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  • New York's Evans Bank accused of denying loans to African-Americans

    Regional New York bank Evans Bancorp was accused of illegally discriminating against African-Americans in Buffalo by denying them mortgages in a lawsuit filed by the state's attorney general on Tuesday. According to the lawsuit, Evans Bank deliberately disqualified African-Americans from its…

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  • Amtrak asks for probe of Illinois line delays on CN Rail track

    In a complaint filed on Aug. 29, Amtrak said it wants the Surface Transportation Board (STB) to investigate CN for causing delays on its Illini and Saluki lines, which travel on CN-owned track between Chicago and Carbondale, Illinois. A spokesman for Montreal-based CN said that the company would…

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  • U.S. cannot verify video purporting to show beheading of U.S. hostage

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Tuesday said it could not immediately confirm reports that Islamic State had released a video purporting to show the beheading of American hostage Steven Sotloff. White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters in a briefing that if there is such a video,…

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  • Tray Vous recalls stroller trays because of strangulation risk

    Tray Vous LLC is recalling snack and activity trays for strollers because of a strangulation risk for children, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Tuesday. The opening between the tray and the stroller seat allows a child's body to pass through but could trap a child's head, the…

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  • Report blames coal ash for cancers at Pennsylvania prison

    By David DeKok HARRISBURG Pa. (Reuters) - A high rate of cancer among inmates at a southwestern Pennsylvania prison is linked to a nearby coal ash dump, and the correctional facility should be closed down, according to a report made public on Tuesday. Eleven prisoners died of cancer from 2010…

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  • Securing release of Americans held in North Korea a top priority: White House

    Securing the release of the three Americans detained in North Korea is a top priority, the White House said on Tuesday. "We continue to do all we can to secure their earliest possible release." On Monday, three American citizens detained in North Korea appealed to the U.S government for help…

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  • Last call at Atlantic City's Revel: a few bettors, $5 bottles, state cops

    By Daniel Kelley ATLANTIC CITY N.J. (Reuters) - Shortly before sunrise on Tuesday, Morgan Capezzera reclined on the roulette table at the Revel Casino in her bikini and snapped a selfie before the Atlantic City gambling hall shut its doors for good. "I love Revel," said Capezzera, 30, of Toms…

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  • U.S. missionary doctor in Liberia tests positive for Ebola: group

    An American missionary doctor working in Liberia has tested positive for the Ebola virus after working with obstetrics patients at a missionary hospital in Monrovia, the church-affiliated organization SIM USA said on Tuesday. The Charlotte, North Carolina-based group did not identify the physician…

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  • New York driver chains neck to pole, hits gas pedal, gets decapitated

    A 51-year-old man decapitated himself in New York's Bronx borough by chaining his neck to a pole, getting into his car and stomping on the gas, police said on Tuesday. Police said Tomas Rivera, of Port Jervis, New York, about 70 miles northwest of New York City, went to Longfellow Avenue in the…

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  • Photos of alleged 9/11 '20th hijacker' can stay classified: court

    By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Tuesday said photos of a Saudi national imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay who U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said the government plausibly showed that releasing images of Mohammed al-Qahtani, who was subject to…

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  • Florida-bound Delta flight diverted over reclining seat dispute

    An argument over leg room and reclining seats forced a Florida-bound flight from New York to divert to a different airport late on Monday, the third such incident of a midair disruption caused by passengers in about a week. Delta Air Lines said that "out of an abundance of caution" the captain of…

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  • Convicted bomber faces immigration fraud charges in Detroit

    By Aaron Foley DETROIT (Reuters) - A Chicago woman convicted of a 1969 supermarket bombing in Israel and indicted on U.S. Rasmieh Yousef Odeh, 66, was accused of immigration fraud and arrested at her home in October by federal agents. A federal indictment alleges she failed to reveal her…

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  • Police search for 17 teens who escaped Tennessee detention center

    Nashville police were searching on Tuesday for 17 teens still at large after 32 boys escaped from a detention center overnight, a spokesman said. At around 11 p.m. on Monday, some of the teens began pushing their way out of the dorms at the Woodland Hills Youth Development Center in Nashville,…

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  • Actress Jennifer Lawrence contacts authorities after nude photos hacked

    Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence has contacted authorities to investigate who stole and posted nude images of her online, a spokeswoman said on Monday, part of a reported mass hacking of celebrities' intimate photos. Online pictures of the actress, 24, who won an Academy Award for "Silver…

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  • Doubts over whether Detroit bankruptcy plan gets job done

    By David Greising, Karen Pierog and Tim Reid DETROIT Reuters) - Detroit’s plan to recover from bankruptcy includes several blueprints for a new future. Detroit is far short of the $1.7 billion it needs over the next 10 years to remove abandoned buildings, replace outdated technology and increase…

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  • Fast-food workers to launch intensified protests across U.S.

    The protests, announced on Twitter by organizer Fight For 15, come as cities across the nation propose minimum wage increases while Democrats seek to raise the federal minimum wage ahead of this year's mid-term congressional elections. Fast food workers have launched a series of protests over the…

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  • California high school drops mascot criticized by Arab-American group

    (Reuters) - A California high school has retired its Middle Eastern-themed mascot and accompanying belly dancers and redrawn its logo after criticism from Arab-Americans that they played on harmful stereotypes, a group advocating for the change said on Monday. Coachella Valley High School agreed…

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  • Detained Americans in North Korea seek U.S. help

    By James Pearson, Alina Selyukh and Matt Spetalnick SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three American citizens detained in North Korea appealed to the U.S government on Monday for help returning home, speaking in rare interviews with U.S. One of them said his health was failing and another described…

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