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  • Dominican Republic joins entry ban for Ebola-affected countries

    By Manuel Jimenez SANTO DOMINGO (Reuters) - The Dominican Republic joined other countries in banning entry to foreigners who have visited Ebola-affected countries in the last 30 days, the country's Ministry of Public Health announced on Tuesday. The Caribbean country joined several other states in…

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  • U.S. to funnel travelers from Ebola-hit region through five airports

    By Jeffrey Dastin NEW YORK (Reuters) - The United States ratcheted up its safeguards against Ebola on Tuesday, requiring travelers from three countries at the center of an epidemic in West Africa to fly into one of five major airports conducting enhanced screening for the virus. The restrictions on…

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  • New Jersey school officials to tackle hazing scandal, suspensions

    By Sascha Brodsky (Reuters) - New Jersey school officials on Tuesday were set to address the suspension of five high school coaches in a locker room hazing scandal that has led to criminal sex abuse charges, according to local media. Seven football players at Sayreville War Memorial High School…

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  • Girl who died at Ohio haunted house attraction had heart condition: official

    By Steve Bittenbender (Reuters) - A teenage girl who died after collapsing at a haunted house attraction in Ohio had a pre-existing heart condition, an official said on Tuesday. Christian Faith Benge, 16, collapsed over the weekend when she and family and friends visited the Land of Illusion…

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  • Campaign consultant pleads guilty to embezzling $1.8 million in Texas race

    By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - A political consultant hired for the failed 2012 campaign of Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst for a U.S. Senate seat pleaded guilty on Tuesday to siphoning off about $1.8 million in campaign funds for his personal use, prosecutors said. Kenneth…

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  • Northrop protests U.S. Air Force radar award to Raytheon

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Northrop Grumman Corp on Tuesday said it had filed a formal protest with the U.S. Government Accountability Office against the U.S. Air Force's decision to pick Raytheon Co to develop a next-generation, long-range radar system. Raytheon beat out Northrop and Lockheed Martin…

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  • Judge drops hints as Detroit bankruptcy case nears finish line

    By Karen Pierog DETROIT (Reuters) - The U.S. judge overseeing Detroit's historic bankruptcy dropped hints on Tuesday on what he wants to hear in the city's closing statements and what he may be scrutinizing in creditor settlements. The city's emergency manager also testified in federal court on…

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  • Missouri governor forms commission to look at Ferguson unrest

    By Carey Gillam (Reuters) - Missouri Governor Jay Nixon said Tuesday he was setting up a special commission to examine the social and economic conditions in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson that have fed ongoing race-related protests following the police killing of an unarmed black teenager in…

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  • Fate of Boston bomb buddy hinges on marijuana defense

    By Daniel Lovering BOSTON (Reuters) - Attorneys clashed in court on Tuesday over whether a friend of the accused Boston Marathon bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was too high on marijuana to have deliberately lied to investigators about his role in the aftermath of the worst attack on U.S. soil since…

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  • White House confirms U.S. citizen released from North Korea

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Tuesday that detained American tourist Jeffrey Fowle had been released from North Korea and was on his way home to be with his family. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the United States welcomed the move but pressed North Korea to release two…

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  • Arizona jury sworn in to consider death penalty for Jodi Arias

    By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - An Arizona jury was sworn in on Tuesday to decide whether Jodi Arias, who was convicted of the 2008 slaying of her ex-boyfriend at a sensational trial, should face the death penalty or life in prison. The 12 jurors and six alternates were sworn for the penalty…

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  • Americans losing billions by taking less vacation time: survey

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Americans took the least amount of vacation time in almost four decades last year, forfeiting billions of dollars in compensation without scoring points with their bosses, according to an industry group analysis released on Tuesday. The report for the U.S. Travel Association…

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  • Newborn killer whale, first born since 2012, presumed dead in Washington

    By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - The first calf born in two years to an endangered killer whale population off the coast of the Pacific Northwest has been declared missing and presumed dead just weeks after its birth, experts said on Tuesday. The mother of the baby orca was seen for three…

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  • Missouri State Senator arrested by Ferguson police

    (Reuters) - A Missouri state senator was arrested on Monday night outside the police department of the embroiled city of Ferguson, authorities said, in another night of protests following the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teenager in August. State Senator Jamilah Nasheed was taken into…

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  • California climber dies in fall at Zion National Park in Utah

    (Reuters) - A climber from California died at Zion National Park in Utah after falling backward and tumbling 80 feet (24 metres) down a sleep slope, Park Service officials said on Tuesday. Christopher Spencer, 47, and a climbing partner on Sunday set out to conquer "Iron Messiah" and Spencer was…

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  • Jury selection begins for Pa. professor accused of poisoning wife

    PITTSBURGH (Reuters) - Jury selection began on Tuesday in the case of a University of Pittsburgh professor charged with killing his physician wife last year by poisoning her with cyanide. Robert Ferrante, 66, who taught neurological surgery, is accused of using cyanide he ordered through his…

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  • Factbox: Ebola cases in the United States

    (Reuters) - There have been eight cases of Ebola seen in the United States since the beginning of August. A Liberian man who died Oct. 8 in a Dallas hospital was the first person diagnosed with the virus on U.S. soil. Two hospital employees who cared for the man have been infected with the virus,…

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  • Dish drops Turner channels as contract renewal talks fail

    By Anya George Tharakan (Reuters) - Dish Network has stopped carrying Turner Broadcasting's channels, including CNN, Cartoon Network and Adult Swim, as the companies failed to renew their distribution deal. Turner Broadcasting, a unit of Time Warner Inc, said on Tuesday it worked for months to come…

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  • Indiana police charge suspect who may have killed for decades

    By Mary Wisniewski HAMMOND Ind. (Reuters) - A convicted sex offender suspected of murdering at least seven women and leaving the bodies in abandoned houses in northwest Indiana may be a serial killer who has killed others in the state as far back as 20 years ago, local police said on Monday. Darren…

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