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  • U.S. Supreme Court Justice Scalia, conservative icon, dead at 79

    By Joan Biskupic and Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Conservative U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has died, setting up a major political showdown between President Barack Obama and the Republican-controlled Senate over who will replace him just months before a presidential…

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  • Obama offers condolences after Justice Scalia's death: White House

    LA QUINTA, Calif. (Reuters) - President Barack Obama has been informed about the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and expressed condolences to the conservative jurist's family, the White House said on Saturday.

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  • Chief justice confirms death of Justice Antonin Scalia

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts on Saturday confirmed the death of conservative colleague Justice Antonin Scalia. "On behalf of the court and retired justices, I am saddened to report that our colleague Justice Antonin Scalia has passed away," Roberts said. "He was an…

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  • Texas governor extends 'deepest condolences' after Scalia death

    (Reuters) - Texas Governor Greg Abbott extended his "deepest condolences" to the family of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia following the judge's death, the governor's office said in a statement posted online on Saturday. "Justice Antonin Scalia was a man of God, a patriot, and an unwavering…

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  • Oklahoma hit by its third-strongest earthquake ever: USGS

    (Reuters) - Oklahoma was struck by a magnitude 5.1 earthquake on Saturday morning, the third-strongest quake ever recorded in the state, which has experienced a surge in seismic activity in recent years, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. The quake at 11:07 a.m. local time (1707 GMT) was…

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  • U.S. probes misconduct allegation at VA hospital in Cincinnati

    Federal officials are investigating an allegation of misconduct at a Veterans Affairs hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio, the latest problem for a scandal-plagued agency that has become a punching bag in the Nov. 8 presidential election campaign. The Department of Veterans Affairs on Saturday confirmed…

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  • Deep freeze grips U.S. northeast, triggers fatal 50-car pileup

    By Scott Malone and Valerie Vande Panne BOSTON, Mass (Reuters) - A dangerous cold snap bringing life-threatening cold was settling in across the northeastern United States on Saturday and a snow squall triggered a pileup of dozens of vehicles on a Pennsylvania highway that left several people…

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  • Two Louisiana police officers wounded during shootout

    (Reuters) - Two Louisiana police officers were shot and wounded early on Saturday when a suspect opened fire on them, police said.

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  • State officials blocked Flint Legionnaires' probe: CNN

    From June 2014 to November 2015 Michigan's Genesee County, which includes Flint, had 87 cases of Legionnaires', 10 of them fatal. The outbreak began weeks after a switch in Flint's water supply that also led to lead contamination.

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  • Oregon officials want federal govt, occupiers to pay for costly standoff

    The cost of the six-week standoff in rural Oregon that ended peacefully on Thursday will likely cost millions of dollars, with local and state agencies looking to the federal government - and the arrested occupiers - to shoulder the bulk of the bills. The total outlay may not be known for weeks or…

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  • Two girls fatally shot at Arizona school in apparent murder-suicide

    By David Schwartz GLENDALE, Ariz. (Reuters) - Two 15-year-old girls who were believed to have been romantically involved were found shot dead on Friday at an Arizona high school in an apparent murder-suicide that initially triggered a security lockdown of the campus, police said. The pair, whose…

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  • Alabama woman convicted of running granddaughter to death has died

    Joyce Garrard, 50, was convicted last March in the 2012 death of Savannah Hardin. Garrard made Hardin run for almost three hours while carrying wood as punishment for lying about having eaten chocolates. Garrard was pronounced dead in an Alabama hospital at 5:23 p.m., said Alabama Department of…

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  • Family of man shot by Cincinnati university officer sues: report

    Former officer Raymond Tensing has already been charged with murder in the death of Samuel DuBose, 43. Tensing had initially claimed that he shot DuBose during an off-campus stop because he was being dragged by DuBose's car. Police use of lethal force, especially by white officers against unarmed…

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  • Michigan warning on Flint Legionnaires' outbreak came late

    State officials knew about an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease and its suspected link to water system issues in impoverished Flint, Michigan, at least 10 months before a public announcement was made, documents released on Friday showed. The state's disclosure of the documents, among thousands of…

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  • Partner of N.Y. police officer convicted in shooting is fired

    A New York City police officer was fired on Friday less than 24 hours after his partner was found guilty at trial for the 2014 inadvertent fatal shooting of an unarmed black man. The terminated officer, Shaun Landau, had testified for the prosecution during the trial of his partner, Peter Liang,…

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  • Georgia settles lawsuit over hormone therapy for transgender inmate

    Georgia will pay $250,000 to settle a federal lawsuit filed by a transgender woman who was denied hormone treatments while serving time in a state prison, the state attorney general's office said on Friday. The Southern Poverty Law Center said it was pleased with the outcome for client Ashley…

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  • Flint police and fire chiefs resign amid drinking water crisis

    "Mayor Weaver has determined the city needs fresh faces in place with new ideas to help move Flint forward," said a statement from her office. Chief of Police James Tolbert and the fire department chief, David Cox Jr., submitted their resignations to Weaver, the statement said. Flint, a…

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  • Florida man pleads guilty over threats to bomb two mosques

    Martin Alan Schnitzler, 43, of Seminole, pleaded guilty to one count of obstructing persons in the free exercise of religious beliefs, U.S. Attorney A. Lee Bentley of the Middle District of Florida said. Schnitzler entered his plea before U.S. Magistrate Judge Julie Sneed in Tampa. Schnitzler…

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  • Fire engulfs New Jersey plastics warehouses; smoke closes schools

    Fire ripped through a pair of sprawling New Jersey warehouses storing plastic pellets on Friday, sending up a smoky plume so enormous it appeared as a cloud on weather readings from orbiting satellites and raising environmental health concerns. The blaze, which forced schools to cancel classes on…

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