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  • FBI arrests two would-be Ferguson bomb suspects: law enforcement source

    By Daniel Wallis FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - Two men suspected of buying explosives they planned to detonate during protests in Ferguson, Missouri, once a grand jury decides the Michael Brown case, were arrested on Friday and charged with federal firearms offenses, a law enforcement official told…

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  • Mother's death leads NFL player to fight domestic abuse

    By Steve Ginsburg (Reuters) - Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback William Gay remembers arriving at the hospital as a confused 7-year-old trying to understand why members of his family were sobbing uncontrollably. He soon learned that his mother had been shot in the back three times. The assailant,…

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  • Officials prepare for Ferguson grand jury decision, urge calm

    By Daniel Wallis FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - Police and protest organizers laid the groundwork on Friday for steps to avert street violence once a St. Louis-area grand jury decides whether to indict the white police officer who fatally shot unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in August. Against the…

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  • Louisiana AG disagrees with ruling that would free 'Angola Three' inmate

    By Kathy Finn NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Louisiana's attorney general disagreed on Friday with a federal court ruling overturning the conviction of the last of the prisoners known as the "Angola Three," who has spent 42 years in solitary confinement. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans on…

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  • Obama's immigration speech gets most viewers on Univision

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - As the lead-in to the Latin Grammys, U.S. President Barack Obama's speech announcing his sweeping immigration reforms reached its largest audience on Spanish-language network Univision, according to figures released on Friday. Obama's 15-minute speech, which began at 8 p.m.…

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  • Letters detail thoughts of gunman killed at Florida university

    By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE Fla. (Reuters) - Authorities are investigating mailed packages linked to a gunman who shot three people before he was killed by officers at Florida State University, the FBI said on Friday. Officials said the packages were part of their investigation into why the…

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  • Review set for University of Virginia policy after campus rape report

    (Reuters) - An independent counsel will review the University of Virginia's sexual violence policies after a Rolling Stone story on an alleged gang rape at a fraternity, state Attorney General Mark Herring said on Friday. The magazine on Wednesday carried a female student's description of an…

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  • Connecticut man pleads not guilty in son's death in hot car

    By Richard Weizel MILFORD Conn. (Reuters) - A Connecticut man pleaded not guilty on Friday to a charge of criminally negligent homicide in the death of his 15-month-old son, who died on a hot summer day after the father left him in the back seat of his car and went into work. The cause of the boy's…

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  • Lawyers descend on Ferguson ahead of grand jury decision

    By Tim Reid FERGUSON Mo (Reuters) - Hundreds of civil rights lawyers from across America are descending on Ferguson, Missouri as police and protesters prepare for a grand jury decision on whether to charge the officer who killed an unarmed black teenager in August. The attorneys are arriving in…

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  • Obama's immigration plan to reach far fewer than 4.7 million: lawyers

    By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama's executive action easing the threat of deportation for 4.7 million undocumented immigrants is unlikely to cover many of those eligible because of practical hurdles, immigration lawyers said. High application costs, extensive…

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  • New Jersey home shooting appears to be murder-suicide gone awry

    By Daniel Kelley PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - A day after a shooting in New Jersey that left two children dead and their mother and brother in critical condition, police said on Friday it appeared to be a murder-suicide attempt gone awry. Jeaninne LePage, 44, used a pillow to conceal the sounds of…

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  • Newtown massacre shooter indulged dark obsessions online, report says

    By Richard Weizel MILFORD Conn. (Reuters) - By the time Adam Lanza massacred 26 children and adults at a Connecticut school two years ago, he was living in nearly complete isolation, communicating with no one except an online network of people obsessed with mass murder, a report released on Friday…

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  • Transvaginal mesh trial losses put pressure on Boston Scientific

    By Jessica Dye NEW YORK (Reuters) - Boston Scientific Corp’s back-to-back losses in the first two federal trials over its transvaginal mesh devices could drive up the cost of resolving thousands of similar lawsuits, according to legal experts. On Thursday, a jury in West Virginia awarded four women…

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  • Activists seek clemency for terminally ill Texas death row inmate

    By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - Activists delivered a petition to Texas Governor Rick Perry on Friday with more than 100,000 signatures seeking the release of a death row inmate they say is terminally ill and only has weeks to live. The governor's office was not immediately available to…

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  • Lawyer for bin Laden son-in-law gets 1-1/2 years prison in tax case

    By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - A prominent New York defense lawyer who recently represented the son-in-law of Osama bin Laden was sentenced on Friday to 1-1/2 years in prison after pleading guilty to tax offenses. Stanley Cohen, the lawyer, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Norman Mordue…

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  • Judge in Colorado cinema rampage case allows second sanity exam at trial

    By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A judge overseeing the Colorado theater massacre case rejected a defense motion on Friday to have a second sanity examination administered to accused gunman James Holmes barred from his upcoming murder trial, court records show. Holmes, 26, has pleaded not guilty…

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  • Four people injured in accident at Chicago Macy's

    CHICAGO (Reuters) - Four Macy's employees were injured, one seriously, in a cooking accident after an aerosol can of butane got hot and ruptured at the Macy's store in downtown Chicago on Friday morning, according to fire and store officials. The accident happened during the preparation of an…

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  • Illinois pension reform law tossed by state judge

    By Karen Pierog CHICAGO (Reuters) - A judge ruled on Friday that an Illinois law aimed at easing the state's huge unfunded pension liability is unconstitutional, handing a victory to labor unions and state retirees who challenged the law and an initial defeat to the state's efforts to fix its…

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  • Indiana man beheaded in Syria remembered in Muslim prayer service

    By Susan Guyett FISHERS Ind. (Reuters) - Muslims in Indiana held a funeral service on Friday for Abdul- Rahman Kassig, formerly known as Peter, who was beheaded by Islamic State militants in Syria after being held captive for a year. Kassig adopted Islam while he was a hostage. His family said he…

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  • Mexico, Central America hail Obama's immigration reform

    MEXICO CITY/TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto and Central American leaders hailed U.S. President Barack Obama's sweeping immigration reforms on Friday, with the Mexican leader calling them the "most important measures taken in several decades." Obama's plan, unveiled on…

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