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  • Dallas police announce criminal investigation of Manziel

    "Today the Dallas Police Department received a complaint of a domestic violence assault that occurred in Dallas on January 30, 2016," the police said in a statement. "A criminal investigation into the incident, in which Johnathan Manziel is the listed suspect, has been initiated.

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  • Convicted al Qaeda supporter, U.S. face off in medical malpractice trial

    A New York man serving a 15-year prison sentence for providing support to al Qaeda is urging a federal judge to award him $7 million because of a medical condition he says went untreated while in U.S. custody. Lawyers for Wesam El-Hanafi, 40, and the U.S. government made their closing arguments on…

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  • Astronaut Edgar Mitchell, sixth man to walk on moon, dies at 85

    Mitchell died in West Palm Beach, Florida, on Thursday, on the eve of the 45th anniversary of the lunar landing, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration said. On his only space flight, Mitchell joined Apollo 14 commander Alan Shephard, Jr., the first American in space, in the lunar…

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  • N.J. 'Bridgegate' defendants can subpoena Christie papers: reports

    Two former officials indicted in New Jersey's so-called Bridgegate scandal won court approval on Friday to subpoena a law firm for emails and other documents it gathered during an investigation commissioned by Governor Chris Christie, according to media reports. Christie, who is running for the…

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  • U.S. judge grants injunction against anti-abortion activists

    A U.S. judge on Friday granted a preliminary injunction stopping the distribution of surreptitious videos taken by anti-abortion activists who alleged Planned Parenthood staff discussed the illegal sale of aborted fetal tissue. The National Abortion Federation (NAF), a nonprofit representing…

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  • Exclusive: Obama to propose $2.5 billion tax credit for community college investment

    President Barack Obama will propose a $2.5 billion tax credit over five years for businesses that invest in programs at local community colleges and hire their graduates, administration officials said on Friday. The proposal, dubbed the Community College Partnership Tax Credit, would require…

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  • Exclusive: Pentagon's budget plan funds 404 Lockheed F-35 jets - sources

    The U.S. Defense Department plans to buy 404 Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jets over the next five years, a net decrease of 5 to 7 percent from last year's plan, sources familiar with the plans said on Friday. The orders will amount to about $40 billion in new revenue for Lockheed, the…

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  • Alibi testimony could have been key in Maryland 'Serial' case: witness

    Lawyers seeking a new trial for a man they say was wrongly convicted of murder in a case made famous by the popular "Serial" podcast argued on Friday that his original defense attorney failed him by not contacting an alibi witness. Adnan Syed, 35, is serving a life sentence for the 1999 murder of…

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  • Special Report: Why Obama and other gun control advocates own stock in firearms makers

    By Tim McLaughlin and Peter Eisler WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Barack Obama might seem an unlikely investor in the firearms industry. Although Obama’s stake is minuscule, worth no more than $30, it reflects a much larger surge of investment. The president is among millions of Americans buying into…

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  • Trading algorithm shows how mass shootings, politics boost gun shares

    With the benefit of hindsight, the Boston-based hedge fund Quantopian examined how a theoretical investor would have fared by investing equal amounts in Smith & Wesson Holding Corp and Sturm Ruger & Co after 20 events that impacted the companies’ sales or stock prices.

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  • Huge construction crane collapses in Manhattan, one killed

    At the time, workers were lowering the crane to secure it as winds approached 25 miles per hour, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a news conference. An investigation was underway and the crane operator was being interviewed, de Blasio said. Manhattan resident David Wichs, 38, was killed…

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  • New York crane collapse revives worksite safety issues

    By Laila Kearney and Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - The deadly collapse of a construction crane in lower Manhattan on Friday highlights New York's failure to adequately address a safety "crisis" at hundreds of worksites across the city, an official watchdog said. The sharp criticism of the New…

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  • California doctor gets 30 years to life in landmark overdose case

    A Southern California doctor was sentenced to 30 years to life in prison on Friday for over-prescribing drugs that caused the fatal overdose of three patients in a murder case capped by the first conviction of its kind in the United States. The case against Dr. Hsiu Ying "Lisa" Tseng, 46, comes…

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  • Six dead in Chicago home were from one family

    The six people found dead on Thursday in a south-side Chicago home were a Mexican couple, their son and daughter and her two young sons, police and other sources said on Friday. Chicago had more than 480 murders in 2015, up from 407 a year earlier, and there were 51 murders in January, the highest…

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  • Florida 'Facebook killer' gets life in prison for wife's murder

    A Florida man convicted of second-degree murder after killing his wife and posting a photo of her blood-spattered body on Facebook was sentenced to life in prison on Friday. "You foretold your future," said Florida circuit court Judge Yvonne Colodny before handing down the sentence. A jury late…

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  • Texas 'affluenza' teen transferred to adult jail, held without bail

    The Texas teenager who was derided for an "affluenza" defense for killing four people while driving drunk was transferred to an adult jail on Friday from the juvenile center where he has been held since he was deported from Mexico in late January. Ethan Couch, 18, was in custody in a single cell,…

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  • U.S. traffic deaths increase 9 percent in 2015

    Traffic deaths in the United States rose about 9 percent in the first nine months of 2015 compared to same period a year earlier, the U.S. Transportation Department said on Friday, as low gasoline prices increased road travel. The department's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did not…

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  • New Jersey extends contract for Atlantic City fiscal work

    Atlantic City, New Jersey's cash-strapped gambling hub, may no longer have a state-appointed emergency manager, but some big costs for outside professionals working to resolve its fiscal crisis will continue. The state extended its contract with Ernst & Young LLP [ERNY.UL] for another year,…

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  • Maryland prosecutors appeal to force testimony in Freddie Gray case

    The Court of Special Appeals document filed on Thursday says prosecutors are appealing Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams' Jan. 20 ruling that blocked them from calling Officer William Porter to testify against Edward Nero and two other officers. The four are among a half-dozen…

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  • Michigan governor: solve Flint water crisis instead of laying blame

    Michigan Governor Rick Snyder said on Friday he wants officials to focus on solving problems around lead-contaminated drinking water in the city of Flint instead of laying blame as he said some have been doing. "There are a number of folk out there that are spending their time mainly on the…

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