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  • Chicago policeman sues estate of teen he fatally shot

    A Chicago policeman who fatally shot a 19-year-old college student and accidentally killed a 55-year-old grandmother in the same incident has sued the teenager's estate, blaming him for prompting the shooting and causing the officer emotional distress. Officer Robert Rialmo filed a countersuit on…

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  • New York steps up efforts on crane safety after deadly collapse

    By Frank McGurty NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on Sunday unveiled a series of new policies governing the use of construction booms in the United States' largest city, after a deadly crane collapse in Manhattan highlighted the need for additional safety measures. The city has…

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  • Fourth patient linked to mold outbreak at Pittsburgh hospital dies

    UPMC on Sunday confirmed the death of Che DuVall, 70, and extended its sympathies to his family. DuVall, who had a lung transplant, is the fourth transplant patient at the hospital system who contracted infection and died. "We again want to reassure our patients that we have taken every possible…

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  • Guard at N.Y.'s Rikers jail charged with rape, smuggling

    A corrections officer at New York's infamous Rikers Island jail complex has been arrested on charges of planning to smuggle marijuana to an inmate with whom she had a sexual relationship, authorities said on Sunday. Nicole Bartley, 30, was charged with promoting prison contraband, as well as rape…

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  • Two people killed, at least 10 injured in Orlando nightclub shooting

    Three off-duty Orlando police officers were working as security in the Glitz Ultra Lounge in the city's tourist district, and none of them discharged their weapons, Orlando police said, adding that the club also had its own security guards. "All of the shots that were fired last night were fired…

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  • New York policeman accused of shooting black man to testify at trial

    A New York City police officer charged with fatally shooting an unarmed black man in an unlit Brooklyn stairwell is expected to take the stand in his own defense on Monday at his trial for manslaughter. Peter Liang was conducting a routine patrol inside a public housing project on the night of…

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  • Professor who said Christians, Muslims worship same God to leave school

    A professor at an evangelical university near Chicago who got in trouble after saying Muslims and Christians worship the same God will leave the school, according to a joint statement released by Wheaton College on Saturday night. Larycia Hawkins, a tenured political science professor, had been…

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  • Exclusive: Zika virus discourages many Americans from Latin America travel

    The rapidly spreading Zika virus is discouraging many Americans from traveling to Latin America and the Caribbean, with 41 percent of those aware of the disease saying they are less likely to take such a trip, a Reuters/Ipsos poll shows. Airlines and cruise ship operators have yet to report drops…

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  • Washington state's prison chief resigns over botched inmate release

    The head of Washington state's prison system resigned on Saturday six weeks after his agency said thousands of inmates may have been mistakenly freed early from state custody since 2002, including two men blamed for deaths when they should have been behind bars. In a resignation letter to Governor…

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  • New York orders probe after radioactive leak at reactor

    Cuomo said he learned on Friday of "alarming" levels of radioactivity at three monitoring wells at the Indian Point plant in Buchanan, about 40 miles (65 km) north of New York City on the east bank of the Hudson River. The governor has previously asked the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to shut…

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  • Former Sikorsky president killed in Arizona plane crash

    The Pinal County Sheriff's Office said Jeffrey Pino, 61, of Chandler, Arizona, died in the crash in Maricopa, about 30 miles south of Phoenix. Pino served as president of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a Connecticut-based unit of Lockheed Martin Corp that builds helicopters, from 2006 to 2012, according…

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  • Oregon officer shot dead while serving warrant: police

    A police officer was shot and killed on Friday in a small western Oregon city while trying to arrest a man who was wanted on an outstanding warrant, state police said on Saturday. Sergeant Jason Goodding, 39, was shot after he and a second officer confronted Phillip Ferry, 55, on a street in…

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  • Search suspended after apparent mid-air plane crash off California

    Air traffic controllers reported seeing on radar a Beechcraft airplane and another single-engine aircraft collide near the Port of Los Angeles at about 3 p.m. local time on Friday, U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Andrea Anderson said. "All we can confirm is that the aircraft has not been made…

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  • U.S. judge grants injunction against anti-abortion activists

    A U.S. judge on Friday granted a preliminary injunction stopping the distribution of surreptitious videos taken by anti-abortion activists who alleged Planned Parenthood staff discussed the illegal sale of aborted fetal tissue. The National Abortion Federation (NAF), a nonprofit representing…

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  • Second suspect arrested in Georgia basketball player's killing

    A second suspect in the slaying of a Georgia university basketball player was in police custody on Saturday after being arrested in connection with the Feb. 2 shooting in front of a Macon convenience store. Damion Deray Henderson, 33, has been charged with felony murder in the death of Jibri…

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  • Tennessee boy, 11, found guilty of murdering eight-year-old neighbor girl

    Benjamin Tiller was found guilty early last week of first-degree murder in the October slaying of McKayla Dyer in a trailer park in White Pine, a small town about 42 miles (68 km) east of Knoxville, according to a court order from Tuesday. "Mr. Tiller is in desperate need of help, and our society…

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  • Shooting at Tampa strip club leaves one dead, seven injured

    (Reuters) - One person was killed and seven were injured when a gunman opened fire inside a crowded Florida strip club early on Saturday, police said.

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  • Dallas police announce criminal investigation of Manziel

    "Today the Dallas Police Department received a complaint of a domestic violence assault that occurred in Dallas on January 30, 2016," the police said in a statement. "A criminal investigation into the incident, in which Johnathan Manziel is the listed suspect, has been initiated.

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  • Convicted al Qaeda supporter, U.S. face off in medical malpractice trial

    A New York man serving a 15-year prison sentence for providing support to al Qaeda is urging a federal judge to award him $7 million because of a medical condition he says went untreated while in U.S. custody. Lawyers for Wesam El-Hanafi, 40, and the U.S. government made their closing arguments on…

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  • Astronaut Edgar Mitchell, sixth man to walk on moon, dies at 85

    Mitchell died in West Palm Beach, Florida, on Thursday, on the eve of the 45th anniversary of the lunar landing, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration said. On his only space flight, Mitchell joined Apollo 14 commander Alan Shephard, Jr., the first American in space, in the lunar…

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