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  • Judge strikes down NY limits on donations to 'super PACs'

    By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judge on Thursday reluctantly struck down New York's limits on donations to independent political action committees as unconstitutional, potentially ushering in a new era of "super PACs" in state campaigns. District Judge Paul Crotty said the statutes…

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  • Fire continues at Wyoming natgas facility, disrupts supply: Williams

    A fire is still raging at Williams Companies Inc's natural gas processing plant in southwestern Wyoming, which exploded on Wednesday afternoon and disrupted regional supplies, the company and local emergency responders said On Thursday. Williams has shut gathering pipelines that run to its Opal,…

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  • Oregon energy plant halts Canada medical waste over fetal tissue concerns

    By Shelby Sebens PORTLAND, Oregon (Reuters) - Commissioners in an Oregon county have temporarily stopped accepting boxed medical waste from British Columbia over fears they may have been burning fetal tissue at a plant that converts waste to energy, officials said. Marion County said in a…

  • U.S. proposal would ban e-cigarette sales to minors, allow advertising

    By Toni Clarke WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed rules on Thursday that would ban the sale of e-cigarettes to anyone under 18, but would not restrict flavored products, online sales or advertising, which public health advocates say attract children. Bonnie…

  • Father thanks God for stowaway son's survival on Hawaii flight

    A Somali immigrant whose 15-year-old son survived a flight from California to Hawaii stowed away amid freezing temperatures and low oxygen levels in the wheel well of a jet said in a radio interview that he thanks God his son is alive. The 15-year-old boy from the San Francisco Bay area city of…

  • U.S. Army plans to remove about 2,000 officers due to budget cuts

    By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters) - The U.S. Army is looking to cut about 2,000 positions for captains and majors by the end of the year as part of its overall plans to reduce its active duty numbers due to budget cuts, the Army's chief of staff said on Wednesday. "Probably this year,…

  • Kansas Jewish center shooting suspect asks court for delay

    By Kevin Murphy and Carey Gillam OLATHE, Kansas (Reuters) - The white supremacist charged with killing three people at two Jewish facilities near Kansas City on Passover Sunday appeared in a Kansas courtroom on Thursday and was granted a month-long delay in the proceedings against him. Frazier…

  • Justice Department's criminal division names new No. 2

    By Aruna Viswanatha WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice has named Marshall Miller as the new No. 2 official in its criminal division, after a spate of departures thinned its top ranks, according to an internal memo obtained on Wednesday. Miller, who was most recently chief of…

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  • Mississippi sets 20-week limit on abortions

    (Reuters) - Mississippi will ban abortions after more than 20 weeks of pregnancy from July, joining other conservative U.S. states that have placed restrictions on the procedure. A handful of states have in recent years enacted laws that place restrictions on the procedure, especially on late-term…

  • Californians overwhelmingly approve new education standards: poll

    Most Californians support dramatic changes set to take hold in public education, including funneling more money to schools with disadvantaged students and implementing rigorous national standards known as the common core curriculum, a new poll shows. Nearly three-quarters of Californians also say…

  • U.S. Army opens hearing for soldier accused of murders in Iraq

    By Jonathan Kaminsky OLYMPIA, Washington (Reuters) - The U.S. Army convened a pre-trial evidentiary hearing on Wednesday for a soldier accused of shooting dead two deaf, unarmed Iraqi boys in 2007. Sergeant First Class Michael Barbera faces two counts of premeditated murder stemming from the…

  • U.S. mother, officials settle suit over airport breast milk

    A nursing Southern California mother stopped from taking breast milk through airport security has reached a $75,000 settlement with the U.S. Transportation Security Administration, her lawyer said on Wednesday. TSA officers stopped Stacey Armato at Phoenix's Sky Harbor International Airport while…

  • Oregon same-sex couples fight gay marriage ban with state on their side

    By Teresa Carson EUGENE, Oregon (Reuters) - Lawyers for four same-sex couples challenging Oregon's prohibition on gay marriage appeared before a federal judge on Wednesday to argue their case, even as the state declined to defend the ban. Oregon's attorney general declined to defend the state's…

  • Oklahoma high court clears way for two inmates' executions

    By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - The Oklahoma Supreme Court lifted a stay of execution on Wednesday for two murderers, put in place due to concerns over secrecy surrounding lethal injection drugs, clearing the way for them to be put to death next week. The court said their records…

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  • U.S. removed ex-Navy flight boss over workplace behavior complaints

    The former commander of an elite U.S. Navy flight unit was removed from his position amid an allegation that he enabled a climate of inappropriate behavior when he commanded the famed Blue Angels flight team, the Navy said on Wednesday. The allegations against the former commanding officer of the…

  • Explosion shuts large natural gas processing plant in Wyoming

    The blast at the Williams Companies Inc plant in Opal, Wyoming, touched off a fire that was still burning several hours later, company spokeswoman Michele Swaner said. The Lincoln County Sheriff's Department said the fire had been contained to one area of the plant. The explosion, at least the…

  • White supremacist pleads guilty in Pacific Northwest killing spree

    A white supremacist convicted of killing two people and accused of killing two more during a violent road trip across the Pacific Northwest pleaded guilty on Wednesday in federal court in Oregon to two counts of carjacking resulting in death, his attorney said. David Joseph Pedersen, 33, is…

  • Probe of Gacy serial killings resolves unrelated 1978 Illinois murder

    Illinois investigators trying to put names to the last unidentified victims of executed serial killer John Wayne Gacy have solved the unrelated 1978 disappearance of another man, officials said on Wednesday. Edward Beaudion, 22, was killed the night he was last seen in July 1978 and dumped in a…

  • Explosion rocks natural gas plant in Wyoming, no injuries reported

    (Reuters) - An explosion rocked a natural gas-processing plant in southwestern Wyoming on Wednesday, causing no injuries but prompting the evacuation of the facility and a nearby town, a company spokeswoman said. The explosion in an apparatus called a turbo expender at the Williams Companies plant…

  • Florida executes man convicted in 1990 murder of two relatives

    By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Reuters) - A man convicted of killing his cousin and the man's wife to prevent his cousin from testifying against him in a burglary case was executed in Florida on Wednesday, a state prison official said. Robert Eugene Hendrix, 47, was pronounced dead at…

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