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  • Police officer dies after shooting in north Idaho

    (Reuters) - A police officer died of his wounds after he was shot by a man he was trying to stop in northern Idaho on Tuesday, officials said. Coeur d'Alene police sergeant Greg Moore was making a suspicious person check on Tuesday morning when the man opened fire, said police. The man then drove…

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  • Michigan voters reject $1.9 billion road repair measure

    By Joseph White DETROIT (Reuters) - Michigan voters Tuesday rejected a ballot proposal to hike the state sales tax to pay for fixing the state's crumbling roads and bridges. The final vote reported by the Michigan Secretary of State's office was 80 percent opposed, and 20 percent in favor. The…

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  • As millennials reach parenthood, fund managers bet on 'burbs

    By David Randall NEW YORK (Reuters) - Amy Paternite, a real estate agent in Maplewood, New Jersey, is getting used to hearing from clients in their late twenties and early thirties who say they never thought they would leave New York City for the suburbs. Parenthood – or a second baby on the way…

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  • U.S. public pensions outperform in first quarter: Wilshire

    U.S. public pension funds returned a median 2.19 percent in the first quarter of 2015, outperforming the 1.61 percent returns for the larger asset classes of institutional investment plans and real estate, according to a report to be released on Wednesday. The annual median return for public funds…

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  • Staten Island prosecutor declares victory in congressional special election

    A Republican prosecutor declared victory on Tuesday night in a special election to replace disgraced U.S. Representative Michael Grimm, a month before his sentencing for federal tax evasion. Unofficial New York City Board of Elections results showed Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan…

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  • Drought forces California into first mandatory rules to save water

    By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California water regulators on Tuesday adopted the state's first rules for mandatory cutbacks in urban water use as the region's catastrophic drought enters its fourth year. The emergency regulations, which require some communities to trim water…

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  • Chicago asks school teachers to take 7 percent pay cut: union

    By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Three years after a public school strike, Chicago teacher contract talks are off to a rocky start, with the debt-burdened district demanding a 7 percent pay cut, union officials said on Tuesday. The Chicago Teachers Union said in a statement it was "highly…

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  • U.S. Air Force says may revisit rocket plan if firms do not respond

    By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Air Force may have to revisit its strategy to develop a new U.S.-fueled launch vehicle aimed at ending American reliance on Russian rocket engines if U.S. companies fail to bid to build prototypes for the government, a senior general said Tuesday. …

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  • Uber ceases Kansas operations in face of stricter oversight

    (Reuters) - Ride-hailing service Uber on Tuesday said it ceased operations in Kansas after the state legislature decided to override Governor Sam Brownback’s veto of a bill that will impose stricter regulations on ride-hailing services. Uber said the bill makes it impossible for it to operate in…

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  • Man accused of killing UVA student could now face death penalty

    Albemarle County prosecutors said a capital murder charge was filed against 33-year-old Jesse Matthew based on additional forensic evidence recovered in the murder of Heather Graham, who disappeared from the campus in Charlottesville last September. Matthew was ordered back to court on June 25,…

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  • Man suspected in sex crime on child steals plane in Las Vegas, police say

    (Reuters) - A former student pilot who was arrested after taking off in a stolen plane from a Las Vegas-area airport was suspected of lewd acts on a child, police said on Tuesday, and local media said he called himself a pedophile in a radio transmission during the flight. Henderson police…

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  • Former FBI agent was arrested outside gates of CIA headquarters

    By John Clarke WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A former FBI agent with a history of mental illness was arrested outside CIA headquarters last week during a confrontation with police in which she threatened to bomb the agency, court documents show. Tunisia Davis was taken into custody on Thursday after she…

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  • New York mans pleads guilty to shining laser at LaGuardia pilots

    By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York City man pleaded guilty on Tuesday to aiming a laser beam at commercial airplanes taking off and landing at LaGuardia Airport, temporarily blinding the pilots, authorities said. Elehecer Balaguer, 54, was accused of shining a laser pointer into…

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  • Prosecutor, defense sum up in Philadelphia police corruption trial

    By Natalie Pompilio PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Closing statements began on Tuesday in the corruption trial of six Philadelphia police officers, with the prosecution condemning the accused as abusing their power and the defense disparaging the credibility of witnesses in the case. Prosecutors built…

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  • Colorado's ACLU says two black men were victims of police bias

    The American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado will represent two African-American men who were stopped by police and detained in an encounter that was caught on video and which the organization on Tuesday described as racial profiling. The video recorded by passenger Ryan Brown begins by showing…

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  • Colorado woman who stole fetus bound over for trial

    A Colorado woman who police say admitted cutting a fetus from a pregnant stranger she lured with an online ad for baby clothes was bound over for trial by a judge after a preliminary hearing on Tuesday, prosecutors said. Dynel Catrece Lane, 34, is charged with attempted first-degree murder, felony…

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  • Rape added to murder and cannibalism charges against Indiana man

    A southern Indiana man who is facing a possible death penalty on charges that he killed his ex-girlfriend and ate part of her body has now been charged with raping her, an attorney representing the defendant said on Tuesday. The added charge against Joseph Oberhansley is intended to bolster the…

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  • Lynch's handling of police in Baltimore is contrast to Holder

    By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch visited Baltimore on Tuesday, in the wake of rioting over the death in police custody of Freddie Gray, she made a deliberate attempt to cast herself as different from her predecessor. She visited police headquarters.…

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  • Colorado movie massacre gunman booby-trapped home with bombs, trial hears

    By Keith Coffman CENTENNIAL, Colo. (Reuters) - Colorado movie theater gunman James Holmes' apartment was rigged with improvised explosive devices, jars of napalm and fire-accelerating chemical powder sprinkled on the floor, an FBI expert told jurors at his trial on Tuesday. Prosecutors say…

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  • N.Y. jury, after citing deadlock, retires with no verdict in Etan Patz case

    By Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York jury retired for the day without reaching a verdict on Tuesday after telling the judge it was deadlocked in the murder trial of a man accused of killing 6-year-old Etan Patz. The judge, who responded by ordering the panel back to work, allowed…

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