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  • U.S. Secret Service investigates after man jumps White House fence, reaches doors

    By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A man jumped over the White House fence and made it to the front doors of the executive mansion before being apprehended on Friday, sparking an evacuation within the complex shortly after President Barack Obama departed for the weekend. Omar J. Gonzales, a…

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  • Poisoned Texas doctor says lover gave him 'sweet tasting' coffee

    By Amanda Orr HOUSTON (Reuters) - A Texas doctor, who prosecutors said was poisoned by an obsessed colleague and lover, testified on Friday in her criminal trial that the woman served him a sweet cup of coffee one morning even though he preferred his black. Dr. Ana Maria Gonzalez-Angulo, 43, an…

  • Texas governor orders National Guard to look for dead immigrants

    By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - Texas Governor Rick Perry on Friday ordered the Texas National Guard to search for the bodies of undocumented immigrants who have died by the hundreds in a remote part of the state as they attempted to walk to southern cities hundreds of miles (km) away. ...

  • Baltimore judge approves $190 million deal on secret gynecological photos

    By Lacey Johnson BALTIMORE (Reuters) - A Baltimore judge on Friday approved a $190 million settlement to compensate thousands of women who were secretly photographed by a now-deceased Johns Hopkins Hospital gynecologist during exams. The hospital and former patients of Dr. Nikita Levy, who had…

  • Person of interest identified in hunt for missing Virginia student

    By John Clarke (Reuters) - Police looking for a missing University of Virginia student have identified a person of interest and searched his car and apartment on Friday in what they said was a "major break" in the case. Acting on more than 400 tips about missing student Hannah Graham, 18,…

  • American Airlines reaches tentative deal with flight attendants

    By Jeffrey Dastin NEW YORK (Reuters) - American Airlines Group Inc said on Friday it struck a tentative contract agreement with the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, an important step in finalizing a deal with 24,500 U.S.-based stewards at the airline. If members of APFA ratify the…

  • Part of White House evacuated; Obama not present: witnesses

    By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House staff and reporters were evacuated on Friday night by the Secret Service because an intruder was spotted running on the grounds of the complex shortly after President Barack Obama had left the building, witnesses said. Obama had just left aboard the…

  • Virginia storm temporarily halts probe into girls' 1975 disappearance

    (Reuters) - Authorities said bad weather on Friday cut short the work of investigators in rural Virginia probing the abduction and murder of two young sisters who disappeared while going to see an Easter exhibit at a Maryland shopping mall nearly 40 years ago. For a week, detectives have been…

  • Goodell tackles NFL domestic abuse crisis with vow to reform

    By Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - A chastened NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said on Friday that the league's poor response to its domestic violence crisis will prompt an overhaul of how it deals with player behavior and punishment in America's most popular sports league. Rules governing personal…

  • Three peanut company officials guilty in deadly salmonella outbreak

    By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - Three former peanut company officials were found guilty on Friday in connection with a 2009 salmonella outbreak that killed nine people and sickened hundreds, federal prosecutors said. The contamination at the Peanut Corporation of America plant in Blakely,…

  • Pennsylvania boy, nine, feared kidnapped on sailboat in Pacific Ocean

    SEATTLE (Reuters) - An international search was underway on Friday for a Washington state father who vanished on a sailboat with his 9-year-old son, possibly to islands in the Puget Sound or South Pacific, or to Mexico, officials said. A federal arrest warrant was issued for Jeffrey Ford Hanson,…

  • Accreditation agency places Corinthian under warning

    (Reuters) - Corinthian Colleges Inc said the accreditation agency looking into its placement records has directed the for-profit college to notify its students that it is under warning. The Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges places colleges under warning when it has reason to…

  • Mother, stepfather sought in disappearance of four Mississippi girls

    By Therese Apel CANTON Miss (Reuters) - The mother and stepfather of four young Mississippi girls missing for nearly two weeks are being sought by authorities in connection with their disappearance, with the girls feared to be in danger, police said Friday. Arrest warrants have been issued for…

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  • Purdue University shooter gets 65 years, shows no remorse

    By Saran Mishra LAFAYETTE Ind. (Reuters) - A former Purdue University student was sentenced on Friday to 65 years in prison for shooting and stabbing to death a fellow engineering senior that he envied, in front of about a dozen students in a lab class in January. Cody Cousins, 24, of Warsaw,…

  • Pathologist reviews autopsy of man killed in NY police choke hold

    By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - A prominent pathologist hired by the family of Eric Garner, a man killed by New York City police in July during an arrest involving a banned choke hold, said on Friday his review of the autopsy confirmed earlier findings that Garner's windpipe was crushed. Dr.…

  • Ten Commandments marker can stay at Oklahoma Capitol: judge

    By Kevin Murphy (Reuters) - An Oklahoma judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit that sought the removal of a Ten Commandments monument from state Capitol grounds as an unconstitutional use of public property to endorse religion. Oklahoma County District Court Judge Thomas Prince sided with the Oklahoma…

  • California bill would help protect franchisee business investments

    By Lisa Baertlein LOS ANGELES - When Kathryn Slater-Carter learned her family would lose $1.5 million after McDonald's Corp did not renew the franchise agreement on one of their restaurants in the San Francisco suburbs, she tried for a second time to change state law to protect franchisee…

  • Protests planned to target U.S. southern border entry ports

    By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - American citizens describing themselves as "deeply concerned" with Obama administration immigration policies plan a mass protest on Saturday to press their demand to seal the southern border by blocking traffic at more than a dozen U.S. crossings.…

  • Man freed after ramming truck into Las Vegas casino commits suicide

    (Reuters) - A man, who was ordered released from jail after ramming his truck through the glass doors of a Las Vegas casino last week, has hanged himself in a nearby hotel, Nevada officials said on Friday. Ryan Brown, 40, was arrested on suspicion of reckless driving and possession and use of…

  • Killings of Florida mother, six children stun community

    By Barbara Liston BELL Fla. (Reuters) - As Florida police examined why a 51-year-old felon shot his daughter and her six children to death before killing himself, residents of their small town grieved the loss of the children. Investigators shared few details from the taped-off crime scene, a house…