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  • In Illinois homecoming, Obama calls for improved tone in U.S. politics

    President Barack Obama paid a nostalgic visit on Wednesday to the place that launched his political career and made a renewed call for better relations between Republicans and Democrats to create a more positive tone in U.S. politics. Obama won the White House in 2008 partially on a promise to…

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  • New York City budget boss to state: We're not a 'piggy bank'

    The state, like the city, is finalizing its budget and will soon make decisions affecting New York City. "Some upstate legislators just don't get it," New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer said during his review of the city budget on Wednesday.

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  • Oklahoma man charged with decapitating his grandmother

    An Oklahoma man has been arrested on first-degree murder charges on suspicion of shooting his grandmother and her husband, and then cutting off their heads at their home, which is also used as a daycare center, police said on Wednesday. Quinton Laster, 20, was arrested on Tuesday on charges of…

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  • Former L.A. County sheriff to plead guilty to corruption charge

    Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca has agreed to plead guilty to lying to federal investigators conducting a corruption and civil rights probe of the nation's largest county jail system, the U.S. Attorney's Office said on Wednesday. U.S. Attorney Eileen Decker said the plea agreement with…

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  • Nebraska man pleads guilty, gets two life sentences in murders

    Roberto Martinez-Marinero, 25, also had faced a kidnap charge for allegedly throwing his 11-month-old half-brother in a dumpster. Ismenia Marinero was fatally stabbed and beaten with a baseball bat and the 4-year-old boy was thrown from a bridge over the Elkhorn River, according to the Omaha…

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  • Michigan governor seeks $300 million for Flint water, Detroit schools

    The Republican governor, who has come under fire for the health crisis in Flint due to unsafe drinking water and for the financial crisis at DPS under emergency managers he appointed, told lawmakers that resources to address the problems are available due to the state's improving economy.

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  • Second investigator in probe of slain Texas deputy fired for misconduct

    An investigator in the fatal ambush shooting of a Houston-area deputy has been fired for inappropriate behavior, the Harris County Sheriff's Office said on Wednesday, making him the second person in the probe to be terminated. The office said it had fired Deputy M. DeLeon on Tuesday for being…

  • U.S. payday lending crackdown brings race car driver's arrest

    U.S. authorities on Wednesday launched a broad offensive against abusive online pay lenders, arresting three people tied to the industry, including a race car driver, for exploiting more than 5 million cash-strapped consumers. Prosecutors said Scott Tucker, who competes on U.S. and European racing…

  • Gun owner quells Pennsylvania teen melee that left officers hurt: police

    The melee erupted on Friday in an outdoor corridor used by about 4,000 high school and middle school students. An officer was called to break up a fight between two teens and after taking one into custody another jumped on his back, Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said on…

  • Former priest charged in 1960 rape, murder of Texas beauty queen

    A former Catholic priest has been charged in a 55-year-old murder case in which he is suspected of beating and raping a beauty queen in south Texas shortly after taking her last confession, authorities said on Wednesday. John Feit, 83, was arrested on Tuesday evening in Arizona in connection with…

  • Homeless mother, two children stabbed to death at N.Y. hotel

    A homeless 28-year-old woman and two of her children, a 5-month-old and a 1-year-old, were stabbed to death at a motel in the New York City borough of Staten Island on Monday, city officials said. Police were searching for a 23-year-old man, Michael Sykes, who is suspected of attacking the family…

  • Ferguson terms on Justice Dept. plan could lead to lawsuit: activists

    Ferguson, Missouri, could be headed for costly litigation, civil rights advocates said on Wednesday, after its city council sought to revise a deal with the U.S. Justice Department to change policing and court practices there following the killing of an unarmed black teenager by a white police…

  • Burger King to add hot dogs to permanent menu in U.S.

    Burger King is going back to its fast-food roots with the new menu item after its salads and healthier offerings struggled to tempt diners. The burger chain, a unit of Restaurant Brands International Inc, had Twitter sizzling after its announcement, on Wednesday but at least some did not relish…

  • FBI director says investigators unable to unlock San Bernardino shooter's phone content

    By Dustin Volz and Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - FBI Director James Comey said on Tuesday that federal investigators have still been unable to access the contents of a cellphone belonging to one of the killers in the Dec. 2 shootings in San Bernardino, California, due to encryption…

  • Supreme Court blocks Obama carbon emissions plan

    By Lawrence Hurley and Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday delivered a major blow to President Barack Obama by putting on hold federal regulations to curb carbon dioxide emissions mainly from coal-fired power plants, the centerpiece of his administration's…

  • Sheriff's deputies wounded, suspect dead in Maryland shooting

    Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler said a deputy who responded to a disturbance report at a Panera Bread restaurant in Abingdon, about 25 miles northeast of Baltimore, was shot inside the building. Deputies shot and killed the suspect a short time later, Gahler told reporters.

  • Ferguson city council want changes to police reform plan

    The Ferguson, Missouri city council voted on Tuesday to approve an agreement with the U.S. Justice Department to reform the city's police department after the 2014 shooting of a black teenager, but with changes that must still get federal approval. In a unanimous vote, the council for the St.…

  • No charges for Ohio mom after newborn killed by family dog

    The Ohio mother of a 3-day-old boy who died this week after he was bitten by the family dog will not face charges following an accidental death ruling by a coroner, police said on Wednesday. Police in Youngstown in northeast Ohio, were called early Sunday morning after the baby's mother, Kristy…

  • Judge clears Kentucky clerk, OKs marriage licenses with her name removed

    The federal judge who threw Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis into jail last year for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples said she had not interfered with the process since her release and that licenses with her name removed should still be valid. U.S. District Court Judge David…

  • Robert Kennedy assassin Sirhan Sirhan faces parole board again

    Sirhan, 71, will have a suitability hearing at Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility near San Diego, the California Board of Parole Hearings said on its website. The Palestinian-born Sirhan is serving a life sentence for gunning down Kennedy at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, shortly after…