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  • N.Y. financier ordered to pay ex-employee $18 mln in harassment case

    A federal jury on Monday ordered the chief executive officer of a Manhattan investment firm to pay $18 million to a former employee for sexual harassment and defamation. The two-week civil trial in New York drew lurid headlines in the city's tabloids, pitting a young Swedish woman against a Wall…

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  • Protected Florida mangroves razed for boat show

    By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI, Fla. (Reuters) - New revelations that a long strip of protected mangrove trees were illegally razed amid preparations for the 2016 Miami International Boat Show has outraged Florida environmentalists. The lost trees, critical to the marine ecosystem, were hacked away in…

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  • In some U.S. churches, guns are the answer to a prayer

    The Sunday service was winding down, but before it ended, Bishop Ira Combs led the congregation of 300 at the Greater Bible Way Temple in prayer. The shootings that killed nine people in a Charleston church could not happen here, he reassured his flock. "We aren't looking to engage people in…

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  • Texas girl arrested for fight with classmate in viral video

    A 13-year-old Texas girl was arrested on Monday after a video that went viral showed her beating a classmate who was holding a toddler at a Dallas-area elementary school earlier this month, police said. The one-minute video of the incident has had more than 1.2 million views on LiveLeak.com since…

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  • Maine lawmakers tighten foreclosure rules in win for consumers

    Homeowners in Maine gained stronger protection against bank foreclosures under legislation approved late on Tuesday over the objections of some of the United States' largest lenders in what consumer advocates called a win for homeowners. The new law makes Maine one of few U.S. states to legislate…

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  • Judge upholds ex-NFL star Hernandez' murder conviction

    A Massachusetts judge on Wednesday rejected a request by lawyers for former National Football League player Aaron Hernandez to overturn his conviction for the 2013 murder of an acquaintance. A jury in April found Hernandez guilty of murdering semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd at a North…

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  • Massachusetts officials detail multimillion-dollar heroin bust

    The seizure of the drug, which was mixed with the painkiller fentanyl, comes as Northeastern states are struggling to contain a surge in overdose deaths related to heroin and other opioid drugs. The alleged trafficker, Jose Casellas, 37, of Lawrence, Massachusetts, was charged on Friday with two…

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  • California bill to limit vaccine exemptions goes to governor

    California lawmakers on Monday sent Governor Jerry Brown a bill to substantially limit vaccine exemptions for school children in the most populous U.S. state, following last year's measles outbreak at Disneyland that sickened more than 100 people. The bill, which would make California the third…

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  • Co-worker recalls Colorado movie massacre gunman acting 'spaced out'

    Lawyers for Colorado movie massacre gunman James Holmes sought on Monday to build their case he was legally insane, calling a former co-worker who remembered him as quiet, antisocial and acting oddly. Two court-appointed psychiatrists have concluded Holmes was sane when he planned and carried out…

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  • Obama pushes state Medicaid expansion in healthcare hub Nashville

    Fresh from another Supreme Court validation of his landmark healthcare law, President Barack Obama visited healthcare hub Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday to push state governments to expand the Medicaid health program for the poor. Obamacare, as the president's law is known, envisions a major…

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  • Supreme Court temporarily blocks Texas abortion restrictions

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to block temporarily parts of a strict new Texas abortion law that critics say is aimed at shutting down clinics that offer the procedure. The court granted a request by women's health providers to put a temporary hold on a June 9 ruling by the 5th U.S.…

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  • Connecticut to pay $50,000 reward to man who testified in murder case

    Connecticut has agreed to pay a rare $50,000 reward to a man whose testimony led to his cousin's conviction for the brutal murder of an actress who had appeared on the TV drama "Law & Order," state officials said Wednesday. Matthew Pugh was sentenced in May to 60 years in prison for the 2006…

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  • Ohio judge sentences man to death in sledgehammer slayings

    An Ohio judge on Monday sentenced a 20-year-old man to death for the April 2013 sledgehammer murder of his girlfriend's mother and also gave him a life sentence for killing her father, the Summit County prosecutor's office said. Shawn Ford was 18 when he murdered Jeffrey and Margaret Schobert 10…

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  • Woman falls 400 feet to death in Colorado's Royal Gorge

    A 44-year-old woman plummeted 400 feet (120 meters) to her death from an observation deck overlooking the Royal Gorge canyon in the mountains of south-central Colorado, authorities said on Wednesday. The victim fell from a platform at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park, just northeast of a landmark…

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  • New Orleans motel owner ignored screams of trafficked women: U.S.

    A New Orleans motel owner pleaded guilty on Wednesday to profiteering from sex traffickers who beat women in the rooms he rented them for prostitution, the U.S. Justice Department said. Kanubhai Patel, 74, the former owner of Riviera Motel, ignored screams for help, according to evidence presented…

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  • In 2016 operation, Dr. Carson is outpacing many U.S. presidential rivals

    Ben Carson, a renowned neurosurgeon with no experience in the cutthroat world of Washington politics, is riding a surprising wave of support among conservatives that has placed him near the top of contenders for the Republican presidential nominee in 2016. The soft-spoken 63-year-old Carson, an…

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  • Sixteen states sue EPA over clean water rule

    Sixteen states on Monday filed lawsuits against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, contesting a rule that expands the definition of bodies of water subject to federal pollution controls. The actions are a coordinated challenge to an EPA rule issued on May 27 that defines the jurisdiction of…

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  • Baltimore prosecutors release witness list in Gray case

    Baltimore prosecutors have listed more than 30 potential witnesses, including an expert on forensic pathology and a DNA expert, in the trial of police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray in April. The list also includes police officers, detectives, firearms examiners and civilians,…

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  • Nashville boy, 12, killed in fireworks incident: police

    A Nashville, Tennessee, boy was killed when an apparently damaged "exploding artillery" firework malfunctioned as he held it skyward for a friend to light, police said on Monday. The Sunday night incident is under investigation and officers are trying to recover about a dozen of the fireworks…

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  • U.S. campaign highlights stress of fireworks on combat veterans

    Gourley's husband Justin, who served in the U.S. Navy from 2000 to 2004, is one of about 500,000 Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, which can be worsened by the cracks and thunder of celebratory fireworks. This year, in an effort to expose an issue about which…

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