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  • New Hampshire ban on 'ballot selfies' challenged by lawsuit

    By Ted Siefer MANCHESTER N.H. (Reuters) - A New Hampshire law that bans the sharing of images of marked election ballots over social media compromises the right of free political speech in the state, according to a lawsuit filed on Friday challenging the prohibition on "ballot selfies." The New…

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  • U.S. Mormon feminist says appeal against excommunication denied

    (Reuters) - A U.S. Mormon feminist who was excommunicated after advocating for the ordination of women said on Friday her appeal against the ejection from her faith was denied by church leaders. Kate Kelly, founder of the website Ordain Women, was excommunicated in June after church leaders deemed…

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  • New Hampshire murderer pleads guilty in escape plot

    By Ted Siefer MANCHESTER N.H. (Reuters) - A New Hampshire man convicted of sexually assaulting and killing a college student pleaded guilty on Friday to an additional charge of plotting to escape from jail prior to his trial. Seth Mazzaglia, 32, is already serving life in prison without parole for…

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  • Manslaughter conviction in fatal marching band hazing in Florida

    By Barbara Liston ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - The ringleader of a beating ritual that led to the death of a Florida college marching band member was convicted on Friday of manslaughter and felony hazing, the first case to go to trial in an incident that drew national attention to hazing abuses. A jury…

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  • Suspect in Virginia student murder arraigned in separate assault case

    By John Clarke FAIRFAX Va. (Reuters) - The man charged with abducting Hannah Graham, a University of Virginia student whose body was discovered earlier this month on a farm after a five-week search, was arraigned on Friday on three murder and sexual assault charges in a separate case. Jesse…

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  • Justice Department issues use of force reforms for Albuquerque Police

    By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Albuquerque, New Mexico, Police Department will undergo reform and be monitored for use of excessive force under an agreement announced on Friday between the city and the U.S. Justice Department. The agreement follows a federal investigation that…

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  • Jefferies CEO, chairman take drug tests

    (Reuters) - Jefferies Group LLC said on Friday Chief Executive Rich Handler, Chairman Brian Friedman and executives at its healthcare division were tested negative for drug usage, after one of its investment banking head was accused of drug abuse. Sources told Reuters on Thursday that Sage Kelly,…

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  • Seattle Pacific University lifts campus lockdown after gun threat

    By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - Seattle Pacific University said on Friday its campus was on lockdown after a student received a threat of someone coming to campus with a gun, but lifted the orders about an hour later. The small Christian college was the site of a campus shooting spree in…

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  • Illinois mother, three kids killed in crash heading to Halloween parade

    By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - A mother and three of her children on their way to a Halloween parade were killed and a fourth child seriously injured when their vehicle was hit by a freight train in southern Illinois, police said on Friday. The accident happened on Thursday night in…

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  • New York's top uniformed police chief resigns ahead of promotion

    By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - The highest-ranking uniformed officer in New York City's police department unexpectedly announced his resignation on Friday, days before he was due to be promoted to become the force's second in command. Philip Banks, the force's chief of department, is…

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  • Hold U.S. envoy Power defends Ebola guidelines, warns on Guinea

    By Louis Charbonneau and Bill Berkrot NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations on Friday defended federal guidelines for monitoring health workers returning from three Ebola-stricken West African countries while urging greater coordination to contain the outbreak in Guinea.…

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  • Court spurns Virginia mom's conviction for taking children to school late

    By Gary Robertson RICHMOND Va. (Reuters) - Virginia's compulsory school-attendance law is too vague to be used to prosecute a divorced mother for bringing her children to school late, the state's highest court ruled on Friday, overturning her convictions in a lower court. The decision by the…

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  • Three U.S. soldiers in Texas plead guilty to smuggling immigrants

    By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - Three U.S. soldiers stationed at the Fort Hood Army post in central Texas pleaded guilty on Friday to smuggling immigrants into the United States, officials said. Eric Rodriguez, Brandon Robbins and Christopher Wix, all active duty U.S. Army soldiers, face up…

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  • NYC to pay $2.25 million over Rikers Island inmate's death

    By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City will pay $2.25 million to resolve a wrongful death claim by the family of a mentally ill, homeless Marine Corps veteran who died at the Rikers Island jail complex eight days after his arrest, the city's comptroller announced on Friday. Jerome…

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  • California mayor at center of immigration debate charged with DUI

    By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Southern California mayor who made headlines leading a local backlash against a flood of Central American immigrants across the U.S. border, has been charged with felony drunk driving in connection with an accident that injured four teenage girls. Alan…

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  • Appeals court clears way for N.Y. police stop-and-frisk reforms

    By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City can finally begin to implement court-ordered reforms to its controversial stop-and-frisk police tactic, after a U.S. appeals court on Friday rejected a last-ditch challenge brought by several police unions. The decision from the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court…

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  • Wife of Arkansas murder suspect faces murder charge in realtor's death

    By Steve Barnes LITTLE ROCK Ark. (Reuters) - The wife of a man charged a month ago with the kidnapping and murder of a suburban Little Rock, Arkansas, realtor was ordered held without bond by a district judge on Friday, less than a day after her arrest in the case. Crystal Lowery, 41, pleaded not…

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  • Parachutist rescued from Missouri radio tower

    By Kevin Murphy (Reuters) - A man's plan to leap from a Missouri radio tower south of St. Louis went awry when his parachute got stuck on a supporting wire, leaving him suspended 155 feet above the ground, a fire official said on Friday. The parachutist, Timothy Church, 27, and a second man,…

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  • American detained in North Korea said he wanted to help Christians

    By Jon Herskovitz (Reuters) - The American detained by North Korea knew he risked jail by leaving a Bible behind at a club and was not abused during his nearly half year detention in the state often criticized for suppressing religious freedom, he told NBC News on Friday. Jeffrey Fowle, 56, was…

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  • Investigation continues into deadly Kansas airport plane crash

    By Alice Mannette WICHITA Kan. (Reuters) - The bodies of four people killed when a small twin-engine turboprop airplane crashed into a building at Wichita's airport remained in the smoldering ruins on Friday as federal officials investigated the crash, officials said. A demolition contractor has…

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