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  • Oklahoma judge orders grand jury probe of Tulsa sheriff's office

    An Oklahoma judge on Tuesday ordered a grand jury investigation into the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office, which has been under scrutiny since a white reserve sheriff's deputy fatally shot a black suspect in April. Judge Rebecca Nightingale issued the order after an activist group submitted a…

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  • Recreational-use marijuana to become legal in Oregon

    Marijuana smoking, seed sharing and cannabis-themed rallies are among the ways Oregon residents plan to celebrate as recreational-use pot becomes legal in the fourth western U.S. state on Wednesday. Marijuana use purely for the sake of getting high is to become legal in the state from midnight on…

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  • U.S. names new envoy for bid to close Guantanamo prison

    A newly appointed special envoy to lead the Obama administration’s efforts to close the Guantanamo prison said he saw a window of opportunity that could substantially reduce the detainee population there in coming months. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday named attorney Lee Wolosky, who…

  • Candidate Jeb Bush releases 33 years of tax returns in show of transparency

    WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush released 33 years of tax records on Tuesday that traced his path to a net worth of between $19 million and $22 million, in a show of transparency that will pressure Democrat Hillary Clinton and his Republican rivals to open…

  • Illinois Democrats seek temporary budget to keep government open

    By Fiona Ortiz SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Reuters) - The financially troubled state of Illinois edged closer on Tuesday to a government shutdown as Democratic lawmakers and the Republican governor failed to resolve a budget impasse ahead of a midnight deadline. Veteran House Speaker Michael Madigan said…

  • Los Angeles seeks job training exemption to new minimum wage law

    The Los Angeles City Council, which weeks ago approved a hike in the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020, on Tuesday asked its legal staff to carve out an exemption to the ordinance for job training programs. In voting to approve the measure, city council members instructed the city attorney to…

  • U.S. Republican Christie launches 2016 bid, promises straight talk

    By Luciana Lopez LIVINGSTON, N.J. (Reuters) - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie launched an uphill run for the Republican presidential nomination on Tuesday with his trademark brashness, offering up his blunt talk and willingness to tackle tough issues as the cure for Washington dysfunction. …

  • FBI investigating new fiber cable attack in California

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation said it was investigating the incident, which appeared to be the latest in a string of fiber cable cuts in the San Francisco Bay area over the last year, according to special agent Greg Wuthrich of the Bureau's San Francisco division. The cut took place in…

  • Suburban Cleveland police detective charged with excessive force

    A suburban Cleveland police detective has been indicted on federal felony charges of excessive force and obstruction of justice in the April arrest of a suspect, prosecutors said on Tuesday. Robert Toth, 48, who has been with the Westlake Police Department since 1992, is accused of abusing a…

  • U.S. doctors, hospitals reap $6.5 billion from drug and device makers: report

    (Reuters) - U.S. doctors and research hospitals collected nearly $6.5 billion in payments for services rendered to pharmaceutical and medical device companies in 2014, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Open Payments report released on Tuesday.

  • Balcony in deadly California collapse had been inspected last year

    After the June 16 balcony collapse, city inspectors found wooden support beams on the fourth-floor balcony were badly decayed, apparently from moisture. A representative for Riverstone Residential, which has been acquired by the Greystar real estate management company, could not immediately be…

  • U.S. court vacates ruling against Golf Channel over Stanford fraud

    (Reuters) - A U.S. federal appeals court on Tuesday threw out its own ruling that could have forced the Golf Channel to repay $5.9 million it received from convicted swindler Allen Stanford. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted Golf Channel's request to vacate its March 12 ruling and…

  • New Jersey judge dismisses 'Bridgegate' lawsuit

    A federal judge in New Jersey has dismissed a class-action lawsuit filed by people stuck in traffic in the 2013 George Washington Bridge lane closings, a scandal that has dogged Governor Chris Christie in his bid to run for U.S. president. The White House bid is seen as an uphill run for the…

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  • Colorado movie gunman acted bizarrely in jail, nurse tells trial

    A nurse at the jail where Colorado cinema gunman James Holmes was held after killing 12 moviegoers told his murder trial on Tuesday she saw him acting bizarrely behind bars, including smearing feces on himself, licking walls and eating paper. Sandra Paggen said she observed Holmes behaving "odd"…

  • KKK plans South Carolina rally as Confederate flag debate continues

    The Ku Klux Klan plans to hold a pro-Confederate flag rally at South Carolina's capitol, where a statue of a former state governor who championed white supremacy was vandalized on Tuesday amid scrutiny of symbols associated with slavery. The Civil War-era flag and related monuments have become…

  • Former Afghan soldier who fled U.S. training granted asylum: lawyer

    By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - A soldier in the Afghanistan army who went missing during a training exercise at a U.S. military base in Massachusetts last year has been granted asylum by the United States, his lawyer said on Tuesday. Major Jan Mohammad Arash was one of three Afghan soldiers…

  • U.S. Justice Dept. cites missteps by police during Ferguson unrest

    Police responding to race-related protests and riots in Ferguson, Missouri, last summer made a series of missteps, including antagonizing crowds with attack dogs and military-style tactics, according to a U.S. Justice Department report. A Justice Department representative said the "after-action…

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  • Woman who gave birth alone in California wildland says started fire for rescue

    Officials with the Plumas National Forest confirmed on Tuesday that a fire broke out on Saturday at the park and that firefighters rescued a woman and a newborn baby from the burn area. Amber Pangborn of Oroville, California, told television station KCRA that after realizing she might be going…

  • U.S. bankruptcy judge pushes debt relief for Corinthian students

    The U.S. government and former students of Corinthian Colleges, which closed in April, need to promote the government's loan relief program before asking for a stay on all student debt collections, a U.S. Bankruptcy judge said on Tuesday. Judge Kevin Carey in Wilmington, Delaware, declined to rule…

  • Death of Maryland boy pushed in swing for three days ruled homicide

    Officers found the boy, Ji’Aire Lee, around 7 a.m. on May 22 after witnesses reported seeing a woman pushing a child on a swing for an unusually long time at a park in La Plata, about 35 miles (55 km) south of Washington, Richardson said. The boy was alive Wednesday when he was placed in the swing…