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  • California gas pipeline explosion, fire injure up to 15 people

    By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - A construction crew on Friday accidentally ruptured a natural gas transmission line in Fresno, California, sparking an explosion and fire that injured up to 15 people, four of them critically, officials said. The 12-inch (30-cm) pipeline,…

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  • Man gets 100 years for killing Montana teacher in drug-fueled frenzy

    A man who admitted killing a Montana teacher during a cocaine frenzy was sentenced to 100 years in prison by a state judge on Friday in a case that authorities said underscored a crime wave that accompanied a regional oil boom. Michael Spell, 25, of Parachute, Colorado, pleaded guilty in October…

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  • University of Kentucky student fatally shot near campus

    By Steve Bittenbender LOUISVILLE (Reuters) - A University of Kentucky student was fatally shot early on Friday during a street robbery near the campus in Lexington, and authorities charged two men in the killing, police said. Jonathan Krueger, 22, a photo editor for a student newspaper at the…

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  • Workers claim Wal-Mart closed California store in retaliation

    Some employees accused Wal-Mart Stores Inc on Friday of closing a location in the Los Angeles area for six months in retaliation for workers demanding for better wages and benefits. The closures include a location in Pico Rivera, California, that has been a center of protests by workers in recent…

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  • Former U.S. Marine charged in 2011 murder of companion in Panama

    By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - A former U.S. Marine was charged on Friday with murdering a woman who went missing in 2011 after traveling with him to Panama and whose dismembered remains were found in the remote jungle two years later. Brian Brimager, 37, is accused in a federal grand jury…

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  • Denver teacher's third grade assignment goes viral online

    By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A Colorado teacher who posted notes from her third grade class online and started a social media whirlwind under the hashtag #IWishMyTeacherKnew said on Friday the assignment had been a revelation for her. Kyle Schwartz, 26, asked the eight- and nine-year-olds…

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  • Oklahoma adopts nitrogen as possible execution method

    By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - Oklahoma may use nitrogen gas as an alternative execution method if the U.S. Supreme Court finds the state's lethal injection process unconstitutional or drugs are unavailable, under a bill Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed on Friday. Oklahoma's…

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  • Chicago schools chief takes leave amid federal probe

    By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Chicago Public Schools Chief Executive Officer Barbara Byrd-Bennett is taking a leave of absence pending the outcome of a federal probe into a contract the district awarded to a company that had previously employed her, officials said on Friday. "In light of…

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  • Texas House approves gutting municipal fracking bans

    The Texas House overwhelmingly approved a bill on Friday that would give the state the exclusive right to regulate the oil and gas industry, and gut the power of municipalities to pass anti-fracking rules. In Texas, the top U.S. crude producer and the birthplace of fracking, the bill also needs to…

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  • No verdict yet in case of missing New York boy

    By Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK (Reuters) - Jurors in the murder trial of a man who confessed to strangling 6-year-old Etan Patz in 1979 ended deliberations on Friday without reaching a verdict in the case, one of the first to highlight the plight of missing and abducted children. During the third…

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  • Police say Phoenix gunman 'snapped,' killed four, then himself

    By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - A man apparently upset over a family business dispute "snapped" before fatally shooting his two brothers, his mother and his sister-in-law and then killing himself at a home in Phoenix, police said on Friday. The shooter was found by police in an upstairs…

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  • Arrest of Connecticut man, 78, tied to Boston art heist: lawyer

    By Richard Weizel MILFORD, Conn. (Reuters) - Police in Connecticut on Friday arrested a 78-year-old man with a long criminal history on a gun charge, but the man's lawyer claimed the arrest was a ruse intended to pressure him to talk about the biggest art heist in U.S. history. Robert Gentile…

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  • U.S. calls for more oil train inspections, other safety measures

    Oil train operators must have detailed information on hand about the possible risks of their cargo in case of an accident and perform more thorough checks before moving on the tracks, U.S. transportation officials said on Friday. In March there was an oil train accident in Galena, Illinois,…

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  • U.S. eyes new ways to prepare and win future war in space

    By Andrea Shalal COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Reuters) - The United States needs disruptive new technologies, new ways of acquiring equipment and bandwidth, and closer ties with global allies to stay ahead of growing challenges in space from China, Russia and others, the head of U.S. Air Force Space…

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  • New Jersey police trying to identify dead infant found in trash

    New Jersey authorities asked the public's help on Friday in identifying a baby whose decapitated body was found at a recycling center, releasing a composite sketch of the infant girl. The body of the full-term newborn was discovered in trash at the recycling center in Farmingdale in November, New…

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  • California health officials declare measles outbreak over

    By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A measles outbreak in California that began in December at the Disneyland and California Adventure theme parks and highlighted the risk of unvaccinated people becoming infected and spreading the disease has ended with 131 cases, officials said on Friday.…

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  • Chicago's former archbishop, Cardinal Francis George, dies at 78

    By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Cardinal Francis George, Archbishop of Chicago from 1997 until 2014, died on Friday at the age of 78 after a long battle with cancer, Archbishop Blase Cupich said. Known for his intellectualism and strong defense of church dogma - including sometimes…

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  • 'Drop the death penalty,' say parents of Boston bombing victim

    By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - The parents of the boy who was the youngest to die in the attack on the Boston Marathon asked federal prosecutors to abandon their effort to sentence the bomber to death, in a statement on the front page of the Boston Globe on Friday. Bill and Denise Richard,…

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  • U.S. must return rare double eagle gold coins to family

    The U.S. government must return 10 exceptionally rare gold coins worth millions of dollars each to a Pennsylvania family from which the purloined coins were seized a decade ago, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday. By a 2-1 vote, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia said Joan…

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  • Texas House approves bill that limits city bans on fracking

    By Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - A bill that would stop Texas cities from enacting their own bans on hydraulic fracturing in the nation's top crude oil and natural gas producing state was approved on Friday in the state House of Representatives. The bill bars cities from overly regulating the…

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