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  • Hold U.S. envoy Power defends Ebola guidelines, warns on Guinea

    By Louis Charbonneau and Bill Berkrot NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations on Friday defended federal guidelines for monitoring health workers returning from three Ebola-stricken West African countries while urging greater coordination to contain the outbreak in Guinea.…

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  • Court spurns Virginia mom's conviction for taking children to school late

    By Gary Robertson RICHMOND Va. (Reuters) - Virginia's compulsory school-attendance law is too vague to be used to prosecute a divorced mother for bringing her children to school late, the state's highest court ruled on Friday, overturning her convictions in a lower court. The decision by the…

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  • Three U.S. soldiers in Texas plead guilty to smuggling immigrants

    By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - Three U.S. soldiers stationed at the Fort Hood Army post in central Texas pleaded guilty on Friday to smuggling immigrants into the United States, officials said. Eric Rodriguez, Brandon Robbins and Christopher Wix, all active duty U.S. Army soldiers, face up…

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  • NYC to pay $2.25 million over Rikers Island inmate's death

    By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City will pay $2.25 million to resolve a wrongful death claim by the family of a mentally ill, homeless Marine Corps veteran who died at the Rikers Island jail complex eight days after his arrest, the city's comptroller announced on Friday. Jerome…

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  • California mayor at center of immigration debate charged with DUI

    By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Southern California mayor who made headlines leading a local backlash against a flood of Central American immigrants across the U.S. border, has been charged with felony drunk driving in connection with an accident that injured four teenage girls. Alan…

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  • Appeals court clears way for N.Y. police stop-and-frisk reforms

    By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City can finally begin to implement court-ordered reforms to its controversial stop-and-frisk police tactic, after a U.S. appeals court on Friday rejected a last-ditch challenge brought by several police unions. The decision from the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court…

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  • Wife of Arkansas murder suspect faces murder charge in realtor's death

    By Steve Barnes LITTLE ROCK Ark. (Reuters) - The wife of a man charged a month ago with the kidnapping and murder of a suburban Little Rock, Arkansas, realtor was ordered held without bond by a district judge on Friday, less than a day after her arrest in the case. Crystal Lowery, 41, pleaded not…

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  • Parachutist rescued from Missouri radio tower

    By Kevin Murphy (Reuters) - A man's plan to leap from a Missouri radio tower south of St. Louis went awry when his parachute got stuck on a supporting wire, leaving him suspended 155 feet above the ground, a fire official said on Friday. The parachutist, Timothy Church, 27, and a second man,…

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  • Justice Department issues use of force reforms for Albuquerque Police

    By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Police in Albuquerque, New Mexico will undergo reform and be monitored for use of excessive force under an agreement to be announced Friday between the city and the U.S. Justice Department. The agreement follows a federal investigation that concluded that the…

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  • American detained in North Korea said he wanted to help Christians

    By Jon Herskovitz (Reuters) - The American detained by North Korea knew he risked jail by leaving a Bible behind at a club and was not abused during his nearly half year detention in the state often criticized for suppressing religious freedom, he told NBC News on Friday. Jeffrey Fowle, 56, was…

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  • Investigation continues into deadly Kansas airport plane crash

    By Alice Mannette WICHITA Kan. (Reuters) - The bodies of four people killed when a small twin-engine turboprop airplane crashed into a building at Wichita's airport remained in the smoldering ruins on Friday as federal officials investigated the crash, officials said. A demolition contractor has…

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  • Bodies of three young U.S. citizens identified in northern Mexico

    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The bodies of three people, tied-up and with gunshot wounds to the head, have been identified as siblings from Texas reported missing earlier this month, a northeastern Mexico state prosecutor said on Friday. The siblings' suspected abduction might have been orchestrated by…

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  • Judge's rejection of nurse quarantine 'unfortunate': Maine governor

    (Reuters) - Maine Governor Paul LePage said on Friday it was unfortunate that a judge rejected the state's attempts to impose a strict quarantine on an American nurse who treated Ebola patients in West Africa, but said he will abide by the ruling. The ruling appeared to end a stand-off between the…

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  • Three Illinois siblings killed in crash before Halloween parade

    By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Three siblings on their way to a Halloween parade were killed and their mother and brother seriously injured when their vehicle was hit by a freight train in southern Illinois, police said on Friday. The accident happened on Thursday night in Vandalia, a town…

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  • Man who vanished from Denver NFL game said he 'had his fill of football'

    By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A man who vanished during a National Football League game in Denver last week only to be found safe days later told police afterward that he had had his "fill of football" and had wanted to go somewhere warmer, authorities said on Wednesday. Paul Kitterman made…

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  • U.S. rocket explosion investigation suspects main engine failure

    By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. (Reuters) - As Orbital Sciences picks up the pieces, literally and figuratively, after its high-profile rocket launch explosion, accident investigators are looking closely at a potential first-stage engine problem. Technical data relayed from Orbital’s Antares…

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  • Four dead, five injured after plane crashes at Kansas airport

    By Alice Mannette WICHITA Kan. (Reuters) - Four people were killed, including the pilot, and five injured when a small airplane crashed into a building at Mid-Continent Airport in Wichita, Kansas, on Thursday, setting off an explosion and huge ball of fire, officials said. Authorities said they had…

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  • Two brothers arrested in North Carolina courthouse shooting

    WINSTON-SALEM N.C. (Reuters) - Two brothers were in police custody on Thursday in connection with a shooting outside a North Carolina courthouse that critically wounded two people, police said. Brandon Tremaine Morris, 31, was identified as the man who opened fire in front of the Nash County…

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