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Family sues retailer for sale of gun used in Texas church massacre

SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - The family of a woman and two children killed when a gunman opened fire in a rural Texas church has sued the store that sold the assault rifle used in the deadliest mass murder in the state's history, lawyers said on Friday.

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Honduran politician sentenced to three years in U.S. for money laundering

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A member of a prominent Honduran family who once served in the nation’s cabinet was sentenced to three years in prison on Friday after he pleaded guilty to a U.S. money laundering charge.

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N.J. nuclear power subsidy bill could cost $320 million per year

(Reuters) - Three state senators in New Jersey sponsored a bill that could cost electric ratepayers about $320 million a year to subsidize nuclear reactors that could otherwise be closed.

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Former cell phone company executive convicted of text message scam

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. jury on Friday found the former chief executive of mobile aggregation company Mobile Messenger guilty of defrauding mobile phone customers by charging them millions of dollars for unwanted text messages.

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Student borrowers under most stress in New York City's poorest areas

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York's poorest neighborhoods are home to the city's student borrowers under the most stress, according to a central bank report released on Friday showing "troublingly high" loan default and delinquency rates mainly in the Bronx and Brooklyn.

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Judge blocks Trump administration rule on contraceptive coverage

(Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Friday blocked President Donald Trump's administration from moving forward with new rules that undermined an Obamacare requirement for employers to provide health insurance that covers women's birth control.

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Turkish banker on trial denies helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions

NEW YORK (Reuters) - An executive at Turkey's majority state-owned Halkbank took the witness stand in a New York courtroom on Friday and denied charges that he participated in a scheme to help Iran evade U.S. sanctions.

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Penn State's 'shocking apathy' to drinking blamed in hazing death

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (Reuters) - Pennsylvania State University's "shocking apathy" to alcohol abuse contributed to the death of a student after he consumed 18 drinks in less than an hour and a half during a fraternity initiation, according a report issued on Friday.

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Utah lawmaker invites retailer Patagonia to testify in Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House natural resources committee chairman on Friday invited outdoor retailer Patagonia's CEO to testify before the panel after the company criticized the Trump administration's decision to drastically reduce two national monuments in Utah.

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'Shocking apathy' to alcohol abuse at Penn State: grand jury

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (Reuters) - Pennsylvania State University's "shocking apathy" to alcohol abuse permitted crimes that led to the fraternity hazing death of 19-year-old Timothy Piazza, a grand jury found on Friday.

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Penn State showed 'shocking apathy' to alcohol abuse, grand jury says

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (Reuters) - Pennsylvania State University's "shocking apathy" to alcohol abuse permitted crimes that led to the fraternity hazing death of 19-year-old Timothy Piazza, a grand jury found on Friday.

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U.S. court dismisses $3 billion suit against Deutsche Bank by Jewish family heirs

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - A U.S. district court in Florida has dismissed a lawsuit by the heirs of a prominent Jewish family seeking $3 billion from Deutsche Bank.

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Pennsylvania grand jury to report on fraternity hazing death

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - A long-awaited grand jury report about fraternity hazing at Pennsylvania State University was set to be unveiled on Friday, 10 months after the death of Timothy Piazza, 19, during an alcohol-fueled initiation ritual.

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Inquiry launched into harassment allegations against U.S. appeals judge

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The chief judge of a federal appeals court on Thursday initiated an inquiry into harassment accusations involving another judge that were reported by The Washington Post, a court filing showed.

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White nationalist charged with first-degree murder in Virginia car killing: media

(Reuters) - A white nationalist accused of killing a 32-year old woman when he plowed his car into a crowd of counter protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August, was charged with first-degree murder on Thursday, local media reported.

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New York woman charged with laundering money to help Islamic State

(Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors said Thursday that they had charged a Long Island, New York woman with laundering more than $85,000 in fraudulently obtained money through Bitcoin to help Islamic State.

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New York, New Jersey commit $3.65 billion to fund tunnel project

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York and New Jersey on Thursday committed $1.75 billion and $1.9 billion, respectively, to fund a new rail tunnel underneath New York's Hudson River, part of an urgent program to expand and renovate Amtrak's aging and heavily traveled Northeast Corridor line.

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UPDATE 2-Court reverses Dell buyout ruling that alarmed dealmakers

WILMINGTON, Del., Dec 14 (Reuters) - Delaware's Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that a lower court erred in finding that the 2013 buyout of computer maker Dell Inc was vastly underpriced, in an opinion that will likely restrict a hedge fund strategy aimed at wringing cash from mergers.

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Nephews of Venezuela's first lady sentenced to 18 years in U.S. drug case

(Reuters) - Two nephews of Venezuela’s first lady were sentenced to 18 years in prison on Thursday following their convictions in New York on drug trafficking charges.

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U.S. states sue Trump administration for not granting student-loan relief

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's administration is breaking the law in not granting loan relief to students defrauded by Corinthian Colleges and other defunct for-profit schools, according to four U.S. state attorneys general who sued the Education Department and Secretary Betsy DeVos on Thursday.

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Leadership of New York Times passes to next-generation Sulzberger

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The New York Times on Thursday named a new publisher in 37-year-old A.G. Sulzberger, a fifth-generation descendant of Times leaders whose internal report on innovation has guided a newspaper known as "The Gray Lady" into the digital era.

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Court reverses Dell buyout ruling that alarmed dealmakers

WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) - Delaware's Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that a lower court erred in finding that the 2013 buyout of computer maker Dell Inc was vastly underpriced, a ruling that had allowed hedge funds to wring extra cash from the deal.

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Turkish banker expected to testify in Iran sanctions trial in New York

(Reuters) - Mehmet Hakan Atilla, a Turkish banker accused of taking part in a scheme to help Iran evade U.S. sanctions, plans to testify in his own defense at his trial in New York, his lawyers said Thursday.

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EPA seeks input to rework rule on lead in drinking water

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday it will seek input from state and local officials as it considers how to rework a 1991 rule meant to protect people from lead and copper contamination in drinking water.

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Crime data in Native American tribal lands 'virtually useless': watchdog

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department does not adequately collect or use crime statistics from Native American tribes, a problem that has left the department with stale and "virtually useless" crime data, according to a new internal watchdog report released on Thursday.

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Drone operator caused U.S. Army helicopter collision: safety board

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A September collision between a small civilian drone and a U.S. Army helicopter was caused by the drone operator's failure to see the helicopter because he was intentionally flying the drone out of visual range, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said on Thursday.

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Egyptian singer sentenced to prison for video 'inciting debauchery'

A court in Egypt has sentenced a female pop singer to two years in prison for "inciting debauchery and immortality" in an online music video, according to reports by Egypt's state-run Al-Ahram online.

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U.S. executions edge up in 2017 but stay at decades' low: study

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - U.S. executions and new death sentences rose slightly in 2017 from a year ago but remained the lowest in decades as capital punishment has declined in the country, a survey released on Thursday showed.

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Ex-New York town official sentenced to two-and-half years for bond fraud

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former elected official of a New York City suburb was sentenced to 2-1/2 years in prison on Wednesday following his conviction in what U.S. prosecutors have called the first criminal securities fraud case brought over municipal bonds.

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Accused N.Y. bomber's family says attack 'our worst nightmare'

DHAKA (Reuters) - Zulifikar Haider hoped his daughter would live the American dream when she married a fellow Bangladeshi living in the United States, but that dream turned into a nightmare when the family saw pictures of her husband wounded after allegedly trying to set off a bomb in a crowded New York commuter hub.

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U.S. sanctions two Africans over ivory, weapons trade

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Treasury Department on Wednesday blacklisted two people it said supported the outlawed Lord's Resistance Army in Central African Republic through the illegal trade in ivory, weapons and money aimed at fueling conflict in the region.

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Three men to plead guilty to crimes tied to 2016 botnet attacks

(Reuters) - A former Rutgers University student and two other men have agreed to plead guilty to computer crimes related to the creation and use of the Mirai botnet, a network of infected electronics equipment used to knock major websites offline in massive 2016 cyber attacks, according to court documents.

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N.Y. power seen sufficient after Indian Point nuclear retirement: report

(Reuters) - New York's power grid operator said on Wednesday the state should have enough electricity after the closure of two reactors at the Indian Point nuclear power plant in 2020 and 2021, as new sources of mostly natural gas-fired generation enter service.

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Anti-pipeline group goes back to work against Keystone XL

SEWARD, Nebraska (Reuters) - Nebraska's main anti-pipeline group is trying to rally opposition to the TransCanada Keystone XL project's recently approved route through the state, tracking down landowners it says were not given a voice in the regulatory process.

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Overconfidence, poor training sank El Faro: U.S. Safety Board

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The sinking of the U.S. freighter El Faro in 2015 with the loss of 33 lives came after an overconfident captain set the ship and its poorly trained crew on a collision course with a hurricane, the National Transportation Safety Board said in its final report on Tuesday.

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Perfect storm of overconfidence, poor training sank El Faro: U.S. authorities

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The freighter El Faro sank in 2015, killing all 33 people aboard, after an overconfident captain let the ship steam into a hurricane, while poor training and equipment also factored into the worst U.S. maritime disaster in three decades, a federal safety board said on Tuesday.

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Lafarge paid 13 million euros to armed groups to keep operating in Syria: rights group

PARIS (Reuters) - French cement group Lafarge paid close to 13 million euros ($15.2 million) to armed groups including Islamic State militants to keep operating in Syria from 2011-2015, human rights lawyers said on Tuesday.

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El Faro captain ignored storm reports before tragedy: U.S. authorities

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The freighter El Faro sank in 2015, killing all 33 people aboard in the worst U.S. maritime disaster in three decades, after the captain ignored reports the ship was heading directly into a strengthening hurricane, a U.S. safety board concluded on Tuesday.

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Trump denies accusations of sexual misconduct, attacks Democrats

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he did not know the women who have accused him of sexual misconduct and alleged their claims were a political attack pushed by Democrats, rejecting renewed calls to look into his behavior.

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San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee dies at 65: mayor's office

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee died early on Tuesday, the mayor's office said in a statement that did not cite the cause of death.

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Special Report: Unfettered construction raises U.S. hurricane costs

PATTON VILLAGE, Texas (Reuters) - When Hurricane Harvey sent two feet of water rolling into this small community about 35 miles north of Houston, Alfredo Becerra had to flee his modest 1,500-square-foot house.

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San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee dies at age 65: local media

(Reuters) - San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee died early on Tuesday, local media reported.

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U.S. safety board to review final report on 2015 El Faro sinking

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. safety officials were due to meet on Tuesday to discuss their final report on the 2015 sinking of the El Faro freighter, which killed all 33 crew members in the worst cargo shipping disaster involving a U.S.-flagged vessel in more than three decades.

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U.S. soldier who deserted to North Korea in 1965 dies aged 77

TOKYO (Reuters) - A U.S. soldier who deserted to North Korea more than half a century ago, but who was eventually allowed to leave the secretive state, has died in Japan aged 77.

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Houston man arrested for trying to aid Islamic State: U.S. government

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An 18-year-old Houston man was charged on Monday with trying to support the radical group Islamic State and distributing information about how to make bombs, the U.S. Justice Department said.

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Ex-investigator tells of fleeing Turkey with evidence of corruption

(Reuters) - A former Turkish police investigator told jurors in a New York court on Monday of fleeing Turkey in 2016 out of fear of retaliation from the government after leading a corruption investigation involving high-ranking officials, taking his evidence with him.

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'Soup Nazi' company's former CFO pleads guilty to tax evasion

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The former chief financial officer of a company that licensed the name and recipes of the chef who inspired the tyrannical “Soup Nazi” character on the TV comedy “Seinfeld” pleaded guilty on Monday to tax evasion, according to court records.

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U.S. not granting loan relief to defrauded students: inspector general

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Education Department under President Donald Trump and Secretary Betsy DeVos has stopped cancelling the student-loan debt of people defrauded by failed for-profit schools and those borrowers face mounting interest and other burdens, its inspector general said on Monday.

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U.S. judge warns of mistrial in Nevada rancher Bundy's trial

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - A U.S. federal judge in the criminal conspiracy trial of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and three other men on Monday warned that prosecutors' failure to produce documents that could support defense arguments could lead to a mistrial.

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U.S. high court turns away dispute over gay worker protections

(Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear an appeal by a Georgia security guard who said she was harassed and forced from her job because she is a lesbian, avoiding an opportunity to decide whether a federal law that bans gender-based bias also outlaws discrimination based on sexual orientation.

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HSBC draws line under Mexican cartel case after five-years on probation

LONDON (Reuters) - HSBC drew a line under its punishment for lapses in anti-money laundering controls on Monday, saying the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) would end its deferred prosecution agreement, lifting the threat of further penalties.

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Video shows officer shoot unarmed man

Newly released bodycam footage shows former Mesa police officer Philip Brailsford shoot and kill unarmed Daniel Shaver at a hotel in Arizona. Brailsford says he shot Shaver after he reached for his waistband and was acquitted of murder charges.

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Video Shows Officer Fatally Shooting Unarmed, Pleading Man

The video, released after an Arizona jury acquitted the officer of murder, renewed calls for reforms in law enforcement. Activists described the shooting as an execution.

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California's Getty museum survives wildfire, ready for quakes

(Reuters) - Southern California's Getty Center, one of the world's wealthiest art institutions, said it had survived a wildfire tearing through Los Angeles thanks to a disaster plan that has it ready for earthquakes as well.

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Iraq is 'totally liberated' from Islamic State: Iraqi armed forces

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq has been "totally liberated" from Islamic State, the Iraqi armed forces announced in a statement on Saturday.

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Court upholds conviction in 'Making of a Murderer' case

(Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Friday upheld the murder conviction of a Wisconsin man in a case chronicled in the television documentary “Making of a Murderer," overturning a lower court judge who had tossed out the original guilty verdict.

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Priest gets life sentence in cold-case murder of Texas beauty queen

SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - A retired Catholic priest convicted of murdering a former beauty queen who came to him for confession was sentenced to life in prison by a jury in south Texas on Friday, local media reported, ending a cold case that has troubled the community for nearly 60 years.

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U.S. top court blocks release of Trump 'Dreamer' immigrant documents

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday granted a request by President Donald Trump's administration to block the immediate release of documents concerning his decision to end a program that shielded from deportation hundreds of thousands of young adults dubbed "Dreamers" brought into the country illegally as children.

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New Mexico school gunman was ex-student investigated by FBI

TAOS, New Mexico (Reuters) - A gunman who killed two students at a New Mexico high school and then took his own life was a former student who was investigated by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation last year after he asked online about buying weapons for a mass shooting, officials said on Friday.

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Ex-Penn State coach Sandusky's son sentenced for child sex crimes

(Reuters) - The adopted son of Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State University assistant football coach convicted of sexually abusing young boys, was sentenced on Friday to serve up to seven years in prison for child sex crimes, a court official said.

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U.S. has begun fully implementing Trump travel ban: State Dept.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department said it began fully implementing President Donald Trump's travel ban targeting six Muslim-majority countries on Friday, four days after the Supreme Court ruled the order could be enforced while legal appeals continue.

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Trump declares emergency in California over wildfires

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday declared a state of emergency in California due to raging wildfires that have destroyed hundreds of structures and forced thousands from their homes.

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Fugitive, convicted of $100 million Ponzi scheme, escapes from prison

(Reuters) - U.S. authorities are searching for a fugitive who escaped a federal minimum-security work camp in California, where he was being held for duping investors out of more than $100 million, local media reported.

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Indiana police officer reinstated after 'white male privilege' remark

(Reuters) - A female Indiana police officer suspended after calling out a fellow officer for "white male privilege" during a transgender awareness training session was reinstated on Thursday.

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Two students, gunman dead in New Mexico school shooting

(Reuters) - A gunman fatally shot two students at a high school in New Mexico on Thursday, before he himself died, state and local police said.

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Be 'ready to GO!' Southern California warns residents as fires rage

FARIA BEACH, Calif. (Reuters) - Fanned by gusting winds, wildfires raged in densely populated Southern California for a fourth day on Thursday, forcing 200,000 people to flee their homes with dangerous conditions forecast until Sunday.

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Connecticut infrastructure funding in question: state report

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Connecticut's infrastructure projects are in jeopardy after revenue that helps pay off the state's transportation debt has decreased and additional funding sources have not yet been identified, according to a report released on Thursday.

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U.S. to deport Ohio man charged with hiding role in Bosnian massacre

(Reuters) - An Ohio man accused of serving with a paramilitary police unit that participated in the 1995 Serbian massacre of 8,000 Muslim Bosnians will be deported under a plea deal reached Thursday in federal court.

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Gold trader Zarrab says he was threatened in jail for cooperating with U.S.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Turkish-Iranian gold trader testifying for U.S. prosecutors in a criminal trial involving sanctions against Iran said on Thursday that he was removed from a New York federal jail after another inmate threatened to kill him for cooperating with authorities.

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Ex-USA Gymnastics doctor sentenced

Larry Nassar, the disgraced former USA Gymnastics team doctor who admitted to sexually abusing underage girls, has been sentenced to 60 years in federal prison on child pornography charges, a court official said Thursday.

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U.S. gymnastics team doctor sentenced to 60 years for child pornography

(Reuters) - A federal judge on Thursday sentenced Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics team doctor accused of sexually assaulting gymnasts, to 60 years in prison on federal child pornography charges that grew out of a sex abuse investigation.

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Gunman, two students dead after New Mexico high school shooting

(Reuters) - A suspected shooter opened fire at a high school in New Mexico on Thursday, killing two students before being killed, according to police and officials from the nearby Navajo Nation.

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U.S. Justice Department taps prosecutor to oversee asset forfeiture program

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department has tapped a North Carolina-based prosecutor for a new role designed to provide more checks and balances to its civil asset forfeiture program, following criticism of its abuse by the police.

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Ex-South Carolina cop gets 20 years in prison for black motorist's death

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - The white former policeman caught on video shooting an unarmed black man in the back after a 2015 traffic stop in South Carolina was sentenced on Thursday to 20 years in prison, with a federal judge ruling that the killing amounted to murder.

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Low water halts shipping on Ohio River near Paducah, Ky.: U.S.Army Corps

(Reuters) - The Ohio River was closed to shipping traffic at locks and dam 52 in Paducah, Kentucky, on Wednesday due to low water after a vessel ran aground in the area, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said on Thursday.

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Gunman, two others dead after New Mexico high school shooting

(Reuters) - A shooter opened fire at a high school in New Mexico on Thursday, killing two students before being shot dead, according to police and officials from the nearby Navajo Nation.

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Ex-South Carolina cop sentenced to 20 years in prison for black motorist's death

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - A white former South Carolina policeman caught on video shooting an unarmed black man in the back was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Thursday in a federal civil rights case connected to the 2015 killing.

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U.S. gymnastics team doctor sentenced to 60 years on child pornography charges

(Reuters) - A federal judge on Thursday sentenced Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics team doctor accused of sexually assaulting gymnasts, to 60 years in prison on federal child pornography charges that grew out of a sex abuse investigation, local media reported.

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Indiana officer suspended for 'white male privilege' remark to learn fate

(Reuters) - A female Indiana police officer suspended after calling out a fellow officer for "white male privilege" during a transgender awareness training session may learn her job status on Thursday.

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Lawsuit sets stage for long legal battle over U.S. consumer watchdog

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Attorneys for Leandra English, the deputy director of the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), on Wednesday filed fresh paperwork challenging President Donald Trump and his pick to lead the consumer watchdog.

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Ex-South Carolina cop could soon learn fate for motorist's shooting

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - A white former police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black man fleeing a 2015 traffic stop in South Carolina could learn as soon as Thursday whether he will spend the rest of his life in prison for violating the motorist's civil rights.

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Volkswagen executive sentenced to seven years for U.S. emissions fraud

DETROIT (Reuters) - A U.S.-based Volkswagen AG executive who oversaw emissions issues was sentenced to seven years in prison and fined $400,000 by a judge on Wednesday for his role in a diesel emissions scandal that has cost the German automaker as much as $30 billion.

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Florida man sentenced to 15 years in prison for vandalizing mosque

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Reuters) - A man who vandalized a Florida mosque in January 2016 and left a raw slab of bacon on its doorstep was sentenced to 15 years in prison on a hate crime conviction, a state attorney's spokesman said on Wednesday.

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Son seeks stiff penalty for South Carolina policeman who killed his father

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - The son of a black South Carolina motorist killed by a white police officer as he fled a 2015 traffic stop asked a federal judge on Wednesday to sentence the former patrolman to life in prison for the death of his father.

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U.S. attorney general calls for efficient review of immigration cases

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday called on the nation's immigration courts to decide cases more efficiently, amid a burgeoning backlog that is hampering the Trump administration's efforts to deport more illegal immigrants.

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Utah Republicans defend Romney after Bannon's 'Mormon' jab

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Utah Republicans on Wednesday rallied around Mitt Romney, their party's former presidential nominee, a day after former senior White House aide Steve Bannon accused him of having used his Mormon religion to avoid military service.

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Sign-ups pick up in week five of 2018 Obamacare open enrollment: U.S.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of people signing up for 2018 Obamacare plans picked up significantly during the fifth week of open enrollment, a U.S. government agency reported on Wednesday, but the number of people signed up for such plans appears to be falling short of last year's numbers with just over a week of enrollment left.

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U.S. Air Force unveils criminal reporting reforms in wake of Texas shooting

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Air Force is toughening its rules for reporting criminal records to the government's gun owner background check database, after a man convicted of assault while in the service was able to purchase guns and later shot and killed 26 people in a Texas church.

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Attorney general calls for expedient review of immigration cases

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo on Wednesday calling on the Justice Department's Executive Office for immigration Review to take steps to expedite its adjudication of immigration cases.

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Turkey links U.S. judge in sanctions case to wanted cleric

ANKARA (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan's spokesman said on Wednesday the U.S. judge hearing the trial of an executive at Turkey's state-owned Halkbank had taken part in events organized by a cleric Ankara blames for last year's failed military coup.

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U.S. says Dentsply Sirona to pay $1.2 million settlement over exports to Iran

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Dentsply Sirona Inc has agreed to pay $1.2 million to settle apparent Iranian sanctions violations by two of its subsidiaries, the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control said on Wednesday.

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Illegal immigrant indicted on federal charges after San Francisco murder acquittal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A grand jury on Tuesday indicted on federal charges an illegal immigrant from Mexico who was acquitted last week of murder by a San Francisco jury, the U.S. Justice Department said in a statement.

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Tom Ridge, first head of Homeland Security, released from hospital

(Reuters) - Tom Ridge, who served as the first head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security from 2003 to 2005, was released on Tuesday from Seton Medical Center in Austin, Texas, a spokesman said.

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Turkish gold trader says he paid $45,000 bribe to U.S. prison guard

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Turkish-Iranian gold trader testifying in the trial of a Turkish banker accused of helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions said on Tuesday that he paid a $45,000 bribe to a U.S. prison guard to obtain alcohol and use the guard's phone.

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Gold trader says he never liked Turkish banker facing trial

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Turkish gold trader testifying for U.S. prosecutors in the trial of an executive at Turkey's state-owned Halkbank, who is charged with helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions, said Tuesday that he and the banker never liked each other.

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U.S. Justice Department considers possible 'bump stocks' ban

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday that it is considering a possible ban on certain bump stocks, the attachments that make semiautomatic rifles fire faster and were used in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history in Las Vegas in October.

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Minnesota's two-year budget springs a leak in latest forecast

(Reuters) - Minnesota's biennial budget faces a deficit for the first time since 2013 as state revenue is expected to fall while expenditures climb, according to a forecast released on Tuesday.

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Ex-police officer shot South Carolina motorist after struggle: defense

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - Defense experts at the sentencing hearing for a white former police officer who killed an unarmed black man in South Carolina said on Tuesday that cellphone video indicated the two men struggled over the patrolman's stun gun before the shooting.

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Fugitive Kentucky lawyer in $550 million fraud deported from Honduras

(Reuters) - A fugitive Kentucky lawyer who called himself "Mr. Social Security" was deported from Honduras on Tuesday where he had fled after pleading guilty in a $550 million disability fraud scheme, U.S. authorities said.

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U.S. Justice Department, ATF to decide if bump stocks are prohibited

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said on Tuesday they are considering a possible ban on certain bump stocks, used in Las Vegas in October in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

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Interior Dept. recommends changes to boundaries of six U.S. national monuments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has recommended that President Donald Trump change the boundaries of six national monuments designated by past administrations, according to a copy of the recommendations seen by Reuters.

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U.S. deportations down in 2017 but immigration arrests up

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government deported fewer illegal immigrants in 2017 than it did last year, even as it arrested far more people suspected of being in the United States illegally, according to Department of Homeland Security statistics released on Tuesday.

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Honduras deports to Kentucky lawyer sought in $550 mln fraud

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (Reuters) - Honduras on Tuesday deported to the United States a Kentucky attorney who had pleaded guilty to charges over his role in a more than $550 million disability fraud scheme, months after he fled U.S. law enforcement, an official said.

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Treasury sanctions cleric Faisal for Islamic State recruiting

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Treasury on Tuesday said it had sanctioned Abdullah Ibrahim al-Faisal for recruiting for Islamic State, alleging the Jamaican cleric had influenced people around the world in attacking civilians and creating bomb plots and also had helped new recruits to the extremist group travel and hide.

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Top court weighs baker's refusal to make cake for gay couple

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday is set to hear arguments in a major case on whether certain businesses can refuse service to gay couples if they oppose same-sex marriage on religious grounds in a dispute involving a conservative Christian baker in Colorado who declined to make a wedding cake for two men.

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Wooden dams and river jams: U.S. strains to ship record grains

ABOARD THE OLIVER C. SHEARER, Ohio River (Reuters) - America's worst traffic jam this fall occurred on the Ohio River, where a line of about 50 miles of boats hauling grains and other products turned into a waterborne parking lot, as ship captains waited for the river to reopen.

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Supreme Court weighs baker's refusal to make cake for gay couple

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday is set to hear arguments in a major case on whether certain businesses can refuse service to gay couples if they oppose same-sex marriage on religious grounds in a dispute involving a conservative Christian baker in Colorado who declined to make a wedding cake for two men.

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Honduras arrests Kentucky lawyer sought in $550-million disability fraud scheme

(Reuters) - Authorities in Honduras on Monday arrested a Kentucky attorney who had pleaded guilty to charges over his role in a more than $550 million disability fraud scheme, months after he fled U.S. law enforcement, Honduran officials said.

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Gold trader says he paid bribes to get out of Turkish jail after 2013 arrest

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Turkish-Iranian gold trader testifying at the trial of a Turkish bank executive in a New York federal court said Monday that he paid bribes to secure his release from jail in Turkey following his arrest in 2013.

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Former Florida congresswoman sentenced to five years for fraud

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Reuters) - Former U.S. Representative Corrine Brown of Florida was sentenced on Monday to five years in prison for her role in helping raise more than $800,000 for a bogus charity that was used as a slush fund, federal court officials said.

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Trump administration proposes rollback of tip-pooling rule

(Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Labor on Monday proposed eliminating an Obama administration rule that allowed restaurant employees to keep their tips instead of being forced to share them with non-tipped workers, saying the rule had contributed to pay disparities between servers and other staff like cooks and dishwashers.

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Six-year-old skeptic tells Santa 'your life is empty'

(Reuters) - A 6-year-old boy from the Washington area has shaken up social media with an all-too-skeptical letter to Santa Claus in which he pretends to know jolly Saint Nick's life is empty and that Santa had no idea whether he had been naughty or nice.

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Judge to weigh sentence for South Carolina ex-policeman who killed black man

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors said on Monday that a white former South Carolina policeman caught on video shooting an unarmed black man in the back committed murder, while defense lawyers argued their client did not deserve to go to prison for life for his crime.

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U.S. top court wary over allowing seizure of ancient Persian artifacts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court justices expressed skepticism on Monday over whether ancient Persian artifacts housed in a Chicago museum can be seized to pay for a $71 million court judgment against Iran over its alleged role in a 1997 bombing attack in Jerusalem.

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U.S. justices lean toward allowing sports betting in New Jersey case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court justices on Monday signaled a willingness to let New Jersey legalize sports betting in a case that could pave the way for other states similarly interested in allowing such gambling as a way to fill their coffers to do the same thing.

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Former U.S. Rep. Brown of Florida sentenced to five years for fraud: report

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Reuters) - Former U.S. Representative Corrine Brown of Florida was sentenced on Monday to five years in prison for her role in helping raise more than $800,000 for a bogus charity that was used as a slush fund, a Jacksonville television station reported.

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Conservative U.S. justices lean toward New Jersey in sports betting case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Conservative U.S. Supreme Court justices on Monday indicated they may be willing to allow New Jersey to legalize sports betting in a case that could pave the way for other states to do the same thing.

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Judge to decide fate of South Carolina ex-policeman who killed black man

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Monday will begin hearing evidence on whether a former South Carolina policeman caught on video shooting an unarmed black man in the back should spend the rest of his life in prison for a crime that many say exemplified racist law enforcement.

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Ex-officer to be sentenced in killing of unarmed black man

The Scott family found strength in prayer as they sat through court testimony from the former South Carolina officer who killed Walter Scott two years ago.

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Dispute over New York parking spot turns deadly

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A driver plowed a car into half a dozen people during a fight over a parking spot outside a hookah bar in the New York City borough of Queens in the early hours of Sunday morning, killing one and injuring the others before fleeing, police said.

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Officials believe body of missing North Carolina girl found

(Reuters) - A body believed to be of a 3-year-old North Carolina girl who was missing for six days was found in a creek on Saturday night, a day after the mother's live-in boyfriend was arrested in connection with her disappearance, the Onslow County Sheriff's Office said.

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Man charged as authorities says missing North Carolina girl presumed dead

(Reuters) - A man has been arrested and charged in North Carolina in connection with the disappearance of three-year-old Mariah Woods who went missing from her bedroom five days ago, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and local sheriff said on Saturday.

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Man charged as FBI says missing North Carolina girl presumed dead

(Reuters) - A 32-year-old man has been arrested and charged in North Carolina in connection with the disappearance of 3-year-old Mariah Woods who went missing from her bedroom five days ago, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said on Saturday.

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U.S. judge rejects delay of foreign entrepreneur immigration rule

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal judge on Friday ordered the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to rescind its delay of a rule that allows some foreign entrepreneurs to stay in the United States to grow their companies, court documents show.

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Deported Repeatedly, Man Is Sentenced to 35 Years for Attacks on 2 Oregon Women

The man, Sergio Jose Martinez, a Mexican immigrant, attacked two women on July 24. He received national attention after Attorney General Jeff Sessions highlighted his case.

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EPA passes on rule covering U.S. hardrock miners' cleanup costs

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Friday it would not act on a proposal to require hardrock mining companies to show they can afford to clean up their sites.

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Fluor wins $831 million contract for Puerto Rico power work: Pentagon

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Fluor Enterprises Inc, a subsidiary of Fluor Corp, was awarded an $831 million contract for construction services to help restore electric power to Puerto Rico, the Pentagon said on Friday.

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Turkish gold trader testifies on bank executive's role in sham food sales

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Turkish-Iranian gold trader testifying for U.S. prosecutors in a New York court on Friday gave his most detailed account yet of how he claims an executive of Turkey's state-owned Halkbank devised key parts of a plan to launder money for Iran through fake food sales.

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Vermont woman charged with making deadly poison ricin in retirement home

BOSTON (Reuters) - A Vermont woman who planned to poison herself manufactured the deadly ricin substance in the retirement home where she lived and tested it on her fellow residents, federal officials said in court papers.

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U.S. prosecutors could take Shkreli's Wu Tang Clan album, Picasso

(Reuters) - Martin Shkreli, dubbed the "pharma bro" for exploits such as jacking up the price of a life-saving drug by 5,000 percent, should forfeit $7.4 million, including his Wu Tang Clan album and a Picasso painting, U.S. prosecutors said on Friday.

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Supreme Court's cake case pits gay rights versus Christian faith

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When conservative Christian baker Jack Phillips in 2012 politely but firmly told Colorado gay couple David Mullins and Charlie Craig he would not make them a cake to celebrate their wedding, it triggered a chain of events that will climax on Tuesday in highly anticipated U.S. Supreme Court arguments.

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Illegal immigrant acquitted of murder in San Francisco, Trump slams verdict

(Reuters) - An illegal immigrant from Mexico was acquitted of murder and manslaughter by a San Francisco jury on Thursday in the fatal shooting of a woman that Donald Trump used as a rallying cry against "sanctuary cities" during his presidential campaign.

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Illegal immigrant acquitted of murder in politically charged San Francisco trial

(Reuters) - An illegal immigrant from Mexico was acquitted of murder and manslaughter by a San Francisco jury on Thursday in the fatal shooting of a woman that Donald Trump used as a rallying cry against "sanctuary cities" during his presidential campaign.

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Mexican immigrant acquitted in shooting death of woman in San Francisco: local media

(Reuters) - A jury acquitted a Mexican immigrant of murder and manslaughter charges on Thursday in the shooting death of a woman in San Francisco, the San Francisco Chronicle reported on its Twitter page.

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US gets OK to fly armed drones in Niger

The government of Niger granted the United States military the authority to arm its drones in Niger earlier this week, a US official told CNN Thursday.

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Bikram Yoga seeks to revive chain after wave of lawsuits: lawyer

(Reuters) - A lawyer for Bikram Choudhury Yoga Inc said on Thursday he is aiming to salvage the so-called hot yoga studio after millions of dollars in legal judgments and numerous allegations of sexual misconduct against its fugitive millionaire founder.

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Massachusetts prosecutors to toss 6,000 cases tied to drug chemist

BOSTON (Reuters) - Massachusetts prosecutors on Thursday said they would dismiss more than 6,000 convictions linked to a former forensic chemist who authorities said for eight years stole drug evidence and worked in a state lab under the influence.

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Oklahoma ex-state-senator pleads guilty to hiring boy prostitute

(Reuters) - A former Oklahoma state senator who had campaigned as a champion of family values has pleaded guilty to hiring a 17-year-old boy prostitute "to engage in a commercial sex act," court papers filed on Thursday showed.

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Niger approves use of armed American drones: U.S. official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The government of Niger has approved the use of armed American drones, a U.S. official said on Thursday, expanding the U.S. ability to target militants in the region.

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Powerful U.S. auto union caucus nominates regional director for president

DETROIT (Reuters) - An influential caucus at the United Auto Workers on Thursday nominated a regional director as its candidate for union president at a time when the organization has been struggling to unionize auto plants and faces an expanding federal probe into alleged misuse of funds at training centers funded by Detroit's automakers.

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Niger Approves Armed U.S. Drone Flights, Expanding Pentagon’s Role in Africa

The Pentagon has received permission to put precision-guided bombs and missiles on drones in Niger. The drones would increase the military’s ability to go after extremists in West Africa.

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U.S. Interior Dept. says federal energy, mineral revenues rose by $1 billion

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Energy and mineral production on federal and tribal land generated $7.1 billion in disbursements in fiscal year 2017, $1 billion more than the previous year, the U.S. Interior Department said on Thursday.

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U.S. officials worry immigrant fears could make census inaccurate

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Early test surveys have found that some immigrants are afraid to provide information to U.S. Census workers because of fears about being deported, which could compromise the accuracy of the 2020 census, a government official warned this month.

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Bikram hot yoga bankruptcy should be dismissed: U.S. Trustee

(Reuters) - The bankruptcy of hot yoga pioneer Bikram Choudhury Yoga Inc should be dismissed or converted to a Chapter 7 liquidation due to a failure to file required documents, according to papers filed by the U.S. Department of Justice's bankruptcy watchdog.

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U.S. military indefinitely delays ban on cluster bombs

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon will indefinitely delay a ban on the use of older types of cluster bombs due to take effect on Jan. 1, 2019, officials say, arguing safety advances in munitions technology had failed to advance enough to replace older stockpiles.

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Ex-priest took confession, then murdered Texas beauty queen -prosecutors

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A former Roman Catholic priest took the confession of a Texas beauty queen, then lured her to a church rectory and killed her, prosecutors said on Thursday to start a trial for a 1960 murder that has been one of state's most notorious cold cases.

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Turkish gold trader implicates Erdogan in Iran money laundering

(Reuters) - A Turkish-Iranian gold trader on Thursday told jurors in a federal court in New York that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan personally authorized a transaction on behalf of Iran.

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More than 400 U.S. troops leaving Syria: coalition

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More than 400 U.S. Marines and their artillery are leaving Syria after helping to capture the city of Raqqa from Islamic State, the U.S.-led coalition fighting the militant group said on Thursday.

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Securities and Exchange Commission ratifies administrative law judges

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced Thursday that it had ratified the prior appointment of its administrative law judges.

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Turkish gold trader says he discussed Iran scheme with Indian company

(Reuters) - A Turkish-Iranian gold trader on Thursday told jurors in a federal court in Manhattan that he met with representatives of an Indian company in 2012 to discuss moving Iranian funds out of India, a new development in a case that has so far centered on Turkey.

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Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy declines release from jail during trial

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy won a court order releasing him from jail to home confinement for the duration of his federal conspiracy and assault trial in Las Vegas, but he has opted to remain locked up on principle, his attorney said on Wednesday.

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Lawyer admits trying to sell secret U.S. whistleblower lawsuits

(Reuters) - A former partner at a major law firm in Washington pleaded guilty on Wednesday to charges that he tried to sell copies of sealed whistleblower lawsuits against corporations that he obtained while working at the U.S. Justice Department.

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Turkish gold trader details money laundering scheme for Iran

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Turkish-Iranian gold trader described in a U.S. court on Wednesday how he ran a sprawling international money laundering scheme aimed at helping Iran get around U.S. sanctions and spend its oil and gas revenues abroad.

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Commander of elite U.S. Air Force demonstration squadron removed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. Air Force's Thunderbirds, an elite military demonstration squadron, was removed because of a loss of confidence in his leadership, the military said on Wednesday.

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Another 14 men get probation in fraternity hazing death in Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - Fourteen more former fraternity members pleaded guilty to reduced charges and were sentenced to probation for the 2013 hazing death of a New York college freshman on Wednesday, a day after 15 men entered similar plea bargains in the case.

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Big Brother looms as U.S. top court tackles cellphone dispute

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court justices signaled on Wednesday they may impose limits on the ability of police to obtain cellphone data from wireless providers to track the location of criminal suspects in a major test of privacy rights in the digital age.

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Gun ties arrested man to series of Tampa killings: police

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Reuters) - A gun owned by a man arrested on charges of murdering four people in Tampa was matched to shell casings found at the crime scenes after a spree that alarmed a city neighborhood, police said on Wednesday.

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Perpetrator of 2016 attack at Ohio State acted alone: FBI

(Reuters) - A Somali immigrant who wounded 11 people in a car and knife attack at Ohio State University a year ago was influenced by the ideology of militant group Islamic State, but had no outside help in planning the violence, the FBI said on Wednesday.

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Man arrested, to be charged with murder in four Tampa shootings

(Reuters) - A 24-year-old man will face murder charges for a string of deadly shootings over the past two months that had left a Tampa, Florida neighborhood fearing a serial killer was on the loose.

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Turkish gold trader tells U.S. jury he bribed official

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Turkish-Iranian gold trader on Wednesday told jurors in a Manhattan federal court that he bribed a former Turkish government official to set up a deal aimed at helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions.

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Thousands of American Air flights in December missing pilots: union

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Thousands of December flights on American Airlines do not yet have pilots scheduled to work because of a system scheduling error, the carrier's pilots union said as it gears up for one of the busiest travel periods of the year.

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U.S. deports ex-Salvadoran officer to face trial on massacre of priests

BOSTON (Reuters) - The United States deported a former El Salvadoran army colonel on Wednesday to Spain, where he faces charges related to the massacre of six Roman Catholic priests in 1989 during the Central American country's civil war.

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Sign-up pace much slower in week 4 of 2018 Obamacare enrollment

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The pace of people signing up for individual insurance under Obamacare slowed significantly during the fourth week of 2018 enrollment, as nearly 37 percent fewer people signed up for the health care plans than in the previous week, a U.S. government agency reported on Wednesday.

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Conservative pundit arrested in scuffle at Connecticut university

(Reuters) - A right-wing pundit was arrested following a scuffle with students at the University of Connecticut at the end of a speech titled "It's OK to be white," university officials said on Wednesday.

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Suspect in Nevada shooting dies after standoff with police

(Reuters) - A suspect died shortly after being taken into police custody in Reno, Nevada late on Tuesday after opening fire from a downtown apartment complex and holding a hostage, local media reported.

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Suspect in police custody after reports of active shooter in Nevada

(Reuters) - Police on Tuesday took a suspect into custody in downtown Reno, Nevada after responding to reports of an active shooter, but there were no immediate reports of casualties.

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Police respond to reports of 'active shooter' at Nevada apartments

(Reuters) - Police on Tuesday surrounded an apartment complex in Reno city in the U.S. state of Nevada after receiving calls about an active shooter, but there were no immediate reports of casualties.

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Tampa police question man over possible link to serial killings

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Reuters) - A man who authorities say may be linked to recent killings in a Tampa, Florida, neighborhood was being interviewed by police on Tuesday as a gun was checked for any ties to the four shootings.

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Texas victim's family files first claim against U.S. Air Force over church massacre

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Parents of one of the victims killed in the Nov. 5 shooting rampage at a Texas church filed a claim on Tuesday against the U.S. Air Force in what appeared to be the first legal action in connection to the incident.

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Texas church shooting victim's family files first claim against U.S. Air Force

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Parents of one of the victims who died in the Nov. 5 shooting at a Texas church on Tuesday filed a claim against the U.S. Air Force.

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U.S. jury acquits accused Benghazi attack organizer of most serious charges

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. jury on Tuesday acquitted accused Islamic militant Ahmed Abu Khatallah of the most serious charges he faced in connection with a 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya that killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

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Millions of creatures swarm Oregon Coast

Beachgoers are noticing unusual "pickle" looking sea creatures washing up on Oregon's coast.

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Turkish gold trader becomes U.S. witness in Iran sanctions case

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Turkish-Iranian gold trader has pleaded guilty to conspiring to evade U.S. sanctions against Iran and will testify against a Turkish bank official who is charged with arranging illegal transactions involving American banks, a U.S. prosecutor said on Tuesday.

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U.S. Air Force failed to report dozens of cases to gun database

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Air Force said on Tuesday there were at least several dozen cases of serious crimes involving its personnel which it failed to report to a federal database used by licensed gun dealers to conduct background checks on firearms purchasers.

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Fraternity members plead guilty, get probation in hazing death

STROUDSBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - More than a dozen former members of a New York fraternity chapter pleaded guilty on Tuesday to reduced charges and were sentenced to probation in the 2013 hazing death of a Baruch College freshman during an initiation ritual in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains.

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Jury acquits accused Benghazi attack organizer of most serious charges: media

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A jury on Tuesday acquitted Ahmed Abu Khatallah on the most serious charges in connection with a 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, in which U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed, according to media reports.

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Connecticut cardiologist is convicted of insider trading

(Reuters) - A federal jury on Tuesday convicted a Connecticut cardiologist of insider trading based on confidential information he learned about a clinical drug trial, prosecutors said on Tuesday.

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N.Y. murder conviction tossed because juror applied for prosecutor job

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York state appeals court on Tuesday threw out the April 2014 conviction of a man in Manhattan's East Harlem section for killing his girlfriend, because a juror failed to disclose she had applied for a prosecutor's job in the office handling the case.

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Man charged in New York truck attack pleads not guilty

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Uzbek immigrant accused of killing eight people by speeding a rental truck down a New York City bike path in October pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to murder and other criminal charges.

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New York murder conviction tossed because juror applied for prosecutor job

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York state appeals court on Tuesday threw out the April 2014 conviction of a man in Manhattan's East Harlem section for killing his girlfriend, because a juror failed to disclose she had applied for a prosecutor's job in the office handling the case.

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Fraternity members accused in hazing death return to Pennsylvania court

STROUDSBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - More than a dozen former members of a New York fraternity returned to a Pennsylvania court on Tuesday to face charges in the 2013 hazing death of a Baruch College freshman during an initiation ritual in the state's Pocono Mountains.

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Hawaii, ACLU ask U.S. top court not to allow full Trump travel ban

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The state of Hawaii and the American Civil Liberties Union on Tuesday urged the U.S. Supreme Court not to allow President Donald Trump's latest travel ban that would bar entry of people from six Muslim-majority countries to go into full effect after it was partially blocked by lower courts.

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Scaramucci quits advisory post at Massachusetts school after lawsuit threat

BOSTON (Reuters) - Former White House spokesman Anthony Scaramucci resigned his advisory position at a Massachusetts university following a dust-up in which he threatened to sue the school's student newspaper, Tufts University officials said on Tuesday.

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Police search for missing three-year-old girl in North Carolina

(Reuters) - Local and federal law enforcement officials were searching on Tuesday for a 3-year-old girl who went missing from her bedroom in Jacksonville, North Carolina, after being put to bed on Sunday night, the local sheriff's office said.

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Florida man sentenced to 25 years for attempt to blow up synagogue

(Reuters) - A Florida man with anti-Semitic views was sentenced by a U.S. judge on Tuesday to 25 years in prison for trying to blow up a synagogue in the state last year during a Jewish holiday, court officials said.

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Hawaii urges top U.S. court not to fully allow Trump's travel ban

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The state of Hawaii on Tuesday urged the U.S. Supreme Court not to allow President Donald Trump's latest travel ban that would bar entry of people from six Muslim-majority countries to go into full effect after it was partially blocked by lower courts.

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Police search for missing 3-year-old girl in North Carolina

(Reuters) - Police were searching for a 3-year-old girl who went missing from her bedroom in Jacksonville, North Carolina, after being put to bed on Sunday night, the local sheriff's office said.

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Fraternity hazing death sends 31 men to Pennsylvania court

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - Dozens of former members of a New York fraternity will head back to a Pennsylvania court this week to face charges in the 2013 hazing death of a Baruch College freshman during an initiation ritual in the state's Pocono Mountains.

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Billionaire Insys founder can remove ankle monitor: judge

BOSTON (Reuters) - The billionaire founder of Insys Therapeutics Inc, charged with engaging in a scheme to bribe doctors to prescribe an opioid, won the lifting of a requirement that he wear a GPS-enabled ankle monitor on Monday, which he said interfered with jogging.

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Trump Panama hotel owners trying to strip president's name -report

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Owners of the Trump International Hotel in Panama City are trying to strip the president's name from the building and remove his company from management, the Associated Press reported on Monday.

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Judge orders U.S. to delay deporting Indonesians in immigration fight

BOSTON (Reuters) - A federal judge on Monday ordered U.S. immigration officials to delay any efforts to deport 51 Indonesians living illegally in New Hampshire so the group can have time to argue that changing conditions in that country would make it dangerous to return.

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Nevada uprising leader vowed 'whatever it takes' to stop government: recording

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Weeks before Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy led an armed standoff of militia supporters against federal agents in 2014, his son vowed to do "whatever it takes" to keep the family's cattle out of government hands, according to a recording played in court by prosecutors on Monday.

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Ex-priest to stand trial for 1960 murder of Texas beauty queen

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A former Roman Catholic priest is due to stand trial this week on charges he beat, raped and strangled to death a Texas beauty queen nearly 60 years ago after hearing her last confession.

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Transcanada asks Nebraska to reconsider order on Keystone route

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - TransCanada Corp has asked the Nebraska Public Service Commission to reconsider its order approving an alternate route for the Canada-U.S. Keystone XL pipeline, according to a filing posted on the commission's website on Monday.

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Ridership falls on New York City's slow buses: comptroller

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City's bus system has deteriorated over the last decade, losing 100 million passenger trips since 2008 on buses that are the slowest in any large U.S. city, according to a Monday report by city comptroller Scott Stringer.

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Payday lending pioneer convicted in U.S. of racketeering scheme

(Reuters) - A Pennsylvania man considered a pioneer in the payday lending industry was found guilty on Monday of engaging in a racketeering scheme that helped fund businesses that generated $688 million from short-term loans to hundreds of thousands of people.

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U.S. top court spurns challenge to Maryland assault weapons ban

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court dealt a setback on Monday to gun rights proponents including the National Rifle Association, refusing to hear a challenge to Maryland's 2013 state ban on assault weapons enacted after a Connecticut school massacre.

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U.S. Supreme Court declines church's challenge to Nebraska funeral picketing law

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday left in place a Nebraska law that prohibits picketing near funerals after it was challenged by a Kansas church known for anti-gay protests.

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Turkish gold trader a no-show at U.S. trial over Iran sanctions

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Turkish gold trader charged with conspiring to evade U.S. sanctions against Iran in a case that has strained Turkish-U.S. ties will not go on trial in New York this week, a U.S. judge said Monday.

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Supreme Court divided over legality of patent reviews

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court justices on Monday appeared divided over whether a federal agency's in-house process for challenging patents violates the constitutional rights of patent owners, leaving the fate of a system that has led to a high rate of patent cancellation uncertain.