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  • Another suspect arrested in kidnapping of N.C. prosecutor's father

    Authorities have arrested another suspect in the gang-related abduction of a North Carolina prosecutor's father. Quantavious Thompson was taken into custody late on Wednesday in Atlanta, the FBI said in a statement. Thompson, who is either 18 or 19 years old, is one of eight people accused in the…

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  • Cost to buy F-35 up 2 percent; to operate down 9 percent: Pentagon

    By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon on Thursday forecast the cost of developing and buying Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 fighter jet at $398.6 billion, up 2 percent from last year, but said the projected cost to operate and maintain the jets was down about 9 percent. The total cost…

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  • Obama budget would boost U.S. tax revenue, cut deficits: CBO

    By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's fiscal 2015 budget request would boost U.S. tax revenue by nearly $1.4 trillion over 10 years if fully enacted, cutting deficits by $1.05 trillion while funding new spending, the Congressional Budget Office said on Thursday. But the…

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  • Auto airbag maker Continental named in GM recall suit

    Plaintiffs' lawyers are seeking to draw Continental Automotive Systems US, the maker of airbag systems in recalled General Motors Co vehicles, into litigation over an ignition-switch defect that has been linked to 13 deaths. A lawsuit filed late Wednesday in federal court in California is the…

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  • Racist online forums linked to deadly hate crimes: rights group report

    By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - A white supremacist charged with killing three people near two Jewish community facilities in suburban Kansas City this week posted more than 12,000 messages on a racist website which carries the slogan "No Jews, Just Right," according to a leading…

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  • Calls for peace at memorial for Kansas shooting victims

    By Kevin Murphy and Carey Gillam OVERLAND PARK, Kansas (Reuters) - The scene of what authorities say was a hate crime just days ago became the setting for tears, prayers and calls for peace as religious leaders gathered at a Kansas Jewish community center for a service to honor the three people…

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  • New York's transit authority cuts deal to end 2-year pay dispute

    By Edward Krudy NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) struck a deal on Thursday to end a 2-year pay dispute with a more generous offer to workers than the years of pay freezes it had originally proposed, New York state Governor Andrew Cuomo said. "The…

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  • Chelsea Clinton is pregnant with first child

    By Barbara Goldberg NEW YORK (Reuters) - Chelsea Clinton announced on Thursday that she is pregnant with the first grandchild of former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. "Marc and I are very excited that we have our first child arriving later this year," said…

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  • Iraqi-American man convicted of killing wife in California

    By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - An Iraqi-American man was found guilty by a San Diego jury on Thursday of bludgeoning his wife to death in a killing that was first investigated as a hate crime because of a threatening note found at the scene. Kassim Alhimidi, 49, was convicted of…

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  • House Republican leaders holding up immigration reform: Obama

    President Barack Obama on Thursday called on the Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform, which he said was being held back by Republican leaders in the House of Representatives. "There is bipartisan support for comprehensive immigration reform," Obama said at a news conference. The…

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  • Obama argues healthcare law is working, rejects Republican criticism

    By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama mounted a vigorous effort on Thursday to show his signature healthcare law is working and dismissed Republican critics who are using flaws in Obamacare to campaign for ousting Democrats from the U.S. Congress in November. Appearing in…

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  • Signs of healing in Texas town a year after deadly plant blast

    By Lisa Maria Garza WEST, Texas (Reuters) - Still healing from multiple broken bones after the force of a deadly explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant lifted him out of his boots a year ago, one first responder has begun to address the anguish of losing his team members. Volunteer firefighter…

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  • Live free or die: New Hampshire moves to decriminalize adultery

    New Hampshire lawmakers on Thursday voted to scrap an ancient law that makes cheating on your spouse a criminal offense in the New England state whose motto is "Live Free or Die." Governor Maggie Hassan is expected to sign the bill into law, making adultery legal in the Granite State for the first…

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  • After Nevada ranch stand-off, emboldened militias ask: where next?

    He was part of a 1,000-strong coalition of armed militia-men, cowboys on horseback, gun rights activists and others who rallied to Cliven Bundy's Bunkerville ranch, about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas, in a stand-off with about a dozen agents from the federal Bureau of Land Management. Citing…

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  • Two dead, two missing in Lake Erie boat incident

    By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Two women are dead and two men missing after their boat apparently struck a submerged reef in Lake Erie during a fishing trip, authorities said on Thursday. Authorities launched a search for the missing boaters after family members said they had failed to check…

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  • U.S. barbecues grow pricier as beef, pork reach record highs

    With the Chicago weather finally getting a little nicer, Chris Anderssen wanted to grill some burgers outside for a group of family and friends. When she got to the meat aisle at her local Jewel-Osco supermarket, a case of sticker shock made her change the menu: extra lean ground beef was $4.99 a…

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  • Lowe's to pay $500,000 in EPA lead paint settlement

    By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lowe's Home Centers, the No. 2 U.S. home improvement retail chain, has agreed to pay a $500,000 penalty for violating federal rules governing lead paint exposure, U.S. authorities said on Thursday. The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of…

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  • U.S. judge declines to order 'park it now' notices for GM cars

    A federal judge on Thursday rejected a bid to compel General Motors Co to tell customers to stop driving millions of cars that have been recalled for defective ignition switches. Attorneys representing Charles and Grace Silvas, the owners of a recalled 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt, had sought an…

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  • GM to shift global Cadillac chief back to Washington policy job-source

    General Motors Co plans to shift its global Cadillac chief back to focus full time on his former lobbying position in Washington as the No. 1 U.S. automaker deals with fallout from defective ignition switches linked to at least 13 deaths, a person familiar with the plans said on Thursday. Robert…

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  • Teen in 'Jihad Jane' case sentenced to five years in prison

    The immigrant, Mohammad Hassan Khalid, 20, who has been in custody three years for his role in the "Jihad Jane" conspiracy, will receive credit for that time and serve an additional two years in prison to finish his sentence, said the sentencing judge, Petrese Tucker, of U.S. district court in…

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