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  • Total Port Arthur refinery halts coker ops after worker killed

    Total SA said coker operations were halted at the company's 225,500 barrel per day (bpd) Port Arthur, Texas, refinery on Saturday following the death of a contract worker. Production at the refinery has been cut back due to the operations halt on the coker, where the worker, an employee of Kinder…

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  • Fire at Washington state Planned Parenthood ruled arson

    The blaze was set around 3:30 a.m. local time and caused extensive damage to the front of the structure in Pullman, the Pullman Fire Department said in a news release. Last month, thousands of protesters rallied outside Planned Parenthood locations across the country calling for the federal…

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  • Entangled blue whale spotted off southern California coast

    A blue whale entangled in a fishing line was spotted off the coast of southern California on Friday and rescue workers were determining how to free the massive mammal, officials said. The whale was first seen in the afternoon by a cruise ship 5 miles (8 km) off the coast of the upscale seaside…

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  • California kite surfer hit by car after wind pushes him onto highway

    A kite surfer was hit by a car after a strong gust of wind pushed him onto a San Francisco highway on Friday, police said. The victim, who was not officially identified, suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to a nearby hospital, San Francisco Police Department spokeswoman Grace…

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  • Kentucky clerk's office ends ban on same-sex marriage licenses

    Deputies of a county clerk in rural Kentucky issued marriage licenses to four gay couples on Friday after she defied a federal judge's orders for months because as a Christian she opposes same-sex unions. With Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis jailed for refusing to follow the orders of U.S. District…

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  • Gay marriage fight in Kentucky likely not the last battleground

    The fight over same-sex marriage licenses may not end in Kentucky. In Texas, Alabama and elsewhere a number of clerks and judges who stated their opposition to gay marriage have thrown up roadblocks to the unions, extending the fight over same-sex weddings two months after the U.S. Supreme Court…

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  • Alaska woman steals police car with husband handcuffed in back

    The woman slipped into the patrol's car and drove off on Wednesday while a state trooper was engaged with a passing motorist on an unrelated topic, a trooper dispatch report said. The following day troopers arrested Amber Watford, 28, and Joshua Watford 38, in a home about 45 miles (72 km) north…

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  • Denver man sent to prison for stealing dead mom's retirement benefits

    A 73-year-old Denver man was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison for concealing his mother's death for more than a decade in order to cash her Social Security and other pension checks, prosecutors said on Friday. Ernie Atchley must also repay the more than $465,000 he stole from the various…

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  • Protesters rally at California jail after deputies arrested

    Several dozen protesters gathered on Friday outside the California jail where three correctional deputies were accused of beating to death a mentally ill inmate last week, according to news reports and images on social media. Corrections deputies Matthew Farris, Jereh Lubrin and Rafael Rodriguez…

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  • Apostolic Christianity fuels Kentucky clerk's gay marriage fight

    By Steve Bittenbender MOREHEAD, Ky. (Reuters) - The low-slung, white building that houses Morehead, Kentucky's Solid Rock Apostolic Church is small enough that a visitor could easily drive past without noticing. It helped the thrice-divorced Rowan County Clerk escape what her lawyer described as…

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  • Ex-college band member gets four years for Florida hazing death

    A former member of a Florida college marching band was sentenced on Friday to four years in prison in the 2011 death of a drum major, concluding a series of criminal trials resulting from a case that drew wide attention to college hazing rituals. Caleb Jackson, 26, pleaded no contest in 2013 to…

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  • Court upholds contraceptive mandate against Indiana nonprofits

    A divided panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals lifted a lower court order exempting the groups from the law. The nonprofits, including the Saint Anne Home & Retirement Community of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Grace Schools, Biola University and others, sued the federal…

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  • California passes bill to help immigrant crime victim visa applicants

    California legislators have voted to help undocumented immigrants who are victims of violent crime by introducing time limits on law enforcement's response to their U.S. visa applications, in an attempt to standardize police forces' uneven treatment of applicants. The federal government grants…

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  • Cameron bows to pressure to take more Syrian refugees

    By Axel Bugge LISBON (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron said on Friday that Britain would welcome "thousands more" Syrian refugees, after an outpouring of emotion over the image of a Syrian toddler lying dead on a Turkish beach put him under pressure to act. Cameron, who spent two days…

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  • Videos a focus of probe into Illinois policeman's slaying

    Investigators in northern Illinois on Friday pieced together several videos to build a visual timeline around the fatal shooting of a veteran policeman while a $50,000 reward was offered for information leading to the apprehension and conviction of the culprits. Hundreds of law enforcement…

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  • Massachusetts police officer to be charged with hoax shooting claim

    A Massachusetts police officer who sent a Boston suburb into lockdown earlier this week after reporting that an unknown assailant shot at his patrol cruiser will face criminal charges for allegedly making up the whole thing, police said on Friday. The officer, 24-year-old Bryan Johnson of the…

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  • Police show in force for funeral of Texas deputy killed in shooting

    More than 10,000 law enforcement officers from across the United States attended the Houston funeral of Harris County Deputy Darren Goforth on Friday, remembering him as good-natured man who brought dignity to the profession. Goforth, 47, was fatally shot on Aug. 28 as he fueled a patrol car at a…

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  • Undocumented immigrant to stand trial in San Francisco waterfront shooting

    An undocumented immigrant accused of shooting a woman along San Francisco's famous waterfront in a killing that has ratcheted up the national debate over immigration will stand trial on murder and weapons charges, a judge ruled on Friday. Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez was charged with murder and…

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  • New York City correctional officers plead not guilty to assaulting teen inmate

    Two New York City correctional officers pled not guilty on Friday to charges that included official misconduct and assault on a teenage inmate at Rikers Island, prosecutors said. Captain Medzid Kolenovic, 40, is accused of bringing Ambirorix Celedonio, an 18-year-old Rikers inmate, into a supply…

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  • Magnitude 4.2 quake strikes near Grand Coulee Dam in Washington

    (Reuters) - (This September 1, 2015 story was refiled to correct the height of the dam to 550 feet (168 meters) from 5-1/2 stories in paragraph 8) A magnitude 4.2 earthquake struck near Grand Coulee Dam, the largest U.S. hydropower facility, in northeastern Washington state on Tuesday, prompting…

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