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  • U.S. justices press Florida over death penalty sentencing

    A majority of U.S. Supreme Court justices on Tuesday expressed skepticism about Florida's process for death sentences as they weighed the appeal of a man convicted of murdering the manager of a Popeye's Fried Chicken restaurant. Timothy Hurst, whose lawyers describe as mentally disabled with…

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  • Illinois governor will sell government building in Chicago

    Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner said on Tuesday the state government will auction off its main building in Chicago, the Thompson Center, saying it is inefficient and that the sale will save the state money and generate tax revenue. Rauner declined to indicate the market value of the building, which…

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  • Supreme Court examines Louisiana cop killer's life sentence

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday considered a Louisiana man's appeal of a sentence of life in prison without parole that he received for killing a police officer in 1963 when he was 17 years old. The inmate, Henry Montgomery, is asking to be resentenced.

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  • Former Chicago schools CEO pleads guilty in corruption case

    A former Chicago Public Schools chief executive officer pleaded guilty in federal court on Tuesday to one count of wire fraud in a case involving hundreds of thousands of dollars in kickbacks and bribes she agreed to accept in exchange for a lucrative contract. Barbara Byrd-Bennett, 66, resigned…

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  • Maryland spy base crash suspect faces more charges

    A man who allegedly stole a car and crashed into a gate at the Maryland base of the U.S. National Security Agency last week is facing multiple charges including robbery, assault, and gun and traffic violations, authorities said. Police have charged Dontae Small, 41, of Baltimore, with 13…

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  • Michigan library acquires papers of assisted-suicide advocate Dr. Kevorkian

    A University of Michigan library said on Tuesday that it has acquired the papers of Dr. Jack Kevorkian, an assisted-suicide advocate known nationally as "Dr. Death" for helping more than 100 people end their lives. The papers, which were donated by Kevorkian's niece Ava Janus, comprise materials…

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  • Baltimore court mulls statements' admissibility in black man's death

    Defense attorneys and prosecutors clashed on Tuesday over statements by Baltimore police officers charged in the death of a black man who died from an injury in police custody, an incident that triggered protests and rioting. Defense attorneys contended in the Baltimore City Circuit Court pretrial…

  • Judge orders Honduran soccer club chief to face drug money charges in NY

    A judge in Miami ordered a Honduran soccer club president and member of one of the Honduras' wealthiest and most politically connected families transferred to New York on Tuesday to face drug money laundering charges. Yankel Rosenthal, 46, was charged by U.S. authorities in New York last…

  • ACLU sues two psychologists who devised CIA interrogation program

    The American Civil Liberties Union sued two psychologists who devised the CIA's Bush-era interrogation program on Tuesday, saying they encouraged the agency "to adopt torture as official policy" and made millions of dollars in the process. James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen, two former military…

  • Pro-Biden PAC launches new ad urging presidential run

    Draft Biden, the political action committee created to urge Joe Biden to jump into the 2016 presidential race, released on Tuesday a new ad portraying the vice president as an advocate for the dignity of work as he weighs a bid for the White House. The ad comes after the group pulled a previous…

  • Muslim groups' lawsuit over N.Y. surveillance revived by U.S. court

    A coalition of Muslim groups can pursue a civil rights lawsuit that accuses New York City police of conducting secret surveillance of Muslims in New Jersey without suspicion of criminal activity, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Tuesday. The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia reversed…

  • Wisconsin mother leaves bawling child in SUV to go gamble: police

    A Wisconsin mother was arrested after leaving her bawling toddler locked in her vehicle while she went into a casino to gamble, police said on Tuesday. Jessica Pedretti, 26, was arrested on Saturday evening at the Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison casino, accused of leaving her 3-year-old girl in her SUV…

  • Police make arrest in abduction of Oklahoma girl nearly 20 years ago

    Oklahoma police using DNA evidence arrested a man in a child abduction case from nearly two decades ago that saturated local news coverage and led to a national manhunt for the girl and her assailant. Joseph Palma, 56, was arrested on first-degree murder and kidnapping charges on suspicion of…

  • How to Double Your Money Every 4 Years

    In a recent study, a group of University professors show how 539 individual investors were able to consistently double their money every 3.5 years.

  • Two firefighters killed, two hurt in Kansas City apartment blaze

    Two firefighters were killed and two others injured when the second floor and wall of a burning apartment building collapsed in Kansas City, Missouri, authorities said on Tuesday. Larry Leggio and John Mesh died in the Monday night collapse, Kansas City Fire Chief Paul Berardi said at a news…

  • Chesapeake crabbers face changing workforce, murky future

    By Ayesha Rascoe WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Morgan Tolley is a third generation crab processor working on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay, but he's worried that his industry may be under threat as more and more young people shun the traditional family-oriented trade. The A.E. Phillips crab picking…

  • Mom of children allegedly slain by New York nanny is pregnant

    The New York mother of two children stabbed to death in a 2012 killing that led to murder charges against their nanny is pregnant again - with a baby boy due in January, the family announced on Facebook. News that Marina and Kevin Krim are expecting a new addition was posted last week to the…

  • Washington state man who moved a river ordered to pay restitution

    A Washington state court has ordered a man who redirected a river to pay restitution of $50 a month into an environmental fund, the state's top lawyer said on Monday. William Cayo Sr. was found guilty in April of violating water pollution and shoreline management laws as well as conducting…

  • Texas court halts execution of inmate after questions raised on testimony

    The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on Monday halted the planned execution next month of a death row inmate whose lawyers argued he was sentenced to death based on tainted testimony from major witnesses. The court stayed the Nov. 3 execution of Julius Murphy, without elaborating on its decision. …

  • Georgia indicts Confederate flag backers under state terrorism law

    The confrontation in Douglas County took place on July 25 amid a national debate about the controversial flag triggered by the June killing of nine black churchgoers in South Carolina. A grand jury in Douglas County, in the northwestern part of the state, on Friday handed down indictments against…

  • Jeb Bush to lay out healthcare plan in New Hampshire

    By Steve Holland MANCHESTER, N.H. (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush on Tuesday will lay out proposals to repeal President Barack Obama's healthcare law and replace it with a system that provides a tax credit for the purchase of health plans and shifts power to the states. …