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  • Work planned to quell underground fire near Pittsburgh airport

    By Elizabeth Daley PITTSBURGH (Reuters) - Work will begin next month to extinguish a 10-acre (four-hectare) coal fire that has been burning near Pittsburgh International Airport for years, potentially threatening radar, visibility and a major underground gas pipeline, state officials said on…

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  • Friend of Boston bomb suspect may get 7-year term in plea deal

    By Daniel Lovering BOSTON (Reuters) - A friend of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded guilty on Thursday to charges of hindering the investigation into the blasts in a deal with prosecutors that calls for a prison sentence of up to seven years. Dias Kadyrbayev, a 20-year-old…

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  • Judge blocks North Carolina school voucher program

    A North Carolina judge on Thursday blocked the state's new school voucher program, saying it unconstitutionally diverted money from public education to private schools, many of them religious. The Opportunity Scholarship program, designed to give poor and middle-class families public funds to help…

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  • Federal judge strikes down Florida's gay marriage ban, stays ruling

    By Letitia Stein TAMPA Fla. (Reuters) - A federal judge in north Florida on Thursday struck down the state's gay marriage ban as unconstitutional, but stayed the ruling. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle of Florida's Northern District is the fifth judge in the state to rule against a same-sex…

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  • British Muslims urge cooperation in Foley murder hunt

    By Kate Holton and William James LONDON (Reuters) - British Muslim leaders urged people to contact police if they knew the identity of the man with an English accent who appeared in a video showing the beheading of an American journalist. The Muslim Council of Britain, the largest Muslim umbrella…

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  • California bill would increase penalties for soliciting minors for sex

    Adults convicted of soliciting underage prostitutes for sex will spend a minimum of two days in jail and face fines of up to $10,000 under a bill passed by the California legislature on Thursday. The bill, which passed the State Senate on a vote of 32-0, is the latest effort by lawmakers and…

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  • U.S. opens criminal probe of journalist Foley's death: Holder

    Justice Department is conducting a criminal investigation of the death of American journalist James Foley, Attorney General Eric Holder said on Thursday. Foley was beheaded by the Islamist militant group Islamic State, an act shown in a video released on Tuesday in which the group called for the…

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  • Arkansas college student impaled by flying golf club at fraternity

    By Steve Barnes LITTLE ROCK (Reuters) - An 18-year-old female Arkansas State University student was in critical condition at a hospital after being impaled in the neck by a golf club that broke apart in an accident at a fraternity, university and hospital officials said on Thursday. Natalie…

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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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  • Marching and praying, U.S. clerics seek to restore calm in Ferguson

    By Carey Gillam and Scott Malone FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - Some clad in clerical collars and others in flowing robes, religious leaders have descended on Ferguson, Missouri, to help end nearly two weeks of violence sparked by the police killing of an unarmed black teenager. We are close, we are so…

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  • New York City bill requires reports on solitary confinement

    By Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK (Reuters) - The New York City Council approved a bill on Thursday requiring corrections officials to publish regular reports on the use of solitary confinement in city jails and the notorious Rikers Island complex. The reports will shed light on the practice of…

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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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  • Giant Palestine flag draped on New York bridge under investigation

    By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City detectives were searching on Thursday for activists suspected of unfurling a massive Palestine flag over the side of an East River bridge during a march in support of Palestinians in Gaza, police said. The flag, draped over the south side of the…

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  • WHO holding talks next month on Ebola treatments

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Thursday it would convene talks early next month on potential treatments and vaccines to contain the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The infectious disease has killed 1,350 people among 2,473 cases in four countries - Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and…

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  • Virginia man named Stoner busted on marijuana charge: police

    (Reuters) - A Virginia man with the last name Stoner has been arrested for having $10,000 worth of marijuana plants, police said Thursday. Acting on a tip that Paul Scott Stoner, 42, was selling marijuana to children, police raided his Unionville home last Thursday and discovered the plants,…

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  • Hundreds pay it forward at Florida Starbucks in generosity rally

    The rally of java generosity began on Wednesday morning at a Starbucks in Florida, when one patron offered to buy an iced triple grande latte for the next customer in the drive-through line. "It was just somebody wanting to do a nice thing," said Celeste Guzman, a shift supervisor at the…

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  • Colorado voters to weigh in on GMO food labeling

    Colorado voters in November will have their say on a proposition that would require labels on foods that contain genetically modified ingredients, or GMOS. Proponents of GMO labeling initiatives, who say they have the right to know what is in their food, have been gaining steam in the United…

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  • Weather system east of Caribbean could turn into tropical storm

    (Reuters) - An area of low pressure located east of the Caribbean Sea has a 50 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression or storm in the next 48 hours, U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) meteorologist Dennis Feltgen said, referring to the weather system now about 350 miles (563 km) east…

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  • Public safe as two Americans treated for Ebola released from hospital: doctor

    ATLANTA (Reuters) - Two American aid workers discharged from an Atlanta hospital after being treated for Ebola pose no health risk to the public, an Emory University Hospital doctor said on Thursday. Dr. Kent Brantly and missionary Nancy Writebol, who both contracted the deadly virus in Liberia,…

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