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  • Georgia executes convict despite claims he was mentally disabled

    Warren Lee Hill, 54, was pronounced dead by lethal injection at 7:55 p.m. (0055 GMT Wednesday), after the U.S. Supreme Court denied a request to put his execution on hold, Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens said in a statement. The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles refused on Tuesday to stop…

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  • Blizzard hits Boston and New England, spares New York despite forecasts

    By Ellen Wulfhorst and Scott Malone BOSTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - A powerful blizzard struck Boston and surrounding New England on Tuesday, leaving some 4.5 million people grappling with as much as three feet of snow and coastal flooding but sparing New York City residents who had braced for a…

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  • Spy agency employee was flying drone that crashed at White House

    An employee of a U.S. spy agency has confessed to operating a small drone that crashed on the grounds of the White House, the agency said on Tuesday, the latest in a series of incidents that raised questions about the president's security. A spokesman for the National Geospatial Intelligence…

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  • As blizzard skips New York, meteorologists ponder forecasts' power

    By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - In the end, it was the weather forecasts that crippled New York City, not the blizzard. As residents emerged into a largely shuttered city on Tuesday morning after a snowfall that barely covered garbage bags left out on the sidewalk, several meteorologists…

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  • Texas court halts Wednesday execution for death row inmate

    The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has halted Wednesday's scheduled execution of Garcia Glen White, 51, who was convicted of murdering teenage twin girls in Houston in 1989. The killings of Annette and Bernette Edwards went unsolved for about six years until a friend of White told police during…

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  • Alabama Supreme Court chief justice encourages defiance on gay marriage ruling

    In a move viewed skeptically by legal experts, the socially conservative chief justice of Alabama's Supreme Court on Tuesday encouraged judges in his state to ignore a federal ruling last week striking down its ban on gay marriage. Justice Roy Moore, in a letter addressed to Alabama Governor…

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  • University of California on-campus doctors stage rare strike

    By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Doctors for student health centers at 10 University of California campuses staged a rare one-day strike on Tuesday, upset that administrators have failed to give their union information the physicians said they needed to negotiate their first contract. …

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  • Florida woman in 'warning shot' case released from jail

    By Susan Cooper Eastman JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Reuters) - A Florida woman who says she fired a warning shot at her abusive husband was released from a Jacksonville jail on Tuesday under a plea deal that capped her sentence to the three years she had already served. Marissa Alexander, 34, was…

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  • Two former Vanderbilt football players found guilty by Tennessee jury

    By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Reuters) - Two former Vanderbilt University football players were found guilty on Tuesday in the rape of an unconscious female student. The case comes at a time of heightened national discussion about the prevalence of sexual assault on college campuses. …

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  • Chicago-area teenager pleads guilty to stabbing death of sister

    By Mark Guarino CHICAGO (Reuters) - A 15-year-old Chicago-area girl pleaded guilty in juvenile court on Tuesday to the fatal stabbing of her younger sister in a quarrel over household chores, local media reports said. The girl, who was not identified because she was charged as a minor, stabbed…

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  • Georgia mother kills three children in murder-suicide: police

    By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - The bodies of a mother and her three children ranging in age from 9 months to 10 years old were discovered in a suburban Atlanta apartment on Tuesday in what was an apparent murder-suicide carried out by the mother, authorities said. A maintenance man…

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  • Man sought in Missouri kidnapping captured in Kentucky

    (Reuters) - A man suspected of kidnapping and robbery in a two-state crime spree was captured on Tuesday afternoon in Kentucky, the FBI said. Robert "Robbie" Caldwell, 25, of Danville, Kentucky, was suspected of kidnapping a man outside his Kansas City home as he prepared to leave for work last…

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  • Defense rests in penalty phase of Jodi Arias trial

    (Reuters) - Defense attorneys for convicted killer Jodi Arias have rested their case in the penalty phase of her trial in Phoenix without calling her back to the witness stand, court officials said on Tuesday. Arias, 34, faces the death penalty for the 2008 killing of her ex-boyfriend, Travis…

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  • Obama dropping plan to tax college savings

    President Barack Obama has dropped a controversial proposal to tax "529" college savings plans, a White House official said on Tuesday, calling it a "distraction" from administration efforts to provide middle-class tax relief. The proposal had aroused opposition from Republicans and Democrats in…

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  • Washington state bill would scrap delayed Seattle tunnel project

    By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - Two Washington state lawmakers have introduced a bill to scrap a $3.1 billion roadway overhaul and expressway tunnel excavation in Seattle, branding the project a failure beset by cost overruns, construction mishaps and delays. The project to replace an…

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  • Georgia couple trying to buy car off Craigslist fatally shot: police

    A Georgia couple who disappeared after they set out to buy a car from Craigslist died of gunshot wounds to the head, and a suspect has been charged with murder and armed robbery in connection to their deaths, a sheriff's office said on Tuesday. An autopsy has confirmed that the bodies found in a…

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  • Battle lines drawn as Oklahoma lawmakers take aim at gays

    By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - A raft of proposed laws in socially conservative Oklahoma, criticized for being discriminatory measures aimed at limiting the rights of gay and transgender people, has prompted a pushback from human rights groups seeking to sink the proposals. "These…

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  • Twins who turned on Mexican cartels sentenced to 14 years

    By Fiona Ortiz CHICAGO (Reuters) - Twin brothers who ran a massive Chicago distribution hub for Mexican drug cartels but then helped the U.S. government convict more than a dozen drug dealers were sentenced to 14 years in prison on Tuesday in federal court. Prosecutors praised Pedro and Margarito…

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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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  • U.S. says 9.5 million people enroll for 2015 Obamacare insurance

    (Reuters) - More than 9.5 million people have signed up for 2015 individual health insurance on the new exchanges created under the national healthcare reform law, the U.S. government said on Tuesday, a number that surpasses its enrollment target for the year. The U.S. Department of Health and…

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