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  • Fighter 'War Machine' sent to Nevada to face assault charges

    The professional fighter known as "War Machine" was in custody in a Las Vegas jail on Saturday after being transferred from Southern California, where he was arrested for assault stemming from an ex-girlfriend's accusation that he beat her in Nevada. Jonathan Koppenhaver, an Ultimate Fighting…

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  • Sinkhole that proved popular at Corvette Museum will be filled

    A sinkhole that swallowed eight cars inside the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky will be filled even though it has become a tourist attraction that sharply increased attendance and revenue, the museum’s board decided on Saturday. The board had voted in June to attempt to keep part of the hole…

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  • Hundreds march in Ferguson to protest police shooting: local media

    (Reuters) - Hundreds of marchers took to the streets in Ferguson, Missouri, on Saturday, local media reported, with protesters calling for justice three weeks after a white police officer shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager. Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson shot the…

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  • F-16s dispatched for unresponsive pilot of small plane near D.C.

    (Reuters) - Two F-16 fighter jets were dispatched to check on a small plane that entered restricted airspace around Washington, D.C., on Saturday, and the fighter pilots observed the person at the controls to be unconscious before the plane ran out of fuel and crashed into the Atlantic Ocean,…

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  • Sam's bid to be first openly gay NFL player on hold

    (Reuters) - Defensive end Michael Sam's dream of becoming the first openly gay player in the National Football League (NFL) was put on hold on Saturday when he failed to make the St. Louis Rams' 53-man roster for the 2014 regular season. The 24-year-old, a standout with the University of Missouri…

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  • Factbox: Defensive end Michael Sam

    (Reuters) - Factbox on defensive end Michael Sam, whose bid to become the first openly gay player in the National Football League (NFL) was put on hold when he failed to make the St. Louis Rams' 53-man roster for the 2014 regular season on Saturday. EARLY PROMISE Attended Hitchcock High School in…

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  • Death of man after New York police restrain him ruled a homicide

    The death of a man who was restrained by police during a drug-fueled outburst was ruled a homicide by the city's medical examiner, New York police said, as the department faces accusations of overly harsh arrest tactics. Ronald Singleton had taken the illegal narcotic PCP, also known as angel…

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  • Six people die in fire at North Carolina mobile home

    (Reuters) - Six people have died in a fire at a mobile home in rural North Carolina, and investigators are seeking to find the cause of the deadly blaze, police said on Saturday. The fire at the home just outside the town of Garland was reported to emergency responders at 1 a.m. local time on…

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  • Girl digging on Oregon beach dies after sand hole collapses on her

    (Reuters) - A 9-year-old girl who was digging in a large sand hole on an Oregon beach suffocated and died after the sand caved in around her and other beachgoers were unable to dig her out in time, police said on Saturday. The girl, identified as Isabel Grace Franks, was playing Friday evening on…

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  • Florida schools make play for scholastic chess curriculum

    By Zachary Fagenson FORT LAUDERDALE Fla. (Reuters) - Leaning over chess boards in the middle of classes, seven- and eight-year-olds in one of Florida's largest school districts furrow their brows as they plot moves toward a checkmate. The chess games are part of a weekly lesson given to all…

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  • Bill to regulate California groundwater passes in state legislature

    By Joaquin Palomino SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - A package of bills aimed at regulating drought-parched California's stressed groundwater supplies were passed on Friday despite efforts by some agricultural interests to block bills in the waning days of the state legislative session. The trio of…

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  • California passes plastic bag ban, would be first such law in U.S

    By Aaron Mendelson SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - The California state legislature enacted a ban on plastic grocery bags on Friday near the end of its two-year session, a measure that if signed into law would become the first of its kind in America. The California Senate voted 22-15 for the bill,…

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  • California says to appeal against teacher protection lawsuit

    By Sharon Bernstein LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California will appeal a controversial court decision that overturned some job protections for public school teachers and could change the way educators are hired and fired in the state, the office of Governor Jerry Brown said on Friday. In a notice of…

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  • Oil train regulation passes in California

    By Jennifer Chaussee SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California lawmakers on Friday passed legislation requiring railroad companies to tell emergency officials when crude oil trains will chug through the state. The bill would require railroads to notify the state's Office of Emergency Services when…

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  • Family of instructor killed at Arizona gun range does not blame girl

    The ex-wife and children of an Arizona gun range instructor shot and killed by a 9-year-old girl using an Uzi submachine gun do not blame the child and plan on reaching out to her family, according to a TV interview broadcast on Friday. Charles Vacca was showing the girl how to fire the Uzi at the…

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  • Florida mother arrested after five kids found living in filthy home

    By Barbara Liston ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - A Florida mother has been charged with child neglect after her 10-year-old boy came to school in foul-smelling clothes and told a teacher he could not remember when he last took a bath, court documents showed. Betsy Velasquez, 34, of Kissimmee, was…

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  • California to shift mentally ill inmates out of solitary confinement

    California will move mentally ill prisoners from solitary confinement to special isolation units as part of a series of new policies outlined by corrections officials Friday to improve treatment for inmates with psychiatric illnesses. In 2013, about 28 percent of California's overcrowded prison…

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  • Idaho attorney for boys in polygamous sect says he fears for them

    By Laura Zuckerman SALMON Idaho (Reuters) - A court-appointed attorney for boys removed from the Idaho home of a follower of imprisoned polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs said on Friday he feared for the well-being of six of the children released to their parents' custody. Nathan Jessop, a…

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