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  • GM could benefit, too, from an ignition-switch victims fund

    If General Motors Co creates a fund to compensate victims of its faulty ignition switches, an option that a top legal adviser suggested it is exploring, the company could give up strong defenses to a wave of lawsuits. By setting up a fund, GM could avert years of civil litigation and limit its…

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  • Smuggled cellphone use a growing concern for U.S. prisons

    By Colleen Jenkins WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina (Reuters) - Cellphones smuggled into prisons by corrupt guards, concealed in food containers or hurled over security fences are an increasing worry for law enforcement as prisoners use them to intimidate witnesses, direct drug deals and plan…

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  • Fourth U.S. Navy official charged in bribery investigation

    By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - The fourth U.S. Navy official charged in the widening corruption investigation of a Singapore-based defense contractor made his first court appearance on Thursday, accused of accepting gifts of cash, electronics and luxury hotel stays. Petty Officer First…

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  • Racist online forums linked to deadly U.S. hate crimes: rights group

    By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - A white supremacist charged with killing three people near two Jewish community facilities in suburban Kansas City this week posted more than 12,000 messages on a racist website which carries the slogan "No Jews, Just Right," according to an…

    Reuters
  • Signs of healing in Texas town a year after deadly plant blast

    By Lisa Maria Garza WEST, Texas (Reuters) - Still healing from multiple broken bones after the force of a deadly explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant lifted him out of his boots a year ago, one first responder has begun to address the anguish of losing his team members. Volunteer firefighter…

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  • Chelsea Clinton is pregnant with first child

    By Barbara Goldberg NEW YORK (Reuters) - Chelsea Clinton announced on Thursday that she is pregnant with the first grandchild of former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. "Marc and I are very excited that we have our first child arriving later this year," said…

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  • Neighbors rushed in vain to help in California bus crash that killed 10

    By Sharon Bernstein ORLAND, California (Reuters) - Newly released recordings of 911 emergency calls revealed the helplessness of stunned residents in the California town of Orland who witnessed the aftermath of last week's fiery crash between a FedEx truck and a tour bus that killed 10 people. …

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  • Kansas City police arrest man suspected in highway shootings

    By Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) - A man suspected in a recent spate of seemingly random shootings that left three people wounded in and around Kansas City, Missouri, mostly on highways and roads, was arrested on Thursday but not formally charged, Police Chief Darryl Forte said. …

    Reuters
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  • U.S., plaintiffs reach settlement on Iran-linked NY skyscraper

    By Bernard Vaughan NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. government has agreed to distribute proceeds from the sale of a Manhattan skyscraper linked to Iran to families who were affected by attacks aided by the Islamic republic, according to a court document filed Thursday. The settlement between the…

    Reuters
  • Another suspect arrested in kidnapping of N.C. prosecutor's father

    Authorities have arrested another suspect in the gang-related abduction of a North Carolina prosecutor's father. Quantavious Thompson was taken into custody late on Wednesday in Atlanta, the FBI said in a statement. Thompson, who is either 18 or 19 years old, is one of eight people accused in the…

    Reuters
  • Cost to buy F-35 up 2 percent; to operate down 9 percent: Pentagon

    By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon on Thursday forecast the cost of developing and buying Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 fighter jet at $398.6 billion, up 2 percent from last year, but said the projected cost to operate and maintain the jets was down about 9 percent. The total cost…

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  • Obama budget would boost U.S. tax revenue, cut deficits: CBO

    By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's fiscal 2015 budget request would boost U.S. tax revenue by nearly $1.4 trillion over 10 years if fully enacted, cutting deficits by $1.05 trillion while funding new spending, the Congressional Budget Office said on Thursday. But the…

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  • Auto airbag maker Continental named in GM recall suit

    Plaintiffs' lawyers are seeking to draw Continental Automotive Systems US, the maker of airbag systems in recalled General Motors Co vehicles, into litigation over an ignition-switch defect that has been linked to 13 deaths. A lawsuit filed late Wednesday in federal court in California is the…

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  • Racist online forums linked to deadly hate crimes: rights group report

    By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - A white supremacist charged with killing three people near two Jewish community facilities in suburban Kansas City this week posted more than 12,000 messages on a racist website which carries the slogan "No Jews, Just Right," according to a leading…

    Reuters
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  • Calls for peace at memorial for Kansas shooting victims

    By Kevin Murphy and Carey Gillam OVERLAND PARK, Kansas (Reuters) - The scene of what authorities say was a hate crime just days ago became the setting for tears, prayers and calls for peace as religious leaders gathered at a Kansas Jewish community center for a service to honor the three people…

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  • New York's transit authority cuts deal to end 2-year pay dispute

    By Edward Krudy NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) struck a deal on Thursday to end a 2-year pay dispute with a more generous offer to workers than the years of pay freezes it had originally proposed, New York state Governor Andrew Cuomo said. "The…

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  • Iraqi-American man convicted of killing wife in California

    By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - An Iraqi-American man was found guilty by a San Diego jury on Thursday of bludgeoning his wife to death in a killing that was first investigated as a hate crime because of a threatening note found at the scene. Kassim Alhimidi, 49, was convicted of…

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  • House Republican leaders holding up immigration reform: Obama

    President Barack Obama on Thursday called on the Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform, which he said was being held back by Republican leaders in the House of Representatives. "There is bipartisan support for comprehensive immigration reform," Obama said at a news conference. The…

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  • Obama argues healthcare law is working, rejects Republican criticism

    By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama mounted a vigorous effort on Thursday to show his signature healthcare law is working and dismissed Republican critics who are using flaws in Obamacare to campaign for ousting Democrats from the U.S. Congress in November. Appearing in…

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  • Live free or die: New Hampshire moves to decriminalize adultery

    New Hampshire lawmakers on Thursday voted to scrap an ancient law that makes cheating on your spouse a criminal offense in the New England state whose motto is "Live Free or Die." Governor Maggie Hassan is expected to sign the bill into law, making adultery legal in the Granite State for the first…

    Reuters
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