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  • Doctors, patients scramble ahead of high court Obamacare decision

    By Sharon Begley NEW YORK (Reuters) - As the U.S. Supreme Court takes on a make-or-break Obamacare case this week, a growing number of U.S. patients and their doctors are already devising a Plan B in case they lose medical coverage. The Court's ruling, expected by late June, will determine…

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  • South Korea's Asiana settles U.S. court claims by 72 passengers in San Francisco jet crash

    By Joyce Lee and Alex Dobuzinskis SEOUL/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - South Korea's Asiana Airlines Inc has settled compensation claims filed in U.S. courts by 72 people who were passengers on a flight that crashed at San Francisco's main airport in 2013, without disclosing financial terms. A spokesman…

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  • Las Vegas hospital accidentally sends miscarried fetuses to laundry

    (Reuters) - A Las Vegas hospital accidentally sent twin miscarried fetuses wrapped in linen to a commercial laundry facility on Tuesday, officials said. Henderson Police Department spokeswoman Kathleen Richards said that officers were called at around 10 a.m. local time by laundry company Angelica…

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  • Justice Department finds racial bias in Ferguson police practices

    By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department has concluded that the Ferguson, Missouri, police department routinely engages in racially biased practices, a law enforcement official familiar with the department's findings said on Tuesday. The investigation into the police…

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  • FBI investigating reported shots near NSA headquarters

    The FBI is leading an investigation into reported shots fired on Tuesday near National Security Agency headquarters in Maryland and damage to an NSA building, an NSA spokeswoman said. There were no reports of injuries to NSA personnel, spokeswoman Meagan Roper said in an email. U.S. Park Police…

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  • Engineer from California train derailment has died, police say

    A 62-year-old train engineer who was hospitalized after a train crash and derailment last week in Southern California has died, in the first fatality from the incident that left about 50 people injured, police said on Tuesday. The Feb. 24 crash in Oxnard, California, occurred when a train operated…

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  • Alabama high court orders halt to same-sex marriage licenses

    (Reuters) - The Alabama Supreme Court ordered probate judges on Tuesday to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in apparent defiance of the U.S. Supreme Court, underscoring the depth of opposition to gay matrimony in the socially conservative state. The 7-1 ruling comes roughly three…

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  • Vermont town rejects lowering voting age to 16: report

    Voters in a Vermont town on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected lowering the minimum voting age in local elections to 16 from 18, an idea that had been promoted by a longtime activist, a newspaper reported. Residents of Brattleboro voted against the "youth vote amendment" by a nearly 2-to-1 margin,…

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  • Homeless man shot dead by LAPD had served time for bank robbery

    By Steve Gorman and Daina Beth Solomon LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A homeless man whose fatal shooting by Los Angeles police outraged civil rights activists and fellow skid row residents was a convicted bank robber who was released from federal prison last year, according to a law-enforcement source…

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  • Owner of car charged with murder in deadly Los Angeles street race

    By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The owner of a car that spun out of control at a Los Angeles street race and crashed last week, killing two spectators, was charged on Tuesday with murder although prosecutors do not believe he was behind the wheel at the time of the crash. Henry…

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  • Federal agents raid suspected 'maternity hotels' in California

    By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Federal agents raided about 20 Southern California locations on Tuesday suspected of involvement in "maternity tourism" schemes providing travel, lodging and medical care to pregnant foreign women seeking to give birth in the United States, immigration…

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  • University of California to cap out-of-state enrollment at Berkeley, UCLA

    By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - The University of California will cap enrollment of out-of-state students at its most popular campuses next year amid criticism of the paucity of spots available for California residents, UC President Janet Napolitano said on Tuesday. …

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  • Family of California girl left brain dead after tonsillectomy sues hospital

    By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The family of a Northern California girl who made national headlines when she was declared brain dead after a tonsillectomy to correct sleep apnea sued the surgeon and hospital on Tuesday, alleging medical malpractice. Jahi McMath, who was 13 when she…

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  • Marijuana, guns and conservation on agenda for 2015 Florida legislature

    By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE (Reuters) - Florida's legislature convened on Tuesday with lawmakers expected to grapple during the 60-day annual session with measures including allowing concealed guns on college campuses and permitting doctors to prescribe medical marijuana. Discussion of casino…

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  • California halts 12 injection wells over water concerns

    By Rory Carroll SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California oil drilling regulators on Tuesday ordered operators of 12 underground injection wells in Kern County to halt injections out of fear that they could contaminate drinking water supplies. The action is part of a statewide review of California's …

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  • NYC warehouse fire destroyed files from 1 million court cases

    A massive fire that recently tore through a Brooklyn warehouse destroyed documents from more than 1 million court cases, a New York state court official said Tuesday. The fire on Jan. 31 ruined about 85,000 boxes of case files, said Ron Younkins, the state Office of Court Administration's…

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  • House breaks impasse, passes security funding without provisions

    By David Lawder and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A chaotic three-month-long fight in Congress over funding the U.S. domestic security agency finally ended on Tuesday, but not before it highlighted House Speaker John Boehner's inability to halt the Republican Party's further descent into…

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  • Arizona jury told to keep deliberating on Jodi Arias case

    By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Jurors deciding whether convicted killer Jodi Arias should be executed in Arizona were told by a judge on Tuesday to try harder to reach a verdict after apparently deadlocking in the closely watched retrial, court officials said. Judge Sherry Stephens issued…

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  • Police investigate report of shots near U.S. spy agency headquarters

    Authorities are investigating a report of shots fired on Tuesday near the National Security Agency headquarters in Maryland and damage to an NSA building, a U.S. Park Police spokeswoman said. Shots were reported near an exit along the Baltimore-Washington Parkway leading to Fort Meade, site of the…

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  • Texas defense lawyers seek appeal for 'American Sniper' conviction

    By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Lawyers for the man convicted of murdering Chris Kyle, the former U.S. Navy SEAL whose best-selling autobiography was turned into the movie "American Sniper," have filed a notice of appeal with a Texas court, court officials said on Tuesday. Eddie Ray…

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