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  • Police find human remains in suitcase on San Francisco sidewalk

    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - San Francisco police on Wednesday discovered human body parts stuffed inside a suitcase that had been ditched on the sidewalk of a downtown street, officials said. Police closed off blocks around the package around 4:15 p.m. and found more remains after searching the area,…

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  • Seattle police officer to be reviewed for arrest of innocent black man

    Seattle's police chief on Wednesday ordered a review of an officer who wrongly arrested an elderly black man last summer, an incident for which the department apologized a day earlier. The move comes amid simmering tension in the United States over police treatment of African-Americans, sparked in…

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  • Son of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy arrested in Utah

    (Reuters) - The son of a Nevada rancher who was at the center of an armed stand-off with federal agents in a dispute over cattle grazing rights last year has been arrested in Utah, officials said. Ryan Bundy, 42, was taken into custody by sheriff's deputies serving an arrest warrant while he was…

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  • One dead, six injured in San Francisco fire

    One person died and six people were injured after a fire scorched a San Francisco building on Wednesday night, officials said. Firefighters responded to the flames ripping through the Mission District building around 6:45 p.m. local time and immediately evacuated residents, San Francisco Police…

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  • Montana bride has no grounds to appeal murder conviction: prosecutors

    Federal prosecutors on Wednesday said a Montana bride who admitted pushing her new husband off a cliff at Glacier National Park has no grounds to appeal her murder conviction after lying to officials and using trickery in a bid to conceal her crime. Jordan Graham pleaded guilty in December 2013 to…

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  • Top Nevada lawyer joins suit against Obama's immigration relief plan

    Nevada's newly minted Republican attorney general has joined a multi-state lawsuit seeking to block President Barack Obama's order easing the threat of deportation for millions of undocumented immigrants, without the support of the state's moderate governor. Attorney General Adam Laxalt, sworn in…

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  • Pentagon official urges NATO to focus on innovative weapons

    By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work on Wednesday urged NATO allies to develop and make more innovative weapons, and said bold action was needed to stay ahead of rapid weapons development by China, Russia and other countries. Work said the Pentagon has…

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  • Armed man detained near Super Bowl events sent for mental tests

    Phoenix police have sent a man for mental evaluation after he was detained while acting suspiciously near pre-Super Bowl events held in the city center and was found to be in possession of two guns and a knife, authorities said on Wednesday. The man, who was not identified, was wearing a tan vest,…

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  • California school orders non-vaccinated kids home after possible measles case

    By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A California high school barred dozens of non-vaccinated students from school on Wednesday over concern that a classmate may have contracted measles in a rare outbreak of the highly contagious disease that began at a Disneyland resort last month. The…

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  • Homeless vets to get housing at L.A. VA site under settlement

    By Michael Fleeman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Homeless veterans will get housing and services at a large Department of Veterans Affairs health campus in Los Angeles under a deal to settle a lawsuit accusing the agency of misusing the land, officials said on Wednesday. The 387-acre site located…

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  • Saudi airman gets 35 years to life for raping boy in Las Vegas

    (Reuters) - A Saudi Air Force sergeant convicted in the rape of a 13-year-old boy at a Las Vegas casino hotel was sentenced on Wednesday to 35 years to life in prison for the crime, a court spokeswoman said. Mazen Alotaibi, 25, was found guilty in Las Vegas in 2013 of kidnapping, burglary,…

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  • Illinois pension ruling may not impact Chicago case, attorney says

    If the Illinois Supreme Court voids Illinois' pension reform law, that ruling will not derail another law aimed at shoring up two of Chicago's public pension funds, a lawyer for the city argued on Wednesday. Both Illinois and Chicago are defending separate laws in different state courts against…

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  • Magnitude 5.7 quake hits off northern California coast

    A magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck just offshore of northern California on Wednesday, rattling a wide coastal area below the Oregon border, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, but local officials said no major damage or injuries were reported. The tremor, initially reported as a weaker…

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  • Evacuation lifted after chemical spill at Washington state port

    SEATTLE (Reuters) - A chemical spill at the Port of Olympia in Washington state on Wednesday forced the evacuation of dozens of employees and several nearby businesses until the area was deemed safe to re-enter, a spokeswoman said. The hydrogen peroxide leak originated in a pipe leading to a large…

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  • Michigan woman charged with death of newborn found at recycling center

    A Michigan woman was charged with murder on Wednesday in the death of her newborn son, who police say was left neglected in a garage after she gave birth in December and whose body was found weeks later in a recycling center. Angela Alexie, 24, appeared in district court in Eastpointe, Michigan,…

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  • Military says Washington state marijuana shops 'off-limits' to troops

    By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - A U.S. military base south of Seattle has sent letters warning retail marijuana shops that military personnel are banned from entering their businesses and buying cannabis products, a spokesman said on Wednesday. The letters were sent last week by the…

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  • Maryland diocese asks bishop accused of killing cyclist to resign

    (Reuters) - The Episcopal Diocese of Maryland has asked a bishop who is accused of killing a cyclist while driving drunk to resign her position, saying she was no longer able to function effectively. Bishop Suffragan Heather Cook, the diocese's first female bishop and second highest official, is…

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  • Denver airport bars sale of pot-themed merchandise

    By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Denver International Airport has banned the sale of merchandise depicting marijuana after entrepreneurs sought to peddle cannabis-themed souvenirs to capitalize on Colorado's legal recreational pot industry, an official said on Wednesday. The fifth busiest U.S.…

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  • Chemical spill at Washington state port forces evacuations

    A chemical spill at the Port of Olympia in Washington state on Wednesday forced the evacuation of dozens of employees and several nearby businesses while the toxicity is assessed, the Olympia Fire Department said. The hydrogen peroxide leak originated in a pipe leading to a large tank at an $11.5…

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  • Deadly Maryland fire blamed on electrical failure

    By John Clarke ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Reuters) - An electrical failure ignited a large, dry Christmas treeand sparked a fire that tore through a Maryland waterfront mansion last week, killing six family members, investigators said on Wednesday. The Annapolis blaze on Jan. 19 was ruled accidental, said…

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