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  • 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…

    Reuters16 mins ago
  • 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…

    Reuters25 mins ago
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  • 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…

    Reuters32 mins ago
  • 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…

  • 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…

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  • 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…

  • Family of TSA agent slain at LAX files $25 million claim against city

    By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The family of a federal security screener who was killed when a man opened fire at Los Angeles International Airport last November has filed a $25 million claim against the city, alleging that security lapses contributed to the agent's death. Gerardo…

  • Former U.S. contractor pleads guilty to faking background investigations

    By Elvina Nawaguna WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A former U.S. government contractor carrying out background checks on federal employees is facing up to five years in jail after pleading guilty to falsely claiming he had conducted investigations, officials said on Thursday. Brian Rapier, 34, worked for…

  • Two in custody at San Diego-area naval base after alert

    Two people were taken into custody at a San Diego-area naval base on Thursday after a report of a person with a gun prompted a shelter-in-place warning at the facility, but there were no reports of shots fired or injuries, officials said. Naval Base Point Loma, one of three main U.S. Navy bases in…

  • U.S. seeks $700,000 in illegal proceeds traced to ex-South Korea leader

    The U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday it has sued in court to recover $700,000 in alleged corruption proceeds traced to former South Korean President Chun Doo-Hwan. The money, seized from a California bank account, comes from the sale of a home in Newport Beach, California, that Chun's son…

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  • On newly released tape, 'Squeaky' Fromme says was outside 'the system'

    By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A one-time follower of mass murderer Charles Manson who in 1975 tried to assassinate then-President Gerald Ford told a mental health examiner in a decades-old taped interview that an "X" she carved in her forehead was meant to set her apart from "the…

  • Oregon energy plant halts Canada medical waste over fetal tissue concerns

    By Shelby Sebens PORTLAND, Oregon (Reuters) - Commissioners in an Oregon county have temporarily stopped accepting boxed medical waste from British Columbia over fears they may have been burning fetal tissue at a plant that converts waste to energy, officials said on Thursday. Marion County said…

  • Bird flu on California farm prompts HK, others to bar poultry imports

    An avian-borne virus outbreak on a California quail farm has fueled fears that the disease known as bird flu could spread, prompting investigators to continue their probe and five key export markets to bar imports of poultry from the state. A state diagnostic laboratory confirmed on April 18 that…

  • Italian pleads guilty to marine-hose price-fixing in U.S.

    A former executive of Parker ITR Srl pleaded guilty on Thursday to conspiring to rig bids for marine hose and was sentenced to two years in prison, the U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday. Romano Pisciotti, who is Italian, had been flown into the United States from Germany in early April in…

  • Briton jailed for 27 years to get new hearing in Miami murder case

    By David Adams MIAMI (Reuters) - A Miami judge on Thursday ordered a rare hearing to hear new evidence in the 1987 conviction of Krishna Maharaj, a British businessman who was found guilty in a grisly double-homicide at a downtown Miami hotel that his defense team blames on Colombian drug…

  • Fire continues at Wyoming natgas facility, disrupts supply: Williams

    A fire is still raging at Williams Companies Inc's natural gas processing plant in southwestern Wyoming, which exploded on Wednesday afternoon and disrupted regional supplies, the company and local emergency responders said On Thursday. Williams has shut gathering pipelines that run to its Opal,…

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