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  • Virginia governor calls for gun controls after journalists shot

    The pledge by McAuliffe, a Democrat, came as more details emerged about the Wednesday shooting of the journalists at Roanoke station WDBJ7, including ammunition, letters and clothing found in the gunman's car. Speaking after visiting the station's offices, McAuliffe said he would reintroduce…

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  • Former New Hampshire prep school student found not guilty of rape

    Owen Labrie, 19, was found not guilty of three felony counts of sexually assaulting a fellow student at St. Paul's School in Concord. Labrie closed his eyes and began to sob as the first verdict, finding him guilty of computer-related seduction, was read but regained his composure as the jury…

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  • North Carolina policeman won't face retrial in fatal shooting of black man

    North Carolina prosecutors said on Friday they have decided against seeking a retrial for Randall Kerrick, a white police officer whose manslaughter trial in the killing of an unarmed black man ended in a hung jury last week. The North Carolina Attorney General’s office said it would move to…

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  • Kenyan gets 15 years in prison in U.S. for funding Islamist militant groups

    A Kenyan man was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Friday by a judge in Miami after pleading guilty to funneling $11,600 dollars to U.S.-designated terrorist organizations in Africa and the Middle East. U.S. District Judge Ursula Ungaro sentenced Mohamed Hussain Said, 27, for conspiring to…

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  • Court ruling on NSA data collection shows program is constitutional: White House

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. appellate court decision on the National Security Agency's collection of phone metadata was consistent with the Obama administration's stance that the intelligence gathering programs are constitutional, the White House said on Friday.

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  • U.S. court hands win to NSA over metadata collection challenge

    By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Friday threw out a judge's ruling that would have blocked the National Security Agency from collecting phone metadata under a controversial program that has raised privacy concerns. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of…

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  • Inmate left to inhale own feces can sue NY prison officials

    A federal appeals court revived a lawsuit accusing New York prison officials of locking an inmate for weeks in tiny cells that reeked of urine and feces, including one cell where they disabled his toilet and forced him to inhale his own excrement. Reversing a lower court ruling, the 2nd U.S.…

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  • No suspect identified in shooting death of Georgia university student

    The fatal shooting of a student on the campus of Georgia's Savannah State University was under investigation on Friday, with no suspect yet identified a day after the confrontation that resulted in the man's death. Christopher Starks, a junior from the Atlanta area, was shot during an…

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  • Oklahoma day care probed for drugging kids to get them to sleep

    A southeastern Oklahoma day care is under investigation for child abuse on suspicion of drugging children in its care, including those under a year old, to get them to sleep, police and state officials said on Friday. Officials from the day care center were not immediately available for comment. …

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  • U.S. appeals court upholds protest ban on Supreme Court plaza

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Friday upheld a federal law banning protests on the marble plaza directly in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington.

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  • Georgia university investigating fraternity's alleged racist taunts

    The Georgia Institute of Technology is investigating allegations that white members of a campus fraternity shouted racial slurs at a black female student earlier this month. The Atlanta university "does not condone discriminatory language or behavior and is taking this matter very seriously," Dean…

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  • Virginia teen gets 11 years for supporting Islamic State

    A Virginia teenager who had pleaded guilty to online support of the militant group Islamic State was sentenced to just over 11 years in federal prison on Friday, the U.S. Justice Department said. Ali Amin, 17, of Manassas, was the first minor prosecuted by the United States in such a case. U.S.…

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  • It's a boy! Washington zoo gives details on new panda cub

    The U.S. National Zoo's surviving giant panda cub is a boy and was fathered by the zoo's male panda, the zoo said on Friday. The cub was born on Saturday to Mei Xiang, who is a top tourist draw in the U.S. capital. The cubs were sired by Tian Tian, the zoo's male giant panda, the zoo said in a…

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  • Florida Governor declares state of emergency ahead of storm Erika

    MIAMI (Reuters) - Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency on Friday in preparation for the arrival of Tropical Storm Erika as it made a soggy path through the Caribbean toward the southeastern United States.

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  • Behind bright facade, Mississippi coast still battles Katrina demons

    The columned facade of Pass Christian's city hall looks out over the Mississippi coastline to a refurbished harbor, a new yacht club and a bar where locals streamed in for sundown cocktails.     A few miles west, in the city of Bay St. Louis, tourists strolled through the colorful galleries,…

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  • Jury mulls fate of defendant in New Hampshire prep school rape trial

    A New Hampshire jury is set to begin its first full day of deliberations on Friday in the trial of Owen Labrie, a former student at an elite prep school accused of raping a 15-year-old freshman girl on campus days before his graduation. The trial, which began last week, has exposed uncomfortable…

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  • Student dies after shooting at Georgia university

    Christopher Starks, a junior from the Atlanta area, was shot during an "altercation" late on Thursday at the university's student union and transported to a local hospital where he died, said school spokeswoman Loretta Heyward. The campus of the historically black university is in the heart of…

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  • Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose, two others, accused in lawsuit of rape

    (Reuters) - Derrick Rose, the 2011 National Basketball Association Most Valuable Player, is being sued by a former girlfriend who alleges he and two friends drugged and gang-raped her in 2013. Rose's accuser, identified only as Jane Doe, said she and the three-time All-Star Chicago Bulls guard…

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  • Manson Family killer granted parole for fourth time, but release not assured

    Bruce Davis, an associate of 1960s mass murderer Charles Manson, was granted parole on Thursday for the fourth time, although previous such decisions have all been reversed. Former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican, reversed Davis' first grant of parole in 2010, and the state's current…

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  • Bill to regulate e-cigarettes clears California legislative hurdle

    By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - The California State Senate on Thursday passed a bill to regulate electronic cigarettes as tobacco products, sending the measure to the Assembly where a similar bill died earlier this year. The measure was one of several anti-tobacco bills that…

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