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  • U.S. wasted $6.5 million on Afghan broadcast towers: inquiry

    By LAURA ONITA LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Six communications towers built in Afghanistan were never used and were a waste of more than $6.5 million in U.S. taxpayer funds, an inquiry into U.S. State Department spending on Afghan reconstruction said on Thursday. The inquiry by the Special…

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  • Detroit policeman faces retrial in shooting death of girl in raid

    By Aaron Foley DETROIT (Reuters) - A Detroit police officer charged in the shooting death of a 7-year-old girl during a raid is being retried following a mistrial last year, with opening statements expected on Thursday in a case that has sparked concerns over police use of force. A jury failed to…

  • Chinese hacked U.S. military contractors: Senate panel

    By Ros Krasny WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hackers associated with the Chinese government have repeatedly infiltrated the computer systems of U.S. airlines, technology companies and other contractors involved in the movement of U.S. troops and military equipment, a U.S. Senate panel has found. The Senate…

  • Attorneys for accused Boston bomber due in court on Thursday

    BOSTON (Reuters) - Attorneys for the accused Boston Marathon bomber are due in court on Thursday as they resume sparring with prosecutors over issues including defense requests to move the trial out of Boston and to delay it past its scheduled Nov. 3 start. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 20, could face…

  • Wildfire in California's Sierra Nevada menaces 2,000 homes

    By Alex Dobuzinskis and Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Fire crews in California's rugged Sierra Nevada battled to gain the upper hand on Wednesday against a blaze that threatened at least 2,000 homes and has displaced hundreds of residents as flames roared for a fifth day through dry timber…

  • Pakistani woman embraced by Islamic State seeks to drop U.S. legal appeal

    By David Ingram NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Pakistan-born neuroscientist has become a rallying cry for militant groups demanding her release from a U.S. prison. But in a little-noticed move she is trying to abandon her legal fight for freedom, saying the U.S. court system is unjust. Islamic militants in…

  • South Carolina father accused of killing kids feared them: report

    By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON S.C. (Reuters) - The man accused of killing his five children in South Carolina and dumping their bodies in Alabama feared that they were going to chop him up and feed him to the dogs, a local television station reported, citing arrest records. Timothy Ray Jones Jr.,…

  • Man charged in attempted fire bombing of Missouri congressman's office

    By Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY Mo. (Reuters) - A Kansas City man was charged on Wednesday with trying to fire-bomb the local office of Missouri U.S. Democratic Representative Emanuel Cleaver using two bottles filled with charcoal lighter fluid, prosecutors said. Eric King, 28, is accused of breaking…

  • U.S. contractor gets seven years for passing secrets to Chinese girlfriend

    HONOLULU (Reuters) - A former U.S. military contractor in Hawaii was sentenced on Wednesday to more than seven years in prison for passing national defense secrets to his Chinese girlfriend and illegally keeping numerous classified documents at his home. Benjamin Pierce Bishop, 60, a retired Army…

  • U.S. senators call for federal judge to resign over wife beating

    (Reuters) - Three U.S. senators on Wednesday called for the resignation of a federal judge accused of beating his wife in an Atlanta hotel room last month. Senators Richard Shelby and Jeff Sessions, both Republicans of Alabama, joined Senator Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat, in calling for…

  • Texas executes woman convicted of starving nine-year-old

    By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - A woman convicted of the 2004 starving death of a 9-year-old boy was executed on Wednesday by lethal injection at a Texas state prison, authorities said. Lisa Ann Coleman, 38, was pronounced dead at 6:24 p.m. CDT at the state's death chamber in Huntsville, said Robert…

  • Family of unarmed man shot by L.A. police files civil rights suit

    By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The family of an unarmed black man shot dead by Los Angeles police accused the officers of violating his civil rights in a federal lawsuit filed on Wednesday and was seeking $75 million in damages from the city. Police have said two officers shot and…

  • Video of dairy cows being abused prompts probe in New Mexico

    By Joseph Kolb ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) - Authorities in New Mexico are investigating a dairy farm in the state after an animal rights group secretly recorded video apparently showing workers punching and kicking cows and stabbing them with screwdrivers. Los Angeles-based Mercy for Animals said…

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  • Alabama woman pleads guilty over leaving baby in hot car: report

    (Reuters) - An Alabama woman pleaded guilty on Wednesday to criminally negligent homicide for leaving her 4-month old son in a hot car in 2013, according to local media reports. Katherine Papke, a U.S. Army sergeant first class, was charged last year with manslaughter after having left her son,…

  • U.S. panel puts off decision on designs for troubled Eisenhower Memorial

    By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A decision on the design of Washington's troubled Eisenhower Memorial was delayed on Wednesday as the panel overseeing its construction failed to muster a quorum in its first meeting in 15 months. The meeting of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission had…

  • Videos, written pledges suggested to curb California campus rape

    By Aaron Mendelson SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A University of California task force seeking to reduce campus sexual violence recommended on Wednesday that new students, staff and faculty sign a pledge or watch a video about such violence as part of a package of measures to confront sexual…

  • Five face federal charges over ride through protected Utah canyon

    By Jennifer Dobner SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - Federal prosecutors in Utah filed criminal charges on Wednesday against five men who allegedly organized and led an all-terrain vehicle protest ride into a red-rock desert canyon closed to motorized use by federal land managers. About 300 protesters…

  • Pennsylvania ambush suspect belongs to war role-play group: police

    By Joe McDonald BLOOMING GROVE Pa. (Reuters) - A survivalist suspected of an ambush attack last week that killed a Pennsylvania trooper and seriously wounded another is a member of a Cold War re-enactment group, state police said on Wednesday. The suspect, Eric Matthew Frein of Canadensis,…

  • Police chiefs pledge more transparency after Ferguson

    By Fiona Ortiz CHICAGO (Reuters) - Dozens of police chiefs meeting in Chicago this week said a notorious fatal police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri in August had been a defining moment for law enforcement and pledged greater transparency over such incidents. Speaking to Reuters in a group…