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  • Missouri executes convicted killer in 1993 cattle-stealing plot

    By Carey Gillam KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) - Missouri on Wednesday executed a man who had been convicted in 1993 of murdering an elderly farming couple in a plot to steal their cattle, a state official said. William Rousan, 57, was pronounced dead at 12:10 a.m. (1.10 a.m. EDT) at a state…

  • FBI seeks to identify victims of suspected child molester abroad

    The suspect, William James Vahey, 64, worked at the schools since 1972 and committed suicide on March 21 in Luverne, Minnesota, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said on Tuesday. He killed himself two days after agents in Houston sought a warrant to search a computer thumb drive belonging to…

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  • Oklahoma execution halted amid confusion over stay orders

    By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin issued a one-week stay in the execution of a death row inmate due to die by lethal injection on Tuesday, in a move to clear up confusion over which state body has the final say over executions. Fallin ordered the stay for…

  • Teen who stowed away on Hawaii flight resting in hospital

    A teenage boy who stowed away on a flight from California to Hawaii in the frozen, oxygen-deprived wheel well of a passenger jet was resting in hospital on Tuesday, two days after his death-defying jaunt over the Pacific, a Hawaii official said. The teenager, whose name has not been released, is…

  • California congressman woos Sriracha pepper sauce factory after odor complaints heat up

    By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A U.S. congressman from a Los Angeles community is seeking to lure the factory that makes the bestselling Sriracha-brand hot pepper sauce to his district after residents in its current location complained about the smell. U.S. Representative Tony Cardenas,…

  • Group sues U.S. for stronger Idaho, Montana grizzly protection

    By Laura Zuckerman SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - Federal protection status for a population of grizzly bears facing extinction in the mountains of Idaho and northwest Montana should be raised to endangered from threatened, environmentalists said in a lawsuit filed on Tuesday. The Montana-based…

  • California bill to curb medical marijuana passes key hurdle

    By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) - A measure to regulate California's chaotic medical marijuana industry passed a key legislative hurdle on Tuesday, in a move that could lay the groundwork to tax and control recreational use of the drug if it ultimately becomes legal. U.S.…

  • Church deacon, fugitive in 1981 killing, arrested in Texas

    By David DeKok HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - A 78-year-old church deacon in Texas has been arrested for a Pennsylvania murder after 33 years as a fugitive, authorities said on Tuesday. Joseph Lewis Miller was arrested by U.S. Marshals in Mineola, Texas, on Monday and faces extradition for…

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  • Washington state euthanizes 300 birds after cockfighting farm raided

    By Jonathan Kaminsky OLYMPIA, Washington (Reuters) - Washington state authorities have euthanized scores of steroid-filled roosters after raiding a farm and arresting a man on suspicion of raising the birds for cockfighting, prosecutors said on Tuesday. Victor Hugo Gallegos Chavez, 35, the lone…

  • Colorado lawmakers move to tighten edible marijuana laws

    By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Colorado lawmakers are moving to tighten laws governing the sale of marijuana-infused edibles, an issue that has gained attention following two deaths possibly linked to the ingestion of cannabis products, the measures' main sponsor said on Tuesday. The state…

  • Arizona high court rules pot users must be impaired for DUI charge

    (Reuters) - Arizona prosecutors cannot charge pot users for driving under the influence of marijuana simply because traces of the drug remain in their bloodstream, without evidence of actual impairment, the state Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday. The 4-1 decision by the Arizona Supreme Court comes…

  • New Jersey police officer, suspect wounded during drug buy

    A police detective and a suspect were wounded on Tuesday when gunfire erupted during an undercover drug deal in Garfield, New Jersey, a prosecutor said. The undercover officer, part of the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office Narcotic Task Force, was shot during a $400 marijuana purchase at a strip…

  • Obama visits mudslide-hit community in Washington state

    President Barack Obama on Tuesday visited the Washington state community slammed by a deadly mudslide last month, offering condolences to the families of victims, encouragement to rescue workers, and promises of government support. After viewing the mudslide from the air, Obama met for over an…

  • Voice of first U.S. Hispanic justice heard in major race case

    Justice Sonia Sotomayor issued a sharply worded 58-page dissent on Tuesday to the court's 18-page decision upholding a Michigan state ban on race-based affirmative action in education. In strong terms that referred to the slights minorities face because of skin color, Sotomayor declared the…

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  • Teen who stowed away on flight to Hawaii remains hospitalized

    A teenage boy who stowed away on a flight from California to Hawaii in the frozen, oxygen-deprived wheel well of a passenger jet remained hospitalized on Tuesday, two days after his death-defying jaunt over the Pacific Ocean, a Hawaii official said. The teenager, whose name has not been released,…

  • Missouri plans execution after Oklahoma stay over drug secrecy

    By Carey Gillam KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) - The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to stay the execution of a death row inmate in Missouri whose attorneys had argued that Missouri's secrecy around its lethal injection drugs could result in undue suffering. The high court's decision not to…

  • U.S. panel to take on rising prescription drug, heroin abuse

    (Reuters) - A panel of the U.S. House of Representatives has scheduled a hearing for April 29 on a rising tide of prescription drug and heroin abuse in the United States. The House Energy and Commerce Committee "will review the growing concerns regarding heroin and prescription opioid abuse and…

  • Nine indicted in abduction of North Carolina prosecutor's father

    By Colleen Jenkins WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina (Reuters) - Nine people were indicted by a U.S. grand jury on Tuesday in the kidnapping of a North Carolina prosecutor's father earlier this month. Kelvin Melton, 49, a member of the Bloods gang, and seven others charged in the case have been…

  • University of New Mexico running back arrested for rape, kidnapping

    By Joseph J. Kolb ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (Reuters) - A University of New Mexico football player has been arrested on suspicion of raping and kidnapping a fellow student, officials said on Tuesday. Crusoe Gongbay, 20, surrendered to university police on Monday and faces two counts of…

  • Volunteer coach found guilty Of lying in Ohio teen party rape case

    A volunteer football coach was found guilty on Tuesday of lying to authorities and allowing underage drinking in connection with the rape of a teenage girl at a party in August 2012 that drew national attention to an Ohio town. Matthew Belardine, 26, pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor charges…

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