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  • Ohio police kill man who attacked restaurant diners with machete

    Police were called to the Nazareth Restaurant on the northeast side at about 6 p.m. EST, after reports an armed man was attacking people in the building. The suspect had walked into the restaurant and argued with an employee before leaving, returning with the machete a short time later and…

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  • N.Y. policeman guilty of manslaughter in shooting of unarmed black man

    A jury in Brooklyn found Peter Liang guilty in connection with the death of Akai Gurley, 28, who was killed by a bullet fired from Liang's gun on Nov. 20, 2014, that ricocheted off a wall. A stunned Liang buried his head in his hands after the verdict was read in court. The shooting added to…

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  • U.S. Air Force replaces arms buyer over disclosure issue on Northrop

    The U.S. Air Force said on Thursday it had replaced its acting acquisition chief, Richard Lombardi, after he disclosed that he had failed to report his wife's Northrop Grumman Corp retirement account on his annual financial disclosure form. The news came days before the U.S. Government…

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  • Influential Texas panel recommends halt to use of bite-mark evidence

    An influential Texas scientific panel recommended on Thursday that bite-mark analysis not be admissible as evidence in courts, a decision experts said could lead judicial systems in other states to exclude it too. The Texas Forensic Science Commission panel recommended a moratorium on bite-mark…

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  • Exclusive: Woman whose family inspired Oregon standoff hopes more challenge govt

    Speaking exclusively to Reuters, Susan Hammond, who did not participate in the standoff, said that she hoped the attention brought by the occupation would galvanize Americans to pursue legal avenues for weakening federal government control of millions of acres of land. The takeover at the Malheur…

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  • New York police have covertly tracked cell phones, group says

    New York City's police have made extensive use of covert devices to track cell phones without obtaining warrants since 2008, a civil liberties group said on Thursday, revealing how frequently law enforcement in the largest U.S. city has employed the technology. The New York Civil Liberties Union…

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  • Exclusive: Oregon occupiers warn authorities of booby traps at refuge

    Armed protesters who ended their 41-day standoff on Thursday at a wildlife refuge in Oregon told federal authorities they left behind booby traps but did not say whether the trip wires and other devices would trigger explosions, a law enforcement official told Reuters. "They spoke to us about…

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  • House panel approves plan to privatize air traffic control

    A Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives panel approved legislation to privatize the U.S. air traffic control system on Thursday as part of a six-year bill to authorize funding for the Federal Aviation Administration. By a 32-26 vote along party lines, the House Transportation and…

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  • Lockheed to offer T-50A in race for Air Force contract

    The U.S. Air Force aims to launch the competition in 2017 to replace its ageing fleet of T-38 planes, which are nearly 50 years old, and analysts have said it could eventually buy up to 600 planes. Boeing Co has teamed with Sweden's Saab to develop a new plane for the competition, while Textron…

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  • Air Force reassigns acquisition official after financial disclosure issue

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Air Force on Thursday said it had reassigned its principal deputy assistant secretary for acquisition after he voluntarily disclosed that he had failed to report a Northrop Grumman Corp retirement account held by his spouse on his annual financial disclosure form.

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  • Connecticut man pleads guilty to charge of shooting at mosque

    Ted Hakey Jr., 48, of Meriden, pleaded guilty to one count of intentionally damaging religious property by using a dangerous weapon, U.S. Attorney Deirdre Daly in Connecticut said. Hakey entered his plea before U.S. District Judge Michael Shea in Hartford, Connecticut. Authorities said Hakey…

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  • Police officer shot dead in Atlanta suburbs while serving warrant

    A police officer was shot and killed at an apartment complex in suburban Atlanta on Thursday morning while trying to serve a warrant on a drug suspect, Clayton County police officials said. Riverdale Police identified the officer as Major Greg "Lem" Barney, a longtime member of the department.

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  • Oregon standoff ends after 41 days with dramatic surrender

    By Jimmy Urquhart BURNS, Ore. (Reuters) - The four holdouts in the armed occupation of a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon surrendered on Thursday with the last protester repeatedly threatening suicide during a dramatic final phone call with mediators before he gave up, ending the 41-day standoff.…

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  • California utility 'temporarily controls' leaking gas flow

    The company, a unit of Sempra Energy, said in a statement that while this was a "positive development," more work needed to be done before the leak would be permanently sealed. "We have temporarily controlled the natural gas flow from the leaking well and begun the process of sealing the well and…

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  • Minnesota man pleads guilty to conspiracy to support Islamic State

    Abdirizak Mohamed Warsame, 20, of the St. Paul suburb of Eagan, was the 10th Minnesota man charged in an investigation into recruiting and support for the militant group among the Minneapolis-St. Paul Somali community. U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger said Islamic State recruiting in Minnesota was a…

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  • Pennsylvania girl, 14, pleads guilty to helping kill her mother

    A Pennsylvania teenager pleaded guilty on Thursday to first-degree murder in the killing of her mother last year and was sentenced to spend at least 35 years in prison after agreeing to testify against her former boyfriend, prosecutors said. Jamie Silvonek, 14, of Upper Macungie Township outside…

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  • State Dept. subpoenaed documents from Clinton Foundation: report

    U.S. State Department investigators last year issued a subpoena to the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation seeking documents about projects run by the charity that may have required U.S. government approval when Hillary Clinton was secretary of state, the Washington Post reported on…

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  • U.S. blacklists prominent Islamic State preacher, two others

    The United States blacklisted three people on Thursday for working for Islamic State, including the militant group's most prominent ideologue and a senior oil official. Turki al-Bin'ali was sanctioned for helping Islamic State recruit foreign fighters, the U.S. Treasury said in a statement. …

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  • Congress approves permanent Internet access tax ban

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Thursday passed legislation placing a permanent ban on states' taxing Internet access, sending the measure to President Barack Obama for signing into law.

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  • Dozens of Georgia prison officers charged in corruption probe

    The arrests are the latest in a two-year investigation that has seen more than 130 current and former officers, inmates and civilians charged, U.S. Attorney John Horn for the Northern District of Georgia told reporters. The Georgia Department of Corrections assisted federal agents in the…

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