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  • American man suspected of fighting with Islamic State is killed

    An American man suspected of fighting alongside Islamic State militants who have seized large areas of Iraq and Syria to the alarm of the Baghdad government and its allies in the West has been killed in Syria, a U.S. Citizen Douglas McAuthur McCain's presence in Syria and can confirm his death,"…

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  • Demonstrations resume in Missouri over shooting death of black teen

    By Edward McAllister ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - More than 100 demonstrators marched peacefully in St. Louis on Tuesday, calling for the arrest of a white police officer who shot dead an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, almost three weeks ago. By nightfall, a small group of about 30…

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  • Arizona treasurer claims victory in Republican primary for governor

    By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Arizona state treasurer and businessman Doug Ducey claimed victory on Tuesday in the race to be the Republican nominee to replace outgoing Governor Jan Brewer, who has clashed repeatedly with the White House over illegal immigration. With border security…

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  • American released by Syrian militants excited to be free, mother says

    An American writer released this week from two years in the captivity of insurgents in Syria is doing well and is excited to be free, his mother said on Tuesday. Peter Theo Curtis, 45, went missing in 2012 and was held by Nusra Front, al Qaeda's official wing in Syria, whose rivals, the militant…

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  • California Senate approves measure banning warrantless drone surveillance

    By AARON MENDELSON SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The California State Senate passed legislation on Tuesday imposing strict regulations on how law enforcement and other government agencies can use drones, a move supporters said will protect privacy and prevent warrantless surveillance. The bill…

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  • Santa Fe moves a step closer to decriminalizing marijuana

    By Joseph Kolb ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) - Santa Fe took a step towards decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana on Tuesday when the county commission agreed to put the issue up for a vote in November. The five-member commission approved a ballot measure that would give voters the chance to…

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  • Insurers pay more tax on executive compensation under Obamacare: study

    When Washington eliminated corporate tax deductions on health insurance executive compensation above $500,000 under President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law in 2013, it generated more than $72 million in additional tax revenue for the U.S. The report from the Institute for Policy Studies…

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  • U.S. court will not block lawsuits over Connecticut SWAT raid

    2nd Court of Appeals in New York clears the way for a judge to decide whether five suburban Connecticut police departments violated the constitutional rights of homeowner Ronald Terebesi by using excessive force. On May 18, 2008, a heavily armed SWAT - or special weapons and tactics - team unit…

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  • Suspect in L.A. drive-by killings charged with two other shootings

    By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A man arrested in Los Angeles on suspicion of committing three apparently random shotgun slayings within a single hour on Sunday was formally charged on Tuesday with two other shootings, one of them fatal, police and prosecutors said. Alexander Hernandez,…

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  • Detroit resumes water shutoffs for unpaid bills

    By Aaron Foley DETROIT (Reuters) - Controversial water shutoffs in Detroit resumed on Tuesday after a month-long moratorium to allow delinquent customers to catch up with past-due bills, city officials said. During the moratorium, the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department was returned to city…

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  • Four family members drown in Oregon lake

    (Reuters) - Four members of a family, including two children, have drowned at an Oregon lake, in an unusual occurrence that may have started with one person getting into trouble in the water and other members of the family wading in, authorities said on Tuesday. On Monday evening, passers-by found…

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  • Hurricane Cristobal moving away from U.S., but rip currents likely

    Hurricane Cristobal continued to turn to the northeast on Tuesday, moving away from the Bahamas and the U.S. East Coast, but is still likely to cause dangerous coastal conditions, the National Hurricane Center said. Centered about 435 miles (700 km) west-southwest of Bermuda, Cristobal was moving…

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  • Seventh-day Adventist church sued over allegations of abuse in youth program

    By Lee van der Voo PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - Two men who say they were molested in the 1970s by a youth group leader in Oregon sued the Seventh-day Adventist church for $13.5 million on Tuesday, saying it had appointed a known pedophile to head the program and failed to remove him despite abuse…

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  • Ohio teenager found guilty of two 'knockout game' robberies of $10

    An Ohio teenager was found guilty after he pleaded no contest on Tuesday to two "knockout game" robberies in which he and two teenage accomplices stole a total of $10, prosecutors said. Deontae Howard, 17, faces up to 16 years in prison when he is sentenced on two felony robbery convictions for…

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  • Mississippi woman stands trial in fatal buttocks injection case

    By Therese Apel JACKSON Miss. (Reuters) - A Mississippi woman accused of administering an unlicensed silicone buttocks injection to a patient who later died should be convicted of murder, prosecutors told jurors in a trial that commenced on Tuesday. Tracey Lynn Garner, 54, faces a charge of…

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  • Suspect in L.A. killings charged with two other shootings

    By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A man arrested in Los Angeles on suspicion of committing three apparently random shotgun slayings within a single hour on Sunday was formally charged on Tuesday with two other shootings, one of them fatal, police and prosecutors said. Alexander Hernandez,…

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  • Some HealthCare.gov contractors see contract values rise: report

    By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three firms involved in the troubled Obamacare website HealthCare.gov have seen their contract values exceed initial estimates by more than a quarter-billion dollars, including the lead IT contractor at the time of the site's botched rollout, government data…

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  • Detroit's $1.8 billion refunding bonds priced in muni market

    (Reuters) - Detroit completed the pricing on Tuesday of $1.8 billion of water and sewer refinancing bonds related to a tender offer aimed at dealing with a big chunk of the bankrupt city's debt. A day after receiving approval from a federal judge overseeing its historic bankruptcy case, Detroit…

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  • Defense for Alabama murder suspect cites 'stand your ground' law

    (Reuters) - An Alabama man charged with stabbing his cousin to death inside the victim's home was lawfully standing his ground, his lawyers told jurors in a trial that concluded its second day on Tuesday, while prosecutors called him a murderer. Kenny Dewayne Adams, 36, is charged with one count…

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  • Serial flight stowaway from California arrested in Arizona

    A serial airplane stowaway recently released from jail in California was arrested in Arizona on Tuesday on charges of criminal trespass for lingering at the Phoenix airport without a ticket, police said. Marilyn Hartman, 62, was arrested at Sky Harbor Airport after she was recognized by employees…

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