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  • Baby dies in Los Angeles shooting after bullet pierces wall

    A one-year-old girl was killed on Tuesday when a bullet from an apparent gang-related shooting pierced the wall of her Los Angeles home and struck her in the head, law enforcement officers said. The toddler was in her crib when a gunman opened fire on a converted garage in Compton, south of…

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  • Ferguson city council want changes to police reform plan

    The Ferguson, Missouri city council voted on Tuesday to approve an agreement with the U.S. Justice Department to reform the city's police department after the 2014 shooting of a black teenager, but with changes that must still get federal approval. In a unanimous vote, the council for the St.…

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  • First flight of Cuban migrants arrives at Mexico border town

    In January, Mexico and Central American countries approved a plan for flights to allow the more than 7,000 Cubans trapped in Costa Rica since mid-November when Nicaragua closed its borders to continue on to the United States. Thousands of Cubans have turned to the Central American route to try to…

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  • Supreme Court blocks Obama carbon emissions plan

    By Lawrence Hurley and Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday delivered a major blow to President Barack Obama by putting on hold federal regulations to curb carbon dioxide emissions mainly from coal-fired power plants, the centerpiece of his administration's…

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  • Texas abortion providers launch campaign to keep clinics open

    As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to decide the legality of strict Texas abortion restrictions, women's healthcare providers have launched a campaign across the state trying to win support to keep their clinics open. The U.S. Supreme Court took up a major new abortion case in November by agreeing…

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  • U.S. to study Zika link to Guillain-Barre in Puerto Rico

    By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - Experts from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are heading to Puerto Rico this week to study whether the mosquito-borne Zika virus will cause an increase in cases of a rare neurological disorder known as Guillain-Barre syndrome as the…

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  • Michigan governor says to request another $195 million for Flint water

    The new funding request is in addition to $37 million that has already been appropriated this year by the Republican-led legislature, said Snyder spokesman Dave Murray. "That's a significant investment in the people of Flint," Murray said. The city of some 100,000 people was under control of a…

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  • Legal proceedings for Sgt. Bergdahl halted due to classified material

    The U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals granted the stay after the government requested one, court documents showed. At a pretrial hearing in January, Captain Michael Petrusic said prosecutors expected to turn over thousands of classified documents to the defense before the trial, planned for Fort…

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  • Fatal shooting of naked teen in Texas unfolded in 'matter of seconds': police

    The Austin police officer who fatally shot a naked and unarmed Texas teenager had confronted the suspect for a few seconds before opening fire, police said on Tuesday. Officer Geoffrey Freeman told 17-year-old David Joseph to halt but the African-American teen charged toward the officer, who then…

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  • Former North Carolina law enforcement officers admit to drug scheme

    Nine of the accused pleaded guilty on Tuesday, while five had previously pleaded guilty, a DOJ statement said. The charges included drug conspiracy, firearms and bribery. The FBI began an undercover investigation in April 2013 into suspected systemic corruption within the Northampton County…

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  • Hearing on 'Serial' murder case wraps up in Baltimore

    Attorneys for Adnan Syed, 35, who is serving a life sentence for the 1999 strangulation of his 18-year-old ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, are seeking a new trial based on new evidence. Judge Martin Welch will decide whether a retrial is warranted. In closing arguments in Baltimore City Circuit…

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  • Michigan treasurer calls for quick action on Detroit school bills

    (Reuters) - Michigan Treasurer Nick Khouri urged state lawmakers on Tuesday to move quickly on legislation to restructure the financially ailing Detroit Public Schools (DPS) before the district runs out of money. Essentially they will be out of cash," Khouri told the Michigan Senate's Government…

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  • U.S. judge deports Qatar military officer accused of enslaving servants

    A U.S. judge ordered the immediate deportation on Tuesday of a Qatar military officer and his wife after they were accused of holding two female servants in slave-like conditions in their upscale San Antonio home. Hassan al-Homoud, 46, who received military training at San Antonio's Camp Bullis,…

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  • U.S. intelligence chief warns of 'homegrown' security threat

    By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Attacks by "homegrown" Islamist extremists are among the most imminent security threats facing the United States in 2016, along with dangers posed overseas by Islamic State and cyber security concerns, the top U.S. intelligence official said on Tuesday. In…

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  • Groups sue for videos of Minneapolis police killing

    Activists have been seeking the release of the videos since Nov. 15, when Jamar Clark, 24, was killed. A number of U.S. cities have been hit by protests against police killings, some of which were caught on video. "It's entirely consistent with our democratic values for the public to demand…

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  • Man pleads not guilty for planned mass shooting in Milwaukee

    A Milwaukee man who authorities say planned to kill dozens of people in a mass shooting at a local Masonic temple pleaded not guilty to weapons charges in federal court on Tuesday. Samy Mohamed Hamzeh, 23, appeared in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, where he…

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  • FBI director says investigators unable to unlock San Bernardino shooter's phone content

    By Dustin Volz and Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - FBI Director James Comey said on Tuesday that federal investigators have still been unable to access the contents of a cellphone belonging to one of the killers in the Dec. 2 shootings in San Bernardino, California, due to encryption…

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  • Minnesota Gov. Dayton proposes paid family leave for state workers

    If the legislature approves, Minnesota would join California, New Jersey and Rhode Island in having paid family leave, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. All 35,000 Minnesota state employees would be eligible for the benefit, which would amount to an average of $6,200 in…

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  • Maryland teacher charged with filming sex videos in school bathroom

    The suspect, Deonte Carraway, 22, of Glenarden, is charged with 10 counts of felony child pornography, sexual abuse of a minor and second-degree sexual offense, according to the documents filed in Prince George’s County District Court. The charging documents said Carraway "directed" at least 10…

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  • Conflicting accounts at NYC officer's trial for shooting black man

    Officer Peter Liang faces charges of manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and other counts in the death of Akai Gurley, 28, who was struck in the chest by Liang's bullet after it careened off a wall in the pitch-black stairwell of a Brooklyn public housing complex on Nov. 20, 2014. Liang's…

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