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  • Louisiana chef Prudhomme, who helped popularize Cajun food, dies at 75

    (Reuters) - Celebrated Louisiana chef Paul Prudhomme, who helped popularize Cajun and Creole cuisine like jambalaya, blackened redfish and gumbo in the United States and worldwide, has died at age 75, a representative from his New Orleans restaurant said on Thursday. Prudhomme, known for his soft…

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  • Republicans in chaos as favorite quits House leadership race

    Republicans in Washington faced a sudden leadership vacuum on Thursday when the front-runner to take control of the House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy, dropped out of the race in a surprise that raised concerns about the party's ability to govern effectively. Representative McCarthy, the No.…

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  • Boehner asks Ryan to run to for House speaker: Washington Post

    U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner on Thursday asked Representative Paul Ryan, the Republican party's 2012 vice presidential nominee, to run to succeed him in the top House job, the Washington Post reported on Thursday. The Post, citing two sources familiar with the exchanges, said…

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  • Connecticut top court rejects bid to reconsider death penalty ban

    The Connecticut Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a request by state prosecutors to reconsider its landmark decision in August that eliminated capital punishment in the state and spared the lives of nearly a dozen death-row inmates. The court upheld its earlier 4-3 ruling that a 2012 state law…

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  • California oversight of oil well injection sites inadequate: state review

    California's oversight of wells where oil companies dispose of wastewater brought to the surface during oil production is hindered by inadequate staffing and poorly organized paper records, a state review of the program said Thursday. In a report to the legislature, California's Department of…

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  • Safety 1st recalls baby chairs after spills, chipped teeth

    Safety 1st is recalling about 35,000 Wood Decor highchairs after reports of falls by children that caused chipped teeth and bruises, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Thursday. Safety 1st has received 68 reports of children removing the chairs' trays, leading to the risk of falls, the…

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  • FBI says it disrupted activities of dozens of potential IS recruits

    FBI counterterrorism agents followed dozens of potential militants around the United States full time over the summer and disrupted activities pursued by many of them, FBI Director James Comey told a congressional committee on Thursday. Comey also told the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and…

  • New York City to offer low-cost healthcare to uninsured immigrants

    New York will become one of the first major U.S. cities to expand low-cost healthcare to uninsured immigrants regardless of their legal status under a pilot program to launch next spring, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Thursday. The pilot, called Direct Access, will initially apply to 1,000…

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  • U.S. court says yoga sequence cannot be copyrighted

    By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court ruled against a celebrity yogi on Thursday, finding that he is not entitled to copyright protection for a sequence of 26 yoga poses and two breathing exercises that he developed. Bikram Choudhury published a book in 1979 with…

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  • Former head of Chicago schools will plead guilty in bribery scheme: lawyer

    The former chief executive officer of Chicago Public Schools, Barbara Byrd-Bennett, plans to plead guilty to charges of accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and kickbacks for helping her former employers win lucrative contracts, her lawyer said on Thursday. Byrd-Bennett, 66,…

  • France train attack hero Stone stabbed in California

    By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - U.S. Air Force airman Spencer Stone, one of the three Americans who thwarted an August train attack in France, was stabbed several times during a fight outside a Sacramento bar early on Thursday and was hospitalized in serious condition, police…

  • Bryant University basketball coach comes out as gay in first-person essay

    An assistant basketball coach at Bryant University came out as gay in a first-person essay published by Outsports.com late Wednesday, making him the first coach of a top-level U.S. college program to do so, according to U.S. media. The coach, Chris Burns, said this summer's decision by the U.S.…

  • Explosion hurts workers at Williams natgas facility in Louisiana

    The facility was offline for planned scheduled maintenance at the time of the incident and gas was not flowing through the pipeline system when the explosion occurred, the company said in a statement. Service to customers was not interrupted, the company said.

  • Oklahoma used wrong drug in January execution: newspaper report

    Oklahoma, which last week put on hold planned executions due to a mix-up with lethal injection drugs, used a drug not included in its official protocol in a convicted murderer's January execution, The Oklahoman newspaper reported on Thursday. The state used bottles labeled potassium acetate to…

  • Former President Carter's home-building trip to Nepal canceled

    Citing civil unrest, a humanitarian group on Thursday canceled a home-building trip next month to Nepal that was to have included former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn. Atlanta-based Habitat for Humanity International scrapped the trip scheduled for November 1-6, called the Jimmy &…

  • Man hailed as hero in Oregon college shooting leaves hospital

    Mercy Medical Center spokeswoman Kathleen Nickel did not say when he was released or give an update on his condition. Mintz, an 30-year-old army veteran, blocked a gunman from entering a classroom at Umpqua Community College, his former girlfriend told Reuters last week.

  • Flood-weary residents find food, refuge at South Carolina shelter

    By Rich McKay COLUMBIA, S.C. (Reuters) - Exhaustion was etched into Mike Ronan's face, which he has not shaved since Sunday when record rainfall in South Carolina breached a dam near his apartment and he, his wife and their pets were told to evacuate. In the days since sheriff's deputies pounded…

  • Boehner says will stay as House speaker until successor elected

    U.S. House Speaker John Boehner said on Thursday he will stay in the top post in the House of Representatives until his successor is elected, adding that he would announce the date of that vote later. "We will announce the date for this election at a later date, and I’m confident we will elect a…

  • McCarthy dropping out of U.S. House speaker election creates opening for him: Chaffetz

    U.S. Representative Jason Chaffetz said on Thursday that House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's surprise withdrawal from the race for Speaker of the House of Representatives creates an opening for his own bid for the position. The other representative running for the chamber's top spot, Republican…

  • McCarthy says House Republicans need fresh face to unite

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said on Thursday that Republicans needed "a new face" to be the next House speaker after he surprisingly dropped out of the running to replace retiring Speaker John Boehner.