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  • Seattle man charged with burning girlfriend previously arrested in gasoline attack

    A man charged with dousing his girlfriend with a flammable liquid and setting her on fire outside her Seattle home had previously been arrested for drenching a woman and her five-year-old son with gasoline, court officials said on Tuesday. John Turner, 62, has been charged with assault and was…

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  • New Jersey rabbis convicted in forced divorce scheme

    Three Orthodox Jewish rabbis were convicted in New Jersey on Tuesday of conspiracy to commit kidnapping in a scheme to force men to grant divorces to their unhappy wives under Jewish law. Two of the rabbis were convicted as well of attempted kidnapping in federal court in Trenton, New Jersey,…

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  • Death toll rises to two in massive Wyoming traffic pileup

    (Reuters) - The death toll from a massive Wyoming traffic pileup climbed to two on Tuesday as one lane of a federal highway remained closed for a second day after collisions that involved 64 vehicles and injured dozens, authorities said. Wyoming Highway Patrol troopers arrested a Canadian motorist…

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  • DEA chief to step down, Congress probes sex party leaks

    By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's chief will step down within weeks, the Obama administration said on Tuesday, as a congressional panel planned to examine whether DEA agents divulged secrets at sex parties that Colombian drug lords may have staged.…

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  • Milwaukee to pay $6.5 million to man wrongly convicted of murder

    By Brendan O'Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - A man, who spent 13 years in prison before DNA tests exonerated him of the murder of a teenage runaway, will receive $6.5 million from Milwaukee under an agreement approved on Tuesday unanimously by city lawmakers. Chaunte Ott, 41, was wrongly accused of…

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  • Justice Department probing Louisiana police over detentions

    The U.S. Justice Department is investigating two Louisiana police departments on suspicion of engaging in a pattern of wrongly detaining people while conducting criminal investigations, the agency announced on Tuesday. The investigation will explore whether officers with the Ville Platte Police…

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  • Horseman beaten by California county lawmen to be paid $650,000

    By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Officials in a Southern California county said on Tuesday they would pay $650,000 to a man whose beating by sheriff's deputies following a failed getaway by horseback was caught on videotape, prompting an FBI investigation. A spokesman for San Bernardino…

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  • San Francisco board approves wild animal performance ban

    By Emmett Berg SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Performances by wild and exotic animals, from the circus big top to movie and television sets, will soon be banned in San Francisco under an ordinance given final approval on Tuesday by the city's Board of Supervisors. Passage of the measure, opposed by…

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  • Drug Enforcement Administration head Leonhart to retire: Justice Department

    The embattled head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Michele Leonhart, will retire from the agency in mid-May, the U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday. "I want to express my appreciation to Michele, not only for her leadership of the DEA since 2007, but also for her 35 years of…

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  • Maine governor wants constitutional amendment to abolish state income tax

    By Dave Sherwood BRUNSWICK, Maine (Reuters) - Maine Governor Paul LePage on Tuesday proposed amending the state's constitution to eliminate the income tax, telling lawmakers the strategy was the best way to make the tax cut he desires permanent. The proposal, opposed by Democrats who control the…

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  • Jury deliberating NY child murder ends fifth day with no verdict

    By Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK (Reuters) - Jurors weighing murder and kidnapping charges against a man who confessed to strangling 6-year-old Etan Patz in 1979 ended a fifth day of deliberations on Tuesday without reaching a verdict. Pedro Hernandez, 54, is on trial in the killing of Patz, whose…

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  • Justice Department investigating death of Baltimore man after arrest

    By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday that it is gathering information on the death of a man who died after being arrested by the Baltimore police to determine whether it can bring civil rights charges. Baltimore police on Tuesday identified six…

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  • Nine people charged in Kentucky in bourbon heist

    By Steve Bittenbender FRANKFORT, Ky. (Reuters) - Nine people were charged in Kentucky on Tuesday with stealing more than $100,000 worth of bourbon whiskey, including the prized Pappy Van Winkle brand. Prosecutors say the scheme involved a group of people who knew each other through softball and…

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  • Posh Beverly Hills considers empty pools, $1,000 fines amid drought

    By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Beverly Hills, the southern California city whose name evokes Hollywood-tinged glamour and luxury, is considering banning the refilling of swimming pools and fining residents $1,000 for water violations. Faced with an order from the governor to cut water…

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  • Two killed, three injured in shooting near Fort Hood, Texas

    (Reuters) - Two people were killed and three injured in a shooting early Tuesday at an apartment complex in Killeen, Texas, near the Fort Hood U.S. Army base, police said. Killeen police responded to reports of gunfire and found the bodies of two women at the Village West apartments,…

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  • U.S. congressman who posed with gun in office could face probe

    By Lacey Johnson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Republican member of Congress who posed for a photo with an assault rifle in his office could face investigation for violating the District of Columbia’s gun laws, the city's attorney general’s office said on Tuesday. Representative Ken Buck, of Colorado,…

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  • Actor William Shatner proposes pipeline to solve California drought

    LOS ANGELES - (Reuters) - William Shatner in full Captain Kirk mode is looking to marshal a crew for a project with an astronomical budget to deal with California's drought problems, although some might call it a pipe dream. The "Star Trek" star has told Yahoo! Tech journalist David Pogue he…

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  • Alabama police officer pleads not guilty over throwing Indian man to ground

    An Alabama police officer pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to violating an Indian man's civil rights by throwing him to the ground, prosecutors said, during an encounter captured on video that left the victim badly injured. Eric Parker, 26, an officer with the Madison Police Department, was seen on…

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  • California advances bill to help immigrant crime victims gain visas

    By Kristina Cooke and Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Undocumented immigrants in California who are violent crime victims would have the same chance to apply for a special U.S. visa regardless of where in the state the crime occurred, under a bill that passed a state Senate committee on…

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  • Bond set for Detroit-area policeman charged in beating of black man

    By Serena Maria Daniels INKSTER, Mich. (Reuters) - A Wayne County judge set a $25,000 cash bond on Tuesday for a suburban Detroit police officer charged with misconduct and assault in the beating of a black motorist in January that was caught on video and later made public. William Melendez, 46,…

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