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  • Texas Attorney General Paxton booked on fraud charges

    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, a Tea Party Republican, turned himself in on Monday and was booked on three felony charges involving suspected securities fraud. Paxton, the state's top law man, appeared for processing and posed for a mug shot in Collin County, near Dallas. Neither Paxton nor…

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  • Jury keeps death penalty as possibility for Colorado movie gunman Holmes

    CENTENNIAL, Colo. (Reuters) - James Holmes, the gunman in the Colorado movie massacre, could face the death penalty after jurors found on Monday that aggravating factors in the case counted for more than mitigating ones such as mental illness.

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  • Man shot dead in front of Mississippi courthouse: police

    A man was shot to death on Monday in front of a courthouse in a suburb of Jackson, Mississippi, as he arrived for a hearing on drug charges against him, and the gunman turned himself in to the authorities, police said. Kendrick Brown was shot at point-blank range outside the Madison County…

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  • Search intensifies for suspected killer of Memphis police officer

    By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Reuters) - The hunt for a man suspected of fatally shooting a policeman in Memphis intensified on Monday with law enforcement intent on capturing one of the most wanted men in Tennessee. Tremaine Wilbourn is suspected of shooting Officer Sean Bolton, 33, multiple…

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  • Crews begin to gain ground against fierce northern California wildfire

    By Curtis Skinner SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A fierce wildfire that has devoured drought-parched terrain in northern California with remarkable speed raged on for a sixth day on Monday as evacuations expanded and firefighters began to gain some ground against the flames The blaze, dubbed the Rocky…

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  • University of Illinois basketball probe finds racism claims unfounded

    By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - An outside investigation determined allegations by former University of Illinois women's basketball players claiming the head coach and a former assistant created a racially hostile environment are unfounded, the school said on Monday. Seven former players from the…

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  • Former President Carter has elective surgery on liver, office says

    Carter, 90, the 39th U.S. president, had an operation to remove a small mass in his liver, the center said. "His operation proceeded without issues, and the prognosis is excellent for a full recovery," the center said in a statement. In May, Carter cut short a trip to Guyana after feeling unwell…

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  • California water officials seek penalties in Santa Barbara oil spill

    California water quality regulators have asked Attorney General Kamala Harris to consider enforcement action against the owner of an oil pipeline that ruptured near Santa Barbara in May, spilling petroleum onto beaches and the Pacific Ocean. The Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board…

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  • Manslaughter trial of North Carolina policeman hears openings

    Prosecutors opening their case in the trial of a North Carolina policeman who killed an unarmed black man said on Monday the defendant had used unnecessary force, and a defense attorney said the shooting was justified. Officer Randall Kerrick, who is white, is facing a charge of voluntary…

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  • Oklahoma brothers plead not guilty to killing five family members

    Two Oklahoma brothers accused of murdering their parents and three siblings pleaded not guilty on Monday in a Tulsa County court, an official said. Robert Bever, 18, and Michael Bever, 16, were charged as adults, each with five counts of first-degree murder and assault and battery with intent to…

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  • Raytheon SM-6 intercepts ballistic missile target in key test

    Raytheon Co's Standard Missile-6 intercepted and destroyed a short-range ballistic missile off the coast of Hawaii last week, the Pentagon said on Monday, paving the way for the SM-6 to be deployed on U.S. Navy Aegis ships next year. The test was one of four successful tests completed last week by…

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  • February New York retrial set in 1979 Etan Patz murder case

    Former grocery worker Pedro Hernandez will face trial again in February in the 1979 murder of six-year-old Etan Patz in New York after a hung jury forced a mistrial this year, a state court judge ruled on Monday. A new jury will be selected starting on Feb. 22 to hear the kidnapping and murder…

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  • U.S. police chiefs meet to discuss crime surge

    Big city police chiefs will meet in Washington on Monday to discuss how to deal with surging crime in the United States, especially homicides, organizers said. The meeting of Major Cities Chiefs Association is aimed at devising strategies and examining causes of rising crime, Washington…

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  • Hyundai Motor U.S. July sales up 6 percent at 71,013 vehicles

    DETROIT (Reuters) - Hyundai Motor Co said its U.S. July sales set a company record at 71,013 vehicles, up 6 percent.

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  • Two die of apparent overdoses at Los Angeles-area rave: L.A. Times

    The deaths were "apparent drug overdoses," Lieutenant Fred Corral with the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner told the newspaper. Los Angeles County Supervisors Michael Antonovich and Hilda Solis said they would call for an investigation into the event and its management…

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  • Nine-year-old Kansas batboy dies after blow to head

    A 9-year-old batboy for a Kansas baseball team died on Sunday after being accidentally struck in the head by a player taking practice swings while waiting for his turn at the plate, the team said. Kaiser Carlisle was knocked unconscious by the blow to the back of his head from a batter warming up…

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  • Tent collapse kills one, injures 15 at festival outside Chicago

    Fifteen people were taken to hospital around 2.40 p.m., after the collapse at the city's annual Prairie Fest, the Wood Dale Police Department said. City resident Steven Nincic, 35, was killed in the incident, which is being investigated, police said. "Everybody started screaming, and we saw…

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  • Nine-year-old Kansas batboy critically injured by blow to head

    A 9-year-old batboy for a Kansas baseball team was in critical condition on Sunday after being accidentally struck in the head by a player taking practice swings while waiting for his turn at the plate, a hospital official said. Kaiser Carlisle was knocked unconscious by a blow to the back of his…

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  • Oil spills when boat strikes pier in New Jersey

    The spill occurred near the International-Matex Tank Terminal at Bayonne, New Jersey in Upper New York Harbor when the boat hit a fuel terminal pier at about 10 p.m. on Saturday, the Coast Guard said in news release. Less than 1,000 gallons is believed to have spilled from the collision, Coast…

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  • Bomb blasts outside two New Mexico churches disrupt Sunday services

    The first explosion blew up a mailbox near an administrative entrance to the Calvary Baptist Church as several worshipers gathered inside for Sunday morning prayers, and a second blast went off 20 minutes later in a trash can near the main entrance to Holy Cross Catholic Church, where services had…

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