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  • Judge reduces sentences for Amish in beard-cutting attacks

    By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Eight members of an Amish sect received reduced prison sentences on Monday, following a federal court ruling in Ohio that they did not commit a hate crime when they cut off the beards and hair of fellow members of their faith. Sect leader Samuel Mullet, 69, who…

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  • California court rules San Diego sex offender law unconstitutional

    By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The California Supreme Court ruled on Monday that San Diego County's "blanket" enforcement of the state's sex offender residency laws was unconstitutional, a decision that could open the door to wider challenges of the statute. California's top court issued…

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  • Accused Boston bomber's slain older brother to loom over trial

    By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Lawyers for the Boston Marathon bombing suspect sparred with federal prosecutors on Monday over how early in the trial they may discuss his older brother's role in the attack, suggesting the defendant's life may well hang on that question. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 21,…

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  • Sex offender who fled Canada for U.S. arrested on rape charge near Seattle

    A convicted sex offender in Canada who fled the country illegally in 2013 has been arrested in Washington state on charges of rape and burglary, law enforcement officials said on Monday. Michael Stanley, 49, is accused of breaking into a home in the Seattle suburb of Bryn Mawr on Feb. 27 and…

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  • Former Atlanta superintendent charged in school cheating case dies

    By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - Former Atlanta schools Superintendent Beverly Hall, who was deemed too ill from breast cancer to stand trial with a dozen former educators accused in a standardized test cheating scandal, has died, her attorney said on Monday. "To her dying breath she denied…

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  • Woman raped in Connecticut by man she met on dating app: police

    (Reuters) - A Massachusetts woman was raped in New Haven, Connecticut, on Monday by a man she met through an online dating app, police said. New Haven Police arrested Timothy Turner, of Waterbury, Connecticut, and charged him with crimes including first-degree aggravated sexual assault. It was…

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  • Georgia's sole female death row inmate set to be executed

    The only woman on death row in Georgia is scheduled to be executed on Monday for her husband's 1997 murder, barring last-minute legal action. Kelly Renee Gissendaner, 46, would be the first woman executed by the state in 70 years. Prosecutors said she plotted with her boyfriend, Gregory Owen, to…

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  • White House task force urges closer scrutiny of police

    By Julia Edwards and Lindsay Dunsmuir WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A White House-commissioned task force recommended independent outside investigations of police use of deadly force on Monday, in a report following the fatal shooting by a policeman in Ferguson, Missouri of an unarmed black teenager. …

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  • Texas nurse sues Dallas hospital over Ebola infection

    A nurse filed a lawsuit on Monday against the Texas hospital where she worked, saying it did not do enough to prevent her from being infected with Ebola and invaded her privacy after she was diagnosed with the virus. In the suit Nina Pham brought against Texas Health Resources (THR) in Dallas…

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  • Police come under questioning in case of New York boy missing since 1979

    By Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK (Reuters) - Attorneys for a former grocery store worker accused of the 1979 killing of a New York City boy pressed a police detective on Monday about his interrogation techniques, as they seek to prove the accused man's confession was coerced. Pedro Hernandez, on trial…

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  • One dead, four hurt in California restaurant brawl shooting

    By Michael Fleeman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - One person was shot dead and four others wounded when gunfire erupted during a brawl in a Southern California restaurant on Monday, and two of those hurt were in custody including one subdued by a security guard at the scene, police said. The brawl at El…

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  • Woman found hanged in Southern California high school classroom

    A woman was found hanged to death in a Southern California high school classroom when students arrived on Monday, authorities said, and local media reported that she was a teacher at the school. Paramedics responding to 911 calls from El Dorado High School in Placentia tried to revive the woman…

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  • Ravens cut cornerback Hampton after arrest for drunken driving

    (Reuters) - The Baltimore Ravens on Monday cut Victor Hampton after the cornerback was charged over the weekend in North Carolina with drunken driving. Hampton, 22, was stopped by police on Saturday in Charlotte driving 100 miles per hour (160 kph) in a 55 mph (89 kph) zone on Interstate 77,…

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  • Washington state school will not reopen cafeteria after shooting rampage

    SEATTLE (Reuters) - A Washington state high school where five students died in a shooting rampage last October has decided to permanently close the cafeteria where the violence unfolded, a spokesman for the school said on Monday. The cafeteria at Marysville-Pilchuck High School has been sealed off…

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  • New York mom convicted of murder in son's salt-poisoning death

    A New York mother accused of poisoning her son with salt so she could bask in social media attention after documenting his mysterious illness online was convicted on Monday of murder, a prosecutor said. A jury in state court in White Plains, New York, found Lacey Spears, 27, guilty of murder in…

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  • Colorado police find remains of teen girl missing since December

    The remains of an 18-year-old girl who vanished in western Colorado late last year have been found and the police are treating the teen's death as suspicious, authorities said. Kelly Mae Myers was reported missing by relatives in the mountain town of Grand Junction who said they last heard from…

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  • War court judge orders replacement for overseer of Guantanamo cases

    By Lacey Ann Johnson FORT MEADE, Md. (Reuters) - A military commander overseeing tribunals for al Qaeda suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, exercised "unlawful influence" to speed up trial proceedings and must relinquish his authority over the cases, a military judge ruled on Monday. The allegations…

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  • Armed men take $4 million in gold from armored truck in North Carolina: police

    (Reuters) - Three armed men are on the run after they allegedly stole $4 million worth of gold from a tractor-trailer carrying a shipment along Interstate 95 in eastern North Carolina, police said Monday. Two armed security guards employed by the transport company, TransValue Inc, reported the…

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  • N.Y. prison guards resign, avoid prison in plea deal over inmate beating

    By Caurie Putnam WARSAW, N.Y. (Reuters) - Three guards at Attica prison in western New York pleaded guilty on Monday to official misconduct in a deal that spared them prison terms stemming from the severe beating of an inmate, prosecutors said. As part of the deal, brutality charges against the…

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  • Wisconsin representatives take up right-to-work bill

    By Brendan O'Brien MADISON, Wis. (Reuters) - Wisconsin lawmakers on Monday opened a final push toward adopting a measure supported by Republican Governor Scott Walker to bar private-sector workers from being required to join a union or pay dues when working under union-negotiated contracts. The…

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