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  • Judge to rule on whether Stockton, California can exit bankruptcy

    By Robin Respaut SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A judge in Sacramento is set to decide on Thursday if the California city of Stockton can exit bankruptcy. If not, the city may need to cut its pension obligations, a controversial issue that has captured the attention of the $3.7 trillion U.S. municipal…

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  • In U.S. Ebola fight, no two quarantines are quite the same

    By Jonathan Allen and Yasmeen Abutaleb NEW YORK (Reuters) - (This story has been refiled to correct typographical error in first paragraph) In the U.S. battle against Ebola, quarantine rules depend on your zip code. For some it may feel like imprisonment or house arrest. For others it may be more…

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  • Hawaii lava crosses residential property, threatens more homes

    By Karin Stanton PAHOA Hawaii (Reuters) - A slow-moving river of molten lava from an erupting volcano crept over residential and farm property on Hawaii's Big Island on Wednesday after incinerating an outbuilding as it threatened dozens of homes at the edge of a former plantation town. The lava…

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  • School projects onboard exploded Virginia rocket destroyed

    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Over a dozen school projects were onboard the U.S. supply rocket that exploded shortly after liftoff from a Virginia launch pad, but a group of California students will have another shot at getting their project - containing live worms - into space. The project, developed…

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  • U.S. governor races could determine swing states' fiscal health

    By Megan Davies NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. voters' readiness to face tough issues such as pension reform rather than simply kick the can further down the road will be put to the test next week as two-thirds of state governor posts go up for election. A handful of the Nov. 4 races such as the dead…

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  • U.S. education department gets tougher on for-profit colleges

    (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Education will introduce stricter regulations next year in its latest attempt to improve the job prospects of those graduating from for-profit colleges and universities. Under new regulations unveiled on Thursday and effective July 1, for-profit colleges will be…

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  • Five members of Utah family likely died of poisoning: reports

    (Reuters) - Police believe two parents and three children found dead inside their Utah home weeks ago likely died of poisoning, local media reported on Wednesday. The five people, including children between the ages of 11 and 14, were found on Sept. 27 at their home in Springville, about 45 miles…

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  • Probe of Virginia rocket blast begins; space station supplied

    By Ian Simpson and Irene Klotz WALLOPS Va./CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. (Reuters) - Authorities on Wednesday started investigating what caused an unmanned U.S. supply rocket to explode in a fireball moments after liftoff from a Virginia launch pad, destroying cargo and equipment bound for the International…

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  • Private jet plane crashes near military base in California

    (Reuters) - A small jet plane owned by a private company crashed on its approach to landing at a military base in Southern California on Wednesday, killing the pilot, a fire official said. The Hawker Hunter aircraft went down in a strawberry field near Naval Base Ventura County in the area of Point…

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  • Maine nurse fights Ebola quarantine, says will not be bullied

    By Susan Heavey and Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Saying she will not be bullied by politicians, a Maine nurse is giving the state an ultimatum: Lift her Ebola quarantine by Thursday or she will disregard the restrictions and go to court. The saga of nurse Kaci Hickox illustrates how U.S.…

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  • Ex-controller charged with embezzling from Connecticut hedge fund

    (Reuters) - The former controller of Contrarian Capital Management LLC was arrested on Wednesday and charged with embezzling millions of dollars from the Greenwich, Connecticut-based hedge fund firm, federal prosecutors said. Lawrence Herzing, 45, who lives in Greenwich, was accused of improperly…

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  • American Indian casino in California to stay shut until dispute settled: Judge

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Native American casino in California must remain closed for the foreseeable future because of the threat of violence from a tribal faction that sought to take over the establishment weeks ago, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday. The state Attorney General's Office sought…

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  • NASA explosion fuels concerns about Russian engines, oversight

    By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The explosion of an Orbital Science Corp supply rocket over Virginia could accelerate U.S. efforts to replace aging Russian space technology with a pricey homegrown rocket engine. Even before the crash on Tuesday, Orbital had planned to switch to another…

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  • NY recovers $18 million using warrants for Facebook accounts

    By Daniel Wiessner (Reuters) - New York prosecutors have secured more than $18 million in a series of fraud cases using warrants to access hundreds of Facebook accounts, a move the social medial firm says was unconstitutional and is still fighting. The information obtained from Facebook Inc also…

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  • U.S. Ebola czar to visit CDC headquarters Thursday: official

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Ebola czar Ron Klain will visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) headquarters in Atlanta on Thursday for meetings with Director Tom Frieden and other officials, a White House official said. "Mr. Klain has been in daily contact with Dr. Frieden and…

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  • Miami cop nabbed on charges he protected drug deals while in uniform

    MIAMI (Reuters) - A Miami police officer was arrested on Wednesday on drug trafficking charges for allegedly, while in uniform, providing armed protection for two separate cocaine sales, police said. The officer, identified as Jose Maldonado Dick, was arrested after video, phone calls and text…

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  • Moroccan living in Connecticut sentenced to two years in drone plot case

    By Richard Weizel NEW HAVEN Conn. (Reuters) - A Moroccan national, accused of plotting to attack Harvard University and a federal building with bombs attached to a drone, was sentenced to two years in prison on Wednesday by a federal judge in Connecticut. U.S. Attorney Krishna Patel had sought a…

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  • FBI sent fake techs to seek evidence in Vegas gambling case: Lawyers

    By Dan Whitcomb (Reuters) - Lawyers for eight gamblers charged with running an illegal sports book are challenging key evidence in the case, saying it was obtained by FBI agents who posed as Internet technicians to gain access to their Las Vegas hotel rooms without a warrant. If defense attorneys…

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  • Man released after being cleared in North Carolina courthouse shooting

    (Reuters) - A man held on suspicion of shooting two people in front of a courthouse in North Carolina has been released by authorities, who said on Wednesday he was not the gunman. Police kept up their search for the shooter who critically wounded two men in front of the Nash County courthouse on…

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  • Detroit developer bids on 6,300 foreclosed properties in auction

    By Serena Maria Daniels DETROIT (Reuters) - A Detroit real estate developer whose group won a bundle of more than 6,300 properties in a county tax foreclosure auction said on Wednesday he intended to help get low-income residents into fixed up homes and turn vacant lots into community developments.…

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