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  • Texas attorney general faces ethics probe over gay marriage

    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is being probed for ethics violations for telling county clerks that they could deny marriage licenses to same sex-couples, another potential setback for the state's top lawyer, who is already facing felony charges. The State Bar of Texas ordered its Board of…

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  • American Airlines flight makes emergency landing at LAX after cabin smoke: Fox

    Passengers began feeling ill and requested medical treatment, Fox said. American Airlines flight number 564 left San Jose with 137 passengers just after 9 a.m., was on the way to Phoenix when the issue was reported, and landed safely just before 11 a.m., Fox said.

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  • Kansas high court strikes down school funding law, threatens shutdown

    The Kansas Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that the state's funding system for public education is unconstitutional and said it must be replaced by June 30 if schools are to remain open. The court found in an 80-page ruling that the system approved by lawmakers in the Republican-controlled state…

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  • Judge to State Dept: finish Clinton email release by Feb. 29

    By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - A judge ordered the U.S. State Department on Thursday to complete by Feb. 29 its public release of the work emails of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton from her time as secretary of state. Clinton's decision to use a private email server in…

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  • U.S. sanctions three for Islamic State activities

    The U.S. Treasury blacklisted three people on Thursday for working for Islamic State, including one it said was a senior oil official and another it said had recruited Gulf nationals for the militant group as early as March 2014. One of those sanctioned is Faysal Ahmad Ali al-Zahrani, a Saudi…

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  • Last occupier at Oregon wildlife refuge says on webstream he has surrendered

    (Reuters) - David Fry, the remaining occupier at a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon, said on a live webstream on Thursday that he has surrendered, after a 41-day armed standoff with law enforcement. Fry's phone connection to the live webstream appeared to become disconnected after his statement.…

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  • Arkansas judge charged for infant son's death in hot car

    An Arkansas judge whose infant son died last year when left strapped in a car safety seat for five hours in the summer heat was charged on Thursday with misdemeanor negligent homicide. The judge, Wade Naramore of Hot Springs, Arkansas, summoned police to his home on July 24, 2015, when he said he…

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  • Cliven Bundy charged in 2014 standoff at Nevada ranch

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy was charged in federal court on Thursday with conspiracy, assault on a federal officer and obstruction of justice in connection with the 2014 standoff on federal land near his ranch.

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  • Five people indicted in deadly New York City building explosion

    Prosecutors have indicted five people in a deadly gas explosion that destroyed a row of buildings in New York's East Village neighborhood last March, charging a landlord, her son and a pair of contractors with manslaughter, among other crimes. The four, plus another person charged with a lesser…

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  • Civil rights group wants video in death of black Kentucky teen

    A civil rights group on Thursday demanded the release of surveillance video from the Kentucky juvenile detention center where a 16-year-old black girl died the day after she was admitted. In an online petition signed by nearly 53,000 people, ColorofChange.org urged state officials to release…

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  • Federal trial delayed in South Carolina church massacre

    A judge delayed the federal trial for the white man accused of shooting dead nine parishioners at a historic black church in Charleston last June after federal prosecutors on Thursday said the government remained undecided on seeking the death penalty. The Justice Department's deliberations are…

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  • Three of four occupiers at Oregon wildlife refuge surrender

    Jeff Banta, 46, of Elko, Nevada, and married couple Sean Anderson, 48, and Sandy Anderson, 47, of Riggins, Idaho, surrendered peacefully, according to a webcast of a phone call with the protesters webcast by their allies. David Fry, 27, of Blanchester, Ohio, remained behind and said on the live…

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  • Protester in Oregon pledges via audio feed to surrender unarmed while holding flag

    "We are going to be unarmed and peaceful," the man, who did not identify himself, said during a phone call with Nevada state Assemblywoman Michele Fiore and evangelist Franklin Graham, the son of Billy Graham, on a live phone call streamed over the Web. Negotiations continued past 8 a.m. PST, the…

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  • U.S. House panel rejects measure to keep air traffic system in FAA

    A Republican-controlled U.S. House panel on Thursday turned back a Democratic attempt to head off a drive to privatize the U.S. air traffic control system. A measure offered by Representative Peter DeFazio, top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, sought to protect…

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  • Suspect in officer shooting in North Dakota found dead: report

    The wounded officer was not expected to survive, WDAZ television, an ABC affiliate, said, citing Fargo Police Chief David Todd. The suspect appeared to have died from gunshots, Todd said at a news conference, according to WDAZ. The suspect's name has not been released and it was not immediately…

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  • Obama reveals his inner nerd, picks Mars companions

    U.S. President Barack Obama said he would want both brains and brawn beside him should he ever end up on Mars, an interview with the self-described "nerd" in Popular Science magazine revealed. Asked to choose as a companion on Mars between Mark Watney, the astronaut played by Matt Damon in last…

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  • Federal grand jury hearing evidence in NYC police killing of Eric Garner: source

    A federal grand jury in New York has begun hearing evidence in the death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man whose chokehold death at the hands of a white police officer sparked widespread protests, a source familiar with the matter said on Thursday. The U.S. Justice Department opened a civil…

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  • City of Cleveland claims Tamir Rice estate owes $500 for ambulance

    The claim, which is dated on Wednesday, is for Rice's "last dying expense" and includes $450 for an ambulance and $50 for mileage, the city documents say. The claim had not yet been officially filed with Cuyahoga County probate court, court officials said on Thursday, but media reports said the…

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