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  • Fort Worth police officer fatally shoots suspect said to be armed

    A Fort Worth, Texas, police officer on bicycle patrol has been placed on mandatory administrative leave after fatally shooting a man brandishing a pistol on Friday morning, police said. The officer, a 23-year veteran, was one of several responding to a fight. "Believing the man was about to fire…

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  • Search to be suspended at sunset for teens missing off Fla. coast

    The U.S. Coast Guard plans to suspend its search for two 14-year-old boys from South Florida at sunset on Friday, a week after they disappeared while on a fishing trip off the state's Atlantic Ocean coast. The search for Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen has extended as far north as the Charleston,…

    Reuters37 mins ago
  • Charleston suspect enters temporary not guilty plea to hate charges

    By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - Dylann Roof, the white man charged in the shooting of nine African Americans at a South Carolina church, entered a "temporary" not guilty plea on Friday to federal hate crime charges in connection to the massacre. U.S. Magistrate Judge Bristow…

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  • Puerto Rico nears default as debt restructuring beckons

    Puerto Rico on Friday planned to cover a payment due on debt owed by its development bank, a source familiar with the matter said, but the U.S. territory may still be short of the funds needed to pay all of the obligations due on Saturday. The U.S. territory is expected to make a $169.6 million…

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  • Two Ohio campus police officers won't face charges: prosecutor

    Ray Tensing, 25, a former University of Cincinnati police officer, has been charged with murder in the shooting death of Samuel DuBose, who had been stopped for a missing license plate. The two other University of Cincinnati officers, Phillip Kidd and David Lindenschmidt, were placed on…

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  • Growing California wildfire destroys homes, forces hundreds to flee

    By Curtis Skinner SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A rapidly growing wildfire burned largely unchecked in Northern California's ranch country on Friday after destroying three homes and forcing hundreds of people to flee. The blaze, which has nearly doubled in size from late Thursday morning to scorch…

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  • Pennsylvania man accused of escaping jail, killing friend captured

    Robert Crissman escaped from Armstrong County Jail, about 45 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, early on Thursday, Pennsylvania State Police said in a statement. Crissman had been serving time at the jail for a drug charge and probation violation and was not initially considered dangerous. Long, who…

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  • U.S. Marines declare initial F-35 squadron ready for combat: sources

    U.S. Marine Corps Commandant General Joseph Dunford has declared an initial squadron of 10 Lockheed Martin Corp F-35B fighter jets ready for combat, sources familiar with the decision said on Friday. It also makes the Marines to first U.S. military service to declare an "initial operational…

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  • St. Louis justice system biased against black children, U.S. probe finds

    The U.S. Justice Department issued a scathing report Friday, saying the Family Court of St. Louis County discriminates routinely against black children in a variety of ways. The court has failed to ensure the youth have adequate legal representation, failed to make sure there is probable cause…

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  • How Pentagon war fund became a budget buster Washington can't resist

    By Warren Strobel WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of U.S. troops deployed in battle zones is at its lowest level since before the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The contradiction is the legacy of an emergency war fund, started in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, that has become a favorite…

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  • Police investigating vehicle that hit barricade near U.S. Capitol

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Capitol Police said they were investigating a vehicle that struck a barricade at the congressional complex on Friday.

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  • Pennsylvania jail escapee suspected of killing woman: police

    Robert Crissman, 38, escaped from Armstrong County jail, about 40 miles (60 km) northeast of Pittsburgh, early Thursday morning while helping serve meals to other inmates, law enforcement officials said. Crissman was dressed in his green jail jumpsuit when he fled, and is now a suspect in a nearby…

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  • California man who helped kidnap busload of kids paroled after 37 years

    One of three men who kidnapped a busload of school children more than three decades ago and left them in a van hidden in a California quarry was granted parole on Thursday, state officials said. Although the 26 children and their bus driver all survived the ransom plot, kidnapper James Schoenfeld,…

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  • Woman jailed for outburst during Colorado movie massacre trial

    A woman protesting against capital punishment stood up in court on Thursday and shouted "Don't kill him!" before bailiffs tackled her during the penalty phase of James Holmes' mass murder trial in Colorado. The disturbance by spectator Deborah Cave came as the district attorney addressed jurors…

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  • Wild turkey sparks hunt for angry bird at University of Michigan

    By Serena Maria Daniels DETROIT (Reuters) - A wild turkey is ruffling feathers at the University of Michigan, chasing pedestrians and cyclists, sneaking into dorms and even causing traffic delays by lying down in the middle of streets. The turkey, which has been living on the Ann Arbor school's…

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  • Chinese professor accused of spying by U.S. released on bail

    A Chinese professor charged in the United States with economic espionage has been released on bail, U.S. court records show, and his family said he was confident of clearing his name. Zhang Hao was one of six Chinese nationals charged by the U.S. government in May with economic espionage. U.S.…

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  • Shell's Arctic icebreaker threads human barricade as it departs Oregon

    By Shelby Sebens PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - An icebreaking vessel key to Royal Dutch Shell's plans to drill for oil in the Arctic departed Portland, Oregon, late on Thursday, navigating between a narrow gap of environmental activists dangling from a bridge after a two-day human blockade. Several…

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  • Hunting club that suspended U.S. hunter donates to top lawmakers

    By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A hunting club that suspended a Minnesota dentist who killed Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe has given money to the campaigns of numerous U.S. politicians, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner, a watchdog group's…

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  • Northern California wildfire forces hundreds to flee

    By Curtis Skinner SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Flames raged unchecked for a second day through tinder-dry brush and scrub oak in Northern California's ranch country on Thursday after destroying three homes and forcing hundreds of residents to flee, as firefighters sought to benefit from subsiding…

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  • Ohio officer charged with murder pleads not guilty, released on bond

    A former University of Cincinnati police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of an unarmed black man he had stopped for a missing license plate was released from jail on bond hours after an initial court appearance on Thursday. Ray Tensing, 25, had pleaded not guilty in the death of…

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