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  • Two Ohio campus police officers won't face charges: prosecutor

    Two University of Cincinnati police officers who were interviewed about the death of an unarmed black motorist at the hands of a fellow officer will not face charges, a prosecutor said on Friday. Raymond Tensing, 25, a former University of Cincinnati police officer, has been charged with murder in…

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  • How Pentagon war fund became a budget buster Washington can't resist

    By Warren Strobel WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of U.S. troops deployed in battle zones is at its lowest level since before the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The contradiction is the legacy of an emergency war fund, started in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, that has become a favorite…

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  • Argentine exec in FIFA case pleads not guilty to U.S. charges

    By Nate Raymond and Mica Rosenberg NEW YORK (Reuters) - The former chairman of an Argentina-based sports marketing business, one of 14 people indicted in a corruption case that has roiled the soccer world's governing body FIFA, pleaded not guilty in a U.S. court on Friday. Alejandro Burzaco, an…

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  • New York holds last mass services before dozens of Catholic church closures

    Teary-eyed and angry Catholic parishioners across New York attended final mass services on Friday in some of dozens of churches closing or stopping regular worship services. The closures follow an announcement by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York in November that it would consolidate 368…

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  • Growing California wildfire destroys homes, forces hundreds to flee

    By Curtis Skinner SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A rapidly growing wildfire burned largely unchecked in Northern California's ranch country on Friday after destroying three homes and forcing hundreds of people to flee. The blaze, which has nearly doubled in size from late Thursday morning to scorch…

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  • U.S. Marines declare initial F-35 squadron ready for combat

    U.S. Marine Corps Commandant General Joseph Dunford has declared an initial squadron of 10 Lockheed Martin Corp F-35B fighter jets ready for combat, marking a key milestone for the Pentagon's biggest weapons program, the Pentagon said on Friday. The decision makes the Marines the first U.S.…

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  • Jail for man accused of shooting at George Zimmerman in Florida

    A Florida man returned to jail on Friday to await trial on attempted murder charges in a roadway shooting involving George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer acquitted in the 2012 shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin. A judge revoked the bond of Matthew Apperson, 36,…

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  • Ex-California fire chief sentenced for stabbing girlfriend to death

    A former California fire chief, who evaded capture for two weeks after his live-in girlfriend was found stabbed to death at their home, was sentenced on Friday to 16 years to life in prison, officials said. Orville "Moe" Fleming was convicted of second-degree murder by a Sacramento County jury in…

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  • New York man charged with supporting Islamic State denied bail

    A U.S. magistrate judge rejected a bail request on Friday for a New York man arrested on charges of supporting Islamic State and traveling to Turkey to meet with members of the militant group, a court official said. Arafat Nagi, 42, of Lackawanna, New York, was charged on Wednesday with attempting…

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  • Texas Christian University student disciplined over social media comments

    A Texas Christian University (TCU) student has been disciplined after posting online comments seen as racially offensive about current events, including rioting in Baltimore and the rise of the Islamic State, TCU officials said on Friday. Among the comments are a Facebook post that reads: "These…

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  • Judge narrows Bacon-Nygård defamation case tied to Bahamas fire

    A New York judge has narrowed the scope of a $100 million defamation lawsuit filed by billionaire hedge fund manager Louis Bacon against Canadian fashion designer Peter Nygård, part of a bitter dispute over neighboring properties they own in the Bahamas. In a decision made public on Friday,…

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  • Anti-abortion group is sued over fetal tissue videos

    In a complaint filed on Friday in San Francisco federal court, the National Abortion Federation, a nonprofit representing abortion providers, accused the Center for Medical Progress and its founder David Daleiden of violating federal racketeering law through their pro-life campaign. The lawsuit…

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  • White House says no expectation of federal bailout for Puerto Rico

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Friday that there is no expectation for a federal bailout for Puerto Rico.

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  • Search for missing teens off Florida coast to be suspended

    The U.S. Coast Guard plans to suspend its search for two 14-year-old boys from South Florida at sunset on Friday, a week after they disappeared while on a fishing trip off the state's Atlantic Ocean coast. The search for Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen has spanned nearly 50,000 square nautical…

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  • St. Louis justice system biased against black children, U.S. probe finds

    The U.S. Justice Department issued a scathing report Friday, saying the Family Court of St. Louis County has failed to ensure the youth have adequate legal representation, failed to make sure there is probable cause that the children committed offenses they were accused of, and failed to ensure…

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  • 'Temporary' not guilty plea entered for Charleston suspect

    By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - A federal magistrate on Friday entered a "temporary" not guilty plea for Dylann Roof on hate crime charges in the slaying of nine African-Americans at a South Carolina church, even as his lawyer said his client wanted to plead guilty. The lead…

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  • U.S. court puts National Collegiate Athletic Association injunction on hold

    A U.S. appeals court put on hold a ruling that ordered the National Collegiate Athletic Association to allow universities to offer student athletes a limited share of revenue. The order, issued by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday, places a lower court injunction on hold until the…

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  • Fort Worth police officer fatally shoots suspect said to be armed

    A Fort Worth, Texas, police officer on bicycle patrol has been placed on mandatory administrative leave after fatally shooting a man brandishing a pistol on Friday morning, police said. The officer, a 23-year veteran, was one of several responding to a fight. "Believing the man was about to fire…

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  • Puerto Rico nears default as debt restructuring beckons

    Puerto Rico on Friday planned to cover a payment due on debt owed by its development bank, a source familiar with the matter said, but the U.S. territory may still be short of the funds needed to pay all of the obligations due on Saturday. The U.S. territory is expected to make a $169.6 million…

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  • Pennsylvania man accused of escaping jail, killing friend captured

    Robert Crissman escaped from Armstrong County Jail, about 45 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, early on Thursday, Pennsylvania State Police said in a statement. Crissman had been serving time at the jail for a drug charge and probation violation and was not initially considered dangerous. Long, who…

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