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  • Appeals court strikes down Arkansas 12-week abortion ban

    (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday struck down an Arkansas law that banned abortion at 12 weeks of pregnancy, upholding a lower court's decision last year that had blocked the law. The Arkansas law violates a woman's right to terminate a pregnancy at a point before the viability of the…

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  • Death toll from flooding in Houston rises to five, city says

    HOUSTON (Reuters) - The death toll from flooding in Houston has reached five people, the city said in a statement on Wednesday. There are also two people unaccounted for in the Monday flooding that turned streets into rivers in parts of the fourth-most populous U.S. city. (Reporting by Jon…

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  • Colorado movie massacre defense: We need to talk about James

    By Daniel Wallis and Keith Coffman CENTENNIAL, Colo. (Reuters) - In a hushed courtroom on the outskirts of Denver, defense lawyers played family videos of a young boy sitting on a sofa in shorts and a T-shirt, playing on a slide in a park, and frolicking in waves on a sunlit beach. The films gave…

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  • New flood warning for Houston after deadly storms kill 17

    The National Weather Service issued a new flash flood warning on Wednesday for Houston as the fourth most-populous U.S. city searched for bodies from deadly storms that turned neighborhoods into lakes. Near Dallas, police evacuated residents living near a dam that was poised to burst on Wednesday…

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  • Western U.S. drought might raise food prices: Reuters/Ipsos poll

    The poll, conducted May 18 to 22, also found strong support for certain water conservation efforts that might be aimed at the general public in drought-stricken states. The governor of Washington state has declared a drought emergency even as Nevada, parts of Oregon and other western states also…

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  • Appeals court rules with states challenging Obama's immigration action

    By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's plan to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation was dealt another setback on Tuesday when a U.S. appeals court refused to lift a block put in place by 26 states that argued Obama overstepped his authority. By a…

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  • Former Los Angeles policeman, sought in murder, arrested in Mexico

    A former Los Angeles police officer, who fled after he was accused of killing a man following a fight near a southern California nightclub district, has been arrested in northern Mexico, state prosecutors said on Tuesday. Henry Solis, 27, was detained in the border city of Ciudad Juarez and was…

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  • Penn State fraternity shut down for three years after nude photos

    (Reuters) - Penn State University on Tuesday said it was withdrawing recognition from a fraternity for three years after members were accused of posting pictures they took of mostly undressed women onto private Facebook pages. "The organizational misbehaviors is far more than the University can…

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  • California scientists test Ecstasy as anxiety-reducer for gravely ill

    By Emmett Berg SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California scientists are testing whether the illegal psychoactive drug commonly known as Ecstasy could help alleviate anxiety for terminally ill patients, the trial's principal funder said on Tuesday. At least a dozen subjects with life-threatening…

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  • Seattle to close medical marijuana dispensaries operating without permits

    Seattle will close dozens of medical marijuana dispensaries operating without a license, the city's mayor said on Tuesday, part of a statewide effort to reconcile the unregulated system with the voter-approved recreational pot industry. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray outlined a series of regulatory…

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  • Texas oil patches brace for more rains, possible floods

    Texas oilfields could see strong rains and thunderstorms later this week, though they were spared the heaviest flooding that struck central and eastern Texas over the Memorial Day weekend, the National Weather Service said on Tuesday. There were reports of flooded roads in parts of the Permian…

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  • California Assembly votes to make pregnancy centers tell women of abortion option

    By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The California State Assembly approved a bill on Tuesday that would require licensed pregnancy centers, which sometimes steer women away from abortion, to inform clients about state programs offering such services, officials said. The Democratic-led…

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  • Former Los Angeles policeman sought in murder arrested in Mexico: report

    A former Los Angeles police officer who fled after he was accused of killing a man following a fight near a Southern California nightclub district has been arrested in Mexico, the Los Angeles Times reported on Tuesday. The paper cited unnamed sources familiar with the case as saying Henry Solis,…

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  • Colorado movie gunman wrote of 'obsession to kill' since childhood

    By Keith Coffman CENTENNIAL, Colo., (Reuters) - Colorado cinema gunman James Holmes wrote in a notebook he sent to his psychiatrist prior to opening fire in a suburban theater that he had harbored an "obsession to kill" since childhood, a police officer testified at his murder trial on Tuesday. …

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  • California man dies on visit to Grand Canyon, cause unknown

    By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - An 82-year-old California man has died of undetermined causes while visiting the Grand Canyon National Park during the busy Memorial Day weekend, a park official said on Tuesday. Khushalbai Patel of Pleasanton was visiting the park with family when he was…

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  • Cleveland agrees to limit police use of force after shootings

    By Julia Edwards and Kim Palmer WASHINGTON/CLEVELAND (Reuters) - The Cleveland police department has agreed to train officers to minimize racial bias and the use of excessive force in a deal with the U.S. Department of Justice after a pattern of abuses was detailed in a report last year, officials…

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  • U.S. bird flu virus seen under control within a few months

    By Sybille de La Hamaide PARIS (Reuters) - An epidemic of bird flu that has devastated U.S. poultry flocks this year is likely to be under control within a few months as the United States steps up measures to contain the virus and the summer weather weakens it, senior officials said on Tuesday. …

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  • Yemen man pleads guilty to al Qaeda scheme to kill U.S. military

    By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Yemeni man who prosecutors said was a member of al Qaeda and engaged in attacks against U.S. military forces stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan pleaded guilty on Tuesday to conspiring to kill Americans overseas.     Saddiq al-Abbadi, 40, pleaded guilty in…

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  • Small plane found wrecked in Grand Canyon, may be from 2011

    The small red plane was first reported to park rangers on May 20 by a group of hikers who spotted it smashed amid large boulders, the skeletal remains of a pilot still inside, National Park Service spokeswoman Emily Davis said. Davis said bad weather prevented authorities from reaching the…

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