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  • Connecticut police charge man in Yale gunman hoax

    A Connecticut man was charged Wednesday with threatening and reckless endangerment in connection with a hoax telephone call to Yale University last year claiming a gunman was going to shoot people at the Ivy League school, police said. Jeffrey Jones, 50, a homeless man who told police he was from…

    Reuters28 mins ago
  • U.S. may charge ex-Blackwater guard with murder for Iraq massacre

    By Aruna Viswanatha WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department is considering charging a former Blackwater Worldwide security guard with murder over his alleged role in a 2007 massacre of unarmed civilians in Baghdad, a federal prosecutor said on Wednesday. The Justice Department is…

    Reuters35 mins ago
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  • Washington county delays decision on building ban after deadly mudslide

    By Jonathan Kaminsky OLYMPIA, Washington (Reuters) - A Washington state county that was the scene of a deadly mudslide last month that killed at least 41 people pushed back a decision on Wednesday on a proposed six-month ban on new construction in landslide-prone areas. The decision to delay…

    Reuters58 mins ago
  • U.S. man accused of arms dealing, attempted murder in Venezuela

    A Venezuelan court ordered a U.S. citizen to remain behind bars on Wednesday for alleged arms trafficking and attempted murder after police arrested the man during a raid on a home in the west of the country. A Supreme Court statement named the man as Todd Michael Leininger.

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  • Teen stowaway spent hours undetected at California airport: report

    (Reuters) - A teenage stowaway spent up to six hours undetected at a San Jose airport before climbing into the wheel well of a jetliner that took him to Hawaii, the Los Angeles Times reported on Wednesday. The 15-year-old boy from Santa Clara, California, whose name has not been released, has made…

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  • NYPD Twitter campaign backfires, thousands of negative tweets

    By Chris Francescani NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York Police Department campaign to burnish its image via social media instead produced a flood of pictures of apparent police brutality and tweets critical of the force being shared at a rate of thousands an hour. Police Commissioner Bill Bratton…

    Reuters44 mins ago
  • U.S. soldier convicted of WikiLeaks crimes granted name change

    Former U.S. soldier Bradley Manning, who is serving 35 years in prison for turning over classified files to WikiLeaks, can exchange the name Bradley for Chelsea to reflect her desire to be treated as a woman, a judge in Kansas ruled on Wednesday. Manning's name is legally changed to Chelsea…

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  • Dead teen's mother claims negligence in deadly California crash: report

    (Reuters) - The mother of a 17-year-old student who was among 10 people killed in a highway crash in northern California earlier this month has sued FedEx Corp for negligence, California-based City News Service reported. More than 30 others were injured when a FedEx tractor-trailer crossed a…

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  • Supreme Court limits restitution in child pornography case

    By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that a man convicted of possessing child pornography is only required to pay a proportion of the total damages that victims can seek in restitution. The decision ended confusion within the federal judiciary about…

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  • U.S. Justice Department announces clemency review of drug offenders

    By Julia Edwards and Aruna Viswanatha WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department laid out new clemency guidelines on Wednesday that are expected to make thousands of drug offenders eligible for a reduction in the sentences they are currently serving. Under the new guidelines, inmates that…

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  • Florida man to be executed for 1990 double murder

    By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE (Reuters) - A man who killed his cousin and the man's wife to prevent his cousin from testifying against him in a burglary case is scheduled to die Wednesday evening at Florida State Prison, in Raiford, north Florida. Robert Eugene Hendrix, 47, was convicted of…

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  • Colorado lawmakers move to tighten edible marijuana laws

    By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Colorado lawmakers are moving to tighten laws governing the sale of marijuana-infused edibles, an issue that has gained attention following two deaths possibly linked to the ingestion of cannabis products, the measures' main sponsor said on Tuesday. The state…

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  • Voice of first U.S. Hispanic justice heard in major race case

    Justice Sonia Sotomayor issued a sharply worded 58-page dissent on Tuesday to the court's 18-page decision upholding a Michigan state ban on race-based affirmative action in education. In strong terms that referred to the slights minorities face because of skin color, Sotomayor declared the…

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  • 'Bridgegate' scandal threatens next World Trade Center tower

    By Hilary Russ NEW YORK (Reuters) - The "Bridgegate" scandal that rocked New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's administration earlier this year is threatening a deal that would allow developer Larry Silverstein to finish building the next World Trade Center skyscraper. Silverstein needs a…

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  • Washington state county eyes building ban after deadly mudslide: reports

    Snohomish County was on Wednesday to consider a six-month ban on new construction in landslide-prone areas countywide after a slide last month that killed 41 people, local media reported. A rain-soaked hillside collapsed above the Stillaguamish River on March 22 unleashing a torrent of mud that…

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  • Missouri executes convicted killer in 1993 cattle-stealing plot

    By Carey Gillam KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) - Missouri on Wednesday executed a man who had been convicted in 1993 of murdering an elderly farming couple in a plot to steal their cattle, a state official said. William Rousan, 57, was pronounced dead at 12:10 a.m. (1.10 a.m. EDT) at a state…

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  • FBI seeks to identify victims of suspected child molester abroad

    The suspect, William James Vahey, 64, worked at the schools since 1972 and committed suicide on March 21 in Luverne, Minnesota, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said on Tuesday. He killed himself two days after agents in Houston sought a warrant to search a computer thumb drive belonging to…

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  • Oklahoma execution halted amid confusion over stay orders

    By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin issued a one-week stay in the execution of a death row inmate due to die by lethal injection on Tuesday, in a move to clear up confusion over which state body has the final say over executions. Fallin ordered the stay for…

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  • Teen who stowed away on Hawaii flight resting in hospital

    A teenage boy who stowed away on a flight from California to Hawaii in the frozen, oxygen-deprived wheel well of a passenger jet was resting in hospital on Tuesday, two days after his death-defying jaunt over the Pacific, a Hawaii official said. The teenager, whose name has not been released, is…

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  • California congressman woos Sriracha pepper sauce factory after odor complaints heat up

    By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A U.S. congressman from a Los Angeles community is seeking to lure the factory that makes the bestselling Sriracha-brand hot pepper sauce to his district after residents in its current location complained about the smell. U.S. Representative Tony Cardenas,…

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