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  • Truckers to strike four shipping companies at Southern California ports

    By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Truckers who haul freight from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will go on strike against four ground-shipment companies on Monday, a Teamsters union official said, in a move that could revive labor tension at the nation's busiest cargo hub. …

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  • Defense to begin arguments to spare Boston bomber's life

    By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Defense lawyers will begin to present their case Monday that a jury should sentence convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzokhar Tsarnaev to life in prison rather than death, as the trial enters a new and critical stage. Tsarnaev, a 21-year-old ethnic Chechen, was…

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  • Increased human protections offered as H5N2 outbreak spreads

    By P.J. Huffstutter and Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - Hundreds of farm workers exposed to a highly pathogenic strain of bird flu have been offered antiviral medication as a preventative measure in recent days, U.S. public health officials said. To date, the virulent H5N2 influenza, which…

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  • Long-awaited Colorado cinema massacre trial to get under way

    By Keith Coffman CENTENNIAL, Colo. (Reuters) - Colorado's long-awaited cinema massacre trial will start on Monday with jurors asked to decide whether gunman James Holmes was insane when he killed a dozen moviegoers in 2012, or a calculating mass murderer who deserves execution. Arapahoe County…

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  • Lynch inherits civil rights probes from Holder as U.S. attorney general

    By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A string of deadly confrontations between mostly white police and black men will be among challenges immediately facing Loretta Lynch when she is sworn in on Monday as U.S. attorney general. Lynch, 55, takes over as the country's top law enforcement…

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  • Albuquerque police seek martial arts champ over hit-and-run

    (Reuters) - Police in Albuquerque, New Mexico, want to question mixed martial arts star Jon Jones over his possible involvement in a hit-and-run accident early on Sunday in which a pregnant woman was hurt, authorities said. The pregnant woman in her 20s was taken to hospital with minor injuries,…

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  • Baltimore mayor says outsiders turned peaceful protest violent

    By Shannon Stapleton BALTIMORE (Reuters) - Baltimore's mayor and police on Sunday again blamed outside agitators for violence and vandalism that flared during a mostly peaceful protest over last week's death of a young black man who sustained an unexplained spinal injury while under arrest. A day…

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  • For-profit Corinthian Colleges to shut down remaining campuses

    For-profit college operator Corinthian Colleges Inc, said on Sunday it will immediately shut down all its remaining campuses and cease substantially all other operations. Corinthian last year had agreed with the U.S. Department of Education to either sell or close down its campuses. Corinthian…

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  • Marathon Galveston Bay workers back leadership's rebuff of offer

    More than 800 striking workers at Marathon Petroleum Corp's Galveston Bay Refinery voted on Sunday to back their leaders' rejection of a last, best and final offer from the company to end a three-month work stoppage. "They have no interest in accepting this (offer)," said Larry Burchfield, vice…

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  • Wake held in Baltimore for black man who died after arrest

    By Shannon Stapleton BALTIMORE (Reuters) - A wake was held on Sunday for the 25-year-old Baltimore man who died after being taken into police custody and sustaining a mysterious spinal injury, a death that has angered many residents of this predominantly African-American city. The wake for…

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  • National Guard called up to deliver water in Minnesota bird flu fight

    By P.J. Huffstutter CHICAGO (Reuters) - The Minnesota State Emergency Operations Center has called on the National Guard to deliver water for use in the effort to contain the rapidly spreading avian flu virus, the center said on Sunday. Starting Monday, 30 National Guard soldiers and 15 military…

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  • Baltimore baseball fans urged to stay in stadium due to protests: social media

    (Reuters) - A message on a scoreboard at a Baltimore baseball game has asked fans to stay at Camden Yards as protests continue outside the stadium, according to social media. The scoreboard said the city's mayor and the police department had asked "all fans to remain inside the ballpark until…

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  • U.S. mulls ransom policy for families of overseas hostages: ABC TV

    The Obama administration is considering changing a U.S. policy prohibiting families of hostages held overseas from making ransom payments to abductors, according to a television report on Sunday. "Under recommendations contained in an ongoing White House review of U.S. hostage policy, there will…

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  • Two dead, five boaters missing after storm hits Alabama

    (Reuters) - At least two people are dead and five are missing after a powerful storm capsized several vessels off the Alabama coast, including sailboats participating in a regatta, Coast Guard officials said on Sunday. One of the bodies of those killed was found on Sunday morning and the other was…

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  • Three people dead in possible Molotov cocktail attack in California

    (Reuters) - Three people were found dead inside a Los Angeles-area business on Saturday in what might have been a fire bomb or Molotov cocktail attack, law enforcement said. One victim was alive but covered in flames when firefighters arrived at the early morning blaze in the city of El Monte,…

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  • Alaska commuter air carrier suffered operational, training flaws before crash

    (This April 24 story corrects headline to clarify that the air carrier in question is not Alaska Airlines, which has no involvement) (Reuters) - An Alaska commuter airline routinely failed to inform pilots of shifting weather conditions and other hazards leading up to a 2013 crash in western…

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  • Top U.S. court appears on cusp of declaring right to gay marriage

    By Joan Biskupic WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court's arguments on Tuesday over same-sex marriage will cap more than two decades of litigation and a transformation in public attitudes. Based on the court's actions during the past two years, a sense of inevitability is in the air: That…

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  • Oklahoma lethal injection drug faces U.S. Supreme Court test

    The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear arguments this week on whether a drug used in Oklahoma's lethal injection mix should be banned in a case that comes as a shortage of execution chemicals has sent some states scrambling for alternatives. The main question before the nine justices in the case…

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  • U.S. official denies report of Islamic State plot in California

    CNN reported on Saturday that the FBI was investigating a possible Islamic State-inspired terrorism plot in California but a U.S. law enforcement official in Los Angeles denied there was any such threat. "There is no known or specific threat to Los Angeles or any airport in our territory," an…

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  • FBI investigating possible Islamic State terrorism plot in U.S.: CNN

    The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is investigating a possible Islamic State-inspired terrorism plot in the United States, CNN reported on Saturday, quoting law enforcement officials. A Federal law enforcement official who asked not to be named said there was a known threat to Los…

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