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  • Three days, five killings and a year of pain in Baltimore

    Kajuan Guinn was just 8, and recently reunited with his family after years in foster care, when his chronically ill mother died of complications from lupus. Two years after his mother died, Guinn ran away, following his father's path into a world of gangs, drugs and violence on the streets of…

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  • Planned Parenthood reports second website hack in a week

    Websites operated by Planned Parenthood and its political branch, Planned Parenthood Action, were clogged by a wide-scale "distributed denial-of-service," or DDoS, attack, the organization said. Service was restored shortly after the attack, but the group opted to keep its websites offline for the…

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  • University of Virginia graduates sue Rolling Stone over rape story

    Three University of Virginia graduates on Wednesday filed a defamation lawsuit in New York against Rolling Stone magazine, its publisher, Wenner Media, and a journalist, over a now-debunked 2014 article describing a fraternity gang rape. The three men, all 2013 graduates and members of Phi Kappa…

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  • Cincinnati police officer indicted in shooting death of black man

    A University of Cincinnati police officer was indicted on Wednesday on murder charges in the fatal shooting last week of an unarmed black motorist who was stopped because of a missing front license plate. Ray Tensing, the 25-year-old white officer who shot Dubose in the head, "wasn't dealing with…

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  • Oregon governor OKs early sales of recreational-use marijuana

    The law, signed Monday by Democratic Governor Kate Brown, will effectively let adults visit existing medical-use marijuana dispensaries in the state to buy certain strains just to get stoned. In November, Oregon and Alaska sanctioned the use of marijuana for recreational purposes in…

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  • California sued for failing to protect mentally disabled defendants

    Families who say their mentally ill and developmentally disabled loved ones endured rape and other trauma while languishing in California jails sued the state on Wednesday, saying officials failed to move them to treatment centers as required by law. The lawsuit filed on behalf of four families by…

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  • Oklahoma woman arrested for downing Jell-O shots while driving bus

    An Oklahoma woman charged with downing Jell-O shots of alcohol while driving a commercial bus has been arrested for violating state traffic laws, police said on Wednesday. Tammy Jones, 53, was arrested on Saturday on a complaint of driving while impaired as she was shuttling passengers in a bus at…

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  • Chinese national ordered deported in Pennsylvania testing scam

    A federal judge in Pennsylvania on Wednesday ordered a Chinese national to be deported for his role in a testing scam in which clients paid imposters to take standardized tests to win admission to elite U.S. universities. Biyuan Li, 25, who lived in Boston and had pleaded guilty to the scheme, was…

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  • Colorado movie gunman's mother weeps, blames mental illness

    The mother of Colorado's movie rampage gunman wept on Wednesday as she said a university psychiatrist never told her James Holmes had homicidal thoughts before the massacre, and that she would have "crawled on all fours" to stop him had she known. Arlene Holmes said she was "totally shocked" when…

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  • Virginia college graduates sue Rolling Stone over rape story

    Three University of Virginia graduates on Wednesday filed a defamation lawsuit in New York against Rolling Stone magazine, its publisher Wenner Media and a journalist over a now-debunked 2014 article describing a fraternity gang rape. The three men, all 2013 graduates and members of Phi Kappa Psi,…

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  • Leidos team wins $4.34 billion contract for U.S. military health records

    The U.S. Defense Department on Wednesday awarded a team led by Leidos Holdings Inc a contract valued at up to $4.34 billion to build a new electronic health record system for 9.6 million current and retired military service members. The Defense Healthcare Management System Modernization contract,…

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  • Senate Republicans aim divert Planned Parenthood funds in abortion dispute

    Senate Republicans seeking to cut all funding to reproductive health group Planned Parenthood over the alleged sale of aborted fetal tissue offered on Wednesday to divert the money to other providers of women's health. The Republican plan to take $500 million a year from Planned Parenthood and…

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  • Cathay Pacific flight makes emergency landing in Alaska's Aleutians

    All 276 passengers and 18 crew members aboard flight CX884, a Boeing Co 777-300ER, are safe, airline representative Tracey Kwong said in an email. U.S. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said in an email the emergency landing went without incident before dawn at Eareckson Air…

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  • Chicago loses bid to keep pension reform alive pending appeal

    A judge on Wednesday denied Chicago's request to keep a pension reform law in effect while the city appeals a court ruling that voided the law on constitutional grounds. Cook County Circuit Court Judge Rita Novak, who tossed out the law last Friday, rejected Chicago's motion to suspend her ruling…

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  • Tennessee man arrested near Capitol complex: police

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Capitol Police said on Wednesday that they arrested a Tennessee man who was driving near the Capitol complex with three firearms as well as ammunition in his vehicle.

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  • Goat's head nearly severed in brutal knife attack in Idaho

    A small goat was nearly decapitated and another goat died from a "heinous" knife attack on the animals in a fenced and locked site where they had been placed to graze on weeds in northern Idaho, a police spokeswoman said on Wednesday. A third goat is being treated for a knife wound in its back…

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  • Eric Garner grand jury minutes to stay private, New York court rules

    A New York state court on Wednesday declined to release details of a grand jury investigation that led to a police officer being cleared of wrongdoing in the death of Eric Garner after his chokehold arrest in Staten Island in July last year. Lawyers for civil rights groups and New York's public…

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  • New Hampshire university's language guide launches war of words

    The university's "Bias-Free Language Guide" also advises against using the term "poor," instead recommending the phrase "person living at or below the poverty line," drew criticism from conservatives in the state who called it an example of political correctness run amok. The publication was…

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  • Democratic congressman charged in political corruption case

    Democratic U.S. Congressman Chaka Fattah of Pennsylvania and four associates were charged on Wednesday in a political corruption case with bribery and misusing hundreds of thousands of dollars of federal, charitable and campaign funds. Fattah, 58, who has represented Philadelphia in the U.S. House…

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  • Probe finds no homicide likely in Florida mom's 2010 fatal shooting

    Michelle O'Connell's death was ruled a suicide by local investigators, but questions were raised about improprieties in the inquiry, in which the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office investigated one of its deputies. The new investigation by an independent prosecutor's office was ordered by Florida…

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