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  • U.S. approves sale of 10 MH-60 Seahawk helicopters to Saudi Arabia

    The U.S. State Department has approved the sale of 10 MH-60R Seahawk helicopters to Saudi Arabia for $1.9 billion, the first step in a major multibillion-dollar modernization of the Saudi navy's eastern fleet. The Pentagon's Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified lawmakers on Thursday…

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  • U.S. bird flu causing egg squeeze, emergency measures

    By P.J. Huffstutter and Bill Berkrot CHICAGO and NEW YORK (Reuters) - As a virulent avian influenza outbreak continues to spread across the Midwestern United States, some egg-dependent companies are contemplating drastic steps: importing eggs from overseas or looking to egg alternatives. A…

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  • California wine country hit by 4.1 quake

    A 4.1 magnitude earthquake shook wine country north of San Francisco on Thursday night, the U.S. Geological Survey said, recalling a major temblor that rocked the area last summer and caused millions of dollars in damage. The quake was centered about nine miles (14 km) north of Napa. "It was…

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  • Washington quadruple slaying suspect arrested in city

    By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The suspect in the killing of a Washington businessman and three others found in a torched mansion last week was arrested late on Thursday, police said. The Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department said the suspect, identified as 34-year-old Maryland…

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  • Armed elderly woman in hours-long standoff with California police

    (Reuters) - Los Angeles County authorities were in a stand-off early on Friday with an elderly woman who fired at a police robot and barricaded herself inside a mobile home in the Topanga Canyon outside the city, officials said. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said the incident began…

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  • Washington state police officer shoots two men accused of stealing beer

    By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - A police officer in the Washington state capital of Olympia shot and wounded two unarmed black men suspected of trying to steal beer from a supermarket on Thursday, law enforcement said, prompting protests in the city. The two brothers, aged 21 and 24,…

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  • FBI arrests two suspected Islamic State recruits in California: NBC News

    (Reuters) - The FBI has arrested two men in southern California, one at Los Angeles International Airport, suspected of attempting to travel abroad to join Islamic State, NBC News reported on Thursday. NBC, which cited anonymous law enforcement officials, said the two men were unarmed and never…

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  • Exclusive: Feds probe L.A.-area casino over cash transactions

    By Brett Wolf ST LOUIS (Reuters) - A federal grand jury is probing a Los Angeles-area casino following allegations by state authorities the business allowed some players to evade transaction reporting requirements and possibly launder money, a source said. The grand jury is probing the operations…

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  • Suspect in Washington quadruple killing apprehended: police

    (Reuters) - The suspect in the killing of a Washington businessman and three others found in a torched mansion last week has been taken into custody, police said late on Thursday. Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police said just before midnight that the man, identified as 34-year-old Daron Dylon Wint,…

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  • Federal judge rules again that gay couples have right to wed in Alabama

    (Reuters) - A federal judge on Thursday reaffirmed her earlier ruling that same-sex couples in Alabama have a right to wed under the Constitution, but she put the ruling on hold until the U.S. Supreme Court issues a landmark decision on gay marriage. U.S. District Judge Callie Granade in January…

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  • Cuba, U.S. wrestlers tussle in Times Square

    By Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - World class wrestlers from Cuba and the United States celebrated the improving relations between the countries on Thursday with an outdoor exhibition amid the hubbub of Times Square. Billed as "Salsa in the Square," the event opened at rush hour and ended at…

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  • Cleanup of oil-fouled California beach could take months

    By Steve Gorman SANTA BARBARA (Reuters) - The U.S. Coast Guard captain overseeing cleanup of oil spilled from a pipeline rupture that closed two California state beaches and fouled offshore waters near Santa Barbara said on Thursday it may take months to restore the area to its natural condition. …

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  • Florida expands gun owners' rights during emergencies

    By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Reuters) - Florida gun owners who do not have concealed-weapons permits could pack their firearms for two days during an emergency evacuation, under a law signed on Thursday by Governor Rick Scott. The measure was among 44 bills passed during the recently…

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  • California oil spill ignites array of protests against industry

    By Nichola Groom LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - This week's oil spill in California has become a springboard for environmental groups to attack the oil industry, with calls ranging from a ban on fracking in the Golden State to a halt to drilling in the far-flung Arctic. Two days after a pipeline rupture…

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  • Former Virginia lawmaker plans to wed teenager involved in sex scandal

    By Gary Robertson RICHMOND, Va. (Reuters) - A former Virginia Democratic lawmaker who became a pariah in the state legislature after a sex scandal involving a teenage receptionist has announced that he plans to marry the woman, a day after he acknowledged fathering her 9-week-old baby. Joseph D.…

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  • Baltimore grand jury indicts police in death of Freddie Gray

    A grand jury has brought charges against six Baltimore police officers in the death of a black man who suffered fatal neck injuries while in police custody, a case that touched off angry protests and a day of looting and arson in the Maryland city. The charges, including a count of second-degree…

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  • Restaurant that was scene of deadly Texas gang fight sued by neighbor

    By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - A Texas sports bar where a deadly brawl between rival motorcycle gangs erupted earlier this week is being sued by a neighboring restaurant for loss of business, lawyers said on Thursday. Don Carlos Mexican Restaurant is suing Peaktastic Beverage LLC, the…

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  • California man gets 13 years in prison for fatal Halloween hit-and-run

    A California man was sentenced to nearly 14 years in prison on Thursday for striking and killing three 13-year-old girls as they crossed a street while trick-or-treating on Halloween, then fleeing the scene in his damaged vehicle. Jaquinn Ramone Bell, 32, pleaded guilty in March to vehicular…

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  • Colorado movie gunman kept detailed financial records, jury told

    By Keith Coffman CENTENNIAL, Colo. (Reuters) - Detectives who searched the booby-trapped apartment of Colorado movie massacre gunman James Holmes found medicines prescribed by his school psychiatrist as well as detailed financial records, the jury in his murder trial heard on Thursday. Holmes,…

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  • New York prison guard in inmate death case gets last-minute reprieve

    By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former supervising guard at New York City's Rikers Island, convicted of refusing to help a dying inmate at the troubled jail complex, convinced a judge to postpone sentencing on Thursday when he claimed at the last minute that his lawyer had not represented him…

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