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  • Baltimore cleans up, mayor scrambles after riot over police-custody death

    By Ian Simpson and Warren Strobel BALTIMORE (Reuters) - Baltimore residents on Tuesday began to clear the wreckage of rioting and fires that erupted after the funeral of a 25-year-old black man who died in police custody, while the city's mayor defended local law enforcement's light initial…

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  • Gay marriage friends, foes spar outside U.S. Supreme Court

    By Elvina Nawaguna WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The debate over gay marriage in America, one of the leading social issues of this era, played out on the sidewalks outside the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday as the nine black-robed justices weighed the arguments inside. The gay marriage supporters, who…

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  • Boston bomber's lawyers focus on brother's obsession with Islam

    By Richard Valdmanis BOSTON (Reuters) - The older brother of convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was transformed from a heavy drinker and drugs user into someone obsessed with Islam after returning from a trip to Russia in 2012, witnesses said on Tuesday. The 21-year-old ethnic…

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  • Skeptical Supreme Court justices hear gay marriage case

    By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Supreme Court heard arguments on Tuesday on whether the Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marry, with a majority of the nine justices firing skeptical questions at a lawyer asking them to legalize gay marriage nationwide. Five…

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  • Majority of high court asks skeptical questions on gay marriage

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Part way into oral arguments, a majority of the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday fired skeptical questions at a lawyer who was asking the nine justices to legalize gay marriage nationwide. Five justices including a possible swing vote, Justice Anthony Kennedy, and a member of the…

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  • Top court begins gay marriage arguments set to last two-and-a-half hours

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The nine justices of the Supreme Court on Tuesday began hearing oral arguments over whether the U.S. Constitution guarantees a right to gay marriage, with the session set to last 2-1/2 hours. (Reporting by Will Dunham)

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  • New bird flu cases probable in Iowa, millions of birds affected: Iowa

    By P.J. Huffstutter CHICAGO (Reuters) - (This April 27, 2015 story was refiled to correct the seventh paragraph to show that the USDA corrects to chicken farm from turkey farm.) Initial tests have found probable avian influenza outbreaks at five new commercial poultry sites in Iowa, affecting…

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  • Essential facts about Supreme Court gay marriage case

    (Reuters) - The Supreme Court on Tuesday is set to hears arguments over whether states may ban gay marriage. In the most recent case, U.S. v. Windsor in 2013, the justices split 5-4 as they rejected a law defining marriage as between only a man and woman for purposes of federal benefits.

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  • Timline: Key events in the history of U.S. gay rights

    (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court case that will decide whether states can ban gay marriage marks another milestone in the history of the American gay rights movement. 1950 - The Mattachine Society, considered the first national U.S. gay rights organization, is founded in Los Angeles. 1958 The…

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  • Timeline: Key events in the history of U.S. gay rights

    (Reuters) - The Supreme Court case that will decide whether states can ban gay marriage marks another milestone in the history of the American gay rights movement. 1950 - The Mattachine Society, considered the first national U.S. gay rights organization, is founded in Los Angeles. 1958 The U.S.…

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  • Factbox: Essential facts about U.S. Supreme Court gay marriage case

    (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday is set to hears arguments over whether states may ban gay marriage.

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  • Four drunk driving arrests in 48 hours lands R.I. man in prison

    (Reuters) - A Rhode Island man arrested four times in less than 48 hours for drunken driving is going to prison.  A Providence judge sentenced John Lourenco, 53, to two years in prison and two years probation on Monday and ordered his license revoked for eight years following his release. …

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  • U.S. attorney general condemns 'senseless acts of violence' in Baltimore

    U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch condemned the violence that erupted in Baltimore on Monday and said the Justice Department would provide any assistance needed. “I condemn the senseless acts of violence by some individuals in Baltimore that have resulted in harm to law enforcement officers,…

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  • Washington state high school gunman due in court, classes resume

    A Washington state high school student who fired a revolver in a stairwell before class in an apparent attempt to provoke an on-campus guard into killing him in return was due in court on Tuesday to face multiple gun charges, police said. The 16-year-old student shot off two rounds that struck the…

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  • Texas to execute man convicted of stabbing prison guard to death

    (Reuters) - Texas on Tuesday is set to execute by lethal injection a man convicted in the 1999 killing of a prison guard who wrote him up for bringing lunch into an area where food was not allowed. Robert Pruett, 35, is scheduled to be put to death after 6 p.m. Central Time at the state prison in…

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  • Closing arguments due in rape trial of former Goldman banker

    By Edward Krudy NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York judge is set to hear closing arguments on Tuesday in the trial of a former Goldman Sachs banker accused of raping an Irish student on Long Island in the summer of 2013. Jason Lee, a former managing director, is accused of barging into a bathroom and…

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  • Tyson Foods plans to cut human antibiotics in U.S. chicken flocks by 2017

    By P.J. Huffstutter CHICAGO (Reuters) - Tyson Foods Inc, the largest U.S. poultry producer, plans to eliminate the use of human antibiotics in its chicken flocks by September 2017 - one of the most aggressive timelines yet set by an American poultry company. The move marks the latest push by the…

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  • Storm knocks out power to New Orleans airport for hours

    A line of storms moving through Louisiana on Monday knocked out power to the New Orleans International Airport, sent freight train cars tumbling from an elevated bridge and left nearly 238,000 customers without electricity. There were no immediate reports of injuries from the storms, but the power…

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  • Nevada's Attorney General charges Bitcoin-fueled poker website -newspaper

    (Reuters) - Nevada's Attorney General has charged the operator of an online poker website that accepted Bitcoin for running it without a license, the Las Vegas Review-Journal newspaper reported on Monday. Bryan Micon's Seals with Clubs poker site was shut down in February, the newspaper reported,…

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  • U.S. Supreme Court set to hear pivotal gay marriage arguments

    By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The nine justices of the U.S. Supreme Court are set on Tuesday to hear arguments on whether the Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marry, taking up a contentious social issue in what promises to be the year's most anticipated ruling. The…

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