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  • Oklahoma sheriff's official resigns after fatal shooting

    By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - The No. 2 official at the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office resigned on Monday, days after release of a report in which subordinates said they felt pressured to support the training records of a reserve deputy who fatally shot a black suspect in early April. …

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  • Violence erupts after funeral of Baltimore man who died in police custody

    By Ian Simpson BALTIMORE (Reuters) - Seven Baltimore police officers were injured on Monday as rioters threw bricks, broke windows, looted businesses and burned patrol cars in violent protests following the funeral of a black man who died after he was injured in police custody. The riots broke…

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  • New bird flu cases probable in Iowa, millions of birds affected

    By P.J. Huffstutter CHICAGO (Reuters) - Initial tests have found five probable new cases of the rapidly spreading avian influenza on commercial poultry sites in Iowa, affecting an estimated 6 million birds, the state's agriculture department and the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Monday. …

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  • Second Navy SEAL dies after Virginia pool training accident

    (Reuters) - A second U.S. Navy SEAL has died after a mishap while training in a swimming pool at a Virginia military base, according to media reports on Monday. Both members of the Navy's elite sea, air, and land teams were working out in the pool at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort…

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  • Storms put search for four boaters missing in Alabama waters on hold

    (Reuters) - Bad weather on Monday forced officials to suspend a search for four people missing after powerful thunderstorms caught them by surprise and capsized their sailboats during a weekend regatta off the Alabama coast, U.S. Coast Guard officials said. Coast Guard spokesman Carlos Vega said…

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  • Stage set for landmark U.S. Supreme Court gay marriage arguments

    By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A day before the U.S. Supreme Court hears landmark arguments on whether the Constitution provides a right to same-sex marriage, activists on both sides of the contentious social issue converged on the white marble courthouse to voice their views. Anti-gay…

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  • Boston bomber's lawyer urges 'unrelenting punishment' over death

    By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was adrift and following his obsessive older brother when he carried out the deadly 2013 attack, a defense lawyer said on Monday as he urged a jury to spare his client's life. The defense sought to portray…

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  • Colorado cinema massacre trial to get under way

    By Keith Coffman and Daniel Wallis CENTENNIAL, Colo. (Reuters) - Colorado's long-awaited cinema massacre trial will begin on Monday with jurors asked to decide whether gunman James Holmes was insane when he killed a dozen moviegoers in 2012, or a calculating mass murderer who deserves execution. …

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  • Storm knocks out power to New Orleans airport

    A line of storms moving through Louisiana on Monday knocked out power to the New Orleans International Airport, sent train cars tumbling from an elevated bridge and left some 168,000 customers without power. There were no immediate reports of injuries from the storms, which also left the criminal…

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  • Wildfire burns near Los Angeles, threatening upscale homes

    A wildfire erupted on Monday near an upscale neighborhood of Los Angeles as some 200 firefighters, backed by water-dropping helicopters, fought the flames. The blaze erupted shortly before 11 a.m. in the Los Angeles foothill community of Granada Hills, fire officials said, quickly charring some 15…

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  • Longtime South Carolina sheriff sentenced to year in prison in corruption case

    (Reuters) - The man who was South Carolina's longest-serving sheriff before he pleaded guilty in a public corruption case involving illegal immigrants was sentenced on Monday to a year and a day in federal prison and fined $10,000, a U.S. Attorney's Office said. Prosecutors said James Metts, 68,…

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  • Timline: Key events in the history of U.S. gay rights

    (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court case that will decide whether states can ban gay marriage marks another milestone in the history of the American gay rights movement. 1950 - The Mattachine Society, considered the first national U.S. gay rights organization, is founded in Los Angeles. 1958 The…

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  • Factbox: Essential facts about U.S. Supreme Court gay marriage case

    (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday is set to hears arguments over whether states may ban gay marriage.

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  • Orr to leave Atlantic City emergency management team

    Lawyer Kevyn Orr will leave Atlantic City's emergency management team, finalizing his work on the struggling New Jersey gambling hub by the end of the month, Governor Chris Christie's office said on Monday. Christie appointed the team, led by Kevin Lavin with Orr as an adviser, in January. Orr's…

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  • Two Cleveland kidnap survivors say hope helped them survive ordeal

    By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Nearly two years after they escaped the Cleveland house where they were held for years, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus said in a memoir published Monday that they were stronger than the former school bus driver who abducted them. Berry and DeJesus, now 29 and 25…

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  • Shooting in Sacramento area prompts lockdown of nearby schools

    A woman was shot and wounded along a major thoroughfare of a Sacramento suburb on Monday, prompting a security alert and lockdown of nearby schools while police searched for the suspect, a Sacramento County sheriff's spokeswoman said. Sheriff's deputies were believed to have tracked the suspect to…

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  • Jury being picked for ex-NBA player Crittenton's Atlanta murder trial

    By Rich McKay ATLANTA (Reuters) - Jury selection began on Monday in the trial of former National Basketball Association player Javaris Crittenton, who has been charged with murder for his suspected role in a 2011 drive-by shooting that killed an Atlanta mother of four. Authorities have charged…

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  • Lynch inherits civil rights probes from Holder as attorney general

    By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A string of deadly confrontations between mostly white police and black men will be among the challenges immediately facing new Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who was sworn in on Monday. Lynch, 55, takes over as the country's top law enforcement official…

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  • Baltimore police receive threat from gangs to 'take out' law enforcement

    (Reuters) - Baltimore police said on Monday they had received a credible threat that various gangs were partnering to "take out" law enforcement officers. The gangs that have entered into a partnership include the Black Guerilla Family, Bloods and Crips, according to a statement from the Baltimore…

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