Friday after being found guilty of corruption tied to his lobbying work for a secret consulting job while in office. Steven Bateman, 59, had sought a more lenient sentence following his conviction…

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  • Ex-NYC councilman loses bid for new corruption trial

    By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former New York City Councilman Larry Seabrook lost a bid for a new trial on Friday after a federal judge rejected his claim that his brother and aide were excluded from watching jury selection. U.S. District Judge Kevin Castel in Manhattan ruled that no one was…

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  • Jerry Sandusky's pension appeal denied but lawyer vows to keep fighting

    By David DeKok HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant football coach sentenced to decades in prison for sexually molesting boys, has lost his first appeal of a decision to strip him of his $4,900 monthly pension, but his lawyer says the fight is not over.…

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  • Oklahoma to again employ injection mix used in flawed execution

    By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - Oklahoma plans to use the same lethal injection drug combination it employed during a botched execution in April, Department of Corrections officials told a federal court hearing arguments on whether to halt death sentences in the state from being carried…

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  • Mother arrested for murder after children found dead in Australian home

    By Jane Wardell SYDNEY (Reuters) - The 37-year-old mother of most of the eight children found dead in a mass stabbing in Australia's tropical northern city of Cairns was arrested on Saturday for murder. Detective Inspector Bruno Asnicar said the woman is under police guard in hospital, where she…

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  • Deportations from U.S. decline in fiscal 2014: DHS report

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement deported fewer undocumented immigrants in fiscal year 2014, the Department of Homeland Security said on Friday in a report that also showed a decline in the number coming from Mexico. In its year-end report, the department said…

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  • NY woman who reported kidnap charged with murdering cousin

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - A 19-year-old woman was arrested for the murder of her 5-year-old cousin in upstate New York on Friday, less than a day after she reported what police said was a concocted story about two men in ski masks kidnapping the boy, local media reported. The body of Kenneth White was…

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  • Obama says U.S. blacks better off overall than when he began presidency

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Friday that U.S. blacks are better off now than they were when he began his presidency in 2009, but that the gap between blacks and whites remains. "Like the rest of America, Black America, in the aggregate, is better off now than it was when I…

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  • Child is fourth to die from California crash, driver charged

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A 6-year-old boy has become the fourth person to die from a crash earlier this week in which a driver plowed into pedestrians leaving a church in Southern California, and the driver was charged on Friday, officials said. Samuel Gaza, who was hospitalized with head trauma and…

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