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  • 'Slenderman' attack victim receives Purple Heart from an anonymous well wisher

    By Brendan O'Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - A Wisconsin girl stabbed 19 times in a murder plot allegedly hatched by two classmates to win favor with a fictional Internet character, has been sent a prestigious Purple Heart medal by an anonymous well-wisher, the victim's family said on Tuesday. "It…

  • Detroit workers, retirees vote in favor of city's debt plan

    Detroit's city workers and retirees overwhelmingly agreed to accept the city's debt adjustment plan, according to results filed late Monday, potentially clearing the way for the struggling city to exit bankruptcy in the next few months. Documents filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court show the city's…

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  • Philadelphia Eagles player arrested in shoving of Arizona officer

    A Philadelphia Eagles football player was arrested in Arizona on suspicion of felony aggravated assault for allegedly pushing a police officer probing a bar fight, authorities said on Monday. Keelan Johnson, 24, was booked into jail early on Saturday and later released after the skirmish at a bar…

  • Suspect charged over fatal California bank robbery shootout

    By Jennifer Baires STOCKTON Calif. (Reuters) - A suspect in a California bank heist in which heavily armed robbers took hostages and engaged police in a running gun battle during a high-speed chase last week was charged with murder on Monday for the deaths of a hostage and two suspected fellow…

  • Texas governor to deploy 1,000 National Guard troops to border

    By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - Texas Governor Rick Perry said on Monday he planned to send 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to the Mexican border to boost security during an influx of illegal immigration by children, a move that could increase pressure on President Barack Obama. …

  • Activists say arrests made in protest at Utah tar sands mine project

    By Jennifer Dobner SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - Sheriff's deputies in Utah arrested nearly two dozen environmental protesters who chained themselves to fences and construction equipment on Monday at a tar sands mining project in the remote Book Cliffs mountains, an activist group said. The Tar…

  • Alaska Army National Guard soldier attacked by bear near base

    By Steve Quinn JUNEAU Alaska (Reuters) - An Alaska Army National Guard soldier was attacked by a brown bear while training in the woods near Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, the second bear attack on a soldier from the base in two months, officials said on Monday. Sergeant Lucas…

  • Colorado county clerk 'reluctantly' halts same-sex marriage licenses

    By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A Colorado county clerk who issued nearly three dozen same-sex marriage licenses agreed on Monday to halt the practice after the state's highest court ordered another clerk to stop issuing the permits to gay couples. Pueblo County clerk Gilbert Ortiz said he…

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  • Kansas police arrest suspect in girl's death

    (Reuters) - A man accused of kidnapping a 5-year-old Kansas girl who died in a shootout between police and her alleged abductor was arrested in a hospital on Monday on suspicion of charges including first-degree murder and aggravated kidnapping, authorities said. Leavenworth Police Chief Patrick…

  • Black and white are the new orange at a county jail in Michigan

    By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - Black and white are the new orange in a Michigan county where the sheriff has made a wardrobe change for jail inmates after a TV series brought new popularity to the vibrant color associated with prisoners. The Saginaw County Jail is replacing its orange prisoner…

  • Lawyers for Mississippi death-row inmate want conviction overturned

    By Emily Le Coz JACKSON Miss. (Reuters) - Attorneys for a Mississippi death-row inmate who was tried six times for the same killings told the state Supreme Court on Monday that his most recent trial was unfair and his conviction should be overturned. Lawyers for Curtis Flowers, a black man…

  • Traps set after reports of giant snake on New Jersey's Lake Hopatcong

    (Reuters) - In a scene that could open the film "Snakes on a Jet Ski," New Jersey animal control workers have set traps to snare a reported 20-foot-long serpent slithering through the waters of Lake Hopatcong. Tales of the giant snake brought the state Department of Environmental Protection to the…

  • New Mexico teens charged with beating two homeless men to death

    By Joseph Kolb ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) - Prosecutors have charged three New Mexico teens with murder for allegedly beating to death two homeless men whose bodies were so badly disfigured they have yet to be identified, police and the Albuquerque District Attorney's Office said. Kayla Anderson,…

  • Texas man arrested for posing as veterinarian

    By Amanda Orr HOUSTON (Reuters) - A 26-year-old Houston man has been arrested for practicing veterinary medicine without a license after he dispensed medicine and performed makeshift treatments on at least 50 animals, police said on Monday. Wilfredo Gutierrez, who worked as a technician at a…

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  • U.S. court denies bid to reconsider stay of Arizona execution

    By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Monday rejected a bid by Arizona to remove a block that stops the state executing a double murderer until he is provided with more information about the drugs to be used to put him to death. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals…

  • New York City settles inmate death lawsuit for $2.75 million

    By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City has agreed to pay $2.75 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the family of a jail inmate who claimed guards beat him to death. A spokesman for the city's Law Department on Monday confirmed the settlement with the estate of Ronald Spear, 52, who died…

  • Jury selection starts for Michigan man accused of killing black teen

    (Reuters) - Jury selection began on Monday for a white suburban Detroit homeowner charged with killing a black teenager with a shotgun blast to the face after she knocked on his door seeking help early one November morning. Theodore Wafer, 55, faces a second-degree murder charge and up to life in…

  • Prisoner scales fence to escape Oregon jail

    By Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - A man awaiting trial for theft managed to escape an Oregon jail after he was let outside as part of a work crew, fled across the jail parking lot and jumped a fence in the latest in a string of Oregon prisoner escapes, authorities said on Monday. …

  • Want to buy a bridge? Pennsylvania still has 11 for sale

    By David DeKok HARRISBURG Pa. (Reuters) - Buying a bridge is not on most to-do lists, but anyone seeking a historic span need look no further than the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, which has 11 of them for sale. PennDOT is trying to save bridges on the National Register of Historic…

  • Bail set as elderly former Nazi guard falls ill in Pennsylvania

    (Reuters) - A former Nazi concentration camp guard awaiting extradition to Germany was granted bail on Monday, set at $100,000, after his serious medical condition worsened while in jail, according to court documents. The decision comes days before a federal judge was to decide whether Johann…

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