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  • Jehovah's Witnesses to pay $13.5 million in California sex abuse ruling

    By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO Calif. (Reuters) - A Californian judge has ordered the Jehovah's Witnesses to pay $13.5 million to a man who was sexually abused in the 1980s by a church leader, attorney for the victim said on Friday. Church elders had assigned a man to work with Jose Lopez on bible…

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  • Former U.S. Marine freed after spending months in Mexican jail

    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A former U.S. Marine, who had been held in Mexican jail for months after arriving at the border from California with guns in his vehicle, was freed on psychological grounds on Friday, a Mexican court said. Andrew Tahmooressi, 26, an American veteran of the war in Afghanistan…

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  • Factbox: Branson's Virgin Galactic and the quest for space tourism

    (Reuters) - A brief look at Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic, which suffered a setback on Friday to its plans for a new era of space tourism when its experimental spaceship crashed during a test flight in California: SpaceShipTwo was designed and built by Scaled Composites, a Mojave,…

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  • Three trick-or-treating teenage girls killed in California hit and run

    (Reuters) - Three teenage girls were killed while trick-or-treating in southern California on Friday evening when they were struck by a hit-and-run driver, authorities said. The girls, ranging in age from 13 to 15, were in costume and carrying candy bags when they were hit while walking across a…

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  • Hawaii pair took photos, prodded fiery lava with golf clubs: police

    By Karin Stanton PAHOA Hawaii (Reuters) - Two Hawaii residents have been charged with trespassing after police found the man and woman snapping pictures within five feet of a slow-moving river of molten lava that is threatening a nearby village, police said. Hawaii County police responding to a…

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  • Judge rejects isolation for U.S. nurse who treated Ebola patients

    By Joel Page FORT KENT Maine (Reuters) - A Maine judge ruled on Friday that a U.S. nurse who treated victims of Ebola in West Africa does not need to be confined to her home, declaring Ebola fears in the United States "not entirely rational." Nurse Kaci Hickox's challenge of Maine's 21-day…

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  • Mexico judge orders release of former Marine jailed on weapons offenses

    (Reuters) - A Mexico judge has ordered the release of a former U.S. Marine jailed for months on weapons offenses, U.S. media reported on Friday. Andrew Tahmooressi, 26, was arrested on March 31 by Mexican customs agents who found three guns in his pickup truck at a border crossing between San Diego…

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  • Navajo high court finds election officials in contempt

    By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - The Navajo Nation's highest court on Friday held the tribe's election board in contempt for refusing to follow its orders that a Nov. 4 vote to pick the tribe's top official be postponed and that a candidate be removed from the ballot. The Navajo Supreme Court…

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  • Feminist Mormon says appeal against excommunication denied

    By Daniel Wallis (Reuters) - A feminist U.S. Mormon who was excommunicated after advocating for the ordination of women said on Friday her appeal against the ejection from her faith was denied by a panel of male Church leaders. Kate Kelly, founder of the website Ordain Women, was excommunicated in…

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  • Federal charges appear unlikely in Ferguson police shooting: Washington Post

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Justice Department officials probably will not bring civil rights charges against a white Ferguson, Missouri, police officer whose fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager set off rioting in August, the Washington Post reported on Friday. The newspaper, citing law…

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  • Bodies not yet recovered from site of Kansas airport plane crash

    By Alice Mannette WICHITA Kan. (Reuters) - The bodies of four people killed when a small twin-engine turboprop airplane crashed into a building at Wichita's airport remained in the smoldering ruins on Friday as federal officials investigated the crash, officials said. A demolition contractor has…

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  • Man convicted of manslaughter in Florida marching band hazing

    By Barbara Liston ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - The ringleader of a beating ritual that led to the death of a Florida college marching band member was convicted on Friday of manslaughter and felony hazing, the first case to go to trial in an incident that drew national attention to hazing abuses. A jury…

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  • New Hampshire ban on 'ballot selfies' challenged by lawsuit

    By Ted Siefer MANCHESTER N.H. (Reuters) - A New Hampshire law that bans the sharing of images of marked election ballots over social media compromises the right of free political speech in the state, according to a lawsuit filed on Friday challenging the prohibition on "ballot selfies." The New…

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  • New Hampshire murderer pleads guilty in escape plot

    By Ted Siefer MANCHESTER N.H. (Reuters) - A New Hampshire man convicted of sexually assaulting and killing a college student pleaded guilty on Friday to an additional charge of plotting to escape from jail prior to his trial. Seth Mazzaglia, 32, is already serving life in prison without parole for…

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  • Suspect in Virginia student murder arraigned in separate assault case

    By John Clarke FAIRFAX Va. (Reuters) - The man charged with abducting Hannah Graham, a University of Virginia student whose body was discovered earlier this month on a farm after a five-week search, was arraigned on Friday on three murder and sexual assault charges in a separate case. Jesse…

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  • Justice Department issues use of force reforms for Albuquerque Police

    By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Albuquerque, New Mexico, Police Department will undergo reform and be monitored for use of excessive force under an agreement announced on Friday between the city and the U.S. Justice Department. The agreement follows a federal investigation that…

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  • Jefferies CEO, chairman take drug tests

    (Reuters) - Jefferies Group LLC said on Friday Chief Executive Rich Handler, Chairman Brian Friedman and executives at its healthcare division were tested negative for drug usage, after one of its investment banking head was accused of drug abuse. Sources told Reuters on Thursday that Sage Kelly,…

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  • Seattle Pacific University lifts campus lockdown after gun threat

    By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - Seattle Pacific University said on Friday its campus was on lockdown after a student received a threat of someone coming to the school with a gun, but lifted the order about an hour later and police arrested a woman who threatened a shooting rampage. Skagit…

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