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  • Police seek motive in fatal Washington state school shooting

    By Eric M. Johnson and Victoria Cavaliere MARYSVILLE Wash. (Reuters) - Authorities were seeking a motive on Saturday as to why a high school student in the United States' Washington state shot dead a female classmate and wounded four others in a campus cafeteria before killing himself. The shooter,…

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  • Medical worker quarantined in New Jersey under new Ebola safeguards

    By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) - A medical worker quarantined in New Jersey on her return from treating Ebola victims in West Africa was being evaluated in a hospital isolation ward on Saturday after new contagion-control safeguards were imposed for America's biggest urban center. She was…

  • Man to plead guilty to killing Montana teacher in cocaine frenzy

    By Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) - A Colorado man accused of killing a Montana teacher during a cocaine-fueled frenzy has agreed to plead guilty to murder as part of a deal in which prosecutors will dismiss a kidnapping charge in the case, court documents showed on Wednesday. Michael Spell, 25, of…

  • Suspected serial killer charged in another murder in Indiana

    By Mark Guarino CROWN POINT Ind. (Reuters) - Suspected serial killer Darren Vann, who was arrested on Saturday and charged in the murder of a young woman whose body was found in a motel in Indiana, was charged on Wednesday in the murder of another woman, prosecutors said. Vann, a convicted sex…

  • Father, son who ran NY drug treatment centers face fraud charges

    By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - A father and son who ran New York City substance abuse clinics were accused on Wednesday of stealing tax money meant to treat addicts and using it to fund a lavish lifestyle that included luxury cars. Alan Brand and his son, Jason Brand, were arrested on an…

  • U.S. pastor defrocked over son's same-sex wedding faces Methodist council

    By Bianca Phillips MEMPHIS Tenn. (Reuters) - A U.S. pastor who was defrocked after officiating at his son's same-sex wedding ceremony, and later reinstated, made an appeal to hang onto his ordination before a Methodist judicial council on Wednesday. The church punished Reverend Frank Schaefer, who…

  • Mega harvest leaves U.S. farmers battling bugs in storage bins

    By Mark Weinraub CHICAGO (Reuters) - With record harvests depressing prices, U.S. farmers are holding tight to their corn and soybeans and binging on chemicals that protect stored grain from critters or even leaving corn standing in fields over winter to avoid storage charges. Still flush with cash…

  • NYC subway breaks record with more than 6 million daily rides

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - More people rode the New York City subway than ever in September, with the number of trips exceeding a record-breaking 6 million on five separate days over the month, transit officials said on Wednesday. There were 6,106,694 trips on the subway on Sept. 23, the highest number…

  • Two deputies killed, two others hurt in California shooting spree

    SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - Two California sheriff's deputies were killed and two others were wounded in a shooting spree that started in a motel parking lot in Sacramento on Friday, authorities said. Marcelo Marquez, 34, and a female companion, who were described on Twitter by the California…

  • Maker of U.S. highway guardrails stops shipments over safety concerns

    (Reuters) - Railcar maker Trinity Industries Inc said on Friday that it would stop shipping a highway guardrail system, after the U.S. government demanded earlier in the week that the company conduct more crash tests of the product. The system was banned by Nevada in January, Massachusetts and…

  • Washington school shooting suspect left unhappy tweets

    By Bill Rigby SEATTLE (Reuters) - A high school student believed to have shot to death a classmate and wounded four others on Friday at his campus north of Seattle was a popular homecoming prince but appeared on social media as a heart broken and sometimes angry adolescent. Police offered no motive…

  • St. Louis officer shot teen in back of legs: family autopsy

    By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - A white off-duty St. Louis police officer shot a black teenager six times in the back of the legs and once in the side of the head in what was likely a fatal wound, a doctor who performed a private autopsy for the teen's family said on Friday. The shooting of…

  • U.S. jury convicts ex-Blackwater guards in 2007 Baghdad killings

    By Aruna Viswanatha and Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. federal jury found three American former Blackwater guards guilty of manslaughter and weapons charges on Wednesday and a fourth of murder in connection with the 2007 killing of 14 unarmed Iraqis at a Baghdad traffic circle. The…

  • Ferguson shooting probe to be complete in coming months: Attorney general

    By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Friday that he expects the Justice Department's investigation into the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, to be complete by the time he leaves…

  • Therapists missed Newtown gunman's rage as a teenager: report

    By Richard Weizel HARTFORD Conn. (Reuters) - The extent of Newtown school shooter Adam Lanza's growing rage, isolation and delusions when he was a teenager were apparently overlooked by his mother, psychiatrists and counselors, according to a report expected to be issued next month. The report…

  • Deputy killed, three others hurt in California shooting spree

    SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - A California sheriff's deputy was killed and three others were wounded in a shooting spree that started in a motel parking lot in Sacramento on Friday, authorities said. Both suspects, described on Twitter by the California Highway Patrol as a man and a woman, both…

  • Atlantic City Trump casino workers picket, target investor Icahn

    By Daniel Kelley ATLANTIC CITY N.J. (Reuters) - Hundreds of unionized workers lashed out at Carl Icahn on Friday, picketing the Trump Taj Mahal Casino where the billionaire activist seeks to terminate health-care and pension plans. Members of UNITE HERE Local 54 picketed the Atlantic City casino a…

  • NY doctor with Ebola a serious student with funny side, friends say

    By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) - The young doctor diagnosed with Ebola in New York City is a big-hearted man with a serious interest in international emergency medicine and a flair for languages, yet his friends call him "a goofball." Craig Spencer, originally from the Detroit area, has…

  • Montana bride who shoved husband off cliff appeals murder conviction

    By Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) - A Montana bride who admitted pushing her new husband off a cliff at Glacier National Park is appealing her murder conviction on grounds prosecutors distorted facts, acted vindictively toward her and engaged in misconduct, such as publicly labeling her a sociopath.…

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  • No distress calls before Maryland airplane-helicopter collision

    By John Clarke WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A small airplane and helicopter made no distress calls before they collided near a Maryland airport killing all three aboard the helicopter and injuring the two men on the plane, federal investigators said on Friday. Investigators from the National…