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  • Minnesota ex-Governor Ventura awarded $1.8 million in defamation suit

    By Art Hughes ST. PAUL Minn. (Reuters) - Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura was awarded more than $1.8 million in damages on Tuesday after a federal jury found he had been defamed in a book by an ex-Navy SEAL who claimed the two were in a bar fight. In an 8-2 decision, the jury awarded…

  • Mother of slain Mexican teen sues U.S. Border Patrol agents

    By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Lawyers for the mother of a Mexican teenager fatally shot by U.S. border police filed a U.S. federal civil rights lawsuit on Tuesday, calling the killing "brazen and lawless" and the latest example of agents using excessive force. The lawsuit says unnamed…

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  • Despite court ruling, no wedding bells for same-sex couples in South Carolina

    By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON S.C. (Reuters) - Five gay couples were denied marriage licenses on Wednesday at a South Carolina courthouse as they offered a symbolic challenge to the state's same-sex marriage ban. As a crowd of supporters waited outside a Greenville County courthouse, the couples…

  • Pennsylvania state police plan to fight U.S. discrimination suit

    By David DeKok HARRISBURG Pa. (Reuters) - The commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police vowed on Wednesday to fight a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Justice contending that the physical fitness tests required of prospective state troopers discriminate against women. The federal…

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  • Killer of actor Kelsey Grammer's sister denied parole in Colorado

    By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A man convicted of murdering the sister of actor Kelsey Grammer in Colorado 34 years ago was denied parole on Wednesday, a day after Grammer testified against his release, authorities said. Freddie Glenn, who was convicted with two accomplices in the murder of…

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  • U.S. turns back Central Americans, welcomes 'dusty foot' Cubans

    By Patricia Zengerle and David Adams WASHINGTON/MIAMI (Reuters) - Yasel Lopez's journey to the United States was as harrowing as any endured by the thousands of people rounded up in recent months at the Mexican border - he survived days without food and water and the death of a companion on the…

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  • Six Philadelphia narcotics officers arrested for robbing dealers

    By Daniel Kelley PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - U.S. government agents arrested six Philadelphia narcotics officers on Wednesday on charges they robbed and in some cases kidnapped drug dealers, including dangling one over an 18th story balcony to force him to give up a computer password. “The conduct…

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  • U.S. Peace Corps withdrawing volunteers due to Ebola virus

    The U.S. Peace Corps said on Wednesday it was pulling 340 volunteers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea because of the spreading Ebola virus that has killed 672 people in the three countries since February. "The Peace Corps today announced that it is temporarily removing its volunteers from…

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  • Crews clean up, repair flood damage from Los Angeles water main break

    By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Utility crews working around the clock on Wednesday labored to clean up and repair damage from a major water main break that unleashed a 40-foot-tall (12-meter-tall) geyser and flooded part of the University of California campus in drought-stricken Los…

  • Police arrest New Mexico man suspected of killing, marinating dog

    By Joseph Kolb ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) - Sheriff's deputies have arrested a New Mexico man suspected of extreme animal cruelty after he was accused of killing his ex-girlfriend's puppy with a screwdriver then marinating it in preparation for eating it, authorities said on Wednesday. "I would…

  • Third University of New Mexico football player suspended

    By Joseph Kolb ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) - The head football coach at the University of New Mexico has suspended a third team member in as many months after the player was arrested this week on charges of breaking into a former girlfriend's apartment, a school spokesman said on Wednesday. …

  • Insanity plea mulled for Connecticut teen in prom stabbing case

    Lawyers for a Connecticut high school student accused of murdering a female classmate hours before their junior court began talks on Wednesday on whether to amend his plea to not guilty based on insanity or on related grounds. Christopher Plaskon, 17, pleaded not guilty in June to the fatal…

  • Oregon hunting guide pleads guilty to injuring wild cats for easy kill

    An Oregon hunting guide accused of injuring or caging mountain lions and bobcats to make it easier for his clients to shoot and kill pleaded guilty on Wednesday in a U.S. Court in Denver to violating a federal wildlife law, prosecutors said. Nicholaus Rodgers of Shady Cove, Oregon, could face up…

  • Ohio man gets life for killing mother and living six months with body

    Michael Petrie, 33, of Barberton, a suburb of Akron, was found guilty of murder and abuse of a corpse after a short trial in June. Prosecutors said Petrie killed his 67-year-old mother in October 2012 by stabbing her in the face, neck and heart with a sai, a traditional Asian martial arts weapon. …

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  • Two women escape death from train in Indiana, but maybe not jail

    By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - Two women may face criminal charges after narrowly escaping an oncoming freight train as they crossed a bridge above a lake in Indiana by crawling between the tracks as train cars passed inches above their heads, authorities said on Wednesday. As the train going at…

  • New York man faces drug charges tied to 'Electric Zoo' death

    A New York man has been charged with selling the potent party drug "molly" to a 23-year-old concertgoer who died of an overdose at a massive electronic music festival last summer, prosecutors said on Wednesday. Patrick Morgan, 23, is accused of selling dozens of pills at the three-day concert on…

  • Fourth Ethiopian athlete missing after track event found safe

    By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - The last of four Ethiopian athletes, who came to the United States for a track meet in Oregon and then failed to fly home with teammates, has been located and is safe after disappearing in a possible asylum bid, authorities said on Wednesday. Zeyituna…

  • Man accused of trying to smother father could face new charges

    Steven Curtis was arrested on Monday after police in the Cleveland suburb of Brecksville said he placed his hands over the mouth and nose of his father, Roy Curtis, 86, at The Oaks of Brecksville Nursing Home. The father died a few hours after the incident.

  • New York police unions lose bid to challenge stop-and-frisk settlement

    By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York's police unions cannot challenge a sweeping settlement over the city's controversial stop-and-frisk police tactic, a U.S. judge ruled on Wednesday, clearing the way for reforms to take effect. U.S. District Judge Analisa Torres in New York denied the…

  • Michelle Obama says the 'blood of Africa' runs through her veins

    By Annika McGinnis WASHINGTON (Reuters) - First lady Michelle Obama embraced her family’s African roots in a speech on Wednesday, telling a group of young Africans that the “blood of Africa” runs through her veins as she urged changing traditional beliefs on the worth of educating women. I have…

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