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  • 'Java Juggs' coffee-stand brothel operator pleads guilty

    Carmela Panico, 52, must forfeit some $250,000 that police seized from her home last year and surrender her five coffee businesses in the Seattle area, the Herald of Everett newspaper reported, citing the Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney's Office. "The business was popular," an affidavit…

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  • Key hearing on Detroit's historic bankruptcy begins in U.S. court

    By Karen Pierog DETROIT (Reuters) - Detroit will not recover, and it may not survive as a major city if its debts are not significantly reduced during bankruptcy, a city attorney told a federal judge at the start of a critical phase of the case on Tuesday. As Detroit's state-appointed emergency…

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  • Obama increases U.S. force protecting embassy in Baghdad

    By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama has ordered an increase of about 350 troops in Baghdad to protect the U.S. Embassy in the Iraqi capital and is sending top officials to the Middle East to "build a stronger regional partnership" against Islamic State militants, the…

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  • Three killed, two injured in Kansas City shooting

    By Carey Gillam KANSAS CITY Mo. (Reuters) - Three people were killed and two more critically injured in a shooting spree in a south Kansas City neighborhood on Tuesday afternoon, police said. Law enforcement officials were called to the residential area known as Woodbridge, near an upscale…

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  • Opponents of high-speed rail project petition California Supreme Court

    Opponents of California's controversial $68 billion high-speed rail project petitioned the California Supreme Court on Tuesday, arguing a court of appeals decision ignored the financial protections of voters. The plaintiffs, which include a farmer, a landowner and Kings County, requested the…

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  • Australian PM Abbott doesn't rule out boots on ground in Iraq

    By Matt Siegel SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Wednesday declined to rule out sending combat troops to support U.S. air strikes in Iraq, amid a growing confrontation with radical Islamists who have seized large swaths of that country and neighboring Syria. Abbott was…

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  • Girl who fatally shot Arizona gun instructor said weapon was too powerful

    By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - A 9-year-old girl who fatally shot a gun range instructor with an Uzi submachine gun last week told her mother immediately afterward that the weapon was too much for her to handle and had hurt her shoulder, a sheriff's report released on Tuesday said. The…

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  • Despite dangers, U.S. journalist Sotloff was determined to record Arab Spring's human toll

    By Warren Strobel and Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Even for a freelance journalist covering the tumult in the Arab world, Steven Sotloff's travels seemed nonstop. In December, he was in northern Syria, writing about the lives of destitute, displaced Syrians and the war, according to his…

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  • Drifter convicted of three cold-case Los Angeles murders

    By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A drifter and career criminal in his 70s was convicted on Tuesday of strangling three women to death and dumping their bodies in alleys near downtown Los Angeles during the 1980s in a string of cold case serial murders resurrected by DNA evidence. A Los…

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  • Key hearing on Detroit's historic bankruptcy begins in US court

    By Karen Pierog DETROIT (Reuters) - Detroit will not recover, and it may not survive as a major city if its debts are not significantly reduced during bankruptcy, a city attorney told a federal judge at the start of a critical phase of the case on Tuesday. As Detroit's state-appointed emergency…

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  • Connecticut catering company CEO resigns over dog-kicking incident

    (Reuters) - The chief executive officer of a Connecticut-based catering company has resigned amid a barrage of criticism and possible charges after he was caught on video abusing a dog, the company said on Tuesday. Catering company Centerplate's board of directors said in a statement it had parted…

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  • U.S. prosecutor probes shooting death of Louisiana man in police car

    By Jonathan Kaminsky NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Federal prosecutors said on Tuesday they are investigating the shooting death of a black man in the back of a Louisiana police car that had previously been ruled a suicide. The family of Victor White III, 23, who died in March while handcuffed and in…

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  • Two California judges censured for sex in chambers

    By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Two California judges who had sex in their respective chambers - one with his clerk and the other with multiple women - have been censured for those acts along with other related misconduct, a state judicial commission said on Tuesday. Orange County…

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  • North Carolina brothers declared innocent, freed after 30 years in prison

    By Marti Maguire RALEIGH N.C. (Reuters) - Two North Carolina men were declared innocent and ordered freed on Tuesday after spending more than 30 years in prison for the rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl that recent DNA tests linked to another man. Henry McCollum, 50, and his half brother…

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  • Albuquerque dad killed retrieving infant after brief abduction

    By Joseph J. Kolb ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) - A 24-year-old Albuquerque father was stabbed to death at a gas station while attempting to retrieve his infant son from the car of a man who had earlier driven off with the child, authorities said on Tuesday. The accused killer, 32-year-old Michael…

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  • Indianapolis teenager was asphyxiated, body burned: authorities

    (Reuters) - An Indianapolis teenager whose badly burned body was found behind a house over the weekend died of asphyxiation, authorities said on Tuesday. The body of Dominique Allen, 15, was found on Sunday afternoon by a homeowner in his backyard when he was walking his dog on the west side of the…

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  • Mississippi woman gets life sentence in fatal buttocks injection case

    A Mississippi woman convicted of murder for administering an unlicensed silicone buttocks injection to a patient who later died was sentenced on Tuesday to life in prison.  Tracey Lynn Garner, 54, performed the unlicensed injection in 2012 in her Jackson home on 37-year-old Karima Gordon, who fell…

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  • Suspect in Massachusetts child-porn bust had arsenal, 'murder book': FBI

    A Massachusetts man arrested on Tuesday and charged with trafficking in child pornography also had a small arsenal of guns, explosives and a hand-written "Mass Murder Book," according to federal prosecutors. FBI agents who searched the Plymouth, Massachusetts, home of Brendan Kessler found the…

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  • Ex-owner of Poconos resort ordered to pay back former employee pensions

    By Joe McDonald SCRANTON Pa. (Reuters) - A federal judge on Tuesday ordered a former honeymoon resort owner in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains to pay more than $2 million for illegally dipping into his employees' pensions. Charles Poalillo Jr. was also given three years' probation but avoided…

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