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  • California murder suspect mistakenly freed from jail captured in Nevada

    A murder suspect who was mistakenly released from a Southern California jail last month has been captured in Nevada, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office said on Monday. Authorities had offered a $20,000 reward for help locating Steven Lawrence Wright, 37, who was awaiting trial for a…

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  • FBI agent says evidence manipulated in Baltimore 'Serial' hearing

    Adnan Syed, 35, is serving a life sentence for the 1999 strangulation of his 18-year-old ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee. Syed's lawyers are seeking a new trial based on new evidence amid questions about the fairness of the case that were raised by the podcast in late 2014. During the fourth day of a…

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  • U.S. judge again denies Texas request to bar Syrian refugees

    By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A U.S. judge denied for the second time a request by Texas to bar relief agencies from bringing Syrian refugees into the state, a decision that could have a bearing on the attempts of 30 other governors to block refugees from their states. U.S. District…

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  • U.S. health official: Widespread Zika vaccine not likely to be available for years

    (Reuters) - U.S. health officials said on Monday that a widespread vaccine to combat the Zika virus will likely not be available for years. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told reporters during a briefing at the White House that initial…

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  • Pennsylvania woman sentenced to jail in attack on gay couple

    A jury in December found Kathryn Knott, of Southampton, Pennsylvania, guilty of the misdemeanor charges of simple assault, conspiracy and two counts of reckless endangerment in the Sept. 11, 2014 beating, the Philadelphia District Attorney' Office said in a statement. Knott's friends, Philip…

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  • Two Sanders supporters back on Tinder after brief ban

    Robyn Gedrich, 23, from New Jersey, and Haley Lent, 22, from Iowa, were locked out of Tinder after others on the "hook-up" app accused them of spamming them with hundreds of pro-Sanders messages. "I definitely plan to continue meeting new people and promoting Bernie Sanders via Tinder," Lent said…

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  • Cruise ship battered by storm to return to New Jersey

    (Reuters) - The Royal Caribbean cruise ship Anthem of the Seas headed back to its New Jersey port on Monday after a storm packing high winds and 30-foot (9-meter) waves toppled furniture and shattered glass on the vessel, slightly injuring four people. The cruise company said the storm on Sunday…

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  • Former Texas prosecutor disbarred for sending innocent man to death row

    A Texas legal panel voted on Monday to disbar a former prosecutor for sending an innocent man to death row by presenting tainted testimony and making false statements that undermined the defendant's alibi. The Board of Disciplinary Appeals appointed by the Texas Supreme Court upheld a state…

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  • Obama seeks funds to fight Zika; sees no cause for panic

    By Roberta Rampton and Ben Hirschler WASHINGTON/LONDON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will ask the U.S. Congress for more than $1.8 billion in emergency funds to fight Zika at home and abroad and pursue a vaccine, the White House said on Monday, but he added there is no reason to panic over…

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  • Chipotle shuts U.S. stores for food safety meeting, rivals pounce

    Chipotle Mexican Grill closed all of its U.S. restaurants during prime lunchtime hours on Monday to hold staff meetings on food safety guidelines, sparking offers from rivals eager to poach customers of the burrito chain as it recovers from several food-borne outbreaks. More than 50,000 Chipotle…

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  • Parents of Flint, Michigan, toddler sue over lead in water

    The parents of a 2-year-old Flint, Michigan, girl sued the city and state on Monday over high levels of lead in the child's blood, accusing officials of callous and deliberate indifference over contaminated water. The lawsuit by Flint residents Luke Waid and Michelle Rodriguez said government…

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  • National Security Agency merging offensive, defensive hacking operations

    By Dustin Volz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. National Security Agency on Monday outlined a reorganization that will consolidate its spying and domestic cyber-security operations, despite recommendations by a presidential panel that the agency focus solely on espionage. The NSA said the…

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  • Police in Texas fatally shoot naked man they say charged at officers

    A police officer in Texas fatally shot a naked man on Monday who charged at officers and had been reported acting aggressively toward people in a neighborhood of Austin, police said. The race of the officer was not given but the killing comes as protesters in San Antonio are questioning if race…

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  • Winter storm pounds southern New England, snarling travel

    By Scott Malone and Valerie Vande Panne BOSTON (Reuters) - A winter storm was expected to bring more than a foot (30 cm) of snow and howling winds to parts of southern New England on Monday, closing schools and government offices, snarling travel and flooding low-lying coastal areas. Snow was…

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  • Lawyers see limited legal options for workers sent in Zika's way

    Employees of U.S. companies seeking to avoid exposure to the Zika virus likely have few legal avenues to either refuse travel to affected areas or sue if they actually become sick from the virus. Since Zika was detected in Brazil last year, the mosquito-borne virus has spread to 33 countries, most…

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  • New York policeman tearfully describes shooting black man

    A loud, startling sound prompted New York Police Officer Peter Liang to pull the trigger accidentally on his service pistol as he patrolled a pitch-black stairwell, inadvertently shooting dead an unarmed black man, the officer testified on Monday. A tearful Liang took the stand in his manslaughter…

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  • Jailed Oregon occupation leader calls for elected officials' support

    "It is your duty to hold federal agencies at bay, protecting the people in your state," said Ammon Bundy, according to the transcript of a telephone call he made on Saturday from jail and released by one of his lawyers. Bundy also urged elected representatives in Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Wyoming,…

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  • Two shot dead, four wounded after Mississippi Mardi Gras parade

    Officers directing traffic heard shots fired shortly after the parade ended on Sunday, Pass Christian Police Chief Timothy Hendricks said at a news conference on Monday. Two of the wounded were in stable condition on Monday afternoon and two others were released, Hendricks said. Hendricks said he…

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  • Obscure at home, 'Texas Daddy' is a right-wing darling in Japan

    AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters)- Somewhere in the Dallas area, a retired man sitting in a home office is making social media videos backing Japanese right-wing views that have made him a celebrity among hawks in the Asian country. Hardly known in the United States, Tony Marano, 66, is called the "Texas…

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  • Obama to meet with Jordan's King Abdullah: White House

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama will meet with Jordan's King Abdullah at the White House on Feb. 24, the White House said on Monday. The two leaders plan to discuss the fight against Islamic State, support for Syrian and Iraqi refugees in Jordan and the Israeli-Palestinian…

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