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  • Authorities identify suspect in southern Missouri killing spree

    (Reuters) - The suspect in a shooting spree that left seven people dead in a south-central Missouri town has been identified as Joseph Jesse Aldridge, 36, and at least four of the dead are thought to be his cousins, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said on Friday. The motive for the shooting has…

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  • Muslim day at Oklahoma Capitol hit by anti-Islamic protests

    By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - A rally by hundreds of American Muslims at the Oklahoma Capitol on Friday to promote religious tolerance was interrupted by anti-Islamic protesters holding signs proclaiming the United States a Christian nation. While an American Muslim girl sang the…

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  • New York banana magnate faces prison after beating, fatal sex romp

    By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former Long Island banana importer was sent to prison on Friday for as long as four years for beating his girlfriend, despite her emotional courtroom appeal to a judge for leniency. Thomas Hoey Jr., 46, the wealthy owner of now-bankrupt Long Island Banana…

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  • Slain U.S. journalist's father: identification of 'Jihadi John' not important

    The father of American journalist James Foley, who was taken captive in Syria and later decapitated by Islamic State militants, has said it was "not important" to him that his son's purported killer, "Jihadi John," had been identified. The Washington Post reported on Thursday that "Jihadi John,"…

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  • Environmental group sues U.S. EPA over monarch butterfly demise

    An environmental group sued the U.S. government on Friday, accusing regulators of discounting the dangers of a widely used herbicide on the declining monarch butterfly population. The suit claimed the agency has failed to heed warnings about the dangers to monarchs posed by glyphosate, the key…

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  • U.S. Congress pursues stopgap funding to avert security agency shutdown

    By David Lawder and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional Republicans on Friday hoped to avoid a partial shutdown of the U.S. domestic security agency by finding votes to pass a three-week-long stopgap funding bill, which the White House said President Barack Obama would sign if it…

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  • California farmers may face another year without U.S. water supplies

    Many farms in drought-stricken California face the prospect of a second year without water supplies from the Central Valley Project, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation said on Friday, noting its initial allocation of water supplies for water service contractors in the valley has been set at zero…

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  • Three infected with measles at Las Vegas seafood restaurant

    Three new cases of measles have been confirmed in Las Vegas, in people believed infected by a contagious worker at an upscale MGM Grand Hotel and Casino seafood restaurant, Nevada public health officials said on Friday. The newly diagnosed patients, two staff members and a patron of Emeril's New…

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  • Political consultant sentenced to over seven years for stealing funds

    By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Political consultant Kenneth "Buddy" Barfield was sentenced to 87 months in a federal prison for siphoning off more than $2.5 million in campaign funds from a Texas candidate running for a U.S. Senate seat, U.S. prosecutors said on Friday. Barfield was…

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  • Obama struggles with Wall Street to woo Democrats over broker rules

    By Sarah N. Lynch and Suzanne Barlyn WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration is battling Wall Street to win the support of dozens of Democrat lawmakers over rules that could rein in brokers who handle trillions of dollars in retirement accounts. President Barack Obama on Monday called on…

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  • NASA resolves issue with spacesuit helmet water leak

    By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Water that leaked into an astronaut’s helmet after a spacewalk on Wednesday poses no threat, clearing the way for another outing to rig the International Space Station for new space taxis, NASA said on Friday. Space station flight engineer Terry…

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  • Seattle-area high schools hit with threats, high school cancels classes

    Two Seattle-area high schools were evacuated on Friday after receiving security threats, and another high school in Washington state heightened its security after a threatening message was scrawled on a bathroom wall. Interlake High School in the Seattle suburb of Bellevue was put on lockdown and…

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  • Seattle woman knocked unconscious in drive-by egg throwing incident

    Seattle police searched on Friday for a vandal who hurled an egg at a woman standing outside a local bar, striking her in the head and knocking her unconscious in an apparently random drive-by attack, officials said. The woman had been standing with several friends when someone in a passing truck…

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  • Lawyers for Bill Cosby ask U.S. judge to dismiss defamation lawsuit

    Attorneys for Bill Cosby asked a federal court judge on Friday to dismiss a defamation suit filed against the comedian in Massachusetts by three women who said he called them liars when they accused him of sexual assault. About three dozen women have accused Cosby, 77, of sexual misconduct in…

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  • Jewelry store smash-and-grab robbers charged in Detroit

    By Fiona Ortiz CHICAGO (Reuters) - Federal authorities have broken up a Detroit-based gang that used sledge hammers to smash display cases and rob Rolex watches from jewelry stores around the country, and 17 members face charges, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Michigan said on Friday. Crews from…

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  • Circus acrobat reported missing in Atlanta has been found

    (Reuters) - An acrobat reported missing in Atlanta by the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus has been found, a production company said on Friday. Police issued a missing person bulletin on Thursday for Wei Cao, a 25-year-old Chinese citizen who performs a bicycle and juggling act for the…

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  • Biden, fighting 'tough cold,' shortens trip

    U.S. Vice President Joe Biden will take a pass on a planned visit to Montevideo for the inauguration of Uruguay's president on Sunday due to illness, a senior U.S. administration official said on Friday. "So we've decided to take down the first leg of this trip, to Uruguay," said the official, who…

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  • Eight people found dead in murder-suicide in rural Missouri

    A man shot and killed seven people in a house-to-house shooting spree in a sparsely populated area in rural Missouri before shooting himself, the state Highway Patrol said on Friday. Texas County Coroner Tom Whittaker told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper that the victims of the rampage on…

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  • House Republicans advance plan for security funding extension

    A Republican bill to provide a three-week funding extension for the Department of Homeland Security cleared a procedural hurdle in the House of Representatives on Friday, indicating support for final passage in the chamber. The House voted 240-183 along strict party lines to approve a procedural…

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  • Eight dead in multiple Missouri killings including suspect: police

    (Reuters) - Seven people were found dead in four residences in a southern Missouri small town and the suspected killer was found dead in a vehicle nearby from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said on Friday. Authorities found the body of an elderly…

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