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  • Exec at heart of ex-Va. Governor's corruption trial due back on stand

    By Gary Robertson RICHMOND Va. (Reuters) - The businessman who federal prosecutors contend gave gifts and loans to former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife is due to return to the witness stand on Thursday at the couple's corruption trial. The businessman, Jonnie Williams, on…

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  • U.S. jobless claims up, wage growth starting to push higher

    By Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose last week, but the underlying trend pointed to a continuing strengthening of labor market conditions. Other data on Thursday suggested a long-awaited acceleration in wage growth was…

    Reuters15 mins ago
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  • Wisconsin supreme court upholds state's voter ID law

    (Reuters) - The Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld a state law on Thursday requiring voters to have identification to cast a ballot, according to court documents. However, the 2012 law is not in effect as a federal judge ruled the measure unconstitutional in April. Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van…

    Reuters32 mins ago
  • New York police officer released from hospital following shootout

    A New York police detective wounded in a shootout on Monday in Greenwich Village was released from the hospital on Wednesday, one day after two U.S. marshals injured in the same incident were also released, a police spokesman said. The three officers were attempting to arrest 32-year-old Charles…

  • Plane crashes in San Diego Costco parking lot, killing one person

    (Reuters) - A small plane crashed in the parking lot of a San Diego retail store on Wednesday, killing one person and injuring at least one other, according to officials and local media. The single-engine aircraft bounced while attempting to land at the Montgomery Field Airport around 5:25 p.m.…

  • Seattle cop who issued 80 percent of marijuana tickets reassigned

    By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - The Seattle Police Department has reassigned an officer who single-handedly issued about 80 percent of the marijuana tickets handed out in the city during the first half of this year, authorities said on Wednesday. Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O'Toole said…

  • New York Met Opera proposes federal mediators in bitter labor dispute

    By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York's Metropolitan Opera has proposed bringing in a federal mediator to resolve its most bitter labor dispute with musicians and other unionized employees in decades, the company said on Wednesday. The suggestion comes a day before current contracts…

  • San Diego student's near-death in DEA custody avoidable: report

    By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - Simple measures, such as a white board listing names of prisoners, might have prevented the near-death of a San Diego college student inadvertently left in a holding cell for nearly five days without food or water, a federal report showed on Wednesday. The…

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  • Crashed drone carried contraband aimed at South Carolina prison

    By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON Fla. (Reuters) - A drone being flown in a novel attempt to smuggle phones, marijuana and tobacco into a South Carolina maximum security prison crashed outside its walls, authorities said on Wednesday. The contraband smuggling attempt has been under investigation since…

  • U.S. advances plan to reintroduce wild bison herds outside Yellowstone

    New herds of genetically pure wild bison may once again roam vast expanses of the American West where the iconic animal has been absent since the end of the 19th century, under a tentative plan federal officials advanced on Wednesday. The proposal, for which Yellowstone National Park officials…

  • Teen who sneaked to top of World Trade Center pleads guilty: report

    A New Jersey teen, who sneaked into New York City's One World Trade Center and ascended to the top of the 104-story building to the antenna, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to a misdemeanor charge stemming from the incident, New York media reported. Justin Casquejo, 16, accepted a plea deal that will…

  • Liberia shuts schools as Ebola spreads, Peace Corps leaves three countries

    By David Lewis and Emma Farge DAKAR (Reuters) - Liberia will close schools and consider quarantining some communities, it said on Wednesday, rolling out the toughest measures yet imposed by a West African government to halt the worst outbreak on record of the deadly Ebola virus. "This is a major…

  • Chicken pox halts immigrant processing at New Mexico center

    By Joseph Kolb ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) - U.S. border authorities have suspended the processing of undocumented immigrants at a center in New Mexico after one of the detainees was diagnosed with chicken pox, a spokeswoman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement said on Wednesday. The case was…

  • Liberia shuts schools as Ebola spreads, Peace Corps leaves West Africa

    By David Lewis and Emma Farge DAKAR (Reuters) - Liberia will close schools and consider quarantining some communities, it said on Wednesday, rolling out the toughest measures yet imposed by a West African government to halt the worst outbreak on record of the deadly Ebola virus. "This is a major…

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  • Colorado nurse sues after being a 'hostage' in armed gunman drill

    By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A Colorado woman is suing the nursing home where she worked and local police for allegedly not telling her that a gunman who held her hostage was a police officer conducting a safety drill, court documents show. Michelle Meeker claims in a lawsuit filed in U.S.…

  • Gunman, two others killed in North Carolina shooting

    (Reuters) - A North Carolina man who opened fire on Wednesday on a mobile home with six people inside, killing two, was himself killed in an exchange of gunfire with authorities in a incident that also left three sheriff's deputies wounded, authorities said. The alleged shooter, Andrew Michaelis,…

  • Airlines seek court review of higher U.S. fee on plane tickets

    (Reuters) - Two airline trade groups asked a U.S. appeals court on Wednesday to review fee increases on airplane tickets imposed by the Transportation Security Administration, saying the agency is "improperly" raising taxes on travelers and hurting carriers. The petition, filed in federal court…

  • Five arrested for Atlantic City casino heist

    (Reuters) - Five people, including a security guard, have been arrested in connection with an armed robbery of $181,000 from the Caesars Atlantic City casino last week, police said on Wednesday, Police have recovered much of the stolen cash, along with clothes used in the robbery, the New Jersey…

  • New York police unions lose bid to challenge stop-and-frisk settlement

    By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York's police unions cannot challenge a sweeping settlement over the city's controversial stop-and-frisk police tactic, a U.S. judge ruled on Wednesday, clearing the way for reforms to take effect. U.S. District Judge Analisa Torres in New York denied the…

  • Oregon woman bought sleeping pills before going missing

    By Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - A missing Oregon stay-at-home mother of two young children bought sleeping pills and snacks on an errand run in her small community before she disappeared, but she did not buy enough pills to harm herself, police in Oregon said on Wednesday. The…

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