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  • Massachusetts judge orders end to decade-long vigil at Catholic church

    By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - A Massachusetts judge on Friday ordered parishioners of a Roman Catholic church who have occupied the building for more than a decade while the archdiocese attempted to close it to end their vigil by next week. Parishioners of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini church…

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  • U.S. Justice Department drops probe of Mississippi black man's hanging

    By Therese Apel PORT GIBSON, Miss. (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department said on Friday it was closing its investigation into the death of a black man found hanging from a tree in Mississippi in March, after finding no evidence to prove it was a homicide. Federal investigators joined the probe…

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  • Chevron pays reported $5M to family of Pennsylvania well fire victim

    By David DeKok HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - Chevron Corp. has paid a reported $5 million to settle a lawsuit filed last year by the parents of a worker who was burnt to death in a gas well fire in western Pennsylvania. Local media reported the $5 million settlement, saying it had been approved by…

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  • Pennsylvania man gets life for rampage at Pocono municipal meeting

    Rockne Newell, 61, of Saylorsburg, also received an additional 61 to 122 years in prison, prosecutors said. E. David Christine Jr., the district attorney in Monroe County, called Newell an "animal" who belongs in prison. Judge Joseph Cronin, a visiting judge from Delaware County, handed down the…

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  • Suge Knight hires Michael Jackson ex-attorney in California murder trial

    One-time rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight formally changed his attorney on Friday in the murder case against him, bringing in the lawyer who successfully represented Michael Jackson when the late pop star was acquitted on child molestation charges a decade ago. Knight, 50, appeared in Los Angeles…

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  • Family of man shot by San Diego policeman files $20 million claim

    By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - The family of an Afghan immigrant who was shot and killed by a San Diego policeman who had not activated his body camera, prompting the department to revise its policy, has filed a $20 million claim against the city. The claim, the precursor to a federal…

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  • U.S. intelligence chief Clapper urges quick passage of surveillance reform bill

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Director of National Intelligence on Friday urged Congress to quickly pass the USA Freedom Act, a bill which would reform controversial surveillance powers approved by Congress after the Sept. 11 attacks. Director James Clapper said that if the legislation is not…

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  • Michael Jackson's Neverland ranch on market for $100 mln

    The sprawling Neverland ranch in California once owned by the late pop star Michael Jackson is for sale for $100 million, Sotheby's International Realty said on Friday. "It officially went on the market this morning," Suzanne Perkins of Sotheby's said. "We hope and trust that any new owners of…

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  • University of Oregon meningitis outbreak grows; student's father diagnosed

    By Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - The father of a University of Oregon student has contracted the potentially deadly meningococcal disease amid an outbreak that started in January and has killed one student, bringing the total number of people infected to seven, state health…

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  • Pennsylvania man sentenced in child rape video case

    By Elizabeth Daley PITTSBURGH (Reuters) - A Pennsylvania man who accidentally sold a tablet computer containing a video of himself raping an 8-year-old girl will spend at least 27 years in prison, authorities said on Friday. Donald Miller, 43, of New Castle, pleaded guilty to a state count of…

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  • Women in photos won't press charges in Penn State frat case, police say

    By David DeKok HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - None of the women in nude photographs posted on a Facebook page for a now-suspended Penn State fraternity is cooperating with investigators, police said on Friday, frustrating efforts to bring charges against the fraternity's members. Earlier this week,…

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  • Obama nominates new pipeline, rail administrators at Transportation Department

    President Barack Obama on Friday nominated new administrators for the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and the Federal Railroad Administration, the White House said. Marie Therese Dominguez, an assistant secretary at the Defense Department who has worked at the…

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  • Two officers wounded in shooting at New Jersey library: NorthJersey.com

    (Reuters) - Two police officers and one suspect were wounded in a shooting at the Lyndhurst Public Library in northern New Jersey on Friday, NorthJersey.com reported. Reports of gunfire came in to police at about 2 p.m., NorthJersey.com said. The three wounded were taken to area hospitals. No…

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  • Woman dies from fall at Southern California fair attraction

    A woman at a county fair in Southern California died after falling from an attraction that normally has participants jump onto a giant cushion, authorities said on Friday. Sabrina Gordon, 31, plummeted on Thursday evening from an elevated platform, hitting the ground and not the cushion that is…

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  • Conservationists decry killing of protected wolf in Colorado

    (Reuters) - Conservationists on Friday criticized as irresponsible a coyote hunter's shooting and killing of a protected gray wolf that had likely trekked hundreds of miles (km) to Colorado from the Northern Rocky Mountains. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said late on Thursday that test…

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  • Phoenix, DHS officials in contact before cartoon event: White House

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has been in touch with local authorities in Phoenix ahead of an outdoor demonstration on Friday that was set to include drawing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said. Many Muslims believe it is…

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  • Five airplanes in New York area hit by laser lights, FAA says

    By Alice Popovici NEW YORK (Reuters) - Federal authorities said on Friday they were looking for whoever was responsible for pointing a green laser light at five airplanes flying above New York's Long Island and New Jersey the previous evening, jeopardizing air safety. Lights hit four planes…

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  • Ex-NFL star Sharper pleads guilty in New Orleans to drugging women

    Former NFL player Darren Sharper, accused of drugging and raping women in four states, pleaded guilty on Friday to related federal charges in New Orleans, prosecutors said. Sharper, 39, already had pleaded guilty or no contest to rape or attempted rape in Arizona, California and Nevada as part of…

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  • Live anthrax found in U.S. military shipment to Australia: official

    By Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An investigation of a U.S. military facility's mistaken shipments of live anthrax bacteria has turned up another live sample, this one from a 2008 batch sent to Australia, a U.S. defense official said on Friday. The disclosure, if confirmed, suggests the…

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  • U.S. FAA proposes penalties against Air Methods, Allegiant Air

    The Federal Aviation Administration on Friday said it has proposed civil penalties against emergency medical helicopter operator Air Methods Corp and airline Allegiant Air for failing to comply with U.S. regulations. For Air Methods, it proposed a $91,500 civil penalty for allegedly operating a…

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