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  • Three days, five killings and a year of pain in Baltimore

    Kajuan Guinn was just 8, and recently reunited with his family after years in foster care, when his chronically ill mother died of complications from lupus. Two years after his mother died, Guinn ran away, following his father's path into a world of gangs, drugs and violence on the streets of…

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  • Large sinkhole collapses New York intersection

    A sinkhole swallowed up a New York City intersection early on Tuesday, collapsing two lanes of roadway during morning rush hour, fire officials said. No injures or damage to private property were reported as a result of the sinkhole, which was reported to officials at about 8 a.m. EDT in the…

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  • Boston-area police officer charged with beating suspect in handcuffs

    A Boston-area police officer pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to charges of repeatedly punching a handcuffed suspect he had taken into custody and then lying about it, according to local prosecutors and police. The officer, Felix Rivera, has been suspended from his position with the Chelsea police…

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  • Honeywell unit probed in toxic gas leak in Illinois

    No one at the facility was injured, and the company reported that no uranium hexafluoride was released past the site boundary, the commission said in a statement on Monday. Uranium hexafluoride is a toxic gas and is usually stored in large canisters. Honeywell officials indicated the leak was on…

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  • Father, daughter killed in New Hampshire circus tent collapse

    State Fire Marshal Bill Degnan told reporters some of the people who were injured in the incident Monday were in serious condition, although he said the precise count of the wounded was unclear because many people drove themselves to hospitals. Degnan said about 100 people were inside the tent for…

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  • Family of woman found dead in Texas jail files wrongful death suit

    The family of Sandra Bland filed a wrongful death lawsuit on Tuesday against a Texas trooper, a sheriff’s office and her jailers, accusing them of being responsible for the woman's apparent suicide in a county jail. The suit, which was filed in a federal court in Texas, says that they violated her…

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  • Rikers Island: prison stories

    Rikers Island, the New York City jail complex that houses about 9,800 inmates, is one of the largest in the United States. After several inmate deaths, decades of lawsuits alleging inmate abuse and a two-and-a-half-year investigation by the U.S. Justice Department, the city in June agreed to let a…

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  • Oklahoma regulators impose water injection cut to stem earthquakes

    Oklahoma regulators are imposing new restrictions on energy companies injecting wastewater underground, in the latest effort to stem a sharp increase in earthquakes. The new rules, announced by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission on Monday evening, require operators in parts of two Oklahoma…

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  • Major U.S. airlines end trophy hunter shipments after Cecil outcry

    Three U.S. airlines have banned the transport of lion, leopard, elephant, rhino or buffalo killed by trophy hunters, in the latest fallout from the killing of Zimbabwe's Cecil the lion last month. American Airlines said on Tuesday it would join Delta Airlines and United Airlines in banning the…

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  • Two people shot outside New Jersey hip hop concert

    (Reuters) - A gunman shot and wounded two people outside a hip hop concert in New Jersey late on Monday and is thought to have fled to nearby woods, police said.

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  • Crews begin to gain ground against northern California wildfire

    The blaze, dubbed the Rocky Fire, has scorched some 62,000 acres and destroyed more than 50 structures since erupting last week in the canyons and foothills along the inland flanks of California's North Coast Ranges, quadrupling in size over the weekend. Evacuation orders, both mandatory and…

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  • Seattle aims to clamp down on indoor smoking lounges after violence

    Seattle wants to close about a dozen water pipe smoking lounges linked to three homicides and other violence over the past year and a half, its mayor said on Monday. The city is expanding its authority to revoke business licenses and pursuing criminal charges against the owner of a hookah lounge…

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  • New Mexico power plant evacuated after suspicious devices found

    A large coal-fired power plant in northwest New Mexico was evacuated on Monday after three suspicious devices were found nearby, a day after explosive devices were detonated outside two churches in the southern part of the state. Law enforcement officials removed the devices to an isolated area at…

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  • Bottle in car of Ohio man shot by police held fragrance: coroner

    DuBose was pulled over by police officer Raymond Tensing on July 19 because the vehicle he was driving did not have a front license plate. DuBose handed him the bottle, marked as gin, and told him it was air freshener. About a minute later, the two men struggled after DuBose, 43, refused…

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  • Man admits placing bomb outside Colorado Springs NAACP office

    A 44-year man charged with setting off a pipe bomb in January outside the building that housed the Colorado Springs chapter of the civil rights organization NAACP pleaded guilty on Monday to arson and a weapons charge, prosecutors said. Thaddeus Murphy entered his plea in Denver federal court to…

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  • Suspected killer of Memphis officer surrenders after manhunt

    By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Reuters) - A man suspected of fatally shooting a police officer in Memphis over the weekend surrendered to authorities on Monday after an extensive manhunt and being placed on the state's most-wanted fugitives list, the sheriff's office said. Tremaine Wilbourn is…

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  • House ethics panel to investigate Philadelphia's Fattah

    Fattah and four associates were charged on Wednesday with bribery and misusing hundreds of thousands of dollars of federal, charitable and campaign funds. The House Committee on Ethics said it voted last week to establish an investigative subcommittee, which will be led by Representative Susan…

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  • Police chiefs discuss solutions to crime surge

    Big city police chiefs on Monday met to discuss rising U.S. crime rates, especially homicides, and blamed repeat offenders, drugs and guns with larger magazines for part of the increase. The meeting of the Major Cities Chiefs Association, attended also by some prosecutors, came as cities face a…

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  • California water officials seek penalties in Santa Barbara oil spill

    By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California water quality regulators have asked state Attorney General Kamala Harris to consider enforcement action against the owner of an oil pipeline that ruptured near Santa Barbara in May, spilling petroleum onto beaches and the Pacific Ocean.…

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  • Football analyst James says he was fired for opposition to gay marriage

    By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - Former college football broadcaster Craig James filed suit on Monday in Dallas saying he was fired from his job by Fox Sports Southwest due to his stated opposition to same-sex marriage. The former New England Patriots running back is seeking at least…

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