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  • Washington state man sentenced to 10 years for torching gay club

    By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - A Washington state man was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Thursday for setting fire to a popular Seattle gay nightclub packed with New Year's Eve revelers. No one was badly hurt in the Dec. 31, 2013, attack on Neighbors, a decades-old establishment…

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  • California's proposed 2015 Obamacare premiums to rise 4 percent in 2015

    Healthcare premiums will rise an average of 4.2 percent in 2015 on California's health insurance exchange, the largest of the state marketplaces established by President Barack Obama's healthcare reform, state officials said on Thursday. Ten companies will sell plans for 2015 through Covered…

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  • Judge says unclear if NYC is fair when revoking licenses

    By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judge in New York said it is an open question whether the city's Taxi and Limousine Commission treats drivers fairly in hearings over whether to revoke their licenses. U.S. District Judge Sidney Stein made the assessment in a 50-page decision on…

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  • U.S. to modernize poultry inspections to boost food safety

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Thursday it will modernize its decades-old inspection methods for poultry in an attempt to crack down on food-borne illness. USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) will require all poultry companies to take measures to…

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  • Feds sue NYC pawnbroker, say women there called 'whipping slaves'

    By Barbara Goldberg NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York pawn shop chain, whose owner was accused of calling female employees his "whipping slaves" and promising "to make babies with all" of them, was sued for harassment on Thursday by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The lawsuit…

  • Slain Michigan teenager had swollen hands from pounding on door: witness

    By Aaron Foley DETROIT (Reuters) - An independent medical examiner testified on Thursday that a black teenager's hands were swollen from pounding on the door of a white suburban Detroit man's home, which could support the man's claim that he thought the teenager was trying to break in. The…

  • Health worsens for two U.S. aid workers infected with Ebola

    By Colleen Jenkins WINSTON-SALEM N.C. (Reuters) - The health conditions of a U.S. physician and a missionary who contracted Ebola while helping fight an outbreak of the disease that has claimed more than 700 lives in West Africa have worsened, two relief organizations said on Thursday. Dr. Kent…

  • U.S. House to try to pass border funding bill Friday: lawmakers

    The U.S. House of Representatives will delay the start of a five-week recess in order to try to pass a funding bill dealing with an immigration crisis on the southwestern border, Republican lawmakers said on Thursday. The decision comes shortly after House Republicans revolted against their own…

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  • Southwest Airlines, SeaWorld to end marketing partnership

    Southwest Airlines and SeaWorld said on Thursday they are ending a longtime marketing partnership, as the airline faces pressure from animal rights groups critical of the marine life conditions at its popular tourist attractions. SeaWorld Entertainment Inc and Southwest Airlines Co began joint…

  • Man on FBI 'most wanted' list arrested in Mexico, sent to Louisiana

    (Reuters) - A man on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list suspected of raping and murdering a woman in her mobile home in 2008 was captured in Mexico and sent earlier this week to Louisiana to face prosecution, an FBI spokeswoman said on Thursday. Jose Manuel Garcia Guevara, a Mexican laborer, stands…

  • Sudanese woman who had faced execution for conversion due in U.S.

    A Sudanese woman who was sentenced to death for converting from Islam to Christianity, then detained after her conviction was quashed, was due to return to the United States on Thursday, according to a family member. Mariam Yahya Ibrahim was scheduled to arrive in Manchester, New Hampshire, on…

  • Millions of jellyfish-like creatures wash up on western U.S. beaches

    By Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - Millions of jellyfish-like creatures have washed up on beaches along the U.S. West Coast over the past month, giving the shoreline a purple gleam and, at times, an unpleasant odor, ocean experts said on Thursday. Though not poisonous to most people,…

  • Oklahoma lawmakers in showdown with college leaders over guns on campus

    By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - Two Oklahoma lawmakers are pushing to have college students and faculty carrying firearms, a move they said would enhance safety on campuses but university presidents said is an unnecessary plan that could cause chaos. The state legislators said this…

  • Disgruntled employee shoots boss, kills self in Chicago building

    By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - A man upset about a job demotion gravely wounded the chief executive officer of his company in a downtown Chicago office building and then fatally shot himself, police said on Thursday. Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy could not confirm the name…

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  • Federal mediator joins New York's Met Opera labor talks as lockout looms

    By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - The unions representing the orchestra and chorus of New York's Metropolitan Opera agreed to have a federal mediator join negotiations with management on Thursday in the final hours before a deadline for a threatened lockout. The Met said in a statement that…

  • Boehner warns on unilateral immigration action by Obama

    By Mark Felsenthal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said on Thursday that any unilateral steps by President Barack Obama on immigration would make matters worse and add to a "legacy of lawlessness." "No more unilateral action by the president," Boehner said at…

  • U.S. border funding bill founders amid House opposition

    By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Speaker John Boehner suffered a political setback on Thursday when he had to cancel a planned vote on legislation that would provide $659 million to help address an immigration crisis on the southwestern border with Mexico. Boehner had labored to…

  • Executive: 'Didn't want anyone to know' of gifts to former Virginia governor

    By Gary Robertson RICHMOND Va. (Reuters) - The businessman who, federal prosecutors say, gave gifts and loans to former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife said Thursday he kept the largesse secret because he knew he was giving bribes to help his diet-supplements company. McDonnell,…

  • Ex-NYPD officer sues for $175 million over 'rape cop' label

    A former New York City police officer cleared of charges of raping a drunken fashion executive in her Manhattan apartment but jailed for misconduct over the incident is suing his accuser and the city for $175 million, his attorney said on Thursday. The case against Kenneth Moreno, who was…

  • California state lawmaker pleads not guilty to racketeering charges

    By Jennifer Chaussee SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California State Senator Leland Yee pleaded not guilty to racketeering charges on Thursday after federal investigators expanded existing conspiracy charges against the Democratic lawmaker last week.  Yee, who made the plea during a brief court…

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