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  • Wildfire managers tap military for aid in U.S. West

    By Laura Zuckerman SALMON Idaho (Reuters) - Wildfire managers have turned to the U.S. Department of Defense for immediate access to two military C-130 aircraft retrofitted to carry retardant, boosting their forces to face the largest blaze in Washington state history. The U.S. Forest Service has…

  • Lead-lined glove tied to New Mexico radiation leak: lawmaker

    A radiation leak that indefinitely shut down a nuclear waste dump in New Mexico was likely caused by a container of radioactive materials improperly packaged with a lead-lined glove at Los Alamos National Laboratory, a state lawmaker said on Friday. The glove is the latest clue in the mysterious…

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  • Alaska quake knocks out some communication, does little damage

    By Steve Quinn JUNEAU Alaska (Reuters) - An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.9 struck the coast of Alaska early on Friday, shaking people awake in the capital Juneau and cutting off some communications in the southeast part of the state, officials said. An underwater fiber cable linking the area…

  • Former WWE champ nabs suspected burglar in Arizona

    By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - A hapless burglar in Arizona learned a hard lesson when he broke into the Phoenix home of former World Wrestling Entertainment heavyweight champion Daniel Bryan, police said on Friday. The ex-professional grappler gave chase and was able to catch 22-year-old…

  • U.S. fighter jets escort Canadian plane home over passenger threat

    (Reuters) - Two U.S. F16 fighter jets were scrambled to escort a Panama City-bound flight from Canada back to Toronto on Friday after a man on the plane apparently threatened to blow up the aircraft, authorities said. Major Julie Roberge of North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) said the…

  • Alaska Supreme Court says same-sex couples entitled to death benefits

    By Steve Quinn JUNEAU Alaska (Reuters) - Same-sex couples in Alaska should be eligible to receive death benefits when a partner dies despite a state ban on gay marriage, the Alaska Supreme Court ruled on Friday in its second decision in four months to favor granting benefits to gay couples. In…

  • State judge strikes down Florida's gay marriage ban, stays ruling

    By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - A state judge struck down Florida's gay marriage ban on Friday in the latest in a string of legal gay-rights victories that have nonetheless been put on hold for resolution by higher courts. Circuit Court Judge Sarah Zabel in Miami-Dade County said Florida's…

  • Suspended California lawmaker Leland Yee faces new conspiracy charges

    By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A federal grand jury has returned conspiracy charges against California State Senator Leland Yee, adding to the suspended lawmaker's legal woes after he was indicted earlier this year for corruption and taking part in a scheme to traffic guns. Yee, 65,…

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  • California burglary suspect may face murder charge in shooting by homeowner

    By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Southern California burglary suspect faces possible murder charges in the fatal shooting of his alleged accomplice, even though she was gunned down by the elderly man they had just robbed as she pleaded she was pregnant, police said Friday.Ed Winter,…

  • Texas rolls out security surge for its border with Mexico

    By Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - Texas has launched a law enforcement surge to crack down on drug and human trafficking from Mexico in a move that comes as the state is about to deploy as many as 1,000 National Guard troops to the border, officials said on Friday. The surge, announced last…

  • NYC fare beater pleads guilty, faces 25 years, in police shooting

    A man who shot a New York City police officer trying to apprehend him for not paying the fare on a city bus faces 25 years in prison under a plea deal reached on Friday, prosecutors said. Rashun Robinson, 29, of Brooklyn, pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated assault on a police officer at…

  • FBI investigates Ford engineer after listening devices found

    By Bernie Woodall DETROIT (Reuters) - A former Ford Motor Co engineer is being investigated by the FBI after listening devices were found in meeting rooms at company offices, the automaker said on Friday. "Ford and the FBI are working together on a joint investigation involving a former…

  • Jury in defamation case by Jesse Ventura to reconvene next week

    By Todd Melby ST PAUL Minn. (Reuters) - The jury in the defamation lawsuit brought by former Minnesota governor and pro wrestler Jesse Ventura will reconvene next week after it adjourned on Friday without reaching a verdict following four days of deliberations. The 10-person jury heard closing…

  • Three children killed, three adults hurt in Philadelphia carjacking

    By Daniel Kelley PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Three children were killed and three adults, including their mother, injured on Friday when a carjacked SUV swerved out of control in Philadelphia, striking a sidewalk church fundraiser, police said. The crash occurred at about 11:15 a.m. after two men…

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  • New Hampshire town gripped by mystery of girl's disappearance

    By Ted Siefer CONWAY N.H. (Reuters) - Elation over the sudden return of a teenager who went missing for nine months from a small town in New Hampshire's White Mountains is giving way to critical questions from residents about why and how she had vanished. Abigail Hernandez, 15, was reported…

  • U.S. appeals court backs Florida law in 'Docs v. Glocks' case

    (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court ruled on Friday in favor of a Florida law that bars doctors from asking patients about gun ownership, overturning a decision in the so-called "Docs v. Glocks" case by a lower court that had struck it down. Florida's Republican-led legislature passed the law after a…

  • Obama tells Central American leaders most children will go home

    By Steve Holland and Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama urged the leaders of three Central American countries on Friday to work with him to stem the flow of child migrants who have surged across the U.S. border and warned that most of them would not be allowed to stay. In a…

  • Widow of NY man who died in police custody seeks federal probe

    By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - The widow of a man who died last week after being put in a choke hold by a New York City police officer urged federal prosecutors to launch a civil-rights investigation at a meeting in Brooklyn on Friday. Eric Garner, 43, died last week after being tackled…

  • Moderate quake strikes Alaska coast but little damage seen

    By Steve Quinn JUNEAU Alaska (Reuters) - An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.9 struck on the coast of Alaska early on Friday, shaking people awake in the state capital city of Juneau but causing little, if any, damage, officials said. "We don't think there is any damage, though it was felt in…

  • Gunman in fatal Philadelphia-area hospital shooting had 39 more bullets

    By Daniel Kelley MEDIA Pa. (Reuters) - The accused gunman in a fatal shooting at a Philadelphia-area hospital opened fire after arguing about signs prohibiting guns at his psychiatrist's office and had a cache of 39 more bullets when he was tackled by two men, a prosecutor said on Friday. …

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