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  • Two elite U.S. airmen die after parachute training accident

    Its cause has not been determined and an ongoing investigation could take up to a year to complete, the Air Force said in a statement. It identified the men as Sergeant Timothy Officer, 32, and Sergeant Marty Bettelyoun, 35. Both had served several tours of duty abroad and were part of a special…

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  • Northern California wildfire grows further after jumping highway

    California's biggest and fiercest wildfire of the year grew larger as it raged for a seventh day through drought-parched land north of Napa Valley wine country after jumping a highway that authorities hoped would slow its advance. The blaze, dubbed the Rocky Fire, has charred some 67,000 acres,…

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  • Florida triple murder may have been ritualistic killing: police

    The victims, identified as Voncile Smith, 77, John William Smith, 49, and Richard Thomas Smith, 47, were found dead on Friday, three days after police believe someone the family knew entered the home and killed them as part of a witchcraft ritual. "The elements of this case are odd, at best,"…

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  • Man found guilty of 2010 killing of Chicago police officer

    A judge on Tuesday found a man guilty of fatally shooting a Chicago police officer after a scuffle in a police station parking lot in 2010, prosecutors said. Cook County Criminal Court Judge Timothy Joyce rejected a defense argument that Bryant Brewer, 29, was insane at the time he shot and killed…

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  • Americans say blacks treated less fairly in 2015 than 2007: Gallup

    Whites, blacks and Hispanics also expressed a new low in their satisfaction with the way blacks are treated in U.S. society, according to the Gallup 2015 Minority Rights and Relations poll. Overall, about 49 percent of respondents said they were satisfied, compared to 62 percent just two years…

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  • Gray wolf possibly spotted in California, only second since 1924

    California wildlife officials believe that a gray wolf has found its way across the border into the state from Oregon, becoming only the second gray wolf to have ventured into California since the 1920s. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), in a document released late on Monday…

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  • Shots fired near Camp Shelby in Mississippi, no injuries

    Shots were fired outside a military post in Mississippi where soldiers were training on Tuesday, and authorities were searching for the suspected shooter. No one was injured when the shots were fired in the direction of two soldiers at Camp Shelby, Perry County Sheriff Jimmy Dale Smith said. …

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  • Tensions over U.S. electric vehicle mandates spill into the open

    A long-simmering dispute between automakers and U.S. regulators over policies to promote electric vehicles spilled into the open on Tuesday, in the high stakes struggle over the future of automotive technology. The heads of two major lobby groups told hundreds of attendees at…

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  • California man pleads guilty to hate crime threat to Islamic group

    A California man who telephoned threats to the San Diego and Washington offices of a prominent Islamic group after the Charlie Hebdo massacre in France in January pleaded guilty to a felony hate crime charge on Tuesday, his lawyer said. John David Weissinger, 54, pleaded guilty in San Diego County…

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  • San Francisco deputy convicted of assaulting patient in hospital

    A San Francisco Sheriff's deputy was convicted of assaulting a homeless hospital patient last November, prosecutors said on Tuesday, but was cleared of a charge that he covered it up with a false police report. San Francisco Deputy Sheriff Michael Robert Lewelling, 34, faces up to three years in…

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  • Accused killer of Memphis police officer to be arraigned on Wednesday

    A man accused of fatally shooting a Memphis police officer is due to be arraigned on a first-degree murder charge on Wednesday, two days after he turned himself in and was jailed on a bond of almost $10 million. Tremaine Wilbourn, 29, surrendered to federal marshals on Monday after the Tennessee…

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  • Man pleads not guilty in New Jersey's first state terrorism case

    Ali Muhammad Brown, 30, is charged with shooting to death 19-year-old Brendan Tevlin as he stopped at a traffic light in West Orange, New Jersey, not far from his family's home in Livingston, said Katherine Carter, spokeswoman for the Essex County Prosecutor's Office. The murder case marks the…

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  • New York City's new drug threat: 'weaponized marijuana'

    It gives users super human strength, makes them impervious to pain and can be bought for as little as $2 across New York. Illegal synthetic marijuana, or "weaponized" marijuana as police are calling it, is spreading across New York, particularly the city's homeless population in search of a cheap…

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  • U.S. wants to join Washington tribe's lawsuit against local taxes

    The Tulalip Tribes argued in a lawsuit in June that Washington state's Department of Revenue and Snohomish County have impinged on their rights to self-determination and economic development enshrined in federal law and policy. The state and county have done this by illegally imposing $40 million…

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  • Senate takes up cybersecurity bill this week

    By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate will consider a cybersecurity bill this week that would make it easier for corporations share Americans' personal information with each other or the government, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday. "I urge the Senate…

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  • Maryland boy beaten over cake died from head injuries: coroner

    A coroner has concluded that a 9-year-old Maryland boy who was fatally beaten over a missing piece of birthday cake died from head injuries, a spokeswoman for the agency said on Tuesday. The death of the boy, Jack Garcia, was a homicide, the spokeswoman for the District of Columbia's Office of the…

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  • Lawsuit challenging New York's use of toll money is revived

    A federal appeals court revived a class-action lawsuit by commercial truckers that accused the New York State Thruway Authority of charging illegally high tolls and diverting excess sums it collected to maintain obsolete upstate canals. By a 3-0 vote, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on…

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  • Drone drops heroin, marijuana and tobacco in Ohio prison yard

    "Upon reviewing the cameras, it was determined that a drone passed over the recreation yards immediately before the fight began," the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction said in an incident report. The package was recovered and contained about 145 grams of tobacco (five ounces), 65…

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  • Father of Colorado movie massacre victim says son was 'best friend'

    Tom Sullivan of Aurora, Colorado, said his murdered son Alex was his best friend and "every father's dream," and told jurors on Tuesday he often returns to the movie theater and sits next to the empty seat where Alex was killed in the 2012 massacre. Alex was celebrating his 27th birthday with…

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  • Vermont victims named in New Hampshire circus tent collapse

    A father and his 8-year-old daughter were killed and about 30 people injured when a circus tent collapsed in New Hampshire during a wind storm, officials said on Tuesday amid a probe into why the show went on despite a severe weather warning. Robert Young, 41, and his daughter Annabelle, of…

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