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  • U.S. federal judge injured while resisting Detroit robbery bid: paper

    (Reuters) - U.S. District Judge Terrence Berg was shot in the leg in Detroit on Thursday night during an attempted robbery, the Detroit Free Press newspaper reported. Berg was nominated to the federal bench in eastern Michigan by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2012,…

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  • Winter storm pummels eastern United States, grounds flights

    By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A late winter storm pummeled the eastern United States on Thursday ahead of a cold front, canceling almost 5,000 flights as Kentucky dug out from up to 23 inches (58 cm) of snow that had stranded hundreds of drivers. Winter storm warnings and advisories were…

  • Review of Hillary Clinton emails to take months: official

    By Steve Holland and Lesley Wroughton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A growing controversy over Democrat Hillary Clinton's use of personal email for work while she was U.S. secretary of state could drag on for months, threatening to cloud the expected launch of her 2016 presidential campaign. Clinton…

  • State Department reviewing if Hillary Clinton's emails broke rules: Washington Post

    The U.S. State Department has begun a review of whether Hillary Clinton's use of personal email for work while she was secretary of state violated policies aimed at protecting sensitive information, the Washington Post reported on Thursday.

  • Idaho ex-governors say U.S. wants state to be nuclear waste dump

    By Laura Zuckerman SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - Former Idaho Governors Cecil Andrus and Phil Batt threatened on Thursday to sue the U.S. Energy Department to prevent what they said was its efforts to turn the state into "a nuclear waste dumping ground." In a letter notifying the Energy Department of…

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  • California 'maternity hotel' operators may face heat from guests

    By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - At least some of the pregnant women from China caught up in raids this week on so-called maternity hotels, catering to foreign mothers-to-be seeking U.S. citizenship for their babies, are still likely to remain long enough in California to give birth on…

  • Protest over homelessness sprawls in Tucson, Arizona

    By Brad Poole TUCSON, Ariz. (Reuters) - A federal lawsuit stemming from the Occupy movement more than three years ago has led to a sprawling homelessness protest in Tucson, Arizona, that has scores of people living in coffin-like plywood sidewalk "pods," and the county citing the city for human…

  • U.S. appeals court puts Nebraska same-sex marriages on hold

    (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Thursday put on hold a federal judge's ruling that would have allowed same-sex couples in Nebraska to marry starting on Monday. The order came hours after the U.S. Supreme Court said it would hear oral arguments on April 28 on the question of whether states have…

  • BNSF oil train derails in rural Illinois; two cars aflame

    By Edward McAllister and Catherine Ngai NEW YORK (Reuters) - A BNSF Railway [BNISF.UL] train loaded with crude oil derailed and caught fire on Thursday afternoon in a rural area south of Galena, Illinois, according to local officials and the company. The incident marks the latest in a series of…

  • Exclusive: New York attorney general seeks information on financier Epstein's philanthropy

    By David Ingram NEW YORK (Reuters) - The New York Attorney General's Office has sent letters to the charitable foundation of financier Jeffrey Epstein seeking information on whether it is complying with state registration requirements. Epstein, 62, has been a tabloid sensation since allegations…

  • Protests shut down University of California Santa Cruz campus

    (Reuters) - Protesters shut down the campus of the University of California at Santa Cruz on Thursday, police said, on the fourth day of demonstrations that organizers said were over planned tuition hikes as well as police brutality. Starting at dawn, demonstrators blocked a key intersection…

  • New trial sought for Pennsylvania boy convicted of murder at age 11

    By Elizabeth Daley PITTSBURGH (Reuters) - Attorneys for a Pennsylvania boy convicted of murdering his father's pregnant girlfriend when he was 11 years old asked a judge on Thursday to grant him a new trial or set him free. The conviction of Jordan Brown, now 17, was vacated in 2013 but he…

  • Opening statements in Colorado cinema massacre trial due April 21

    By Keith Coffman CENTENNIAL, Colo. (Reuters) - The judge overseeing the Colorado cinema massacre trial said on Thursday he wants opening statements in the much-delayed case against gunman James Holmes to begin on April 21. "We hope to have openings on April 21," Arapahoe County District Court…

  • Gag order lifted in Massey ex-CEO's trial over fatal West Virginia mine blast

    By Gary Robertson RICHMOND, Va. (Reuters) - A federal appeals court lifted a sweeping gag order on Thursday that sealed court documents and barred participants from talking about a West Virginia criminal case stemming from the worst U.S. mine disaster in four decades. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court…

  • No criminal charges to be filed against NASCAR's Busch

    No criminal charges will be filed against suspended NASCAR driver Kurt Busch in a domestic abuse case involving his former girlfriend, prosecutors in Delaware said on Thursday. Patricia Driscoll said Busch grabbed her by the neck inside his motor home at Dover International Speedway in Delaware on…

  • Cardinal Edward Egan, former New York archbishop, dies at 82

    By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) - Cardinal Edward Egan, a former Roman Catholic archbishop of New York, who won praise for his leadership after the Sept. 11 attacks but was criticized for his handling of a clergy sex abuse scandal, died on Thursday at age 82. Egan, considered an expert in…

  • Washington state woman files wrongful death lawsuit over superbug infection

    By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - A Washington state woman has filed a lawsuit against a hospital and a leading medical-device manufacturer claiming her husband died from a drug-resistant "superbug" he contracted from a contaminated medical scope, her lawyer said on Thursday. Theresa…

  • Pride, frustration in Selma 50 years after 'Bloody Sunday' march

    By Kia Johnson SELMA, Ala. (Reuters) - Lynda Lowery still bears a scar above her right eye from the beating she took from a policeman's club 50 years ago on "Bloody Sunday," when roughly 600 peaceful civil rights activists were attacked crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. In an…

  • Washington sledders ignore police ban, slide down Capitol Hill

    Dozens of people staged a "sled-in" on Capitol Hill on Thursday during a late-winter snowstorm, ignoring a police ban on sledding on the grounds of the white-domed symbol of U.S. democracy. "We're out here sledding for America," Mai Fernandez told Reuters Television after she skidded down the hill…

  • Two GM workers sue carmaker for not allowing unpaid religious days

    By Ben Klayman DETROIT (Reuters) - Two General Motors Co workers at its Arlington, Texas, assembly plant have sued the No. 1 U.S. automaker and are seeking class-action status, claiming the company violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by denying them unpaid religious days off. The lawsuit, filed…