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  • Rebellious Nevada rancher's slavery remarks dim Republican support

    Two Republican U.S. senators who voiced support for a Nevada cattleman in his showdown with federal agents over grazing rights on public land condemned the rebellious rancher's remarks about whether African-Americans would be "better off as slaves." A day after Cliven Bundy's comments about "the…

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  • Witnesses in U.S. Army hearing call 2007 Iraq shootings unjustified

    Sergeant First Class Michael Barbera, 31, faces two counts of premeditated murder in the evidentiary Article 32 hearing being held at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. "I thought, 'What the heck is he doing?'" former soldier Kenneth Katter said of Barbera, his former supervisor. The Army investigated the…

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  • Colorado lawmakers advance bill to crack down on 'revenge porn'

    By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A bill that would criminalize the posting of intimate images over the Internet as an act of humiliation - so-called "revenge porn" - passed its first test in the Colorado state legislature on Thursday, sailing unanimously through a key committee. The bipartisan…

  • Fewer communities risk running out of water in California drought

    A moderate dose of winter rainfall hasn't ended California's historic drought, but it has dropped just enough moisture on the beleaguered state to help 14 communities that had risked running out of water. In January, public health officials in the most populous U.S. state said that 17 communities…

  • California school bus crash injures driver, 11 children

    Eleven middle school students and a bus driver were injured on Thursday, three critically, when their bus veered off a Southern California road, authorities said. The bus driver and two of the students from El Rancho Charter School in Anaheim, California, were listed in critical condition at a…

  • Accused Kansas killer with 'murder' tattoo to wear turtleneck

    By Alice Mannette WICHITA, Kansas (Reuters) - Jurors in the trial of a man accused of a 2011 killing could be looking across a steamy Kansas courtroom this summer at a defendant wearing a turtleneck. What they will not see is the word "MURDER" tattooed backwards across the neck of the defendant,…

  • Oregon's broken healthcare exchange may move to federal network

    By Shelby Sebens PORTLAND (Reuters) - Top officials for Oregon's troubled health insurance network, dogged by technical glitches that have kept a single subscriber from enrolling online, recommended on Thursday dumping the state website in favor of a federally run healthcare exchange. Oregon, a…

  • California lawmakers aim to tighten handgun restrictions

    By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) - A bill banning the sale of single-shot handguns that can be modified into semi-automatic weapons advanced in the California legislature on Thursday as lawmakers sought to close what the bill's supporters say is a loophole in the state's gun…

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  • Ex-U.S. soldier guilty of killing his child in rare capital case in Hawaii

    By Malia Mattoch McManus HONOLULU (Reuters) - A Honolulu jury found former U.S. Army soldier Naeem Williams guilty on Thursday of killing his 5-year-old daughter Talia in the first death penalty case since Hawaii was granted statehood over a half a century ago, a courtroom witness said. Hawaii…

  • New York's 'Dr Vodka' dies in Miami Beach high-speed car crash

    By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI BEACH, Florida (Reuters) - New York alcohol entrepreneur Malcolm Lloyd, founder of the Double Cross vodka brand, was killed early Thursday morning in a high speed car crash near Miami Beach, police said. Lloyd, 42, was a passenger in a Lamborghini that police say was…

  • Sailors with pellet gun prompt alert at San Diego-area naval base

    Two sailors playing with a pellet gun caused officials at a San Diego-area naval base to issue a shelter-in-place warning for part of the facility on Thursday, and were taken into custody, Navy officials said. The two sailors were shooting at a mirror with an Airsoft pellet gun in a parking…

  • Landslide threatening Wyoming resort town slows to a crawl

    A Wyoming landslide menacing houses and businesses in an upscale resort town has slowed to a crawl, giving crews time to prevent the rupture of a water main, although one official cautioned on Thursday that the respite could prove temporary. The slow collapse of the East Gros Ventre Butte in…

  • New statue of Penn State's Paterno set for 2015 unveiling: alumni

    By David DeKok HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - Fundraising for a new statue depicting Joe Paterno "as the man he was and not Joe the football coach" is set to begin two years after his image was removed from Penn State University because of a child sex abuse scandal involving a long-time…

  • Fire in New Jersey Pine Barrens forces evacuation of 250 people

    (Reuters) - A wind-whipped brushfire in New Jersey's scenic Pine Barrens in Ocean County threatened roughly 50 homes on Thursday, forcing the evacuation of 250 people, the New Jersey Fire Service said. Firefighters hauling hoses aimed a steady stream of water at the flames consuming dry growth in…

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  • Wyoming natgas facility still ablaze after blast, supplies cut

    A fire was still raging at Williams Companies Inc's natural gas processing plant in southwestern Wyoming on Thursday, a day after an explosion rocked the site, disrupting supplies in a hub in the Rockies. That grouping of five pipelines, including two owned by Kinder Morgan, and several processing…

  • Family of Florida woman fatally shot in 2010 seek state probe

    By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Reuters) - The sister of a north Florida woman whose fatal shooting more than three years ago was ruled a suicide made a tearful plea to Governor Rick Scott on Thursday to order an investigation, in a case that has raised questions of a police cover-up. …

  • Gunman in Los Angeles police station shootout dies of wounds

    A gunman who opened fire inside a Los Angeles police station earlier this month, wounding an officer who returned fire along with his partner, died on Thursday of wounds suffered in the shooting, a police official said. Daniel Yealu, 29, walked into the lobby of the station on April 7, told two…

  • No Mountain Dew: Florida students face big test without caffeine

    By Barbara Liston ORLANDO (Reuters) - Students in one Central Florida school this year will try to ace high-stakes standardized tests without their usual shot of Mountain Dew. The change came after a grandmother called local media to complain about a long-standing pre-test energy snack offered to…

  • Rebellious Nevada rancher's racist remarks dim Republican support

    Two Republican senators who voiced support for a Nevada cattleman in his showdown with federal agents over grazing rights on public land condemned recent remarks by the rebellious rancher musing about whether African-Americans would be "better off as slaves." A day after Cliven Bundy's comments…

  • In fight with opiate overdoses, N.J. county issues antidote to police

    Police in coastal Ocean County in New Jersey, faced with a doubling in deaths from drug overdoses in the past year, have issued all police officers an anti-opiate drug in a pilot program aimed at combating deaths tied to painkiller addiction. Police have already saved six people from overdoses…

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