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  • Obama heads north to Alaska, where drilling decision looms large

    By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Saturday defended his decision to allow Royal Dutch Shell to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean under what he said were rigorous standards, fending off criticism by environmental groups. The trip is part of a broad campaign to…

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  • Hurricane Ignacio rolls across Pacific toward Hawaii

    By Suzanne Roig HONOLULU (Reuters) - Hurricane Ignacio was churning across the Pacific on Friday on a path that could take it past Hawaii in coming days, with a second, more powerful storm trailing in its wake, the National Hurricane Center said. Maui and the island of Hawaii could feel the…

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  • Tropical storm losing strength as it nears Florida, 20 dead in Dominica

    By David Adams MIAMI (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Erika was soaking Haiti with heavy rain and strong winds on Friday as it swirled across the Caribbean but showed signs of losing steam as it headed toward south Florida, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. Twenty people were confirmed…

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  • Houston sheriff's deputy fatally shot at gas station

    A search was under way for the officer's killer, who was described as a male dressed in a white t-shirt, driving a red truck, the Harris County Sheriff's office said. The deputy was in uniform and filling up his car with gas when the gunman approached from behind and fired several shots, sheriff's…

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  • Kentucky clerk seeks Supreme Court help to deny gay marriage licenses

    A Kentucky county clerk petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday for an emergency order allowing her to continue to deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples, a move coming two days after a federal appeals court rejected her request. In a related move, a federal judge refused to extend a stay…

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  • New Mexico's prosecutor charges state official with embezzlement

    New Mexico's Democratic attorney general filed a 64-count criminal case against Republican Secretary of State Dianna Duran on Friday, accusing her of embezzlement, money-laundering, campaign finance violations and other offenses, his office said. A spokesman for Attorney General Hector Balderas…

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  • Oregon priest goes missing after hidden camera allegations

    Authorities in the Philippines are searching for a Catholic priest from Oregon who went missing while facing criminal charges for allegedly hiding a camera in a church bathroom, officials with the Archdiocese of Portland said on Friday. Father Ysrael Bien is accused of personal invasion of…

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  • White supremacist admits to three Kansas murders, seeks acquittal

    A white supremacist told a jury on Friday how he killed three people, including a boy, outside two Jewish centers in Kansas last year but asked that he be found not guilty because he believed that Jews have too much power and must be stopped. Frazier Cross, 74, a former senior member of the Ku…

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  • Columbia University seeks to end lawsuit by accused student in mattress case

    Columbia University on Friday asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit by a recent graduate who said it allowed a student who accused him of rape to harass him by carrying a mattress around campus in protest, even though the school had cleared him of the allegation. In a filing in Manhattan…

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  • Man who shot Virginia journalists identified with 9/11 attacks: sheriff

    The gunman who killed two Virginia television journalists on air carried out a well-planned assault and identified with mass murderers and the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, authorities said on Friday. The shooter, Vester Flanagan, gave no sign of his destination or next move when…

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  • Planned Parenthood goes to court to fight funding cuts in Alabama

    Planned Parenthood filed a complaint in Alabama federal on Friday seeking to stop the state from defunding its health clinics after the release of covertly recorded videos attacking the organization's handling of aborted fetal tissue. The reproductive-health organization took similar legal action…

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  • Former New Hampshire prep school student not guilty of rape

    Owen Labrie, 19, was found not guilty of three felony counts of sexually assaulting a fellow student at St. Paul's School in Concord. Labrie closed his eyes and began to sob as the first verdict, finding him guilty of computer-related seduction, was read but regained his composure as the jury…

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  • Former Arkansas treasurer sentenced to 30 months for bribery

    A former Arkansas state treasurer was sentenced in a federal court on Friday to 30 months in prison for bribery in her handling of the state's bond portfolio. Martha Shoffner, 71 and a Democrat, was convicted in 2014 on federal charges of bribery and extortion.

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  • New York TSA agent charged with molesting traveler in bogus search

    A Transportation Security Administration agent at New York's LaGuardia Airport was arrested after being accused of luring a woman to an airport bathroom under the pretense of a security search and molesting her, authorities said on Friday. The suspect, identified by officials as Maxie Oquendo, 40,…

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  • Chicago school closure battle intensifies with hunger strike

    A long-standing battle between activists and the City of Chicago over school closures in minority neighborhoods has intensified with a dozen protesters entering their twelfth day of a hunger strike on Friday over a shuttered high school. Camped out on the lawn in front of Dyett High School in…

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  • Trial reset for Baltimore man charged with cutting hose in riot

    The trial for a man allegedly filmed slashing a fire hose at a burning pharmacy during rioting in Baltimore in April was postponed on Friday to Oct. 29. The jury trial of Greg Butler Jr., 22, had been schedule to on Friday in Baltimore City Circuit Court. After attorneys deliberated with Judge…

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  • U.S. court hands win to NSA over metadata collection

    By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Friday threw out a judge's ruling that would have blocked the National Security Agency from collecting phone metadata under a controversial program that has raised privacy concerns. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of…

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  • North Carolina policeman won't face retrial in fatal shooting of black man

    North Carolina prosecutors said on Friday they have decided against seeking a retrial for Randall Kerrick, a white police officer whose manslaughter trial in the killing of an unarmed black man ended in a hung jury last week. The North Carolina Attorney General’s office said it would move to…

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  • Kenyan gets 15 years in prison in U.S. for funding Islamist militant groups

    A Kenyan man was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Friday by a judge in Miami after pleading guilty to funneling $11,600 dollars to U.S.-designated terrorist organizations in Africa and the Middle East. U.S. District Judge Ursula Ungaro sentenced Mohamed Hussain Said, 27, for conspiring to…

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  • Court ruling on NSA data collection shows program is constitutional: White House

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. appellate court decision on the National Security Agency's collection of phone metadata was consistent with the Obama administration's stance that the intelligence gathering programs are constitutional, the White House said on Friday.

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