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    Remains of more than 60 babies, fetuses found stashed in Detroit funeral home

    The incident comes about a week after the badly decomposed bodies of 11 babies were found hidden in a false ceiling at a different funeral home in the Michigan city. No connection between the two cases has yet been established, Detroit's police chief said.

  • Lotto fever grips U.S. as Mega Millions jackpot hits $1 billion
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    Lotto fever grips U.S. as Mega Millions jackpot hits $1 billion

    The winner of such a prize would be worth more than Vera Bradley Inc and easily have enough money left over to buy a full set of the company's trademark paisley purses and luggage. Mega Millions tickets are sold in 44 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands. If more than one

  • Over 118,000 homes without power in Florida, Georgia after Hurricane Michael
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    Over 118,000 homes without power in Florida, Georgia after Hurricane Michael

    In total, more than 3.3 million customers lost power from Florida to New York after Michael struck the Florida Panhandle on Oct. 10 as a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 155 miles per hour (250 kph). Some customers in the hardest-hit parts of Florida may have to wait another week or

  • USC agrees to $215 million settlement in California gynecologist case
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    USC agrees to $215 million settlement in California gynecologist case

    The University of Southern California has reached a $215 million proposed settlement with former patients of a gynecologist at the school who was accused of sexual abuse, the president of the university said in a letter on Friday seen by Reuters. The settlement centers on the conduct of George Tyndall

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    'Guardrails' needed on social media to combat election meddling in U.S.: Senator Warner

    The indictment on Friday of a Russian woman on charges of attempting to meddle in U.S. elections shows the need for "guardrails" on social media, the top Democrat on the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee said. "It is critical for Congress to step up and immediately act to employ much-needed

  • USC agrees to $215 million settlement in California gynecologist case
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    USC agrees to $215 million settlement in California gynecologist case

    The University of Southern California has reached a $215 million proposed settlement with former patients of a gynecologist at the school who was accused of sexual abuse, the president of the university said in a letter on Friday seen by Reuters. The settlement centers on the conduct of George Tyndall

  • Trump criticized for praising congressman who body-slammed reporter
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    Trump criticized for praising congressman who body-slammed reporter

    President Donald Trump reiterated his support for a Montana congressman who body-slammed a reporter last year, even as he came under criticism on Friday from U.S. lawmakers and press organizations. Trump's praise for Greg Gianforte, a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives who pleaded

  • Texas toddler left at stranger's house, instead of with dad
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    Texas toddler left at stranger's house, instead of with dad

    The woman who left the child, a friend of the mother, was initially suspected of child abandonment after video, shared widely on social media, showed her hoisting the toddler by the arm to a stranger's house in the northern Houston suburb of Spring on Thursday, authorities said. "The suspect

  • Factbox: Over 124,000 homes without power in Florida, Georgia after Hurricane Michael
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    Factbox: Over 124,000 homes without power in Florida, Georgia after Hurricane Michael

    In total, more than 3.3 million customers lost power from Florida to New York after Michael struck the Florida Panhandle on Oct. 10 as a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 155 miles per hour (250 kph). Some customers in the hardest-hit parts of Florida may have to wait another week or

  • Pennsylvania law to make hazing punishable as felony
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    Pennsylvania law to make hazing punishable as felony

    Named the “Timothy Piazza Anti-Hazing Law” after a Penn State freshman who died during hazing activities at the Beta Theta Pi fraternity house in February 2017, the bill unanimously passed the Legislature. “It’s a really big deal, a real change in landscape,” said Tom Kline, a Philadelphia lawyer who

  • Man sentenced to nearly 25 years for arson of Texas mosque
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    Man sentenced to nearly 25 years for arson of Texas mosque

    A man convicted of a hate crime in setting fire to a mosque in Texas was sentenced to almost 25 years in prison.

  • Texas police hunt woman who left toddler at stranger's door
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    Texas police hunt woman who left toddler at stranger's door

    A woman is suspected of child abandonment for hoisting a two-year-old boy by the arm to the house of a stranger in a northern Houston suburb, ringing the doorbell and running away, authorities said on Thursday. Neither woman nor child has been identified in the incident that unfolded in less than 30

  • After ad gaffe, North Dakota's Heitkamp apologizes in Senate debate
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    After ad gaffe, North Dakota's Heitkamp apologizes in Senate debate

    The ad, intended to highlight her support of women following the brutal debate over a U.S. Supreme Court nominee accused of sexual assault, was an untimely gaffe for Heitkamp as she struggles to hang on to her seat in next month's election in a state that Republican President Donald Trump won by

  • Ex-FBI agent charged with leaking sentenced to 48 months
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    Ex-FBI agent charged with leaking sentenced to 48 months

    Albury's sentence is much harsher than his defense lawyers had hoped, but slightly less severe than the 52-month prison term that federal prosecutors were seeking. Albury pleaded guilty to two counts of leaking classified materials earlier this year. Joshua Dratel, Albury's lawyer who earlier

  • Justice Department probes Catholic Church sex abuse in Pennsylvania
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    Justice Department probes Catholic Church sex abuse in Pennsylvania

    The investigation is the first statewide probe by federal authorities of allegations of sex abuse and cover-up by the Catholic Church in the United States.

  • Judge orders U.S. to review asylum for separated migrant families
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    Judge orders U.S. to review asylum for separated migrant families

    The order directs the government to begin the process of reviewing asylum claims for about 60 detained parents and children, even if their claims had previously been denied. Civil rights attorneys argued in court papers that the government was violating a September settlement agreement that had cleared

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    Utah man indicted over ricin mail threat to Trump, others

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A grand jury returned a seven-count indictment on Thursday against a 39-year-old Navy veteran on charges of mailing letters to President Donald Trump and other officials that contained castor beans, from which the deadly poison ricin is derived.

  • U.S. Mega Millions jackpot nears $1 billion, second largest on record
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    U.S. Mega Millions jackpot nears $1 billion, second largest on record

    The immediate cash value of the Mega Millions prize is $548 million. Among the throngs dreaming of what to do with potential winnings was Erica Young, who works in the Manhattan hotel industry, and who decided to buy a ticket a day ahead of the drawing. Each of the 24 semi-weekly drawings have failed

  • Florida's Republicans feel brunt of hurricane in upcoming election
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    Florida's Republicans feel brunt of hurricane in upcoming election

    To her shock, the 69-year-old retired teacher found her mail-in absentee ballot sitting in her post office box in the town of Port St. Joe. With much of the region still working to secure basic services like electricity, passable roads and phone service after one of the strongest hurricanes ever to

  • Thousands in U.S. South may not be able to cast ballots in early voting
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    Thousands in U.S. South may not be able to cast ballots in early voting

    The delay disproportionately affected the area around Memphis, a majority African-American city, leading activists to charge the Republican-controlled state government has not done enough to protect the rights of young and minority voters. State officials, however, said they were simply struggling to

  • Trump administration asks high court to halt climate change case
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    Trump administration asks high court to halt climate change case

    President Donald Trump's administration on Thursday for a second time asked the U.S. Supreme Court to put the brakes on a lawsuit filed by young activists who have accused the U.S. government of ignoring the perils of climate change. In the lawsuit, 21 activists, ages 11 to 22, said federal officials

  • Former USA Gymnastics boss arrested for Nassar evidence-tampering
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    Former USA Gymnastics boss arrested for Nassar evidence-tampering

    Steve Penny, the former USA Gymnastics president, was arrested on Wednesday night in Tennessee on charges he tampered with evidence in the case of Larry Nassar, the disgraced team doctor convicted of sexually assaulting athletes, the U.S. Marshals Service said. Penny is due to be extradited to Walker

  • U.S. greenhouse emissions fell in 2017 as coal plants shut
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    U.S. greenhouse emissions fell in 2017 as coal plants shut

    Greenhouse gases emissions from the largest U.S. industrial plants fell 2.7 percent in 2017, the Trump administration said, as coal plants shut and as that industry competes with cheap natural gas and solar and wind power that emit less pollution. The drop was steeper than in 2016 when emissions fell

  • U.S. CDC confirms 62 cases of rare polio-like neurological condition
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    U.S. CDC confirms 62 cases of rare polio-like neurological condition

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed 62 cases of acute flaccid myelitis, a rare, polio-like condition that causes weakness in the arms or legs, across 22 states. The CDC is investigating 127 reported cases, including the ones that have been confirmed. The number of confirmed

  • Trump pulling out of pact that discounted foreign postal deliveries
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    Trump pulling out of pact that discounted foreign postal deliveries

    The Trump administration will begin withdrawing from a United Nations pact that offered low rates for foreign postal deliveries of small packages in the United States, the latest move to challenge practices it sees as unfairly advantageous to China. White House officials said on Wednesday the United