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  • Judge tells Atlantic City's Revel Casino to seek higher bid

    Advisors to the shuttered Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey, failed to get approval on Wednesday for an agreement to sell the hotel for $82 million and were told by a U.S. Bankruptcy Judge to look for a better price. The decision by Judge Gloria Burns could open the door for a Los…

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  • Boy, three, shoots 18-month-old brother in Tennessee

    A 3-year-old boy shot his 18-month-old brother in the head in rural Tennessee and investigators are trying to determine how he gained access to the handgun, authorities said. Coffee County Sheriff Steve Graves said the younger boy was struck by a bullet fired from a .25-caliber pistol on Tuesday…

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  • California man sought to travel to Syria to join Islamic State: prosecutors

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Southern California man who prosecutors say sought to travel to Syria last year in a bid to join Islamic State fighters has been indicted on federal charges, prosecutors said on Wednesday. (Reporting by Ian Simpson and Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Cynthia Johnston)

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  • Utah lawmakers file anti-bias bill, with backing of Mormon Church

    Lawmakers in conservative Utah on Wednesday introduced a landmark anti-discrimination bill, with the backing of the Mormon Church, that they said would prevent discrimination based on sexual orientation while also protecting religious freedom. The proposal, which supporters hailed as a model for…

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  • Winter storm to bring snow, ice to U.S. East

    (Reuters) - More than 1,600 U.S. flights were canceled on Wednesday ahead of an overnight winter storm predicted to dump up to a foot (30 cm)of snow on parts of the eastern United States through Thursday. Kentucky and West Virginia were forecasted to be the hardest hit, National Weather Service…

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  • U.S. hospitals optimistic they'll dodge bullet with Obamacare ruling

    By Caroline Humer and Bill Berkrot NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. hospital executives said on Wednesday they were optimistic they will avoid the toughest consequences of a Supreme Court decision on whether millions of Americans can continue to purchase subsidized health benefits under Obamacare. The…

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  • Monkeys infected by deadly bacteria at Louisiana lab

    (Reuters) - Five monkeys at a high-security primate research lab in Louisiana were accidentally infected with or exposed to a deadly bacteria being analyzed at the lab, officials told Reuters on Wednesday. A federal investigator also became sick a day after entering the Tulane National Primate…

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  • U.S. had tried to deport man later killed by Los Angeles police

    By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - U.S. authorities had tried to deport a homeless man fatally shot by police this week in Los Angeles but had to release him after authorities in his native Cameroon failed to provide a travel document, a U.S. immigration official said on Wednesday. The…

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  • Passengers, crew evacuate safely from American Airlines flight in Denver

    By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Passengers and crew aboard an American Airlines flight were safely evacuated by emergency slides on Wednesday after possible smoke was detected inside the cabin after the aircraft landed at Denver International Airport, officials said. Shortly before noon local…

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  • Budget cuts will force U.S. to revise defense strategy: Carter

    By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Ash Carter urged lawmakers on Wednesday to endorse plans for a Pentagon base budget that exceeds federal spending caps by $35 billion, saying another year of cuts would leave the military unable to execute U.S. defense strategy. Carter,…

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  • Roberts, Obamacare's savior in 2012, seems inscrutable this time

    By Joan Biskupic WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts, who cast the decisive vote in 2012 to beat back the first major challenge to President Barack Obama's healthcare law, kept his cards close on Wednesday. As liberal justices pounded Michael Carvin for altering his stance on…

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  • Ferguson policies targeted blacks, created toxic environment: U.S. attorney general

    By Lisa Lambert and Carey Gillam WASHINGTON/KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Reuters) - A U.S. probe found systemic racial bias targeted blacks and created a "toxic environment" in Ferguson, Missouri, but cleared a white officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager there, Attorney General Eric…

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  • Holder: Ferguson must act immediately on racial bias in policing

    U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder called on leaders of Ferguson, Missouri, to take "immediate, wholesale and structural corrective action" on the problems with the city's police that the Justice Department unearthed while investigating the shooting of an unarmed man this summer. Holder, who will…

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  • Man suspected of firing at U.S. spy agency arrested

    By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Maryland police have arrested a man suspected of firing at the National Security Agency headquarters, and who is also suspected in four other shooting incidents, authorities said on Wednesday. The suspect, Hong Young, 35, of Beltsville, Maryland, was arrested…

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  • Snowden says U.S. not offering fair trial if he returns

    By Solarina Ho TORONTO (Reuters) - Edward Snowden, the fugitive former U.S. spy agency contractor who leaked details of mass U.S. surveillance programs, said on Wednesday he is not being offered a fair trial if he returns to the United States. "I would love to go back and face a fair trial, but…

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  • Police discrimination against U.S. LGBT community pervasive: report

    By Maria Caspani NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Law enforcement agencies in the United States regularly discriminate against and harass lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, according to researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles. LGBT people of color and…

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  • Man dies in Washington state jail cell hours after drug arrest

    Washington state authorities said on Wednesday they are investigating the death of a man found dead in his jail cell nine hours after appearing to ingest a white powder while being arrested on drug charges. The Pierce County Medical Examiner's Office in Tacoma is working to determine whether the…

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  • Friend of California teen slain 12 years ago charged with her murder

    The onetime friend of a 15-year-old Los Angeles girl who was abducted, raped and beaten to death has been charged with her murder more than 12 years later in a case authorities describe as a gang-related retaliation killing. Rosemary Chavira, 27, was arrested on Friday near her home in Lancaster,…

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  • Head of U.S. National Cancer Institute to step down

    The director of the U.S. National Cancer Institute will step down later this month after nearly five years at the helm of the agency that supports basic research on cancer in academia, industry, and its own labs, the National Institutes of Health announced on Wednesday. Dr. Harold Varmus's…

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  • Blasts, smoke and blood: Scenes of horror recalled at Boston trial

    By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Clouds of smoke, improvised tourniquets and screams of pain were evoked in the first day of the Boston Marathon bombing trial on Wednesday as people who survived the deadly attack recalled one of the darkest days in the New England city's memory. Sydney…

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