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  • Unpaid internships legal when they boost interns' learning, U.S. court rules

    As long as internships are designed chiefly to further young people's knowledge in a particular field, the court said, interns do not have to be paid. "The purpose of a bona‐fide internship is to integrate classroom learning with practical skill development in a real-world setting," Circuit Judge…

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  • BP reaches $18.7 billion settlement over deadly 2010 spill

    By Terry Wade and Kristen Hays HOUSTON (Reuters) - BP Plc will pay up to $18.7 billion in penalties to the U.S. government and five states to resolve nearly all claims from its deadly Gulf of Mexico oil spill five years ago in the largest corporate settlement in U.S. history. BP shares jumped…

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  • Woman sentenced to prison for contaminating son's IV in Ohio

    Candida Fluty, 35, a West Virginia resident, was seen on a hospital security video in January injecting something into the IV bag of her son, then age 9, causing him to run a fever. Fluty was charged in Hamilton County with two counts of felonious assault and two counts of felony child endangerment.

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  • At least one dead after flooding, tornados hit Missouri

    Missouri officials on Thursday said one person was dead and at least two more were missing after heavy rains, high winds and tornadoes raged across the state overnight. Emergency crews found the body of one person who appeared to have been swept from their vehicle in flash flooding south of St.…

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  • Oklahoma county commissioner arrested on gun and drug charges

    A county commissioner in rural Oklahoma and his wife have been arrested on suspicion of the illegal possession of a firearm and drugs, the Oklahoma State Board of Investigation said on Thursday. Doug Murrow, 47, commissioner of Alfalfa County, about 130 miles northwest of Oklahoma City, and his…

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  • Closing of Chicago trading pits: a requiem for family ties

    Thomas Cashman was not long out of law school when his dad, Tom, brought him to the Chicago Board of Trade soybean pit in 1994. Thomas, a third-generation CBOT trader now back practicing law and trading on the side, is a member of one of the better-known trading families in Chicago's 167-year…

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  • Thousands evacuated after freight train derails, catches fire, in Tennessee

    Matt Farr, his brother and their parents woke up to the news and grabbed a change of clothes at about 8:30 a.m. ET before heading to a nearby animal center to drop off their Yorkie dog, Rosie. Farr, 21, said the four Maryville residents would stay in two rooms at a nearby hotel until the…

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  • Flight to Washington, D.C., diverted by unruly passenger: officials

    The jet landed without incident and was parked isolated on the ramp at Port Columbus International Airport in Columbus with police responding and the airport fire department standing by as a precaution, airport spokesman David Whitaker said. United Express Flight 3342 was en route to Washington's…

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  • Two San Francisco TV news crews attacked during live broadcast

    Two San Francisco television news crews were attacked and robbed and a camera operator pistol-whipped while reporting on a homicide early on Thursday, in an incident that was partly captured on live TV, local media reported. Crews from local Bay Area stations KNTV and KTVU had equipment stolen,…

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  • U.S. regulator says Fiat Chrysler misled agency on Takata recalls

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV misled U.S. auto safety regulators about recall notifications to the owners of vehicles equipped with defective Takata Corp air bags, a U.S. safety recall analysts said on Thursday.

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  • California cancer patient with amnesia identified by sister: NBC

    (Reuters) - A woman with amnesia who has been undergoing cancer treatments since she was found semiconscious in Southern California has been identified by her sister after turning to social media in a bid to rekindle her memory and find her family, an NBC affiliate in San Diego reported on Thursday.

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  • Washington police say no evidence of shooter at Navy Yard

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - There was no evidence of a shooter at the Washington Navy Yard on Thursday morning, a Washington police department spokeswoman said two hours after initial reports emerged.

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  • Authorities report 'all clear' at Washington Navy Yard: media

    Police and FBI officials gave the "all clear" signal at the Washington Navy Yard on Thursday, two hours after reports raised fears of an active shooter at the facility, media reported. FBI officials said they have given the "all clear" at the yard, the local CBS affiliate said.

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  • Washington Navy Yard on lockdown: Navy

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Washington Navy Yard, the site of a 2013 shooting rampage that killed 12 people, was put on lockdown on Thursday and shelter in place order has been given, the Navy said, without confirming details of the incident.

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  • Nerves rattled by false reports of U.S. Navy Yard shooter in Washington

    A report of a possible gunman, which was later determined to be unfounded, touched off an hours-long lockdown starting at about 7:45 a.m. EDT at the military facility just a mile south of the U.S. Capitol and three miles from the White House. The Navy Yard was the site of a 2013 shooting that left…

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  • For New York Puerto Ricans, debt crisis begins to hit home

    Before this week, Harriet Richardson's retirement dream was still intact: work a few more years in the United States before heading back to find a quiet, ocean-front house in her native Puerto Rico. Over a plate of fried plantains and rice at El Nuevo Bohio restaurant, a lunch spot popular with…

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  • Man held in killings of California family left DNA in car: media citing warrants

    DNA belonging to an ex-convict accused of killing a San Diego family with a sledgehammer in 2010 was found in their abandoned car, media reported Wednesday, citing newly released search warrants. Charles "Chase" Merritt, 58, could face the death penalty if found guilty during his August trial for…

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  • Family sues over southern California college hazing death

    The family of a southern California university student who died on a grueling hike during an initiation rite for a fraternity sued officials from the college and the fraternity on Wednesday, accusing them of negligence. The lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on the one-year…

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  • Californians cut water use in May, ahead of mandatory reductions

    California residents, in a boost for efforts to deal with a devastating four-year drought, cut water use by nearly 29 percent in May to score the biggest reduction since the state governor in early 2014 called for voluntary cutbacks, officials said on Wednesday. The reduction came just ahead of…

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  • Washington state farmworker yelled 'kill me' before he was shot: officer

    Pasco Police Department officer Adrian Alaniz was one of three patrolmen who opened fire on Antonio Zambrano-Montes at a busy intersection in the southeastern agricultural city on Feb. 10 after he pelted them with rocks, according to police. The Latino-majority community in the area likened…

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