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  • Quadruple-murder suspect held without bond in Washington

    Daron Wint, 34, of Lanham, Maryland, is accused of holding construction business owner Savvas Savopoulos and the others captive until he got $40,000 in cash, then killing them and setting fire to their mansion, according to court documents. Acting U.S. Attorney Vincent Cohen Jr. said he was being…

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  • Magnitude 5.3 quake hits Nevada, close to Las Vegas

    A magnitude 5.3 earthquake struck Nevada on Friday close to the small town of Caliente, northeast of the tourist hub of Las Vegas, and was followed by a series of smaller aftershocks, the U.S. Geological Survey said. It said the epicenter of the initial quake, which was very shallow at a depth of…

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  • Man charged with killing California family obtains attorneys

    A man charged with murdering a Southern California family of four has obtained defense attorneys after seeking to represent himself, and a judge on Friday postponed a court hearing where prosecutors will present their evidence. Charles Ray Merritt, 58, an ex-convict, is charged with four counts of…

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  • Five plead not guilty to Kentucky bourbon heist

    By Steve Bittenbender LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Reuters) - Five people accused of stealing and selling more than $100,000 worth of expensive bourbons and other whiskeys as part of a years-long conspiracy pleaded not guilty on Friday in a Kentucky court. Gilbert "Toby" Curtsinger, a former worker at the…

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  • Mother stands in at graduation of son killed in prom night crash

    A Chicago area woman whose 18-year-old son was killed in an alleged drunk-driving crash after his high-school prom last weekend wore his cap and gown at his graduation in a tribute to him. Along with Dunigan's father, she received a special plaque with his diploma, awards and a graduation ticket. …

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  • Two California men charged with seeking to help Islamic State

    Two Southern California men were charged on Friday with conspiring to travel to the Middle East to join the militant group Islamic State, U.S. prosecutors said after one of the men was arrested at the Los Angeles airport. Anaheim residents Muhanad Badawi and Nader Elhuzayel, both 24, were arrested…

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  • Idaho couple whose 5-year-old fatally shot another child reach plea deal

    An Idaho couple whose 5-year-old child accidentally shot and killed a young playmate will see child injury charges dismissed provided they craft and present a course for families on the dangers of firearms, a state court clerk said. Rusty and Ashlee Lish were accused of the misdemeanor charges…

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  • Ex-students of elite Conn. university charged in drug scandal

    By Richard Weizel NEW HAVEN, Conn. (Reuters) - Two former students of Connecticut's elite Wesleyan University have been indicted by a federal grand jury for distributing hallucinogenic synthetic drugs that hospitalized 11 students in February, federal officials said on Friday. Eric Lonergan, 22,…

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  • University of North Carolina gets NCAA findings in academic fraud probe

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - The University of North Carolina said on Friday it has received a notice from the NCAA indicating possible rules violations connected to the school's academic fraud scandal. The National Collegiate Athletic Association notice comes seven months after an independent…

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  • Washington state officials urge calm following police shooting

    By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - Officials in Washington state's capital, Olympia, urged calm on Friday after protests turned heated between police and demonstrators over the shooting of two unarmed black men suspected of trying to steal beer from a supermarket. Authorities in Thurston…

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  • Dallas girl sentenced to 40 years for drowning baby

    By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - A 14-year-old Dallas girl was sentenced by a juvenile court judge on Friday to 40 years in custody, the maximum punishment available, after admitting to drowning an infant in January, court officials said. The teenager will begin serving her sentence in…

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  • Houston firefighter dies in apparent murder-suicide

    By Amanda Orr HOUSTON (Reuters) - A firefighter who served 12 years with the Houston Fire Department and his girlfriend have been found dead in an apparent murder-suicide at their suburban Houston home, officials said on Friday. Firefighter Richard Deluna, 40, died from a likely hanging and his…

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  • U.S. court denies motion to halt execution of long-serving Texas inmate

    By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A federal appeals court has denied an application to halt the June execution of Lester Bower, one of the longest-serving inmates on death row in Texas, for killing four men at an airport hangar in 1983. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on…

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  • Florida mother agrees to son's circumcision after jail time: media

    A Florida mother consented on Friday to allowing her 4-year-old son to be circumcised, ending a legal battle with the child's father, according to media reports. Heather Hironimus, 31, was jailed for a week after hiding out with the child for months after a protracted court fight to block the…

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  • NY can ban 'Choose Life' license plates as DMV program upheld

    A divided federal appeals court gave New York wide authority to regulate the content of custom license plates, and reversed a lower court ruling ordering the state to let an adoption advocacy group put the words "Choose Life" on its own plates. By a 2-1 vote, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals…

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  • U.S. court hands partial win to tobacco firms over judge-ordered disclosures

    By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. federal appeals court on Friday ruled that tobacco companies cannot be forced to announce publicly that they deliberately deceived the public over the health risks of cigarettes. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled…

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  • Pennsylvania city faces fiscal pain for immigration law

    By David DeKok HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - One Pennsylvania city's controversial attempts to gain more power over immigration enforcement could push that city into state fiscal oversight if it loses a ruling over legal fees. Now, the city is waiting on a ruling from a judge who could force the…

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  • Armed elderly woman arrested after 22-hour standoff in California

    An elderly woman who barricaded herself in a Los Angeles-area mobile home and fired at a police robot was taken into custody on Friday after a 22-hour standoff, police said. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said in a statement the incident began before dawn on Thursday when a woman in a…

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  • Federal judge rules again that gay couples have right to wed in Alabama

    (Reuters) - A federal judge on Thursday reaffirmed her earlier ruling that same-sex couples in Alabama have a right to wed under the Constitution, but she put the ruling on hold until the U.S. Supreme Court issues a landmark decision on gay marriage. U.S. District Judge Callie Granade in January…

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  • U.S. bird flu causing egg squeeze, emergency measures

    By P.J. Huffstutter and Bill Berkrot CHICAGO and NEW YORK (Reuters) - As a virulent avian influenza outbreak continues to spread across the Midwestern United States, some egg-dependent companies are contemplating drastic steps: importing eggs from overseas or looking to egg alternatives. A…

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