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  • Man suspected of shooting six dead in Texas to appear in court

    The man accused of fatally shooting four children aged 4 to 14 and their parents after entering their suburban Houston home disguised as a FedEx delivery man while looking for his former wife is expected to appear at a Houston court on Friday. Ronald Lee Haskell, 33, who is being held without…

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  • FBI agents to testify against friend of accused Boston bomber

    FBI agents who interrogated a friend of the accused Boston Marathon bomber charged with obstructing the investigation into the deadly blasts are expected to take the witness stand on Friday as the first week of the trial comes to a close. Azamat Tazhayakov is the first of three friends of Dzhokhar…

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  • Wind-swept wildfire chars 18,000 acres in Washington state

    Washington state firefighters were battling a wind-swept wildfire on Friday that raged over steep terrain, damaged property and forced evacuations and road closures, officials said. The Mills Canyon Fire remains uncontained since breaking out on Tuesday near the tiny eastern town of Entiat, in…

  • Sinaloa drug cartel leader 'Chino Antrax' extradited to California

    By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - A suspected high-level Sinaloa drug cartel operative known as "Chino Antrax" was extradited on Thursday from the Netherlands to the United States, where he faces charges related to drug smuggling, the Justice Department said. Jose Rodrigo Arechiga-Gamboa, an…

  • Measles cases hit 18-year high in Washington state

    (Reuters) - Washington state health officials reported on Thursday the highest number of measles cases since 1996 and urged residents to seek vaccinations against the preventable disease during the state's third outbreak of the virus this year. Washington has been hit with 27 cases of measles so…

  • Georgia man charged with murder in son's car-seat death fired from job

    A spokeswoman for the Atlanta-based home improvement chain confirmed that Justin Ross Harris, 33, of Marietta, Georgia, had been terminated from the company, which had employed him as a computer specialist.

  • U.S. defense chief voices confidence in grounded F-35 fleet

    By David Alexander EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE Fla. (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told military fliers on Thursday the stealthy F-35 attack plane had "issues" but was still "the future for our fighter aircraft" despite a fire that grounded the fleet and jeopardized its international…

  • Two California men indicted on mink farm sabotage charges

    By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Two Los Angeles-area activists accused of sabotaging an Illinois mink farm and freeing 2,000 of the weasel-like animals from captivity there have been indicted on federal charges of conspiracy and interstate travel to interfere with an animal enterprise. …

  • The Smart Way to Pay Off Your Mortgage

    If you own a home and pay for a mortgage, you could reduce your payments by as much as $3,000 a year. Here is how it works.

  • Detroit boy was abused, harshly disciplined: state petition

    A 12-year-old Detroit boy found in his basement 11 days after being reported missing was ordered by his father to do heavy workouts twice a day and was beaten with plastic piping, according to court documents. Charlie Bothuell V's workouts, in the morning and evening, included 100 push-ups, 200…

  • California man gets 15 year sentence in China spying case

    By Dan Levine OAKLAND Calif. (Reuters) - A California businessman was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Thursday for stealing DuPont trade secrets to help a state-owned Chinese company develop a white pigment used in a wide range of products. A jury found Walter Liew guilty earlier this year on…

  • Supporters optimistic after ex-U.S. Marine appears in Mexico court

    Supporters of a former U.S. Marine held for more than three months in a Mexican jail on weapons charges said on Thursday they were encouraged by his first court appearance and were hopeful he would be home soon. Andrew Tahmooressi, 25, was arrested on March 31 by Mexican customs agents who found…

  • Florida man executed for 1994 rape and murder of girl

    By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE (Reuters) - A man who confessed to the rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl was executed by lethal injection on Thursday, the Florida Department of Corrections said. Eddie Wayne Davis, 45, was sentenced to death in 1995 after he admitted to taking the girl from her…

  • Judge asked to block North Carolina voting changes before midterms

    By Colleen Jenkins WINSTON-SALEM N.C. (Reuters) - North Carolina's overhauled election law should be halted before the midterm elections in November to avoid discrimination against African Americans and young voters, lawyers for the Justice Department and civil rights groups said on Thursday. …

  • Hoping for progress, San Bernardino sets bankruptcy case deadlines

    By Robin Respaut RIVERSIDE Calif. (Reuters) - The city of San Bernardino, California, set new deadlines in an effort to accomplish some measure of progress in a municipal bankruptcy case that has slowed to a crawl over the past two years. On Thursday, U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Meredith Jury…

  • Dental Implants: What You Should Know

    Thinking of getting dental implants? There are critical things you should know before going under the knife for the perfect smile.

  • Californians lacking health insurance halved under Obamacare: study

    The number of Californians without health insurance has been cut in half since the implementation of Obamacare, according to a survey published Thursday. The study by the Commonwealth Fund, a healthcare research foundation, showed that about 11 percent of adults in the most populous U.S. state…

  • Wisconsin nine-year-old dies trapped in grain bin

    (Reuters) - A 9-year-old Wisconsin boy has died after becoming trapped on Thursday in a half-full grain bin on the family farm, authorities said. The child, whose name has not been released, was working with other family members to free up an auger that had become stuck and inoperable when the…

  • Boston reaches deal with developer planning nearby casino

    By Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - Mohegan Sun agreed on Thursday to pay Boston $18 million a year to compensate the city for any negative side effects if the Connecticut-based gambling resort succeeds in its efforts to build a casino in neighboring Revere. In return, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh…

  • Virginia police won't seek nude photo of teenager in sexting case

    Virginia authorities on Thursday said they will not serve a search warrant for evidence in a juvenile sexting case, which the 17-year-old defendant's lawyer said included demands for a picture of the teen's erect penis. The warrant was part of a felony case against the unnamed teen, who Manassas…

  • Woman charged with manslaughter in Google exec's heroin death

    By Madeleine Thomas SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - An alleged prostitute suspected of killing a California technology executive by injecting him with a fatal dose of heroin aboard his yacht off the coast of Santa Cruz has been charged with manslaughter, authorities said Thursday. Alix Catherine…

  • Auto union forms branch for workers at VW plant in Tennessee

    The United Auto Workers on Thursday announced the formation of a local union in Tennessee for workers at a Chattanooga Volkswagen AG plant, reasserting itself at the site of a major defeat for the union earlier this year. The UAW made its move after years of trying to gain a toehold among foreign…

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