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  • FBI watching some Americans who returned from Syria conflict

    By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Some of the 100 Americans who went to Syria and Iraq to join up with radical groups like Islamic State have returned to the United States, U.S. officials said on Monday, amid fears that such foreign fighters could pose a security threat at home. The…

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  • Traffickers sold tacos with a 'side of meth': Colorado prosecutors

    DENVER (Reuters) - Authorities in Colorado broke up a drug trafficking ring and seized 55 pounds of methamphetamine, ending what prosecutors said on Monday was an audacious network that involved a food truck selling tacos "with a side of meth." The state's Attorney General John Suthers said a…

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  • Seattle prosecutor wants to dismiss pot tickets, says target black men

    By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - The city attorney's office called for the dismissal of every public marijuana use citation written in Seattle in the first seven months of the year, saying on Monday the ticketing process had exhibited a racial bias against black men. Washington state voted…

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  • Huge California mudslide may have been triggered by drought

    (Reuters) - California's three-year drought might have triggered Mount Shasta's worst mudslide in two decades which damaged hiking trails and forced two roads to close over the weekend, a national park spokeswoman said on Monday. Mud and debris began flowing down Mud Creek Canyon on the southeast…

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  • Former U.S. attorney endorses Oregon pot legalization

    By Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - A former U.S. attorney for Oregon has endorsed an upcoming referendum to legalize recreational marijuana in the state and tax and regulate its sales, saying on Monday that laws banning the drug have failed to curb its use. Kris Olson, who served as…

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  • Judge refuses to cut New York fund manager's 40-year Ponzi sentence

    By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judge rejected Westgate Capital Management LLC founder James Nicholson's request to shorten his 40-year prison term for running a $140 million Ponzi scheme at his hedge fund firm, likening it to the much larger fraud run by Bernard Madoff. U.S.…

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  • Highway swallowed by Washington mudslide to reopen, six months later

    By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - A Washington state highway destroyed by a deadly mudslide in March was scheduled to reopen this week, officials said on Monday, as residents of a rural community devastated by the disaster marked its six-month anniversary. Forty-three people were killed…

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  • Heavy rains spur New Mexico evacuations, close caverns park

    By Joseph Kolb ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) - Heavy rains lingering over southeastern New Mexico from Tropical Storm Odile forced people out of more than 100 houses and kept the popular Carlsbad Caverns National Park closed on Monday. Bobby St. John, spokesman for the Eddy County Emergency Operations…

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  • Retrial begins in Florida in loud music shooting

    By Susan Cooper Eastman JACKSONVILLE Fla. (Reuters) - Jury selection began on Monday in the retrial of a middle-aged white man charged with killing an unarmed black teenager during a dispute over loud rap music. With protesters gathered outside the courthouse, screening started for the first 100…

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  • New York climate march draws hundreds of thousands

    By Barbara Goldberg and Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK (Reuters) - An international day of action on climate change brought hundreds of thousands of people onto the streets of New York City on Sunday, easily exceeding organizers' hopes for the largest protest on the issue in history. Organizers estimated…

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  • New Jersey hiker killed by black bear : police

    By Ellen Wulfhorst (Reuters) - A man hiking in a heavily wooded area of northern New Jersey was killed by a black bear during the weekend, police said on Monday, in what experts called an extremely rare attack. Darsh Patel, 22, of Edison, New Jersey, and four friends encountered the bear on Sunday…

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  • Woman accused of running granddaughter to death to go on trial

    By Verna Gates BIRMINGHAM Ala. (Reuters) - An Alabama woman accused of running her 9-year-old granddaughter to death as punishment for eating forbidden chocolates and lying about it was set to go on trial on Monday. Joyce Hardin Garrard, 49, stands accused of forcing Savannah Hardin to run non-stop…

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  • Two dead, dozens wounded when tour bus overturns in Delaware

    (Reuters) - A tour bus with about 50 passengers overturned on a Delaware highway on Sunday, leaving two women dead and sending the others to area hospitals with injuries ranging from mild to severe, state police said. Rescue teams backed by medical helicopters pulled people through the windows of…

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  • NYC police officer dies, 8 hurt in van crash

    (Reuters) - A New York City police officer died, and eight others were injured when their van crashed into a barrier in the Bronx on Sunday morning, police said. Michael Williams, 25, was thrown through a back window of the police van after it hit a barrier around 5 a.m. local time (0900 GMT) and…

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  • Obama tries Reagan touch on economy, but wages weigh

    By Jason Lange and Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON, Sept 22 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama, stumping for the Democrats ahead of November's congressional elections, has twice invoked Ronald Reagan's seminal campaign question: "Are you better off than you were four years ago?" Framing the debate like…

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  • Three Afghan soldiers missing from Massachusetts training exercise

    Sept 21 (Reuters) - Three Afghanistan National Army soldiers have been reported missing from a joint military training exercise taking place in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, officials said on Sunday. The officers were reported missing from U.S. Central Command's Regional Cooperation exercise at Joint…

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  • Accused White House intruder is decorated Iraq war veteran

    By Peter Cooney WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Texas man accused of breaking into the White House while armed with a knife is a U.S. military veteran who was decorated for his service in the Iraq war, the U.S. Army said on Sunday. Omar Gonzalez, 42, is expected to appear in court in Washington on…

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  • Police capture last of five escaped California inmates

    (Reuters) - Police have recaptured the last of five inmates, described as armed and dangerous, who escaped from a jail near Fresno, California, authorities said on Sunday. The five men, three of whom were accused of attempted murder, escaped on Friday shortly after 9 p.m. from the Madera County…

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