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  • Cobra caught after taking residence in Houston luxury condo complex

    Police and animal control officers captured a venomous albino snake that had camped out in the hallway of a luxury Houston condominium building and prevented frightened residents from using their front doors, authorities said on Thursday. The two-foot (60-cm) long albino monocled cobra was…

  • Confederate flags found at Martin Luther King Jr. church in Atlanta

    Four Confederate battle flags were found on Thursday at the historic Atlanta church where civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. once preached, in a chilling reminder of the shooting of nine African-Americans at a South Carolina church in June. The small flags, which a custodian discovered…

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  • U.S. agency probes possible legal violation in lion killing: source

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is investigating whether the killing of a beloved lion by an American dentist in Zimbabwe was part of a conspiracy to violate a U.S. law against illegal wildlife trading, a source close to the case told Reuters on Thursday. The investigation is focused on whether…

  • Former N.Y. state legislative leaders to face corruption trials in November

    Once-powerful New York state legislators Sheldon Silver and Dean Skelos will be tried on separate public corruption charges in November. U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood in New York on Thursday set Nov. 16 as the trial date for Skelos, the former state senate majority leader. The trial of Silver,…

  • California wildfire forces evacuation of more than 500 people

    (Reuters) - A rapidly spreading brushfire burning in parched timberland north of San Francisco forced the evacuation of more than 500 people less than a day after it broke out, fire officials said on Thursday. The blaze, named the Rocky Fire, is one of a string of wildfires threatening homes and…

  • N.Y. judge says chimps may get legal rights, but not for now

    "The similarities between chimpanzees and humans inspire the empathy felt for a beloved pet," New York State Supreme Court Justice Barbara Jaffe wrote. Jaffe threw out the Nonhuman Rights Project's attempt to have the chimps, Hercules and Leo, relocated to Florida, saying she was bound by a…

  • NY federal judge to hear U.S. football star Brady's appeal

    The National Football League players union filed the petition in the midwestern state on Wednesday on behalf of Brady, the New England Patriots quarterback and four-time Super Bowl champion. The union wanted the case to be heard in Minnesota, where U.S. District Judge David Doty has a history of…

  • Judge orders Deflategate talks, urges all sides to cool it

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - The New York federal judge who will review New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension over the "Deflategate" scandal on Thursday ordered the National Football League and its players union to begin settlement talks.

  • Private equity firm executive, daughter killed in Milwaukee plane crash

    A Boston private equity firm executive and his daughter were killed in a fiery plane crash in Milwaukee as they were traveling to visit colleges, company officials said on Thursday. Summit Partners Chief Operating Officer Joe Trustey and his daughter Anna were killed when their single-engine plane…

  • Three days, five killings and a year of pain in Baltimore

    Kajuan Guinn was just 8, and recently reunited with his family after years in foster care, when his chronically ill mother died of complications from lupus. Two years after his mother died, Guinn ran away, following his father's path into a world of gangs, drugs and violence on the streets of…

  • Los Angeles passes law banning large-capacity gun magazines

    The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to ban the possession of large-capacity gun magazines on Tuesday, following San Francisco to become the second major city in California to take that step.  The ordinance prohibits Los Angeles residents from possessing a handgun or rifle magazine that…

  • Rescuers hold out hope of finding missing Florida teens boaters

    The search for two 14-year-old boys from South Florida who disappeared while on a fishing trip in the Atlantic Ocean entered a seventh day on Thursday amid questions about whether the U.S. Coast Guard would soon consider ending the operation. "This is 100 percent still a search and rescue. It's…

  • Activists on Oregon bridge block Shell's Arctic drilling quest

    Greenpeace protestors dangling from a bridge on Thursday in Portland, Oregon, halted an icebreaker that Royal Dutch Shell needs in northern Alaska before it can start drilling into the region's oil zone. The 13 Greenpeace protestors, who rappelled down from the bridge over the Willamette River…

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  • Judge sets $1 million bond for Ohio officer charged in murder

    By Steve Bittenbender CINCINNATI (Reuters) - A judge on Thursday set a bond of $1 million for a former University of Cincinnati campus police officer charged with the murder of an unarmed black man he had stopped for a missing license plate. Ray Tensing, 25, pleaded not guilty at the arraignment…

  • Hedge fund mogul Paulson donates $8.5 million to NYC charter school

    Billionaire investor John Paulson, who credits his success on Wall Street to a top education, is donating $8.5 million to New York City's largest network of charter schools. The gift to Success Academy marks the 59-year old hedge fund manager's second multi-million dollar pledge to a school in two…

  • Maryland governor to shut Baltimore's troubled jail -report

    Hogan, a Republican, will make the announcement in Baltimore on Thursday afternoon, the newspaper reported, citing unnamed local and law enforcement officials. The Baltimore City Detention Center, the city's only jail, is the target of legal action by the American Civil Liberties Union and the…

  • Chinese professor accused of spying by U.S. released on bail

    A Chinese professor charged in the United States with economic espionage has been released on bail by a U.S. court, a press official from Tianjin University, his employer, said on Thursday. Zhang Hao was one of six Chinese nationals charged by the U.S. government in May with economic espionage. …

  • New York honors John Lennon with 'yellow submarine' tapestry

    Nearly 40 years after he obtained his green card, John Lennon has been honored in New York with a tapestry showing Manhattan as a yellow submarine and the late Beatle holding up a peace sign at the helm. Lennon's widow Yoko Ono and U2 rockers Bono and The Edge helped unveil the artwork at the…

  • Accused Russian Taliban faces unprecedented U.S. trial

    A former Soviet army officer accused of being a Taliban fighter goes on trial on Thursday as the first military prisoner from Afghanistan to be tried in U.S. federal court. Irek Hamidullin, believed to be in his 50s, faces 15 criminal counts ranging from supporting terrorists to firearms charges…

  • Water parks and piano class: Colorado movie gunman's childhood

    Defense lawyers trying to save the life of Colorado movie rampage gunman James Holmes have called witness after witness to take the stand just feet from where he sits, tethered to the floor, expressionless. At the beginning of his trial in late April, defense lawyers said they would show how…