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  • Obama announces action on sweeping U.S. immigration reform

    By Steve Holland and Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama imposed the most sweeping immigration reform in a generation on Thursday, easing the threat of deportation for about 4.7 million undocumented immigrants and setting up a clash with Republicans. In a White House…

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  • Bill advances to restore death by firing squad in Utah

    By Peg McEntee SALT LAKE CITY Utah (Reuters) - Utah would restore the practice of killing condemned inmates by firing squad under a bill advancing in the state legislature, amid growing nationwide concerns about botched executions using the more common method of lethal injection. The measure to…

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  • Judge overturns capital sentence of Wyoming's only death row inmate

    By Alex Dobuzinskis (Reuters) - A federal judge on Thursday vacated the death sentence of Wyoming's only inmate awaiting capital punishment, in a ruling that faulted the murder convict's trial lawyers for not adequately presenting to jurors evidence of his mental impairment and troubled life. Dale…

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  • Accused Aryan Brotherhood prison gang members indicted in Mississippi

    (Reuters) - Fourteen alleged members of a white-supremacist prison gang have been indicted on federal racketeering charges in Mississippi, prosecutors said on Thursday, a week after similar charges against 11 alleged participants in an Oklahoma gang were unsealed. The cases, together with major…

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  • New York patient tests negative for Ebola, Missouri patient awaits results

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - A traveler who returned from Mali tested negative for Ebola at a New York City hospital on Thursday, and a patient who recently came back from West Africa awaited test results at a Missouri hospital, health officials said. Preliminary test results showed the traveler who…

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  • Virginia governor urges policy review after report of campus rape

    (Reuters) - Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe on Thursday urged a review of policies at the University of Virginia after a Rolling Stone magazine report about an alleged 2012 gang rape at a fraternity. The publication on Wednesday carried a female student's description of an assault by seven men at…

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  • Two teenagers shot near Miami area high school

    By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - Two youths were shot near a Miami-area high school on Thursday afternoon, according to Miami-Dade County Public Schools. The two victims were minors and were not students at the school, said John Schuster, spokesman to the school district. The condition of the…

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  • Early test shows Mali traveler is negative for Ebola at NYC hospital

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Preliminary test results showed a traveler who visited Mali was negative for Ebola on Thursday but the patient will remain at a New York City hospital for further testing, city health officials said. The traveler, who returned to the United States from a trip to Mali, a West…

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  • Anchorage city lawmakers to take up ordinance banning legal weed

    By Steve Quinn JUNEAU (Reuters) - Anchorage lawmakers next month will consider banning the commercial sale of marijuana in Alaska's largest city, which if passed would deal an early blow to a voter-approved law that would establish a statewide seed-to-sale cannabis industry. Anchorage Assemblywoman…

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  • Five family members killed driving from Texas to Disney World

    By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - Five members of a Texas family on their way to a vacation in Disney World were killed in a single-car crash when their vehicle driven by their teenage son overturned on a highway in Louisiana, police said on Thursday. Michael and Trudi Hardman from the Dallas…

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  • Chronology: Worst Ebola outbreak on record tests global response

    (Reuters) - Global health authorities are struggling to contain the worst Ebola epidemic since the disease was identified in 1976. (Graphic: http://graphics.thomsonreuters.com/14/ebola/index.html) Here is a timeline of the outbreak: March 22: Guinea confirms hemorrhagic fever that killed more than…

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  • Factbox: Obama offers limited immigration changes for tech industry

    (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will announce a series of executive fixes for the immigration system on Thursday, including several measures to help the technology sector deal with a web of complex rules for hiring foreign workers. The rule changes fall far short of what the industry says it…

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  • Appeals court order keeps Mississippi's sole abortion clinic open

    By Emily Le Coz JACKSON Miss. (Reuters) - Mississippi's sole abortion clinic will remain open after a federal appeals court refused on Thursday to reconsider its decision to block a state law that would have closed it. The law, passed in 2012, required doctors at the clinic to have admitting…

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  • Obama's immigration orders aims to bring undocumented out of shadows

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The immigration reform plan that U.S. President Barack Obama plans to outline on Thursday will shift enforcement focus to deporting undocumented immigrants deemed risks to national security or public safety, but will aim to protect families, the White House said. The plan,…

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  • California firefighter arrested in love triangle murder

    By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Southern California firefighter who co-wrote a book about courage in the line of duty has been arrested along with his alleged mistress in the murder of the woman's husband, who was shot to death at a rail yard in August, police say. Jonathan Michael Hearn,…

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  • Ohio House approves bill to shield execution drug suppliers

    By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Ohio lawmakers advanced a measure on Thursday that would shield the names of pharmacies that supply drugs used in lethal injections for 20 years and allow the state to resume executing condemned inmates in 2015. Ohio representatives voted 62 to 27 to advance the…

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  • More charges for California man in drive-by shootings that killed four

    By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A man linked to a spate of seemingly random drive-by shootings in the Los Angeles area over the summer that killed four people was charged on Thursday with several additional counts of murder stemming from the attacks, prosecutors said. The latest charges…

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  • 'Kissing disease' outbreak closes Oklahoma school district

    OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - A small Oklahoma school district has ordered all of its students to stay away from classes until December due to an outbreak of mononucleosis, officials said on Thursday. Woodland Public Schools in Fairfax, about 100 miles northeast of Oklahoma City, said it made the…

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  • Ruling on Illinois pension reform law due Friday

    By Karen Pierog SPRINGFIELD Illinois (Reuters) - A ruling on whether an Illinois law aimed at easing the state's huge unfunded pension liability is constitutional will be issued on Friday, a judge overseeing the case said on Thursday. Sangamon County Circuit Court Judge John Belz, who heard oral…

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