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  • Fast-moving brush fire forces home evacuations near Los Angeles

    (Reuters) - A fast-moving brush fire east of Los Angeles has forced the evacuation of more than 200 homes just hours after it started, fire department officials said on Sunday. The blaze, named the "Highway Fire," was zero percent contained and had spread over 175 acres in Chino Hills, a suburb…

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  • Toddler shot in drive-by near Seattle dies

    A one-year-old girl who was shot in the head during a drive-by shooting near Seattle on Thursday died late Saturday from her wounds, hospital officials said. The girl was brain dead and life support care had been removed, a spokeswoman for Harborview Medical Center said. Police in Kent,…

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  • Torrential rain floods Houston before heading toward New Orleans

    Torrential rain triggered flooding on the streets of Houston and sent spectators fleeing from a circus south of the Texas city, officials said on Saturday, as the storm system headed east toward Louisiana and neighboring states. The heavy rainfall followed a front that built up along the Gulf…

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  • Officers kill knife-wielding man near St. Louis, police say

    (Reuters) - A 23-year-old African-American man who barricaded himself in his mother's house in a St. Louis suburb was shot and killed by police when he rushed at them with a knife in one hand and a Bible in the other, authorities said on Saturday. The St. Louis County police chief described the…

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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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  • Los Angeles school district, teachers in tentative labor deal

    (Reuters) - The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and the city's teachers union reached a tentative agreement on Friday night, the union said, averting a possible strike. The three-year agreement includes a 10 percent pay rise spread over two years, investment in class size and…

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  • Billionaire mall developer Alfred Taubman dies at 91

    (Reuters) - Billionaire mall developer and prominent philanthropist A. Alfred Taubman, who launched the mall business Taubman Centers Inc in 1950, died on Friday of a heart attack, his son said. Robert Taubman, who is also the CEO of Taubman Centers, said in a statement to employees that his…

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  • NHL's Jarret Stoll arrested for cocaine, MDMA possession

    (Reuters) - Los Angeles Kings player Jarret Stoll was arrested on Friday at a Las Vegas resort pool for carrying cocaine and the party drug MDMA, also known as "Molly," officials said. The Canadian-born Stoll was taken into custody around 4:30 p.m. local time at the MGM Grand Hotel's Wet Republic…

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  • Maryland man charged in killing of U.S. Census Bureau guard

    (Reuters) - Prosecutors charged a Maryland man with murdering a guard outside the U.S. Census Bureau headquarters this month and kidnapping a woman before a deadly shootout, officials said on Friday. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Maryland said Ronald Anderson, 48, was charged over the April 9…

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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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  • Missouri drops charges against officer indicted in shooting of man

    By Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Reuters) - A Missouri prosecutor on Friday dismissed charges against a Kansas City police officer indicted in February by a grand jury for the non-fatal shooting of a 37-year-old man last summer. The dismissal comes amid heightened attention to police shootings…

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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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  • 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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