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  • Rap mogul Suge Knight suspect in fatal hit-and-run

    Rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight was named as a suspect in a hit-and-run that killed one person near Los Angeles on Thursday, officials said. A man fitting Knight's description drove up to a Compton burger shop around 3 p.m. and began arguing with two people outside, said Lieutenant John Corina with…

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  • California lawmaker aims to raise smoking age to 21

    A California lawmaker introduced legislation on Thursday that aims to raise the legal smoking age to 21 from 18, his office said in a statement, just over a week after a similar move by Washington state's top lawyer. The bill also comes a day after California's top health official said electronic…

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  • Elderly residents die in blizzard-hit Massachusetts; death toll at least four

    (Reuters) - An elderly man and woman found dead outside their homes in separate coastal Massachusetts communities were likely victims of a massive blizzard that hit New England earlier this week, police said on Thursday. Olive Dupuis, 84, was found dead Thursday morning next to her car, near her…

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  • Factbox: U.S. refinery worker proposals and past negotiations

    (Reuters) - Lead oil industry negotiator Royal Dutch Shell Plc, said negotiations with the United Steelworkers union (USW) toward a new three-year national contract covering hourly workers at 63 U.S. refineries that account for 64 percent of national refining capacity were continuing. The USW said…

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  • Shell says 'optimistic' on U.S. refinery contract talks

    Lead industry negotiator Royal Dutch Shell Plc said on Thursday it was "optimistic" a new three-year agreement could be reached with a union representing hourly workers at 63 U.S. refineries that account for two-thirds of U.S. refining capacity. In a message to members, the United Steelworkers…

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  • Delta Air Lines pilot locked out of cockpit for Las Vegas landing

    A Delta Air Lines Inc jet ended its flight from Minneapolis to Las Vegas on Thursday with its captain locked out of his cockpit, the airline said. The pilot, who was not identified, left the cockpit prior to the final landing approach of Delta Flight 1651 but "was not able to re-enter the flight…

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  • California eases prison crowding after years of trying

    It is not yet clear whether the inmate count of 113,463 released Thursday, about 300 below the cap set by a panel of three federal judges, represents a permanent thinning of the prison population or is just a temporary reprieve for the state, which for years fought orders to bring the numbers…

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  • NYC public defenders in video advocate killing police, city finds

    By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) - Attorneys at a New York City public defenders' office participated in an online video that advocated the killing of police officers, featuring the lyrics "time to start killing these coppers," a city investigation disclosed on Thursday. The video "Hands…

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  • Pilots' trans-Pacific balloon journey eclipses distance record

    By Joseph J. Kolb ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (Reuters) - Two balloonists crossing over the Pacific Ocean from Japan surpassed a distance record on Thursday for gas-filled balloon travel and are heading toward a landing in Mexico's Baja California in two days, officials said. Balloon Pilots Troy Bradley,…

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  • Texas executes man for killing woman, setting her body on fire

    By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Texas on Thursday executed Robert Ladd, 57, who was convicted of bludgeoning and choking a woman to death in her home in 1996 and then setting her body on fire. Ladd was pronounced dead at the state's death chamber in Huntsville at 7:02 p.m. CST after…

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  • Louisiana inmate with case before top U.S. court freed after 30 years

    By Jonathan Kaminsky NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - A Louisiana inmate whose case for leniency is before the U.S. Supreme Court was freed from prison on Thursday after 30 years behind bars in a deal with prosecutors that cancels his life sentence handed down when he was a teenager, his lawyers said. In…

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  • Texas executes man who murdered woman, set her body on fire

    AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Texas on Thursday executed Robert Ladd, 57, who was convicted of bludgeoning and choking a woman to death in her home in 1996 and then setting her body on fire. Ladd was pronounced dead at the state's death chamber in Huntsville at 7:02 p.m. CST after receiving a lethal…

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  • Wrongfully convicted Connecticut man awarded $6 million compensation

    By Richard Weizel NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Connecticut man who spent 21 years in prison after being wrongfully convicted of rape and murder was awarded $6 million on Thursday in the first such payout by the state. Kenneth Ireland, who was found guilty at age 18 of raping and murdering a woman, was…

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  • New York couple sentenced to prison after woman held in apartment

    By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York couple who faced life imprisonment on charges of holding a paralyzed woman captive for over a year received sentences on Thursday of more than a decade in prison in a plea deal with prosecutors. Maureen Murray, now 61, was discovered by police in…

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  • Convicted drug dealer charged in murder of Hollywood executive

    By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A convicted drug dealer was charged on Thursday with the murder of a Hollywood studio executive who went missing under mysterious circumstances in 2012 only to have his remains found in the California desert last year. John Lenzie Creech, 42, who is already…

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  • U.S. funding impasse blocks Secret Service hires: Homeland Security chief

    By Doina Chiacu and Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Secret Service cannot hire new agents for the next presidential election or make improvements at the agency until Congress settles a dispute over funding, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said on Thursday. Johnson said in a…

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  • Texas rally by Muslims seeking tolerance disrupted by protesters

    By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A rally at the Texas Capitol on Thursday by Muslims seeking religious tolerance was repeatedly disrupted by a small group of protesters who said the state belonged to followers of Jesus Christ and that Muslims should go back to the Middle East. During…

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  • Denver police chief says questions remain in shooting of teenage girl

    By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - An officer involved in the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old girl driving a stolen car may have been injured trying to avoid the vehicle, instead of by being struck by it as earlier believed, Denver's police chief said on Thursday. Chief Robert White told…

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  • Boy Scouts settle California abuse case, averting release of files

    By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Boy Scouts of America have settled a high-profile sex abuse lawsuit in a move that averts a requirement to release files detailing abuse claims and incidents across the country from 1986 to 2007, an attorney said on Thursday. The case in Santa…

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