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  • Tally of oil-soaked wildlife, alive and dead, mounts in California

    By Steve Gorman and Alan Devall LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The carcasses of five petroleum-soaked pelicans have been recovered from California's Santa Barbara coastline, the first apparent sea bird fatalities stemming from the oil spill to be documented by officials overseeing the disaster response. …

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  • Pentagon plans long-range missile defense radar in Alaska

    By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Defense Department on Friday announced plans to deploy a new long-range radar in central Alaska that would help the U.S. missile defense system better discern potential enemy missiles launched by Iran or North Korea and increase the capacity of…

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  • Missouri governor commutes man's life sentence for drug charge

    (Reuters) - Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has commuted the sentence of a man serving life in prison without the possibility of parole for a drug possession charge, his office said on Friday. Jeffrey Mizanskey was convicted in 1996 on the drug charge, and due to prior drug-related convictions and…

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  • Probe leaves unanswered questions in deadly California bus crash

    By Olga Grigoryants LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Investigators have not determined why a FedEx truck driver veered across a Northern California highway last year and slammed into a bus carrying high school students on a college recruitment trip, killing 10 people, authorities said on Friday. Five of…

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  • Pipeline spill could further hamper big California oil projects

    By Kristen Hays HOUSTON (Reuters) - Hundreds of barrels of oil that gushed from a ruptured coastal pipeline in scenic California this week could stiffen opposition to large oil projects that companies want to build in the state, notably those to deliver cheap U.S. crude on trains. Several…

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  • Safety measures ordered for failed oil pipeline in California

    By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Owners of an oil pipeline that burst in California this week must take numerous corrective measures, including an in-depth analysis of factors contributing to the spill and a plan to fix any flaws found, before they can restart the line, U.S. safety…

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  • U.S. Navy pilot safe after jet ends up in water off San Diego runway

    By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - A U.S. Navy training jet went off the end of a runway and crashed into water at a base in San Diego on Friday, but the pilot was able to eject safely from the aircraft and was rescued by local boaters, officials said. The jet remained half-submerged near the…

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  • Elderly Colorado man deemed incompetent in nursing home killing

    By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - An 87-year-old Colorado man who suffers from Alzheimer's disease is incompetent and will not face criminal charges for beating to death a fellow dementia patient at a nursing home, prosecutors said on Friday. Homer Castor is in an advanced stage of the…

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  • Fire hits Philadelphia refinery, shutting biggest crude unit

    By Jarrett Renshaw PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - A brief fire that broke out at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions Inc refinery on Friday evening forced the closure of a core crude unit at the East Coast's biggest oil plant just ahead of the peak driving season. A source familiar with refinery…

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  • Two California men charged with seeking to help Islamic State

    By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Two Southern California men were charged on Friday with conspiring to travel to the Middle East to join the militant group Islamic State, U.S. prosecutors said, a day after one of the men was arrested at the Los Angeles airport. The arrests on Thursday…

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  • Arizona lawman calls for judge's removal in racial-profiling case

    By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Lawyers for controversial Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio asked on Friday that a federal judge be removed from overseeing a racial-profiling case against the lawman and his deputies. In a court filing, attorneys for Arpaio and one of his top aides, Gerard…

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  • Mother found pushing dead toddler on swing in Maryland park

    (Reuters) - A Maryland mother was found early on Friday pushing her dead 3-year-old boy on a park swing, authorities said. Deputies responded to a call around 7 a.m. to check on a woman who witnesses said had been pushing a child for hours on a swing at Wills Memorial Park in La Plata, about 35…

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  • Five plead not guilty to Kentucky bourbon heist

    By Steve Bittenbender LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Reuters) - Five people accused of stealing and selling more than $100,000 worth of expensive bourbons and other whiskeys as part of a years-long conspiracy pleaded not guilty on Friday in a Kentucky court. Gilbert "Toby" Curtsinger, a former worker at the…

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  • Newark NJ students call for local control of schools run by state

    By Sebastien Malo NEWARK, N.J. (Reuters) - Hundreds of Newark, New Jersey, students walked out of classes on Friday to protest policies of the city's top schools official, who was appointed by the state to overhaul the struggling education system. The protests are an effort to wrest control of…

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  • Quadruple-murder suspect held without bond in Washington

    Daron Wint, 34, of Lanham, Maryland, is accused of holding construction business owner Savvas Savopoulos and the others captive until he got $40,000 in cash, then killing them and setting fire to their mansion, according to court documents. Acting U.S. Attorney Vincent Cohen Jr. said he was being…

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  • Magnitude 5.3 quake hits Nevada, close to Las Vegas

    A magnitude 5.3 earthquake struck Nevada on Friday close to the small town of Caliente, northeast of the tourist hub of Las Vegas, and was followed by a series of smaller aftershocks, the U.S. Geological Survey said. It said the epicenter of the initial quake, which was very shallow at a depth of…

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  • Man charged with killing California family obtains attorneys

    A man charged with murdering a Southern California family of four has obtained defense attorneys after seeking to represent himself, and a judge on Friday postponed a court hearing where prosecutors will present their evidence. Charles Ray Merritt, 58, an ex-convict, is charged with four counts of…

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  • Mother stands in at graduation of son killed in prom night crash

    A Chicago area woman whose 18-year-old son was killed in an alleged drunk-driving crash after his high-school prom last weekend wore his cap and gown at his graduation in a tribute to him. Along with Dunigan's father, she received a special plaque with his diploma, awards and a graduation ticket. …

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  • Idaho couple whose 5-year-old fatally shot another child reach plea deal

    An Idaho couple whose 5-year-old child accidentally shot and killed a young playmate will see child injury charges dismissed provided they craft and present a course for families on the dangers of firearms, a state court clerk said. Rusty and Ashlee Lish were accused of the misdemeanor charges…

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  • Ex-students of elite Conn. university charged in drug scandal

    By Richard Weizel NEW HAVEN, Conn. (Reuters) - Two former students of Connecticut's elite Wesleyan University have been indicted by a federal grand jury for distributing hallucinogenic synthetic drugs that hospitalized 11 students in February, federal officials said on Friday. Eric Lonergan, 22,…

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