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  • Toy drone disrupts aircraft fighting California wildfire

    A private drone trying to film a wildfire that has charred nearly six square miles in Northern California briefly disrupted firefighting efforts, although workers had gained the upper hand against the blaze, officials said on Monday. Fire officials spotted the drone over the so-called Sand Fire on…

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  • Police arrest four in beating death of China grad student near USC

    By Daina Beth Solomon LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Four people, two of them juveniles, have been arrested in the robbery and beating death last week of a Chinese graduate student near his off-campus apartment, Los Angeles Police officials said on Monday. The body of Xinran Ji, 24, an electrical…

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  • Police search for Oregon mom who vanished while running errands

    By Courtney Sherwood NEWBERG Ore. (Reuters) - Police in Oregon were searching on Monday for a stay-at-home mother of two young children who seemingly vanished from her small community while running household errands last week, as her family said they feared the worst. Jennifer Janelle Huston, a…

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  • Pregnant NY woman says she was put in chokehold by NYPD officer

    By Curtis Skinner NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York woman who is seven months pregnant complained on Monday that she was put in a chokehold by a New York police officer after barbecuing outside her home, fueling a controversy that has raged in the city following a man's death linked to the…

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  • Man acquitted in murder of Michigan college football player

    (Reuters) - A man accused of murdering and robbing an Eastern Michigan University football player last October was acquitted of all charges by a jury on Monday. Ed Thomas, 21, was found not guilty in the murder of Demarius Reed, a 20-year-old wide receiver with the Eastern Michigan Eagles who had…

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  • San Diego council approves minimum wage hike to $11.50 an hour by 2017

    By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - The San Diego City Council gave formal approval on Monday to an ordinance that would incrementally raise the minimum wage in California's second-largest city to $11.50 an hour by January 2017, mostly for workers in the restaurant and retail sectors. The…

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  • Round-up of wild horses gets under way in Utah

    By Jennifer Dobner SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - Federal land managers began rounding up wild horses on public land in central Utah on Monday as part of efforts to cut herd numbers and placate ranchers who say the animals destroy range land vital for cattle grazing. Working with a pair of…

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  • Arizona inmate uses basketball hoop to leap to freedom

    A physically fit felon escaped from a detention facility in Arizona by scaling a basketball hoop in the yard and then jumping from it onto a fence, authorities said on Monday. Wade Cole Dickinson, 28, remains at large more than two weeks after fleeing from the Yavapai County Detention Facility, a…

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  • Gary, Indiana, picks new police chief after 'heinous' murders

    By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Gary, Indiana, has picked a new police chief and is stepping up crime prevention efforts after the slaying of a police officer and other "heinous" killings, the city's mayor said on Monday. Gary native Larry McKinley, a 15-year veteran of the city's police…

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  • California drought dries up plans for historic gold rush celebration

    By Shawn Hubler SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - California’s drought has claimed yet another historic casualty in this parched capital city - the annual heritage celebration known as Gold Rush Days. Staged for the past 15 years by tourism groups who turn the city's Old Sacramento district into a…

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  • U.S. marshals, police wounded, fugitive dead in NYC gunfight

    Two U.S. marshals and a New York police detective were wounded and a fugitive wanted on sex abuse charges was killed in a shootout in the city's upscale Greenwich Village neighborhood on Monday, authorities said. The detectives tracked 32-year-old Charles Mozdir, who was recently featured on a TV…

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  • U.S. judge tells jury to take one more shot at Ventura verdict

    By Todd Melby and Art Hughes ST. PAUL Minn. (Reuters) - A federal judge asked a jury on Monday to try one more time in a defamation case brought by former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura after the panel said it could not reach a verdict following about five days of deliberations. Ventura is suing…

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  • Blast at Mississippi fish plant kills one, injures three

    (Reuters) - One man died and three others were injured in a blast at a fish processing plant in southern Mississippi on Monday, authorities said. The explosion occurred in a large fish oil storage tank at a plant owned by Omega Protein Corp in Moss Point, on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, local fire…

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  • U.S. surveillance programs threaten freedom of press, report says

    U.S. surveillance programs are making it more difficult for government officials to speak to the press anonymously, two rights groups said on Monday. Large-scale surveillance, on top of the Obama administration's crackdown on national security leaks, threatens the freedom of the press and the…

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  • Colorado attorney general again seeks to halt gay marriage in Boulder

    By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Colorado's attorney general asked the state's highest court on Monday to order the Boulder County Clerk to stop giving out marriage licenses to gay couples, saying her actions must be governed by the current state of the law, court documents show. In the latest…

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  • Two men charged in deadly Philadelphia carjacking

    By Daniel Kelley PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Philadelphia prosecutors have charged two men they say killed three children and injured three others when a carjacked SUV they were driving swerved out of control last week, city officials said in a news conference on Monday. Police Captain James Clark…

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  • U.S. court backs government demand for names of 'straw buyers' of guns

    By Daniel Wallis DENVER (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Monday backed a federal government demand that firearms dealers in four southwestern border states report "straw buyers" suspected of purchasing multiple weapons for Mexican drug gangs. The demand sent to gun dealers in Arizona,…

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  • U.S. appeals court strikes down Virginia's gay marriage ban

    A U.S. appeals court on Monday struck down Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional, the latest in a string of court rulings across the country to back gay marriage. A panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, ruled 2-1 to affirm a February ruling by a…

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  • Family of Texas doctor with Ebola not showing signs of virus

    By Colleen Jenkins WINSTON-SALEM N.C. (Reuters) - The family of a Texas doctor who contracted the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa had traveled back to the United States before he showed symptoms and was not at risk for getting or spreading the disease, U.S. health officials said on Monday. Dr.…

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  • Deadly lightning strike was rare event for Southern California coast

    Lightning storms that killed a 20-year-old beachgoer in Los Angeles and sent eight other people to the hospital stemmed from a combination of atmospheric conditions relatively unusual for coastal Southern California, weather experts said on Monday. A bolt of lightning, accompanied by what witnesses…

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