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  • Exonerations of U.S. criminals hit record in 2014: study

    By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - The number of U.S. criminals exonerated in 2014 climbed to a record high of 125, in part because of efforts by prosecutors willing to admit their offices made mistakes, according to a report released on Tuesday. The states with the most exonerations last…

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  • Two officers shot, suspect killed in Minnesota city hall shooting

    A man shot two police officers shortly after a swearing in ceremony at a city hall in a Minneapolis suburb on Monday night and then was fatally shot by other officers in a rapid exchange of fire, authorities said. The two police officers were in good condition and were expected to survive after…

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  • San Francisco Zoo offers spurned lovers cockroach, scorpion adoptions

    (Reuters) - The San Francisco Zoo is giving the spurned and broken-hearted a new reason to mark Valentine's Day - the chance to adopt a giant scorpion or hissing cockroach named after a heart-trampling ex. "When you think about the detritus of your love life this Valentine's Day, consider adopting…

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  • Northeast U.S. braves 'crippling' blizzard, transit systems shut

    By Jonathan Allen and Barbara Goldberg NEW YORK/MAPLEWOOD, N.J. (Reuters) - A massive, wind-whipped blizzard slammed into the U.S. Northeast on Monday, creating havoc for more than 60 million people and forcing New York City to shut down on a scale not seen since Superstorm Sandy devastated the…

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  • Four sentenced in California cross-border extortion ring

    By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - Four people who admitted to extorting money from Latino families who believed they were ransoming kidnapped family members were sentenced to prison in San Diego federal court Monday. The 124 families in the U.S. sent nearly $200,000 to the extortion ring to…

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  • Alaskan troopers investigate whether village officer shocked boy, 11

    By Steve Quinn JUNEAU, Alaska (Reuters) - A public safety officer patrolling a tiny Alaskan coastal community may have shocked an 11-year-old boy with a Taser or stun gun merely because the boy asked him about the device, the Alaska State Troopers said on Monday. The public safety officer shocked…

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  • Union signals U.S. refinery workers may have to go on strike

    The United Steelworkers union (USW) signaled on Monday a strike by U.S. refinery workers may be necessary to win what it calls a fair contract from oil companies. The last nationwide refinery workers strike was in 1980 and lasted for three months. Royal Dutch Shell Plc is leading the talks on…

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  • Factbox: U.S. refinery worker proposals and past negotiations

    Representatives of the United Steelworkers union (USW) and oil companies have completed six days of talks as of Monday for a new national contract that will cover hourly workers at 63 U.S. refineries that account for 64 percent of national refining capacity. The national agreement sets the floor…

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  • New York clinic that treated comic Joan Rivers sued over her death

    By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Joan Rivers' daughter filed a malpractice lawsuit on Monday against the New York medical clinic that treated her mother days before her death, saying doctors there posed for selfies with their sedated celebrity patient even as her vital signs were plunging. …

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  • Factbox: Northeast transit snarled by blizzard Monday and Tuesday

    (Reuters) - As a powerful blizzard bears down on the northeastern United States, airlines, commuter rail, bus lines and subways have responded with travel delays and cancellations. * NEW YORK'S METROPOLITAN TRANSIT AUTHORITY will be suspending service on all bus, commuter rail and subway service…

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  • U.S. charges three in alleged Russian spy ring in NYC

    By Jonathan Stempel and Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. government on Monday unveiled criminal charges against three men for their alleged involvement in a Russian spy ring operating in New York City. Evgeny Buryakov, Igor Sporyshev and Victor Podobnyy conspired to gather economic…

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  • Hundreds pack Idaho hearing on gay rights

    By Laura Zuckerman SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - A measure before the Idaho legislature that would grant job and housing protections for gay and transgender people drew more than 1,000 residents to the statehouse in Boise on Monday to voice their support or opposition. Gay rights advocates have…

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  • E-cigarettes would be banned in public places under California bill

    By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California would ban the use of electronic cigarettes in public places and ramp up enforcement against selling them to minors under a bill introduced in the legislature on Monday. There is growing concern about the health risks from e-cigarettes,…

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  • Small plane crash reported near Washington state naval base

    A small plane was reported to have crashed into the strategic Hood Canal in Kitsap County west of Seattle, and debris believed to be connected to the plane has been found, local and federal officials said on Monday. Two people called 911 just before 1 p.m. to report a light plane in distress and…

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  • Ex-CIA officer convicted in New York Times leak case

    A former CIA officer was convicted in federal court in Virginia on Monday of leaking classified information to a New York Times reporter about a failed U.S. effort to undermine Iran's nuclear weapons program, the U.S. Justice Department said. Jeffrey Sterling was found guilty of nine counts,…

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  • U.S. suspends aid contractor for funding ‘misconduct’

    The United States said on Monday it had suspended International Relief and Development, a non-profit aid contractor which won major U.S. contracts in Iraq and Afghanistan, after finding "serious misconduct" involving funding. "The agency's review revealed serious misconduct in IRD's performance,…

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  • Patient shoots nurse during struggle at L.A. mental clinic

    A 20-year-old patient shot and wounded a nurse at a Los Angeles area mental health urgent care facility during a struggle, authorities said on Monday. The man had been brought by family members to the clinic in suburban Willowbrook for treatment when a male nurse became concerned by his behavior…

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  • Texas teen charged with drowning two-month-old baby girl

    A 14-year-old Dallas girl was charged with capital murder for drowning a 2-month-old girl on Monday, police said. Investigators initially believed the infant and the teenager were related but later said the suspect is the daughter of a family friend, who had been caring for the baby while the…

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  • Wall Street left with skeleton crews down as blizzard bears down

    By John McCrank and Richard Leong NEW YORK (Reuters) - A blizzard bearing down on New York hollowed out Wall Street offices on Monday, leaving most investment banks and fund managers with skeleton staffs as many employees opted to work from home. "No one will give me a medal for making it to work…

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  • Game of 'cops and robbers' ends tragically in Minneapolis suburb

    A 15-year-old boy from suburban Minneapolis shot and killed his younger brother during a game of "cops and robbers" using what they thought was an unloaded handgun, police said on Monday. The boy called police to their home in Eagan, Minnesota, on Sunday morning, first telling emergency…

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