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  • Autopsy of slain Missouri teen shows close-range gunshot: report

    (Reuters) - A newly disclosed autopsy of the unarmed black teenager whose killing by a white police officer set off months of protests in Ferguson, Missouri, suggests he suffered a gunshot to the hand from close range, the St. Louis Post Dispatch reported. The St. Louis County medical examiner's…

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  • Kerry welcomes North Korea's release of American, restates terms for resuming talks

    BERLIN/SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry welcomed the release of one of three Americans held in North Korea and said Washington is willing to resume talks with Pyongyang if it takes steps towards de-nuclearization. Jeffrey Fowle, 56, was arrested in May for leaving a Bible at a…

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  • Ebola gives U.S. 'preppers' another reason to prepare for worst

    By Jonathan Kaminsky (Reuters) - With the closest known U.S. cases of Ebola diagnosed about 160 miles away in Dallas, Cary Griffin is taking no chances. If, as the former correctional officer fears, the virus spreads to hundreds of people, Griffin is headed to the woods. "I'll do what the English…

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  • Mega harvest leaves U.S. farmers battling bugs in storage bins

    By Mark Weinraub CHICAGO (Reuters) - With record harvests depressing prices, U.S. farmers are holding tight to their corn and soybeans and binging on chemicals that protect stored grain from critters or even leaving corn standing in fields over winter to avoid storage charges. Still flush with cash…

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  • Liberian air passenger checked for Ebola in New Jersey: media

    (Reuters) - A Liberian passenger who flew into New Jersey on Tuesday was taken to hospital over fears he had been exposed to Ebola, media reported. The man, who had flown from Liberia to Brussels and then caught a connecting flight to Newark, had a fever, NBC New York reported, citing unnamed…

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  • North Korea unexpectedly frees American Jeffrey Fowle

    By Roberta Rampton and Lesley Wroughton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea has freed Jeffrey Fowle, one of three Americans detained by the country, and he is being flown home to his family, Washington said on Tuesday, amid growing international pressure on Pyongyang over its human rights record.…

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  • Kerry says no quid pro quo in North Korea's release of American

    BERLIN (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday there was no quid pro quo involved in North Korea's release of Jeffrey Fowle and expressed hope that denuclearisation talks with Pyongyang could start again soon. Washington said on Tuesday that Fowle was being flown home to…

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  • Big utilities pushing into booming home solar market

    By Nichola Groom (Reuters) - For years, the utilities responsible for providing electricity to the nation have treated residential solar systems as a threat. Now, they want a piece of the action, and they are having to fight for the chance. If utilities embrace home solar, their deep pockets and…

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  • Faulty airbags warning expanded to 6.1 million U.S. cars: NHTSA

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. highway safety regulator, NHTSA, expanded its warning on Tuesday about faulty airbags made by Japanese auto-part maker Takata to 6.1 million vehicles in the United States. "The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urges owners of certain Toyota, Honda,…

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  • Red Cross head says Ebola travel bans 'irrational'

    By Michael Martina BEIJING (Reuters) - Closing borders will not effectively curb Ebola infections, the head of the Red Cross said on Wednesday, amid debate over whether bans on travel from hardest-hit African countries would help combat the spread of the deadly virus. This year's outbreak of the…

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  • Famed Texas oilman Nelson Bunker Hunt dead at 88

    By Bill Trott (Reuters) - Nelson Bunker Hunt, the Texas oilman once considered the world's richest man before his fortunes were undone by Muammar Gaddafi and his own epic overreaching in the silver market, died on Tuesday at age 88. The Dallas Morning News reported that Hunt died at an…

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  • Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee dies at 93

    By Bill Trott WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ben Bradlee, the hard-driving editor who reigned over the Washington Post with the style of a well-dressed swashbuckler and the profane vocabulary of a dockworker as the newspaper helped topple President Richard Nixon, died on Tuesday aged 93. Bradlee's death at…

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  • U.S. to funnel travelers from Ebola-hit region through five airports

    By Jeffrey Dastin NEW YORK (Reuters) - The United States ratcheted up its safeguards against Ebola on Tuesday, requiring travelers from three countries at the center of an epidemic in West Africa to fly into one of five major airports conducting enhanced screening for the virus. Restrictions on…

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  • U.S. authorities arrest head of Mexican drug gang Gulf Cartel

    (Reuters) - The head of the notorious Mexican cocaine-trafficking gang, the Gulf Cartel, was taken into custody in southern Texas, U.S. officials said on Tuesday. Mexican national, Juan Francisco Saenz-Tamez, 23, was arrested on Oct. 9 while shopping in Edinburg, Texas just north of the…

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  • New Jersey school board suspends five coaches in hazing scandal

    By Sascha Brodsky SAYREVILLE N.J. (Reuters) - New Jersey school officials voted on Tuesday to suspend five high school coaches in a locker-room hazing scandal that has led to criminal sex abuse charges against teen football players. Head coach George Najjar and four coaching assistants at…

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  • Chronology: Worst Ebola outbreak on record tests global response

    (Reuters) - Global health authorities are struggling to contain the world's worst Ebola epidemic since the disease was identified in 1976. The virus has killed more than 4,500 people. (Graphics: http://graphics.thomsonreuters.com/14/ebola/ index.html) Here is a timeline of the outbreak: March 22:…

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  • Indiana police search vacant houses after arrest of suspected killer

    By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Indiana police used a dog trained to hunt for cadavers to search more than 120 vacant structures in the city of Gary on Tuesday, following the discovery of the bodies of six women who may have been victims of a serial killer. Darren Vann, 43, of Gary, a…

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  • Three Denver girls reportedly en route to Turkey detained, sent home

    By Aruna Viswanatha and Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three teenage girls from Denver who had been missing since last week and were reported to be traveling to Turkey were picked up in Germany and sent back home, U.S. officials said on Tuesday. Voice of America reported this week that one…

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  • NOAA employee charged with stealing U.S. dam information

    By Steve Bittenbender (Reuters) - A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) employee in Ohio has been charged with stealing sensitive information from a federal database for the nation's dams and lying about the breach to federal agents, prosecutors said. Xiafen "Sherry" Chen, 59,…

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