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  • Pennsylvania governor proposes tax system revamp in $29.9 billion budget

    By David DeKok HARRISBURG, Penn. (Reuters) - Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf proposed a $29.9 billion budget on Tuesday that includes $2.5 billion of net tax increases for fiscal 2016. Wolf's sweeping revamp of the state's tax system would raise sales and personal income taxes while lowering…

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  • Engineer from California train derailment has died, police say

    A 62-year-old train engineer who was hospitalized after a train crash and derailment last week in Southern California has died, in the first fatality from the incident that left about 50 people injured, police said on Tuesday. The Feb. 24 crash in Oxnard, California, occurred when a train operated…

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  • Ex-CIA chief Petraeus to plead guilty in affair-related case

    By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former CIA Director David Petraeus has agreed to plead guilty to a single charge relating to mishandling classified information in a case arising from the ex-U.S. Army General's extramarital affair with a female Army Reserve officer, the Justice Department…

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  • Federal agents raid 20 suspected 'maternity hotels' in California

    Federal agents raided about 20 Southern California locations on Tuesday suspected of involvement in "maternity tourism" schemes offering travel and lodging services to pregnant foreign women seeking to give birth in the United States, U.S. immigration officials said. Based on the results of…

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  • Jury selected to hear Boston Marathon bombing trial

    By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - The jury that will hear the trial of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was selected on Tuesday on the eve of opening statements. The jury selection process began in early January when more than 1,350 potential jurors filled out questionnaires on…

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  • Oklahoma House passes bill to use nitrogen gas for executions

    By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - The Oklahoma House of Representatives passed a bill on Tuesday allowing nitrogen gas as a means of execution, a measure that comes after a troubled lethal injection last year raised questions about how the state executes inmates. The bill, which passed…

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  • Ohio gay rights activist charged with making hoax kidnap claim

    An Ohio gay rights activist was charged early Tuesday with falsely claiming he had been kidnapped and his family was in danger, setting off a police search in the Cincinnati area, authorities said. Adam Hoover, 20, who is from Harrison, Ohio, posted on his Facebook and Twitter accounts that he was…

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  • Ferguson officials meeting with U.S. DOJ on police department probe

    Ferguson city officials were meeting with the U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday to go over the results of a federal probe of the city's police department, an investigation sparked by the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager in August. The meeting is widely expected to include harsh…

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  • Venture capitalist John Doerr to testify in sexism case

    By Sarah McBride and Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Venture capitalist John Doerr, credited with backing Amazon.com Inc, Google Inc and many other technology companies, is set to testify on Tuesday in a gender discrimination trial involving his firm, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Doerr,…

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  • U.S. trial of suspected al Qaeda operative heads to jury

    Jury deliberations began Tuesday in the trial of a Pakistani man accused by U.S. authorities of participating in an al Qaeda plot to attack targets in Europe and the United States. A federal judge in Brooklyn dispatched the jury of six men and six women to consider the fate of Abid Naseer, who…

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  • U.S. House to vote on security bill without immigration provisions

    By David Lawder and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner cleared the way for a vote as soon as Tuesday on a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security for the rest of the fiscal year, dealing a blow to conservative Republicans who wanted to…

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  • Former Rhode Island speaker to plead guilty to corruption charges

    The former speaker of Rhode Island's statehouse was due to plead guilty on Tuesday to federal charges, admitting he used campaign funds to buy baubles at Tiffany and accepted more than $50,000 in bribes, according to officials and court papers. Democrat Gordon Fox has agreed to a plea deal under…

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  • U.S. satellite likely exploded after temperature spike: Air Force

    By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - A U.S. military weather satellite appears to have exploded while in orbit last month after a sudden temperature spike in its power system, producing 43 pieces of new space debris, the Air Force said on Tuesday. The blast, which was first reported by…

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  • U.S. Supreme Court checks in on hotel records privacy case

    By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court justices on Tuesday appeared unsure over how to resolve a privacy rights challenge by hotel operators to a Los Angeles city ordinance that allows police to view guest registries. The court heard a one-hour oral argument over an appeal…

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  • Federal agency cancels sensitive U.S. patent program

    The United States Patent and Trademark Office has canceled a largely unknown but controversial program that flagged "sensitive" patent applications for heavier scrutiny, saying it was of minimal benefit. The program, called the Sensitive Application Warning System, began in 1994 and was meant to…

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  • Fugitive ex-U.S. spy Snowden in talks on returning home: lawyer

    A Russian lawyer for Edward Snowden said on Tuesday the fugitive former U.S. spy agency contractor who leaked details of the government's mass surveillance programs was working with American and German lawyers to return home. Anatoly Kucherena, who has links to the Kremlin, was speaking at a news…

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  • Vermont town seeks to lower voting age to 16, from 18

    A left-leaning town in southern Vermont is taking up on Tuesday a referendum to extend the right to vote in local elections to teenagers as young as 16, but even if the measure passes it would still require the state legislature's approval. The so-called "youth vote amendment" would lower the…

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  • U.S. top trade official to brief House Democrats on trade

    U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman will brief Democrats in the House of Representatives on trade issues at a regular caucus meeting on Tuesday, a person familiar with the planning of the meeting said, while staff have been invited to a separate meeting at the White House. The person said…

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  • O'Malley rules out Senate as decision over White House bid looms

    Former Maryland Governor and possible Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley said on Tuesday he will not seek the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring Senator Barbara Mikulski. O'Malley, who left office in January and has said he is considering a run for the White House, told…

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  • Factbox: Contrasting legal styles in Supreme Court Obamacare drama

    (Reuters) - When the U.S. Supreme Court takes up the new challenge to President Barack Obama’s healthcare law on Wednesday, the justices will hear from two experienced attorneys with dueling views and contrasting styles. DONALD VERRILLI U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, 57, will defend the…

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