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  • Man charged with capital murder in shotgun ambush of woman in Hollywood

    Los Angeles prosecutors on Tuesday filed capital murder charges against a man accused of using a shotgun to ambush a woman with whom he had a business dispute, shooting her in the head as she walked to dinner near Hollywood's tourist hub. Ezeoma Chigozie Obioha, 31, was arraigned on one count of…

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  • Florida man, convicted of murder at age 12, released 16 years on

    A Florida man who was called the nation's youngest convicted murderer at age 12 walked out of prison on Tuesday morning after serving almost 16 years behind bars. Curtis Jones, 29, completed his sentence at the medium security South Bay Correctional Institution in South Florida, according to…

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  • Dallas Zoo's baby giraffe dies in habitat accident

    A baby giraffe whose April birth at Dallas Zoo was watched live by more than two million people worldwide died on Tuesday in an accident at the park, the zoo said. As the giraffe herd was shifting inside for the night, Kipenzi made a sharp turn, ran into the edge of the habitat perimeter and broke…

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  • Fallen tree injures eight children outside California museum

    A pine tree that stood some seven stories tall fell onto a group of children outside a museum in Pasadena, California, on Tuesday, injuring eight of the youngsters, two of them seriously, city and museum officials said. The tree crashed to the ground as dozens of children who were attending a…

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  • Oregon 'kayaktivists' to protest Shell Arctic oil search

    By Shelby Sebens PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - Protesters began gathering in a riverside park in Portland Tuesday evening, planning to drop kayaks in the water to protest Wednesday's scheduled launch of a ship to be used by Royal Dutch Shell for Arctic oil exploration. Following the lead of…

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  • Defense secretary to advise senior leaders on budget

    U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter is due to meet with senior military leaders on Thursday to map out his budget priorities for the coming year, the Pentagon's chief weapons buyer said on Tuesday. "It's going to be a chance for the secretary to meet with all the leadership from the co-coms…

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  • Sexual-assault accuser says Cosby didn't realize she was gay

    By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The woman battling Bill Cosby to make public a 2006 settlement of her sexual-assault complaint against him said in court documents on Tuesday that she is a lesbian, despite his sworn assertions that their encounter was consensual and he has a knack for…

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  • Father of Colorado movie gunman pleads with jury for his life

    The father of the Colorado movie massacre gunman pleaded on Tuesday for his son's life, showing the jury photos of family vacations when he said James Holmes was "a really excellent kid" who became mentally ill and is not to blame for his July 2012 rampage. Bob Holmes, who with his wife Arlene has…

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  • California lawmaker battles recall by anti-vaccine activists

    The California lawmker who made it harder for parents to opt out of vaccinating their children, a stance that earned him death threats, is now launching a campaign to save his job, days after the state certified a recall effort against him. Democratic State Senator Richard Pan, a Sacramento…

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  • Los Angeles passes law banning large-capacity gun magazines

    The ordinance prohibits Los Angeles residents from possessing a handgun or rifle magazine that fits more than 10 rounds. The law would take effect 30 days after Mayor Eric Garcetti signs it, a move that he was "eager" to make, he said in a statement. Similar ordinances in San Francisco and…

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  • American accused of killing Zimbabwe's popular Cecil the lion

    Wildlife officials on Tuesday accused an American hunter of killing Cecil, one of the oldest and most famous lions in Zimbabwe, without a permit after paying $50,000 to two people who lured the beast to its death. The lion was lured out of Hwange National Park using a bait and was shot by Walter…

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  • Fires in U.S. West threaten thousands of structures

    Fires burning in drought-parched California on Tuesday menaced thousands of structures as firefighters struggled to corral the blazes there and elsewhere in the U.S. West, authorities said. The so-called Lowell Fire north of the state capital, Sacramento, has injured four of the 2,277 firefighters…

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  • Part of Pentagon email network taken down over suspicious activity

    An unclassified email network used by Army General Martin Dempsey and other members of the U.S. military's Joint Staff has been taken off line because of suspicious activity, a Pentagon spokeswoman said on Tuesday. "We continue to identify and mitigate cybersecurity risks across our networks,"…

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  • Obama administration to allow prisoners access to college grants

    U.S prisoners will soon be eligible for federal grants to take college courses online, a Justice Department official said on Tuesday. The Justice Department and the Department of Education will announce on Friday a limited pilot program for incarcerated Americans to apply for federal Pell grants. …

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  • Baptists, rights group both slam Boy Scouts over gay leader move

    A decision by the Boy Scouts of America to allow gay leaders was met with indignation by the largest U.S. Protestant group on Tuesday along with criticism from a leading gay rights group that the move did not go far enough. About 70 percent of the roughly 100,000 U.S. Boy Scout units are sponsored…

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  • After videos, Senate Republicans target Planned Parenthood vote

    By Richard Cowan and Megan Cassella WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Republicans are planning a vote in coming days on legislation to cut $500 million in annual federal funding for Planned Parenthood, reigniting a fight in Congress over abortion that has long been dormant. For years a target of…

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  • U.S. Army lab faulted over lax anthrax procedure

    Techniques used by a U.S. Army laboratory in Utah failed to neutralize live anthrax spores on many occasions over more than a decade and the lab should have realized the procedure was inadequate, a top health official told lawmakers on Tuesday. Despite warning signs, the lab, at the Dugway Proving…

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  • U.S. military sees more use of laser, microwave weapons

    The U.S. military has made strides in developing lasers, microwaves and other directed energy weapons, and could soon use them more widely, top armed forces officials and U.S. lawmakers told an industry conference on Tuesday. The officials described weapons that are in various stages of…

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  • Texas county releases video to dispel rumors over woman's death

    The hacker group Anonymous has tried to take down county websites, and some local officials have received death threats, Waller County Judge Trey Duhon told a news conference. "This is Sandra Bland. This video has not been altered or doctored in any way.

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  • Oregon Governor orders state agencies to reduce water consumption

    Oregon Governor Kate Brown on Tuesday ordered state agencies to reduce water consumption as the West Coast state languishes under an ongoing drought that is also prompting water-use limits and warnings in neighboring California and Washington state. Brown's goal is to reduce state water…

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