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  • Germany asks top U.S. intelligence official to leave over spy scandal

    By Madeline Chambers BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany asked the top U.S. intelligence official at the Berlin embassy on Thursday to leave the country, a highly unusual step reflecting the deep anger within Angela Merkel's government at the discovery of two suspected U.S. spies within a week. The…

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  • Philadelphia mayor rebuked for response to fire that killed four children

    By Daniel Kelley PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Relatives of least two of the four children killed in a weekend fire that destroyed eight homes in Philadelphia staged a sit-in at City Hall on Wednesday, demanding the mayor apologize for comments about the blaze they decried as insensitive. Mayor…

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  • U.S. weather forecaster still sees 70 percent chance of summer El Nino

    (Reuters) - The U.S. weather forecaster maintained its outlook for the El Nino weather phenomenon in its monthly update on Thursday, pegging the chances of the weather pattern striking during the Northern Hemisphere summer at 70 percent. The Climate Prediction Center, an agency of the National…

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  • Lockheed says F-35 investments will save $1.8 billion by 2019

    Industry investment of $170 million over the next two years is expected to result in savings of $1.8 billion on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 program manager Lorraine Martin told reporters on Thursday. The Pentagon announced the "Blueprint for Affordability"…

  • Part of U.S. Capitol closed to probe asbestos incident: officials

    Parts of the U.S. Capitol were closed early on Thursday while authorities investigated a possible asbestos release, delaying the start of the House of Representatives session and canceling some tours of the building. U.S. Capitol Police said an "industrial spill" had occurred. Later, a…

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  • Top Connecticut court to hear death penalty appeal in rare summer session

    By Richard Weizel HARTFORD Conn. (Reuters) - Attorneys for a Bridgeport, Connecticut, drug lord sentenced to die for ordering the 1999 murders of a mother and her 8-year-old son are scheduled to appeal his sentence before the state Supreme Court Thursday during a special summer session. Russell…

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  • Judge strikes down Colorado gay marriage ban, stays ruling

    By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A state judge struck down Colorado's gay marriage ban on Wednesday, saying the prohibition violated constitutional rights, but put his ruling on hold pending appeal. Adams County District Court Judge C. Scott Crabtree said in his decision that Colorado's…

  • Texts from accused Boston bomber at issue in obstruction trial

    The trial of a friend of the accused Boston Marathon bomber on Thursday is expected to turn to evidence of text messages between the defendant, a Kazakh exchange student, and the man accused of the deadly 2013 blasts. Azamat Tazhayakov is the first of three friends of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to face…

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  • Factbox: Engine fire triggers new turbulence for Lockheed's F-35 jet

    Borne of the last downturn in U.S. military spending in the 1990s, Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter was intended as a quick and affordable way for the United States and its allies to replace thousands of aging F-16s and other warplanes while avoiding the pitfalls of earlier…

  • Girlfriend says she told accused Boston bomber's friend to dump backpack

    By Daniel Lovering BOSTON (Reuters) - A Kazakh woman said in a videotaped deposition shown in court on Wednesday she demanded that her boyfriend dispose of a backpack containing empty fireworks shells he had taken from the college dorm room of his friend Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the accused Boston…

  • Engine fire triggers new turbulence for Lockheed's F-35 jet

    By Andrea Shalal RAF FAIRFORD England (Reuters) - Borne of the last downturn in U.S. military spending in the 1990s, Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter was intended as a quick and affordable way for the United States and its allies to replace thousands of aging F-16s and other…

  • Parched California proposes steep fines for over-watering lawns

    Regulators in drought-stricken California are proposing stringent new conservation measures to limit outdoor water use, including fines of up to $500 a day for using a hose without a shut-off nozzle. The most populous U.S. state is suffering its third year of drought and in January Governor Jerry…

  • Florida set to execute convicted murderer of 11-year-old girl

    By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE (Reuters) - A Florida man who confessed to the rape and murder of a child is scheduled to die by lethal injection on Thursday, while another convicted murderer in Georgia had his death sentence, also due to be carried out on Thursday, commuted to life imprisonment. …

  • Suspect in Houston-area shooting surrenders: police

    (Reuters) - The man suspected of a shooting spree that left six people dead and another in critical condition has surrendered to police in the Houston suburb of Spring, a police constable told reporters. (Reporting by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Michael Perry)

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  • L.A. Dodgers must pay $15 million to baseball fan beaten at stadium

    By Dana Feldman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A jury on Wednesday found the Los Angeles Dodgers negligent in a 2011 assault on a fan at their stadium that left him permanently disabled, ordering the team to pay some $15 million in civil damages but clearing the former club owner of liability. The Los…

  • New form of U.S. healthcare saves money, improves quality, one insurer finds

    By Sharon Begley NEW YORK (Reuters) - In one of the largest tests of a novel way to deliver and pay for healthcare, insurer CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield announced on Thursday that 1.1 million people receiving care through its "patient-centered medical homes" last year were hospitalized less…

  • Shooting at Tennessee National Guard armory leaves one soldier dead

    By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE Tenn. (Reuters) - A 20-year-plus veteran of the Tennessee National Guard was shot to death on Wednesday by an intruder at an armory outside Nashville, and a man described as a "person of interest" in the case was detained hours later for questioning, authorities said. The…

  • Colorado puts annual marijuana demand at 130 tonnes

    By Daniel Wallis DENVER (Reuters) - Total marijuana demand in Colorado, where the nation's first recreational pot shops opened in January, is estimated at 130 tonnes this year, a study for the state's revenue authority said on Wednesday. A day after Washington became only the second state to…

  • Georgia man's death sentence commuted a day before scheduled execution

    By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - The day before he was due to die by lethal injection, a man on Georgia's death row was granted clemency and his sentence commuted to life without parole on Wednesday by the state Board of Pardons and Paroles. Tommy Lee Waldrip, 68, was due to be executed on…

  • U.S. House Republicans seek CDC documents on anthrax scare

    Congressional Republicans asked the Obama administration on Wednesday to provide documents related to last month's anthrax scare at a U.S. lab, where more than 80 people were initially feared to be exposed to the deadly pathogen. In a series of letters, top Republicans on the House Energy and…

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