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  • Distracted truck driver blamed for Maryland train wreck, explosion

    By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A trash truck driver talking on a hands-free mobile device caused a 2013 Maryland train collision that led to a 15-car derailment and explosion, U.S. investigators said on Wednesday. The crash at Rosedale, Maryland, involving a CSX Corp train spurred National…

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  • Search near abandoned car fails to turn up missing ex-Harlem Globetrotter

    (Reuters) - Police in Northern California have called off a search through remote terrain for former Harlem Globetrotters player Rico Omarr Harris, whose car was found in the area nearly two weeks ago, authorities said on Wednesday. "There's been no sign of him," said Lieutenant Lance Faille of the…

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  • Fowle back at Ohio home after half-year detention in North Korea

    By Jon Herskovitz (Reuters) - American Jeffrey Fowle returned to his home in southern Ohio on Wednesday after a tearful reunion with this family at a U.S. Air Force base in the state, and his lawyer said he was in good health after a nearly half-year detention in North Korea. Fowle, 56, had been…

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  • Four men plead not guilty to murder in 2013 carjacking at N.J. mall

    By Terence McGinley NEWARK N.J. (Reuters) - Four men accused of slaying a lawyer in front of his wife during a 2013 carjacking at an upscale New Jersey mall pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to murder and illegal weapons possession. The men, all of whom are convicted felons and two of whom appeared…

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  • Two deputies killed, two others hurt in California shooting spree

    SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - Two California sheriff's deputies were killed and two others were wounded in a shooting spree that started in a motel parking lot in Sacramento on Friday, authorities said. Marcelo Marquez, 34, and a female companion, who were described on Twitter by the California…

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  • Ebola death toll tops 4,900 as virus spreads: WHO

    By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The death toll from the Ebola epidemic rose to 4,922 out of 10,141 known cases in eight countries through Oct. 23, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Saturday. The virus, which reached Mali through a two-year-old girl who died on Friday, now…

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  • Lockheed Martin challenges contract to Raytheon

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lockheed Martin Corp on Wednesday said it had filed a formal protest with the U.S. Government Accountability Office challenging the U.S. Air Force's decision to pick Raytheon Co to develop a new long-range radar. "We believe that we offered the most affordable and capable…

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  • Police seek motive in fatal Washington state school shooting

    By Eric M. Johnson and Victoria Cavaliere MARYSVILLE Wash. (Reuters) - Authorities were seeking a motive on Saturday as to why a high school student in the United States' Washington state shot dead a female classmate and wounded four others in a campus cafeteria before killing himself. The shooter,…

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  • Medical worker quarantined in New Jersey under new Ebola safeguards

    By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) - A medical worker quarantined in New Jersey on her return from treating Ebola victims in West Africa was being evaluated in a hospital isolation ward on Saturday after new contagion-control safeguards were imposed for America's biggest urban center. She was…

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  • Man to plead guilty to killing Montana teacher in cocaine frenzy

    By Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) - A Colorado man accused of killing a Montana teacher during a cocaine-fueled frenzy has agreed to plead guilty to murder as part of a deal in which prosecutors will dismiss a kidnapping charge in the case, court documents showed on Wednesday. Michael Spell, 25, of…

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  • Suspected serial killer charged in another murder in Indiana

    By Mark Guarino CROWN POINT Ind. (Reuters) - Suspected serial killer Darren Vann, who was arrested on Saturday and charged in the murder of a young woman whose body was found in a motel in Indiana, was charged on Wednesday in the murder of another woman, prosecutors said. Vann, a convicted sex…

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  • Father, son who ran NY drug treatment centers face fraud charges

    By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - A father and son who ran New York City substance abuse clinics were accused on Wednesday of stealing tax money meant to treat addicts and using it to fund a lavish lifestyle that included luxury cars. Alan Brand and his son, Jason Brand, were arrested on an…

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  • U.S. pastor defrocked over son's same-sex wedding faces Methodist council

    By Bianca Phillips MEMPHIS Tenn. (Reuters) - A U.S. pastor who was defrocked after officiating at his son's same-sex wedding ceremony, and later reinstated, made an appeal to hang onto his ordination before a Methodist judicial council on Wednesday. The church punished Reverend Frank Schaefer, who…

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  • Mega harvest leaves U.S. farmers battling bugs in storage bins

    By Mark Weinraub CHICAGO (Reuters) - With record harvests depressing prices, U.S. farmers are holding tight to their corn and soybeans and binging on chemicals that protect stored grain from critters or even leaving corn standing in fields over winter to avoid storage charges. Still flush with cash…

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  • NYC subway breaks record with more than 6 million daily rides

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - More people rode the New York City subway than ever in September, with the number of trips exceeding a record-breaking 6 million on five separate days over the month, transit officials said on Wednesday. There were 6,106,694 trips on the subway on Sept. 23, the highest number…

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  • Maker of U.S. highway guardrails stops shipments over safety concerns

    (Reuters) - Railcar maker Trinity Industries Inc said on Friday that it would stop shipping a highway guardrail system, after the U.S. government demanded earlier in the week that the company conduct more crash tests of the product. The system was banned by Nevada in January, Massachusetts and…

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  • Washington school shooting suspect left unhappy tweets

    By Bill Rigby SEATTLE (Reuters) - A high school student believed to have shot to death a classmate and wounded four others on Friday at his campus north of Seattle was a popular homecoming prince but appeared on social media as a heart broken and sometimes angry adolescent. Police offered no motive…

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  • St. Louis officer shot teen in back of legs: family autopsy

    By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - A white off-duty St. Louis police officer shot a black teenager six times in the back of the legs and once in the side of the head in what was likely a fatal wound, a doctor who performed a private autopsy for the teen's family said on Friday. The shooting of…

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  • U.S. jury convicts ex-Blackwater guards in 2007 Baghdad killings

    By Aruna Viswanatha and Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. federal jury found three American former Blackwater guards guilty of manslaughter and weapons charges on Wednesday and a fourth of murder in connection with the 2007 killing of 14 unarmed Iraqis at a Baghdad traffic circle. The…

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  • Ferguson shooting probe to be complete in coming months: Attorney general

    By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Friday that he expects the Justice Department's investigation into the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, to be complete by the time he leaves…

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