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  • Death of New York man a homicide caused by police choke hold -autopsy

    By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - The death of a man during an arrest last month in New York City was caused by a choke hold by a police officer, the chief medical examiner's office said on Friday, declaring the death a homicide. Eric Garner's dying moments as he struggled for breath on a…

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  • Floor of UCLA's famed Pauley Pavilion to be replaced after water main break

    By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The wooden floor of UCLA's famed Pauley Pavilion, which recently underwent a multi-million dollar renovation, will be replaced after it was flooded this week when a major water main broke, the school's athletic director said on Friday. The large pipe under…

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  • Google, Facebook pay for shuttles to use San Francisco bus stops

    By Jennifer Baires SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Commuter shuttles run by Google Inc, Facebook Inc and other Silicon Valley companies began paying on Friday to make stops at San Francisco bus stations after protests blamed them for gentrification. The private buses, which for years have taken tech…

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  • Florida judge awards $16 million to artist Rauschenberg's trustees

    A Florida judge has awarded about $16 million to three trustees of famed contemporary artist Robert Rauschenberg's trust following years of litigation over the value of their services, the Fort Myers News-Press reported on Friday. The trustees, who were close friends of the late artist, had sought…

  • Florida Lionfish ban, nation's first, goes into effect

    By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - Florida's ban on importing invasive lionfish, the first of its kind in the nation, goes into effect on Friday as wildlife managers look for a way to control the spread of the barbed, red-and-white striped fish. Lionfish, native to the waters off Southeast…

  • Trappers search for Washington state otter that attacked swimmers

    Wildlife trappers in Washington state searched on Friday for a river otter blamed for a rare attack on humans that sent a boy and his grandmother to the hospital, wildlife experts said. The boy was swimming in the Pilchuck River in Snohomish County, about 36 miles (57 km) northeast of Seattle,…

  • Arizona professor gets probation for scuffle with campus police

    By David Schwartz MESA Ariz. (Reuters) - An Arizona professor was sentenced on Friday to nine months' probation for scuffling with campus police after being stopped for walking in the middle of a street at night. Ersula Ore, an assistant English professor at Arizona State University, must also…

  • U.S. court upholds Guantanamo detainee search policy

    By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Friday upheld the Obama administration's new search procedures for Guantanamo Bay detainees, rejecting the argument that invasive practices such as frisking of anal and groin areas discouraged consultation with defense lawyers. In…

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  • Legal complication clouds medical marijuana rollout in Florida

    By Barbara Liston ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - Prospective medical marijuana growers in Florida are struggling to figure out a legal way to obtain starter cannabis plants under a new state law allowing for limited medical use, the bill's sponsor and other experts say. Florida lawmakers failed to…

  • Monsoon rains cause floods, but fewer wildfires, in New Mexico

    By Joseph Kolb ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) - In normally drought-stricken New Mexico, near-historic levels of monsoon rains this month caused a sharp rise in flash flood warnings, but have dampened the risk of devastating wildfires, experts said on Friday. The city of Albuquerque saw a total of…

  • Girl accused of setting California wildfire ordered to have mental exam

    A teenage girl charged with setting a California wildfire that burned 2,000 acres (800 hectares) and destroyed some 40 structures north of San Diego in May has been ordered by a judge to submit to a mental competency exam, prosecutors said on Friday. She has been identified only by her first name,…

  • Museum celebrating 'Big Bang' of country music opens in Virginia

    By Verna Gates BRISTOL Va (Reuters) - A museum celebrating 10 days in 1927 that helped introduce the mountain music of Appalachia to mainstream America opened in Virginia on Friday. The Birthplace of Country Music Museum tells the story of record producer Ralph Peer, who offered $50 to…

  • Jury in former Va. governor's corruption trial sees racy e-mail

    By Gary Robertson RICHMOND Va. (Reuters) - The federal jury hearing the corruption trial of former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell saw an e-mail exchange on Friday between the governor's wife and a businessman that defense attorneys said was evidence the pair were having an affair. Lawyers for…

  • Q&A: U.S. Justice Ginsburg on Hobby Lobby, gay marriage, retirement

    By Joan Biskupic WASHINGTON D.C. (Reuters) - In an interview (http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/08/01/us-usa-court-ginsburg-idUSKBN0G12V020140801) with Reuters late on Thursday, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 81, was not just defiant about calls for her retirement. A former…

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  • Judge rules Wisconsin girl in Slenderman case not mentally competent

    By Brendan O'Brien WAUKESHA Wis. (Reuters) - A Wisconsin girl accused of luring a friend into the woods and repeatedly stabbing her to please Slenderman, a fictional Internet character, is not mentally competent to stand trial, a judge ruled on Friday. The girl, Morgan Geyser, and her friend,…

  • N.J. Governor Christie creates public pension study commission

    (Reuters) - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on Friday created a panel to recommend reforms to the state's pension and health benefits for retired public employees. The panel of experts will be charged with "thinking big and being bold when it comes to developing recommendations for how New…

  • Federal court agrees to suspend Detroit bankruptcy appeals

    (Reuters) - A federal court agreed on Friday to suspend seven cases seeking to overturn a lower court ruling that found Detroit was eligible for municipal bankruptcy. The Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals' action followed motions filed on Thursday by attorneys for Detroit pension funds, unions…

  • Former NYPD sergeant sentenced to 58 months in $4.7 million scheme

    By Barbara Goldberg NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former New York City police sergeant who admitted duping investors in a $4.7 million real estate scheme was sentenced on Friday to nearly five years in prison, a federal prosecutor said. When James Monahan met with people who were considering investing…

  • Illinois man charged with putting needles in store meat

    By Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY Mo (Reuters) - A 68-year-old Illinois man is in jail charged with food tampering after he allegedly inserted sewing needles into packages of meat at a grocery store multiple times in the past year, an official said on Friday. Ronald G. Avers was charged on Thursday…

  • U.S. asks appeals court to reconsider Obamacare subsidies ruling

    By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department asked a federal appeals court on Friday to reconsider its July 22 ruling that poses a major setback to the Obamacare health insurance overhaul as it could limit the availability of federal health insurance subsidies for millions…

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