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  • Workers strike for new pact at nine U.S. oil, chemical plants

    By Erwin Seba HOUSTON (Reuters) - Union workers took to picket lines on Sunday after strikes were called at nine U.S. refineries and chemical plants in a bid to pressure oil companies to agree to a new national contract covering workers at 63 plants. The discord comes as plunging crude prices…

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  • Warehouse fire in trendy NYC neighborhood could smolder for weeks

    A seven-alarm fire that destroyed a warehouse and forced an evacuation in one of New York City's trendiest neighborhoods could take weeks to extinguish completely, fire officials said on Sunday. Some 270 firefighters have been sent to battle the blaze, which broke out early on Saturday, charring a…

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  • Major snowstorm churns through Midwest toward New England

    By Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY (Reuters) - A major winter storm swept into the northern Plains on Sunday, threatening to bury Chicago under more than a foot of snow before tracking toward New England, a region still reeling from a powerful blizzard that struck only days earlier. The fresh snowfall…

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  • Toddler shoots father, pregnant mother at New Mexico motel

    (Reuters) - A 3-year-old boy shot and wounded his father and pregnant mother with a 9 mm handgun that he pulled out of the woman's purse while searching for an iPad, police in New Mexico said on Sunday. Both parents needed hospital treatment for non-life threatening injuries after the bullet went…

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  • Five found slain in Georgia house, police seek 26-year-old man

    By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - Georgia police were searching for a 26-year-old man on Sunday in the killings of five people whose bodies were discovered in a house the night before. The victims ranged in age from 16 to 60, Troup County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Stewart Smith told…

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  • Exclusive: Some charities to refuse money from U.S. financier accused in sex case

    By David Ingram NEW YORK (Reuters) - Some charities that have received money from U.S. financier Jeffrey Epstein said they are reviewing their relationships with him or will decline to accept any future gifts from him in the wake of recent allegations he forced an underage girl to have sex with…

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  • California suffers dry January, prolonging devastating drought

    By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California has experienced one of the driest Januarys on record, and the lack of rain during a time of year when the weather is usually wet indicates the state is likely headed for a fourth straight year of drought, officials said. A prolonged drought…

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  • Deadline passes in U.S. refinery workers contract talks

    By Erwin Seba HOUSTON (Reuters) - Union leaders and oil companies were unable to agree on a new labor accord on Saturday for workers at 63 U.S. refineries as a deadline passed that could lead to a strike. The United Steelworkers union (USW) said in a text message sent to members that the latest…

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  • Three climbers rescued after fall on Oregon's Mt. Hood

    By Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - Two mountain climbers were rescued by helicopter on Saturday after they fell on Oregon's Mount Hood at an altitude of more than 10,000 feet (3,048 meters), and a third climber was helped down the mountain on foot, authorities said. The climbers, two…

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  • Nevada police say investigating alleged political extortion plot

    (Reuters) - Las Vegas police are investigating a possible case of extortion intended to sway a Nevada legislator to change his vote for assembly speaker, searching a property on Saturday as part of the probe, authorities said. The investigation began in December when newly elected Assemblyman…

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  • San Francisco police arrest man over body parts found in suitcase

    A 60-year-old man was arrested early Saturday on murder charges in connection with an incident in which human body parts were found stuffed in a suitcase and left on a San Francisco street, police said. Mark Andrus was booked into county jail and was awaiting a first court appearance, police said.…

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  • Winter storm threatens heavy snow, sleet from Midwest to East Coast

    A winter snowstorm was expected to blanket a wide swath of the U.S. Midwest on Saturday before heading to the East Coast, bringing up to a foot (30 cm) of fresh accumulation to parts of New England, days after a blizzard slammed the region, forecasters said. Six to 12 inches of snow were predicted…

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  • Whitney Houston's daughter revived after being rushed to hospital

    Bobbi Kristina Brown, the only daughter of late pop star Whitney Houston and singer Bobby Brown, was found unresponsive in a bathtub at her Georgia home on Saturday, but she was revived after being rushed to a hospital, police said. The incident comes nearly three years after Houston, a superstar…

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  • Ode to the range: Cowboys take to prose to celebrate U.S. West

    By Mary Papenfuss ELKO, Nev. (Reuters) - When long-time bronc rider Paul Zarzyski needed to rest his aching bones after an adrenaline-charged stint on torquing horseflesh, he often turned to the last thing most people would associate with cowboy life: writing poetry. The ramshackle town with…

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  • $50 million lawsuit filed over deadly Washington subway smoke incident

    (Reuters) - The family of the woman who died in a Washington D.C. subway train after smoke filled a tunnel and two rail cars filed a $50 million lawsuit against the city's subway system on Friday. Marcus and Anthony Glover, sons of late Carol Glover, filed the suit in federal court in the nation's…

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  • Texas Governor to declare 'Chris Kyle Day' in honor of sniper

    (Reuters) - Texas Governor Greg Abbott said on Friday he would officially declare Feb. 2 "Chris Kyle Day" in the state, in honor of the late Navy Seal sharpshooter portrayed in the film "American Sniper." The movie, starring Bradley Cooper as Kyle who was killed by a disgruntled U.S. veteran on a…

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  • New York City settles with family of slain black teen for $3.9 million

    (Reuters) - New York City has settled with the family of an unarmed black teen fatally shot by police in 2012, agreeing to pay $3.9 million, officials said on Friday. Ramarley Graham, 18, was shot dead on Feb. 2, 2012 inside the bathroom of his Bronx apartment after being followed by police…

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  • California truckers win $2 million in wage theft suit

    By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Seven Los Angeles-area truckers have won a $2 million claim against an international shipping company accused of stealing their wages by improperly classifying them as independent contractors and charging them to lease its trucks to drive. In a decision…

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  • Parents of teen girl killed by Denver police demand federal probe

    By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - The parents of a 17-year-old girl shot dead this week by Denver police while she was driving a stolen car have called for a U.S. Justice Department civil rights investigation into her death. The teen's parents, Jose Hernandez and Laura Rosales, said in a letter…

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