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  • Obama seeks support for immigration plan, blasts Boehner

    By Steve Holland LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - President Barack Obama defended his decision to bypass Congress and overhaul U.S. immigration policy on his own on Friday, saying he was forced to act because House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner would not let legislation come to a vote. With many…

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  • Woman says New Orleans police closed rape case as consensual sex

    By Jonathan Kaminsky NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - The lawyer for a woman who says her rape was dismissed by New Orleans police as consensual sex wants the case to be among the hundreds of mishandled sex crime and child abuse cases reopened by the department, she told a press conference on Friday. New…

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  • L.A. school district settles teacher sex abuse suits for nearly $140 million

    By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Los Angeles school district has agreed to pay nearly $140 million to families of students subjected to sexual abuse by an elementary school teacher who infamously took bondage-style photos of some pupils, school officials said on Friday. The district…

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  • San Francisco window washer in hospital after 11-story fall onto car

    (Reuters) - A San Francisco window washer fell 11 stories from a high-rise building on Friday, landing atop a moving car on the street below, and was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries, police said. The worker, who was not immediately identified, plummeted from the office building in…

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  • Woman who led New Mexico police on chase indicted second time

    ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) - A woman who last year led New Mexico police on a car chase in which shots were fired by officers at her minivan with five children inside has been indicted on multiple charges for a second time, her lawyer said on Friday. Oriana Farrell, 40, was indicted by a Taos…

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  • American University rejects divesting its fossil-fuel assets

    By Robin Respaut (Reuters) - Trustees at American University voted on Friday to keep the fossil fuel-related investments held in the school's $550 million endowment fund. The decision was a major disappointment for a student-led campaign to push U.S. universities to divest their fossil-fuel assets.…

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  • Any new U.S. Internet rules must withstand lawsuits: FCC chief

    By Marina Lopes WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. regulators expect Internet service providers to sue the government over any changes in the way they are regulated and must reevaluate any proposals to make sure they stand up in court, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler said at a…

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  • NYC pays former fast-food worker $437,000 to settle Big Mac glass case

    By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former McDonald's Corp worker accused and later cleared of putting glass shards in a police officer's hamburger will be paid a $437,000 settlement by the city of New York, authorities said on Friday. Albert Garcia, who was working the grill at a McDonald's…

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  • Texas school board approves textbooks criticized for religious bent

    By Jon Herskovitz and Jim Forsyth AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - The Texas State Board of Education, whose decisions can have national ramifications, on Friday approved nearly 100 textbooks despite criticism the books exaggerated the influence biblical figures had in forming the U.S. system of…

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  • Longest U.S. suspension bridge celebrated New York-style

    By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City's Verrazano-Narrows Bridge was celebrated on Friday as an engineering marvel on the 50th anniversary of its opening, but a proposed toll increase for the longest suspension bridge in the United States put a damper on the birthday party. When…

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  • Florida polo magnate gets 16 years for deadly drunken driving crash

    By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI Fla. (Reuters) - A Florida polo club founder was sentenced to 16 years in prison on Friday after a jury for a second time found him guilty of killing a recent college graduate in a collision while driving drunk late one night in Palm Beach County. John Goodman, a…

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  • Former Oregon beauty pageant winner arrested in drug bust

    By Shelby Sebens PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - A former Oregon beauty pageant winner is facing drug charges after she was arrested in a drug bust at a Salem hotel where police found cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and records of drug sales, authorities said on Friday.  Former Miss Teen Oregon-World…

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  • Mudslide strikes home in California area that saw wildfire this year

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A mudslide slammed into a house in a Southern California suburb on Friday where wildfires had left hilly terrain barren of trees and brush, prompting authorities to warn residents that more such landslides were likely in the near future. The mudslide in Glendora occurred…

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  • Holder urges restraint ahead of decision on Ferguson shooting

    By Julia Edwards and Daniel Wallis WASHINGTON/FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Friday urged police restraint in protests that may follow a grand jury's imminent decision on whether to indict the white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager in…

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  • Walmart workers announce Black Friday protest locations

    (Reuters) - A pressure group pushing for higher wages at Walmart stores said employees would stage protests at 1,600 U.S. stores on Black Friday, including 60 in Washington.

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  • U.S. threatens to cut food stamp funding to Maine in photo ID row

    By Dave Sherwood BRUNSWICK Maine (Reuters) - The federal government has threatened to cut funding for Maine’s food stamp program, saying the state may be violating recipients' civil rights by requiring welfare cards to bear their photograph. Maine began printing photos on electronic benefit (EBT)…

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  • Man charged with murder of Indiana teenage girl

    (Reuters) - A prosecutor charged a man with murder on Friday in the death of a teenage girl whose bound and partially burned body was found in an Indianapolis homeowner's backyard in August. William Gholston, 46, was charged with killing Dominique Allen, 15, Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry…

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  • Pentagon reforms aim to curb predatory sales targeting troops

    By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Moving to curb predatory sales practices targeting U.S. military personnel, the Pentagon said on Friday it was reforming its payment system for troops to prevent them from using direct salary deductions to buy consumer goods like cars and computers. Under…

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  • NYC officer's gun may have discharged accidentally in man's death

    By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York City officer shot and killed an unarmed man in a dimly lit stairwell of a Brooklyn housing project, in what may have been an accidental discharge of his weapon, the police commissioner said on Friday. Akai Gurley, 28, was shot once in the chest and…

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  • Grand jury on Ferguson shooting still in session: prosecutor's office

    (Reuters) - The grand jury weighing whether to charge a white police officer who shot dead an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, was still in session on Friday, the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney's Office said. Although no date or time for the announcement of its decision was…

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