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  • California bill would let birth certificates reflect same-sex parents

    Birth certificates in California would be changed to more accurately reflect families in which parents are of the same gender under a bill passed by the legislature on Wednesday. The bill, which now goes to Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, would allow parents to identify themselves as father,…

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  • U.S. forces tried but failed to rescue U.S. hostages in Syria

    The mission, authorized by President Barack Obama based on U.S. The incident, in which a number of militants were killed, appeared to be the first direct ground engagement between the United States and Islamic State militants, seen by Obama as a growing threat in the Middle East.

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  • University of New Mexico cancels women's soccer match after hazing

    By Joseph Kolb ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) - University of New Mexico officials on Wednesday canceled the first match of the women's soccer team's season after a hazing incident that left a teenager in hospital, and they said the UNM athletics department had let down its players. "We failed the…

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  • In case of slain journalist, negotiations, silence, then a chilling warning

    By Warren Strobel and John Irish WASHINGTON/PARIS (Reuters) - After months of silence from the captors of American journalist James Foley, on the night of Aug. 13, his family received a chilling message: Foley would be executed in retaliation for U.S. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, which…

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  • Alaska voters narrowly backing tax cut for oil industry

    By Steve Quinn JUNEAU Alaska (Reuters) - Alaskan voters appear to have narrowly upheld a new law that cut taxes on oil production and is worth up to $1 billion a year for companies such as ConocoPhillips, BP Plc and Exxon Mobil Corp, according to results available on Wednesday. With 98 percent of…

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  • U.S. military tried, but failed to rescue journalist Foley, other hostages

    The unsuccessful rescue operation "involved air and ground components and was focused on a particular captor network within ISIL," the Pentagon said in a statement, using a different name for the militant group. "Unfortunately, the mission was not successful because the hostages were not present…

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  • Oklahoma Catholic bishop sues over planned black mass

    By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - Oklahoma’s Catholic Archbishop filed a lawsuit on Wednesday to halt the use of what he said were stolen communion wafers destined for a satanic black mass ceremony to be held next month in Oklahoma City. The lawsuit filed in Oklahoma County District…

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  • Fate of captured beluga whales in hands of Georgia judge

    By Rich McKay ATLANTA (Reuters) - A Georgia aquarium went to court on Wednesday seeking federal permission to bring 18 captured beluga whales to the United States from Russia. The Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta sued the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration fisheries service in September…

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  • Louisiana grocery workers plead guilty in $7 million food aid fraud

    Three workers at a Louisiana grocery store pleaded guilty this week to participating in a $7 million scheme to exchange food assistance benefits for cigarettes and cash, federal prosecutors said on Wednesday. The fraud scheme, which involved both Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)…

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  • Woman with no fingerprints faces theft, forgery charges in Colorado

    By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A disbarred lawyer who removed her fingerprints to hide her identity will be extradited to Colorado to faces charges that she swindled at least two people out of their homes, authorities said on Wednesday. Ann Marie Miller, 40, made national headlines this…

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  • Phoenix police chief orders probe of fatal shooting by sergeant

    The department is also conducting an administrative investigation stemming from the incident.    The investigation comes amid protests in Ferguson, Missouri, over the Aug. 9 killing of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer. She then raised the hammer and went at the…

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  • Virginia ex-governor takes stand to deny granting favors

    By Gary Robertson RICHMOND Va. (Reuters) - Former Virginia Governor Robert F. McDonnell took the witness stand in his own defense on Wednesday and denied giving any special treatment to the company at the heart of the bribery and corruption charges against him and his wife. McDonnell…

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  • Texas Governor Perry enters 'not guilty' plea to felony charges: newspaper

    Texas Governor Rick Perry, a possible Republican candidate for the 2016 presidential race, has entered a not guilty plea to two felony counts of abuse of power, according to a legal document posted on Wednesday by a newspaper. Perry also waived his right to an arraignment scheduled for Friday,…

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  • U.S. Supreme Court puts hold on gay marriage in Virginia

    Supreme Court stopped gay marriage in Virginia from going ahead on Wednesday, staying an appeals court ruling that had struck down a state ban. The court granted a stay application filed by opponents of gay marriage. The action was not a ruling on the merits of gay marriage, but means that a July…

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  • Alabama federal judge charged with wife-beating to seek treatment

    (Reuters) - An Alabama federal district court judge charged with beating his wife has sought counseling and plans to enter a residential treatment program in the coming days, his attorney said Wednesday. District Court Judge Mark Fuller, 55, was arrested earlier this month and charged with a…

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  • Boston bomb suspect's friend to plead guilty to obstruction: lawyer

    By Daniel Lovering BOSTON (Reuters) - A friend of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, accused of removing evidence from Tsarnaev's dormitory room, has agreed to plead guilty to charges of obstructing the investigation into the blasts, his attorney said on Wednesday. Dias…

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  • U.S. Ex-Im Bank backers pin hopes on temporary reauthorization

    Export-Import Bank said on Wednesday they hope the institution's charter will be extended temporarily while Congress hashes out a longer-term reauthorization of the bank, which some lawmakers are bent on closing. "We still have our fingers crossed that we might be able to get votes in both the…

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  • SeaWorld drops appeal in safety ruling over dead orca trainer

    By Barbara Liston ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - SeaWorld Entertainment has ended its appeal of a federal safety agency's citation in connection with the 2010 death of one of its killer whale trainers, the company has told investors. Trainer Dawn Brancheau was killed in front of horrified spectators at…

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  • Maryland trooper suspended after accused of being naked in bar

    A Maryland State Police trooper has been put on administrative suspension after sheriff's deputies responded to a call reporting a naked man drinking at a bar in a barbecue restaurant, authorities said on Wednesday. Harford County sheriff's deputies arrived around 11 p.m. on Saturday at the bar in…

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  • Police interest in wearable cameras spikes after Ferguson shooting

    Digital Ally Inc has been busy fielding a rush of enquiries from U.S. Interest in these tiny video cameras, which can be pinned to shirts, belts or eye-glasses, has surged as pressure mounts on the police for a transparent investigation into the Aug. 9 shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a…

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