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  • Baltimore erupts in riots after funeral of man who died in police custody

    By Ian Simpson BALTIMORE (Reuters) - Baltimore erupted in violence on Monday as hundreds of rioters looted stores, burned buildings and injured at least 15 police officers following the funeral of a 25-year-old black man who died after he was injured in police custody. The riots broke out just a…

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  • Mexican police free 92 migrants held near U.S. border

    Mexican police freed 92 migrants from a safe house in the city of Reynosa on Mexico's northeastern border with the United States, the government said on Monday. Federal police arrested three suspected gang members during the raid on the building where the migrants, hailing from Cuba, Brazil,…

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  • U.S. attorney general condemns 'senseless acts of violence' in Baltimore

    U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch condemned the violence that erupted in Baltimore on Monday and said the Justice Department would provide any assistance needed. “I condemn the senseless acts of violence by some individuals in Baltimore that have resulted in harm to law enforcement officers,…

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  • New bird flu cases probable in Iowa, millions of birds affected

    By P.J. Huffstutter CHICAGO (Reuters) - Initial tests have found probable avian influenza outbreaks at five new commercial poultry sites in Iowa, affecting more than 6 million birds, the state's agriculture department and the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Monday. In the avian influenza…

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  • Nurses union plans short strikes in California and Illinois

    A union representing nurses in California and Illinois said on Monday 6,400 members planned to walk off their jobs later this week for a series of one- and two-day strikes amid contract negotiations. Issues in contention vary from location to location, but include salary, health benefits and…

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  • Possible Democratic presidential hopeful O'Malley saddened by Baltimore violence

    (Reuters) - Former Maryland Governor and possible Democratic presidential contender Martin O'Malley said on Monday he was saddened by the situation in Baltimore, where violence erupted after the funeral of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died after he was injured in police custody. "I'm…

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  • Storm knocks out power to New Orleans airport for hours

    A line of storms moving through Louisiana on Monday knocked out power to the New Orleans International Airport, sent freight train cars tumbling from an elevated bridge and left nearly 238,000 customers without electricity. There were no immediate reports of injuries from the storms, but the power…

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  • U.S. senator sticking by 'poison pill' tweak to trade bill

    U.S. Democratic Senator Robert Menendez said on Monday he would strongly resist any attempt to override a human-trafficking amendment to trade legislation that some say could derail a Pacific trade pact. The amendment, approved by the Senate Finance Committee last week, would disqualify trade…

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  • Pennsylvania court reinstates conviction of Catholic clergyman in abuse case

    By Natalie Pompilio PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Pennsylvania's highest court on Monday reinstated the conviction of the first U.S. Catholic church official sent to prison for mishandling sexual misconduct complaints against priests. In August 2012, a Philadelphia jury found Monsignor William Lynn,…

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  • Sobs heard as Colorado cinema massacre trial begins

    By Keith Coffman and Daniel Wallis CENTENNIAL, Colo. (Reuters) - Colorado's long-awaited cinema massacre trial began on Monday with opening statements in which jurors were asked to decide whether gunman James Holmes was insane when he killed a dozen moviegoers in 2012, or a calculating mass…

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  • Baltimore Orioles say to postpone Monday game amid rioting

    BALTIMORE (Reuters) - The Baltimore Orioles said they would postpone a Monday night game after consulting with police, on a day the city was torn by the worst rioting the United States has seen since last year's unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. (Reporting by Ian Simpson; Writing by Scott Malone;…

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  • Oklahoma sheriff's official resigns after fatal shooting

    By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - The No. 2 official at the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office resigned on Monday, days after release of a report in which subordinates said they felt pressured to support the training records of a reserve deputy who fatally shot a black suspect in early April. …

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  • Second Navy SEAL dies after Virginia pool training accident

    (Reuters) - A second U.S. Navy SEAL has died after a mishap while training in a swimming pool at a Virginia military base, according to media reports on Monday. Both members of the Navy's elite sea, air, and land teams were working out in the pool at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort…

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  • Storms put search for four boaters missing in Alabama waters on hold

    (Reuters) - Bad weather on Monday forced officials to suspend a search for four people missing after powerful thunderstorms caught them by surprise and capsized their sailboats during a weekend regatta off the Alabama coast, U.S. Coast Guard officials said. Coast Guard spokesman Carlos Vega said…

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  • Stage set for landmark U.S. Supreme Court gay marriage arguments

    By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A day before the U.S. Supreme Court hears landmark arguments on whether the Constitution provides a right to same-sex marriage, activists on both sides of the contentious social issue converged on the white marble courthouse to voice their views. Anti-gay…

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  • Boston bomber's lawyer urges 'unrelenting punishment' over death

    By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was adrift and following his obsessive older brother when he carried out the deadly 2013 attack, a defense lawyer said on Monday as he urged a jury to spare his client's life. The defense sought to portray…

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  • Wildfire burns near Los Angeles, threatening upscale homes

    A wildfire erupted on Monday near an upscale neighborhood of Los Angeles as some 200 firefighters, backed by water-dropping helicopters, fought the flames. The blaze erupted shortly before 11 a.m. in the Los Angeles foothill community of Granada Hills, fire officials said, quickly charring some 15…

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  • Longtime South Carolina sheriff sentenced to year in prison in corruption case

    (Reuters) - The man who was South Carolina's longest-serving sheriff before he pleaded guilty in a public corruption case involving illegal immigrants was sentenced on Monday to a year and a day in federal prison and fined $10,000, a U.S. Attorney's Office said. Prosecutors said James Metts, 68,…

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  • Timline: Key events in the history of U.S. gay rights

    (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court case that will decide whether states can ban gay marriage marks another milestone in the history of the American gay rights movement. 1950 - The Mattachine Society, considered the first national U.S. gay rights organization, is founded in Los Angeles. 1958 The…

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  • Factbox: Essential facts about U.S. Supreme Court gay marriage case

    (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday is set to hears arguments over whether states may ban gay marriage.

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