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  • U.S. West Coast port employers seek mediation in dockworker talks

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Shipping lines and terminal operators at 29 U.S. West Coast ports requested federal mediation on Monday in their contract talks with the union for 20,000 dockworkers, saying the two sides remain far from a deal after seven months of negotiations. The International Longshore…

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  • U.S. judge denies motion seeking halt to executions in Oklahoma

    By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A U.S. district judge on Monday denied an injunction seeking to halt executions in Oklahoma filed by attorneys for death row inmates who argued a troubled lethal injection in the state in April exposed deep flaws in the death chamber protocols. U.S.…

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  • Confusion over start of gay marriages next month in Florida

    By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Reuters) - Florida court officials, citing confusion after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to extend a stay on the state's same-sex marriage ban, agreed on Monday to ask a federal judge to clarify where gay couples may begin to tie the knot next month. When the…

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  • U.S. to review move not to charge ex-officer in Milwaukee fatal shooting

    By Brendan O'Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice will investigate the death of a black man who was fatally shot by a white former Milwaukee police officer after local prosecutors refused to charge him, saying he acted in self-defense. Milwaukee District Attorney John Chisholm…

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  • Arizona to change lethal injection drugs after drawn-out execution

    By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Arizona will no longer use the two-drug lethal injection cocktail it employed to execute a convicted killer in July after the man took almost two hours to die, the state's prison chief said on Monday. Charles Ryan said Arizona will instead use only one of the…

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  • U.S. judge denies injunction seeking halt to executions in Oklahoma

    AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A U.S. district judge on Monday denied an injunction seeking to halt executions in Oklahoma filed by attorneys for death row inmates who argued a troubled lethal injection in the state in April exposed deep flaws in the state’s death chamber protocols. Lawyers for the…

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  • Republicans weigh big changes at U.S. budget referee agency

    By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When Republicans take full control of Congress on Jan. 6, they will face decisions on major changes at the Congressional Budget Office, including possibly naming a new head and changing the rules used to assess the cost of legislation. Conservative groups have…

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  • U.S. court strikes down North Carolina ultrasound abortion law

    By Colleen Jenkins WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - A North Carolina law requiring women seeking an abortion to have an ultrasound of the fetus performed and described to them is unconstitutional because it forces doctors to voice the state's message discouraging the procedure, a U.S. appeals court…

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  • Two more Colorado foreclosure law firms charged with fraud

    DENVER (Reuters) - Colorado's Attorney General John Suthers has sued two more law firms in the state for fraud, accusing them of inflating foreclosure costs charged to homeowners, his office said. As part of an ongoing investigation, Suthers has filed eight civil law enforcement actions against…

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  • Evidence of second suspect admissible in Etan Patz murder trial in New York

    By Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York judge on Monday ruled that evidence pointing to an additional suspect in the 1979 abduction and murder of Etan Patz can be presented in the trial against Pedro Hernandez, who confessed to killing the 6-year-old. Hernandez, 53, is set to stand trial…

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  • U.S. House panel seeks update on plans to upgrade White House fence

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top two members of a U.S. House of Representatives committee said on Monday they had written to Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson asking for a briefing on his agency's plans to enhance the fence around the White House. Republican Jason Chaffetz and Democrat…

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  • New York mayor calls for pause in protests after police killings

    By Jonathan Allen and Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Mayor Bill de Blasio sought to ease tensions with the city's police force on Monday, calling for a suspension of protests against the use of excessive force until after the funerals of two officers shot dead in an ambush. De Blasio,…

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  • New York mayor will attend funeral of slain police officer

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said he will attend the funeral on Saturday for one of the two police officers killed over the weekend while they sat in their patrol car in Brooklyn. "I've been to funerals for police officers, fire officers, sanitation officers," he told…

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  • U.S. support grows for Obama's push to boost ties with Cuba

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - American support for lifting the trade embargo on Cuba appears to be growing after President Barack Obama said he plans to restore diplomatic ties with Havana, new Reuters/Ipsos polling shows. Forty-one percent of Americans said the United States should lift the embargo,…

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  • Funeral for one of two slain NYC police officers set for Saturday

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - The funeral of one of the two police officers killed over the weekend in New York City while they sat in their patrol car will be held on Saturday, the city's police commissioner said. The funeral of Rafael Ramos will be held at a church in Glendale, New York, Commissioner Bill…

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  • U.S. Army refers Bergdahl case to commander, punishment possible

    By Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. general will decide whether to pursue disciplinary action against Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl over his 2009 disappearance from his base in Afghanistan, after the Army said on Monday it forwarded the findings of its investigation to him. General Mark Milley,…

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  • Former coach in Ohio rape case sentenced for probation violation

    By Elizabeth Daley STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (Reuters) - A former volunteer football coach who was convicted of lying to authorities in connection with an Ohio high school rape case was sentenced to 60 days in jail on Monday for violating his probation. Matthew Belardine, 27, had served 10 days in jail of…

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  • U.S. judge's rebuke prompts prosecutors to rethink N.Y. man's sentence

    By Joseph Ax and Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - A convicted robber and drug dealer who had faced a mandatory minimum 52 years in prison has instead been sentenced to 27 years, after prosecutors took the rare step of following a judge's urgings for a shorter prison term after the trial had ended.…

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  • Georgia man killed after firing at police, neighbors

    By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - A man with a high-powered rifle was killed by police near Atlanta early on Monday after a tense four-hour standoff during which he fired at officers and neighbors, a police spokesman said. Police were called to a home in DeKalb County near Decatur on Sunday…

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  • Former South Carolina sheriff agrees to guilty plea in bribery case

    By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - A former South Carolina sheriff agreed on Monday to plead guilty to conspiring to harbor illegal immigrants, a deal that could land him in prison after a federal judge rejected a similar agreement that would have resulted only in probation. James…

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