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  • Senior U.S. Homeland Security cyber official Larry Zelvin to retire

    Larry Zelvin, the head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's center for countering cyber threats, is retiring next month after a government career of nearly 30 years during which he advised U.S. businesses on fighting hostile hackers. Zelvin helped coordinate efforts to advise U.S. banks…

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  • New York Governor Cuomo's office intervened in corruption probe: NY Times

    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's office meddled with a commission he created to root out corruption in state politics, pushing back whenever it focused on groups tied to Cuomo, the New York Times reported on Wednesday. Now the commission's scrapped probes, which included hundreds of emails,…

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  • Lawyers demand outside probe of two-hour Arizona execution

    By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Lawyers for a convicted double-murderer whose lethal injection in Arizona dragged on for two hours, while witnesses watched him gasping for breath and attorneys scrambled to halt the process, have called for an outside review of the "horrifically botched…

  • For Californians, higher costs dampen support for clean energy

    By Jennifer Chaussee BERKELEY Calif. (Reuters) - An overwhelming majority of California residents support the state's mandate for reducing heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions, so long as they do not bear the higher costs of cleaner energy themselves, a new public opinion poll shows. Eighty…

  • Preachers rail at police in funeral for NYC man who died in custody

    By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - Preacher after preacher stepped up to the pulpit at a sweltering Brooklyn church on Wednesday to express fury at the city's police force during the funeral of Eric Garner, who died soon after police put him in a banned chokehold. As hundreds of mourners…

  • U.S. judge strikes down Colorado's gay marriage ban, stays ruling

    By Daniel Wallis DENVER (Reuters) - A federal judge ruled on Wednesday that Colorado's ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, but stayed his ruling until the issue is decided by a higher court. U.S. District Judge Raymond Moore found in favor of six same-sex couples who filed a lawsuit…

  • Arizona inmate takes nearly two hours to die in botched execution

    By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - An Arizona inmate took almost two hours to die by lethal injection on Wednesday and his lawyers said he "gasped and snorted" before succumbing in the latest botched execution to raise questions about the death penalty in the United States. The execution of…

  • Arizona governor orders full review of drawn-out execution

    Arizona's Governor Jan Brewer ordered a full review of Wednesday's two-hour execution of death row inmate Joseph Wood, saying that while justice had been done she was concerned by how long the lethal injection procedure took. "This is in stark comparison to the gruesome, vicious suffering that he…

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  • Colorado theater gunman's lawyers challenge firearms analysis

    By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Lawyers defending accused theater gunman James Holmes challenged the reliability of firearms analysis on Wednesday, despite conceding that their client was solely responsible for the 2012 massacre that killed 12 moviegoers. In a hearing before Arapahoe County…

  • Republican Paul Ryan to renew U.S. poverty debate with grant plan

    By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Representative Paul Ryan will probably spark a new round of arguments over how to fight poverty in America on Thursday as he introduces a sweeping plan to replace long-standing social safety net programs with new block grants for states and…

  • African Americans disproportionately cited for public pot use in Seattle -police

    By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - African Americans in Seattle were ticketed disproportionately to their population for unlawfully using marijuana in public places during the first half of 2014, according to a report released on Wednesday by the city's police department. Between January and…

  • San Francisco approves soda tax for November ballot

    By Jennifer Baires SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - San Francisco city leaders have approved a measure for the November ballot that would place a two-cents-per-ounce municipal tax on sodas and other sugary beverages, hoping to become the first major city to successfully impose such a levy. Among them…

  • Lack of immigration reform slows U.S.-Mexico economic growth: Mexican official

    By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - The growing network of cross-border ties with Mexico, including trade equaling $1 million every minute, is threatened by the lack of progress toward immigration reform in the United States, Mexico's foreign secretary said on Wednesday. The remarks…

  • U.S. says Chinese man pleads guilty in military technology sting

    A 28-year-old Chinese man pleaded guilty on Wednesday of attempting to smuggle military technology obtained from undercover U.S. agents out of the United States to China, the U.S. Justice Department said. Bo Cai, an employee of a Chinese technology firm, was accused along with his cousin Wentong…

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  • U.S. judge knocks down Colorado's gay marriage ban, stays ruling

    A federal judge ruled on Wednesday that Colorado's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, but temporarily stayed his ruling until the issue is decided by a higher court. U.S. District Judge Raymond Moore found in favor of a lawsuit challenging the state's 2006 constitutional amendment that…

  • Massachusetts bill limiting protests at abortion clinics goes to governor

    By Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - A bill to limit demonstrations around Massachusetts abortion clinics passed the state's House of Representatives on Wednesday and headed to Governor Deval Patrick. Patrick, a Democrat, called for new measures after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last month…

  • Arizona inmate takes nearly two hours to die in execution

    PHOENIX (Reuters) - An Arizona death row inmate took almost two hours to die after his execution by lethal injection began on Wednesday, the state's attorney general said. The execution of convicted double-murderer Joseph Wood began at 1:52 p.m. local time at the state prison in Florence, and the…

  • Army defends job cut notices to U.S. captains in Afghanistan

    By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Army on Wednesday defended its decision to notify 87 captains deployed overseas, including 48 in Afghanistan, that they were losing their jobs, would be transferred home and had nine months to organize their departure from the service. Senior…

  • Exploding shooting targets banned from 12 U.S. national forests

    By Laura Zuckerman SALMON Idaho (Reuters) - Federal land managers on Wednesday banned exploding targets used by shooting enthusiasts from 12 national forests in four Western U.S. states, saying the devices could spark wildfires and are a threat to public safety. The prohibition in Idaho, Nevada,…

  • Newark, N.J., schools probed after claims of race discrimination

    By David Jones NEWARK N.J. (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Education said on Wednesday it was investigating complaints that a plan to reorganize public schools in Newark, New Jersey, discriminates against black students. A parent-led group in New Jersey's largest city has said that school…

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