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  • California governor declares state of emergency over raging wildfires

    By Curtis Skinner and Victoria Cavaliere SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California's governor declared a state of emergency on Friday as a string of wildfires raged across the state and a firefighter was killed battling a blaze in drought-parched forest, officials said. The firefighter, David Ruhl of…

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  • Search suspended for missing teens off Florida coast

    The U.S. Coast Guard called off its search for two 14-year-old boys from South Florida at sunset on Friday, a week after they disappeared while on a fishing trip off the state's Atlantic Ocean coast. The search for Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen has spanned nearly 50,000 square nautical miles,…

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  • White House says no expectation of federal bailout for Puerto Rico

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Friday that there is no expectation for a federal bailout for Puerto Rico.

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  • Puerto Rico will fail to make Aug.1 payment, signaling default

    Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla shocked investors in June when he said the island's debt, totaling $72 billion, was unpayable and required restructuring. According to a 2014 bond offering statement, Puerto Rico has never defaulted on the payment of principal or interest of debt. …

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  • White House lockdown lifted, woman arrested after jumping barricade: CBS

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House was briefly put on lockdown on Friday evening after a woman jumped over a barricade that is in front of the presidential mansion's fence, CBS News reported.

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  • Good Samaritan couple shot to death on Montana roadside

    The accused gunman, Jesus Deniz, 18, was scheduled to make his initial court appearance on Friday before a federal magistrate in Billings, north of the Crow Indian Reservation where the slain couple resided as members of the tribe. The gunman ordered the family to walk away from their vehicle, and…

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  • White House on lockdown after woman jumps mansion's barricade: CBS

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House was on lockdown on Friday evening after a woman jumped the barricade in front of the presidential mansion's fence, CBS News reported.

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  • Anti-abortion group is sued over video releases

    In a complaint filed in San Francisco federal court, the National Abortion Federation, a nonprofit representing abortion providers, accused the Center for Medical Progress and its founder, David Daleiden, of illegally infiltrating and recording its private meetings. U.S. District Judge William…

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  • Idaho sheriff asks FBI for help in search for missing toddler

    The FBI has been asked to help in the disappearance of a two-year-old boy who vanished without a trace earlier this month during a family camping trip in the central Idaho mountains, the local sheriff said on Friday. DeOrr Kunz was reported missing by his parents on July 10 after they returned…

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  • U.S. Marines declare initial F-35 squadron ready for combat

    U.S. Marine Corps Commandant General Joseph Dunford has declared an initial squadron of 10 Lockheed Martin Corp F-35B fighter jets ready for combat, marking a key milestone for the Pentagon's biggest weapons program, the Pentagon said on Friday. The decision makes the Marines the first U.S.…

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  • Injured nurses file lawsuit over Colorado helicopter crash

    Two Colorado flight nurses critically injured in the fiery crash of a medical transport helicopter that killed the pilot earlier this month sued the aircraft's manufacturer and operator on Friday, court records showed. David Repsher, 45, and Matthew Bowe, 32, were injured on July 3 when the Flight…

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  • Ohio shooting stokes debate over U.S. campus police forces

    For all that was shocking about a university police officer shooting a man at point blank range during a routine traffic stop near the University of Cincinnati campus this month, one thing was not. It is just one of the many powers held by the majority of campus police forces that have become a…

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  • Argentine exec in FIFA case pleads not guilty to U.S. charges

    The former chairman of an Argentina-based sports marketing business, one of 14 people indicted in a corruption case that has roiled the soccer world's governing body FIFA, pleaded not guilty in a U.S. court on Friday. Alejandro Burzaco, an Argentine businessman who was the former general manager…

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  • Puerto Rico nears default as debt restructuring beckons

    Puerto Rico on Friday made a payment on debt owed by its Government Development Bank, but the U.S. territory may still be short of the funds needed to pay all of its imminent obligations. Puerto Rico, however, is expected to default on a $58 million payment on Public Finance Corporation (PFC)…

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  • Two Ohio campus police officers won't face charges: prosecutor

    Two University of Cincinnati police officers who were interviewed about the death of an unarmed black motorist at the hands of a fellow officer will not face charges, a prosecutor said on Friday. Raymond Tensing, 25, a former University of Cincinnati police officer, has been charged with murder in…

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  • How Pentagon war fund became a budget buster Washington can't resist

    By Warren Strobel WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of U.S. troops deployed in battle zones is at its lowest level since before the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The contradiction is the legacy of an emergency war fund, started in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, that has become a favorite…

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  • New York holds last mass services before dozens of Catholic church closures

    Teary-eyed and angry Catholic parishioners across New York attended final mass services on Friday in some of dozens of churches closing or stopping regular worship services. The closures follow an announcement by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York in November that it would consolidate 368…

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  • Growing California wildfire destroys homes, forces hundreds to flee

    By Curtis Skinner SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A rapidly growing wildfire burned largely unchecked in Northern California's ranch country on Friday after destroying three homes and forcing hundreds of people to flee. The blaze, which has nearly doubled in size from late Thursday morning to scorch…

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  • Jail for man accused of shooting at George Zimmerman in Florida

    A Florida man returned to jail on Friday to await trial on attempted murder charges in a roadway shooting involving George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer acquitted in the 2012 shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin. A judge revoked the bond of Matthew Apperson, 36,…

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  • Ex-California fire chief sentenced for stabbing girlfriend to death

    A former California fire chief, who evaded capture for two weeks after his live-in girlfriend was found stabbed to death at their home, was sentenced on Friday to 16 years to life in prison, officials said. Orville "Moe" Fleming was convicted of second-degree murder by a Sacramento County jury in…

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