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  • Convicted Ft. Hood killer to face military hearing in Kansas

    (Reuters) - Former U.S. Army major Nidal Hasan will appear in a military court on Thursday for a procedural hearing related to his capital punishment conviction for the 2009 shooting spree at Fort Hood in Texas that killed 13 people and wounded 32 others. Military Judge Colonel Tara Osborn "plans…

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  • Brawl erupts at Missouri meeting over black teen killing case

    A meeting aimed at easing tensions between blacks and police in St. Louis erupted into a brawl on Wednesday night, underscoring the ongoing anger that persists in the area after the August police killing of an unarmed black teen. The meeting, held at St. Louis City Hall by the Public Safety…

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  • Fugitive treasure hunter wants to stay in Florida: report

    After years on the lam, a treasure hunter wanted in Ohio over accusations of cheating investors after recovering a fortune in gold from a shipwreck told a federal court hearing on Thursday that he has health problems and should stay in Florida, the Palm Beach Post reported. Authorities apprehended…

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  • $50 million lawsuit planned in NY police shooting of unarmed black man

    By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - The girlfriend of an unarmed black man shot dead by a police officer in a housing project's dark stairwell notified New York City on Thursday that she plans to file a $50 million lawsuit over his death. The fatal shooting of Akai Gurley, 28, in Brooklyn in…

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  • Dartmouth College to ban hard alcohol on campus

    (Reuters) - Dartmouth College will ban hard alcohol on campus as it seeks to cut down on binge drinking among students, the Ivy League school's president said on Thursday. The ban, which applies to students and all college-sponsored events, comes at a time when universities across the United…

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  • Police find human remains in suitcase on San Francisco sidewalk

    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - San Francisco police on Wednesday discovered human body parts stuffed inside a suitcase that had been ditched on the sidewalk of a downtown street, officials said. Police closed off blocks around the package around 4:15 p.m. and found more remains after searching the area,…

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  • Texas set to execute man for killing woman, setting her body on fire

    By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Texas plans on Thursday to execute Robert Ladd, 57, who was convicted of beating a woman to death with a hammer in her home in 1996 and then setting her body on fire. If it goes ahead, Ladd would be the 520th person executed in Texas since the U.S.…

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  • Seattle police officer to be reviewed for arrest of innocent black man

    Seattle's police chief on Wednesday ordered a review of an officer who wrongly arrested an elderly black man last summer, an incident for which the department apologized a day earlier. The move comes amid simmering tension in the United States over police treatment of African-Americans, sparked in…

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  • Son of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy arrested in Utah

    (Reuters) - The son of a Nevada rancher who was at the center of an armed stand-off with federal agents in a dispute over cattle grazing rights last year has been arrested in Utah, officials said. Ryan Bundy, 42, was taken into custody by sheriff's deputies serving an arrest warrant while he was…

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  • One dead, six injured in San Francisco fire

    One person died and six people were injured after a fire scorched a San Francisco building on Wednesday night, officials said. Firefighters responded to the flames ripping through the Mission District building around 6:45 p.m. local time and immediately evacuated residents, San Francisco Police…

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  • Montana bride has no grounds to appeal murder conviction: prosecutors

    Federal prosecutors on Wednesday said a Montana bride who admitted pushing her new husband off a cliff at Glacier National Park has no grounds to appeal her murder conviction after lying to officials and using trickery in a bid to conceal her crime. Jordan Graham pleaded guilty in December 2013 to…

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  • Top Nevada lawyer joins suit against Obama's immigration relief plan

    Nevada's newly minted Republican attorney general has joined a multi-state lawsuit seeking to block President Barack Obama's order easing the threat of deportation for millions of undocumented immigrants, without the support of the state's moderate governor. Attorney General Adam Laxalt, sworn in…

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  • Pentagon official urges NATO to focus on innovative weapons

    By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work on Wednesday urged NATO allies to develop and make more innovative weapons, and said bold action was needed to stay ahead of rapid weapons development by China, Russia and other countries. Work said the Pentagon has…

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  • Armed man detained near Super Bowl events sent for mental tests

    Phoenix police have sent a man for mental evaluation after he was detained while acting suspiciously near pre-Super Bowl events held in the city center and was found to be in possession of two guns and a knife, authorities said on Wednesday. The man, who was not identified, was wearing a tan vest,…

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  • California school orders non-vaccinated kids home after possible measles case

    By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A California high school barred dozens of non-vaccinated students from school on Wednesday over concern that a classmate may have contracted measles in a rare outbreak of the highly contagious disease that began at a Disneyland resort last month. The…

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  • Homeless vets to get housing at L.A. VA site under settlement

    By Michael Fleeman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Homeless veterans will get housing and services at a large Department of Veterans Affairs health campus in Los Angeles under a deal to settle a lawsuit accusing the agency of misusing the land, officials said on Wednesday. The 387-acre site located…

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  • Saudi airman gets 35 years to life for raping boy in Las Vegas

    (Reuters) - A Saudi Air Force sergeant convicted in the rape of a 13-year-old boy at a Las Vegas casino hotel was sentenced on Wednesday to 35 years to life in prison for the crime, a court spokeswoman said. Mazen Alotaibi, 25, was found guilty in Las Vegas in 2013 of kidnapping, burglary,…

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  • Illinois pension ruling may not impact Chicago case, attorney says

    If the Illinois Supreme Court voids Illinois' pension reform law, that ruling will not derail another law aimed at shoring up two of Chicago's public pension funds, a lawyer for the city argued on Wednesday. Both Illinois and Chicago are defending separate laws in different state courts against…

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  • Magnitude 5.7 quake hits off northern California coast

    A magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck just offshore of northern California on Wednesday, rattling a wide coastal area below the Oregon border, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, but local officials said no major damage or injuries were reported. The tremor, initially reported as a weaker…

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  • Evacuation lifted after chemical spill at Washington state port

    SEATTLE (Reuters) - A chemical spill at the Port of Olympia in Washington state on Wednesday forced the evacuation of dozens of employees and several nearby businesses until the area was deemed safe to re-enter, a spokeswoman said. The hydrogen peroxide leak originated in a pipe leading to a large…

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