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  • San Diego State fraternities halt parties after anti-rape march fracas

    By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - Fraternities and sororities at San Diego State University have suspended all social activities until their members undergo sexual assault prevention training after disturbances erupted during an anti-rape march, a university official said on Wednesday. "We've…

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  • East Coast storm hampers Thanksgiving travel

    By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - A blast of rain and snow along the East Coast snarled traffic and disrupted flights for millions of Americans at the start of the long Thanksgiving weekend, traditionally the busiest time of the year for U.S. travel. The nor'easter that formed over the Gulf of…

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  • Arizona appeals panel rules no secret testimony in Arias murder case

    By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - An Arizona appeals court tossed out a ruling on Wednesday by a judge presiding over the sentencing retrial of convicted murderer Jodi Arias to allow a witness to testify out of the public eye. Arias, who faces the death penalty, was found guilty at a…

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  • Miners ask court to lift ban on uranium mining near Grand Canyon

    By Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) - The American mining industry is asking a federal appeals court to overturn a ban on new uranium mining claims near the Grand Canyon in a legal battle with environmentalists over impacts on the premier U.S. park. In 2012, the Obama administration set aside for 20 years…

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  • Mississippi football rivalry marred by threat to campus greenery

    (Reuters) - An anonymous, hand-written note threatening damage to trees and shrubs on the University of Mississippi campus ahead of a major intra-state football game was turned over to federal investigators on Wednesday, the school said in a statement. The note refers to the rivalry between the…

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  • FBI arrests man in Texas suspected of being gang hit man

    By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - The FBI arrested a 36-year-old San Antonio man on Wednesday accused of being a mob hit man who is suspected in at least three murders and believed to have given the order to have a Texas police officer killed, the FBI said. Ruben Reyes is accused of fatally…

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  • Police make arrest in $50,000 fur coat heist in Connecticut

    By Richard Weizel MILFORD, Conn. (Reuters) - Police have arrested one of two men suspected of grabbing $50,000 worth of fur coats on Wednesday from a high-end clothing shop in Greenwich, Connecticut, and then speeding off in a getaway car to New York. State troopers pulled over the pair on a…

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  • Last of three New Jersey siblings shot by mother dies of wounds

    (Reuters) - An 11-year-old New Jersey boy, one of three siblings shot by their mother last week before she turned the gun on herself, has died of his wounds, becoming the fourth fatality in the shootings, state police said on Wednesday. Alexander Harriman had been hospitalized in critical condition…

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  • Convicted Texas murderer featured in 'Bernie' film gets sentencing hearing

    By Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - A former mortician serving a life sentence for murdering an elderly East Texas woman in a case that inspired the 2011 film "Bernie" will receive a new punishment hearing, a state appeals court ruled on Wednesday. Bernie Tiede, 56, was ordered released from…

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  • Connecticut to offer driver's licenses for illegal immigrants

    By Richard Weizel MILFORD, Conn. (Reuters) - Connecticut said on Wednesday that it will provide special driver's licenses for illegal immigrants starting next week to help stop them from driving the state's roads unregistered and uninsured. The move comes days after President Barack Obama issued an…

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  • Illinois asks state's top court to revive pension overhaul

    By Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) - Illinois, which is struggling to bolster a shaky public pension system weighed down by a $104.6 billion shortfall, has asked the state's highest court to reverse a lower court ruling that declared a planned overhaul unconstitutional. The expedited appeal to the…

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  • Russia throws rights accusations back at U.S. with Ferguson unrest

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia pointed on Wednesday to rioting in Ferguson and protests across the United States as evidence that its detractors in Washington were hypocrites and in no position to lecture Moscow on human rights. Issuing two statements on the unrest in just one day, the Russian Foreign…

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  • In Ferguson, black residents stand guard at white-owned store

    By Emily Flitter FERGUSON, MO. (Reuters) - Since looting first erupted following the August police shooting of black teenager Michael Brown, nearly all the businesses in a 2 square mile area of this St Louis suburb have had to board up. One exception - a Conoco gas station and convenience store. At…

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  • East Coast storm threatens Thanksgiving travel

    By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - A blast of rain and snow along the East Coast is threatening to snarl traffic and disrupt flights for millions of Americans at the start of the long Thanksgiving weekend, traditionally the busiest time of the year for U.S. travel. The nor'easter that formed…

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  • Police probe man's death in area near Ferguson protests

    (Reuters) - St. Louis County police said on Wednesday they were investigating the death of a black man found shot and set on fire near an area where rioting erupted after a grand jury did not indict a white policeman in the fatal shooting of a black teenager. The body of 20-year-old Deandre Joshua…

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  • U.S. FAA proposes requiring fix for Boeing 787 Dreamliner

    By Alwyn Scott NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration proposed on Wednesday requiring a fix for Boeing Co's 787-8 Dreamliner, following "numerous reports of failures of proximity sensors" on the high-tech plane's wings. A sensor failure could cause the plane to go off the…

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  • Hiker took cell phone photos of bear before fatal New Jersey mauling

    (Reuters) - A hiker who was mauled to death by a black bear in September took photos of the lumbering animal just before the fatal attack in a heavily wooded area of northern New Jersey, police said Wednesday. Authorities in West Milford have released the photos taken from the cell phone of Darsh…

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  • U.S. Ebola survivors say thankful for 'second chance'

    By Susan Heavey WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Six of the nine Ebola patients treated in the United States in recent months met for the first time on Wednesday, saying their ordeals fighting the virus have not dampened their desire to help others and that they are grateful to be alive. Speaking together in…

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  • Turkey and all the drippings: rain, snow may snarl U.S. holiday travel

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Treacherous weather predicted for the day before Thanksgiving prompted some of the 46.3 million Americans expected to travel this holiday weekend, the year's busiest, to bump their flight and driving plans up to Tuesday. Up to 10 inches of snow was forecast overnight for…

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  • U.S. judge rules Arkansas ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Reuters) - A U.S. district judge ruled on Tuesday that an Arkansas constitutional amendment that defines legal marriage as being only the union of one man and one woman was unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker said the Arkansas amendment enacted about a decade ago…

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