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  • Thousands march in New York City to protest police chokehold death

    By Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Reverend Al Sharpton led thousands of chanting but peaceful activists in a march across Staten Island on Saturday to protest the death of Eric Garner, who died after New York City police put him in a banned chokehold last month. "Let's make this a…

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  • Obama to business: tell your lawmakers to renew Ex-Im Bank

    By Mark Felsenthal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Saturday urged business owners to press Congress to reauthorize the U.S. Export-Import Bank, which could halt any new financing Sept. 30 - as some conservative Republicans hope it will - if lawmakers fail to act. Obama said in…

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  • Britain plans tougher laws to tackle UK jihadists

    By Belinda Goldsmith LONDON (Reuters) - Britain said on Saturday it planned tougher laws to deal with British Islamist militants after Islamic State (IS) fighters in the Middle East released a video showing a suspected Briton beheading U.S. British Muslims and politicians have expressed horror at…

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  • U.S. undercover investigators among those exposed in data breach

    By Jim Finkle and Mark Hosenball BOSTON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A cyber attack at a firm that performs background checks for U.S. The breach at Falls Church, Virginia-based US Investigations Services (USIS) exposed highly personal information of workers at the Department of Homeland Security's…

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  • Sharpen the pencils: Tennessee revives cursive teaching

    By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE (Reuters) - Children in Tennessee will have to get used to holding a pencil again next year when new cursive handwriting standards go into effect in schools throughout the state. The trend around the United States is to emphasize keyboarding - a skill that is included in…

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  • University of New Mexico suspends soccer coach over hazing

    By Joseph Kolb ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) - The University of New Mexico women's soccer coach and 22 players on the team were ordered suspended on Friday over a hazing incident that landed one extremely intoxicated freshman athlete in the hospital last weekend, the athletic department said. The…

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  • Judge blocks Montana from logging in grizzly territory

    Conservation groups on Friday hailed a court decision that blocks Montana from building roads and logging in nearly 37,000 acres of a state forest that serves as core habitat for protected grizzly bears. Fish and Wildlife Service violated the Endangered Species Act by issuing a permit to Montana…

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  • Tennessee death row inmates sue to stop electric chair

    By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE Tenn. (Reuters) - Tennessee death row inmates whose execution dates have been set filed suit on Friday against the state to stop it from using the electric chair. "It was filed because the state of Tennessee stands alone as the only jurisdiction in the entire world which…

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  • Activists carry coffin of woman killed by Phoenix police

    By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Activists protesting the fatal shooting of a mentally ill woman by a Phoenix police sergeant last week carried her coffin to City Hall on Friday, demanding an independent investigation into her killing. Michelle Cusseaux's family and other supporters paraded…

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  • Exclusive: Amid Ferguson rage, council's lone black member keeps low profile

    By Tim McLaughlin FERGUSON Missouri (Reuters) - In many ways Dwayne James is a beacon of hope in Ferguson, which has been torn apart by racially charged riots. The only black councilman in a predominantly black town, James is widely respected even by political opponents and talked of as a…

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  • Judge denies restraining order in San Francisco rent case

    By Joaquin Palomino SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A federal judge on Friday denied a motion for a temporary restraining order that would have frozen for the plaintiffs a controversial San Francisco city law that makes landlords pay a hefty fee when evicting tenants to take properties off the rental…

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  • Connecticut preschool teacher's aide faces child porn charges

    By Richard Weizel WILTON Conn. (Reuters) - A Connecticut preschool teacher's aide has been charged with possessing and sharing child pornography, police said on Friday. Eric Von Kohorn, a 33-year-old Bridgeport resident who worked in the Wilton school system since 2007, was arrested late…

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  • Florida judge approves new state congressional maps, no special elections

    By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE Fla. (Reuters) - A Florida judge on Friday approved the new congressional maps redrawn by Republican legislative leaders in a lawsuit over gerrymandering, and ruled that he would not order a special election in affected districts. Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis said…

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  • Man freed on bail in Pennsylvania murder case after 25 years

    By David DeKok HARRISBURG Pa. (Reuters) - A man whose murder conviction was quashed this summer was granted bail by a federal magistrate on Friday after nearly 25 years in a Pennsylvania prison on charges he had set a fire that killed his daughter at a Korean religious retreat. Han Tak Lee, 79, a…

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  • Oregon boy, 2, loses two fingers after falling on mall escalator

    By Lee van der Voo PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - An unattended 2-year-old boy lost two fingers earlier this week after falling on an escalator at a Portland, Oregon-area mall and getting his hand caught in the mechanism, state investigators said on Friday. The report by the state's chief elevator…

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  • Alabama teacher suspended after 6th graders re-enact Missouri shooting

    An Alabama teacher was suspended after her sixth-grade students re-enacted along racial lines the police shooting of Michael Brown, the black teenager whose killing in Ferguson, Missouri, has sparked nightly clashes, school officials said Friday. The skit was the students' idea, but the teacher…

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  • U.S. brings new charges against accused Silk Road creator

    A new indictment against Ross Ulbricht, 30, filed late on Thursday in Manhattan federal court, added charges of narcotics trafficking, distribution of narcotics by means of the Internet, and conspiracy to traffic in fraudulent identification documents. The new charges came on top of four other…

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  • U.S. court revives suit over Sturm coffee pod 'knockoffs'

    Circuit Court of Appeals said a lower court had been too hasty in denying plaintiffs’ request to sue as a group and dismissing their claims against Sturm and its parent company TreeHouse Foods, the makers of Grove Square Coffee. Sturm and TreeHouse had attempted to jump into the lucrative market…

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  • Oregon sues Oracle, claiming fraud over failed Obamacare website

    By Teresa Carson PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - The state of Oregon sued Oracle America Inc. and six of its top executives Friday, accusing the software giant of fraud for failing to deliver a working website for the Affordable Care Act program. The 126-page lawsuit, filed in Marion County Circuit…

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  • Former Texas teacher gets 10 years for killing boy in hit-and-run

    By Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - A former Texas school teacher was sentenced on Friday to 10 years in prison for killing a 6-year-old boy in a hit-and-run accident that prompted a highly publicized manhunt in 2013. Tammy Lowe, 54, was founded guilty and sentenced to eight years in the death…

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