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  • Ode to the range: Cowboys take to prose to celebrate U.S. West

    By Mary Papenfuss ELKO, Nev. (Reuters) - When long-time bronc rider Paul Zarzyski needed to rest his aching bones after an adrenaline-charged stint on torquing horseflesh, he often turned to the last thing most people would associate with cowboy life: writing poetry. The ramshackle town with…

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  • San Francisco police detain two over body parts in suitcase

    San Francisco police said on Friday night they had detained two people in connection with a case involving a suitcase full of body parts discovered on a downtown street earlier this week. An anonymous tip offered around 7:30 p.m. local time led officers to the Tenderloin neighborhood where they…

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  • $50 million lawsuit filed over deadly Washington subway smoke incident

    (Reuters) - The family of the woman who died in a Washington D.C. subway train after smoke filled a tunnel and two rail cars filed a $50 million lawsuit against the city's subway system on Friday. Marcus and Anthony Glover, sons of late Carol Glover, filed the suit in federal court in the nation's…

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  • In Los Angeles, Muslim women find empowerment in female-only Friday prayers

    By Daina Beth Solomon LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - After the traditional call to prayer, Edina Lekovic stood in front of some 150 women seated on the floor at an interfaith center in Los Angeles, and delivered a sermon, a role traditionally reserved for Muslim men. Lekovic, an activist with…

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  • Texas Governor to declare 'Chris Kyle Day' in honor of sniper

    (Reuters) - Texas Governor Greg Abbott said on Friday he would officially declare Feb. 2 "Chris Kyle Day" in the state, in honor of the late Navy Seal sharpshooter portrayed in the film "American Sniper." The movie, starring Bradley Cooper as Kyle who was killed by a disgruntled U.S. veteran on a…

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  • New York City settles with family of slain black teen for $3.9 million

    (Reuters) - New York City has settled with the family of an unarmed black teen fatally shot by police in 2012, agreeing to pay $3.9 million, officials said on Friday. Ramarley Graham, 18, was shot dead on Feb. 2, 2012 inside the bathroom of his Bronx apartment after being followed by police…

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  • California truckers win $2 million in wage theft suit

    By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Seven Los Angeles-area truckers have won a $2 million claim against an international shipping company accused of stealing their wages by improperly classifying them as independent contractors and charging them to lease its trucks to drive. In a decision…

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  • Parents of teen girl killed by Denver police demand federal probe

    By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - The parents of a 17-year-old girl shot dead this week by Denver police while she was driving a stolen car have called for a U.S. Justice Department civil rights investigation into her death. The teen's parents, Jose Hernandez and Laura Rosales, said in a letter…

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  • Rap mogul Suge Knight arrested in fatal hit-and-run in Los Angeles

    By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight was arrested on suspicion of murder on Friday after police said he ran over two people with a pickup truck at a fast food restaurant in the Los Angeles suburb of Compton, killing one and injuring the other before fleeing. …

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  • Second California patient tests negative for Ebola hours after first

    By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - Two patients hospitalized in Sacramento, California, and tested for possible Ebola infection were found to be free of the deadly virus within hours of each other on Friday. The first patient, whose case came to light on Thursday, was transferred…

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  • Stanford ex-student denies rape of unconscious woman outside frat

    A member of the Stanford University swim team charged with rape after he was seen on top of a motionless woman outside a fraternity told police she consented to being fondled and they both were drinking, according to an account presented in court. Freshman Brock Allen Turner, 19, an Ohio native,…

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  • Ohio postpones all 2015 executions as it secures new drugs

    By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Ohio will postpone all six executions scheduled for 2015 because it needs more time to prepare for a new execution procedure and to secure a new supply of execution drugs, the state's prison department said on Friday. Earlier this month, the Ohio Department of…

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  • Ex-New Jersey pharmacist gets more than 6 years in prison for trying to make ricin

    (Reuters) - A former New Jersey pharmacist has been sentenced to 6-1/2 years in prison for "attempting to weaponize" the deadly toxins ricin and abrin and for possessing equipment for making illegal narcotics, the U.S. Justice Department said on Friday. Jordan Gonzalez, 34, pleaded guilty in May…

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  • Ex-New Jersey pharmacist gets more than six years in prison for trying to make ricin

    (Reuters) - A former New Jersey pharmacist has been sentenced to 6-1/2 years in prison for "attempting to weaponize" the deadly toxins ricin and abrin and for possessing equipment for making illegal narcotics, the U.S. Justice Department said on Friday. Jordan Gonzalez, 34, pleaded guilty in May…

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  • Texas judge rules Lee Harvey Oswald casket belongs to brother

    By Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - The decaying pine coffin in which Lee Harvey Oswald was buried 51 years ago rightfully belongs to the brother of President John F. Kennedy's presumed assassin, a Texas judge ruled on Friday. Oswald's body was exhumed in 1981 and his original casket was…

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  • Obama, Dalai Lama due to attend U.S. prayer event February 5

    By David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama and the Dalai Lama are scheduled to attend the U.S. National Prayer Breakfast in Washington next week, but it was unclear if they will have a private meeting like one last year that angered Beijing. The White House said Obama…

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  • Pennsylvania treasurer to plead guilty to U.S. federal campaign violations

    (Reuters) - Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord on Friday admitted to having "stepped over the line" in seeking campaign contributions, and will plead guilty to federal campaign law violations, according to his attorneys. A day after saying that he would resign on Feb. 12 and intended to join the…

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  • Defense in Etan Patz murder trial in New York attacks confession

    By Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK (Reuters) - Mental illness sparked a false confession by the accused killer of Etan Patz and the real suspect in the 1979 disappearance of the boy in New York City is another man - a convicted child molester - a defense attorney told the jury on Friday. In his opening…

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  • U.S. reporter says turns up in Venezuela ad campaign despite 2013 arrest

    An American reporter briefly arrested in Venezuela in 2013 said he has unwittingly turned up in an ad promoting the South American country. Bogota-based Miami Herald correspondent Jim Wyss was detained for two days near the border with Colombia in November 2013 for not having a journalist visa. …

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  • Suspected Ebola patient in California tests negative for virus

    Hours after a suspected Ebola patient in Sacramento was found to be free of the virus, a second person hospitalized in California's capital was reported by public health officials on Friday to be undergoing evaluation and testing for the disease. The second patient was admitted to Kaiser…

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