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  • African marathoners top at Boston two years after bombing

    By Scott Malone and Richard Valdmanis BOSTON (Reuters) - Ethiopian runner Lelisa Desisa finished first in the Boston Marathon on Monday, reclaiming the top spot in a race he last won two years ago when it was struck by a deadly bombing attack. Caroline Rotich of Kenya led the women's field,…

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  • Los Angeles police officer charged with assault over videotaped arrest

    By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Los Angeles police officer was charged on Monday with assault for his part in the videotaped arrest of a black man who contends he was kicked so hard he lost a tooth filling. The charge the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office brought against…

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  • Judge approves settlement to prevent excessive force at L.A. jails

    By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A court-appointed panel will oversee a plan to prevent excessive use of force by Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputies at two large downtown jails, under a settlement of a federal lawsuit given final approval on Monday. The agreement approved…

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  • Oregon miners call for peaceful protest after enlisting armed guards

    By Shelby Sebens PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - Owners of a gold mining claim in southern Oregon who enlisted armed activists to guard the mine amid a land dispute with the federal government plan a peaceful protest this week but want to avoid a standoff. A co-owner of the Sugar Pine Mine, Rick…

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  • Uber driver charged with assault on bicyclist in San Francisco

    A driver for the ride-sharing service Uber was charged with felony assault on Monday over accusations he ran over a bicyclist in retaliation for an altercation near the bustling Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, authorities said. Emerson Decarvalho, 38, was charged with felony assault with a…

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  • New York jurors focus on confession in 1979 child murder case

    By Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK (Reuters) - Jurors on Monday ended a fourth day of deliberations in the trial of a former deli worker who told police he strangled 6-year-old Etan Patz in 1979, after they asked to review evidence that appears to raise questions about the confession. The jurors were…

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  • Judge finds Chicago police officer not guilty in fatal shooting

    By Tracy Rucinski CHICAGO (Reuters) - A judge on Monday found Chicago police officer Dante Servin not guilty of involuntary manslaughter, saying there was no evidence he acted recklessly when he killed Rekia Boyd, 22, in an off-duty shooting in 2012. After a four-day bench trial, which is heard…

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  • Supreme Court rejects North Carolina approval of redistricting

    By Colleen Jenkins WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - The Supreme Court on Monday threw out a lower court ruling that upheld a legislative redistricting plan in North Carolina decried by critics as an effort to diminish the influence of black voters. Justices ordered the North Carolina Supreme Court…

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  • Authorities charge Suburban Detroit police officer with assault

    By Serena Maria Daniels DETROIT (Reuters) - Prosecutors in Michigan on Monday charged a suburban Detroit police officer with misconduct and assault in the beating of a black motorist in January that was caught on video and later made public. Former Inkster, Michigan police officer William…

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  • Oklahoma sheriff apologizes for fatal shooting by reserve deputy

    By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz apologized on Monday to the family of an unarmed black man who was shot and killed by a white reserve deputy who has said he mistakenly pulled his gun instead of a Taser. In a televised news conference, Glanz…

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  • Utah mother sentenced to 15 years to life for murdering six newborns

    A Utah mother who pleaded guilty to murdering six of her newborn infants over the course of a decade was sentenced on Monday to 15 years to life in prison. Megan Huntsman, 40, confessed to suffocating or strangling the babies while she was suffering from methamphetamine and alcohol addiction,…

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  • Prosecutor ties Connecticut reputed mobster to Boston art heist

    By Richard Weizel MILFORD, Conn. (Reuters) - An reputed mobster arrested last week on gun charges told an undercover FBI agent he had access to world-renowned masterpieces stolen 25 years ago in the biggest art heist in U.S. history, a federal prosecutor said on Monday. The brazen theft of $500…

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  • California police find boy, 8, after parents' car stolen

    (Reuters) - Police in Northern California found an eight-year-old boy safe and well on Monday after he was taken in his parents' car, which was stolen from outside their home before dawn, authorities said. Brock Guzman had been sitting inside the silver 2001 Toyota Corolla at about 4:45 a.m.…

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  • Iowa reports biggest U.S. outbreak of bird flu in poultry

    By Tom Polansek CHICAGO (Reuters) - Iowa, the top U.S. egg-producing state, found a lethal strain of bird flu in millions of hens at an egg-laying facility on Monday, the worst case so far in a national outbreak that prompted Wisconsin to declare a state of emergency. The infected Iowa birds were…

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  • Utah mother sentenced to 15 years to life for murdering six newborn infants

    A Utah mother who pleaded guilty to murdering six of her newborn infants over the course of a decade was sentenced on Monday to 15 years to life in prison. Megan Huntsman confessed to suffocating or strangling the babies while she was suffering from methamphetamine and alcohol addiction, according…

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  • Baltimore police vow full probe of black man's death while in custody

    Baltimore police vowed on Monday to make a full and swift probe of the death of a black suspect who suffered spinal injuries after white officers arrested him, the latest incident to raise questions about the treatment of minorities by U.S. police. Freddie Gray, 27, of Baltimore, was arrested on…

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  • Six Minnesota men charged with conspiring to support Islamic State

    By David Bailey MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) - U.S. authorities have charged six Somali-American young men from Minnesota with planning to join Islamic State and fight for the militant group in Syria, the U.S. attorney for Minnesota said on Monday. They were arrested Sunday as part of a yearlong FBI…

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  • White House fence jumper pleads not guilty

    By Lacey Johnson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A California man who jumped the White House fence pleaded not guilty to unlawful entry in a Washington courtroom on Monday. Jerome R. Hunt, 54, of Hayward, California, was quickly arrested by uniformed officers after going over the fence on the south side…

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  • U.S. tightens airport worker screening after gun smuggling arrest

    By Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. airport workers will be subject to extra security screening under new rules prompted by the December 2014 arrest of a baggage handler in Atlanta on gun smuggling charges, federal authorities said on Monday. Airport and airline employees will now have to…

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