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  • Two sheriff's deputies killed, suspect dead in Maryland shooting

    A deputy who responded to a disturbance report at a Panera Bread restaurant in Abingdon, about 25 miles northeast of Baltimore, was shot inside the building, said Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler. At least two other deputies fired rounds at the suspect, identified as David Brian Evans, a…

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  • Former L.A. County sheriff pleads guilty to corruption charge

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca pleaded guilty on Wednesday to lying to federal investigators who were conducting a corruption and civil rights probe of the nation's largest county jail system.

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  • U.S. Justice Dept. sues Ferguson, Missouri, over police reforms

    FERGUSON, Mo./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department filed a civil rights lawsuit against Ferguson, Missouri, on Wednesday to enforce a police and court reform plan after the city said it wanted to amend some aspects of a consent decree it had reached with the federal agency. The…

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  • U.S. Justice Department sues Ferguson, Missouri over police reform

    By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department said on Wednesdays that it had filed a civil rights lawsuit against Ferguson, Missouri, to enforce a police and court reform plan after the city said it wanted to amend some aspects of a consent decree it reached with the federal…

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  • Dallas, worried about city's reputation, bans erotica convention

    The city of Dallas voted on Wednesday to ban an erotica expo featuring porn stars, sex toy sales and a whipping dungeon from a city-owned convention center, with event opponents saying it could taint the city's image. Supporters countered by saying the "Exxxotica Expo" has been held without major…

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  • Louisiana attorneys appeal judge's ruling on abortion restrictions

    The law requires physicians who perform the procedure to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles (48 km) of the place where the abortion is performed. In an order filed Wednesday, U.S. Judge John deGravelles finalized his January ruling granting a preliminary injunction sought by…

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  • Robert Kennedy assassin Sirhan Sirhan faces parole board again

    Sirhan, 71, has a suitability hearing at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility near San Diego, the California Board of Parole Hearings said on its website. Palestinian-born Sirhan is serving a life sentence for gunning down Kennedy at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, shortly after he…

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  • Decision on charges in Minneapolis police killing could come next month

    The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has finished a nearly three-month probe into the shooting death of Jamar Clark, 24, by Minneapolis police officers. It turned over its case file to the Hennepin County Attorney's Office on Tuesday, according to a statement from County Attorney Mike…

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  • Homeless mother and two children killed at N.Y. hotel

    A homeless 26-year-old woman and two of her daughters, a 4-month-old and a 1-year-old, were stabbed to death at a motel in the New York City borough of Staten Island on Monday, police said. Police were searching for 23-year-old Michael Sykes, who is suspected of attacking the family at a Ramada…

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  • Appeals court vacates order halting executions in Mississippi

    The ruling upholds the three-drug protocol proposed by Mississippi as it and other states struggle to obtain the chemicals needed to enforce the death penalty. U.S. District Judge Henry Wingate issued a preliminary injunction last August barring Mississippi's corrections department from executing…

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  • University of Tennessee inaction led to sexual assaults: lawsuit

    Filed in Nashville federal court by former students, all listed as Jane Does, the lawsuit said the university knew about and condoned a long-standing hostile environment that led to sexual assaults by male football and basketball players. The lawsuit comes as several incidents at U.S. colleges and…

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  • Former L.A. County sheriff to plead guilty to corruption charge

    Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca has agreed to plead guilty to lying to federal investigators conducting a corruption and civil rights probe of the nation's largest county jail system, the U.S. Attorney's Office said on Wednesday. Baca, 73, who served as the top elected law enforcement…

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  • In Illinois homecoming, Obama calls for improved tone in U.S. politics

    President Barack Obama paid a nostalgic visit on Wednesday to the place that launched his political career and made a renewed call for better relations between Republicans and Democrats to create a more positive tone in U.S. politics. Obama won the White House in 2008 partially on a promise to…

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  • New York City budget boss to state: We're not a 'piggy bank'

    The state, like the city, is finalizing its budget and will soon make decisions affecting New York City. "Some upstate legislators just don't get it," New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer said during his review of the city budget on Wednesday.

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  • Oklahoma man charged with decapitating his grandmother

    An Oklahoma man has been arrested on first-degree murder charges on suspicion of shooting his grandmother and her husband, and then cutting off their heads at their home, which is also used as a daycare center, police said on Wednesday. Quinton Laster, 20, was arrested on Tuesday on charges of…

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  • Nebraska man pleads guilty, gets two life sentences in murders

    Roberto Martinez-Marinero, 25, also had faced a kidnap charge for allegedly throwing his 11-month-old half-brother in a dumpster. Ismenia Marinero was fatally stabbed and beaten with a baseball bat and the 4-year-old boy was thrown from a bridge over the Elkhorn River, according to the Omaha…

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  • Michigan governor seeks $300 million for Flint water, Detroit schools

    The Republican governor, who has come under fire for the health crisis in Flint due to unsafe drinking water and for the financial crisis at DPS under emergency managers he appointed, told lawmakers that resources to address the problems are available due to the state's improving economy.

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  • Second investigator in probe of slain Texas deputy fired for misconduct

    An investigator in the fatal ambush shooting of a Houston-area deputy has been fired for inappropriate behavior, the Harris County Sheriff's Office said on Wednesday, making him the second person in the probe to be terminated. The office said it had fired Deputy M. DeLeon on Tuesday for being…

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  • U.S. payday lending crackdown brings race car driver's arrest

    U.S. authorities on Wednesday launched a broad offensive against abusive online pay lenders, arresting three people tied to the industry, including a race car driver, for exploiting more than 5 million cash-strapped consumers. Prosecutors said Scott Tucker, who competes on U.S. and European racing…

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  • Gun owner quells Pennsylvania teen melee that left officers hurt: police

    The melee erupted on Friday in an outdoor corridor used by about 4,000 high school and middle school students. An officer was called to break up a fight between two teens and after taking one into custody another jumped on his back, Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said on…

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