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  • Police seek motive in fatal Washington state school shooting

    By Eric M. Johnson and Victoria Cavaliere MARYSVILLE Wash. (Reuters) - Authorities in Washington state worked on Saturday to find out what led a popular high school student to open fire on a group of classmates seated at a cafeteria table, killing one and wounding four others, including a pair of…

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  • Suspect in two California deputy deaths charged with murder, carjacking

    (Reuters) - A Utah man was charged with carrying out a crime spree in Sacramento that killed two California sheriff's deputies and wounded a third, law enforcement officials said on Saturday. A fourth victim, a motorist who was shot in the head, remained hospitalized Saturday, officials said.…

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  • Dalai Lama visits Alabama church at center of civil rights movement

    By Sherrel Wheeler Stewart BIRMINGHAM Ala. (Reuters) - The Dalai Lama, spiritual leader of Tibet, visited one of America’s sacred sanctuaries on Saturday, touring the church where four African-American girls were killed in a 1963 bombing that galvanized the civil rights movement. As more than 300…

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  • Washington state teen shooter's family living in 'nightmare'

    By Eric M. Johnson and Victoria Cavaliere MARYSVILLE Wash. (Reuters) - Relatives of a Washington state teen accused of a high school shooting rampage said on Saturday that they were living in a "nightmare" and struggling to understand why the boy targeted his two cousins and several friends before…

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  • Neighbors in custody following murder of Indiana boy, 13: police

    By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - A 13-year-old Gary, Indiana boy was shot multiple times and killed, and a man and woman from his neighborhood are in custody, police said on Saturday. Kobe Jones died of gun shot wounds in Gary on Friday evening, according to the Lake County Coroner's office.…

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  • Suspect in 2 California deputy deaths charged with murder, carjacking

    (Reuters) - A Utah man was charged with carrying out a crime spree in Sacramento that killed two California sheriff's deputies and wounded a third, law enforcement officials said on Saturday. A fourth victim, a motorist who was shot in the head, remained hospitalized Saturday, officials said.…

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  • Oklahoma judge allows law banning abortion pills to take effect

    By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - An Oklahoma judge said on Wednesday he will allow a law that bans abortion-inducing drugs to take effect as planned on Nov. 1, over the objections of abortion rights advocates who said the measure is poor public health policy that could put women at risk.…

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  • U.S. car safety regulators face review over safety lapses

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Transportation Department will conduct an internal review of U.S. auto safety regulators in response to a series of safety lapses, including this week's reports of defective air bags, a senior administration official said on Saturday. The official, who spoke on condition…

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  • As virus spreads, insurers exclude Ebola from new policies

    By Carolyn Cohn, Richa Naidu and Avik Das (Reuters) - As fear of Ebola infections spreads to developed economies, U.S. and British insurance companies have begun writing Ebola exclusions into standard policies to cover hospitals, event organizers and other businesses vulnerable to local…

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  • Dog of Ebola-infected Texas nurse tests negative for virus

    DALLAS (Reuters) - The 1-year-old King Charles Spaniel belonging to a Dallas nurse infected with Ebola has tested free of the virus and will remain in isolation for the remainder of his 21-day monitoring period, the city of Dallas said on Wednesday. "Bentley is doing great! Turns out he likes butt…

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  • U.S. regulators expand number of vehicles affected by Takata recalls

    By Ben Klayman DETROIT (Reuters) - U.S. safety regulators on Wednesday expanded the number of vehicles in the United States that may be affected by recalls for potentially defective Takata Corp air bags that could spray shrapnel at occupants. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration…

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  • Illinois orders mandatory Ebola quarantine for high-risk travelers

    (Reuters) - Illinois has ordered mandatory 21-day quarantines for all "high-risk" people who have had direct contact with Ebola patients while in Liberia, Guinea or Sierra Leone, the three West African nations most affected by the outbreak. The order, to be implemented by local health authorities,…

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  • U.S. recognizes gay marriages in six more states

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Saturday the U.S. government will recognize same-sex marriages in six more states, bringing to 32 the number of states where couples in gay unions qualify for federal benefits. Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, North Carolina, West Virginia and…

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  • Report shows fake classes helped athletes at University of North Carolina

    (Reuters) - A report into an academic fraud scandal at the University of North Carolina released on Wednesday found that for 18 years two academic advisers ran a program of fake classes that helped many athletes at the school remain eligible to play sports. The report does not incriminate any…

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  • Suspected Indiana serial killer charged in second murder

    (Reuters) - Serial killer suspect Darren Vann, a convicted sex offender, was charged on Wednesday with a second murder, according to prosecutors. Vann, who is already facing charges in the murder of Afrikka Hardy, 19, whose body was found in Hammond, Indiana, was also charged in the death of Anith…

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  • Distracted truck driver blamed for Maryland train wreck, explosion

    By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A trash truck driver talking on a hands-free mobile device caused a 2013 Maryland train collision that led to a 15-car derailment and explosion, U.S. investigators said on Wednesday. The crash at Rosedale, Maryland, involving a CSX Corp train spurred National…

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  • Search near abandoned car fails to turn up missing ex-Harlem Globetrotter

    (Reuters) - Police in Northern California have called off a search through remote terrain for former Harlem Globetrotters player Rico Omarr Harris, whose car was found in the area nearly two weeks ago, authorities said on Wednesday. "There's been no sign of him," said Lieutenant Lance Faille of the…

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  • Fowle back at Ohio home after half-year detention in North Korea

    By Jon Herskovitz (Reuters) - American Jeffrey Fowle returned to his home in southern Ohio on Wednesday after a tearful reunion with this family at a U.S. Air Force base in the state, and his lawyer said he was in good health after a nearly half-year detention in North Korea. Fowle, 56, had been…

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  • Four men plead not guilty to murder in 2013 carjacking at N.J. mall

    By Terence McGinley NEWARK N.J. (Reuters) - Four men accused of slaying a lawyer in front of his wife during a 2013 carjacking at an upscale New Jersey mall pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to murder and illegal weapons possession. The men, all of whom are convicted felons and two of whom appeared…

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  • Two deputies killed, two others hurt in California shooting spree

    SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - Two California sheriff's deputies were killed and two others were wounded in a shooting spree that started in a motel parking lot in Sacramento on Friday, authorities said. Marcelo Marquez, 34, and a female companion, who were described on Twitter by the California…

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