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  • Four shot, one fatally, in downtown St. Louis

    (Reuters) - A shooting at a downtown St. Louis convenience store on Wednesday left one person dead and three others badly wounded, police said. Police said no suspects were in custody some five hours after the shooting, which was reported shortly after 5:30 p.m. local time. A St. Louis Metropolitan…

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  • Shooter kills man in Louisiana mall on Christmas Eve

    (Reuters) - A gunman opened fire inside a New Orleans-area mall still busy with shoppers on Christmas eve, killing a man before he was taken into custody, police said on Wednesday. Gary François, 25, fired multiple shots at 24-year-old James Vaughn, who had just made a purchase at a Foot Locker…

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  • CDC worker monitored for possible Ebola exposure in lab error

    By Steve Gorman (Reuters) - A laboratory technician for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been placed under observation for possible exposure to the deadly Ebola virus due to an apparent mix-up in lab specimens, the Atlanta-based agency said on Wednesday. The technician, who…

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  • White Christmas expected in parts of U.S., rain elsewhere

    By Mark Guarino CHICAGO (Reuters) - Fresh snowfall was expected to bring a white Christmas to parts of the U.S. West, Midwest and the Appalachian Mountains, while other regions of the country would slog through rain and fog, the National Weather Service said on Wednesday. The forecast comes amid…

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  • U.S. South menaced by storms as Mississippi cleans up from tornadoes

    By Emily Le Coz JACKSON, Miss. (Reuters) - Severe thunderstorms menaced the U.S. Southeast on Wednesday, with a small tornado and flooding reported in parts of North Carolina, while emergency workers in Mississippi surveyed damage from tornadoes that killed at least four people and injured 20. As…

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  • Firefighters targeted in drive-by shooting in north Florida

    TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - A firefighter was grazed in the arm during a drive-by shooting behind a north Florida fire station on Tuesday evening, police said. Firefighters were refueling a ladder truck in back of Station 28 in Jacksonville, Florida, when a passing vehicle opened fire, according to a…

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  • Atlanta baggage handler charged with helping smuggle guns onto flight

    By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - A Delta Air Lines baggage handler has been charged with helping another man smuggle 18 handguns onto a flight from Atlanta to New York City, in a scheme that prosecutors said ran for years and also involved assault weapons. Eugene Harvey, 31, has been charged…

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  • Police officer kills armed black man near Ferguson, Missouri

    By Ian Simpson and Eric M. Johnson (Reuters) - A white policeman shot dead a black man brandishing a gun at a suburban St. Louis gasoline station overnight, police said on Wednesday, igniting violence reminiscent of riots over the police killing of an unarmed black teenager in nearby Ferguson.…

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  • LA police investigate song mocking dead black teen at ex-cop's party

    By Michael Fleeman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A song poking fun at the killing of black teenager Michael Brown by a white policeman, performed at a retired officer's party, has prompted the Los Angeles Police Department to launch an internal investigation, its chief said on Tuesday. "Michael Brown…

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  • Two people wounded by gunfire at Atlanta movie theater

    (Reuters) - Two people were wounded in gunfire late on Tuesday at an Atlanta theater hosting a film's premiere, and there have been no arrests, police said. A man was shot in the buttocks and a woman was grazed in the leg inside the lobby and concessions area of the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema at…

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  • Former President Bush, 90, hospitalized for shortness of breath

    By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, 90, was hospitalized in Houston, Texas, late on Tuesday after experiencing shortness of breath, a spokesman for the 41st commander-in-chief said in a statement. Bush's latest health scare came two years after he was…

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  • U.S. judge throws out Arizona sheriff's immigration suit against Obama

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal judge on Tuesday threw out a lawsuit brought against Barack Obama by an Arizona police chief who called the U.S. president's sweeping immigration reforms unconstitutional, saying the plaintiff lacked legal standing in the case. Judge Beryl Howell of the U.S.…

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  • FBI arrests Colorado man over online threats to kill police

    By Daniel Wallis DENVER (Reuters) - FBI agents arrested a Colorado man who posted online threats advocating the killing of police officers after investigators received a tip about one of the messages from Google, prosecutors said on Tuesday. Jeremiah Perez, 33, was detained without incident at his…

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  • Four tornado-related fatalities confirmed in southeastern Mississippi

    JACKSON, Miss. (Reuters) - At least four people were killed in tornadoes that struck southeastern Mississippi on Tuesday, coroner and emergency management officials said. Two of the fatalities occurred in Marion County, a woman who died at a shopping strip and another in a trailer home, when a…

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  • Jurors to see graphic images at Colorado cinema massacre trial

    By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Jurors in the murder trial of Colorado cinema gunman James Holmes will see the majority of the gruesome photographs and video taken at the crime scene, but a handful of images will be barred, the judge overseeing the case ruled on Tuesday. Defense lawyers had…

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  • U.S. to pay $3.2 million to contractor freed from Cuba prison

    By David Adams MIAMI (Reuters) - Alan Gross, the contractor freed last week after five years in a Cuban jail will receive $3.2 million from the U.S. government as part of a settlement with his employer, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced on Tuesday. Gross was employed…

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  • As more cities ban homeless camps, advocates cry foul

    By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - For Teresa Sigerson, a former waitress who has lived under a Chicago expressway bridge for three years, the camp she shares with eight others provides shelter, companionship and some measure of security. "There's safety in numbers," said Sigerson, 51, who begs…

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  • L.A. judge orders halt to smartphone app for medical pot delivery

    By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A judge in Los Angeles ordered a smartphone application company on Tuesday to stop arranging the delivery of medical marijuana to customers in the city in violation of a ban on such businesses, prosecutors said. Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer's…

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  • Talk of 'wings on pigs' threats on police tests U.S. speech rights

    By David Ingram (Reuters) - The point-blank killing of two New York policemen and protests against the use of excessive force by officers have raised the question of whether people can be prosecuted for words of violence directed at police in social media and on the streets. Compared with other…

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