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  • Nine people charged in Kentucky in bourbon heist

    By Steve Bittenbender FRANKFORT, Ky. (Reuters) - Nine people were charged in Kentucky on Tuesday with stealing more than $100,000 worth of bourbon whiskey, including the prized Pappy Van Winkle brand. Prosecutors say the scheme involved a group of people who knew each other through softball and…

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  • Justice Department investigating death of Baltimore man after arrest

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday that it is gathering information to determine whether it can bring civil rights charges in the death of a man who died after being arrested by Baltimore police. Freddie Gray, a 27-year-old black man, was arrested by white officers…

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  • Posh Beverly Hills considers empty pools, $1,000 fines amid drought

    By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Beverly Hills, the southern California city whose name evokes Hollywood-tinged glamour and luxury, is considering banning the refilling of swimming pools and fining residents $1,000 for water violations. Faced with an order from the governor to cut water…

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  • Two killed, three injured in shooting near Fort Hood, Texas

    (Reuters) - Two people were killed and three injured in a shooting early Tuesday at an apartment complex in Killeen, Texas, near the Fort Hood U.S. Army base, police said. Killeen police responded to reports of gunfire and found the bodies of two women at the Village West apartments,…

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  • U.S. congressman who posed with gun in office could face probe

    By Lacey Johnson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Republican member of Congress who posed for a photo with an assault rifle in his office could face investigation for violating the District of Columbia’s gun laws, the city's attorney general’s office said on Tuesday. Representative Ken Buck, of Colorado,…

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  • Actor William Shatner proposes pipeline to solve California drought

    LOS ANGELES - (Reuters) - William Shatner in full Captain Kirk mode is looking to marshal a crew for a project with an astronomical budget to deal with California's drought problems, although some might call it a pipe dream. The "Star Trek" star has told Yahoo! Tech journalist David Pogue he…

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  • Alabama police officer pleads not guilty over throwing Indian man to ground

    An Alabama police officer pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to violating an Indian man's civil rights by throwing him to the ground, prosecutors said, during an encounter captured on video that left the victim badly injured. Eric Parker, 26, an officer with the Madison Police Department, was seen on…

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  • Jury in NY child murder case rehears psychiatrists' testimony

    By Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK (Reuters) - Jurors weighing murder and kidnapping charges against a man who confessed to strangling 6-year-old Etan Patz in 1979 asked to rehear testimony on Tuesday from psychiatrists he told about choking the boy. Pedro Hernandez, 54, is on trial in the killing of…

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  • California advances bill to help immigrant crime victims gain visas

    By Kristina Cooke and Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Undocumented immigrants in California who are violent crime victims would have the same chance to apply for a special U.S. visa regardless of where in the state the crime occurred, under a bill that passed a state Senate committee on…

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  • Bond set for Detroit-area policeman charged in beating of black man

    By Serena Maria Daniels INKSTER, Mich. (Reuters) - A Wayne County judge set a $25,000 cash bond on Tuesday for a suburban Detroit police officer charged with misconduct and assault in the beating of a black motorist in January that was caught on video and later made public. William Melendez, 46,…

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  • Boston bombing victims recall day of pain, chaos, grief

    By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Celeste Corcoran was hurled into the air by a bomb at the Boston Marathon finish line two years ago. Gillian Reny saw blood gushing from her legs and wondered if she would survive. William Campbell waited hours for his daughter to emerge from surgery only to…

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  • Colorado man cited for 'killing' uncooperative computer with handgun

    Police in Colorado have cited a 37-year-old man for carrying his computer into an alley then shooting it eight times with a handgun after what authorities said had been a long battle with the uncooperative machine. Lucas Hinch was cited for discharging a firearm within city limits after officers…

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  • Kansas man pleads not guilty to plot to bomb U.S. Army base

    (Reuters) - A Kansas man accused of plotting a suicide car bombing at Fort Riley army base in support of Islamic State militants pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to federal charges that could bring a life sentence if he is convicted, according to court records. John Booker, 20, of Topeka, Kansas, was…

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  • U.S. Homeland Security to set up cyber security office in Silicon Valley

    By Bill Rigby SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is in the final stages of planning to set up a satellite office in California's Silicon Valley, aiming to build relationships with the technology industry and scout for talent there, the department's secretary said on…

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  • Obama administration sets agenda to modernize energy infrastructure

    The Obama administration on Tuesday laid out an agenda under its Quadrennial Energy Review to modernize the country's energy infrastructure and make it more resilient to challenges ranging from extreme weather to the domestic energy boom. Commissioned by President Barack Obama when he announced…

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  • Congress to probe sex parties for leaks, DEA chief expected to step down

    By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. congressional panel will examine whether federal Drug Enforcement Administration agents divulged secrets at sex parties that Colombian drug lords may have staged to elicit sensitive information. Following revelations of misconduct by DEA agents, a…

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  • Judge orders NY transit agency to run 'Killing Jews' ad

    By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judge on Tuesday ordered New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority to display on its buses a controversial ad that refers to Muslims killing Jews, rejecting the argument that the ad could incite terrorism or imminent violence. U.S.…

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  • Federal gun trial for Robert Durst delayed until September

    The trial of real estate scion and accused murderer Robert Durst on a federal weapons charge in New Orleans has been delayed until September after his lawyers requested more time to prepare his defense, court records show. Durst's lawyers had sought his speedy extradition to Los Angeles County,…

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  • DEA head Leonhart expected to leave: Senior administration official

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Director Michele Leonhart is expected to leave her post, a senior administration official told Reuters on Tuesday. A recent report from the Justice Department revealed that DEA agents participated in "sex parties" with prostitutes in…

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  • St. Louis City Hall evacuated over suspicious packages

    (Reuters) - The St. Louis, Missouri, city hall was re-opened on Tuesday afternoon, hours after it had been evacuated while authorities investigated three suspicious items, city officials said. The building and nearby streets were re-opened after St. Louis Police bomb and arson personnel secured…

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