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  • 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…

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  • 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…

    Reuters21 mins ago
  • 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…

    Reuters38 mins ago
  • Wildfire in California's Sierra Nevada menaces 1,600 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 1,600 homes and has displaced 2,100 residents as flames roared for a fifth day through dry timber and brush west…

    Reuters43 mins ago
  • 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,…

    Reuters41 mins ago
  • 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…

    Reuters55 mins ago
  • U.S. House backs plan to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to approve President Barack Obama's plan to arm and train Syrian rebels to battle Islamic State, a major part of his campaign to "degrade and destroy" the Sunni militants. The House approved the measure authorizing the…

    Reuters57 mins ago
  • U.S. House passes bill to avert government shutdown, extend Export-Import bank

    By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday approved a stop-gap spending measure that averts an Oct. 1 government shutdown and extends the U.S. Export-Import Bank's ability to operate for another nine months. The measure, passed 319-108 with opposition…

  • Pro-pot activists launch first U.S. 'Consume Responsibly' campaign

    By Daniel Wallis DENVER (Reuters) - Taking a cheeky jab at a New York Times columnist who had a bad experience with marijuana-infused candy on a visit to Colorado, pro-pot activists launched a campaign urging adults to "consume responsibly" in states where the drug is legal. The Marijuana Policy…

  • Oklahoma deputy sheriff accused of sexual assault resigns

    By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - A deputy sheriff in Oklahoma resigned on Wednesday after being arrested for allegedly assaulting two women at a Tulsa County home, the third law enforcement official in the state accused of sex crimes in the past few weeks. The sheriff's deputy, Gerald…

  • Florida city wants to ban medical marijuana smoking in public

    By Barbara Liston ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - A southwest Florida city took steps Wednesday to ban medical marijuana users from lighting up a joint in public if an amendment legalizing the drug's limited use statewide is approved by voters in November. "Just because one person has the right to get…

  • Humana CEO: New competition curbs Obamacare plan prices

    By Caroline Humer BOSTON (Reuters) - New competition between health insurers offering so-called Obamacare plans in 2015 is having an impact on the pricing of such coverage, based on a first look at proposed insurance premiums, the head of Humana Inc said on Wednesday. The state insurance exchanges…

  • Alaska residents to get $1,884 payout from oil royalty fund

    By Steve Quinn JUNEAU Alaska (Reuters) - Nearly every Alaska resident will soon be $1,884 richer, thanks to an annual payout from an oil wealth trust fund that has been credited with keeping many low-income families out of poverty, state officials said on Wednesday. More than 640,000 Alaska…

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  • Mother surprised to learn son killed by Louisiana police

    By David Minsky LAFAYETTE La. (Reuters) - For six months, Catherine Cortez believed that her 30-year-old son, who died in March after a scuffle with police in Louisiana, had succumbed to brain damage from chronic cocaine use. Earlier this month, she was horrified to learn from an 11-page state…

  • 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…

  • Florida couple face charges months after avoiding U.S. SEC lawsuit

    By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - A Florida couple has been charged with running an alleged $300 million real estate Ponzi scheme only months after dodging a Securities and Exchange Commission lawsuit that was rejected when a U.S. federal judge ruled the five-year statute of limitations had…

  • U.S. attorney general urges changes to fight more Wall St. crime

    By Aruna Viswanatha and Nate Raymond WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday called for Congress to take steps to help prosecutors build criminal cases against senior Wall Street executives, saying companies often insulated their leaders from responsibility…

  • Cop who killed Missouri teen testifies before grand jury: newspaper

    By Carey Gillam (Reuters) - The Ferguson, Missouri police officer whose fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager has ignited weeks of protests testified Tuesday before a St. Louis grand jury hearing evidence in the case, according to a report in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Darren Wilson, who…

  • Wildfire rips through 150 homes in Northern California

    Fire crews in California battled on Tuesday to halt the advance of wildfire that has already destroyed about 150 homes, lapped at rural schools and caused power outages that left an evacuation shelter without electricity, authorities said. The day-old blaze, one of about a dozen major fires raging…

  • Maine man found guilty of blocking train tracks in oil-by-rail protest

    By Dave Sherwood AUBURN Maine (Reuters) - A man who helped block Maine railroad tracks to protest the transport of crude oil through the state after a deadly 2013 train crash across the Canadian border was convicted of criminal trespass for the incident, according to court documents. Douglas Bowen,…