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  • Texas police audio indicates deputy shooting victim was armed, suicidal

    An audio recording released on Wednesday of a conversation between a dispatcher and Texas county deputies, whose fatal shooting of a man raised questions of whether they acted properly, indicate the man was armed and suicidal and had just harmed his wife and baby. Gilbert Flores, 41, was killed on…

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  • Manhunt for suspects in Illinois police officer's death enters day two

    The police hunt in northern Illinois for three suspects believed to be involved in the fatal shooting of a 30-year veteran police officer entered a second day on Wednesday, as local schools were closed and a vigil for the slain officer was planned. More than 100 officers, including federal…

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  • Baltimore judge to weigh motions in high-profile police death case

    A Baltimore court will hear pretrial arguments on Wednesday in the case against six U.S. police officers accused in the death of a black man from an injury in police custody. The death of Freddie Gray, 25, in April drew worldwide attention when it triggered protests and a day of rioting, arson and…

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  • Obama visits Arctic community to discuss Native issues

    By Roberta Rampton and Steve Quinn ANCHORAGE/JUNEAU Alaska (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Wednesday will become the first sitting U.S. president to visit a community north of the Arctic Circle, a trek the White House hopes will bring into focus how climate change is affecting Americans. …

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  • Obama pushes for more U.S. ice-breaking might in Arctic

    By Roberta Rampton SEWARD, Alaska (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Tuesday the United States needs to quickly acquire at least one new heavy icebreaker for the U.S. Arctic, where melting sea ice has spurred more traffic and the United States has fallen far behind Russian resources. The…

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  • U.S. court to weigh release of last 'Angola 3' inmate in Louisiana

    A federal appeals court in Louisiana on Wednesday will consider whether to release the last of the so-called Angola Three prisoners, a man who spent most of four decades in solitary confinement. Albert Woodfox, 68, remains in the Louisiana State Penitentiary, the last of three men whose lengthy…

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  • Parents of woman shot in San Francisco file wrongful death claims

    The family of a woman shot dead on a San Francisco pier in July filed wrongful death claims on Tuesday against the sheriff and two federal agencies, citing negligence and other errors in the handling of an undocumented immigrant accused of killing her. Kathryn Steinle, 32, was gunned down,…

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  • Missouri executes man who raped, killed teenage girl

    Missouri on Tuesday executed a man who, along with a friend, pleaded guilty to the 1989 abduction, rape and murder of a 15-year-old girl, a state corrections department spokesman said. Roderick Nunley, 50, was pronounced dead at 9:09 p.m. CDT after receiving a lethal injection of drugs at the…

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  • Wrestler Snuka charged with killing girlfriend in 1983

    By David DeKok HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka, a professional wrestling star in the 1980s, was charged on Tuesday with third degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in the 1983 death of his girlfriend, prosecutors said. Snuka, 72, of Camden County, New Jersey, was charged…

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  • Largest wildfire in Washington state history claims 176 homes

    By Mike Rosenberg SEATTLE (Reuters) - Crews battling the largest array of wildfires in Washington state history gained more ground against the flames on Tuesday, as property assessors reported the deadly conflagration had destroyed more than 170 homes and dozens of other structures. Containment…

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  • California woman rescued in wilderness after nine days describes ordeal

    Miyuki Harwood, who remains in a hospital following her rescue on Saturday, also said in her statement on the website of the Fresno County Sheriff's Office that she regretted leaving the rest of her hiking group, a decision that led to her being stranded by herself. Harwood's statement said she…

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  • Colorado man faces felony charges for shooting black bear cubs

    A Colorado man may face criminal charges after shooting two black bear cubs in the foothills west of Denver, killing one of them and forcing wildlife officials to euthanize the other, authorities said on Tuesday. The incident began early on Tuesday in the town of Evergreen when a homeowner was…

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  • Illinois hunts for suspects in killing of veteran police officer

    By Brendan O'Brien FOX LAKE, Ill. (Reuters) - More than 100 police officers using aircraft and canine units were searching northern Illinois on Tuesday afternoon for three suspects believed to be involved in the fatal shooting of a 30-year veteran police officer, officials said. Fox Lake Police…

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  • Los Angeles named U.S. bid candidate for 2024 Summer Olympic Games

    Los Angeles was officially selected on Tuesday as the American candidate city that will bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics after Boston pulled out of the race in July, the U.S. Olympic Committee said. Los Angeles, which has hosted the Summer Games twice before, in 1932 and 1984, will be among…

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  • California assisted suicide bill advances in special session

    By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - A controversial bill to allow physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients in California passed a key legislative committee on Tuesday, after failing in the legislature earlier this summer amid opposition from the Catholic Church. The…

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  • Mayor of Oregon town arrested on possession of methamphetamine

    The 68-year-old mayor of a tiny town in Oregon has been charged with possession of methamphetamine, police said on Tuesday. Cletus Moore was arrested early on Monday morning during a traffic stop in Jefferson, Oregon, Marion County Sheriff's Office spokesman Chris Baldridge said. Moore is mayor…

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  • Missouri to execute killer of Kansas City high school girl

    Roderick Nunley, 50, is scheduled to be put to death by lethal injection at 6 p.m. (7 p.m. EDT) in the state's death chamber in Bonne Terre, Missouri. Nunley pleaded guilty to the murder of Ann Harrison, a Kansas City high school girl who was waiting for her school bus on a March morning when he…

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  • Millions hit by personal data hack still have not been told

    The U.S. government has not yet notified any of the 21.5 million federal employees and contractors whose security clearance data was hacked more than three months ago, officials acknowledged on Tuesday. The agency whose data was hacked, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), said the Defense…

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  • Republicans lack votes to defund Planned Parenthood: McConnell

    By Susan Heavey WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell undercut threats by fellow Republicans to hold the budget process hostage in an effort to defund Planned Parenthood, saying conservatives do not have enough support in Congress to cut off the group, which is under fire…

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