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  • Explosion shuts large natural gas processing plant in Wyoming

    The blast at the Williams Companies Inc plant in Opal, Wyoming, touched off a fire that was still burning several hours later, company spokeswoman Michele Swaner said. The Lincoln County Sheriff's Department said the fire had been contained to one area of the plant. The explosion, at least the…

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  • White supremacist pleads guilty in Pacific Northwest killing spree

    A white supremacist convicted of killing two people and accused of killing two more during a violent road trip across the Pacific Northwest pleaded guilty on Wednesday in federal court in Oregon to two counts of carjacking resulting in death, his attorney said. David Joseph Pedersen, 33, is…

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  • Probe of Gacy serial killings resolves unrelated 1978 Illinois murder

    Illinois investigators trying to put names to the last unidentified victims of executed serial killer John Wayne Gacy have solved the unrelated 1978 disappearance of another man, officials said on Wednesday. Edward Beaudion, 22, was killed the night he was last seen in July 1978 and dumped in a…

  • Explosion rocks natural gas plant in Wyoming, no injuries reported

    (Reuters) - An explosion rocked a natural gas-processing plant in southwestern Wyoming on Wednesday, causing no injuries but prompting the evacuation of the facility and a nearby town, a company spokeswoman said. The explosion in an apparatus called a turbo expender at the Williams Companies plant…

  • Florida executes man convicted in 1990 murder of two relatives

    By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Reuters) - A man convicted of killing his cousin and the man's wife to prevent his cousin from testifying against him in a burglary case was executed in Florida on Wednesday, a state prison official said. Robert Eugene Hendrix, 47, was pronounced dead at…

  • Tennessee man breaks into civil rights museum, then falls asleep

    A Tennessee man looking for a place to sleep found a bed at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, where the Rev. Martin Luther King was shot and killed in 1968. But the motel is now part of the National Civil Rights Museum, and Dexter Anderson, 33, was arrested as he slept Tuesday night in room 308 after…

  • California county tries to ban pot farms as medical weed business thrives

    By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) - Citing marijuana fields springing up next to high schools and in abandoned barns, Sacramento County supervisors are set to declare pot gardens a public nuisance in the latest move by a local government to rein in California's cannabis…

  • Vote delayed on loan guarantee for World Trade Center developer

    By Hilary Russ NEW YORK (Reuters) - The board of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey on Wednesday delayed a scheduled vote on whether to provide $1.2 billion in loan guarantees to World Trade Center developer Larry Silverstein, the latest holdup for the project. The request from…

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  • California city sees spike in whooping cough cases

    A Southern California city has seen a spike in reported whooping cough cases so far this year, with the number of infections nearly tripling compared to all of last year, possibly due to a less potent vaccine or lower vaccination rates, officials said on Wednesday. Some 43 cases of whooping cough,…

  • Miami detective faces drug, conspiracy charges in New Jersey federal court

    A Miami-Dade Police Department internal affairs detective appeared in federal court in Newark, New Jersey, on Wednesday to face charges of aiding a drug smuggling gang, conspiring to distribute cocaine and trying to arrange a murder for hire. The detective, Lieutenant Ralph Mata, 45, who was known…

  • Oregon investigates mysterious honeybee deaths along state highway

    By Shelby Sebens PORTLAND, Oregon (Reuters) - Oregon agriculture authorities are investigating the mysterious deaths of potentially thousands of honeybees along a highway, the second die-off of bees in the state in less than a year. Officials said on Wednesday that they did not reach the site…

  • Northwestern University football players to vote on Friday on union

    Football players at Northwestern University on Friday are to become the first U.S. student athletes to vote on whether to join a union. Those players on scholarship at the Evanston, Illinois, school are deciding whether they want the College Athletes Players Association (CAPA) to negotiate with…

  • Justice Department's criminal division names new No. 2

    By Aruna Viswanatha WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice has named Marshall Miller as the new No. 2 official in its criminal division, after a spate of departures thinned its top ranks, according to an internal memo obtained on Wednesday. Miller, who was most recently chief of…

  • San Francisco sues landlords who evicted tenants for Airbnb

    By Gerry Shih SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The city of San Francisco sued two landlords on Wednesday for allegedly evicting tenants to rent out rooms on such websites as Airbnb, opening a new front in a controversy over increasingly popular home-rental services. In separate lawsuits filed by City…

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  • Washington county delays decision on building ban after deadly mudslide

    By Jonathan Kaminsky OLYMPIA, Washington (Reuters) - A Washington state county where a mudslide killed at least 41 people last month delayed a decision on Wednesday on a proposed ban on construction in landslide-prone areas over concerns it could hamper rebuilding efforts. The five-member Snohomish…

  • Ex-L.A. sheriff deputies accused of planting guns at pot dispensary

    By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Two ex-Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies accused of planting guns at a marijuana dispensary to justify an arrest have been charged with conspiracy and perjury, prosecutors said on Wednesday. The charges mark the latest blow to a sheriff's department…

  • Lawyers for Colorado theater shooter to appeal second sanity exam

    By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Lawyers defending the man charged with murdering 12 Colorado moviegoers in 2012 will appeal a judge's ruling that he undergo a second sanity examination, court documents made public on Wednesday show. Public defenders for James Holmes, who has pleaded not guilty…

  • U.S. soldier convicted in WikiLeaks case granted name change

    Former U.S. soldier Bradley Manning, who is serving 35 years in prison for turning over classified files to WikiLeaks, can exchange the name Bradley for Chelsea to reflect her desire to be treated as a woman, a judge in Kansas ruled on Wednesday. Manning's name is legally changed to Chelsea…

  • Stowaway slept in wheel well of plane at California airport, FBI says

    A teenage stowaway who survived a flight to Hawaii in the wheel well of a passenger plane told investigators he spent the night sleeping in the jet's cramped compartment at a California airport before the flight took off, an FBI official said. The 15-year-old boy from the Northern California city…

  • Jailed U.S. contractor in Cuba warns of terminal hunger strike

    By Marc Frank HAVANA (Reuters) - The lawyer for jailed U.S. contractor Alan Gross told the press in Havana on Wednesday that his client planned to return from Cuba to his family within the year, dead or alive, and called on the Obama administration to do more to obtain his release. Attorney Scott…

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