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  • New York couple sentenced to prison after woman held in apartment

    By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York couple who faced life imprisonment on charges of holding a paralyzed woman captive for over a year received sentences on Thursday of more than a decade in prison in a plea deal with prosecutors. Maureen Murray, now 61, was discovered by police in…

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  • Convicted drug dealer charged in murder of Hollywood executive

    By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A convicted drug dealer was charged on Thursday with the murder of a Hollywood studio executive who went missing under mysterious circumstances in 2012 only to have his remains found in the California desert last year. John Lenzie Creech, 42, who is already…

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  • U.S. funding impasse blocks Secret Service hires: Homeland Security chief

    By Doina Chiacu and Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Secret Service cannot hire new agents for the next presidential election or make improvements at the agency until Congress settles a dispute over funding, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said on Thursday. Johnson said in a…

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  • Texas rally by Muslims seeking tolerance disrupted by protesters

    By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A rally at the Texas Capitol on Thursday by Muslims seeking religious tolerance was repeatedly disrupted by a small group of protesters who said the state belonged to followers of Jesus Christ and that Muslims should go back to the Middle East. During…

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  • Denver police chief says questions remain in shooting of teenage girl

    By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - An officer involved in the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old girl driving a stolen car may have been injured trying to avoid the vehicle, instead of by being struck by it as earlier believed, Denver's police chief said on Thursday. Chief Robert White told…

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  • NYC public defenders in video advocate killing police, city finds

    By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) - Attorneys at a New York City public defenders office participated in an online video that advocated the killing of police officers, featuring the lyrics "time to start killing these coppers," a city investigation disclosed on Thursday. The video "Hands Up,"…

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  • Boy Scouts settle California abuse case, averting release of files

    By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Boy Scouts of America have settled a high-profile sex abuse lawsuit in a move that averts a requirement to release files detailing abuse claims and incidents across the country from 1986 to 2007, an attorney said on Thursday. The case in Santa…

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  • Texas prison bus hit guardrail laying in road before deadly crash: NTSB

    By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A Texas prison bus that crashed this month into a freight train, killing eight inmates and two guards, hit a damaged guardrail left on an icy highway from previous accidents before it skidded off the road, an accident report said on Thursday. The bus…

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  • Venezuelan financier gets 13 years prison in Connecticut fraud

    A Venezuelan financier was sentenced on Thursday to 13 years in prison for running what U.S. prosecutors called a Ponzi scheme in Connecticut that caused $382.2 million of losses, including for Venezuela's state-owned oil company. Francisco Illarramendi, 45, was sentenced after having pleaded…

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  • U.S. military pay reforms could save $12 billion yearly: panel

    By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A congressionally appointed panel on U.S. military compensation recommended overhauling retirement and healthcare benefits on Thursday to improve services offered to troops and families while cutting costs by up to $12.6 billion annually. The nine-member…

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  • Fugitive treasure hunter wants to stay in Florida: report

    After years on the run, a treasure hunter wanted in Ohio over accusations of cheating investors after recovering a fortune in gold from a shipwreck told a federal court hearing on Thursday that he has health problems and should stay in Florida, the Palm Beach Post reported. Authorities apprehended…

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  • U.S., Colombia arrest 17 accused of shipping cocaine from Venezuela

    Officials in Puerto Rico and Colombia arrested 17 members of an alleged drug ring on Thursday accused of money laundering and smuggling cocaine from Venezuela to the United States. Last month a federal grand jury in Puerto Rico issued a 23-count indictment against the group of 29. Six were…

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  • Suspected Ebola patient admitted to California hospital

    By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - A patient suspected of being infected with Ebola was admitted on Thursday to a special isolation unit of a University of California hospital in Sacramento and was being tested for infection, hospital and public health officials said. The patient…

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  • Fame made ex-NFL star a target in murder case, lawyer says

    By Scott Malone and Daniel Lovering FALL RIVER, Mass. (Reuters) - Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez had no reason to kill the semiprofessional football player he is charged with murdering in 2013, but was targeted by law enforcement because of his fame, his attorneys argued on…

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  • Ohio rabbi held on charges of sexually abusing Maryland girl

    (Reuters) - An Ohio rabbi charged with sexually abusing a Maryland girl was ordered held on $500,000 bail and to turn in his passport, officials in Baltimore said on Thursday. The rabbi, 50-year-old Frederick Karp, was charged Wednesday with sexually abusing the minor between July 2009 and…

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  • FBI adds suspected Somali-American militant to 'Most Wanted Terrorist' list

    The FBI said on Thursday it added a former Washington, D.C.-area taxi driver, Liban Haji Mohamed, to its list of "Most Wanted Terrorists" and offered a reward of up to $50,000 for information leading to his arrest and conviction. The agency said Mohamed, a Somalia-born naturalized U.S. citizen,…

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  • Medical marijuana advocates concerned by Illinois licensing delay

    By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Advocates for medical marijuana in Illinois are concerned that delays in issuing distribution licenses, exacerbated by a change in governors, is keeping the drug from patients who need it. Former Democratic Governor Pat Quinn, who supported medical…

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  • Convicted Fort Hood killer faces military hearing in Kansas

    (Reuters) - Former U.S. Army major Nidal Hasan appeared in a military court on Thursday for a procedural hearing related to his capital punishment conviction for the 2009 shooting spree at Fort Hood in Texas that killed 13 people and wounded 32 others. The hearing at a military post in Kansas…

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  • Woman pleads guilty to Lake Michigan distress call hoax

    By Mark Guarino CHICAGO (Reuters) - A Chicago woman pleaded guilty on Thursday to a federal charge of calling in a fake report that someone had fallen into Lake Michigan, triggering an extensive Coast Guard search that included divers and a helicopter. Leona Chewning, 24, admitted that she…

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