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  • Oregon woman visits Grand Canyon ahead of planned assisted suicide

    (Reuters) - A 29-year-old Oregon woman with terminal brain cancer has ticked off the Grand Canyon from her bucket list and said in a video released this week that she might end her life through assisted suicide in a couple of days. Brittany Maynard was diagnosed in January with a glioblastoma brain…

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  • Watchdog faults U.S. grenade-trafficking probe tied to Fast and Furious

    By Aruna Viswanatha WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Units of the U.S. Department of Justice "seriously" botched an investigation into a suspected trafficker of grenade parts and failed to adequately consider the public safety risk posed by letting the suspect walk free, a watchdog for the agency said on…

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  • U.S. education department gets stricter with for-profit colleges

    By Ankit Ajmera and Sagarika Jaisinghani (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Education will introduce new regulations next year in its latest attempt to improve the job prospects of those graduating from for-profit colleges and universities. Under the regulations unveiled on Thursday and effective…

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  • Insurers have big plans for 2015 Obamacare enrollment

    By Caroline Humer (Reuters) - U.S. insurers planning to sell 2015 Obamacare health plans expect at least 20 percent growth in customers and in some states anticipate more than doubling sign-ups. In interviews with Reuters, half a dozen privately held and non-profit health insurers around the…

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  • U.S. lawsuit vs Hartford police who fatally shot dog is revived

    By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal appeals court revived a lawsuit against Hartford, Connecticut, and two police officers over the fatal shooting of a family dog, near a 12-year-old girl, after the officers entered a property without a warrant to search for guns. The 2nd U.S.…

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  • Chicago high school evacuated, nine taken to hospital

    CHICAGO (Reuters) - A Chicago high school was evacuated on Wednesday due to a suspicious odor that was investigated as a possible natural gas leak and nine students were taken to local hospitals as a precautionary measure, all in good condition, police said. Police said preliminary information was…

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  • Thomas Menino, Boston's longest-serving mayor, dies at 71: spokesman

    By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Thomas Menino, the longest-serving mayor in Boston history who led the city after the 2013 marathon bombing, died on Thursday at age 71 from cancer, his family said in a statement. Menino, a Democrat, ran New England's largest city for two decades before he…

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  • Illinois man ordered freed after serving 15 years for murder

    By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - A man who had served 15 years in prison for murder was ordered freed on Thursday after a judge dismissed charges at the request of prosecutors amid doubts over the man's confession in a controversial 1982 case that helped lead to Illinois abolishing the death…

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  • Four people dead after plane crash at Kansas airport: fire official

    WICHITA Kan. (Reuters) - Four people have been confirmed dead after a small airplane crashed Thursday morning into a flight safety building at Mid-Continent Airport in Wichita, Kansas, a fire official told a news conference. (Reporting by Alice Mannette; Writing by David Bailey; Editing by Bill…

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  • Two brothers arrested in North Carolina courthouse shooting

    WINSTON-SALEM N.C. (Reuters) - Two brothers were in police custody on Thursday in connection with a shooting outside a North Carolina courthouse that critically wounded two people, police said. Brandon Tremaine Morris, 31, was identified as the man who opened fire in front of the Nash County…

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  • Maine nurse defies state Ebola quarantine, leaves home

    (Reuters) - A nurse in Maine vowing not to be bullied by politicians and threatening to sue the state over an Ebola quarantine she calls unscientifically sound, defied the order and left her home for a bike ride on Thursday, according to television images. Kaci Hickox left her home in Fort Kent to…

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  • In U.S. Ebola fight, no two quarantines are quite the same

    By Jonathan Allen and Yasmeen Abutaleb NEW YORK (Reuters) - (This story has been refiled to correct typographical error in first paragraph) In the U.S. battle against Ebola, quarantine rules depend on your zip code. For some it may feel like imprisonment or house arrest. For others it may be more…

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  • Americans face post-foreclosure hell as wages garnished, assets seized

    By Michelle Conlin NEW YORK (Reuters) - (This corrects paragraph 28 to show financial institutions in Maryland have 27 years, not 36, to collect deficiency judgments) Many thousands of Americans who lost their homes in the housing bust, but have since begun to rebuild their finances, are suddenly…

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  • Judge to rule on whether Stockton, California can exit bankruptcy

    By Robin Respaut SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A judge in Sacramento is set to decide on Thursday if the California city of Stockton can exit bankruptcy. If not, the city may need to cut its pension obligations, a controversial issue that has captured the attention of the $3.7 trillion U.S. municipal…

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  • Hawaii lava crosses residential property, threatens more homes

    By Karin Stanton PAHOA Hawaii (Reuters) - A slow-moving river of molten lava from an erupting volcano crept over residential and farm property on Hawaii's Big Island on Wednesday after incinerating an outbuilding as it threatened dozens of homes at the edge of a former plantation town. The lava…

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  • School projects onboard exploded Virginia rocket destroyed

    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Over a dozen school projects were onboard the U.S. supply rocket that exploded shortly after liftoff from a Virginia launch pad, but a group of California students will have another shot at getting their project - containing live worms - into space. The project, developed…

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  • U.S. governor races could determine swing states' fiscal health

    By Megan Davies NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. voters' readiness to face tough issues such as pension reform rather than simply kick the can further down the road will be put to the test next week as two-thirds of state governor posts go up for election. A handful of the Nov. 4 races such as the dead…

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  • Five members of Utah family likely died of poisoning: reports

    (Reuters) - Police believe two parents and three children found dead inside their Utah home weeks ago likely died of poisoning, local media reported on Wednesday. The five people, including children between the ages of 11 and 14, were found on Sept. 27 at their home in Springville, about 45 miles…

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  • Probe of Virginia rocket blast begins; space station supplied

    By Ian Simpson and Irene Klotz WALLOPS Va./CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. (Reuters) - Authorities on Wednesday started investigating what caused an unmanned U.S. supply rocket to explode in a fireball moments after liftoff from a Virginia launch pad, destroying cargo and equipment bound for the International…

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