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  • Family sues over southern California college hazing death

    The family of a southern California university student who died on a grueling hike during an initiation rite for a fraternity sued officials from the college and the fraternity on Wednesday, accusing them of negligence. The lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on the one-year…

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  • Californians cut water use in May, ahead of mandatory reductions

    California residents, in a boost for efforts to deal with a devastating four-year drought, cut water use by nearly 29 percent in May to score the biggest reduction since the state governor in early 2014 called for voluntary cutbacks, officials said on Wednesday. The reduction came just ahead of…

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  • Washington state farmworker yelled 'kill me' before he was shot: officer

    Pasco Police Department officer Adrian Alaniz was one of three patrolmen who opened fire on Antonio Zambrano-Montes at a busy intersection in the southeastern agricultural city on Feb. 10 after he pelted them with rocks, according to police. The Latino-majority community in the area likened…

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  • U.S. Episcopalians vote to let gay couples wed in churches

    The U.S. Episcopal Church voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to let gay couples wed in the denomination's religious ceremonies, reinforcing its support for same-sex nuptials days after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide. The Church, part of the worldwide Anglican Communion, …

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  • California bill would classify pro sports cheerleaders employees

    A bill currently before California Governor Jerry Brown would make clear that cheerleaders for state-based professional sports teams are employees, following high-profile lawsuits alleging labor violations in the state and elsewhere around the country. The bill, which would add a section to the…

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  • Man suspected of starting pharmacy fire during Baltimore riots is arrested

    The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said in a Twitter post that Raymon Carter, 24, was in custody. Authorities released a wanted poster on Monday of Carter, and the ATF and other authorities offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to his capture. Video footage…

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  • NYC St. Patrick's Parade to target LGBT community with new leaders

    Leaders of the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade named two new leaders in a move aimed at including more gay and lesbian groups, which until this year had been barred from taking part. The parade's board of directors created and filled two leadership posts, asking the new chairman and vice…

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  • One injured when shots fired during dispute at San Francisco's gay pride festival

    Police responded to reports of gunshots in the United Nations Plaza area of downtown San Francisco as the first day of the city's two-day gay pride celebration was winding down. "The incident is believed to have started when several groups of men, unrelated to the PRIDE event, got in a verbal…

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  • Legal battles remain on U.S. gay rights despite momentous ruling

    By Joan Biskupic WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court's declaration on Friday of a right to same-sex marriage resolved a momentous question, yet the ruling left many others unanswered and is likely to spark future legal battles over gay rights. In America, the right to marry represents…

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  • Colorado movie gunman researched psychosis, military tactics online

    Colorado movie massacre gunman James Holmes researched hallucinations and mental illness in the weeks ahead of the rampage that killed 12 people, as well as bomb-making and terrorism manuals, jurors at his murder trial heard on Wednesday. Details of the online searches came from police forensic…

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  • Detroit judge releases dying drug courier, 91, from prison early

    Leo Sharp, an Indiana resident, admitted to serving as a cocaine courier for a Mexican drug cartel and was sentenced in May 2014 to 36 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. Judge Nancy Edmunds granted Sharp's release in June in an order that said he was terminally ill…

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  • For many black Americans, Confederate flag debate a distraction

    As calls grow to remove the Confederate flag from public spaces across America's South, Vanessa White says she questions whether that would mark real progress for black Americans like her. "We never felt like we were allowed near normal life," said White, speaking from the tidy, two-story home she…

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  • In America's South, black church fires fan racial fears

    (Reuters) - Some were deliberately lit. Others were caused by an electrical fault or lightning. But regardless of the origins, a spike in fires at black churches is fraying nerves at a time of heightened racial tensions across the United States.

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  • Activist takes down Confederate flag outside South Carolina capitol

    An activist climbed a flagpole outside the South Carolina state capitol early on Saturday and took down the Confederate flag, state officials said, a day after U.S. President Barack Obama called the banner a symbol of racial oppression. Two people were arrested and charged with defacing a…

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  • Attorneys seek to challenge California's new school vaccination law

    Opponents of California's new law tightening school vaccination rules said on Wednesday they had put together a team of attorneys to challenge the measure, which was prompted by a measles outbreak at Disneyland that sickened more than 100 people. The lawyers are strategizing ways to seek an…

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  • Obama pushes state Medicaid expansion in healthcare hub Nashville

    By Julia Edwards NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Reuters) - Fresh from another Supreme Court validation of his landmark healthcare law, President Barack Obama visited healthcare hub Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday to push state governments to expand the Medicaid health program for the poor. Obamacare, as the…

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  • New York manhunt for prison escapee heats up after accomplice killed

    Hundreds of law enforcement officers hunting for a convicted murderer who escaped from a New York state maximum security prison scoured an area of near the Canadian border on Saturday, a day after a fellow escapee was killed. About 1,200 federal, state and local law enforcement officers on…

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  • Protecting dementia sufferers from scammers gains ground in U.S

    Two years after New York socialite Brooke Astor died in 2007, her son, Anthony Marshall, was convicted of bilking her of millions of dollars. The heiress suffered from dementia, and did not know that her son, charged with her care, was paying himself exorbitant amounts from her assets. The Astor…

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  • New York City reviewing contracts with Donald Trump, mayor says

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City is reviewing its contracts with Donald Trump following comments by the developer and U.S. presidential candidate insulting Mexicans, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Wednesday. "Trump’s comments do not represent the values of inclusion and openness that define us as…

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  • U.S. Episcopal Church elects first black presiding bishop

    Faith leaders of the Episcopal Church, a branch of the 80-million member worldwide Anglican Communion, elected Bishop Michael Curry of North Carolina to replace outgoing Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, the first female to lead the Protestant denomination. Curry, 62, was one of four…

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