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  • Former Texas teacher gets 10 years for killing boy in hit-and-run

    By Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - A former Texas school teacher was sentenced on Friday to 10 years in prison for killing a 6-year-old boy in a hit-and-run accident that prompted a highly publicized manhunt in 2013. Tammy Lowe, 54, was founded guilty and sentenced to eight years in the death…

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  • Florida judge approves new state congressional maps, no special elections

    A Florida judge on Friday approved the new congressional maps redrawn by Republican legislative leaders in a lawsuit over gerrymandering, and ruled that he would not order a special election in affected districts. Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis said the 2014 midterm elections would proceed on…

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  • Penn ex-justice won't have to send out photo of self in handcuffs

    By David DeKok HARRISBURG Pa. (Reuters) - A former Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice is studying an appeals court ruling that upheld her corruption conviction but released her from a requirement that she send a photo of herself in handcuffs to other judges, her lawyer said on Friday. The former…

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  • Washington Post editorial board no longer using word 'Redskins'

    The Washington Post editorial board will generally avoid using the word "Redskins" when referring to Washington's football team, it announced on Friday, saying the term denigrates Native Americans. A growing number of newspapers and sportswriters, including the Post's Mike Wise, have said they…

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  • Breach at U.S. government contractor affected at least 25,000 workers

    A cyberattack at a company that performs background checks for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security compromised data of at least 25,000 government workers, and that number could rise, an agency official said on Friday.

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  • Utah teen arrested after bomb threats shut down school

    By Jennifer Dobner SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - The FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force and local police arrested a 16-year-old Utah boy accused of making bomb threats and ransom demands over Skype that shut down the first day of classes at his former high school, authorities said on Friday. The…

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  • Maryland man charged with defrauding elderly on dating sites

    A Maryland man is facing federal fraud, money laundering, conspiracy and other charges for allegedly bilking more than $1.1 million from elderly men and women through online dating sites. Krist Koranteng, 32, who has addresses in Burtonsville and Laurel, Maryland, is currently in jail awaiting a…

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  • Head NYC jail investigator resigns amid reports of guard violence

    The commissioner in charge of investigations in New York City's jails resigned on Friday, nearly three weeks after a U.S. Department of Justice report described how guards routinely assaulted teenage inmates at the Rikers Island jail complex. Florence Finkle was the city's deputy commissioner for…

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  • White House encouraged by changes in situation in Ferguson, Missouri

    The Obama administration has been pleased by changes in the situation in Ferguson, Missouri, where tensions have eased recently after earlier violent clashes between protesters and police following the shooting of an black teenager, the White House said on Friday. "We've been encouraged by what…

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  • Kentucky firefighter critical after ice bucket challenge mishap

    A Kentucky firefighter was in critical condition Friday, a day after he and three others were injured when an aerial ladder got too close to a power line when their department doused a university band with water in an "ice bucket" fundraiser. Captain Tony Grider, 41, and firefighter Simon Quinn,…

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  • Rights struggle to continue after Missouri violence fades, organizers vow

    By Carey Gillam FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - After two nights of relative calm in Ferguson, Missouri, many have expressed hope the violent clashes and looting that followed a white police officer's shooting of an unarmed black teenager will soon be a thing of the past. The patchwork of groups,…

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  • Texas Governor Perry's indictment to curb his gun-toting ways

    By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - A felony indictment for abuse of power will hit Texas Governor Rick Perry, an avowed gun enthusiast, where it hurts - by curtailing some of his rights to bear firearms. Under state law, Perry, a staunch supporter of gun rights who said he shot a coyote to…

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  • Children hurt in fall from Ferris wheel at Michigan fair

    (Reuters) - A 16-year-old girl remained hospitalized on Friday after she and her 8-year-old brother were injured when they fell from a Ferris wheel cab in Michigan on Thursday night, police and fair officials said. The children were taken to the hospital in stable condition after the fall at a…

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  • In case of slain journalist, negotiations, silence, then a chilling warning

    By Warren Strobel and John Irish WASHINGTON/PARIS (Reuters) - After months of silence from the captors of American journalist James Foley, on the night of Aug. 13, his family received a chilling message: Foley would be executed in retaliation for U.S. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, which…

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  • Slain journalist's employer publishes email to family from Islamic State

    The online news publication that employed slain U.S. Boston-based GlobalPost said on Thursday the Foley family had agreed to release the email that it received from Islamic State a week before the video of his execution was released on Tuesday. We believe the text offers insight into the…

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  • New York couple lured Amish girls with dog to enslave them: sheriff

    A New York couple accused of kidnapping two Amish girls lured them to their car with an offer to pet a dog before shackling the sisters with the intent of enslaving them, according to the sheriff's office. Nicole Vaisey, one of the suspects, told investigators that she and her boyfriend, Stephen…

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  • Woman with no fingerprints faces theft, forgery charges in Colorado

    By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A disbarred lawyer who removed her fingerprints to hide her identity will be extradited to Colorado to faces charges that she swindled at least two people out of their homes, authorities said on Wednesday. Ann Marie Miller, 40, made national headlines this…

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  • U.S. watchdog finds Pentagon broke law in Bergdahl transfer

    By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Defense Department violated U.S. The Government Accountability Office said the Pentagon broke the law by using money appropriated by Congress to carry out the transfer of Guantanamo prisoners without giving lawmakers the required 30-day notice.

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  • U.S. government faces high bar charging cop in Ferguson death

    St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch expects a local grand jury investigating the killing to take evidence until mid-October, while a federal investigation may take longer and with results just as uncertain. Protesters have called for the arrest of Officer Darren Wilson since the…

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  • Union group seeks quick ruling on Illinois pension reform lawsuit

    A coalition of public labor unions is seeking an expedited ruling in consolidated lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of a new Illinois pension law. We Are One Illinois and other parties filed a motion in Sangamon County Circuit Court on Thursday asking for a ruling in their favor in light…

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