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  • New York's Met Opera, unions extend talks for 72 hours, lockout delayed

    By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York's Metropolitan Opera agreed to extend negotiations with its labor unions for 72 hours, preventing a threatened lockout at the nation's largest performing arts organization, the Met said late on Thursday. The Met Opera also said that it had reached…

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  • Slain Michigan teenager had swollen hands from pounding on door: witness

    By Aaron Foley DETROIT (Reuters) - An independent medical examiner testified on Thursday that a black teenager's hands were swollen from pounding on the door of a white suburban Detroit man's home, which could support the man's claim that he thought the teenager was trying to break in. The…

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  • Man extradited to U.S. from Mexico over slaying of border patrol agent

    (Reuters) - A Mexican man has been extradited to the United States in connection with the fatal shooting of a U.S. border patrol agent during a late-night gun battle near the U.S.-Mexican border in Arizona four years ago, federal prosecutors said on Thursday. Ivan Soto-Barraza has been charged…

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  • Obamacare subsidy case could be reviewed by U.S. Supreme Court

    (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court has been asked to review a case about whether the federal government can subsidize health insurance for millions of Americans, a party involved in the lawsuit said on Thursday. The petition requests the U.S. high court decide the issue after two lower U.S. court…

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  • U.S. residents sue over immigration denials said to target Muslims

    By Daina Beth Solomon LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Five long-time U.S. residents who are Muslim or from Muslim-majority countries sued the federal government on Thursday, saying the Department of Homeland Security was unfairly denying or delaying requests for citizenship and permanent residency on…

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  • Ebola patient coming to U.S. as aid workers' health worsens

    By Julie Steenhuysen and Colleen Jenkins CHICAGO/WINSTON-SALEM N.C. (Reuters) - A U.S. aid worker who was infected with the deadly Ebola virus while working in West Africa will be flown to the United States to be treated in a high-security ward at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, hospital…

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  • Tea Party out-muscles Boehner on border-security funding

    By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bill to fund border security blew up in House Speaker John Boehner's face on Thursday, leaving Republicans in disarray and struggling to reconcile Tea Party demands with the need to deal with a humanitarian crisis on the southwestern border with Mexico. A…

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  • Sudanese woman who had faced execution for conversion arrives in U.S.

    Mariam Yahya Ibrahim arrived in Manchester, New Hampshire, where she has relatives and where she was greeted by a crowd of people from the local Sudanese immigrant community who sang and handed her bunches of flowers. "I can't describe the feeling," said her husband, Daniel Wani, who had traveled…

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  • U.S. reforms poultry inspections to boost food safety

    By Ros Krasny WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced on Thursday reforms to decades-old processes for inspecting poultry facilities in a bid to cut down on the number of foodborne illnesses, but dropped an industry-backed plan to speed up production. The move could…

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  • Activists say transgender woman raped at Arizona immigrant center

    By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Rights activists called on Thursday for the immediate release of a transgender women allegedly raped by her cellmate at an Arizona immigrant detention center, accusing authorities of refusing to provide for her safety. The activists say immigration and…

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  • World Trade Center contractor charged in multimillion-dollar fraud

    By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - The owner of a company that has done nearly $1 billion in construction work at the World Trade Center was charged on Thursday with defrauding a government program intended to promote minority- and women-owned businesses. U.S. prosecutors charged Larry Davis, the…

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  • U.S. CDC says salmonella outbreak from Foster Farms' chicken appears over

    By P.J. Huffstutter CHICAGO (Reuters) - A salmonella outbreak linked to California-based poultry producer Foster Farms' contaminated chicken appears to be over, more than 17 months after it began, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday. The salmonella Heidelberg outbreak,…

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  • Crews tighten battle lines around Yosemite fire threatening Sequoias

    Firefighters tightened their grip Thursday on a blaze roaring for a sixth day through drought-parched timber and brush on the western edge of Yosemite National Park as they took special measures to protect a famed grove of giant Sequoia trees. The El Portal fire has blackened more than 3,900 acres…

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  • California zoo animals feast on 13,000-pound fruit donation

    By Jennifer Chaussee BERKELEY Calif. (Reuters) - Animals at a zoo in California's Bay Area received an unexpected and unusual feast after a delivery truck carrying exotic fruit crashed and spilled an estimated $50,000 worth of produce across a highway, officials said on Thursday. Some of the…

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  • Prosecutors to appeal dismissal of Minnesota shooting plot charges

    (Reuters) - Prosecutors plan to appeal the dismissal of attempted murder and property damage charges against a Minnesota teenager who allegedly planned bombings and shootings at a high school, a court official said on Thursday. John David LaDue, 17, was charged in May with four counts of attempted…

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  • Spanish-style bull run nixed in California, other events planned

    By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Spanish-style bull run that would have seen participants in shorts and red scarves scampering alongside the horned animals has been canceled in Southern California due to a permit denial, an organizer said on Thursday. While People for the Ethical…

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  • Second D.C.-area man stricken with flesh-eating bacteria: media

    (Reuters) - A flesh-eating bacterial disease has infected another Washington, D.C.-area man, local media reported on Thursday, just days after a man was released from a hospital following a near-deadly bout with the germ. Joe Wood of Stafford, Virginia, said he was swimming in the Potomac River…

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  • Judge says unclear if NYC is fair when revoking taxi licenses

    By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judge in New York said it is an open question whether the city's Taxi and Limousine Commission treats taxi drivers fairly in hearings over whether to revoke their licenses. U.S. District Judge Sidney Stein made the assessment in a 50-page…

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  • U.S. aid worker infected with Ebola to be moved to Atlanta hospital: official

    A U.S. humanitarian aid worker who was infected with Ebola in West Africa will be transferred back to the United States and treated in a special high security ward at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, hospital officials said on Thursday. The aid worker, who was infected while working to help…

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  • U.S. tells Dallas county no need for it to house immigrants: commissioner

    By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - Federal authorities rejected plans to house up to 2,000 children from Central America in temporary shelters in Dallas County, saying the need had waned due to a falling number of immigrants arriving, a county commissioner said on Thursday. Dallas Judge Clay…

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