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  • Uber ceases Kansas operations in face of stricter oversight

    (Reuters) - Ride-hailing service Uber on Tuesday said it ceased operations in Kansas after the state legislature decided to override Governor Sam Brownback’s veto of a bill that will impose stricter regulations on ride-hailing services. Uber said the bill makes it impossible for it to operate in…

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  • Man accused of killing UVA student could now face death penalty

    Albemarle County prosecutors said a capital murder charge was filed against 33-year-old Jesse Matthew based on additional forensic evidence recovered in the murder of Heather Graham, who disappeared from the campus in Charlottesville last September. Matthew was ordered back to court on June 25,…

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  • Man suspected in sex crime on child steals plane in Las Vegas, police say

    (Reuters) - A former student pilot who was arrested after taking off in a stolen plane from a Las Vegas-area airport was suspected of lewd acts on a child, police said on Tuesday, and local media said he called himself a pedophile in a radio transmission during the flight. Henderson police…

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  • Former FBI agent was arrested outside gates of CIA headquarters

    By John Clarke WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A former FBI agent with a history of mental illness was arrested outside CIA headquarters last week during a confrontation with police in which she threatened to bomb the agency, court documents show. Tunisia Davis was taken into custody on Thursday after she…

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  • New York mans pleads guilty to shining laser at LaGuardia pilots

    By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York City man pleaded guilty on Tuesday to aiming a laser beam at commercial airplanes taking off and landing at LaGuardia Airport, temporarily blinding the pilots, authorities said. Elehecer Balaguer, 54, was accused of shining a laser pointer into…

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  • Prosecutor, defense sum up in Philadelphia police corruption trial

    By Natalie Pompilio PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Closing statements began on Tuesday in the corruption trial of six Philadelphia police officers, with the prosecution condemning the accused as abusing their power and the defense disparaging the credibility of witnesses in the case. Prosecutors built…

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  • Colorado's ACLU says two black men were victims of police bias

    The American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado will represent two African-American men who were stopped by police and detained in an encounter that was caught on video and which the organization on Tuesday described as racial profiling. The video recorded by passenger Ryan Brown begins by showing…

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  • Colorado woman who stole fetus bound over for trial

    A Colorado woman who police say admitted cutting a fetus from a pregnant stranger she lured with an online ad for baby clothes was bound over for trial by a judge after a preliminary hearing on Tuesday, prosecutors said. Dynel Catrece Lane, 34, is charged with attempted first-degree murder, felony…

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  • Rape added to murder and cannibalism charges against Indiana man

    A southern Indiana man who is facing a possible death penalty on charges that he killed his ex-girlfriend and ate part of her body has now been charged with raping her, an attorney representing the defendant said on Tuesday. The added charge against Joseph Oberhansley is intended to bolster the…

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  • Lynch's handling of police in Baltimore is contrast to Holder

    By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch visited Baltimore on Tuesday, in the wake of rioting over the death in police custody of Freddie Gray, she made a deliberate attempt to cast herself as different from her predecessor. She visited police headquarters.…

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  • Colorado movie massacre gunman booby-trapped home with bombs, trial hears

    By Keith Coffman CENTENNIAL, Colo. (Reuters) - Colorado movie theater gunman James Holmes' apartment was rigged with improvised explosive devices, jars of napalm and fire-accelerating chemical powder sprinkled on the floor, an FBI expert told jurors at his trial on Tuesday. Prosecutors say…

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  • N.Y. jury, after citing deadlock, retires with no verdict in Etan Patz case

    By Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York jury retired for the day without reaching a verdict on Tuesday after telling the judge it was deadlocked in the murder trial of a man accused of killing 6-year-old Etan Patz. The judge, who responded by ordering the panel back to work, allowed…

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  • Chicago asks school teachers to take 7 percent pay cut: union

    By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Three years after a public school strike, Chicago teacher contract talks are off to a rocky start, with the debt-burdened district demanding a 7 percent pay cut, union officials said on Tuesday. The Chicago Teachers Union said in a statement it was "highly…

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  • Connecticut man suspected of ties to Gardner Museum heist in court on gun charges

    By Richard Weizel MILFORD, Conn. (Reuters) - A Connecticut man who prosecutors believe has ties to the biggest art heist in U.S. history pleaded not guilty in federal court on Tuesday to gun charges he was arrested on last month. U.S. prosecutors in April said that Robert Gentile, 79, told an…

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  • Texas Senate passes measure to cut insurance payments for abortions

    DALLAS (Reuters) - Health insurers would be prevented from covering the cost of abortions except in medical emergencies under a bill approved on Tuesday by the Republican-dominated Texas Senate. Private health insurance plans and those offered through the Affordable Care Act marketplace could still…

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  • In Baltimore, U.S. attorney general pledges to help police reform

    New U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Tuesday met with Baltimore officials and the family of a 25-year-old black man who died of injuries sustained in police custody last month and vowed to help the city pursue police reform. Lynch visited Baltimore days after the city's chief prosecutor…

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  • Hormel unit Jennie-O lays off employees due to bird flu in poultry

    CHICAGO (Reuters) - Hormel Foods Corp unit Jennie-O Turkey Store will temporarily lay off 233 workers at a Minnesota plant because an outbreak of bird flu has reduced the number of turkeys available for processing, the company said on Tuesday. The layoffs will take effect May 26, according to a…

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  • California asks court to block prisoner's sex-reassignment surgery

    By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California officials have asked an appeals court to block a judge's order requiring the state to pay for the sex-reassignment surgery of a prisoner, arguing in court papers that the inmate has no medical need for the operation. Michelle-Lael Norsworthy,…

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  • Florida couple convicted of beach sex face 15-year prison terms

    By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - A Florida man and woman convicted of having sex on a public beach in the presence of a child are facing up to 15 years in prison and having to register as sex offenders, their lawyer said on Tuesday. Elissa Alvarez, 20, and Jose Caballero, 40, were…

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  • Georgia sheriff refuses to talk to police about shooting death

    Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill has not been charged in the shooting, which he so far has declined to discuss, said Gwinnett County police spokesman Deon Washington. Hill critically injured 43-year-old Gwenevere McCord, a real estate agent and friend, inside a model show home in a subdivision…

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