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  • Police seek shooting suspect at Phoenix's Sky Harbor airport

    (Reuters) - Police arrested one man and were seeking another at Phoenix's Sky Harbor International Airport on Thursday after officers pursued a car there carrying suspects in a shooting at a nearby gas station, authorities said. No one was being allowed into the airport's Terminal Four because of…

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  • Officers kill armed suspect in St. Louis suburb, police say

    By Kevin Murphy (Reuters) - St. Louis County police shot dead a man who they said pointed a rifle at them after a short foot chase about two miles from an apartment complex where a white Ferguson officer killed an unarmed black teen in August, sparking protests. The county police officers, who are…

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  • Obama says Congress vote shows Americans united against Islamic State

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Thursday that strong bipartisan support in the U.S. Congress for the training and arming of moderate Syrian rebels showed Americans were united in the fight against Islamic State militants. Obama spoke at the White House shortly after the Senate…

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  • Two adults, six children dead in Florida shooting: report

    TAMPA (Reuters) - Two adults and six children were killed on Thursday in a north Florida town in a shooting that may have been a murder-suicide, the Gainesville Sun newspaper reported, citing local authorities. The incident occurred near Bell, a town of about 500 located roughly 35 miles west of…

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  • Couple accused of Amish sisters' kidnap charged with child sex exploitation

    By Matthew Liptak SYRACUSE N.Y. (Reuters) - A couple accused of kidnapping two Amish sisters in northern New York state in August were charged on Thursday in federal court in Syracuse with sexual exploitation of children and child pornography possession. Stephen Howells II, 39, and Nicole Vaisey,…

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  • Baltimore cop who cut dog's throat was within his rights: lawyer

    By John Clarke ANNAPOLIS Md. (Reuters) - A Baltimore police officer facing felony animal cruelty charges after cutting the throat of a dog that bit a pregnant woman on the hand in June was legally authorized to euthanize the animal, his lawyer said on Thursday. Criminal charges against 49-year-old…

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  • U.S. Congress approves arming Syrian rebels, funding government

    By Patricia Zengerle and David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate approved President Barack Obama's plan for training and arming moderate Syrian rebels to battle Islamic State militants on Thursday, a major part of his military campaign to "degrade and destroy" the radical group. The…

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  • Deputy missing in Texas after patrol car swept away in heavy rain

    (Reuters) - Rescue workers were searching on Thursday for a sheriff's deputy whose patrol car was washed downstream at a low water crossing during heavy rains in Austin, Texas, authorities said. The seven-year veteran of the Travis County Sheriff's Office was last heard from at about 2 a.m. when…

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  • All county sheriffs in Colorado halt federal immigration holds: ACLU

    By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Colorado's 64 sheriffs will no longer honor federal government requests to hold suspected illegal immigrants beyond their release date on the charges they were arrested for, the American Civil Liberties Union said on Thursday. Earlier this year, the ACLU's…

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  • Scots independence polls close, UK's future in the balance

    By Guy Faulconbridge and Angus MacSwan EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Scotland has voted on whether to stay within the United Kingdom or declare independence to break the 307-year-old union in a finely balanced referendum with global consequences. Scotland's verdict on the union should be clear around…

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  • Suspect in Pennsylvania police ambush put on FBI wanted list

    By Joe McDonald CANADENSIS Pa. (Reuters) - The FBI on Thursday added the name of the suspect in last week's ambush of two Pennsylvania troopers to its list of the 10 most wanted fugitives, almost a week after a manhunt began for the person who killed one officer and wounded another. Eric Matthew…

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  • Detroit art museum will sue if city's bankruptcy plan not approved

    By Lisa Lambert DETROIT (Reuters) - The Detroit Institute of Arts is prepared to sue to prevent the sale of its collection if Detroit's plan for exiting bankruptcy is not approved, the museum's chief operating officer told U.S. Bankruptcy Court on Thursday. When Detroit filed for the largest-ever…

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  • Boarding kennel operators in Arizona sued over 21 dog deaths

    By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - A group of dog owners filed a negligence lawsuit on Thursday against the proprietors of a suburban Phoenix boarding kennel who police said left 21 dogs to die of suffocation and overheating while they took a trip to Florida. The civil lawsuit accused the owners…

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  • Obama to tout U.S. climate plan at U.N. summit

    By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will highlight strides the United States has made on climate change when he addresses a major U.N. climate summit next week, senior administration officials said on Thursday. About 120 heads of state and government, in New York for…

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  • Man killed after falling into wood chipper in Arizona

    PHOENIX (Reuters) - A landscape gardener was decapitated after falling into a wood chipper in Arizona on Thursday and a police spokesman said no foul play was suspected. The accident happened at an auto dealership in Chandler, a city on the southeast outskirts of Phoenix. "It just looks like a…

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  • Washington D.C. voters back legal pot by 2-1 margin: poll

    By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - District of Columbia voters back legalized marijuana by a nearly two-to-one margin less than seven weeks before a referendum on the issue, according to a poll released on Thursday. If voters approve Initiative 71 on Nov. 4, the U.S. capital would follow…

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  • White House calls for task force to tackle antibiotic-resistant bugs

    By P.J. Huffstutter (Reuters) - The U.S. government will set up a task force and presidential advisory council to tackle the growing threat of antibiotic resistance, setting a Feb. 15 deadline for it to outline specific steps, White House advisers said on Thursday. The secretaries of Defense,…

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  • Chicago officials investigate human bones sent to Japanese consulate

    By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Chicago authorities are trying to solve a mystery over a box of human bones that were sent to the Japanese consulate, along with a letter saying they were the remains of soldiers who died during World War Two, police said on Thursday. The box of bones, which…

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  • Seattle set to change name of Columbus Day holiday

    SEATTLE (Reuters) - Seattle, named after a Native American tribal chief, is poised to become the next major U.S city after Minneapolis to officially change the name of a federal holiday that celebrates Christopher Columbus' 15th century arrival in the Americas. The Seattle City Council on Wednesday…

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  • Judge rejects bid for hearing on moving Boston bombing trial

    BOSTON (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Thursday denied a request by lawyers for the accused Boston Marathon bomber to hold a hearing on their request to move the trial out of the city where the attack occurred, saying he would decide based on prior court filings. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 21, could face…

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