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  • Motorist arrested for killing Colorado cadet, injuring officer: police

    By Keith Coffman LONGMONT, Colo. (Reuters) - A Colorado State Patrol cadet was killed and his training officer critically injured on Saturday when a motorist they tried to stop struck them with his car, authorities said. The cadet, 21-year-old Taylor Thyfault, died at the scene on Colorado…

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  • San Francisco police keep eye out for missing 'Eyeball' mask

    San Francisco police have asked people to be on the lookout for a valuable mask depicting an eyeball wearing a top hat, an artifact made famous by an avant garde rock band, saying the artwork was stolen during shipment from a Seattle museum. The museum had then sent the artwork back to San…

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  • Missouri fugitive sought in double murder killed by police

    By Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Reuters) - Missouri police shot and killed a suspect in the murder of a woman who weeks ago had escaped from a wooden box where she said the man had held her captive when he was away from home, authorities said on Saturday. Officers found James B. Horn, 47,…

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  • Ohio officer found not guilty in fatal shooting of two unarmed suspects

    By Aaron Josefczyk and Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - A Cleveland police officer was found not guilty on Saturday in the shooting deaths of an unarmed black man and a woman after a high-speed car chase in 2012, one in a series of cases that have raised questions over police conduct and race…

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  • Police believe suspect in Washington quadruple murder may have had accomplices

    Police in Washington believe that a man charged in the deaths of a wealthy businessman, his wife, son and housekeeper may have had help committing the crime, but said on Saturday no other suspects have been taken into custody. Daron Dylon Wint, 34, of Lanham, Maryland, was arraigned on Friday on a…

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  • U.S. bird flu causes egg shortage, emergency measures

    By P.J. Huffstutter and Bill Berkrot CHICAGO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - As a virulent avian influenza outbreak continues to spread across the Midwestern United States, some egg-dependent companies are contemplating drastic steps - importing eggs from overseas or looking to egg alternatives. A…

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  • 50 million gallons of water lost after California dam vandalized: newspaper

    Some 50 million gallons of water were lost after an act of vandalism damaged an inflatable dam near San Francisco, the local Oakland Tribune newspaper reported on Friday. The loss comes as the state is in its fourth year of a devastating drought that has prompted Governor Jerry Brown to impose the…

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  • In chaos of deadly Texas gang fight, self-defense claims may abound

    By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Texas laws that offer a high degree of protection to those who act in self-defense may make it difficult to prosecute the 170 people jailed for a Sunday motorcycle gang fight that left nine dead, with hundreds of weapons seized by police. Texas allows a…

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  • Five oil-soaked pelicans found dead in area of California oil spill

    The carcasses of five petroleum-soaked pelicans have been recovered from California's Santa Barbara coastline, marking the first apparent sea bird fatalities stemming from the oil spill there, officials overseeing response to the disaster said on Friday. The body of a dolphin with no visible signs…

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  • Tally of oil-soaked wildlife, alive and dead, mounts in California

    By Steve Gorman and Alan Devall LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The carcasses of five petroleum-soaked pelicans have been recovered from California's Santa Barbara coastline, the first apparent sea bird fatalities stemming from the oil spill to be documented by officials overseeing the disaster response. …

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  • On L.A.'s Skid Row, a judge leads pack on run to recovery

    A year ago, Oscar Knight, 53, couldn't stop drinking and lost everything. The dozens of recovering and homeless addicts who have taken up running to help stay sober say they owe much to an unlikely benefactor - in Knight's words, "the glue of the group." Craig Mitchell, dressed in running gear,…

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  • Sea urchin haven disturbed by Santa Barbara oil spill

    By Daina Beth Solomon LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Stephanie Mutz makes a living plucking sea urchins from the Santa Barbara coast and selling the prickly treasure to upscale restaurants in Southern California. The coast, thought to be one of the world's best places for harvesting sea urchins,…

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  • Pentagon plans long-range missile defense radar in Alaska

    By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Defense Department on Friday announced plans to deploy a new long-range radar in central Alaska that would help the U.S. missile defense system better discern potential enemy missiles launched by Iran or North Korea and increase the capacity of…

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  • Missouri governor commutes man's life sentence for drug charge

    (Reuters) - Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has commuted the sentence of a man serving life in prison without the possibility of parole for a drug possession charge, his office said on Friday. Jeffrey Mizanskey was convicted in 1996 on the drug charge, and due to prior drug-related convictions and…

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  • Probe leaves unanswered questions in deadly California bus crash

    By Olga Grigoryants LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Investigators have not determined why a FedEx truck driver veered across a Northern California highway last year and slammed into a bus carrying high school students on a college recruitment trip, killing 10 people, authorities said on Friday. Five of…

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  • Pipeline spill could further hamper big California oil projects

    By Kristen Hays HOUSTON (Reuters) - Hundreds of barrels of oil that gushed from a ruptured coastal pipeline in scenic California this week could stiffen opposition to large oil projects that companies want to build in the state, notably those to deliver cheap U.S. crude on trains. Several…

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  • Safety measures ordered for failed oil pipeline in California

    By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Owners of an oil pipeline that burst in California this week must take numerous corrective measures, including an in-depth analysis of factors contributing to the spill and a plan to fix any flaws found, before they can restart the line, U.S. safety…

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  • U.S. Navy pilot safe after jet ends up in water off San Diego runway

    By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - A U.S. Navy training jet went off the end of a runway and crashed into water at a base in San Diego on Friday, but the pilot was able to eject safely from the aircraft and was rescued by local boaters, officials said. The jet remained half-submerged near the…

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  • Elderly Colorado man deemed incompetent in nursing home killing

    By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - An 87-year-old Colorado man who suffers from Alzheimer's disease is incompetent and will not face criminal charges for beating to death a fellow dementia patient at a nursing home, prosecutors said on Friday. Homer Castor is in an advanced stage of the…

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  • Fire hits Philadelphia refinery, shutting biggest crude unit

    By Jarrett Renshaw PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - A brief fire that broke out at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions Inc refinery on Friday evening forced the closure of a core crude unit at the East Coast's biggest oil plant just ahead of the peak driving season. A source familiar with refinery…

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