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  • NFL opens door for overhaul after domestic violence crisis

    By Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - A chastened NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said on Friday that the league's poor response to its domestic violence crisis will prompt an overhaul of how it deals with player behavior and punishment in America's most popular sports league. Goodell said rules…

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  • Purdue University shooter gets 65 years, shows no remorse

    By Saran Mishra LAFAYETTE Ind. (Reuters) - A former Purdue University student was sentenced on Friday to 65 years in prison for shooting and stabbing to death a fellow engineering senior that he envied, in front of about a dozen students in a lab class in January. Cody Cousins, 24, of Warsaw,…

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  • Pathologist reviews autopsy of man killed in NY police choke hold

    By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - A prominent pathologist hired by the family of Eric Garner, a man killed by New York City police in July during an arrest involving a banned choke hold, said on Friday his review of the autopsy confirmed earlier findings that Garner's windpipe was crushed. Dr.…

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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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  • Ten Commandments marker can stay at Oklahoma Capitol: judge

    By Kevin Murphy (Reuters) - An Oklahoma judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit that sought the removal of a Ten Commandments monument from state Capitol grounds as an unconstitutional use of public property to endorse religion. Oklahoma County District Court Judge Thomas Prince sided with the Oklahoma…

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  • California bill would help protect franchisee business investments

    By Lisa Baertlein LOS ANGELES - When Kathryn Slater-Carter learned her family would lose $1.5 million after McDonald's Corp did not renew the franchise agreement on one of their restaurants in the San Francisco suburbs, she tried for a second time to change state law to protect franchisee…

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  • Three peanut company officials guilty in deadly salmonella outbreak

    ATLANTA (Reuters) - Three former peanut company officials were found guilty on Friday in connection with a 2009 salmonella outbreak that killed nine people and sickened hundreds, federal prosecutors said. The contamination at the Peanut Corporation of America plant in Blakely, Georgia, led to one…

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  • Protests planned to target U.S. southern border entry ports

    By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - American citizens describing themselves as "deeply concerned" with Obama administration immigration policies plan a mass protest on Saturday to press their demand to seal the southern border by blocking traffic at more than a dozen U.S. crossings.…

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  • Man freed after ramming truck into Las Vegas casino commits suicide

    (Reuters) - A man, who was ordered released from jail after ramming his truck through the glass doors of a Las Vegas casino last week, has hanged himself in a nearby hotel, Nevada officials said on Friday. Ryan Brown, 40, was arrested on suspicion of reckless driving and possession and use of…

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  • Killings of Florida mother, six children stun community

    By Barbara Liston BELL Fla. (Reuters) - As Florida police examined why a 51-year-old felon shot his daughter and her six children to death before killing himself, residents of their small town grieved the loss of the children. Investigators shared few details from the taped-off crime scene, a house…

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  • Former Connecticut Governor Rowland found guilty of campaign law violations

    By Richard Weizel NEW HAVEN Conn. (Reuters) - Former Connecticut Governor John Rowland violated U.S. election laws by taking under-the-table payments from a business owned by the husband of a candidate whose campaign he secretly advised, a federal jury found on Friday. Rowland, a Republican who…

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  • NFL's Goodell says personal conduct policy to change

    (Reuters) - National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell said on Friday that policies governing player conduct will change in the wake of the league's poor handling of domestic violence cases. "We do not have a clear and consistent policy that allows us to deal with all of the issues that…

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  • Connecticut university sounds 'all clear' after bomb threat

    BOSTON (Reuters) - Four buildings were briefly evacuated at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury on Friday afternoon after an emailed bomb threat, and all were cleared after being checked by police bomb-sniffing dogs, officials said. "All buildings at both the Midtown and Westside…

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  • North Carolina court releases money in halted school voucher program

    WINSTON-SALEM N.C. (Reuters) - About 1,900 North Carolina students will be allowed to receive public money to attend private schools despite a finding by a judge that the scholarship program is unconstitutional, the state's Court of Appeals ruled on Friday. The order applies only to students who…

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  • Texas triple murder suspect kills self in jail: authorities

    By Lisa Maria Garza (Reuters) - A 63-year-old man charged with killing three adults and wounding a child during a shooting spree at a trailer park in Corpus Christi, Texas, committed suicide in his jail cell, police said on Friday. Sammuel Everett Toomey was being held in Nueces County Jail on…

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  • Detroit council approves regional water authority deal

    By Lisa Lambert DETROIT (Reuters) - The Detroit City Council on Friday approved the creation of a regional water authority, pushing forward an integral part of the city's plan to exit the biggest-ever municipal bankruptcy. A deal Detroit reached last week with Oakland, Wayne and Macomb counties…

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  • White House anti-assault campaign uses stars, sports to reach campuses

    By Susan Heavey WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, who have long talked about the need to curb sexual assault at universities, got some help on Friday from the people many young adults actually listen to: celebrities and athletes. In its latest effort…

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  • Police check car, apartment in search for missing Virginia student

    By John Clarke (Reuters) - Police looking for a missing University of Virginia student searched a car and apartment on Friday in a major break in the case, a police spokeswoman said. Acting on several tips about missing student Hannah Graham, 18, police in Charlottesville, Virginia, executed search…

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  • University of California votes not to divest from fossil fuels

    By Tim Reid LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The University of California voted on Friday to maintain its investments in fossil fuels, frustrating a student-led effort to divest its portfolio in oil, natural gas and coal. UC is among the major college endowments have been reluctant to shake up their…

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  • Utah doctor sentenced to 15 years to life for wife’s 2007 murder

    By Jennifer Dobner SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - A Utah judge sentenced a former doctor to 15 years to life in prison on Friday for murdering his wife by drugging her with a powerful cocktail of painkillers and holding her head underwater in a bathtub until she drowned, court records show. Michele…

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