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  • Florida prison system fires 32 guards after inmate deaths: Miami Herald

    (Reuters) - The secretary of Florida's prison system has fired nearly three dozen guards in the wake of the recent scrutiny given to inmate deaths across the state during recent years, the Miami Herald newspaper reported. Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Michael Crews dismissed 32 guards…

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  • Police capture four of five escaped California inmates

    (Reuters) - Police have recaptured four of the five inmates, described as armed and dangerous, who escaped from a jail near Fresno, California, authorities said on Saturday. The five men, three of whom were accused of attempted murder, escaped on Friday shortly after 9 p.m. local time from the…

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  • Man charged with killing NFL player Peterson's son released on bond: report

    (Reuters) - A South Dakota man charged last year with killing NFL star Adrian Peterson's 2-year-old son has been released on $2 million bond, U.S. media reported on Saturday. Joseph Patterson was released from a South Dakota jail on Friday after the bond was posted for him, Minnehaha County Sheriff…

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  • Person of interest named in hunt for missing Virginia student

    (Reuters) - Police looking for a missing University of Virginia student identified a 32-year-old man, Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr, as a person of interest in the case on Saturday, a day after searching his car and apartment. Matthew was named as a person of interest in the case of 18-year-old Hannah…

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  • Pennsylvania police shooter manhunt near home of suspect's parents

    By Joe McDonald CANADENSIS PA. (Reuters) - Heavily armed police officers blocked roads through remote woods in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains on Saturday in the second week of a search for the gunman who ambushed two troopers at their barracks. The massive manhunt for Eric Matthew Frein, 31,…

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  • U.S. Secret Service investigates after man jumps White House fence, reaches doors

    By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A man jumped over the White House fence and made it to the front doors of the executive mansion before being apprehended on Friday, sparking an evacuation within the complex shortly after President Barack Obama departed for the weekend. Omar J. Gonzalez, a…

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  • Man arrested for trespassing at White House day after security breach

    By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A man was arrested on Saturday for trespassing at the White House, one day after an intruder from Texas scaled a fence and made it inside the doors of the executive mansion while President Barack Obama was away, the Secret Service said. Secret Service spokesman…

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  • Tour boat runs aground near Statue of Liberty; none injured

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - A large sailboat ran aground on a sandbar near the Statue of Liberty in New York on Saturday, triggering the evacuation of all 121 tourists aboard but causing no injuries, authorities said on Saturday. The Clipper City, a 103-foot touring boat, got stuck at around 1 p.m., Petty…

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  • Destructive California wildfire burning in two national forests

    By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A wildfire in California's rugged Sierra Nevada mountains has damaged and destroyed some homes in a small community, as thousands of residents remain evacuated and gusty winds on Saturday are expected to fan the flames, officials said. Officials did not…

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  • Organizers say Los Angeles rejects giant street waterslide plan

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Authorities in Los Angeles have rejected a plan to set up a water slide down a city street that drew criticism from conservationists in the drought-hit state, organizers said. The one-day "slip 'n slide" event scheduled for next Saturday would have seen as much as 16,000…

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  • U.S. immigration protesters drop U.S. border blockade plan

    By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - A plan by U.S. protesters against illegal immigration to block traffic at more than a dozen border crossings in the southwest on Saturday was canceled after organizers said they received online threats from Mexican drug cartels. Billed as a "Shut Down All…

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  • Pope names moderate as Chicago archbishop, key role in U.S. Church

    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis, in his first major appointment in the hierarchy of the Catholic Church in the United States, on Saturday named Bishop Blase Cupich as the new archbishop of Chicago. Cupich, 65, who is seen as a moderate and is currently the bishop of Spokane, Washington,…

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  • Kentucky preservation society cracking century old bourbons

    By Steve Bittenbender LOUISVILLE Ky. (Reuters) - A Louisville preservation society will raise a glass in December to toast the end of the Prohibition Era, but not with just any ordinary drink. The Filson Historical Society will celebrate "Repeal Day," the day in 1933 when the United States lifted a…

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  • California governor rejects bills to help men change diapers

    (Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown on Friday vetoed two bills that aimed to make baby diaper changing tables in public restrooms as accessible to men as they are to women. The bills, which recently passed the state's senate and assembly chambers with broad support, would have modified…

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  • Missing Texas deputy found dead in Lake Austin

    (Reuters) - The search for a missing Texas sheriff deputy who was swept away during heavy rains in Austin earlier this week concluded on Friday when police discovered her body in a nearby lake, officials said. Police recovered the body of 35-year-old Senior Deputy Jessica Hollis in Lake Austin…

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  • Poisoned Texas doctor says lover gave him 'sweet tasting' coffee

    By Amanda Orr HOUSTON (Reuters) - A Texas doctor, who prosecutors said was poisoned by an obsessed colleague and lover, testified on Friday in her criminal trial that the woman served him a sweet cup of coffee one morning even though he preferred his black. Dr. Ana Maria Gonzalez-Angulo, 43, an…

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  • Texas governor orders National Guard to look for dead immigrants

    By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - Texas Governor Rick Perry on Friday ordered the Texas National Guard to search for the bodies of undocumented immigrants who have died by the hundreds in a remote part of the state as they attempted to walk to southern cities hundreds of miles (km) away. ...

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  • Baltimore judge approves $190 million deal on secret gynecological photos

    By Lacey Johnson BALTIMORE (Reuters) - A Baltimore judge on Friday approved a $190 million settlement to compensate thousands of women who were secretly photographed by a now-deceased Johns Hopkins Hospital gynecologist during exams. The hospital and former patients of Dr. Nikita Levy, who had…

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  • Person of interest identified in hunt for missing Virginia student

    By John Clarke (Reuters) - Police looking for a missing University of Virginia student have identified a person of interest and searched his car and apartment on Friday in what they said was a "major break" in the case. Acting on more than 400 tips about missing student Hannah Graham, 18,…

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