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  • Boy found dead in New York after false kidnap report, police say

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - The body of a 5-year-old boy was found near his home in upstate New York on Thursday night hours after a relative told police two men in ski masks had kidnapped him, a report the local sheriff said on Friday appeared to have been a lie. Kenneth White lived with his aunt, his…

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  • Five dead, dozens sickened by listeria linked to caramel apples

    (Reuters) - Five people have died and 21 others have been hospitalized in recent weeks in a listeria outbreak linked to caramel apples, health officials said on Friday. A total of 28 people infected with listeria have been reported from 10 states, according to a statement from the U.S. Centers for…

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  • Child under observation at Chicago hospital to rule out Ebola

    By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - A child who arrived in Chicago with a fever was under observation on Friday at a city hospital to rule out the Ebola virus, hospital officials said. Federal officials screening arriving passengers at O'Hare International Airport detected the fever but no other…

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  • Consumers can sue Target Corp over data breach: judge

    (Reuters) - A U.S. judge has cleared the way for consumers to sue Target Corp over the retailer's late 2013 data breach that they say compromised their personal financial information.

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  • U.S. green groups sue EPA over stormwater regulations

    By Ayesha Rascoe WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two environmental groups have sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for what the groups said was failing to comply with a court order requiring the agency to strengthen regulations preventing pollution from stormwater runoff. The Natural Resources…

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  • Former Chrysler Group recalling pickups for possible loose fastener

    DETROIT (Reuters) - FCA US, the former Chrysler Group, is recalling almost 288,000 Dodge Ram pickup trucks globally that had been under review by U.S. safety regulators over complaints that a loose fastener might cause the rear axle to lock up or detach.

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  • In North Dakota, countdown looms for $5.3 billion oil tax break

    By Ernest Scheyder BISMARCK, N.D. (Reuters) - Tumbling U.S. oil markets hit an important if obscure milestone on Thursday, closing for the first time at a price that could trigger a $5.3 billion, two-year tax break for North Dakota oil drillers as soon as next summer. Under a decades-old law, the…

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  • Lawyers for two friends of accused Boston bombers due in court

    BOSTON (Reuters) - Lawyers for two friends of the accused Boston Marathon bombers are due in court on Friday for separate hearings as the city braces for the January start of a trial focused on the attack that killed three people and injured more than 260. Attorneys for Khairullozhon Matanov, a cab…

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  • Families of victims of fatal Texas festival crash sue organizers

    (Reuters) - Families of the victims and survivors of a fatal March crash outside the popular South by Southwest festival in Austin sued the organizers on Thursday, according to court documents and local media. Four people died at this year's event when a 21-year-old motorist plowed into crowds of…

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  • Louisville lawmakers approve minimum wage hike

    By Steve Bittenbender LOUISVILLE, Ky (Reuters) - Louisville, Kentucky officials on Thursday approved an increase to the city's minimum wage, boosting it from the federal rate of $7.25 to $9 an hour by 2017, becoming the 12th city to approve a hike this year. The increase, which came after a series…

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  • Massive Los Angeles construction fire was arson, authorities say

    By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A construction fire that gutted an entire city block of downtown Los Angeles and caused up to $30 million in damages was an act of arson, authorities said on Thursday. Los Angeles Fire Department officials have previously said the blaze, one of the largest…

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  • Colorado boy, 14, sentenced to 10 years for dad’s murder

    By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A 14-year-old Colorado boy who admitted shooting his father dead and concealing the death by calling the man’s work for five days to say his dad was ill was sentenced on Thursday to 10 years in prison, prosecutors said. Kai Kelly, who was 13 at the time of the…

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  • Washington governor pushes capital gains tax in face of budget gap

    By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - Washington state Governor Jay Inslee on Thursday proposed a new tax on capital gains to try to close a projected budget shortfall of more than $2 billion, rolling back on a no-new-taxes campaign pledge. The proposal, which Inslee said would provide much-needed…

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  • Uber's fight of California data-sharing rule highlights its bumpy road

    By Sarah McBride SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Uber argued Thursday that it should not have to turn over ride data in a California regulatory standoff that shows how the transportation service is falling afoul of officials who could threaten its expansion. The issue, which is being heard in a…

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  • Exclusive: Creditor to oppose San Bernardino bankruptcy plan favoring Calpers - source

    By Tim Reid LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A major capital markets creditor of bankrupt San Bernardino, California, will oppose any exit plan that is more favorable to Calpers, California's public pension fund, a source familiar with the creditor's strategy said on Thursday. The creditor intends to pursue…

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  • Journalist sues over arrest at protest in Ferguson, Missouri

    By Daniel Wallis (Reuters) - A Washington-based journalist has sued St. Louis County and one of its police lieutenants, saying his rights were violated when he was arrested while covering protests over the killing of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer in Ferguson, court papers…

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  • Neighboring states challenge Colorado pot laws in top U.S. court

    By Daniel Wallis DENVER (Reuters) - Nebraska and Oklahoma challenged neighboring Colorado's recreational marijuana laws in the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday amid complaints its pot was seeping across their borders, and Colorado vowed to defend its laws. Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning said…

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  • Pennsylvania couple plead not guilty in starvation death of disabled son

    By David DeKok HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - A Pennsylvania mother and father accused of letting their 9-year-old disabled son starve to death last summer entered pleas of not guilty on Thursday. Jarrod Tutko, 38, and Kimberly Tutko, 39, appeared in shackles for their arraignment in the Dauphin…

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  • Arizona sheriff to disband unit that targeted immigrants workers in raids

    PHOENIX (Reuters) - Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio is disbanding a squad that targeted undocumented immigrants in workplace raid, his office said on Thursday, following a lawsuit by groups that accused the controversial lawman of infringing on the powers of the federal government. The move is the…

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  • Fraternity closed at California university over anti-rape march harassment

    By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - (This story corrects headline, first paragraph to show that fraternity agreed to close but was not banned by university) A San Diego State University fraternity whose members were accused of harassing people taking part in an anti-rape march has been closed,…

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