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  • Asked about Trump, China says U.S. people want good ties

    China understands people in the United States have the right to say what they want, but most want good relations with China, the foreign ministry said on Tuesday, apparently dismissing repeated attacks by billionaire Donald Trump as "disturbances". The Republican presidential hopeful has recently…

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  • U.S. presidential grandchildren tout Nationalist WWII bona fides on anniversary

    Two grandchildren of World War Two-era U.S. presidents said the Chinese Nationalists' role in defeating Japan was as significant as the Communists in a rare joint appearance in Taiwan, as China launches its own high-profile parade marking the war's end. Descendants of Franklin D. Roosevelt and…

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  • Obama pushes for more U.S. ice-breaking might in Arctic

    By Roberta Rampton ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday will propose a faster timetable for buying a new heavy icebreaker for the U.S. Arctic, where quickly melting sea ice has spurred more maritime traffic, and the United States has fallen far behind Russian resources. …

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  • New Jersey high school football players put on probation for hazing

    The seven Sayreville War Memorial High School players, aged between 15 and 17, were arrested in October and charged with the sexual abuse of four freshmen on the team, prosecutors in Middlesex County, New Jersey, said. The victims were held against their will while other team members touched them,…

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  • Clinton friend advised on U.S. politics, foreign policy

    By Alistair Bell and Jonathan Allen WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - An old friend of former secretary of state Hillary Clinton played an outsized role in advising her on U.S. politics and even her dealings with President Barack Obama's White House despite holding no formal government position. …

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  • Big Rail's little cousins find boon in U.S. oil-by-rail bust

    Amid the rolling mountains surrounding this quiet town in southwest New York state, tucked away on miles-long stretches of underused rail tracks, hundreds of idle oil tank cars attest to the extent of fallout from oil's rout. The oil tank cars - a year ago sought-after to haul crude from North…

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  • Legionnaires' outbreak leaves 4 dead at Illinois veterans home: newspaper

    The outbreak in Quincy, which is about 240 miles southwest of Chicago, follows recent outbreaks of the respiratory illness that killed a dozen people in New York City and has sickened inmates at a California prison. Adams County, Illinois, health officials have confirmed that the more than two…

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  • Daily pot smoking on U.S. college campuses at 35-year high: study

    The number of U.S. college students smoking marijuana every day or nearly every day is greater than it has been in 35 years, according to a study released on Tuesday. Nearly 6 percent of college students reported using pot daily or near-daily in 2014, up from 3.5 percent in 2007 but less than the…

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  • Former hurricane Fred weakens to a tropical storm: NHC

    (Reuters) - The former hurricane Fred weakened to a tropical storm late Monday as it moved away from the Cape Verde Islands, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. The storm, with maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour (110 kph), was about 55 miles (90 km) north of Santo Antao in the…

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  • Mount McKinley becomes Denali - except on Air Force One map

    The televised flight map on Air Force One still called it Mount McKinley, but President Barack Obama was all about capturing the historic moment that Denali - now the name of North America's tallest peak - came into view. Obama snapped a photo of the gleaming mountain, with an elevation of about…

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  • Arizona police probe shootings along major interstate highway

    Arizona state troopers sought the public's help on Monday as they investigated a rash of shootings along an interstate highway in Phoenix that police said left four vehicles pocked with bullet holes during the past three days. The only person hurt was a 13-year-old girl who was riding in the front…

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  • Chicago sues city's former red light camera company: newspaper

    Chicago has sued the company that formerly ran its red light traffic camera program for more than $300 million, alleging that the program was built on a bribery scheme, the Chicago Tribune newspaper reported on Monday. The former chief executive of the Australian camera firm Redflex Traffic…

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  • Supreme Court denies Kentucky clerk request on gay marriage licenses

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned down a Kentucky county clerk's request for an emergency order allowing her to continue to deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples while she appeals a federal judge's order requiring her to do so. It was unclear whether Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis would…

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  • Suspect in Houston-area shooting of deputy appears in court

    Shannon Miles, 30, did not enter a plea at a court appearance on charges he fatally shot Deputy Darren Goforth on Friday evening as the deputy fueled a patrol car at a Houston-area gas station. "Targeting police officers is completely unacceptable - an affront to civilized society," President…

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  • Appeals court looks reluctant to overturn California death penalty

    A federal appeals panel showed little appetite on Monday for upholding a lower-court ruling that could potentially overturn California's death penalty, saying a defense attorney's argument had already been dismissed by a state court. During oral arguments, a lawyer for Ernest Jones, who was…

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  • Former Subway pitchman sues former foundation head: newspaper

    (Reuters) - Former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle, who has been accused of child pornography, has sued the former head of his foundation for not repaying a loan used to buy a home where authorities say pornographic images of children were secretly recorded, the Indianapolis Star newspaper reported on…

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  • Wildfire forces evacuation of boaters from Idaho's Salmon River

    By Laura Zuckerman SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - Rescue teams scrambled for a fourth day to evacuate dozens of rafters and campers from a popular stretch of Idaho's Lower Salmon River threatened by a massive wildfire on Monday, even as a cooling trend helped crews battling flames in the Pacific…

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  • White supremacist aiming to kill Jews convicted in three Kansas murders

    A man who admitted in court to wanting to kill Jews was found guilty on Monday of murdering three people, including a teenage boy, outside two Jewish centers in Kansas last year. A seven-man, five-woman jury took less than two hours to convict Frazier Glenn Cross, 74, on the three murders as well…

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  • Son of Oklahoma labor commissioner charged with murdering father

    The son of Oklahoma's state labor commissioner was charged on Monday with first-degree murder for the stabbing death of his father. Christian Erin Costello, 26, of Oklahoma City is accused of stabbing his father, Mark Costello, multiple times with a knife at a northwest Oklahoma City fast food…

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  • Suspect shot after 10 hour standoff with police in Texas

    Adam Vielta, 25, a San Antonio-area resident, was flown by helicopter to a nearby hospital with unknown injuries, the LaSalle County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. The sheriff's office said Vielta had fled from police after a routine traffic stop near Laredo, Texas, early on Monday and…

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