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  • Colorado hunting guide gets two years in prison for illegal wild cat hunts

    By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A Colorado hunting guide and outfitter who pleaded guilty to maiming bob cats and cougars to help clients more easily kill the animals was sentenced on Thursday to 27 months in prison, authorities said. Christopher Loncarich, 56, was sentenced in Denver federal…

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  • One dead in explosion at Fieldwood platform in Gulf of Mexico

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An explosion at oil and gas operator Fieldwood Energy's offshore Echo Platform in the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday killed one person and injured three, the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said. The explosion occurred just before 3 p.m. CST (2 p.m. EST) at…

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  • Ferguson awaits grand jury outcome after police arrest protesters

    By Scott Malone and Daniel Wallis FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - Police in Ferguson, Missouri, kept alert on Thursday for signs of tension after arresting five people for blocking a street the night before in a protest demanding the criminal indictment of a white police officer who shot dead an unarmed…

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  • Four members of New Jersey family shot, two fatally

    By Daniel Kelley TABERNACLE N.J. (Reuters) - A shooting at a home near Philadelphia killed two members of a New Jersey family and critically wounded two others, according to police, who said other relatives were in the house but did not report hearing gunfire. A boy and a girl were killed, while a…

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  • Gunman shot dead after wounding three at Florida State University

    By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE Fla. (Reuters) - Brandishing a semi-automatic handgun and carrying extra ammunition in his pockets, a Florida State University graduate opened fire early on Thursday at the school's main library, wounding two students and an employee as hundreds were studying for…

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  • New York, Missouri patients test negative for Ebola virus

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two travelers who returned recently from separate West Africa trips tested negative for Ebola on Thursday at hospitals in New York and Missouri and will stay under observation while awaiting additional confirmation of the results, health officials said. Preliminary test results…

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  • Full text of President Obama's speech on immigration plan

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Following is the full text of President Barack Obama's speech on Thursday on his plans for immigration, as prepared for delivery, according to a White House statement: "My fellow Americans, tonight, I’d like to talk with you about immigration. For more than 200 years, our…

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  • Obama unveils U.S. immigration reform, setting up fight with Republicans

    By Steve Holland and Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama imposed the most sweeping immigration reform in a generation on Thursday, easing the threat of deportation for some 4.7 million undocumented immigrants and setting up a clash with Republicans who vow to fight his…

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  • Bill advances to restore death by firing squad in Utah

    By Peg McEntee SALT LAKE CITY Utah (Reuters) - Utah would restore the practice of killing condemned inmates by firing squad under a bill advancing in the state legislature, amid growing nationwide concerns about botched executions using the more common method of lethal injection. The measure to…

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  • Judge overturns capital sentence of Wyoming's only death row inmate

    By Alex Dobuzinskis (Reuters) - A federal judge on Thursday vacated the death sentence of Wyoming's only inmate awaiting capital punishment, in a ruling that faulted the murder convict's trial lawyers for not adequately presenting to jurors evidence of his mental impairment and troubled life. Dale…

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  • Accused Aryan Brotherhood prison gang members indicted in Mississippi

    (Reuters) - Fourteen alleged members of a white-supremacist prison gang have been indicted on federal racketeering charges in Mississippi, prosecutors said on Thursday, a week after similar charges against 11 alleged participants in an Oklahoma gang were unsealed. The cases, together with major…

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  • Virginia governor urges policy review after report of campus rape

    (Reuters) - Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe on Thursday urged a review of policies at the University of Virginia after a Rolling Stone magazine report about an alleged 2012 gang rape at a fraternity. The publication on Wednesday carried a female student's description of an assault by seven men at…

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  • Two teenagers shot near Miami area high school

    By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - Two youths were shot near a Miami-area high school on Thursday afternoon, according to Miami-Dade County Public Schools. The two victims were minors and were not students at the school, said John Schuster, spokesman to the school district. The condition of the…

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  • Early test shows Mali traveler is negative for Ebola at NYC hospital

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Preliminary test results showed a traveler who visited Mali was negative for Ebola on Thursday but the patient will remain at a New York City hospital for further testing, city health officials said. The traveler, who returned to the United States from a trip to Mali, a West…

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  • Anchorage city lawmakers to take up ordinance banning legal weed

    By Steve Quinn JUNEAU (Reuters) - Anchorage lawmakers next month will consider banning the commercial sale of marijuana in Alaska's largest city, which if passed would deal an early blow to a voter-approved law that would establish a statewide seed-to-sale cannabis industry. Anchorage Assemblywoman…

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  • Five family members killed driving from Texas to Disney World

    By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - Five members of a Texas family on their way to a vacation in Disney World were killed in a single-car crash when their vehicle driven by their teenage son overturned on a highway in Louisiana, police said on Thursday. Michael and Trudi Hardman from the Dallas…

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  • Chronology: Worst Ebola outbreak on record tests global response

    (Reuters) - Global health authorities are struggling to contain the worst Ebola epidemic since the disease was identified in 1976. (Graphic: http://graphics.thomsonreuters.com/14/ebola/index.html) Here is a timeline of the outbreak: March 22: Guinea confirms hemorrhagic fever that killed more than…

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  • Factbox: Obama offers limited immigration changes for tech industry

    (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will announce a series of executive fixes for the immigration system on Thursday, including several measures to help the technology sector deal with a web of complex rules for hiring foreign workers. The rule changes fall far short of what the industry says it…

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  • Appeals court order keeps Mississippi's sole abortion clinic open

    By Emily Le Coz JACKSON Miss. (Reuters) - Mississippi's sole abortion clinic will remain open after a federal appeals court refused on Thursday to reconsider its decision to block a state law that would have closed it. The law, passed in 2012, required doctors at the clinic to have admitting…

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  • Obama's immigration orders aims to bring undocumented out of shadows

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The immigration reform plan that U.S. President Barack Obama plans to outline on Thursday will shift enforcement focus to deporting undocumented immigrants deemed risks to national security or public safety, but will aim to protect families, the White House said. The plan,…

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