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  • California man who helped kidnap busload of kids paroled after 37 years

    One of three men who kidnapped a busload of school children more than three decades ago and left them in a van hidden in a California quarry was granted parole on Thursday, state officials said. Although the 26 children and their bus driver all survived the ransom plot, kidnapper James Schoenfeld,…

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  • Woman jailed for outburst during Colorado movie massacre trial

    A woman protesting against capital punishment stood up in court on Thursday and shouted "Don't kill him!" before bailiffs tackled her during the penalty phase of James Holmes' mass murder trial in Colorado. The disturbance by spectator Deborah Cave came as the district attorney addressed jurors…

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  • Wild turkey sparks hunt for angry bird at University of Michigan

    By Serena Maria Daniels DETROIT (Reuters) - A wild turkey is ruffling feathers at the University of Michigan, chasing pedestrians and cyclists, sneaking into dorms and even causing traffic delays by lying down in the middle of streets. The turkey, which has been living on the Ann Arbor school's…

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  • Chinese professor accused of spying by U.S. released on bail

    A Chinese professor charged in the United States with economic espionage has been released on bail, U.S. court records show, and his family said he was confident of clearing his name. Zhang Hao was one of six Chinese nationals charged by the U.S. government in May with economic espionage. U.S.…

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  • Shell's Arctic icebreaker threads human barricade as it departs Oregon

    By Shelby Sebens PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - An icebreaking vessel key to Royal Dutch Shell's plans to drill for oil in the Arctic departed Portland, Oregon, late on Thursday, navigating between a narrow gap of environmental activists dangling from a bridge after a two-day human blockade. Several…

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  • Hunting club that suspended U.S. hunter donates to top lawmakers

    By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A hunting club that suspended a Minnesota dentist who killed Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe has given money to the campaigns of numerous U.S. politicians, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner, a watchdog group's…

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  • Northern California wildfire forces hundreds to flee

    By Curtis Skinner SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Flames raged unchecked for a second day through tinder-dry brush and scrub oak in Northern California's ranch country on Thursday after destroying three homes and forcing hundreds of residents to flee, as firefighters sought to benefit from subsiding…

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  • Ohio officer charged with murder pleads not guilty, released on bond

    A former University of Cincinnati police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of an unarmed black man he had stopped for a missing license plate was released from jail on bond hours after an initial court appearance on Thursday. Ray Tensing, 25, had pleaded not guilty in the death of…

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  • Georgia grand jury to hear case of sheriff who shot friend

    A Georgia sheriff who said he shot a friend while "practicing police tactics" could face upgraded felony charges after prosecutors decided on Thursday to present the case to a grand jury. Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill, 50, was arrested in May and charged with reckless conduct, a misdemeanor,…

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  • California man who helped kidnap busload of kids could get parole

    One of three men who kidnapped a busload of school children more than three decades ago and left them in a van hidden in a quarry could soon be paroled if California Governor Jerry Brown takes no action in the case by midnight Thursday. Although the 26 children and their bus driver all survived…

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  • Ohio police officer charged with murder released from jail on bond

    (Reuters) - A former University of Cincinnati police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of an unarmed black man was released on Thursday from jail on bond, according to the Hamilton County Clerk of Courts.

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  • Lawyers argue life or death for Colorado movie gunman

    Defense attorneys said the Colorado movie massacre gunman was schizophrenic and they urged jurors on Thursday to spare his life, while prosecutors said James Holmes must not be able to use mental illness as a shield. Lead prosecutor George Brauchler wrapped up closing arguments in the trial's…

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  • NYC woman found with dead baby in shopping bag indicted for murder

    An 18-year-old New York woman was indicted on murder charges on Thursday, two years after a retail store security guard found her carrying a dead newborn baby in a shopping bag, prosecutors said. Tiona Rodriguez was charged with one count of second-degree murder for her son's death, which was…

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  • Texas county where incarcerated woman died cited by jail monitor

    The Texas county where a black woman died in an apparent jail suicide that garnered national attention had been cited by a state monitor for not doing enough to keep an eye on inmates and properly filling out intake forms, an official said on Thursday. Sandra Bland was found hanged in her cell…

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  • GE may ship $10 billion in work overseas as U.S. trade bank languishes

    General Electric Co is taking steps to shift some U.S. manufacturing work overseas now that the U.S. Export-Import Bank will be shuttered at least until September, the industrial giant's global operations boss told Reuters on Thursday. GE Vice Chairman John Rice said the conglomerate is bidding on…

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  • Father of Ohio child found decomposed in crib held on $1 million bond

    An Ohio judge ordered a father held on a $1 million bond Thursday after a cable installer discovered the badly decomposed body of a young child in a crib at his apartment and notified authorities, the Medina Police Department said. Eric Warfel, 34, was arrested Wednesday after the body of…

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  • Jury picked in unprecedented U.S. trial of alleged Taliban fighter

    The unprecedented trial of a former Soviet army officer accused of being a Taliban fighter in Afghanistan began on Thursday in U.S. District Court with a jury being selected. Irek Hamidullin, believed to be in his 50s, is the first military prisoner from Afghanistan to be tried in a federal court.…

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  • Tennessee man arrested near Capitol faces gun charges

    A Tennessee man driving a truck loaded with guns, ammunition and a propane tank faces charges in the U.S. capital after asking police for directions to the White House, according to court documents. Oney had three firearms in the vehicle - a long-range rifle with a scope, a .44 caliber handgun and…

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  • Illinois college to drop health coverage over contraception mandate

    An evangelical Christian college in Illinois will stop providing health insurance to students on Friday because of its objection to the Obamacare mandate to provide contraceptive coverage, a legal group representing the school said on Thursday. The decision affects about 500 of 3,000 students at…

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  • U.S. asks Supreme Court to reverse major insider trading ruling

    By Lawrence Hurley and Nate Raymond WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department asked the Supreme Court on Thursday to reverse a federal appellate court's insider trading ruling, calling it a "roadmap" for potential criminals that undermined efforts to ensure the "integrity of the…

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