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  • Jury selection in Boston Marathon bombing trial halted till Thursday

    Jury selection for the trial of the accused Boston Marathon bomber will be postponed until Thursday due to the blizzard pounding the city, court officials said on Tuesday. A massive winter storm has dropped more than 14 inches (36 centimeters) of snow on Boston, with up to another foot of…

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  • Russia dismisses U.S. espionage charges against alleged NYC spy ring

    Russia's foreign ministry on Tuesday dismissed charges by the U.S. against three men for their alleged involvement in a Russian spy ring operating in New York City. The U.S. government on Monday announced criminal charges against three men who are accused of conspiring to gather economic…

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  • Wall Street left with skeleton crews down as blizzard bears down

    By John McCrank and Richard Leong NEW YORK (Reuters) - A blizzard bearing down on New York hollowed out Wall Street offices on Monday, leaving most investment banks and fund managers with skeleton staffs as many employees opted to work from home. "No one will give me a medal for making it to work…

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  • Factbox: Biggest New York City snowfalls on record

    The city may never sleep but New York officials urged residents to hibernate in coming days as a blizzard was forecast to bring up to 3 feet of snow to the area. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio urged residents to leave work early on Monday and stay inside through the night. Below is a rundown of…

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  • Muni conference in New York postponed due to storm

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - A municipal bond conference organized by the Bond Buyer publication is being postponed to Feb. 18 due to a storm set to hit New York, marketing manager Eric Fusco said. The Bond Buyer's National Outlook 2015 conference was scheduled to be held on Tuesday. Forecasters predict up…

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  • Uber limits price hikes in New York City snowstorm

    (Reuters) - Uber, the app-based ride-hailing service that has attracted criticism for jacking up prices at times of high demand, has told New York City customers that it will charge no more than 2.8 times the usual fare for trips during the snowstorm that began hitting the city on Monday. The…

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  • Factbox: Northeast transit snarled by blizzard Monday and Tuesday

    (Reuters) - As a powerful blizzard bears down on the northeastern United States, airlines, commuter rail, bus lines and subways have responded with travel delays and cancellations. * NEW YORK'S METROPOLITAN TRANSIT AUTHORITY will be suspending service on all bus, commuter rail and subway service…

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  • East Coast snow storm delays $1.7 billion of U.S. municipal sales

    U.S. municipal bond market supply shrank on Monday in the face of an East Coast blizzard, with Pennsylvania pushing off a $1 billion general obligation debt sale until next week and cash-strapped Atlantic City delaying a $12 million bond anticipation note deal. Altogether, issuers postponed $1.7…

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  • New York City's roads to close to non-emergency traffic on Monday night

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City's roads and streets will be indefinitely closed to non-emergency vehicles from 11 p.m. EST on Monday as potentially record-breaking blizzard heads toward the city, Mayor Bill de Blasio said. They will remain closed until a further announcement, he said at a news…

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  • Exonerations of U.S. criminals hit record in 2014: study

    By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - The number of U.S. criminals exonerated in 2014 climbed to a record high of 125, in part because of efforts by prosecutors willing to admit their offices made mistakes, according to a report released on Tuesday. The states with the most exonerations last…

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  • Two officers shot, suspect killed in Minnesota city hall shooting

    A man shot two police officers shortly after a swearing in ceremony at a city hall in a Minneapolis suburb on Monday night and then was fatally shot by other officers in a rapid exchange of fire, authorities said. The two police officers were in good condition and were expected to survive after…

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  • San Francisco Zoo offers spurned lovers cockroach, scorpion adoptions

    (Reuters) - The San Francisco Zoo is giving the spurned and broken-hearted a new reason to mark Valentine's Day - the chance to adopt a giant scorpion or hissing cockroach named after a heart-trampling ex. "When you think about the detritus of your love life this Valentine's Day, consider adopting…

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  • Four sentenced in California cross-border extortion ring

    By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - Four people who admitted to extorting money from Latino families who believed they were ransoming kidnapped family members were sentenced to prison in San Diego federal court Monday. The 124 families in the U.S. sent nearly $200,000 to the extortion ring to…

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  • Alaskan troopers investigate whether village officer shocked boy, 11

    By Steve Quinn JUNEAU, Alaska (Reuters) - A public safety officer patrolling a tiny Alaskan coastal community may have shocked an 11-year-old boy with a Taser or stun gun merely because the boy asked him about the device, the Alaska State Troopers said on Monday. The public safety officer shocked…

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  • Union signals U.S. refinery workers may have to go on strike

    The United Steelworkers union (USW) signaled on Monday a strike by U.S. refinery workers may be necessary to win what it calls a fair contract from oil companies. The last nationwide refinery workers strike was in 1980 and lasted for three months. Royal Dutch Shell Plc is leading the talks on…

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  • Factbox: U.S. refinery worker proposals and past negotiations

    Representatives of the United Steelworkers union (USW) and oil companies have completed six days of talks as of Monday for a new national contract that will cover hourly workers at 63 U.S. refineries that account for 64 percent of national refining capacity. The national agreement sets the floor…

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  • New York clinic that treated comic Joan Rivers sued over her death

    By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Joan Rivers' daughter filed a malpractice lawsuit on Monday against the New York medical clinic that treated her mother days before her death, saying doctors there posed for selfies with their sedated celebrity patient even as her vital signs were plunging. …

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  • U.S. charges three in alleged Russian spy ring in NYC

    By Jonathan Stempel and Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. government on Monday unveiled criminal charges against three men for their alleged involvement in a Russian spy ring operating in New York City. Evgeny Buryakov, Igor Sporyshev and Victor Podobnyy conspired to gather economic…

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  • Hundreds pack Idaho hearing on gay rights

    By Laura Zuckerman SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - A measure before the Idaho legislature that would grant job and housing protections for gay and transgender people drew more than 1,000 residents to the statehouse in Boise on Monday to voice their support or opposition. Gay rights advocates have…

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  • E-cigarettes would be banned in public places under California bill

    By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California would ban the use of electronic cigarettes in public places and ramp up enforcement against selling them to minors under a bill introduced in the legislature on Monday. There is growing concern about the health risks from e-cigarettes,…

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