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  • Oregon woman arrives in U.S. after stuck in East Timor for six months

    By Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - An Oregon woman arrested on a drug charge while traveling in East Timor arrived home in Portland on Wednesday to a swarm of national and local media after six months of diplomatic negotiations. Stacey Addison, who said she was never in possession of…

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  • Hillary Clinton's focus on women's pay may resonate broadly: poll

    By Amanda Becker and Jonathan Allen WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Reuters/Ipsos poll shows that about two-thirds of Americans believe men are generally paid more than women, a finding that suggests that Democrat Hillary Clinton's message on pay inequality could resonate broadly with Americans should…

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  • At least two protesters arrested in Ferguson hours after U.S. report

    (Reuters) - At least two protesters were arrested outside police headquarters in Ferguson, Missouri on Wednesday, according to police and online video, just hours after the release of a U.S. probe that found racial bias in the department. The footage, shared by protesters, a local lawmaker and…

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  • Group wants special prosecutor for Washington state slain Mexican case

    A Hispanic advocacy group has called for a special prosecutor to be brought in to handle the fatal police shooting in Washington state of a Mexican farmworker who pelted officers with rocks before trying to flee. The killing of Antonio Zambrano-Montes, a 35-year-old unemployed apple picker from…

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  • Second Los Angeles hospital identifies 'superbug' infections

    By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A second top Los Angeles hospital has reported an outbreak of drug-resistant "superbug" infections, and dozens more potential exposures, from procedures performed with a fiber-optic instrument called a duodenoscope. The notice from Cedars-Sinai Medical…

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  • Winter storm to bring snow, ice, cold to East

    A winter storm stretching from Texas to southern New England and forecast on Wednesday to dump up to a foot (30 cm) of snow on the eastern United States forced schools and local governments to close and grounded almost 1,800 flights. Snow, sleet and freezing rain lashed Arkansas late on Wednesday…

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  • Elizabeth McCracken wins U.S. Story Prize for short fiction

    By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Author Elizabeth McCracken won the annual Story Prize for short fiction on Wednesday for "Thunderstruck and Other Stories," her collection of tales about life-altering experiences and loss. McCracken, a National Book Award finalist for her novel "The…

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  • U.S. Supreme Court split over Obamacare challenge

    By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court appeared sharply divided on ideological lines on Wednesday as it tackled a second major challenge to President Barack Obama's healthcare law, with Justice Anthony Kennedy emerging as a likely swing vote in a ruling. The nine…

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  • U.S. hospitals optimistic they'll dodge bullet with Obamacare ruling

    By Caroline Humer and Bill Berkrot NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. hospital executives said on Wednesday they were optimistic they will avoid the toughest consequences of a Supreme Court decision on whether millions of Americans can continue to purchase subsidized health benefits under Obamacare. The…

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  • Instant View: Supreme Court arguments help hospital shares

    Shares in hospitals shot up as the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on a major challenge to President Barack Obama's healthcare law that threatens federal tax subsidies for residents of at least 34 states to help buy health insurance. Justice Anthony Kennedy, a conservative on the nine-member…

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  • Roberts, Obamacare's savior in 2012, seems inscrutable this time

    By Joan Biskupic WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts, who cast the decisive vote in 2012 to beat back the first major challenge to President Barack Obama's healthcare law, kept his cards close on Wednesday. As liberal justices pounded Michael Carvin for altering his stance on…

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  • White House 'pleased' with solicitor's Supreme Court arguments: spokesman

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration was "quite pleased" with its lawyer's arguments on Wednesday before the U.S. Supreme Court defending President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, a White House spokesman said. Spokesman Josh Earnest cautioned against drawing conclusions about…

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  • Factbox: Obamacare case focuses on tax subsidies, insurance exchanges

    (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear a second major challenge to President Barack Obama's healthcare law on Wednesday, focusing on the issue of tax subsidies available through insurance exchanges set up under the statute. Here is a look at the exchanges and subsidies. HEALTH…

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  • U.S. high court's Kennedy criticizes challenge to Obamacare subsidies

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Justice Anthony Kennedy, a possible swing vote on a closely divided U.S. Supreme Court, told a lawyer challenging Obamacare subsidies on Wednesday that his argument raised a serious constitutional problem, but said the lawyer might win anyway on other grounds. Justice Anthony…

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  • U.S. Supreme Court divided over Obamacare subsidies challenge

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court appeared divided on ideological lines on Wednesday as it weighed tax subsidies key to the implementation of the Obamacare health law. Potential swing vote Justice Anthony Kennedy raised concerns to lawyers on both sides about the possible negative…

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  • Three killed in crash of small plane in Norfolk, Virginia

    By John Clarke WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three people were killed when a small plane crashed on Wednesday on its approach to an airport in Norfolk, Virginia, officials said. The propeller-driven plane, a Mooney M20, lost contact with Norfolk International Airport about two miles out from its…

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  • Arizona jury in Jodi Arias case to keep deliberating Thursday

    The jury in Phoenix deciding whether convicted killer Jodi Arias should be executed for murdering her ex-boyfriend ended a fifth day of deliberations on Wednesday without reaching a verdict in the closely watched retrial, court officials said. On Tuesday, the jurors were told by Maricopa County…

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  • U.S. considering possible Middle East missile defense: general

    By David Brunnstrom and Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military is considering sending its THAAD missile defense system to the Middle East, a senior U.S. Army general said on Wednesday, citing what he called an urgent need to respond to foes with missile systems and the will to use…

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  • Ferguson mayor says one terminated, two on leave for racist emails

    The mayor of Ferguson, Missouri said on Wednesday the city has fired one police department employee and put two others on leave after a U.S. Justice Department probe identified them as having explicit racial bias in city emails. "Let me be clear, this type of behavior will not be tolerated in the…

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  • Californian tried to join Islamic State in Syria: prosecutors

    A Southern California man whom prosecutors say sought to travel to Syria last year in a bid to join Islamic State fighters was indicted on federal charges, the Justice Department said on Wednesday. The suspect, Adam Dandach, 21, of Orange, California, was indicted by a grand jury in Santa Ana,…

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