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  • Supreme Court puts hold on gay marriage in Virginia

    By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday prevented gay marriage in Virginia from going into effect by blocking an appeals court ruling that struck down the state’s ban. The court granted a stay application filed by gay marriage opponents who said a July 28…

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  • Maryland trooper suspended after accused of being naked in bar

    A Maryland State Police trooper has been suspended without pay 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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  • Convicted Arizona killer Jodi Arias wins delay in penalty phase retrial

    Convicted killer Jodi Arias, who could face the death penalty for the murder of her ex-boyfriend at his Phoenix area home more than six years ago, won a three-week delay on Wednesday in the retrial of the penalty phase of the case. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Sherry Stephens granted a…

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  • Lightning hits New Mexico school football practice, six hurt

    By Joseph Kolb ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) - Six people were injured, one critically, when a lightning bolt struck during a middle school football practice in southern New Mexico, a school spokesman said on Wednesday. The Picacho Middle School football team stopped training as the skies darkened…

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  • Virginia prosecutor questions accountant in ex-governor's trial

    By Gary Robertson RICHMOND Va. (Reuters) - Prosecutors in the bribery and corruption trial of former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell tried on Wednesday to cast doubt on an accountant’s testimony for the defense that the governor's personal finances were sound. Attorney Ryan Faulconer presented…

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  • Wisconsin priest punished for celebrating Mass with woman dies

    A Wisconsin Jesuit who was punished by Catholic Church authorities for celebrating Mass with a woman priest in violation of Church rules has died at the age of 94, his nephew said on Wednesday. Rev. Bill Brennan, a Milwaukee-area peace activist who had done missionary work in Central America, died…

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  • UK launches hunt for man with British accent on beheading video

    British authorities launched a hunt on Wednesday for a man with a British accent whose voice featured on an Islamic State (IS) video purporting to show the beheading of an American journalist, as Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond voiced concern about Britons joining Islamist militants overseas. The…

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  • Germany, Italy say prepared to send weapons to Iraq's Kurds

    By Sabine Siebold and Roberto Landucci BERLIN/ROME (Reuters) - Germany and Italy joined Britain and France on Wednesday in saying they would arm Iraqi Kurdish security forces fighting Islamic State militants in northern Iraq, in close coordination with the Baghdad central government. Islamic…

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  • Obama: U.S. will be relentless with Islamic State after beheading

    By Steve Holland and Elizabeth Barber EDGARTOWN Mass. (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Wednesday vowed that the United States will not be swayed from airstrikes against Islamic State after the group beheaded an American journalist, an act he said is proof that the militants stand for no…

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  • Pennsylvania psychologist charged with sexual assault

    (Reuters) - A Pennsylvania psychologist was arrested on charges of sexual assault for treating patients with a special brand of "touching therapy" he practiced, the state attorney general said on Wednesday. Dr. Richard Lenhart, 53, of State College, Pennsylvania, sexually assaulted two female…

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  • Cameron says 'shocking' that Briton likely involved in U.S. journalist killing

    Prime Minister David Cameron said he was shocked that a British citizen seemed likely to be involved in a video purportedly showing the beheading of a U.S. "We have not identified the individual responsible on the video but from what we've seen it looks increasingly likely that it is a British…

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  • Adversaries seize chance to lecture U.S. on Ferguson unrest

    By Angus MacSwan LONDON (Reuters) - Governments scolded by the United States over their human rights records have seized on racial unrest and a police crackdown in the Missouri town of Ferguson to wag their fingers back in disapproval. Adversaries and uneasy allies from Russia and Iran to China…

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  • U.S. imposes sanctions on alleged Honduran drug gang

    The United States on Wednesday imposed sanctions on a Honduran group it alleges is responsible for smuggling tens of thousands of kilograms of cocaine each month into the United States. Treasury Department said the group, called Los Valles, is one of the most prolific drug trafficking…

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  • Video of U.S. journalists is authentic: NSC

    Analysis of a video showing American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff indicates that the video is authentic, a U.S. National Security Council spokeswoman said. Intelligence Community has analyzed the recently released video showing U.S. "We have reached the judgment that this video is…

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  • U.N. condemns Islamic State's 'horrific murder' of U.S. journalist

    U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday condemned the beheading of U.S. "The Secretary-General condemns in the strongest terms the horrific murder of journalist James Foley, an abominable crime that underscores the campaign of terror the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)…

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  • With union deal, curtain falls on Met Opera's labor dispute

    By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - The curtain will rise on Mozart's "Le Nozze di Figaro" next month at New York's Metropolitan Opera after a deal was reached early on Wednesday with the third of its three largest unions, averting a threatened lockout. Among the provisions was the hiring of…

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  • Colorado woman in court on charges of abusing seven-year-old daughter

    Leah Dyer, 47, of Fort Collins is charged with one count of felony child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury, said Linda Jensen, spokeswoman for the Larimer County District Attorney's Office. Her husband, Douglas Dyer, 44, faces the same charge. Both are free on $10,000 bonds. Child protection…

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  • Indicted Texas Governor Perry has fingerprints, mug shot taken

    By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - Texas Governor Rick Perry, a possible Republican presidential candidate in the 2016 race, was fingerprinted and had his mug shot taken by judicial authorities on Tuesday after being indicted last week on two felony charges of abusing power. This…

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  • Father of Texas 'affluenza' teen arrested for impersonating police officer

    By Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - The father of the Texas teenager who killed four people while driving drunk and claimed his family's wealth was partially to blame has been arrested for impersonating a police officer, legal documents showed. Frederick Anthony Couch was arrested on Tuesday for…

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