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  • U.S.-Egyptian released from Egypt jail: family

    By Michael Georgy CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian-American jailed in Egypt for nearly two years for involvement in the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood has been released and is headed for the United States, his family said on Saturday. Mohamed Soltan was among thousands detained after Islamist president…

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  • Prosecutor asks court to correct judge's errors on Cleveland officer verdict

    (Reuters) - An Ohio prosecutor on Friday asked a state appeals court to correct legal errors made by a judge who found a Cleveland officer not guilty in the shooting deaths of an unarmed black man and woman after a high-speed car chase in 2012. Timothy McGinty of the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's…

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  • Presidential disaster declaration signed after Texas storms kill 21

    By Lisa Maria Garza and Jim Forsyth DALLAS (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama signed a disaster declaration late on Friday for areas in Texas hammered by severe weather that killed at least 21 people, caused massive flooding and prompted evacuations this week. Storms that battered North…

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  • U.S. military orders review as anthrax mishap widens

    By Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military said on Friday it discovered even more suspected shipments of live anthrax than previously thought, both in the United States and abroad, and ordered a sweeping review of practices meant to inactivate the bacteria. The Pentagon said a total…

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  • Rollback of U.S. spy powers would mark post-9/11 watershed

    By Warren Strobel and Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - At 3:59 p.m. EDT on Sunday, the National Security Agency and telecommunications companies will begin mothballing a once-secret system that collected Americans' bulk telephone records, shutting down computers and sealing off warehouses of…

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  • Obama signs disaster declaration over deadly Texas storms

    (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday signed a disaster declaration for areas in Texas hit by storms and flooding that killed at least 21 people this week and prompted evacuations. The statement from the White House said the declaration would open up federal funds to assist residents,…

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  • Woman charged with murder in road rage attack

    By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Reuters) - A 25-year-old San Diego area woman who hit and killed a motorcyclist who was serving in the U.S. Navy was charged on Friday with first-degree murder in what police are calling a road rage killing. Darla Renee Jackson allegedly rammed her Nissan sedan…

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  • Rights activists protest award for ex-Montana judge who blamed victim of rape

    A small group of women's rights activists rallied in Montana on Friday to protest a lifetime achievement award for a state judge censured for suggesting that a 14-year-old girl was partly to blame for her rape by a teacher. More than two dozen protesters led by the Montana chapter of the National…

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  • U.S. judge refuses bail for businessman accused in Navy corruption case

    By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - A federal judge in San Diego refused bail on Friday for a Malaysian businessman accused of bribing high-ranking U.S. Navy officers to steer millions of dollars of contracts to his company. Leonard Glenn Francis pleaded guilty in January to charges of bribery…

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  • Colorado gunman believed suicide thoughts would go away if he killed others

    By Keith Coffman CENTENNIAL, Colo., (Reuters) - Colorado theater gunman James Holmes told a court-appointed psychiatrist that he believed his suicidal thoughts would go away if he killed other people, jurors in his murder trial heard on Friday. In a videotaped session with psychiatrist William…

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  • Man who appeared on MTV show indicted for transit threats in U.S. capital

    By John Clarke WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal grand jury on Friday indicted a Washington man who appeared last year on an MTV reality show about online scams on charges of making multiple threats against subway stations, buses and trains around the U.S. capital, authorities said. Jerez Nehemiah…

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  • Anti-Islam demonstration under way outside Phoenix mosque

    PHOENIX (Reuters) - Some 75 anti-Islam activists, some of them armed, demonstrated on Friday outside a Phoenix-area mosque as an even larger group of people gathered in a counter-protest and police kept a close eye on the situation. (Reporting by Paul Ingram; Writing by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by…

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  • Phoenix, DHS officials in contact before cartoon event: White House

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has been in touch with local authorities in Phoenix ahead of an outdoor demonstration on Friday that was set to include drawing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said. Many Muslims believe it is…

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  • Kansas hospital monitoring patient for possible Ebola infection

    The University of Kansas Hospital said on Friday it was monitoring a patient for a possible Ebola infection after he returned from the West African nation of Sierra Leone and developed a fever. "The patient is extremely low risk. It's just the fever that tipped the balance," Dr. Lee Norman at…

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  • Texas legislature approves openly carrying handguns

    The Republican-dominated Texas legislature approved a measure on Friday that would allow for openly carrying handguns in public in the state, a bill the governor has pledged to sign. Current Texas law grants residents the right to carry concealed handguns with a permit and for the open carrying of…

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  • Family of man shot by San Diego policeman files $20 million claim

    By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - The family of an Afghan immigrant who was shot and killed by a San Diego policeman who had not activated his body camera, prompting the department to revise its policy, has filed a $20 million claim against the city. The claim, the precursor to a federal…

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  • Former Tennessee guardsman sentenced to 50 years in shooting

    By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Reuters) - A former Tennessee National Guard recruiter who was convicted on multiple federal charges in a shooting at an armory north of Memphis has been sentenced to 50 years in federal prison. Amos Patton, 43, was accused of wounding three superiors and pointing…

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  • Zimmerman gets GPS protection from Florida shooter

    A Florida man who this month fired a shot at George Zimmerman, the man acquitted of murder in the 2012 death of an unarmed black teenager, was ordered on Friday to wear a GPS tracking device to warn of possible future attacks, according to local news reports of the court hearing. Matthew Apperson,…

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  • Massachusetts judge orders end to decade-long vigil at Catholic church

    By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - A Massachusetts judge on Friday ordered parishioners of a Roman Catholic church who have occupied the building for more than a decade while the archdiocese attempted to close it to end their vigil by next week. Parishioners of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini church…

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