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  • Colorado rolls out driver's licenses for illegal immigrants

    By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Colorado granted driver's licenses to 62 illegal immigrants on Friday, officials said, during the first day of a controversial program that supporters say makes the streets safer and opponents argue rewards criminality. "These drivers had to pass written and…

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  • Bible left in North Korean sailor's club triggered U.S. tourist's arrest

    By James Pearson SEOUL (Reuters) - American tourist Jeffrey Fowle was arrested by North Korean authorities for leaving a bible under a bin in the toilet at a club for foreign sailors, a source familiar with Fowle's case told Reuters. During his ten day trip to North Korea, Fowle's fellow…

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  • Sudanese woman who had faced execution for conversion arrives in U.S.

    Mariam Yahya Ibrahim arrived in Manchester, New Hampshire, where she has relatives and where she was greeted by a crowd of people from the local Sudanese immigrant community who sang and handed her bunches of flowers. "I can't describe the feeling," said her husband, Daniel Wani, who had traveled…

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  • Arizona reveals drug dosage given in drawn-out execution

    By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Officials in Arizona injected a death row inmate last month with doses 15 times higher than the amount of drugs called for in the state's protocol for executions by lethal injection, authorities said on Friday. Lawyers for convicted double murderer Joseph…

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  • Area in front of White House reopened after being cleared

    U.S. Park Police and Secret Service officers reopened an area in front of the White House on Friday evening after briefly closing it due to an unattended package that had been left in front of the presidential building, according to a Reuters eyewitness. At around 8 p.m., officers moved…

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  • Albuquerque mayor concerned about city's homeless American Indians

    By Joseph Kolb ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) - Authorities in Albuquerque said on Friday that homeless American Indian people are more at risk than others from street violence in findings released after the beating deaths of two homeless men in an abandoned lot in New Mexico's largest city. …

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  • Colorado officials propose tightening rules for marijuana edibles

    By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A Colorado task force charged with tightening controls on marijuana edibles unveiled proposed rules on Friday to limit potency levels, require clearer labeling and assure that children cannot get their hands on pot-infused confections. Under the guidelines…

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  • U.S. prepares to receive two American aid workers stricken with Ebola

    By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - Two American aid workers, both seriously ill after being infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia, will be flown to the United States and treated in isolation at an Atlanta hospital, officials said on Friday. A plane equipped to transport Dr. Kent…

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  • Chicago police say homicides fall to lowest level since 1963

    By Fiona Ortiz CHICAGO (Reuters) - Chicago's police superintendent said on Friday the number of homicides had fallen to the lowest level in five decades so far this year as he sought to dispel the notion that America's third-largest city reigns as the nation's murder capital. Superintendent Garry…

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  • Michael Jackson's Neverland estate being considered for sale

    Late pop singer Michael Jackson's Neverland estate is being considered for sale, a spokesman for the company controlling the property said on Friday. Owen Blicksilver, spokesman for investment firm Colony Capital LLC, said the company will make a decision soon as to whether it will place Jackson's…

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  • U.S. Senate report to suggest harsh CIA interrogations were unnecessary: officials

    Foreshadowing the impending release of a report expected to suggest that the "enhanced" techniques were unnecessary and also to accuse some CIA officers of misleading Congress about the effectiveness of the program, President Barack Obama said on Friday that the CIA "tortured some folks." He had…

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  • Virginia ex-governor's corruption trial jury sees racy email

    By Gary Robertson RICHMOND Va. (Reuters) - The federal jury hearing the corruption trial of former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell on Friday saw a racy email his wife sent to a businessman, a communication defense attorneys said was proof that the two were having an affair. Lawyers for…

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  • Death of New York man a homicide caused by police choke hold -autopsy

    By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - The death of a man during an arrest last month in New York City was caused by a choke hold by a police officer, the chief medical examiner's office said on Friday, declaring the death a homicide. Eric Garner's dying moments as he struggled for breath on a…

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  • Floor of UCLA's famed Pauley Pavilion to be replaced after water main break

    By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The wooden floor of UCLA's famed Pauley Pavilion, which recently underwent a multi-million dollar renovation, will be replaced after it was flooded this week when a major water main broke, the school's athletic director said on Friday. The large pipe under…

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  • Google, Facebook pay for shuttles to use San Francisco bus stops

    By Jennifer Baires SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Commuter shuttles run by Google Inc, Facebook Inc and other Silicon Valley companies began paying on Friday to make stops at San Francisco bus stations after protests blamed them for gentrification. The private buses, which for years have taken tech…

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  • Florida judge awards $16 million to artist Rauschenberg's trustees

    A Florida judge has awarded about $16 million to three trustees of famed contemporary artist Robert Rauschenberg's trust following years of litigation over the value of their services, the Fort Myers News-Press reported on Friday. The trustees, who were close friends of the late artist, had sought…

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  • Florida Lionfish ban, nation's first, goes into effect

    By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - Florida's ban on importing invasive lionfish, the first of its kind in the nation, goes into effect on Friday as wildlife managers look for a way to control the spread of the barbed, red-and-white striped fish. Lionfish, native to the waters off Southeast…

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  • Trappers search for Washington state otter that attacked swimmers

    Wildlife trappers in Washington state searched on Friday for a river otter blamed for a rare attack on humans that sent a boy and his grandmother to the hospital, wildlife experts said. The boy was swimming in the Pilchuck River in Snohomish County, about 36 miles (57 km) northeast of Seattle,…

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  • Arizona professor gets probation for scuffle with campus police

    By David Schwartz MESA Ariz. (Reuters) - An Arizona professor was sentenced on Friday to nine months' probation for scuffling with campus police after being stopped for walking in the middle of a street at night. Ersula Ore, an assistant English professor at Arizona State University, must also…

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  • U.S. court upholds Guantanamo detainee search policy

    By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Friday upheld the Obama administration's new search procedures for Guantanamo Bay detainees, rejecting the argument that invasive practices such as frisking of anal and groin areas discouraged consultation with defense lawyers. In…

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