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  • Pope Francis calls parents of journalist James Foley

    Pope Francis called the parents of James Foley, the American journalist killed by Islamic State militants in Iraq, to offer his condolences and support, a Vatican spokesman said on Friday. The pope spoke at length with Diane and John Foley on Thursday afternoon with the aid of a Spanish-speaking…

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  • National Guard start pullout as protests in Ferguson turn calmer

    By Scott Malone and Edward McAllister FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - Missouri's governor ordered National Guard troops to withdraw from the riot-weary town of Ferguson on Thursday as tensions eased after nearly two weeks of racially charged protests over the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black…

  • Friend of Boston bomb suspect may get seven-year term in plea deal

    By Daniel Lovering BOSTON (Reuters) - A friend of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded guilty on Thursday to charges of hindering the investigation into the blasts in a deal with prosecutors that calls for a prison sentence of up to seven years. Dias Kadyrbayev, a 20-year-old…

  • It's 'bone-appétit' for California pooches under new law

    California diners can now legally enjoy a meal on a restaurant patio with their dogs in tow, under a law signed Thursday by Governor Jerry Brown that eliminates health code regulations banning restaurant owners from allowing pooches on the premises. Starting next year, California canines will be…

  • Slain journalist's employer publishes email to family from Islamic State

    The online news publication that employed slain U.S. Boston-based GlobalPost said on Thursday the Foley family had agreed to release the email that it received from Islamic State a week before the video of his execution was released on Tuesday. We believe the text offers insight into the…

  • In case of slain journalist, negotiations, silence, then a chilling warning

    By Warren Strobel and John Irish WASHINGTON/PARIS (Reuters) - After months of silence from the captors of American journalist James Foley, on the night of Aug. 13, his family received a chilling message: Foley would be executed in retaliation for U.S. The FBI, which handles cases involving…

  • Alabama band teacher accused of bondage-style sex with students

    By Verna Gates BIRMINGHAM Ala. (Reuters) - A popular former Alabama high school band teacher suspected of forcing at least eight underage female students into bondage-style sex over a three-year period was arrested in Georgia, authorities said Thursday. Jeffery Lance Gainous, 32, is suspected of…

  • Oregon teenager pleads guilty, sentenced in swastika attack

    By Teresa Carson PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - An Oregon teenager pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 11 years in prison on Thursday for taking part in an attack on a friend who was beaten, forced to eat cat feces and had a swastika carved into his forehead, prosecutors said. Blue Kalmbach, 16, the…

  • Alabama man charged in killing over DVDs cites 'stand your ground' law

    Kenny Dewayne Adams, 36, is charged with one count of murder in the Dec. 31, 2012, death of Yancy Metz Foster, 34, his cousin and neighbor, and is due to stand trial in state court on Monday in Athens, 20 miles west of Huntsville. The incident stemmed from Adams loaning Foster the DVD box set,…

  • University of Colorado fights turning over records in theater massacre case

    By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - The University of Colorado is fighting attempts by lawyers defending accused cinema gunman James Holmes to turn over records that public defenders say the school was trying to hide about its former student, court documents show.

  • Oklahoma Catholic bishop drops suit over planned 'black mass'

    By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - The Catholic Archdiocese of Oklahoma on Thursday dropped a lawsuit filed a day earlier against a Satanic church after it turned over to a Catholic priest a consecrated host, or communion wafer, Satanists planned to use in a "black mass." "I am relieved…

  • Houston police face heat for death of wayward Chihuahua

    By Amanda Orr HOUSTON (Reuters) - Houston police defended their actions on Thursday after facing criticism for an arrest last month where two people were taken into custody and a pet dog was left at the scene, eventually dying after apparently being hit by a car. Houston Police Chief Charles…

  • U.S. watchdog finds Pentagon broke law in Bergdahl transfer

    By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Defense Department violated U.S. The Government Accountability Office said the Pentagon broke the law by using money appropriated by Congress to carry out the transfer of Guantanamo prisoners without giving lawmakers the required 30-day notice.

  • Oklahoma City policeman arrested for raping women while on patrol

    OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - An Oklahoma City police officer was arrested on Thursday on suspicion of sexually assaulting at least six women while on patrol, police said. Daniel Holtzclaw, a three-year veteran, was booked on charges that included rape, oral sodomy and sexual battery, Chief Bill Citty…

  • Ban on filling swimming pools hits communities in parched California

    By Aaron Mendelson SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The California dream of owning a house with a sparkling swimming pool is drying up for would-be swimmers in communities across the state as some local water districts have banned homeowners from filling empty pools in drought-stricken areas.     The…

  • California attorney general appeals ruling on death penalty system

    (Reuters) - California's attorney general said on Thursday she is appealing a federal district court decision last month that found the state's death penalty system unconstitutional on the grounds it took so long it amounted to cruel and unusual punishment. Central District of California ruled in…

  • Federal judge strikes down Florida's gay marriage ban, stays ruling

    By Letitia Stein TAMPA Fla. (Reuters) - A federal judge in north Florida on Thursday struck down the state's gay marriage ban as unconstitutional, but stayed the ruling, leaving same-sex couples still unable to marry in the state. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle of Florida's Northern District in…

  • British Muslims blame jihadi subculture after beheading video

    By Kate Holton and Raheem Salman LONDON/BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A British Muslim leader called for action on Thursday to tackle a jihadi sub-culture after an Islamic State video showed a suspected Briton beheading U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the threat from Islamic State was "beyond…

  • Death of Connecticut boy left in hot car ruled a homicide

    By Richard Weizel MILFORD Conn. (Reuters) - A 15-month-old Connecticut boy's death in a hot car last month was ruled a homicide Thursday by the chief state medical examiner’s office. Benjamin Seitz, of Ridgefield, died of “hyperthermia due to environmental exposure” on July 7 after being left…

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  • Top architect Hadid files defamation lawsuit over book review

    By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - Zaha Hadid, an award-winning architect known for futuristic designs, sued The New York Review of Books and the architecture critic Martin Filler on Thursday over alleged defamatory statements about her in a recent book review. Hadid, who was born in…