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  • More U.S. troops deployed in Ferguson to guard against fresh riots

    By Ellen Wulfhorst, Daniel Wallis and Edward McAllister FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) - Missouri's governor ordered hundreds more National Guard troops on Tuesday to a St. Louis suburb rocked by rioting and looting after a grand jury declined to indict a white policeman in the fatal shooting of an…

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  • Ferguson officer testified he feared for his life in confrontation with teen

    By Laila Kearney and Letitia Stein (Reuters) - The white police officer recalled that he felt like a powerless child sitting inside his patrol vehicle as the fist of a black teenager swung through his open window. Just moments later, 28-year-old Darren Wilson would fatally shoot Michael Brown, 18,…

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  • Obama deeply worried and 'disappointed' by Ferguson violence

    By Steve Holland CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Tuesday anyone who destroys property in rioting against a Missouri grand jury's decision should be prosecuted, urging Americans upset by the court to work together to improve race relations. For the second day in a row, Obama…

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  • New Jersey pension system funding plummets under new rule

    By Hilary Russ (Reuters) - New Jersey's retirement system for public employees is in worse shape than previously reported, thanks to recent accounting changes that are starting to be rolled out across the country. In a document released on Tuesday after a bond sale, the state revealed that one of…

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  • Ferguson cop testified he feared for his life, shot to kill

    By Laila Kearney and Letitia Stein (Reuters) - The white police officer recalled that he felt like a powerless child sitting inside his patrol vehicle as the fist of a black teenager swung through his open window. Just moments later, 28-year-old Darren Wilson would shoot dead Michael Brown, 18, in…

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  • Florida police arrest students in alleged prostitution ring

    By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - A Florida prostitution ring allegedly run by high school students who tried to recruit classmates with the promise of $40 and liquor was broken up after a second teenager was arrested in the underage sex scheme, police said on Tuesday. One girl was…

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  • Honeymoon interrupted as disorderly Brit hauled off plane in Bermuda

    HAMILTON, Bermuda (Reuters) - A British man headed to his honeymoon on a Cuba-bound flight instead found himself grounded in Bermuda after drunkenly threatening the flight crew, with his wife continuing on to Cuba without him, authorities in Bermuda said on Tuesday. Mohammed Khelya, from Blackburn,…

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  • Obama urges 'constructive response' amid Ferguson unrest

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama asked Americans on Tuesday to be "constructive" by engaging in debate about racial tensions and law enforcement, after a white policeman was cleared in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri. Obama, responding to the…

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  • U.S. judge rules Arkansas ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Reuters) - A U.S. district judge ruled on Tuesday that an Arkansas constitutional amendment that defines legal marriage as being only the union of one man and one woman was unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker said the Arkansas amendment enacted about a decade ago…

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  • Judge denies Boston bomb suspect request for triple murder evidence

    BOSTON (Reuters) - A federal judge on Tuesday denied a request by lawyers for accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for evidence in the ongoing investigation of a 2011 Massachusetts triple murder, saying the information wouldn't help their case. Tsarnaev's lawyers had asked the judge to…

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  • Oklahoma woman shot and killed by three-year-old son: police

    By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - An Oklahoma woman was fatally shot in the head by her 3-year-old son who came across a handgun in their Tulsa home, police said on Tuesday. The victim, a 26-year-old Army veteran, died on Monday and was apparently hit with a single shot as she was changing…

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  • Supreme Court to weigh challenge to Obama mercury air pollution rule

    By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to weigh a challenge by industry groups and some states to an Obama administration regulation intended to limit emissions of mercury and other hazardous pollutants mainly from coal-fired power plants. In a blow to…

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  • Explosion injures five Memphis utility workers, three critically

    By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Reuters) - An explosion injured five Memphis utility workers, three of them critically, on Tuesday while they were working on an underground gas line, fire officials said. The Memphis Light, Gas and Water workers, aged 34 to 44, were repairing a gas leak in a hole…

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  • Turkey and all the drippings: rain, snow may snarl U.S. holiday travel

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Treacherous weather predicted for the day before Thanksgiving prompted some of the 46.3 million Americans expected to travel this holiday weekend, the year's busiest, to bump their flight and driving plans up to Tuesday. Up to 10 inches of snow was forecast overnight for…

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  • St Louis County police chief pledges to make Ferguson safe

    (Reuters) - St Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar pledged on Tuesday to make the city of Ferguson safe, after a night of gunfire, looting and burned-down businesses in protests over a racially charged police shooting. Belmar was speaking at a news conference where Missouri Governor Jay Nixon said…

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  • FBI raids Puerto Rico sewer authority PRASA

    By Edward Krudy NEW YORK/SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation launched a surprise raid at Puerto Rico's Aqueduct and Sewer Authority (PRASA) on Tuesday in a probe the head of the commonwealth agency said was focused on a single case and not the entire agency.…

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  • Vote tally too close, recount ordered on Oregon GMO labeling

    By Carey Gillam (Reuters) - The final vote tally on an Oregon ballot measure that would require labeling of foods made with genetically modified ingredients was so close that state officials are doing a recount, a spokesman for the state said on Tuesday. Final results show the Oregon measure losing…

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  • Two Minneapolis men charged with conspiring to support Islamic State

    By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal prosecutors on Tuesday charged two Minnesota men with supporting Islamic State, the militant group that has captured swaths of territory in Syria and Iraq and carried out gruesome executions of civilians and foreigners. The U.S. Attorney's office in…

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  • Missouri governor orders hundreds more National Guard troops to Ferguson

    (Reuters) - Missouri Governor Jay Nixon ordered hundreds more National Guard troops to the Ferguson, Missouri, area on Tuesday, following a night of looting and destruction of businesses. The violence occurred in the aftermath of the grand jury decision not to indict white Officer Darren Wilson for…

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  • No decision on Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson's future: mayor

    (Reuters) - No decision has been made about the future of Officer Darren Wilson with the Ferguson Police Department following the grand jury's decision not to indict him in the fatal shooting of unarmed, black teenager Michael Brown, Ferguson Mayor James Knowles said on Tuesday. Wilson has been on…

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