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  • NASA vehicles maintenance contractors in federal fraud lawsuit

    ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - Two contractors hired to manage NASA's vehicle fleet at the Kennedy Space Center defrauded the agency of at least $387,000 for unnecessary tire replacements, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday by federal prosecutors in Florida.

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  • Washington state sues U.S. over toxic vapors at nuclear waste site

    By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - The U.S. government has failed to adequately safeguard crews involved in the decades-long cleanup of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state, leaving workers sickened by exposure to toxic vapors, the state alleged in a lawsuit filed on Wednesday. …

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  • Backlogged rape kits in Detroit head for further investigation

    Most of the 11,000 rape-evidence kits left languishing in a Detroit warehouse have been analyzed since they turned up several years ago, with DNA matches leading to further investigation in 35 states, Michigan's governor said on Wednesday. The rape kits, which were found abandoned on a storage…

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  • Kentucky clerk files injunction on same-sex marriage licenses

    MOREHEAD, Ky. (Reuters) - Lawyers representing a county clerk in Kentucky who has refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses in defiance of a court order filed an emergency motion on Wednesday asking for an injunction to temporarily block the order while she appeals.

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  • Separate trials ordered for Baltimore police officers charged in Freddie Gray case

    BALTIMORE (Reuters) - A Baltimore judge on Wednesday ordered separate trials for the six officers charged in the death of a black man who died from an injury suffered in police custody.

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  • Baltimore judge: Charges against police in Gray case can go forward

    A judge on Wednesday rejected defense motions to drop charges against six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of a black man from an injury in custody, clearing the way for scheduled trial next month. Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams also rejected a defense motion…

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  • Man charged in connection to 1994 theft of O.J. Simpson's Heisman Trophy

    A man found in possession of O.J. Simpson's Heisman Trophy, which disappeared from the University of Southern California in 1994, has been charged with receiving stolen property, Los Angeles prosecutors said on Wednesday. A spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said Lewis…

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  • Body of missing hiker found in Yosemite National Park

    The body of a hiker who went missing in Yosemite National Park three weeks ago has been found, a park spokeswoman said on Wednesday. James Michael Millett Jr., 39, planned a day hike to Upper Yosemite Falls on Aug. 11, but it was not clear if he went missing during that expedition, park…

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  • Obama heads to Arctic community on last day of Alaska tour

    By Roberta Rampton and Steve Quinn ANCHORAGE/JUNEAU Alaska (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Wednesday will become the first sitting U.S. president to visit a community north of the Arctic Circle, a trek the White House hopes will bring into focus how climate change is affecting Americans. …

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  • Manhunt widens for suspects in Illinois policeman's death

    By Suzannah Gonzales CHICAGO (Reuters) - Hundreds of police on Wednesday widened the search for three suspects in the fatal shooting of a 30-year veteran policeman in northern Illinois amid the closure of local schools and preparations for a vigil for the slain officer. Investigators have been…

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  • Indicted Philadelphia congressman cannot suppress warrant for emails

    The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday dismissed Fattah's argument that executing the warrant to force Google Inc to turn over contents of his Gmail account dating back to 2008 would violate the U.S. Constitution's Speech or Debate Clause, which provides protections for members of…

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  • Man fatally shot near san Antonio may have had knife: sheriff

    A man fatally shot by deputies last week near San Antonio appeared to have a knife in his hand, Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau said on Wednesday, citing a video she saw of the incident. "It appears he had something in his hand," she told a news conference.

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  • U.S. Army to open elite Ranger School to all genders

    The U.S. Army said on Wednesday it would open its elite Ranger School to all soldiers regardless of gender, after two women made history last month by becoming the first to pass the grueling leadership course. "We must ensure that this training opportunity is available to all soldiers who are…

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  • Six charged in Oklahoma on suspicion of running deadly drug ring

    Six people have been charged in Oklahoma with homicide, accused of running an illegal prescription drug ring that authorities linked to the overdose death of a woman last year, police said on Wednesday. The arrests of three men and two women took place outside of Tulsa and stemmed from the death…

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  • Texas teen fatally shoots himself while taking selfie

    A 19-year-old Texas man who was posing with a gun for a social media selfie photo accidentally shot himself and died from the wounds, Houston police said on Wednesday. "A witness told police he was taking a selfie with a gun and the gun accidentally discharged," Houston police spokeswoman Jodi…

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  • U.S. court weighs release of last 'Angola 3' inmate in Louisiana

    Lawyers for a prisoner who spent some 40 years in isolation told a federal appeals court on Wednesday he is too sickly to endure a third trial for a prison guard's 1972 murder and should be released, as a lower court ordered earlier this summer. Albert Woodfox, 68, is the last of three black…

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  • Baltimore judge allows charges against officers in Freddie Gray case

    BALTIMORE (Reuters) - Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams on Wednesday rejected defense motions to drop charges against six police officers in the case of a black man who died in April from injuries in police custody.

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  • Two men charged with murder in fatal Connecticut shooting

    Two men have been charged with murder following a Connecticut shooting that killed one person and injured eight others at a public housing project in June, police said on Wednesday. Bridgeport police said Jamal Hamilton and Kevan Bennett, both 24, were arrested late on Tuesday in connection with…

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  • Man fatally shot by deputies may have had knife: Texas sheriff

    A man fatally shot by deputies last week near San Antonio appeared to have a knife in his hand, Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau said on Wednesday, citing a video she saw of the incident. Gilbert Flores, 41, was killed on Friday by two Bexar County deputies. A cell phone video of the…

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  • Search still on for suspects in Illinois police officer's death: spokesman

    The manhunt for suspects in the shooting of an Illinois police officer has "absolutely not" been called off, a Lake County Sheriff's spokesman said on Wednesday, refuting an earlier CNN report that the search had ended. Lake County Sheriff's Office spokesman Christopher Covelli said the search has…

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