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  • U.S. to sue NYC over rights violations of teen Rikers inmates

    By Nate Raymond and Andrew Chung NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice plans to sue New York City over widespread alleged violations of the civil rights of teenage inmates at the Rikers Island jail complex, it said Thursday, raising the prospect of federal oversight of the troubled…

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  • Mercedes recalls 4,871 cars, SUVs in U.S. for possible oil leak

    DETROIT (Reuters) - Mercedes-Benz is recalling 4,871 sedans and SUVs in the United States because of a potential oil leak, according to documents filed with U.S. safety regulators.

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  • NYC subway extension may transform Manhattan neighborhood

    By Barbara Goldberg NEW YORK (Reuters) - Work crews are scrambling underneath New York City to finish the city's first major new subway stop in 25 years, a fast-track project intended to revitalize a long-neglected slice of Manhattan. The city's transit authority has been working for seven years on…

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  • Accused Boston Marathon bomber due in court today

    BOSTON (Reuters) - Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is due in court on Thursday, his first appearance in public in more than a year, as his lawyers prepare for the January start of his trial on charges of carrying out the deadly 2013 attack. Tsarnaev, 21, last appeared at U.S.…

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  • White supremacist charged in Kansas deaths faces competency hearing

    By Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY, Kan (Reuters) - A Kansas judge will hear evidence on Thursday as to whether a white supremacist accused of killing three people at two Jewish facilities this year is competent to stand trial on capital murder charges. Former Ku Klux Klan member Frazier Glenn Cross Jr.,…

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  • Two Wisconsin girls in Slenderman case to appear in court hearings

    By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - Two Wisconsin girls will be in court on Thursday for hearings to determine if they are fit to stand trial on charges that they lured a classmate into the woods and repeatedly stabbed her to please Slenderman, a fictional Internet character. Morgan Geyser and Anissa…

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  • Three killed, several injured in crash outside California church

    (Reuters) - Three people were killed and at least nine others injured when a driver ploughed into a group of pedestrians leaving a holiday church service in a southern California city of Redondo Beach on Wednesday night, police said. The driver ran into the crowd, who were taking the crosswalk…

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  • 'Another Wall falls': Europe hails U.S.-Cuba breakthrough

    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall reunited Europe, the European Union hailed a "historic turning point" in the Caribbean with the renewal of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States. "Today another Wall has started to fall," EU foreign policy…

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  • FBI, Los Angeles police recover nine stolen paintings worth $10 million

    By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Federal agents and police in Los Angeles have recovered nine paintings worth millions of dollars that were stolen from the home of an elderly couple six years ago, including works by Marc Chagall and Diego Rivera, and FBI spokeswoman said on Wednesday. The…

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  • Federal judge rebuffs NCAA concussion settlement

    (Reuters) - A federal judge on Wednesday rebuffed a $75-million NCAA settlement that aimed to end a massive class-action lawsuit over head injuries suffered by student athletes, court records show. U.S. District Judge John Lee wrote in a 21-page opinion that while the proposed agreement was a step…

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  • Lava creeps within mile of Hawaii shopping center

    By Karin Stanton PAHOA, Hawaii (Reuters) - A stream of molten lava from an erupting volcano on Hawaii's Big Island crept to within a mile of the only grocery store and gas station in the village of Pahoa on Wednesday as it neared a highway link with the rest of the island. The Hawaii County Civil…

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  • Sea boundary talks between U.S., Mexico, Cuba to take years: Mexico

    By Dave Graham MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Joint talks among the United States, Cuba and Mexico to fix the maritime boundaries of the three countries in the Gulf of Mexico are likely to be complex and stretch beyond 2018, a senior Mexican official said on Wednesday. The United States said earlier in…

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  • Thaw in relations with Cuba positive for U.S. agriculture: USDA

    By Karl Plume CHICAGO (Reuters) - Exports of U.S. agricultural products such as wheat, rice, soybeans and meat products stand to gain from a surprise U.S. move toward repairing relations with Cuba, agriculture industry officials said on Wednesday. U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom…

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  • Cuba's Castro hails new era of 'living together' with U.S.

    By Daniel Trotta HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuban President Raul Castro hailed a landmark exchange of prisoners with the United States on Wednesday and praised U.S. President Barack Obama as the two countries agreed to normalize relations after more than five decades of hostility. The United States freed…

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  • U.S. shippers cite wide gap in labor talks with West Coast dockworkers

    By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Negotiators for shipping lines and terminal operators at 29 U.S. West Coast ports remain far from a deal with union dockworkers after seven months of contract talks, the companies said on Wednesday, again blaming the union for waterfront cargo slowdowns. The…

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  • Factbox: Who is Alan Gross and what did he do?

    HAVANA (Reuters) - Alan Gross, a 65-year-old U.S. foreign aid worker freed from a Cuban prison on Wednesday, was arrested in Cuba in 2009 and sentenced to 15 years for importing banned technology and trying to establish clandestine Internet service for Cuban Jews. Here are some facts about Gross:…

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  • U.S., Cuba restore ties after 50 years

    By Daniel Trotta and Steve Holland HAVANA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and Cuba agreed on Wednesday to restore diplomatic ties that Washington severed more than 50 years ago, and President Barack Obama called for an end to the long economic embargo against its old Cold War enemy. After…

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  • NY unlikely to face lawsuits over fracking ban, experts say

    By Daniel Wiessner ALBANY, N.Y. (Reuters) - When Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a ban on fracking in New York on Wednesday, he predicted "a ton of lawsuits" against the state. But that is unlikely as the end of a drilling boom has left the industry in no mood for a fight, industry experts and…

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  • Many Americans open to better ties with Cuba: Reuters/Ipsos poll

    By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Though lawmakers from both political parties lambasted President Barack Obama on Wednesday for shifting U.S. policy on Cuba, Americans by and large are open to stronger ties with the communist-governed island, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll. Fewer than 20…

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  • Texas plumber harassed after company truck seen in Syrian war photo

    By Amanda Orr HOUSTON (Reuters) - A Houston-area plumbing company owner has been getting threatening phone calls after one of his former work trucks turned up in a photograph on a Twitter feed that appears to show a militant group fighting in Syria's civil war. Jeff Oberholtzer traded in a Ford…

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