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  • Four Texas family members suspected of beating 14-year-old to abort baby

    By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - Four members of a Texas family have been arrested on suspicion of beating a 14-year-old relative to induce an abortion two years ago after she had been raped by a member of the family, Dallas police said on Wednesday. The Dallas Morning News said the…

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  • Parent-less Colorado teen finds a family to help celebrate birthday

    (Reuters) - A Colorado college student who grew up in foster care will get her birthday wish - a family to help her celebrate the occasion, local media reported on Wednesday. Natalie Carson, 19, gained national attention after posting an ad on Craigslist.com saying she had never had a happy…

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  • Hedge fund boss Paulson gives Harvard record $400 mIllion

    Harvard University, which has educated many of the world's wealthiest investors, is now getting its biggest single gift from one them - a $400 million donation from Wall Street hedge fund investor John Paulson. The 59-year old financier said the gift was his way of thanking the Ivy League school…

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  • California school won't ban Native American student's feather

    By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A California school district, threatened with a civil rights lawsuit, has agreed to drop its objection to a Native American student wearing an eagle feather at his high school graduation ceremony in the city of Clovis, officials said on Wednesday. …

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  • NYC's Co-op City eases rules for disabled residents to own dogs

    By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - Co-op City, the largest affordable housing cooperative in the United States, will loosen its policy against owning pets to accommodate disabled residents who require service dogs or other animals, under a federal consent decree announced on Wednesday. …

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  • Cleveland policeman acquitted in shooting now wanted for assault

    By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - The Cleveland police officer acquitted in May in the shooting deaths of two unarmed suspects is wanted for assault on suspicion of beating his brother, according to an arrest warrant issued on Wednesday. The warrant for Michael Brelo, 31, stemmed from an…

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  • Man in Boston terrorism probe faces charges, report alleges beheading plan

    By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - A Massachusetts man detained under a terrorism probe faces charges in federal court on Wednesday, federal prosecutors said, as local media reported the man and an associate who police shot dead on Tuesday had planned to try to behead a police officer. Police…

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  • Wal-Mart relaxing dress code in bid to address worker concerns

    Executives at the world's largest retailer made the announcement at a gathering of 3,000 workers brought to Arkansas this week before the company's annual shareholders' meeting due to be held on Friday. Wal-Mart has long faced criticism over pay and hours for many of its employees. "My job is to…

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  • Two suspects dead after three-hour Texas police chase

    Two men suspected of assaulting a police officer in Texas and stealing his vehicle were killed after a three-hour chase, one of them shot by police and the other found dead inside the vehicle, authorities said on Wednesday. The incident began about 8:30 p.m. CDT Tuesday when the officer pulled…

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  • U.S. lab's suspect anthrax may have been sent to Pentagon: official

    A suspect batch of anthrax may have been sent to the Pentagon after an Army laboratory in Utah mistakenly shipped out suspected live samples of the potentially lethal bacteria, a U.S. defense official said on Tuesday. The suspected shipment, first reported by CNN, came from a batch that was meant…

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  • Lawsuit says Zara lawyer harassed, fired for being gay and Jewish

    A former attorney for Spanish fashion chain Zara filed a $40 million lawsuit on Wednesday claiming he was harassed and ultimately fired for being Jewish, American and gay. The lawsuit, filed in New York state court in Manhattan, says Ian Miller, who was general counsel for Zara USA Inc from 2008…

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  • FAA to name adviser to handle 'crush' of industry drone queries

    By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Aviation Administration said on Wednesday that it would place a higher priority on integrating drones into the national air space by appointing a senior adviser to coordinate relations with industry and other outside stakeholders. FAA…

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  • Apple recalls some Beats Pill XL speakers

    (Reuters) - Apple Inc said it is recalling some Beats Pill XL portable wireless speakers due to a fire hazard caused by overheating batteries. The iPhone maker will recall about 222,000 speakers in the United States and about 11,000 in Canada, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)…

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  • Two years on, empty schools pose tough sell for Chicago

    By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Sitting at the dead end of a west side Chicago street, the vacant Ward elementary school is a gloomy sight. In March, Detroit's school system transferred 77 of its 98 closed schools to the city, which can use federal dollars to tear some down while…

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  • Texas set to execute man who has spent three decades on death row

    By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - One of the longest-serving inmates on Texas' busy death row was set to be executed on Wednesday, more than three decades after being convicted of fatally shooting four people in 1983. Lawyers for Lester Bower filed a last-minute appeal with the U.S.…

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  • Second hearing set for jailed Washington Post Iran reporter: ISNA

    An Iranian court will hold a second hearing next week for Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, an American-Iranian on trial on espionage charges, Iran's Students News Agency ISNA reported on Wednesday. The trial of Rezaian, the newspaper's Iran bureau chief, began behind closed doors on May 26…

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  • Exclusive: Detainee alleges CIA sexual abuse, torture beyond Senate findings

    By David Rohde NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency used a wider array of sexual abuse and other forms of torture than was disclosed in a Senate report last year, according to a Guantanamo Bay detainee turned government cooperating witness. Majid Khan said interrogators…

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  • Boston man shot by police was target of terrorism probe: officials

    Law enforcement officers in Boston shot dead a man on Tuesday who came at them with a large knife when they tried to question him as part of a terrorism-related investigation, authorities said, describing him as a "threat." The 26-year-old man, identified as Usaamah Rahim, brandished a knife and…

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  • Los Angeles City Council to vote on $15 minimum wage

    The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday will vote on a proposal to increase the minimum wage in the nation's second-largest city by 2020 to $15 an hour from the current $9, officials said. The Los Angeles City Council's support of the measure is seen as a victory for labor and community groups…

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