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  • Texas prison bus hit guardrail laying in road before deadly crash: NTSB

    By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A Texas prison bus that crashed this month into a freight train, killing eight inmates and two guards, hit a damaged guardrail left on an icy highway from previous accidents before it skidded off the road, an accident report said on Thursday. The bus…

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  • Venezuelan financier gets 13 years prison in Connecticut fraud

    A Venezuelan financier was sentenced on Thursday to 13 years in prison for running what U.S. prosecutors called a Ponzi scheme in Connecticut that caused $382.2 million of losses, including for Venezuela's state-owned oil company. Francisco Illarramendi, 45, was sentenced after having pleaded…

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  • U.S. military pay reforms could save $12 billion yearly: panel

    By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A congressionally appointed panel on U.S. military compensation recommended overhauling retirement and healthcare benefits on Thursday to improve services offered to troops and families while cutting costs by up to $12.6 billion annually. The nine-member…

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  • Fugitive treasure hunter wants to stay in Florida: report

    After years on the run, a treasure hunter wanted in Ohio over accusations of cheating investors after recovering a fortune in gold from a shipwreck told a federal court hearing on Thursday that he has health problems and should stay in Florida, the Palm Beach Post reported. Authorities apprehended…

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  • U.S., Colombia arrest 17 accused of shipping cocaine from Venezuela

    Officials in Puerto Rico and Colombia arrested 17 members of an alleged drug ring on Thursday accused of money laundering and smuggling cocaine from Venezuela to the United States. Last month a federal grand jury in Puerto Rico issued a 23-count indictment against the group of 29. Six were…

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  • Fame made ex-NFL star a target in murder case, lawyer says

    By Scott Malone and Daniel Lovering FALL RIVER, Mass. (Reuters) - Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez had no reason to kill the semiprofessional football player he is charged with murdering in 2013, but was targeted by law enforcement because of his fame, his attorneys argued on…

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  • Ohio rabbi held on charges of sexually abusing Maryland girl

    (Reuters) - An Ohio rabbi charged with sexually abusing a Maryland girl was ordered held on $500,000 bail and to turn in his passport, officials in Baltimore said on Thursday. The rabbi, 50-year-old Frederick Karp, was charged Wednesday with sexually abusing the minor between July 2009 and…

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  • Delhi Uber passenger who alleges driver rape sues in U.S.

    A passenger who said she had been raped by an Uber driver in India's capital sued the online car service in U.S. federal court on Thursday, claiming the company failed to maintain basic safety procedures. In the lawsuit, the woman, who resides in Delhi and was not named, called Uber the "modern…

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  • FBI adds suspected Somali-American militant to 'Most Wanted Terrorist' list

    The FBI said on Thursday it added a former Washington, D.C.-area taxi driver, Liban Haji Mohamed, to its list of "Most Wanted Terrorists" and offered a reward of up to $50,000 for information leading to his arrest and conviction. The agency said Mohamed, a Somalia-born naturalized U.S. citizen,…

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  • Medical marijuana advocates concerned by Illinois licensing delay

    By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Advocates for medical marijuana in Illinois are concerned that delays in issuing distribution licenses, exacerbated by a change in governors, is keeping the drug from patients who need it. Former Democratic Governor Pat Quinn, who supported medical…

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  • Survivalist pleads not guilty in Pennsylvania trooper murder

    By Joe McDonald MILFORD, Pa. (Reuters) - The Pennsylvania survivalist who eluded a 48-day manhunt after a sniper attack that killed one state trooper and wounded another pleaded not guilty on Thursday to murder charges. Eric Frein, 31, appeared at his arraignment through a video conference from…

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  • Convicted Fort Hood killer faces military hearing in Kansas

    (Reuters) - Former U.S. Army major Nidal Hasan appeared in a military court on Thursday for a procedural hearing related to his capital punishment conviction for the 2009 shooting spree at Fort Hood in Texas that killed 13 people and wounded 32 others. The hearing at a military post in Kansas…

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  • Woman pleads guilty to Lake Michigan distress call hoax

    By Mark Guarino CHICAGO (Reuters) - A Chicago woman pleaded guilty on Thursday to a federal charge of calling in a fake report that someone had fallen into Lake Michigan, triggering an extensive Coast Guard search that included divers and a helicopter. Leona Chewning, 24, admitted that she…

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  • Prosecutor urges lifting Guantanamo ban on women guards touching inmate

    By Ian Simpson FORT MEADE, Md. (Reuters) - A Guantanamo Bay military court order that bars female guards from touching an accused al Qaeda commander violates Pentagon sex discrimination guidelines and means inmates could set prison policies, a prosecutor argued Thursday in a hearing on the ban. …

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  • U.S. funding impasse blocks Secret Service hires: Homeland Security chief

    By Doina Chiacu and Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Secret Service cannot hire new agents for the next presidential election or make improvements at the agency until Congress settles a dispute over funding, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said on Thursday. Johnson said in a…

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  • Diverted United flight lands safely in California after burning smell

    A United Airlines flight in which a burning smell was reported aboard the plane was diverted shortly after takeoff from Los Angeles on Thursday to a smaller Southern California airport where it landed safely, the airline said. United Flight 1181, en route to Washington-Dulles International Airport…

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  • Opening statements to begin in decades-old case of missing NYC boy

    By Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK (Reuters) - Opening statements are due to begin on Friday in the trial of Pedro Hernandez, accused of kidnapping and killing 6-year-old Etan Patz decades ago in a notorious case that ignited a national movement to find missing children. Selection of the jury to weigh…

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  • Three American contractors killed in 'insider attack' in Afghan capital

    Three American contractors were killed and a fourth was wounded by an Afghan soldier at the military airport in the capital Kabul, an Afghan air force official told Reuters on Thursday. "It is unclear yet why he shot these advisers and no one else was there to tell us the reason," the official…

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  • Brawl erupts at Missouri meeting over black teen killing case

    A meeting aimed at easing tensions between blacks and police in St. Louis erupted into a brawl on Wednesday night, underscoring the ongoing anger that persists in the area after the August police killing of an unarmed black teen. The meeting, held at St. Louis City Hall by the Public Safety…

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