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  • One dead, three injured in Washington state ice cave collapse

    A spokeswoman from the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office said the three injured people were airlifted from the Big Four Ice Caves near Granite Falls, 40 miles north of Seattle, to nearby hospitals with serious injuries. In May, the U.S. Forest Service warned hikers against entering the Big Four…

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  • After coal, can better health save West Virginia?

    By Valerie Volcovici WILLIAMSON, WV (Reuters) - With coal trains chugging past in the distance, Jack Perry watches as his wife, Margie, plants row upon row of Hungarian pepper seedlings in the community garden that residents of this West Virginia coal town call the "Garden of Eatin'."     "The…

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  • Dutch man convicted of stalking Wisconsin woman to be deported

    Hendrikus Descendre, 24, is being held in jail in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, where he pleaded no contest and was found guilty on July 1 of a felony stalking charge, Fond du Lac County Assistant District Attorney Kristin Menzl said. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a statement on…

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  • Native Americans protest proposed Arizona copper mine

    Members of a Native American tribe in Arizona took to the roadways on Monday to protest against a proposal for a massive copper mine at a small town east of Phoenix, vowing to protect sacred lands. A small group from the San Carlos Apache tribe began a scheduled cross-country caravan to…

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  • San Francisco mayor says 'concerned' over release of suspected gunman

    San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee on Monday expressed concern about the release of a convicted felon who had been deported from the United States to Mexico five times and is now being held in fatal shooting of a woman last week. Francisco Sanchez, 45, who was arrested for the shooting of 32-year-old…

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  • Fast-moving Idaho wildfire destroys upscale homes in resort area

    By Laura Zuckerman SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - A fast-moving wildfire in Idaho that destroyed several upscale homes and forced 200 residents to flee prompted the governor on Monday to declare a disaster emergency that would free up federal funds to help fight the blaze. The Cape Horn fire has…

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  • South Carolina bill to remove Confederate flag advances in legislature

    South Carolina lawmakers took a step on Monday toward removing the Confederate battle flag that flies at the state house in Columbia, long denounced as a symbol of slavery by critics. A bill to banish the flag from a Civil War memorial on the capitol grounds to a museum passed a crucial second…

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  • Connecticut police search for baby after father jumped from bridge

    Connecticut police searched on Monday for a 7-month-old baby who may have been thrown off a bridge by his father before the man jumped more than 100 feet into the Connecticut River in a suicide attempt. The father, Tony Moreno, 22, of Middletown is in stable condition and charges are expected…

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  • N.Y. City to pay $330,000 to settle pepper-spray Occupy lawsuits

    New York City has agreed to pay more than $330,000 to six Occupy Wall Street protesters who claimed a police officer doused them with pepper spray without cause, an incident that helped galvanize the movement during its early days. Lawyer Mark Taylor, who represented three of the protesters, said…

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  • Police probe shotgun slaying of woman near Hollywood tourist hub

    Homicide detectives searched for clues on Monday to the unsolved shotgun slaying of a woman ambushed while walking along the street a few blocks from the heart of Hollywood's tourist hub, the Los Angeles Police Department said. The woman, a local resident, was killed on Sunday night when a gunman…

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  • Massachusetts man charged with threatening president on FBI website

    A Massachusetts man has been charged with threatening President Barack Obama in a message posted to the FBI’s website, federal prosecutors said on Monday.     Andrew J. O’Keefe, 28, who is in custody, faces up to five years in prison, three years of supervision after release and a $250,000 fine…

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  • Three-year-old Texas boy dies after accidentally shooting himself

    A 3-year-old Texas boy who shot himself at a Houston-area home over the weekend died on Monday from the wound, officials said. "When they went in to check on him, he had apparently located a .380 semiautomatic pistol that was in the bedroom and had apparently accidentally shot himself in the…

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  • One killed, five injured in NYC apartment blaze

    One person was killed and five were injured in a New York apartment fire on Monday that forced some occupants to jump from a burning three-story building, fire officials said. The blaze broke out at about 1:45 a.m. at the Brooklyn structure and was extinguished a half-hour later, a spokesman for…

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  • Carjacker steals police cruiser, captured after New Jersey car chase

    Sereymanta Kong, 22, was accused in the Sunday incident and was being held on $1 million bail, police said. Kong stole a Mercedes belonging to a woman who saw him lying in the middle of a road in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, according to police reports. The woman stopped her car and got out to…

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  • Chicago's Fourth of July rituals: fireworks, gun deaths

    The long holiday weekend typically sees a dozen shooting deaths and this year the city beefed-up police patrols, especially in high-crime districts, with officers working 12-hour shifts. Chicago, with 2.7 million people, is the most violent large city in the United States, with poverty,…

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  • Boston Marathon bomber files motion seeking new trial

    (Reuters) - Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who has been sentenced to death, filed a motion in federal court on Monday seeking a new trial, according to court records. The preliminary motion for a new trial cited a lack of evidence in his trial this spring, according to documents filed…

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  • Maryland boy dies after alleged beating for eating birthday cake

    The boy, Jack Garcia, died on Sunday after being on life support at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, a Hagerstown police spokesman said. Police arrived around 10:30 p.m. to find Jack suffering severe injuries to his face, neck, back, buttocks, legs and abdomen, according to a…

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  • Buffett donates record $2.84 billion to Gates, family charities

    The 10th annual donation, Buffett's largest, comprised 20.64 million Class "B" shares of Berkshire, and increased Buffett's total contributions to the charities to more than $21.5 billion. The Gates Foundation, which focuses on improving education and health and reducing poverty, received about…

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  • Ex-Goldman programmer Aleynikov wins dismissal of second conviction

    A former Goldman Sachs Group Inc programmer on Monday won dismissal of his second criminal conviction, highlighting the difficulty of proving that he committed a crime by copying some of the investment bank's high frequency trading code. Less than four years after beating a separate federal case,…

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