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  • Photo of Chicago police officers posing over black man as hunted animal released: newspaper

    (Reuters) - A photo of two white Chicago police officers holding rifles and posing over a black man wearing antlers like an animal killed on a hunt was released by an Illinois court, the Chicago Tribune reported on Wednesday. The news comes amid a national outcry against police treatment of…

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  • Wife of California sheriff convicted of domestic abuse to open play

    The wife of the San Francisco sheriff convicted of domestic abuse in a scandal that rocked the department is set to star in a one-woman play that allows her to tell the story as she saw it. Venezuelan soap opera actress Eliana Lopez is scheduled to debut her production, "Cuál es el Escándalo?"…

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  • California man drowns swimming across pond with rock: newspaper

    A man drowned on his 21st birthday after attempting to swim across a pond in northern California while carrying a 10-pound (4.5 kg) rock, the Los Angeles Times reported on Wednesday. The California Highway Patrol told the newspaper that Austin Harr was with friends at a pond in the Oroville…

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  • Globs of oil wash ashore on southern California beach

    (Reuters) - Local and federal officials are investigating globs of oil washed up on a southern California beach on Wednesday, officials said. U.S. Coast Guard spokesman Michael Anderson said crews were investigating the streak of tar balls that spread across about 6.5 miles (10 km) of Manhattan…

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  • Mississippi police dog saves deputy ambushed by two men

    (Reuters) - A Mississippi sheriff's deputy who was ambushed by two men along a remote stretch of highway, then choked and carried toward woodland, was rescued by his canine partner who chased off the attackers, an official said on Wednesday. Deputy Todd Frazier was grabbed by two men as he…

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  • Federal government orders pipeline company to clean California oil spill

    By Steve Gorman and Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The federal government on Wednesday ordered a company at the center of a Southern California oil spill to continue its efforts to clean up the pipeline breach that dumped crude onto a pristine stretch of shoreline and into the Pacific…

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  • U.S. military mistakenly ships live anthrax to labs in nine states

    By Phil Stewart and Sharon Begley WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. military mistakenly sent live anthrax bacteria to laboratories in nine U.S. states and a U.S. air base in South Korea, after apparently failing to properly inactivate the bacteria last year, U.S. officials said on…

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  • Hundreds evacuated in Texas after storms leave at least 15 dead

    By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Hundreds of people were ordered to evacuate flood-threatened areas of Texas on Wednesday as torrential rains battered the state, where at least 15 people have been killed in weather-related incidents this week, including six in Houston. People were told…

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  • Obama administration will not seek Supreme Court stay on immigration action block

    By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Justice Department will not ask the U.S. Supreme Court to stay an appellate court ruling that President Barack Obama's move to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation should remain on hold, a spokesman said on Wednesday. The…

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  • At least three injured after tornado hits Texas gas drilling rig

    (Reuters) - At least three people were injured on Wednesday when a tornado hit a natural gas drilling rig in northern Texas, the Hemphill County sheriff and a hospital official said. One victim sustained minor injuries, the second had non-life-threatening injuries to the face, and the third…

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  • Man arrested in massive downtown Los Angeles arson case

    By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A 56-year-old man has been arrested on arson charges in connection with a massive fire that gutted a multi-story apartment complex under construction in downtown Los Angeles and damaged three nearby buildings, police said on Wednesday. Dawud Abdulwali was…

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  • Possible anthrax sample destroyed at U.S. Air Force base in South Korea

    Twenty-two personnel at a U.S. Air Force Base in South Korea have been given emergency medical treatment after being exposed to a possible live sample of anthrax, the U.S. military said in a statement on Thursday. The anthrax was destroyed on Wednesday when a sample initially expected to be…

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  • Michigan police investigate death of malnourished five-year-old

    (Reuters) - The father and stepmother of a 5-year-old girl who died after being found malnourished and injured at her home in Michigan are being held on child abuse charges, police said on Wednesday. The girl's stepmother had called authorities on Tuesday night, drawing emergency responders to the…

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  • Man arrested in massive Los Angeles arson fire

    A 56-year-old man has been arrested on arson charges in connection with a massive fire late last year that destroyed a Los Angeles apartment complex under construction and damaged three nearby buildings, police said on Wednesday. Dawud Abdulwali was taken into custody on Tuesday and booked on…

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  • Wisconsin judge to rule in August on Slenderman trial venue

    By Brendan O'Brien WAUKESHA, Wis. (Reuters) - A Wisconsin judge said on Wednesday he will decide in August whether one of two girls accused of stabbing a classmate 19 times to please the fictional character Slenderman will face trial in juvenile or adult court. The girls, Anissa Weier and Morgan…

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  • Nebraska legislature repeals death penalty, overriding governor's veto

    Nebraska on Wednesday became the 19th U.S. state to abolish capital punishment as legislators narrowly voted to override the Republican governor's veto of a bill repealing the death penalty. The state's unicameral legislature voted 30-19, the exact number of votes needed to override Governor Pete…

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  • Justice Department to train police in Washington city after farmworker's slaying

    By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department will provide training to police in a Washington city where officers shot dead a Mexican farmworker in February, as law enforcement tries to rebuild trust in the majority Hispanic community, the federal agency said on Wednesday. …

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  • South Carolina policeman indicted in shooting death of unarmed black man

    By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, S.C (Reuters) - A grand jury in South Carolina indicted a white police officer on Wednesday on a felony charge of firing his weapon into a vehicle while it was occupied, killing an unarmed black man. Justin Gregory Craven, 24, an officer in North Augusta, South…

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  • Heightened Islamic State threat requires surveillance action: U.S. official

    By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The threat of Islamic State to the national security of the United States has heightened in the last two weeks, making it critical for Congress to renew surveillance authority, a senior U.S. administration official said on Wednesday. The law authorizing the…

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  • U.S. Army shipped anthrax samples over more than year-long period

    Two U.S. Army facilities, the Dugway Proving Ground in Utah, and the Edgewood Chemical Biological Center in Maryland, mistakenly shipped suspected live anthrax samples from March 2014 through April 2015, a U.S. official said on Wednesday. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said…

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