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  • Accused Boston bomber's attorneys to seek records on family

    By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Lawyers for the accused Boston Marathon bomber are due in court on Wednesday to ask a judge to order prosecutors to hand over more information on the defendant's family as they seek to build a case that could limit his blame for the attack. Defense attorneys…

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  • New York City police disbands unit that watched Muslim communities

    The New York Police Department has disbanded a controversial surveillance unit that targeted and monitored Muslim communities after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, a police statement said. The unit was set up in 2003 but has been largely inactive since Police Commissioner…

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  • As newspapers struggle, Los Angeles gets another daily

    By Jennifer Saba NEW YORK (Reuters) - Los Angeles residents who still pass a newsstand on their way to work on Wednesday will find an unusual sight there: a new daily print newspaper. The Los Angeles Register is the latest offering to roll off the presses of California-based Freedom…

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  • Texas set to execute man convicted of 2001 triple murder

    By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - Texas is set to execute a man by lethal injection on Wednesday who was convicted of stabbing his girlfriend, her child and her mother to death after a cocaine binge in 2001. Jose Luis Villegas Jr., 39, is scheduled to be put to death with a lethal dose of drugs…

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  • Voices of gratitude, defiance at Boston bombing memorial

    By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, local leaders and officials and survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing shared messages of thanks and defiance on Tuesday at a tribute to the three people killed and 264 wounded in the attack exactly one year ago. From Patrick…

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  • Two vessels collide, others grounded amid gusting winds off Virginia coast

    (Reuters) - A rig vessel and a container ship collided in a shipping channel in the Chesapeake Bay, off the Virginia coast, on Tuesday amid gusting winds blamed for causing a bulk carrier to run aground and a dozen other ships to drag anchor, the U.S. Coast Guard said. The 79-foot (24-meter) rig…

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  • Michigan, White House discuss federal money for bankrupt Detroit: report

    (Reuters) - Michigan officials and President Barack Obama's Administration are discussing a plan to free up $100 million in federal money to aid Detroit's retired city workers, the Detroit Free Press reported on Tuesday. Citing two people familiar with the talks, the newspaper said the talks were…

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  • Death toll from Washington state mudslide rises to 37

    By Jonathan Kaminsky OLYMPIA, Washington (Reuters) - The official death toll from a mudslide that buried a river valley neighborhood in the Cascade foothills of Washington state last month rose to 37 on Tuesday, after search teams extricated another body from the mud and rubble. A rain-soaked…

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  • Bill signed allowing surprise inspections of Arizona abortion clinics

    By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Arizona Governor Jan Brewer on Tuesday signed into a law a bill allowing state health authorities to conduct surprise inspections of abortion clinics without first obtaining a warrant, handing another victory to abortion foes. The Republican-backed bill,…

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  • Hundreds of earthquakes strike central Idaho, rattling nerves

    By Laura Zuckerman SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - Hundreds of low-level and medium-sized earthquakes have struck central Idaho since last month, puzzling geologists who wonder whether the ruptures portend a much larger temblor to come or are merely the rumblings of a seismic fault previously thought to…

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  • Two incompatible gun ballot measures lead in Washington state

    By Jonathan Kaminsky OLYMPIA, Washington (Reuters) - Two incompatible ballot measures on background checks for gun buyers in Washington state enjoy majority support in a poll released on Tuesday, but the one advancing stricter gun controls is more popular. They are the latest touchstones in a…

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  • NY City police disband unit that monitored Muslim communities: report

    The New York Police Department has disbanded a surveillance unit that targeted and monitored Muslim communities, The New York Times reported on Tuesday. The unit, which began in 2003, has been largely inactive since the incoming Police Commissioner William Bratton took over the department in…

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  • Handless cleric's own words to be used against him in U.S. trial

    By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - Prosecutors can use radical preacher Abu Hamza al-Masri's own inflammatory words against him during his trial in New York on terrorism-related charges, including praise for Osama bin Laden and for the September 11, 2001, attacks, a federal judge ruled on Tuesday. …

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  • Ex-U.S. defense secretary knows accuracy of his tax return is unknown

    By Bill Trott WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Donald Rumsfeld has a new addition to his list of known unknowns - the accuracy of his 2013 tax filing. Rumsfeld, who was U.S. defense secretary under President George W. Bush, posted a picture on Twitter of the letter he sent to the Internal Revenue Service,…

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  • Bankrupt Detroit reaches first deal with retirees group

    Detroit reached its first deal with a retired workers group on Tuesday over pension and healthcare benefits and was close to a deal with at least one of its pension funds, giving a major boost to the city's plan to exit bankruptcy in October. Momentum for the city's plan to adjust its $18 billion…

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  • Missouri man charged with sexually torturing five women

    A Missouri man has been charged with raping and torturing five women in a St. Louis-area apartment over several years, law enforcement officials said on Tuesday. Adam Michael Capriglione, 29, of south St. Louis County, has been charged with 19 felony counts and is jailed with bond set at $500,000,…

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  • Man in videotaped protest inside Supreme Court pleads guilty

    By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A protester who disrupted a Supreme Court proceeding in February, and whose shouts at the justices were secretly recorded on a video that was later posted online, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to a misdemeanor offense. Noah Kai Newkirk, 33, entered his plea…

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  • Obama commutes sentence of man mistakenly given extra jail time

    President Barack Obama on Tuesday shortened the prison sentence of a Texas man who was mistakenly sentenced to an extra three and a half years in jail due to a typographical error. Ceasar Huerta Cantu, of Katy, Texas, pleaded guilty in 2006 of charges related to drug trafficking and money…

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  • Suspects denied bail in kidnapping of N.C. prosecutor's father

    Five people charged with kidnapping a North Carolina prosecutor's father in an elaborate plot orchestrated by an imprisoned gang member were ordered held without bail at a detention hearing on Tuesday, U.S. officials said. Frank Arthur Janssen, 63, was rescued by Federal Bureau of Investigation…

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  • Judge delays Guantanamo hearing over defense FBI concerns

    By Lacey Johnson FORT MEADE, Maryland (Reuters) - A military hearing for five men accused of conspiring in the September 11, 2001, attacks was derailed on Tuesday over concerns that defense attorneys were being spied upon by the FBI. Defense attorneys insisted they could not proceed with the…

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