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  • Pennsylvania couple plead not guilty in starvation death of disabled son

    By David DeKok HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - A Pennsylvania mother and father accused of letting their 9-year-old disabled son starve to death last summer entered pleas of not guilty on Thursday. Jarrod Tutko, 38, and Kimberly Tutko, 39, appeared in shackles for their arraignment in the Dauphin…

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  • Arizona sheriff to disband unit that targeted immigrants workers in raids

    PHOENIX (Reuters) - Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio is disbanding a squad that targeted undocumented immigrants in workplace raid, his office said on Thursday, following a lawsuit by groups that accused the controversial lawman of infringing on the powers of the federal government. The move is the…

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  • Fraternity closed at California university over anti-rape march harassment

    By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - (This story corrects headline, first paragraph to show that fraternity agreed to close but was not banned by university) A San Diego State University fraternity whose members were accused of harassing people taking part in an anti-rape march has been closed,…

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  • Detroit-area businessman guilty in murder-for-hire of his wife

    By Serena Maria Daniels DETROIT (Reuters) - A Detroit jury on Thursday found a suburban businessman guilty of hiring his handyman to kill his wife. After a two-month trial, Robert Bashara, 57, was convicted of first-degree murder and four additional charges in the death of his wife, Jane, a…

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  • Neighboring states challenge Colorado pot laws in top U.S. court

    By Daniel Wallis DENVER (Reuters) - Nebraska and Oklahoma challenged neighboring Colorado's recreational marijuana laws in the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday amid complaints its pot was seeping across their borders, and Colorado vowed to defend its laws. Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning said…

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  • Missouri attorney general sues cities over predatory traffic ticketing

    By Fiona Ortiz (Reuters) - Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster filed a civil lawsuit on Thursday against 13 St. Louis suburbs for predatory traffic ticketing, saying the cities were depending on traffic fines for too much of their budgets. Black residents in some municipalities around St. Louis…

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  • U.S. FCC declines to punish radio station for use of NFL Redskins team name

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday rejected a petition that asked regulators to punish a radio station for using on air the name of the National Football League's Washington team, Redskins, a word some consider a slur to Native Americans. Legal activist John…

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  • U.S. to sue NY City over rights violations of teen Rikers inmates

    By Andrew Chung and Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. government will sue New York City over widespread violations of civil rights of teenage inmates at the Rikers Island jail complex, the Justice Department said on Thursday, raising the prospect of years of federal oversight of the…

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  • New York Mayor de Blasio named PETA's Person of the Year

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Mayor Bill de Blasio was named 2014 Person of the Year by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) for opposing horse-drawn carriages in Manhattan and advocating other animal-friendly causes, the group said on Thursday. De Blasio, a liberal who took office…

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  • Obama to set up panel to boost trust between police and communities

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Thursday will set up a task force to draw up recommendations to strengthen trust between law enforcement and local communities, following protests over several instances of police killings of unarmed people this year. "There is a sense of urgency,"…

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  • Father of unlicensed driver in fatal crash denies having let her drive his SUV

    By David DeKok HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - A man whose 15-year-old daughter, an unlicensed driver, crashed his SUV in an accident in Pennsylvania that killed three people denies having given her permission to drive the vehicle, his attorney said on Thursday. The father, Michael J. Ware, was charged…

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  • Wisconsin girls in Slenderman case ruled competent to stand trial

    By Brendan O'Brien WAUKESHA, Wisc. (Reuters) - Two Wisconsin girls accused of luring a classmate into the woods and repeatedly stabbing her to please a fictional Internet character named Slenderman are competent to stand trial, a judge ruled on Thursday. Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser, both 12 at…

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  • Trial of Pennsylvania family accused of starving boy set for March

    By Elizabeth Daley PITTSBURGH (Reuters) - The trial of three members of a western Pennsylvania family accused of beating and starving a seven-year-old boy nearly to death will begin on March 10, court officials said on Thursday. The boy's mother, Mary Rader, 28, his grandmother Deana Beighley, 48,…

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  • Most steel fasteners safe on San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge: officials

    By Michael Fleeman (Reuters) - The vast majority of steel rods and bolts holding together a new section of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge are safe, state investigators said Thursday, despite earlier cracks in about 32 fasteners on the span, which replaced a section of the bridge lost in a…

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  • Wisconsin judge rules girl competent for 'Slenderman' stabbing trial

    WAUKESHA, Wisc. (Reuters) - A Wisconsin judge on Thursday ruled that Morgan Geyser was competent to stand trial for the stabbing of a classmate to please a fictional Internet character named "Slenderman." The same judge earlier ruled that co-accused Anissa Weier was also competent to stand trial.…

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  • White House does not dismiss idea of Castro visit

    By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House does not dismiss the possibility of an eventual, precedent-shattering visit to Washington by Cuban President Raul Castro as part of President Barack Obama's plans to normalize relations with Havana. "I wouldn't rule out a visit from…

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  • Mercedes recalls 4,871 cars, SUVs in U.S. for possible oil leak

    DETROIT (Reuters) - Mercedes-Benz is recalling 4,871 sedans and SUVs in the United States because of a potential oil leak, according to documents filed with U.S. safety regulators. Daimler AG's Mercedes is recalling certain E-Class cars and M-Class and GLK-Class SUVs from model years 2014 and 2015…

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  • White supremacist charged in Kansas deaths found competent for trial

    By Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY, Kan (Reuters) - A Kansas judge on Thursday found that a white supremacist accused in the murder of three people at Jewish facilities is competent to stand trial, after reviewing a psychological report requested by his defense lawyers. Former Ku Klux Klan member Frazier…

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  • Ford expands Takata driver-side air bag recall in U.S.

    DETROIT (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co on Thursday expanded the recall of older-model Mustang cars that have driver-side Takata air bags with inflators, to include about 502,500 vehicles.

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  • Black-market chemist pleads guilty in U.S. baseball doping scandal

    MIAMI (Reuters) - A black-market chemist pleaded guilty on Thursday to concocting testosterone in the garage lab of his Florida home that was used to supply performance-enhancing drugs linked to the U.S. baseball doping scandal. Paulo Berejuk, 51, faces up to 10 years in prison at his February…

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