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  • Jury still undecided in defamation case brought by Jesse Ventura

    By Todd Melby ST PAUL Minn. (Reuters) - A jury deliberated for a second day on Wednesday without reaching a verdict in a defamation lawsuit brought by former Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura alleging his reputation was sullied by claims in a former Navy SEAL's book about his involvement in a bar…

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  • Wisconsin governor race remains in a dead heat despite probe -poll

    By Brendan O'Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who is seeking re-election in November, has not seen any significant drop in his support since the release of documents on a probe into possible illegal campaign financing, a poll showed on Wednesday. The first-term…

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  • Firefighters hold line in Washington as experts warn of more fires

    By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - Firefighters were holding the line on Wednesday against the largest wildfire in Washington state's history, as scientists warned that such blazes across the Western United States were becoming hotter, larger and more dangerous. The Carlton Complex fire…

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  • California lawmaker's bribery trial postponed until he leaves office

    (Reuters) - California state Senator Ron Calderon's trial on bribery charges has been delayed until after he leaves office this year. U.S. District Judge Christina Snyder, in a court order on Tuesday, rescheduled the suspended Democratic lawmaker's trial to May 19 from Sept. 16, finding that not…

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  • Texas woman sentenced to life in prison for starving stepson to death

    By Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - A Texas woman was sentenced on Wednesday to life in prison for her role in starving her 10-year-old stepson to death and then dumping his body in a creek bed. Elizabeth Ramsey, 33, was found guilty on Tuesday by a Dallas County jury in the death of Johnathan…

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  • Libyan al Qaeda suspect's legal defense financed by foreign government

    By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - A foreign government is paying for the criminal defense of alleged senior al Qaeda militant Anas al-Liby, his defense lawyer told a U.S. judge on Wednesday. Al-Liby, whose real name is Nazih al-Ragye, was captured in October in Libya by U.S. forces and brought to…

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  • Florida death row inmate's appeal wins backing from former prosecutors

    By Barbara Liston ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - A death row inmate's appeal for a new trial in Florida has won the backing of 14 former prosecutors and government attorneys who either sought or defended many death sentences in their careers. Clemente Aguirre, 33, was convicted in the 2004 stabbing…

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  • Doubts raised about Texas plan to send National Guard to border

    By Jon Herskovitz and Jim Forsyth AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - As Texas prepares to send up to 1,000 National Guard troops to help secure its border with Mexico, several sheriffs in the region are expressing doubts on whether the money spent for the deployment could be better used elsewhere. The…

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  • Indiana teen dead, dad missing after crash ends world flight bid

    A teenager from Plainfield, Indiana, who was trying to fly around the world in 30 days, is dead and his father is missing after their small plane crashed on Tuesday night near American Samoa, an official told Reuters on Wednesday. Haris Suleman, 17, and his father Babar were attempting a flight…

  • New York Governor Cuomo's office intervened in corruption probe: NY Times

    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's office meddled with a commission he created to root out corruption in state politics, pushing back whenever it focused on groups tied to Cuomo, the New York Times reported on Wednesday. Now the commission's scrapped probes, which included hundreds of emails,…

  • Exclusive: Obama sends team to Texas to assess need for National Guard deployment

    By Jeff Mason SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - President Barack Obama has sent a team to Texas to assess whether a U.S. National Guard deployment would help to handle an immigration crisis at the Mexican border, White House officials told Reuters on Wednesday, having so far resisted Republican calls for…

  • Women charged with financing Somali group al Shabaab: U.S. prosecutors

    Three women were arrested on Wednesday on charges of conspiring to raise money for Somali insurgent group al Shabaab, the Justice Department said. The women, two living in the United States and one living in the Netherlands, are believed to have directed a network composed primarily of women that…

  • Seven arrests made in $1.6 million StubHub cyberfraud case

    By Karen Freifeld NEW YORK (Reuters) - Police have arrested seven people on charges they were tied to an international ring that defrauded eBay Inc's StubHub online ticketing service of some $1.6 million, the latest in a string of high-profile cybercrime busts in recent months. Manhattan District…

  • Arizona will execute killer after court rejects last-minute appeal

    By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Arizona's Supreme Court cleared the way on Wednesday for a convicted double-murderer to be put to death, lifting a hold after reviewing a last-minute appeal that involved questions about the lethal drug cocktail to be used in the execution. Joseph Wood, 55,…

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  • U.S. moves to enhance safety of oil-by-rail shipments

    By Edward McAllister and Joshua Schneyer NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday proposed new safety rules for hauling crude oil by rail after a string of explosive accidents, in a move that could impact railroads, drillers, refiners and railcar makers amid an…

  • Factbox: Reaction to U.S. proposals on oil, ethanol transport by rail

    The U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday proposed an overhaul of safety standards for carrying crude oil and ethanol by rail after a series of accidents in the past year. The following statements are in reaction to the proposed rules: AMERICAN PETROLEUM INSTITUTE, PRESIDENT AND CHIEF…

  • Former Nazi guard dies in Pennsylvania just before extradition approved

    A former Nazi concentration camp guard died hours before a judge on Wednesday ordered his extradition to Germany, where he faced charges of aiding and abetting the deaths of 216,000 Jews. Johann Breyer, 89, who served during World War Two as an armed guard at Buchenwald and Auschwitz and emigrated…

  • Exclusive: CDC says lab director behind anthrax mishap resigns

    By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The director of a U.S. government bioterror lab that potentially exposed scores of workers to live anthrax last month has resigned, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday. Michael Farrell, head of the CDC's Bioterror Rapid…

  • N.J. man guilty of murdering 'messy' ex-wife found wearing pig mask

    By Bruce Konviser MORRISTOWN N.J. (Reuters) - A jury convicted a New Jersey man on Wednesday of murdering his ex-wife, who he called a messy housekeeper and whose body was found stabbed 84 times and wearing a pig mask. Jurors deliberated less than five hours before reaching their verdict in the…

  • Opening statements begin for Michigan man accused in teenager's death

    (Reuters) - A white suburban Detroit homeowner's shooting of a black teenager who had been knocking on his door was "unnecessary, unjustified and unreasonable," a prosecutor told jurors at the start of the homeowner's murder trial on Wednesday. Theodore Wafer, 55, shot Renisha McBride after she…

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