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  • House Benghazi panel says State Deptartment to hand over documents today

    The U.S. House of Representatives committee investigating the 2012 attacks on an American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, said the State Department has pledged to hand over 5,000 new pages of documents related to the incident on Tuesday. "The State Department has informed the Committee it…

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  • Four dead after small plane crashes in Wisconsin field

    (Reuters) - Four people were killed when a small plane crashed in a field in western Wisconsin and burst into flames, local officials said on Tuesday.

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  • U.S. military exhumes remains of unidentified victims of Pearl Harbor attack

    Five caskets draped in U.S. flags containing the remains of sailors and Marines who died in the Dec., 7, 1941 attack were transferred from a cemetery to a laboratory where they will be analyzed with modern forensic methods, including DNA testing. The Pentagon wants to identify all of them in…

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  • Body found in luggage near Seattle, second time since May

    The body was discovered at about 8:30 a.m. when a maintenance worker came across the suitcase at a dumpster in an apartment complex in SeaTac, home to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, King County Sheriff's spokesman Stan Seo said. In mid-June law enforcement officials asked for the public's…

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  • Oregon sheriff treated after 20 suspicious envelopes found across state

    The FBI is investigating at least 20 letters received by law enforcement agencies across Oregon on Monday after a rural sheriff was hospitalized following exposure to an unidentified white powder in an envelope, officials in the state said. Sheriff Glenn Palmer of Grant County was exposed to an…

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  • Alaska governor returning sealskin vest amid local ethics probe

    Alaska's governor and lieutenant governor will return sealskin vests received as gifts, the governor's office said on Monday, amid an ethics investigation by a municipal government into possible misuse of taxpayer funds by its mayor. The probe was ordered earlier this month by the North Slope…

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  • U.S. Marines see decision soon on F-35 fighter combat-readiness

    The top U.S. Marine Corps aviator on Monday said an initial squadron of 10 Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jets met all the requirements for a declaration of combat-readiness during a recent review, and a decision from Marine Corps Commandant General Joseph Dunford was expected soon. Deputy…

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  • Boy Scouts of America lifts blanket ban on gay adult leaders

    DALLAS (Reuters) - The national governing body of the Boy Scouts of America voted on Monday to lift the group's outright ban on openly gay adult leaders and employees, dismantling a policy that has deeply divided the membership of the 105-year-old Texas-based organization. (Reporting by Marice…

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  • Oklahoma top court reaffirms Ten Commandments stone at Capitol must go

    Oklahoma's Supreme Court on Monday said the state must remove a Ten Commandments stone monument first placed at its Capitol in 2012, rejecting an appeal to reconsider an earlier decision. Earlier in July, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, a Republican, had said she would keep the monument in place…

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  • Biden, former critic of NY's LaGuardia Airport, upbeat on redesign

    "It's the greatest city in the world, and it requires a 21st-century infrastructure," Biden said at a news conference of the airport, which consistently ranks among the worst in the United States. Biden and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo highlighted the role of Delta Air Lines Inc, the airport's…

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  • Louisiana shooting suspect never involuntarily committed: Georgia authorities

    Suspect John R. Houser, who killed himself after Thursday's rampage in Lafayette, Louisiana, purchased the weapon he used in the attack from an Alabama pawnshop in 2014, authorities say. "We did not receive an involuntary commitment order on John Houser, because there was no order," Sherry Lang,…

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  • U.S. Navy investigates report of cancer cluster at Guantanamo

    The U.S. Navy is investigating a complaint that seeks the evacuation of civilian and military lawyers from parts of the U.S. base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, following reports of cancer cases among personnel working on the trials of detainees there. At least seven civilians and military members who…

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  • Colorado movie gunman's sister sobs, says she still loves him

    By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - The younger sister of Colorado movie massacre gunman James Holmes testified at his trial for the first time on Monday, telling jurors who will decide his fate that the murders were completely out of character, and she still loves him. Chris Holmes, 22, was…

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  • Texas toddler dies after father leaves her strapped in hot SUV: police

    A Texas father whose 2-year-old daughter died after she was left strapped in the back of an SUV as temperatures soared to 98 degrees Fahrenheit was arrested on Monday and charged with child abandonment, police said. Hamuda Raufu, 40, said he dropped off his wife at home on July 17 after a day at…

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  • Planned Parenthood investigating claims of website hack

    Planned Parenthood called on the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice on Monday for help managing cybersecurity, following a report that the reproductive healthcare group's website had been hacked by anti-abortion activists. The organization has come under scrutiny since the release of two…

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  • Citizens United loses New York ruling over donors

    A federal judge on Monday rejected Citizens United's effort to block New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman from demanding that the conservative group disclose more information about its major donors. U.S. District Judge Sidney Stein in Manhattan refused to impose a preliminary injunction to…

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  • Obama meets Lucy, an ancient 'ancestor,' in Ethiopia

    By Jeff Mason ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Barack Obama came to Africa partially to connect with the continent of his forefathers. On Monday, he met an ancestor of an altogether different kind: "Lucy," the 3.2 million-year-old partial skeleton of a hominid discovered in Ethiopia. "That's amazing,"…

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  • Protesters fail to show at Louisiana shooting victims' funerals

    The funeral for Mayci Breaux, a 21-year-old student, occurred quietly and with no protests at the Church of the Assumption in her hometown of Franklin, according to Twitter messages posted by a reporter for WBRZ-TV in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Breaux was studying at a Louisiana college to become an…

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  • Pennsylvania officials brace for crowds attending papal visit

    With some 1.5 million people expected to descend on the Philadelphia area for a two-day visit by Pope Francis in September, one local suburban police chief said on Monday he will declare a state of emergency to maintain public safety. A state of emergency will allow officials in Middletown…

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  • Toyota's Scion aims to double U.S. sales by 2017

    The youth-oriented Scion brand will double U.S. sales to above 100,000 by 2017 on the strength of three new offerings, two of which go on sale in September, the head of the 12-year-old Toyota Motor Corp brand said. In the first half of this year, Scion's U.S. sales were down 19 percent at nearly…

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