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  • Wildfires rage in California drought, hundreds forced to flee

    By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Crews battled about a dozen major wildfires across California on Monday that have forced thousands of people to flee, damaged or destroyed more than 100 buildings, and charred thousands of acres of drought-stricken forest. Three years of drought in the most…

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  • Fatal police shooting in Utah fuels racial controversy

    By Alex Dobuzinskis (Reuters) - A private autopsy has found a 22-year-old black man shot dead by police in Utah was fired at from behind six times, said a lawyer for the man's family. Authorities say the man was shot dead when he lunged at officers with a sword. The fatal shooting of Darrien Hunt…

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  • United Airlines offers flight attendants $100,000 in voluntary buyout

    By Jeffrey Dastin NEW YORK (Reuters) - United Airlines and union officials said Monday that eligible flight attendants will be paid up to $100,000 to leave the company through a voluntary buyout, in a deal that aims to end furloughs at the over-staffed airline. The agreement comes six years after…

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  • FBI probes traffic stop that left Missouri teen in critical condition

    By Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY Mo. (Reuters) - The FBI is investigating allegations of excessive force by a Missouri police officer during a traffic stop that left a teenage motorist in critical condition, authorities said on Monday. The FBI said in a statement that it is investigating whether police…

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  • California state Senator Wright to resign following fraud conviction

    By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California state Senator Roderick Wright plans to resign from office later this month following a perjury and voter fraud conviction that saw him sentenced to 90 days in jail, he said in a letter sent on Monday. Wright, who was convicted in January of…

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  • Montana 'BASE jumper' falls to death in Glacier National Park

    By Lori Grannis MISSOULA Mont. (Reuters) - A Montana hiker reported as missing after he set out alone to perform a BASE jump in Glacier National Park over the weekend has been found dead below the summit of Mount Siyeh, authorities said on Monday. Authorities identified the man as 22-year-old Beau…

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  • Texas doctor poisoned lover's coffee over obsession: prosecutor

    By Amanda Orr HOUSTON (Reuters) - A breast cancer physician charged with spiking her lover's coffee with a compound used in antifreeze was obsessed with the man and even had a private investigator follow him, prosecutors said in opening statements at her trial on Monday. Dr. Ana Maria…

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  • Ohio man walks into traffic, sets himself on fire: police

    By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - A Ohio man was in critical condition on Monday after he walked into busy traffic outside of Cleveland and then lit himself on fire in front of three young children, police said. Hugo Ramos, 28, pulled his vehicle over in Pittsfield Township, 35 miles (56 km) west…

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  • Researcher killed by bear in Wyoming wilderness

    By Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) - A Utah man who disappeared earlier this month while conducting research for the U.S. Forest Service in the Wyoming wilderness was killed by an attacking grizzly or black bear, authorities said on Monday. The body of Adam Stewart, 31, of Virgin, Utah, was found on…

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  • Murder charges for man in gruesome Florida quadruple killing

    By Letitia Stein TAMPA Fla. (Reuters) - Florida police charged a man with murder on Monday in a quadruple killing, after finding the victims' bodies earlier this month decomposing by the side of the road. Adam Matos, 28, faces four counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of his ex-girlfriend,…

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  • Trial begins for Florida mayor accused of corruption

    By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - Former Homestead, Florida, Mayor Steven Bateman went on trial in Monday on charges he illegally held a $125-an-hour consulting job while serving in office and used his position to fast-track construction deals. Bateman, 59, arrested in August 2013, was charged…

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  • Connecticut ex-governor opens defense in campaign law trial

    By Richard Weizel NEW HAVEN Conn. (Reuters) - The first defense witness in the trial of former Connecticut Governor John Rowland testified on Monday that Rowland performed legitimate consulting services for a nursing home company, countering prosecutors who say he worked under a phony contract in…

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  • Four finalists picked for future Obama library

    By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Four universities, including two in Chicago, one in New York and one in Hawaii, have been picked as finalists to host a future Barack Obama presidential library, the library's foundation said on Monday. The Barack Obama Foundation said it had issued a "Request…

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  • New York court watches taped confession by accused killer of Etan Patz

    By Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New Jersey man accused of the murder of 6-year-old Etan Patz in 1979 calmly confessed on a videotape played in court on Monday to choking the boy and stuffing him alive in a garbage bag he tossed in an alley. A Manhattan judge will decide whether the…

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  • Gunman hid in lair outside barracks to kill Pennsylvania trooper: police

    By Joe McDonald BLOOMING GROVE Pa. (Reuters) - The gunman who ambushed two Pennsylvania state troopers, killing one, hid with a rifle in a wooded lair overlooking their law enforcement barracks and opened fire during a late night shift change, police said on Monday. The killer, who used a…

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  • Gas production blamed for rise in Colorado, New Mexico quakes

    By Daniel Wallis DENVER (Reuters) - The deep injection of wastewater underground by energy companies during methane gas extraction has caused a dramatic rise in the number of earthquakes in Colorado and New Mexico since 2001, U.S. government scientists said in a study released on Monday. The study…

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  • U.S. Congress may yet reach a deal to curb inversions, lawmaker says

    By Patrick Rucker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congress may yet pass legislation this year to curb foreign buyout deals that allow corporations to cut their U.S. income taxes, a leading Democratic lawmaker said on Monday. Many large corporations have moved to trim their taxes in recent months by…

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  • U.S. congressman calls for subpoena for head of vetting firm

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. congressman on Monday asked that the head of U.S. Investigations Services be subpoenaed to give a deposition about allegations of fraud and security problems at the private company, which makes background checks on federal employees. ...

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