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  • Police move against protesters as calm dissolves in Ferguson, Missouri

    By Scott Malone and Ellen Wulfhorst FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - Police in riot gear ordered lingering demonstrators in Ferguson, Missouri, to disperse late on Tuesday, then charged into the crowd to make arrests as relative calm dissolved in an 11th night of protests over the fatal shooting of a…

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  • U.S. hospital breach biggest yet to exploit Heartbleed bug: expert

    Hackers who stole the personal data of about 4.5 million patients of hospital group Community Health Systems Inc broke into the company's computer system by exploiting the "Heartbleed" internet bug, making it the first known large-scale cyber attack using the flaw, according to a security expert. …

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  • Many who have left U.S. labor force say they would like to return

    By Howard Schneider WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Mike Yack has left the workforce twice in the last eight years and calls himself retired, yet at age 62 the former General Motors employee does not consider his working life over. Yack, who says he can get by on Social Security and his GM pension, is…

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  • Indicted Texas Governor Perry has fingerprints, mug shot taken

    By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - Texas Governor Rick Perry, a possible Republican presidential candidate in the 2016 race, was fingerprinted and had his mug shot taken by judicial authorities on Tuesday after being indicted last week on two felony charges of abusing power. This…

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  • Lawyers for Colorado theater gunman: police lied about media leaks

    By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Lawyers for accused Colorado theater gunman James Holmes said on Tuesday two homicide detectives may have perjured themselves when they denied leaking to Fox News details of his plan for the massacre, court documents show. Prosecutors have said they will seek…

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  • Accused bitcoin exchanger loses bid to narrow criminal charges

    By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Florida man accused of engaging in a scheme to sell more than $1 million in bitcoins to users of the illicit online marketplace Silk Road on Tuesday lost a bid to narrow his criminal case. Robert Faiella, 54, who prosecutors say was an underground exchanger…

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  • Mother mourns U.S. journalist purportedly beheaded by Sunni militants

    The mother of American journalist James Foley, who was purportedly beheaded by Islamic militants, said on Tuesday her son gave his life to expose the suffering of the Syrian people and she asked his kidnappers to release their other captives. "He was an extraordinary son, brother, journalist and…

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  • Life sentence upheld for U.S. Marine who killed prostitute

    Marine Corps Pacific commander has approved the life sentence recommended by a court martial for a former U.S. Marine who murdered a Las Vegas prostitute in Hawaii, a spokesman said Tuesday. The military court found Nathaniel Cosby, a former Master Sergeant, guilty in April of murdering Ivanice…

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  • As Missouri violence flares, fingers point to outsiders

    By Scott Malone FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - As darkness fell on Ferguson, Missouri, the crowd of several hundred people protesting the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teen quickly and radically changed. By the end of another night of violence, dozens of people had been arrested, marking…

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  • Ferguson residents try to get on with life after days of protest

    By Ellen Wulfhorst and Scott Malone FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - Banners flutter along the main street of downtown Ferguson but instead of the protest signs that read "Hands Up Don't' Shoot," these are ads for everyday events like a local farmers market and a church fish fry. With nightly protests…

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  • Two suspected bank robbers lead police on wild chase in Connecticut

    By Richard Weizel WESTPORT Conn. (Reuters) - Two Connecticut men suspected of robbing a bank led police on a wild car and foot chase on Tuesday before being arrested, authorities said. Jermaine Cowan, 35, and Carmello DeKane, 30, face charges including second-degree robbery after holding up a…

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  • California lawmakers pass bill banning inmate sterilizations

    By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - California lawmakers sent a bill to ban sterilization surgeries on inmates in California prisons to Governor Jerry Brown on Tuesday, after media reports and a later audit showed officials failed to follow the state's rules for obtaining consent for…

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  • Kroger in cross hairs as U.S. gun fight spills into its aisles

    Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America (MDA), backed by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, is petitioning Kroger to prohibit guns in its more than 2,600 U.S. "We spend a lot of time with our kids at the grocery store.

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  • Los Angeles schools to ease discipline policies to stem dropouts

    By Daina Beth Solomon LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Los Angeles schools will take a more lenient approach to offenses such as alcohol possession and fighting to allow students a better chance to graduate, officials said on Tuesday. Under the plan, students caught with tobacco, alcohol or marijuana or…

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  • California business tax breaks would have to prove effectiveness

    By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - Tax credits aimed at persuading businesses to locate in California would be subject to detailed performance reviews to make sure they are boosting the state's economy under a bill passed on Tuesday by the Legislature. The bill, which will now go…

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  • In riot-hit Ferguson, traffic fines boost tension and budget

    By Megan Davies and Dan Burns NEW YORK (Reuters) - When calm and order is finally restored to Ferguson, Missouri, the city's leaders may find little room to maneuver to resolve an issue that has long inflamed racial tensions: traffic tickets. On the surface it would seem an easy fix for the…

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  • Florida pair sentenced in multimillion-dollar coin laundry bank fraud

    The leaders of a multimillion-dollar bank fraud and real estate scheme run out of an abandoned Florida coin laundry store have been sentenced to decades in jail by a federal judge. District Judge James I. Cohn sentenced Darryl Burke to 30 years in prison and Vicki Garland to 15 years on Monday. …

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  • Scientists warn Florida governor of threat from climate change

    By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE Fla. (Reuters) - Five climate scientists warned Florida Governor Rick Scott in a meeting on Tuesday that a steadily rising ocean was a major threat to the state's future, urging it to become a leader in developing solar energy and other clean power sources. The…

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  • Islamic State says another U.S. journalist's fate depends on Obama

    Islamic State militants claimed in a video on Tuesday to be holding U.S. "The life of this American citizen, Obama, depends on your next decision," said a masked man in the video posted on social media sites, speaking English with a British accent as he held a prisoner the video named as Steven…

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