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  • Brazilian police arrest fugitive self-styled pastor from Minnesota

    Brazilian police have arrested a fugitive self-styled church leader wanted in Minnesota for allegedly sexually assaulting dozens of young girls, a police spokeswoman said on Saturday. Victor Barnard, a 53-year-old self-proclaimed pastor, was arrested late on Friday at Pipa beach in the northern…

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  • Investigators search for what triggered Missouri rampage

    By Kevin Murphy and Carey Gillam KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Reuters) - What led Joseph Aldridge to gun down seven people in a southern Missouri hamlet remained uncertain on Saturday, though authorities speculated that the death of the gunman's mother from cancer could have triggered the rampage. Aldridge,…

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  • Thousands protest Wisconsin right-to-work bill at capitol

    By Brendan O'Brien MADISON, Wis. (Reuters) - Wisconsin unions bused in thousands of workers from around the state on Saturday to demonstrate against the impending adoption of a law that would ban private sector workers from being required to join a union or pay dues. The bill, which was approved…

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  • U.S. moving to deport Bosnians over war crimes: NYT

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. officials have identified about 300 Bosnian immigrants who they believe concealed their involvement in wartime atrocities including the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, and are trying to deport at least 150 of them, The New York Times reported on Saturday. The immigrants were…

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  • Storm leads to 1,000 canceled flights in Texas as more snow heads east

    By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Stormy weather coated parts of Texas and Oklahoma with ice on Saturday, canceling nearly 1,000 flights at the Dallas Fort-Worth International Airport, while more snow headed toward the already winter-weary Midwest and Northeast. Meteorologists said a storm…

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  • Skating rink roof collapses in Massachusetts, no one hurt

    (Reuters) - Part of the snow-covered roof of a Massachusetts skating rink collapsed on Saturday as a youth hockey team was practicing, but no one was hurt, authorities said. The roof at the Metropolis Skating Rink in Canton, a Boston suburb, gave way shortly after 7 a.m. EST, the city police…

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  • New York's exploding manhole covers pose unexpected winter hazard

    By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - Salvatore Grillo was walking his Labrador retriever near Brooklyn's Prospect Park on a cold morning in February when he heard what sounded like a muffled explosion. Police said an underground blast had blown a cast-iron manhole cover skyward and the heavy…

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  • Obama signs bill funding homeland security department for one week

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama signed late Friday a bill that will fund the Department of Homeland Security for one week, the White House said. The House of Representatives passed the bill hours before an impending deadline for funding the department amid a debate over the…

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  • U.S. appeals court says Boston bomber trial can stay in city

    (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Friday ruled the trial for the accused Boston Marathon bomber can go ahead in the city, over attempts from his attorneys to change the venue on the basis an impartial jury could not be seated so close to the site of the 2013 attack. The split three-judge panel…

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  • Teen girl fatally shot by Denver police hit from left: autopsy

    By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A 17-year-old girl fatally shot by Denver police was struck by bullets fired through the left side of the car she was in, autopsy results showed on Friday, which her family says contradicts official reports she tried to run down the officers. Jessica Hernandez…

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  • Congress averts security agency shutdown with one-week spending fix

    By David Lawder and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives gave final approval on Friday to a one-week stopgap spending bill for the domestic security agency, averting a partial shutdown with just hours to spare before a midnight deadline. After a chaotic day that…

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  • U.S. border officials seize record 15 tons of pot at California border

    U.S. customs officers at a California border crossing seized more than 15 tons of marijuana hidden inside a tractor-trailer shipment designated as a cargo of mattresses, the biggest narcotics bust ever at that port of entry, officials said on Friday.

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  • Eight dead in door-to-door Missouri shooting spree

    A man armed with a handgun went on a house-to-house shooting spree in a rural Missouri town, killing seven relatives and neighbors before taking his own life, officials said on Friday. All of those killed by the gunman, identified as Joseph Aldridge, 36, lived within a few miles of each other in…

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  • California foster dad gets 19 years to life for sex abuse of six girls

    A former Southern California foster parent was sentenced on Friday to serve nearly 19 years to life in prison for raping and sexually abusing a half dozen girls who were 9 to 15 years old while in his care, prosecutors said. Felipe Hernandez, 68, pleaded guilty earlier this month to multiple…

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  • Two Seattle-area high schools cancel classes after threats

    By Eric M. Johnson and Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - Two Seattle-area high schools were evacuated and later canceled classes on Friday after receiving security threats, and another high school in Washington state heightened its security after a threatening message was scrawled on a…

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  • Oregon sheriff investigates case of 'stolen' log cabin

    By Shelby Sebens PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - Sheriff’s deputies in Oregon are investigating the peculiar case of a log cabin that was reported stolen only to be found two days later less than a mile from where it was taken, authorities said Friday. The mystery began earlier this week when a man…

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  • What happens if U.S. Homeland Security funding lapses?

    (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress was scrambling before a deadline at midnight on Friday to pass a $39.7 billion funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security, which is charged with securing U.S. borders, airports and coastal waters. The following is a rundown of what would likely happen if …

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  • House rejects stopgap security agency funding, partial shutdown looms

    By David Lawder and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The House of Representatives on Friday failed to approve a stopgap funding bill for the U.S. domestic security agency in an embarrassing setback for Republican House Speaker John Boehner, increasing the threat of a partial agency shutdown at…

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  • Denver policeman accused repeatedly of excessive force taken off streets

    By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A Denver police officer who has cost the city more than $1 million to settle excessive force cases for which he was never disciplined has been pulled from street patrol, a department spokesman said on Friday. Shawn Miller has been placed on "non-line…

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  • Environmental group sues U.S. EPA over monarch butterfly demise

    An environmental group sued the U.S. government on Friday, accusing regulators of discounting the dangers that a widely used herbicide poses to the declining monarch butterfly population. The suit claimed the agency has failed to heed warnings about the dangers to monarchs posed by glyphosate, the…

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