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  • In some U.S. churches, guns are the answer to a prayer

    The Sunday service was winding down, but before it ended, Bishop Ira Combs led the congregation of 300 at the Greater Bible Way Temple in prayer. The shootings that killed nine people in a Charleston church could not happen here, he reassured his flock. "We aren't looking to engage people in…

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  • South Carolina church, scene of Ku Klux Klan arson, on fire again

    The fire at Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church in the city of Greeleyville comes amid a rash of fires that have erupted at black churches across the U.S. south, at least two of which have already been declared as deliberate. It also comes roughly two weeks after a white gunman opened…

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  • Idaho refugee center targeted by closure campaign over extremism fears

    A long-standing refugee welcoming center in conservative Idaho has found itself at the center of a campaign by adversaries seeking to force it closed, citing fears that the immigrants it hosts could include Islamist extremists. The backlash comes amid an uptick in anti-Islamic protests and…

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  • Chicago Public Schools make full pension payment by deadline

    The Chicago Public Schools (CPS) made its full teachers' pension payment on Tuesday ahead of a midnight deadline, saying the move will require $200 million in spending cuts, according to a school official. Illinois law mandated a $634 million payment to the Chicago Teachers' Pension Fund, but it…

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  • Milwaukee bus union members to hold three-day work stoppage

    Bus drivers and mechanics in Milwaukee will take part in a three-day work stoppage starting on Wednesday morning after negotiations with transit system officials stalled over a new labor contract, union officials said on Tuesday. Members of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 998 will stop working…

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  • Escapee practiced fleeing New York prison where chief on leave

    Escapee David Sweat made a practice run before he and Richard Matt broke out of an upstate New York prison where on Tuesday the superintendent and 11 other employees were placed on leave. Sweat, 35, who was shot and captured on Sunday after a three-week manhunt, told investigators he completed a…

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  • Lead lawmaker's bill would address Chicago school pension shortfall

    Illinois Senate President John Cullerton on Tuesday proposed legislation aimed at providing pension funding relief for the Chicago Public Schools, while meeting Governor Bruce Rauner's call for a local property tax freeze. The bill, set to be heard by the Senate Executive Committee on Wednesday,…

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  • Texas county will issue same-sex marriage licenses, reversing earlier stance

    A Texas county clerk said on Tuesday her office will issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, reversing a previous decision that was based on religious objections. Some counties in other socially conservative states such as Kentucky have declined to issue such licenses since the U.S. Supreme…

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  • New Hawaii law legalizes traditional 'clean burial' practice

    In Hawaii, the dead can now be put to rest following an ancient Hawaiian custom called "clean burial" in which only a person's bones are buried, under a new law signed by Governor David Ige on Tuesday. The law legalizes the now-rare practice, once considered a violation of Hawaii's penal code, of…

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  • Oklahoma judge orders grand jury probe of Tulsa sheriff's office

    An Oklahoma judge on Tuesday ordered a grand jury investigation into the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office, which has been under scrutiny since a white reserve sheriff's deputy fatally shot a black suspect in April. Judge Rebecca Nightingale issued the order after an activist group submitted a…

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  • Recreational-use marijuana to become legal in Oregon

    Marijuana smoking, seed sharing and cannabis-themed rallies are among the ways Oregon residents plan to celebrate as recreational-use pot becomes legal in the fourth western U.S. state on Wednesday. Marijuana use purely for the sake of getting high is to become legal in the state from midnight on…

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  • U.S. names new envoy for bid to close Guantanamo prison

    A newly appointed special envoy to lead the Obama administration’s efforts to close the Guantanamo prison said he saw a window of opportunity that could substantially reduce the detainee population there in coming months. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday named attorney Lee Wolosky, who…

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  • Candidate Jeb Bush releases 33 years of tax returns in show of transparency

    WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush released 33 years of tax records on Tuesday that traced his path to a net worth of between $19 million and $22 million, in a show of transparency that will pressure Democrat Hillary Clinton and his Republican rivals to open…

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  • Illinois Democrats seek temporary budget to keep government open

    By Fiona Ortiz SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Reuters) - The financially troubled state of Illinois edged closer on Tuesday to a government shutdown as Democratic lawmakers and the Republican governor failed to resolve a budget impasse ahead of a midnight deadline. Veteran House Speaker Michael Madigan said…

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  • Los Angeles seeks job training exemption to new minimum wage law

    The Los Angeles City Council, which weeks ago approved a hike in the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020, on Tuesday asked its legal staff to carve out an exemption to the ordinance for job training programs. In voting to approve the measure, city council members instructed the city attorney to…

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  • U.S. Republican Christie launches 2016 bid, promises straight talk

    By Luciana Lopez LIVINGSTON, N.J. (Reuters) - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie launched an uphill run for the Republican presidential nomination on Tuesday with his trademark brashness, offering up his blunt talk and willingness to tackle tough issues as the cure for Washington dysfunction. …

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  • FBI investigating new fiber cable attack in California

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation said it was investigating the incident, which appeared to be the latest in a string of fiber cable cuts in the San Francisco Bay area over the last year, according to special agent Greg Wuthrich of the Bureau's San Francisco division. The cut took place in…

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  • Suburban Cleveland police detective charged with excessive force

    A suburban Cleveland police detective has been indicted on federal felony charges of excessive force and obstruction of justice in the April arrest of a suspect, prosecutors said on Tuesday. Robert Toth, 48, who has been with the Westlake Police Department since 1992, is accused of abusing a…

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  • U.S. doctors, hospitals reap $6.5 billion from drug and device makers: report

    (Reuters) - U.S. doctors and research hospitals collected nearly $6.5 billion in payments for services rendered to pharmaceutical and medical device companies in 2014, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Open Payments report released on Tuesday.

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  • Balcony in deadly California collapse had been inspected last year

    After the June 16 balcony collapse, city inspectors found wooden support beams on the fourth-floor balcony were badly decayed, apparently from moisture. A representative for Riverstone Residential, which has been acquired by the Greystar real estate management company, could not immediately be…

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