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  • Prison employee who aided New York escapees pleads guilty

    A female prison employee pleaded guilty to one felony and one misdemeanor charge in a deal with prosecutors on Tuesday in connection with helping two convicted murderers in their daring June escape from a maximum security prison in upstate New York. Joyce Mitchell, 51, faces up to seven years in…

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  • Pilot training fell short in Virgin Galactic crash, investigators say

    Test pilots at the helm of a Virgin Galactic passenger spaceship that crashed last year were unaware of the catastrophic consequences of unlocking the craft's moveable tail section too early because of poor training, investigators probing the fatal accident said on Tuesday. Scaled, a subsidiary of…

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  • Senate aims to vote on defunding Planned Parenthood

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is planning to hold a vote on legislation in coming days on a Republican bill halting federal funding of Planned Parenthood, following the release of videos involving use of aborted fetal tissue for medical research. "The leader is working with his members to…

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  • American accused of killing Zimbabwe's popular Cecil the lion

    Wildlife officials on Tuesday accused an American tourist of killing Cecil, one of the oldest and most famous lions in Zimbabwe, without a permit after paying $50,000 to two people who lured the beast to its death. The lion was lured out of Hwange National Park using a bait and was shot by the…

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  • House Benghazi panel says State Department to hand over documents today

    The U.S. House of Representatives committee investigating the 2012 attacks on an American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, said the State Department has pledged to hand over 5,000 new pages of documents related to the incident on Tuesday. "The State Department has informed the Committee it…

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  • U.S. appeals court upholds bulk of Obama air pollution rule

    By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday mostly upheld a major federal environmental regulation requiring some states to limit pollution that contributes to unhealthy air in neighboring states. Among the challengers were coal company Peabody Energy Corp and energy…

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  • Four dead after small plane crashes in Wisconsin field

    (Reuters) - Four people were killed when a small plane crashed in a field in western Wisconsin and burst into flames, local officials said on Tuesday.

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  • U.S. military exhumes remains of unidentified victims of Pearl Harbor attack

    Five caskets draped in U.S. flags containing the remains of sailors and Marines who died in the Dec., 7, 1941 attack were transferred from a cemetery to a laboratory where they will be analyzed with modern forensic methods, including DNA testing. The Pentagon wants to identify all of them in…

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  • Body found in luggage near Seattle, second time since May

    The body was discovered at about 8:30 a.m. when a maintenance worker came across the suitcase at a dumpster in an apartment complex in SeaTac, home to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, King County Sheriff's spokesman Stan Seo said. In mid-June law enforcement officials asked for the public's…

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  • Oregon sheriff treated after 20 suspicious envelopes found across state

    The FBI is investigating at least 20 letters received by law enforcement agencies across Oregon on Monday after a rural sheriff was hospitalized following exposure to an unidentified white powder in an envelope, officials in the state said. Sheriff Glenn Palmer of Grant County was exposed to an…

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  • Alaska governor returning sealskin vest amid local ethics probe

    Alaska's governor and lieutenant governor will return sealskin vests received as gifts, the governor's office said on Monday, amid an ethics investigation by a municipal government into possible misuse of taxpayer funds by its mayor. The probe was ordered earlier this month by the North Slope…

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  • U.S. Marines see decision soon on F-35 fighter combat-readiness

    The top U.S. Marine Corps aviator on Monday said an initial squadron of 10 Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jets met all the requirements for a declaration of combat-readiness during a recent review, and a decision from Marine Corps Commandant General Joseph Dunford was expected soon. Deputy…

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  • Boy Scouts of America lifts blanket ban on gay adult leaders

    DALLAS (Reuters) - The national governing body of the Boy Scouts of America voted on Monday to lift the group's outright ban on openly gay adult leaders and employees, dismantling a policy that has deeply divided the membership of the 105-year-old Texas-based organization. (Reporting by Marice…

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  • Oklahoma top court reaffirms Ten Commandments stone at Capitol must go

    Oklahoma's Supreme Court on Monday said the state must remove a Ten Commandments stone monument first placed at its Capitol in 2012, rejecting an appeal to reconsider an earlier decision. Earlier in July, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, a Republican, had said she would keep the monument in place…

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  • Biden, former critic of NY's LaGuardia Airport, upbeat on redesign

    "It's the greatest city in the world, and it requires a 21st-century infrastructure," Biden said at a news conference of the airport, which consistently ranks among the worst in the United States. Biden and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo highlighted the role of Delta Air Lines Inc, the airport's…

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  • Louisiana shooting suspect never involuntarily committed: Georgia authorities

    Suspect John R. Houser, who killed himself after Thursday's rampage in Lafayette, Louisiana, purchased the weapon he used in the attack from an Alabama pawnshop in 2014, authorities say. "We did not receive an involuntary commitment order on John Houser, because there was no order," Sherry Lang,…

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  • U.S. Navy investigates report of cancer cluster at Guantanamo

    The U.S. Navy is investigating a complaint that seeks the evacuation of civilian and military lawyers from parts of the U.S. base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, following reports of cancer cases among personnel working on the trials of detainees there. At least seven civilians and military members who…

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  • Colorado movie gunman's sister sobs, says she still loves him

    By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - The younger sister of Colorado movie massacre gunman James Holmes testified at his trial for the first time on Monday, telling jurors who will decide his fate that the murders were completely out of character, and she still loves him. Chris Holmes, 22, was…

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  • Texas toddler dies after father leaves her strapped in hot SUV: police

    A Texas father whose 2-year-old daughter died after she was left strapped in the back of an SUV as temperatures soared to 98 degrees Fahrenheit was arrested on Monday and charged with child abandonment, police said. Hamuda Raufu, 40, said he dropped off his wife at home on July 17 after a day at…

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  • Planned Parenthood investigating claims of website hack

    Planned Parenthood called on the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice on Monday for help managing cybersecurity, following a report that the reproductive healthcare group's website had been hacked by anti-abortion activists. The organization has come under scrutiny since the release of two…

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