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  • California man charged with murder, sexual assault in baby's death

    (Reuters) - A California man has been charged with murder, sexual assault and torture in the death of his 19-day-old daughter, authorities said. The baby's body was discovered Saturday in the front cab of a pickup truck in the Los Angeles suburb of Newhall, after her parents reported her missing,…

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  • Northwestern University gets $100 million gift from Buffett sister

    By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - The sister of financial investor Warren Buffett has given Northwestern University more than $100 million, the largest single gift in the school's 164-year history, the university said on Wednesday. The gift from Roberta Buffett Elliott, who earned a degree…

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  • Russia dismisses U.S. espionage charges against alleged NYC spy ring

    Russia's foreign ministry on Tuesday dismissed charges by the U.S. against three men for their alleged involvement in a Russian spy ring operating in New York City. The U.S. government on Monday announced criminal charges against three men who are accused of conspiring to gather economic…

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  • Fugitive treasure hunter arrested in Florida

    By Letitia Stein TAMPA, Fla (Reuters) - An Ohio man who recovered as much as $400 million in gold from a shipwreck has been arrested in Florida after two years on the run and was scheduled to appear in federal court on Wednesday. Tommy Thompson was detained on Tuesday night at a Hilton hotel in…

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  • North Dakota: oil producers aim to cut radioactive waste bills

    By Ernest Scheyder WILLISTON, N.D. (Reuters) - North Dakota's oil industry is pushing to change the state's radioactive waste disposal laws as part of a broad effort to conserve cash as oil prices tumble. The waste, which becomes slightly radioactive as part of the hydraulic fracturing process…

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  • South Carolina court clears 'Friendship Nine' of civil rights crimes

    A South Carolina judge on Wednesday vacated the 54-year-old trespassing convictions of a group of black civil rights protesters credited with reinvigorating the 1960s U.S. sit-in movement against segregated lunch counters. The "Friendship Nine," a group of mostly students at the now-closed…

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  • Boeing, U.S. Army start work on new AH-64 Apache multiyear deal

    By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Officials from Boeing Co and the U.S. Army said on Wednesday they had begun discussions about a multiyear agreement to buy about 240 AH-64 Apache helicopters from fiscal 2017 to 2021, a deal that analysts say could be worth around $4 billion. U.S. Army…

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  • Renowned architect Hadid settles defamation lawsuit with critic

    By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - Renowned architect Zaha Hadid has settled her lawsuit accusing the New York Review of Books and architecture critic Martin Filler of defaming her in a recent book review, for which both have apologized. Both sides agreed to end the case on Jan. 23,…

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  • Opera strives to strike a chord with U.S. youth

    By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - In a public high school in a working-class neighborhood of Chicago, opera singer Eric Owens recently talked with a music class about stage fright, proper breathing and making words matter. The news for U.S. opera has been gloomy in recent years with big…

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  • California man pleads guilty to smuggling dying immigrants in trunk

    Nicholas George Zakov, 43, admitted that he acted with "extreme disregard" for the lives of the two Mexican citizens he was being paid to smuggle into the United States, court documents showed. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers found 28-year-old Tarcisio Casas-Blanco and 20-year-old Jose…

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  • Man in Minnesota city hall shooting had history of threats

    A man who shot two Minneapolis police officers after a swearing-in ceremony had accused police of excessive force five years ago and had a long history of interactions with officials, court papers show. Police officers Joshua Eernisse and Beau Schoenhard, who were shot on Monday night at city hall…

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  • Two ex-Vanderbilt football players convicted in Tennessee rape trial

    By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Reuters) - A Tennessee jury on Tuesday convicted two former Vanderbilt University football players of the campus rape of an unconscious female student. Prosecutors said the woman was raped by four Vanderbilt players on June 23, 2013, and the assault was proved by…

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  • Georgia executes convict despite claims he was mentally disabled

    Warren Lee Hill, 54, was pronounced dead by lethal injection at 7:55 p.m. (0055 GMT Wednesday), after the U.S. Supreme Court denied a request to put his execution on hold, Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens said in a statement. The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles refused on Tuesday to stop…

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  • After blizzard, oceanfront Massachusetts cleans up from flooding

    By Scott Malone MARSHFIELD, Mass. (Reuters) - Ocean Street in the waterfront Massachusetts town of Marshfield was littered with lobster traps, downed wires and chunks of houses on Wednesday, the day after a massive blizzard hammered New England. Notably absent was much of the 2 feet (30 cm) of…

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  • Spy agency employee was flying drone that crashed at White House

    An employee of a U.S. spy agency has confessed to operating a small drone that crashed on the grounds of the White House, the agency said on Tuesday, the latest in a series of incidents that raised questions about the president's security. A spokesman for the National Geospatial Intelligence…

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  • As blizzard skips New York, meteorologists ponder forecasts' power

    By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - In the end, it was the weather forecasts that crippled New York City, not the blizzard. As residents emerged into a largely shuttered city on Tuesday morning after a snowfall that barely covered garbage bags left out on the sidewalk, several meteorologists…

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  • Texas court halts Wednesday execution for death row inmate

    The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has halted Wednesday's scheduled execution of Garcia Glen White, 51, who was convicted of murdering teenage twin girls in Houston in 1989. The killings of Annette and Bernette Edwards went unsolved for about six years until a friend of White told police during…

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  • Alabama Supreme Court chief justice encourages defiance on gay marriage ruling

    In a move viewed skeptically by legal experts, the socially conservative chief justice of Alabama's Supreme Court on Tuesday encouraged judges in his state to ignore a federal ruling last week striking down its ban on gay marriage. Justice Roy Moore, in a letter addressed to Alabama Governor…

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  • University of California on-campus doctors stage rare strike

    By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Doctors for student health centers at 10 University of California campuses staged a rare one-day strike on Tuesday, upset that administrators have failed to give their union information the physicians said they needed to negotiate their first contract. …

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