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  • Lack of mechanics threatens U.S. Air Force target date for F-35

    By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Air Force may miss its target of August 2016 to start using the Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jet in combat if Congress blocks the service's plan to retire its A-10 tank-killer aircraft, a top U.S. general said Thursday. Air Force Lieutenant…

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  • Four dead, five injured after plane crashes at Kansas airport

    By Alice Mannette WICHITA Kan. (Reuters) - Four people were killed, including the pilot, and five injured when a small airplane crashed into a building at Mid-Continent Airport in Wichita on Thursday, setting off an explosion and huge fireball, officials said. Authorities said they had accounted…

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  • U.S. nurses union to stage strikes over Ebola protections

    By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - A California-based nurses union said Thursday it was organizing strikes and other protests against what it views as insufficient protection for nurses caring for patients stricken with the deadly Ebola virus. The nurses have demanded better…

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  • Suspect identified in eight graffiti vandalism cases in National Parks

    By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Federal officials have publicly identified a woman suspected of graffiti vandalism in at least eight national parks across the West, including Yosemite and Death Valley in California, and credit social media for helping pinpoint the alleged culprit. Casey…

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  • Elusive Pennsylvania ambush suspect captured, ending manhunt

    By Joe McDonald BLOOMING GROVE Pa. (Reuters) - The survivalist suspected of killing a Pennsylvania state trooper and seriously wounding a second officer in a sniper attack in September was taken into custody after a seven-week manhunt, police said on Thursday. Eric Matthew Frein, 31, eluded capture…

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  • San Francisco to raise minimum wage to $11.05 per hour

    (Reuters) - San Francisco will raise the city's minimum wage to $11.05 per hour from the start of next year, up from $10.74 currently, the mayor's office said on Thursday. Dozens of U.S cities are looking to adopt so-called living wage ordinances, with similar efforts having been made recently in…

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  • Connecticut school lifts ban on girl barred over Ebola fears

    (Reuters) - A 7-year-old girl banned from attending school in Connecticut over fears that she may be carrying the Ebola virus after a trip to Nigeria will be allowed back on Friday, according to a joint statement by the school district and the girl's father. A widely publicized lawsuit brought by…

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  • Stockton, California, workers relieved as judge ruling secures pensions

    By Robin Respaut SACRAMENTO (Reuters) - Stockton, California, employees breathed a sigh of relief on Thursday as a judge ruled the city could exit bankruptcy, leaving benefits administered by public pension giant Calpers untouched. The ruling, however, left investors and analysts confused about how…

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  • U.S. quarantines 'chilling' Ebola fight in West Africa: MSF

    By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - Mandatory quarantines ordered by some U.S. states on doctors and nurses returning from West Africa's Ebola outbreak are creating a "chilling effect" on Doctors Without Borders operations there, the humanitarian group said on Thursday. In response to questions…

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  • Pennsylvania manhunt ends with capture of police ambush suspect

    By Joe McDonald TANNERSVILLE Pa. (Reuters) - The survivalist suspected of killing a Pennsylvania state trooper and seriously wounding a second officer in a sniper attack in September was taken into custody after a seven-week manhunt, police said on Thursday. Eric Matthew Frein, 31, eluded capture…

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  • New Jersey man whose son, 4, fatally shot neighbor, pleads guilty

    (Reuters) - A New Jersey father whose 4-year-old son shot and killed a 6-year-old neighbor pleaded guilty on Thursday to endangering the welfare of children by keeping unsecured firearms, authorities said. Anthony Senatore, 35, of Toms River will be sentenced to three years in prison as part of a…

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  • Californians will pay more for water, must still conserve: officials

    By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - Californians face higher water prices and permanent conservation measures amid drought, global warming and population growth in a state that has long struggled to satisfy urban and agricultural needs, the administration of Governor Jerry Brown said…

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  • Bike-riding nurse defies Ebola quarantine, on collision course with governor

    By Steve Holland CAPE ELIZABETH Maine (Reuters) - A nurse who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone but has tested negative for the virus went for a bike ride on Thursday, defying Maine's order that she be quarantined in her home and setting up a legal collision with Governor Paul LePage.…

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  • Electricity project linking Quebec and New York clears hurdle

    By Mike De Souza OTTAWA (Reuters) - A major electricity transmission project linking the Canadian province of Quebec with New York City has cleared a significant hurdle, opening the door to construction within a year, the executive behind the proposal said on Thursday. Don Jessome, chief executive…

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  • Relatives suspect poison in deaths of Utah family

    (Reuters) - The relatives of a Utah family who were found dead last month in a locked bedroom at their home suspect they died from poison and say details from court documents published this week begin to confirm their suspicions, local media said on Thursday. The bodies of Benjamin and Kristi…

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  • Oklahoma teen arrested for threatening shooting spree at school

    By Heide Barndes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - An Oklahoma teenager has been arrested on suspicion of making online threats to go on a shooting spree at his high school, law enforcement officials said on Thursday. The 15-year-old student has not been identified. He made the threats on Wednesday against…

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  • Pennsylvania boy who disappeared with father on sailboat found in South Pacific

    SEATTLE (Reuters) - A 9-year-old boy reported missing after he disappeared with his father aboard a sailboat in Washington state has been located on an island in the South Pacific and will be reunited with his mother, the FBI said on Thursday. His father, Jeffrey Ford Hanson, 46, has been charged…

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  • District of Columbia panels weigh legalizing marijuana sales

    By Lacey Johnson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Washington lawmakers took a step toward legalizing the sale of marijuana in the U.S. capital on Thursday, holding a hearing on rules and taxes ahead of a referendum next week. The proposed legislation to regulate marijuana sales in the District of Columbia is…

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  • Police led to Alabama drug suspect by his dog

    By Sherrel Wheeler Stewart BIRMINGHAM Ala. (Reuters) - Police in Alabama found a suspected drug dealer who was hiding in tall grass near his home after the man's dog, tail wagging enthusiastically, led officers to him, police said on Thursday. Edward Melvin Henderson fled his home in Prattville as…

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  • North Carolina man pleads guilty to trying to help Islamic State

    By Colleen Jenkins WINSTON-SALEM N.C. (Reuters) - A North Carolina man accused of seeking to join Islamic State insurgents fighting in Syria pleaded guilty on Thursday to attempting to provide material support to the group. Donald Ray Morgan, 44, admitted that he tried between January and August to…

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