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  • U.S. prosecutors join probe into New York inmate's death

    Federal prosecutors have joined an investigation into the death of a New York prison inmate who was involved in a confrontation with guards at the Fishkill Correctional Facility in April. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara of New York said on Thursday his office is working with the local district…

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  • Obama lauds New Orleans' progress since Katrina, says more to be done

    By Jeff Mason NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - President Barack Obama heralded the progress New Orleans has made rebuilding since Hurricane Katrina battered the area 10 years ago but said more needed to be done to overcome poverty and inequality. On his ninth trip to the city that made worldwide headlines…

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  • N.Y. man convicted of trying to buy ricin 'death pills' online

    The FBI that month shipped fake ricin to Le, who, wearing latex gloves, retrieved the shipment and took its contents to his apartment, prosecutors said. Le was arrested at his apartment, where authorities found the fake ricin, the ricin ingredient castor bean seeds and Le's computer, which was…

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  • Connecticut political staffer gets year in prison for kickback scheme

    A former Connecticut legislative staffer was sentenced on Thursday to a year and a day in federal prison for using his role administering a state program intended to prevent political corruption to generate $117,000 in kickbacks. Republican George Gallo, 47, pleaded guilty in April to using his…

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  • Bill to regulate e-cigarettes clears California legislative hurdle

    By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - The California State Senate on Thursday passed a bill to regulate electronic cigarettes as tobacco products, sending the measure to the Assembly where a similar bill died earlier this year. The bill by State Senator Mark Leno, a Democrat from San…

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  • Jury begins deliberations in New Hampshire prep school rape trial

    By Ted Siefer CONCORD, N.H. (Reuters) - The jury in the rape trial of a former student at an elite New Hampshire boarding school began deliberations on Thursday after hearing closing arguments focusing on whether he forced a 15-year-old classmate to have sex or whether she accused him to save her…

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  • Student threatened to kill self, others at Miss. State University

    The student was later determined not to have a gun, university president Mark Keenum said at a news conference, even though the university had sent out warnings of an active shooter as soon as campus police learned about a student threatening to kill himself and others. Within minutes, campus…

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  • Father of Virginia TV reporter slain on air vows to fight for gun control

    By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The father of a Virginia journalist killed in an on-air shooting said on Thursday he would become a crusader for gun control, but analysts said there was little likelihood of legislation on the federal level any time soon, despite changes in some states. Two…

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  • U.S. charges Arizona man with supporting Islamic State

    An Arizona man was indicted on Thursday for supporting the militant group Islamic State by helping a New York City college student travel to Syria for military-style training, U.S. authorities said. Authorities said Ahmed Mohammed El Gammal, 42, of Avondale, Arizona, was arrested on Monday in…

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  • Planned Parenthood report says fetal tissue videos were distorted

    Planned Parenthood told U.S. congressional leaders on Thursday that manipulations and deletions used in the editing process of secretly recorded videos slamming the organization rendered the tapes unreliable for government inquiries. In an 11-page letter to Republican and Democratic congressional…

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  • AIG seeking $1.76 billion in 'life settlements' trial in New York

    An American International Group Inc unit on Thursday asked a federal judge to order a Pennsylvania firm to pay it $1.76 billion in damages for allegedly overcharging for life insurance policies acquired from elderly individuals. At the outset of a trial in Manhattan federal court, a lawyer for…

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  • Bison gores man working on picturesque California island

    A bison gored a man working on an island off the Southern California coast, puncturing his lung and leaving him to stagger hundreds of yards until he found hikers who called for help, the spokesman for a conservation group said on Thursday. The bison is one of about 150 of the large, horned bovine…

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  • White supremacist expressed surprise in call victims not Jewish

    Prosecutors in Kansas rested their case on Thursday in the murder trial of a white supremacist after playing a recorded call in which he expressed surprise the three people fatally shot outside two Jewish centers last year were not Jewish. Frazier Glenn Cross, 74, a former senior member of the Ku…

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  • Texas Attorney General Paxton pleads not guilty to fraud charges

    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, a Tea Party Republican, pleaded not guilty on Thursday to three felony charges of securities fraud during his first court appearance in a case that threatens his political career. A lawyer for Paxton, 52, asked State District Judge George Gallagher to keep…

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  • Low-lying Louisiana parish regroups behind reinforced levee system

    By Kathy Finn NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Of all the areas near New Orleans blasted by Hurricane Katrina, none was harder hit than St. Bernard Parish, a low-lying coastal stretch southeast of the city, once known for its small fishing villages and thriving seafood industry. The full force of…

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  • Kentucky clerk continues to deny same-sex couples marriage licenses

    A day after a federal appeals court ruled that Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis must issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, her office in eastern Kentucky continued to defy the order. "Currently everything remains the same," said Nathan Davis, her son and a deputy clerk, referring further…

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  • Indian babysitter to serve jail time over Connecticut child's death

    An Indian national who had worked as a baby sitter in Connecticut was sentenced to 14 years in U.S. federal prison for the death of a 19-month-old boy in her care last year. Kinjal Patel, 29, was sentenced on Wednesday under a plea deal entered in Superior Court in New Haven in which she did not…

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  • Man arrested for stealing Texas pickup truck with baby on board

    A man was arrested for stealing a pickup truck that had a 4-month-old boy strapped in a child seat in Austin, Texas, on Thursday, police said. The man was taken into custody after a slow-speed pursuit less than an hour after making off with the vehicle, which had been left running in a gas station…

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  • Honolulu's Waikiki Beach reopened after massive sewage spill

    (Reuters) - Hawaii authorities reopened Honolulu's famed Waikiki Beach on Wednesday after water quality tests indicated the ocean was again safe for swimmers following a serious sewage spill earlier this week. Warning signs were taken down and beachgoers were again welcome in the water after…

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  • FBI warns U.S. art dealers about antiquities looted from Syria, Iraq

    The FBI on Wednesday urged art dealers in the United States to be careful when buying antiquities from the Middle East, saying there is evidence collectors have recently been offered artifacts plundered by Islamic State fighters in Syria and Iraq. The looting of ancient artifacts across Iraq and…

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