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  • House Republicans advance plan for security funding extension

    A Republican bill to provide a three-week funding extension for the Department of Homeland Security cleared a procedural hurdle in the House of Representatives on Friday, indicating support for final passage in the chamber. The House voted 240-183 along strict party lines to approve a procedural…

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  • New York banana mogul faces prison after beating, fatal sex romp

    By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former Long Island banana import mogul faces up to 16 years in prison in a series of sentencings that begin on Friday, first in the beating of his girlfriend and then in the 2009 death of a woman who joined him in a three-way sex party. Thomas Hoey Jr.,…

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  • Eight dead in multiple Missouri killings including suspect: police

    (Reuters) - Seven people were found dead in four residences in a southern Missouri small town and the suspected killer was found dead in a vehicle nearby from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said on Friday. Authorities found the body of an elderly…

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  • Holder says U.S. malls should 'step up' security: CNN

    Shopping mall operators need to increase security through more staff, cameras and other techniques in light of threats made against the Mall of America in Minnesota and other shopping centers by Somali-based Islamist militants this week, outgoing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said. "I…

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  • Former Notre Dame president Rev. Theodore Hesburgh dies at 97

    Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, who reshaped the University of Notre Dame from a Catholic college known for its football team into an academic force, died late on Thursday night, the school said in a statement. Hesburgh, one of the premier Catholic educators in the United States and "champion of human…

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  • Two suspected vandals rescued, arrested at California park

    Two men suspected of vandalism had to be rescued after becoming stranded on a cliff in a San Francisco-area national park on Thursday afternoon and were later taken into custody, officials said. The men, who were not identified, were believed to have defaced a historic military building in the…

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  • Driver of truck hit by California train released from custody

    By Dana Feldman VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - A driver who was taken into custody after his truck was hit by a Southern California commuter train in a fiery wreck that injured 50 people was released on Thursday after prosecutors declined to file criminal charges, inmate records showed. Jose…

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  • Most Americans see combating climate change as a moral duty

    By Bruce Wallace WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A significant majority of Americans say combating climate change is a moral issue that obligates them – and world leaders - to reduce carbon emissions, a Reuters/IPSOS poll has found.     The poll of 2,827 Americans was conducted in February to measure the…

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  • Two street racing spectators killed in Los Angeles: local media

    An out-of-control car in an illegal street race struck and killed two spectators and badly wounded a third person in Los Angeles early on Thursday, and the driver later fled the scene, Southern California media reported. "There are preliminary indications it was street racing," Los Angeles police…

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  • Two killed in southern California street racing crash

    (Reuters) - Two onlookers were killed and one injured on Thursday after a driver taking part in an illegal street race near Los Angeles lost control of his sports car and plowed into the crowd, police said. Henry Gevorgyan, 21, was racing his gray Ford Mustang around 2:05 a.m. local time in…

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  • Union, Shell discuss meeting on U.S. refinery strike: sources

    The United Steelworkers union (USW) and representatives for several U.S. refineries discussed on Thursday a possible resumption of face-to-face negotiations to settle a 26-day strike, two people familiar with the discussions told Reuters. No date had been set as of Thursday for resuming direct…

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  • Guantanamo court holds closed session over U.S. military influence

    (This Feb 26 story is corrected to make clear in paragraph 2 that session was closed for administrative reasons, and drops reference to commanders in paragraphs 1 and 3) By Tom Ramstack FORT MEADE, Md. (Reuters) - A U.S. military court at Guantanamo Bay met in closed session on Thursday as the…

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  • Up to two police bullets hit migrant from behind in Washington state: lawyer

    By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - A Mexican farmworker fatally shot by police in Washington state after he pelted them with rocks and tried to flee was struck as many as seven times, including two shots from behind, contrary to police accounts, a family attorney said on Thursday. Antonio…

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  • Canadian woman accuses U.S.-based yoga guru of sexual assault

    By Julie Gordon VANCOUVER (Reuters) - A Vancouver yoga instructor has become the sixth woman to accuse yoga guru Bikram Choudhury of sexual assault, alleging in a civil suit that the 69-year-old celebrity yogi forced sex on her multiple times over the course of three years. Jill Lawler filed the…

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  • Convicted drug dealer pleads innocent in murder of Hollywood executive

    By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A convicted drug dealer pleaded not guilty on Thursday to murdering a Hollywood studio executive whose remains were found buried in the California desert last year, and a defense lawyer said he would prove the case was "mutual combat," not homicide. John…

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  • Minnesota teen pleads guilty to conspiring to support Islamic State

    A Somali-American teenager who was stopped at a Minnesota airport as he sought to fly to Turkey last year pleaded guilty in federal court on Thursday to conspiring to support Islamic State militants. Abdullahi Mohamud Yusuf, 18, was stopped by FBI agents at Minneapolis-St. Paul International…

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  • No charges for driver in California train wreck

    By Dana Feldman VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - A driver whose vehicle was struck by a Southern California commuter train, triggering a wreck in which 50 people were hurt, will not be charged at this time in connection with the derailment, Ventura County prosecutors said on Thursday. Prosecutors said…

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  • Authorities in Arizona chase down two llamas on the loose

    (Reuters) - Two escaped llamas led authorities in Phoenix on a long chase on Thursday as audiences nationwide were captivated by live video of their escapades filmed from television news helicopters. The llama drama began at lunchtime when a large white llama and a slightly smaller black companion…

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