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  • Equatorial Guinea envoy in U.S. suspected of beating daughter: police

    Equatorial Guinea's ambassador to the United States is suspected of beating his daughter with a wooden chair leg, leaving her hospitalized, but he was not arrested because he has diplomatic immunity, police said on Wednesday. Police in the Washington suburb of Arlington, Virginia, responded on…

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  • Sister of accused Boston marathon bombers arrested after bomb threat

    By Victoria Cavaliere NEW YORK (Reuters) - The sister of the accused Boston Marathon bombers was arrested in New York City for threatening a woman over the phone, saying she could "put a bomb on you," police said on Wednesday. Aliana Tsarnaev, 23, sister of Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was…

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  • Suspected Los Angeles serial killer ordered held without bond

    By Dana Feldman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A suspected serial killer linked to a spate of apparently random Los Angeles-area shootings, four of them fatal, made his first court appearance on Wednesday and was ordered held without bond until an arraignment set for next month. Alexander Hernandez, 34,…

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  • U.S. judge signals he may order more Abu Ghraib photos released

    By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judge signaled on Wednesday he may order the U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein in New York ruled the U.S. Department of Defense had failed to show why releasing the photographs would endanger the lives of American soldiers and workers abroad. He…

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  • Texas man acquitted of shooting driver who hit, killed sons

    By Amanda Orr ANGLETON Texas (Reuters) - A Texas jury on Wednesday found a father not guilty of shooting dead a suspected drunk driver who hit and killed his two sons while they pushed a truck down a country road late at night. David Barajas, 32, had been charged with murdering Jose Banda, 20, in…

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  • California city looks to quit Calpers, fears it can't afford to

    By Tim Reid LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Officials in Villa Park are considering pulling the tiny California city from Calpers, saying the monthly costs of the state's giant public pension system are crippling the municipal budget. Calpers, America's biggest public pension fund with assets of $300…

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  • Two sentenced to combined 75 years for Florida bank robberies

    By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - Two South Florida men have been sentenced to decades in prison for their role in a month-long string of armed bank robberies that crisscrossed the state, netting an undisclosed sum. District Judge Jose E. Martinez on Tuesday sentenced Anthony Isaac Johnson,…

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  • Police presence drawing down in Ferguson, Missouri

    By Edward McAllister ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - Authorities on Wednesday disbanded what had been a command center in Ferguson, Missouri, for law enforcement responding to sometimes violent protests over the killing of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer. Missouri Highway Patrol Captain…

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  • U.S. court in Ohio overturns hate crime convictions of 16 Amish

    By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - A federal appeals court in Ohio on Wednesday overturned the hate crime convictions of an Amish sect leader and 15 of his followers in beard- and hair-cutting attacks on fellow members of their religious faith. Circuit Court of Appeals found that jurors in the…

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  • Son found dead at New Jersey home of man who killed wife at hospital: police

    (Reuters) - A southern New Jersey man shot and killed his wife in her hospital room on Wednesday before shooting and critically wounding himself, authorities said, adding the body of their son was found at their home shortly afterward. Raymond Wychowanec, 63, visited his wife, Denise, 62, on…

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  • Surfers, spectators crowd Southern California beaches for giant waves

    By Alex Dobuzinskis and Dana Feldman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Waves up to about 20 feet (6 meters) high crashed along the Southern California coast on Wednesday, as heavy and potentially dangerous surf from a Pacific cyclone drew crowds of surfers and spectators to Los Angeles-area beaches,…

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  • 'Cops' TV show employee killed by police while recording Omaha robbery

    By Katie Knapp Schubert OMAHA Neb. (Reuters) - Omaha police accidentally shot and killed an audio technician for the long-running reality television show "Cops" while he was recording officers responding to an armed robbery, police said on Wednesday. Sound technician Bryce Dion, 38, from the…

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  • U.S. court clears FedEx Ground drivers to pursue wage, benefit claims

    Groups of mostly former FedEx drivers in California and Oregon can move forward with lawsuits alleging they are owed unpaid wages and benefits under state and federal labor laws after a U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, sitting in Portland, Oregon, reversed a lower court's ruling, noting that FedEx…

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  • California bill mandating drone privacy rules heads to governor

    By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - Strict regulations on how law enforcement and other government agencies can use drones won passage by California lawmakers on Wednesday, a move supporters said would protect privacy and prevent warrantless surveillance. The bill, which heads to…

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  • Miami voters approve $400 million waterside observation tower

    By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - A sweeping majority of Miami voters have cleared the way for a local developer to build a 1,000-foot-tall waterside tower that will feature a nightclub, bungee-jumping platform and vertical "drop ride" sending thrill-seekers plummeting 50 stories. The $400…

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  • California mulls bill to remove guns from potential offenders

    A bill allowing family members to ask a judge to order firearms removed from people likely to commit gun violence advanced in California on Wednesday, one of several gun control measures up for votes in the last week of the state's legislative session. It passed the assembly once, but now goes…

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  • U.S., Blackwater defense clash on jury summary of shooting

    The guards "took something that didn't belong to them, the lives of 14 human beings," prosecutor Anthony Asuncion told the jury. There were "no insurgents, no AK-47s, just people seeking shelter from these men," Asuncion said, pointing to the defendants who sat in the courtroom. Later, a lawyer…

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  • Boston Marathon bombing victim marries his nurse

    A Massachusetts man badly injured in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing married his nurse in a weekend wedding, according to the hotel where the ceremony was held. James Costello met Krista D’Agostino while he was undergoing treatment at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, according to the statement…

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  • Dupont fined $1.275 million in West Virginia toxic pollution case

    DuPont will pay a fine of $1.275 million and spend an estimated $2.3 million more to settle claims by U.S. Department of Justice in a case about eight alleged releases of harmful levels of hazardous substances between May 2006 and January 2010 from a DuPont facility in Belle, West Virginia, the…

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  • Survivor, two bodies found after Philadelphia robbery, abduction

    By Sean Landis PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - A man suffering stab wounds who said he was thrown into Philadelphia's Schuylkill River early on Wednesday after a robbery and kidnapping was found by police, who also recovered two bound and submerged bodies. Authorities have not released the victims' names.

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