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  • New York's LaGuardia Airport to reopen at 7 p.m. after mishap

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York's LaGuardia Airport, closed at midday on Thursday due to an airplane that slid off a snowy runway, was expected to reopen at 7 p.m. EST, the Federal Aviation Administration said. The timing of the reopening coincided with the projected 7 p.m. EST lifting of a winter…

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  • One NY LaGuardia runway to reopen at 2 p.m. EST: Port Authority

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - One runway at New York's LaGuardia Airport was expected to reopen on Thursday at 2 p.m. Eastern (1900 GMT), a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said. The airport was initially expected to be closed until 7 p.m. following a Thursday morning mishap in…

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  • No criminal charges to be filed against NASCAR's Busch

    No criminal charges will be filed against suspended NASCAR driver Kurt Busch in a domestic abuse case involving his former girlfriend, prosecutors in Delaware said on Thursday. Patricia Driscoll said Busch grabbed her by the neck inside his motor home at Dover International Speedway in Delaware on…

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  • Witnesses describe Boston bombing fatal victims' final moments

    By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Jurors in the Boston Marathon bombing trial heard poignant eyewitness testimony on Thursday about the final moments of the three people killed in the attacks, when twin bombs ripped through crowds at the race's finish line in 2013. A father of three recalled…

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  • Jodi Arias escapes death penalty after Arizona jury deadlocks

    By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - An Arizona jury failed to reach a verdict on Thursday in the sentencing retrial of Jodi Arias after a lone juror refused to back the death penalty, a development that spared the former waitress from execution for murdering her former boyfriend. It was the…

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  • Washington state school bus crash injures at least 43 children

    By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - A school bus, a truck and an automobile collided on a rural highway in Washington state on Thursday, killing the woman who was driving the car and sending 46 others, most of them children, to area hospitals, state troopers said. One of the students was…

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  • Delta plane slides off runway at snowy New York airport

    By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Delta Air Lines jetliner landing during a snowstorm at New York's LaGuardia Airport on Thursday slid off the runway and struck a fence before coming to rest at the edge of Flushing Bay, but there were no serious injuries. All of the 127 passengers and five…

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  • FBI to open field office in North Dakota's oil capital

    By Ernest Scheyder WILLISTON, N.D. (Reuters) - The FBI said on Thursday it will open a field office in Williston, North Dakota, capital of the state's oil patch and an area grappling with a rise in drug use and sex trafficking. At least two agents from the FBI, the national law enforcement…

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  • Exxon settles New Jersey environmental lawsuit for $225 million

    ExxonMobil has agreed to pay New Jersey $225 million to settle a long-standing lawsuit over environmental damage from its refinery operations and service stations, state officials said on Thursday. The New York Times last week reported a pending agreement in the long-running lawsuit, which was…

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  • Slain Missouri 18-year-old's parents plan wrongful death suit

    Michael Brown's parents will file a wrongful death civil lawsuit against Ferguson, Missouri and the white police officer who shot dead the unarmed 18-year-old black man last August in the St. Louis suburb, a family attorney said on Thursday. He did not have to kill Michael Brown," attorney Daryl…

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  • Snowstorm cancels flights, strands motorists in eastern U.S

    A winter storm reaching from Texas to New England closed schools, canceled nearly 4,000 flights and stranded hundreds of drivers overnight in Kentucky, where as much as 21.5 inches (55 cm) of snow fell. A Delta Air Lines plane arriving from Atlanta slid off the runway at New York's LaGuardia…

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  • All-women's college Wellesley to accept transgender women

    By Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - Massachusetts' Wellesley College has revised its admissions policy to formally allow applications from transgender women, making it the latest all-women's colleges to do so. The elite school outside Boston has never explicitly banned transgender women, but…

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  • Wisconsin Assembly begins final debate on right-to-work bill

    By Brendan O'Brien MADISON, Wis. (Reuters) - Wisconsin lawmakers on Thursday began a final debate on a measure supported by Republican Governor Scott Walker that would prohibit private-sector workers from being required to join a union or pay dues when working under union contracts. The state…

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  • Review of Hillary Clinton emails to take months: U.S. official

    By Steve Holland and Lesley Wroughton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A growing controversy over Democrat Hillary Clinton's use of personal email for work while she was U.S. secretary of state could drag on for months, threatening to cloud the expected launch of her 2016 presidential campaign. Clinton…

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  • Senate Democrats step up pressure for vote on attorney general

    By Lindsay Dunsmuir WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Democrats on Thursday wrote a formal letter to Republicans urging them to hold a vote to confirm Loretta Lynch as the next U.S. attorney general. There is still no date set by the Republican majority for a vote to be held on the Senate floor for…

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  • Businesses back gay marriage, top U.S. court sets argument date

    By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Big business rallied behind the gay marriage cause on Thursday as the U.S. Supreme Court scheduled oral arguments for April 28 on the contentious social issue that promises to yield one of the justices' most important rulings of 2015. A total of 379…

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  • Lumber Liquidators faces class-action lawsuit in Florida

    By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - A $5 million class-action lawsuit filed this week in Florida accuses hardwood and laminate flooring giant Lumber Liquidators, Inc of selling products laden with cancer-causing chemicals. The case, filed on Tuesday in federal court in Miami, claims the company…

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  • U.S. warns about American youths seeking Islamic State connection

    The FBI and Department of Homeland Security have warned law enforcement agencies across the country about American youths wanting to join Islamic State militants fighting in the Middle East, officials said on Thursday. The joint intelligence bulletin was issued during the weekend and law…

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  • Pentagon to focus more on hack-proofing weapons

    By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Cyber attacks on U.S. weapons programs and manufacturers are a "pervasive" problem that requires greater attention, the top U.S. arms buyer said Thursday, saying that he would add cybersecurity to the Pentagon's guidelines for buying weapons. "It’s about…

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  • Washington state cannabis retailer opens in defiance of county ban

    By Eric M. Johnson PARKLAND, Wash. (Reuters) - Sealed bags of marijuana dangle behind a counter, curved glass pipes glimmer on shelves, and a steady trickle of middle-aged customers gleefully buys cannabis strains nicknamed Charlie Sheen and Godzilla. "The Gallery" is similar to more than 100…

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