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  • Man faces weapons charges for planned mass shooting in Milwaukee

    A Milwaukee man who authorities say planned to kill dozens of people in a mass shooting at a local Masonic temple is to face weapons charges in federal court on Tuesday. Samy Mohamed Hamzeh, 23, is to appear in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, where he is…

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  • Louisville airport checkpoint shut by suspicious item

    A federal security checkpoint at the Louisville International Airport in Kentucky was closed on Tuesday morning to investigate a suspicious item found in a carry-on bag, officials said. At 8:30 a.m. EST, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration closed the checkpoint to investigate the item…

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  • Economic losses from U.S. January storm around $2 billion: Aon Benfield

    A winter storm that struck the eastern seaboard of the United States in January caused around $2 billion in economic losses, and hundreds of millions of dollars in insured losses, reinsurance broker Aon Benfield said on Tuesday. The storm brought "prodigious snowfall, high winds, coastal flooding,…

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  • Cyber a top national security threat to U.S.: intelligence director

    By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Disruptions in cyberspace and attacks by "homegrown" terrorists are the most imminent security threats facing the United States in 2016, James Clapper, the top U.S. intelligence official, told two Senate committees on Tuesday. In his annual assessment of…

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  • Ferguson, Missouri, council to vote on police reform plan

    Mayor James Knowles III said the vote is scheduled during a council meeting that begins at 7 p.m. CST. The fatal shooting of unarmed Michael Brown, 18, by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson exposed tension between the city government and the largely black community.

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  • U.S. Air Force veteran accused of Islamic State support faces trial

    A U.S. Air Force veteran accused of trying to travel to Syria to join Islamic State is set to become the first person in the United States to face trial for attempting to support the militant group. Questionnaires are expected to be distributed on Tuesday to the first batch of 500 potential jurors…

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  • Closing arguments set in trial of NY officer who shot black man

    Closing arguments are scheduled on Tuesday morning in the trial of a rookie New York City police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man in a darkened stairwell. Peter Liang, 28, is charged with manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and other counts for the death of Akai Gurley, 28, on…

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  • California 'shaken baby' case in vanguard of new legal challenges

    After 17 years in prison for an infant's death at her San Diego daycare center, Suzanne Johnson is in the forefront of legal challenges to "shaken baby syndrome" as courts catch up with medical advances in understanding the mechanisms of childhood brain trauma. Appeals such as Johnson's are…

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  • California murder suspect mistakenly freed from jail captured in Nevada

    A murder suspect who was mistakenly released from a Southern California jail last month has been captured in Nevada, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office said on Monday. Authorities had offered a $20,000 reward for help locating Steven Lawrence Wright, 37, who was awaiting trial for a…

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  • FBI agent says evidence manipulated in Baltimore 'Serial' hearing

    Adnan Syed, 35, is serving a life sentence for the 1999 strangulation of his 18-year-old ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee. Syed's lawyers are seeking a new trial based on new evidence amid questions about the fairness of the case that were raised by the podcast in late 2014. During the fourth day of a…

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  • U.S. judge again denies Texas request to bar Syrian refugees

    By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A U.S. judge denied for the second time a request by Texas to bar relief agencies from bringing Syrian refugees into the state, a decision that could have a bearing on the attempts of 30 other governors to block refugees from their states. U.S. District…

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  • U.S. health official: Widespread Zika vaccine not likely to be available for years

    (Reuters) - U.S. health officials said on Monday that a widespread vaccine to combat the Zika virus will likely not be available for years. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told reporters during a briefing at the White House that initial…

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  • Pennsylvania woman sentenced to jail in attack on gay couple

    A jury in December found Kathryn Knott, of Southampton, Pennsylvania, guilty of the misdemeanor charges of simple assault, conspiracy and two counts of reckless endangerment in the Sept. 11, 2014 beating, the Philadelphia District Attorney' Office said in a statement. Knott's friends, Philip…

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  • Two Sanders supporters back on Tinder after brief ban

    Robyn Gedrich, 23, from New Jersey, and Haley Lent, 22, from Iowa, were locked out of Tinder after others on the "hook-up" app accused them of spamming them with hundreds of pro-Sanders messages. "I definitely plan to continue meeting new people and promoting Bernie Sanders via Tinder," Lent said…

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  • Cruise ship battered by storm to return to New Jersey

    (Reuters) - The Royal Caribbean cruise ship Anthem of the Seas headed back to its New Jersey port on Monday after a storm packing high winds and 30-foot (9-meter) waves toppled furniture and shattered glass on the vessel, slightly injuring four people. The cruise company said the storm on Sunday…

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  • Former Texas prosecutor disbarred for sending innocent man to death row

    A Texas legal panel voted on Monday to disbar a former prosecutor for sending an innocent man to death row by presenting tainted testimony and making false statements that undermined the defendant's alibi. The Board of Disciplinary Appeals appointed by the Texas Supreme Court upheld a state…

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  • Obama seeks funds to fight Zika; sees no cause for panic

    By Roberta Rampton and Ben Hirschler WASHINGTON/LONDON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will ask the U.S. Congress for more than $1.8 billion in emergency funds to fight Zika at home and abroad and pursue a vaccine, the White House said on Monday, but he added there is no reason to panic over…

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  • Chipotle shuts U.S. stores for food safety meeting, rivals pounce

    Chipotle Mexican Grill closed all of its U.S. restaurants during prime lunchtime hours on Monday to hold staff meetings on food safety guidelines, sparking offers from rivals eager to poach customers of the burrito chain as it recovers from several food-borne outbreaks. More than 50,000 Chipotle…

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  • Parents of Flint, Michigan, toddler sue over lead in water

    The parents of a 2-year-old Flint, Michigan, girl sued the city and state on Monday over high levels of lead in the child's blood, accusing officials of callous and deliberate indifference over contaminated water. The lawsuit by Flint residents Luke Waid and Michelle Rodriguez said government…

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  • National Security Agency merging offensive, defensive hacking operations

    By Dustin Volz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. National Security Agency on Monday outlined a reorganization that will consolidate its spying and domestic cyber-security operations, despite recommendations by a presidential panel that the agency focus solely on espionage. The NSA said the…

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