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  • Protests in Ferguson, elsewhere muted after two nights of racial unrest

    By Ellen Wulfhorst, Daniel Wallis and Edward McAllister FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) - The streets of Ferguson, Missouri, were mostly quiet on Wednesday after two nights of racially charged unrest following a grand jury decision to clear a white policeman of criminal prosecution for the shooting death…

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  • East Coast storm hampers Thanksgiving travel

    By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - A blast of rain and snow along the East Coast snarled traffic and disrupted flights for millions of Americans at the start of the long Thanksgiving weekend, traditionally the busiest time of the year for U.S. travel. The nor'easter that formed over the Gulf of…

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  • Australian extradited to U.S. in Silk Road online drugs bazaar case

    By Byron Kaye SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia has extradited a man to the United States to face trial for alleged involvement in Silk Road, a website where people bought illegal drugs like heroin using digital currency bitcoin, a government official said on Thursday. Peter Phillip Nash, 41, from…

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  • Fake doctor gets 23 years for sex assault on 9-year-old Colorado girl

    By Keith Coffman (Reuters) - A Colorado man convicted of sexually assaulting a 9-year-old Vietnamese girl while posing as an immigration facility doctor to gain access to her family's home was sentenced on Wednesday to 23 years to life in prison, prosecutors said. Kenneth Dean Lee, 58, was…

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  • FedEx Freight workers in Louisville vote against union membership

    CHICAGO (Reuters) - Drivers at a Louisville facility of FedEx Corp's trucking unit voted on Wednesday against union representation, dealing a blow to a concerted effort by the Teamsters to unionize the Memphis-based company. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters has won three secret ballot…

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  • U.S. judge puts Arizona's 'revenge porn' bill on hold

    By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Wednesday put on hold enforcement of Arizona's "revenge porn" law that made it a felony to post online nude images of others without their consent, after a rights group said the measure was too broad and state attorneys agreed it should be…

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  • San Diego State fraternities halt parties after anti-rape march fracas

    By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - Fraternities and sororities at San Diego State University have suspended all social activities until their members undergo sexual assault prevention training after disturbances erupted during an anti-rape march, a university official said on Wednesday. "We've…

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  • Arizona appeals panel rules no secret testimony in Arias murder case

    By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - An Arizona appeals court tossed out a ruling on Wednesday by a judge presiding over the sentencing retrial of convicted murderer Jodi Arias to allow a witness to testify out of the public eye. Arias, who faces the death penalty, was found guilty at a…

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  • Miners ask court to lift ban on uranium mining near Grand Canyon

    By Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) - The American mining industry is asking a federal appeals court to overturn a ban on new uranium mining claims near the Grand Canyon in a legal battle with environmentalists over impacts on the premier U.S. park. In 2012, the Obama administration set aside for 20 years…

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  • Mississippi football rivalry marred by threat to campus greenery

    (Reuters) - An anonymous, hand-written note threatening damage to trees and shrubs on the University of Mississippi campus ahead of a major intra-state football game was turned over to federal investigators on Wednesday, the school said in a statement. The note refers to the rivalry between the…

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  • FBI arrests man in Texas suspected of being gang hit man

    By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - The FBI arrested a 36-year-old San Antonio man on Wednesday accused of being a mob hit man who is suspected in at least three murders and believed to have given the order to have a Texas police officer killed, the FBI said. Ruben Reyes is accused of fatally…

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  • Police make arrest in $50,000 fur coat heist in Connecticut

    By Richard Weizel MILFORD, Conn. (Reuters) - Police have arrested one of two men suspected of grabbing $50,000 worth of fur coats on Wednesday from a high-end clothing shop in Greenwich, Connecticut, and then speeding off in a getaway car to New York. State troopers pulled over the pair on a…

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  • Last of three New Jersey siblings shot by mother dies of wounds

    (Reuters) - An 11-year-old New Jersey boy, one of three siblings shot by their mother last week before she turned the gun on herself, has died of his wounds, becoming the fourth fatality in the shootings, state police said on Wednesday. Alexander Harriman had been hospitalized in critical condition…

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  • Convicted Texas murderer featured in 'Bernie' film gets sentencing hearing

    By Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - A former mortician serving a life sentence for murdering an elderly East Texas woman in a case that inspired the 2011 film "Bernie" will receive a new punishment hearing, a state appeals court ruled on Wednesday. Bernie Tiede, 56, was ordered released from…

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  • Connecticut to offer driver's licenses for illegal immigrants

    By Richard Weizel MILFORD, Conn. (Reuters) - Connecticut said on Wednesday that it will provide special driver's licenses for illegal immigrants starting next week to help stop them from driving the state's roads unregistered and uninsured. The move comes days after President Barack Obama issued an…

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  • Illinois asks state's top court to revive pension overhaul

    By Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) - Illinois, which is struggling to bolster a shaky public pension system weighed down by a $104.6 billion shortfall, has asked the state's highest court to reverse a lower court ruling that declared a planned overhaul unconstitutional. The expedited appeal to the…

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  • Russia throws rights accusations back at U.S. with Ferguson unrest

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia pointed on Wednesday to rioting in Ferguson and protests across the United States as evidence that its detractors in Washington were hypocrites and in no position to lecture Moscow on human rights. Issuing two statements on the unrest in just one day, the Russian Foreign…

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  • In Ferguson, black residents stand guard at white-owned store

    By Emily Flitter FERGUSON, MO. (Reuters) - Since looting first erupted following the August police shooting of black teenager Michael Brown, nearly all the businesses in a 2 square mile area of this St Louis suburb have had to board up. One exception - a Conoco gas station and convenience store. At…

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  • East Coast storm threatens Thanksgiving travel

    By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - A blast of rain and snow along the East Coast is threatening to snarl traffic and disrupt flights for millions of Americans at the start of the long Thanksgiving weekend, traditionally the busiest time of the year for U.S. travel. The nor'easter that formed…

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  • Police probe man's death in area near Ferguson protests

    (Reuters) - St. Louis County police said on Wednesday they were investigating the death of a black man found shot and set on fire near an area where rioting erupted after a grand jury did not indict a white policeman in the fatal shooting of a black teenager. The body of 20-year-old Deandre Joshua…

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