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  • U.S. judges overturn gay marriage bans in Arkansas, Mississippi

    By Steve Barnes and Emily Le Coz LITTLE ROCK, Ark./JACKSON, Miss. (Reuters) - U.S. district judges on Tuesday struck down as unconstitutional same-sex marriage bans in Arkansas and Mississippi, separately overturning measures that voters approved a decade ago in both socially conservative Southern…

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  • Federal judge rules Mississippi gay marriage ban unconstitutional

    (Reuters) - A U.S. district judge on Tuesday struck down Mississippi's ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional. But the judge, Carlton Reeves, put enforcement of his ruling on hold for two weeks to give state officials time to file an appeal. The decision was the latest in a string of recent…

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  • Protests spread across U.S., more troops deployed to prevent fresh Ferguson riots

    By Ellen Wulfhorst, Daniel Wallis and Edward McAllister FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) - Some 2,000 National Guard troops dispatched to the St. Louis area helped police stave off a second night of rioting and arson after a grand jury declined to indict a white policeman in the fatal shooting of an unarmed…

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  • In blow to tax negotiators, Obama threatens veto

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama pledged on Tuesday to veto a deal still under negotiation in Congress that would make several expiring business tax breaks permanent. The warning marks a major setback to House and Senate negotiators who were trying to reach a deal on so-called "tax…

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  • Ferguson officer testified he feared for his life in confrontation with teen

    By Laila Kearney and Letitia Stein (Reuters) - The white police officer recalled that he felt like a powerless child sitting inside his patrol vehicle as the fist of a black teenager swung through his open window. Just moments later, 28-year-old Darren Wilson would fatally shoot Michael Brown, 18,…

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  • Obama deeply worried and 'disappointed' by Ferguson violence

    By Steve Holland CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Tuesday anyone who destroys property in rioting against a Missouri grand jury's decision should be prosecuted, urging Americans upset by the court to work together to improve race relations. For the second day in a row, Obama…

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  • New Jersey pension system funding plummets under new rule

    By Hilary Russ (Reuters) - New Jersey's retirement system for public employees is in worse shape than previously reported, thanks to recent accounting changes that are starting to be rolled out across the country. In a document released on Tuesday after a bond sale, the state revealed that one of…

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  • Ferguson cop testified he feared for his life, shot to kill

    By Laila Kearney and Letitia Stein (Reuters) - The white police officer recalled that he felt like a powerless child sitting inside his patrol vehicle as the fist of a black teenager swung through his open window. Just moments later, 28-year-old Darren Wilson would shoot dead Michael Brown, 18, in…

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  • Florida police arrest students in alleged prostitution ring

    By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - A Florida prostitution ring allegedly run by high school students who tried to recruit classmates with the promise of $40 and liquor was broken up after a second teenager was arrested in the underage sex scheme, police said on Tuesday. One girl was…

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  • Honeymoon interrupted as disorderly Brit hauled off plane in Bermuda

    HAMILTON, Bermuda (Reuters) - A British man headed to his honeymoon on a Cuba-bound flight instead found himself grounded in Bermuda after drunkenly threatening the flight crew, with his wife continuing on to Cuba without him, authorities in Bermuda said on Tuesday. Mohammed Khelya, from Blackburn,…

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  • Obama urges 'constructive response' amid Ferguson unrest

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama asked Americans on Tuesday to be "constructive" by engaging in debate about racial tensions and law enforcement, after a white policeman was cleared in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri. Obama, responding to the…

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  • U.S. judge rules Arkansas ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Reuters) - A U.S. district judge ruled on Tuesday that an Arkansas constitutional amendment that defines legal marriage as being only the union of one man and one woman was unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker said the Arkansas amendment enacted about a decade ago…

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  • Judge denies Boston bomb suspect request for triple murder evidence

    BOSTON (Reuters) - A federal judge on Tuesday denied a request by lawyers for accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for evidence in the ongoing investigation of a 2011 Massachusetts triple murder, saying the information wouldn't help their case. Tsarnaev's lawyers had asked the judge to…

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  • Oklahoma woman shot and killed by three-year-old son: police

    By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - An Oklahoma woman was fatally shot in the head by her 3-year-old son who came across a handgun in their Tulsa home, police said on Tuesday. The victim, a 26-year-old Army veteran, died on Monday and was apparently hit with a single shot as she was changing…

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  • Supreme Court to weigh challenge to Obama mercury air pollution rule

    By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to weigh a challenge by industry groups and some states to an Obama administration regulation intended to limit emissions of mercury and other hazardous pollutants mainly from coal-fired power plants. In a blow to…

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  • Explosion injures five Memphis utility workers, three critically

    By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Reuters) - An explosion injured five Memphis utility workers, three of them critically, on Tuesday while they were working on an underground gas line, fire officials said. The Memphis Light, Gas and Water workers, aged 34 to 44, were repairing a gas leak in a hole…

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  • Turkey and all the drippings: rain, snow may snarl U.S. holiday travel

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Treacherous weather predicted for the day before Thanksgiving prompted some of the 46.3 million Americans expected to travel this holiday weekend, the year's busiest, to bump their flight and driving plans up to Tuesday. Up to 10 inches of snow was forecast overnight for…

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  • St Louis County police chief pledges to make Ferguson safe

    (Reuters) - St Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar pledged on Tuesday to make the city of Ferguson safe, after a night of gunfire, looting and burned-down businesses in protests over a racially charged police shooting. Belmar was speaking at a news conference where Missouri Governor Jay Nixon said…

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  • FBI raids Puerto Rico sewer authority PRASA

    By Edward Krudy NEW YORK/SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation launched a surprise raid at Puerto Rico's Aqueduct and Sewer Authority (PRASA) on Tuesday in a probe the head of the commonwealth agency said was focused on a single case and not the entire agency.…

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