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  • Three California jail deputies arrested over inmate's beating death

    Police in Santa Clara, California, arrested three corrections deputies on Thursday and accused them of beating to death a mentally ill inmate last week in a cell at the county jail, officials said. Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith said corrections deputies Matthew Farris, Jereh Lubrin and…

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  • Republican candidates split over Kentucky clerk in gay marriage case

    (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidates were split over whether a county clerk in Kentucky, who was jailed on Thursday, should be forced to issue same-sex marriage licenses despite her religious objections. The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in June that gay couples have a constitutional right…

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  • Pennsylvania teen gets up to 20 years prison for highway rock toss

    A teenager apologized on Thursday to an Ohio teacher who suffered brain damage when her head was split open by a rock he dropped from a highway overpass, then faced a judge who sentenced him to up to 20 years in prison. Dylan Lahr, the admitted ringleader of a group that hurled stones from the…

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  • 'Deflategate' unlikely to harm NFL brand, experts say

    Quarterback Tom Brady had his four-game suspension tossed out by a judge on Thursday and the ordeal may prove to be a boon for the NFL when his New England Patriots open the 2015 regular season next week. "Typically, when you look at almost every bad thing or everything that would be negative or…

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  • Coast Guard closes part of Mississippi River after oil spill

    (Reuters) - The U.S. Coast Guard said on Thursday it closed part of the Mississippi River after oil was spilled in a collision between two tow boats near Paducah, Kentucky. A safety zone was implemented on the river and it was closed to all traffic except response vessels between mile markers…

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  • Former Clinton aide will not testify in House probe, lawyer says

    By Mark Hosenball and Susan Heavey WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A former U.S. State Department information technology staffer who worked for Hillary Clinton is refusing to testify before U.S. lawmakers probing the former top diplomat and the 2012 attacks on U.S. installations in Benghazi, Libya,…

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  • Brady to suit up after 'Deflategate' win; NFL appeals

    Star quarterback Tom Brady will play in the New England Patriots' season opener next week after a federal judge threw out his "Deflategate" suspension on Thursday - but the National Football League has not conceded defeat just yet. Within hours of the ruling, the NFL appealed the order vacating…

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  • Boston brothers in Trump-inspired attack on Mexican to remain in custody

    Two Boston brothers charged with urinating on and beating a homeless Mexican man in an attack allegedly inspired by Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump's views on immigrants agreed on Thursday to remain in custody until trial. The brothers, Scott Leader, 38, and Steve Leader, 30, were…

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  • Security video may provide lead in Illinois policeman's slaying

    Authorities in northern Illinois turned to a home security video on Thursday for possible clues about three suspects in the fatal shooting of a veteran policeman as hundreds of officers searched across the region for a third day. The video, turned in Wednesday night by a Fox Lake homeowner from…

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  • Wrongfully imprisoned Connecticut man seeks $8.5 million in compensation

    Connecticut officials on Thursday said they would not fight a wrongly imprisoned man's claim for $8.5 million in compensation after he spent two decades behind bars for a murder that he was later cleared of. Lawyers for Miguel Roman, who was sentenced to 60 years in prison after being convicted of…

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  • Rutgers University football players suspended after arrests

    Charges against the state university students were announced by the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office just days before the start of the Scarlet Knights football season kicks off on Saturday. Altogether eight Rutgers students and two former students were charged in the incidents, said Jim…

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  • Denver activists put public pot use ballot measure on hold

    Supporters of a Denver ballot initiative to allow marijuana use at bars and other establishments have pulled the measure after city leaders and business groups agreed to discuss a compromise, the pro-pot group said on Thursday. The Campaign for Limited Social Cannabis Use said it collected more…

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  • South Carolina to seek death penalty in Charleston church massacre

    South Carolina will seek the death penalty for Dylann Roof, who is charged with the June murders of nine black worshippers at a Charleston church, a state prosecutor said on Thursday. The 21-year-old Roof, who is white, has been accused of gunning down his victims, members of a Bible study group…

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  • Efforts underway in case of detained U.S. journalist: Iran lawmaker

    Efforts are underway that will hopefully resolve the case of Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian, who was arrested over a year ago and charged with espionage, a senior Iranian lawmaker said on Thursday. Rezaian's lawyer was quoted by Iranian media on Aug. 10 as saying that a verdict in his…

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  • Outside lawyers to probe Baylor University's handling of sex abuse

    Baylor University President Ken Starr, who gained prominence for his investigation of former U.S. President Bill Clinton's sex life, will have an independent investigation looking at how his school responds to sexual misconduct. Baylor, the world's largest Baptist university, has faced criticism…

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  • Oregon magistrate: KBR Inc cannot recoup legal fees from soldiers

    A federal magistrate in Oregon has ruled that KBR Inc cannot recoup legal fees from 12 Oregon Army National Guardsmen who accused the defense contractor of failing to protect them from cancer-causing chemicals when they served in Iraq, attorneys said on Thursday. KBR had sought to recoup $850,000…

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  • New York City painted woman arrested for prostitution: police

    One of the painted topless women in New York City's Times Square, whose presence in the tourist hub has concerned city leaders, has been arrested for drug possession and prostitution, police said on Thursday. Destiny Romero, 20, was charged with prostitution and criminal possession and sale of a…

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  • Virginia police officer indicted for murder in April shooting

    (Reuters) - A grand jury on Thursday indicted a white police officer of Portsmouth, Virginia, for first-degree murder in the shooting of a black teenager.

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  • Man found dead in Yosemite National Park had been hiking alone

    Yosemite National Park officials said on Thursday that a man whose body was found in the California park this week had been hiking alone and was not discovered for more than three weeks because nobody reported him missing. The remains of James Michael Millett Jr., who was last seen alive on Aug.…

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  • Harvard gives students more latitude to describe their gender

    Harvard University's largest academic division is allowing students register for the new academic year as male, female or transgender and choose which gendered or genderless pronouns they prefer, school officials said Thursday. "If faculty or advisors are inadvertently outing someone by using a…

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