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  • Wisconsin judge rejects bid to stop election recount
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    Wisconsin judge rejects bid to stop election recount

    The results of the Nov. 8 election have been challenged in three states by Green Party candidate Jill Stein, who finished fourth in the presidential poll. In Pennsylvania, the third state, a judge said he would rule on Monday on whether to allow a recount to go forward.

  • Legislation to fund US gov't through April clears procedural hurdle in Senate
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    Legislation to fund US gov't through April clears procedural hurdle in Senate

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bill to fund the U.S. government cleared a procedural hurdle in the Senate on Friday and appeared poised to pass the chamber, averting a government shutdown.

  • Ex-Cantor Fitzgerald mortgage bond trader indicted in U.S. for fraud
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    Ex-Cantor Fitzgerald mortgage bond trader indicted in U.S. for fraud

    David Demos, 35, was charged with securities fraud in an indictment filed in federal court in New Haven, Connecticut, becoming the latest trader to face charges for cheating customers on prices of mortgage-backed securities. Demos, of Westport, Connecticut, appeared in court on Friday for an arraignment

  • Deadly New York crane collapse in February was operator error: report
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    Deadly New York crane collapse in February was operator error: report

    A crane collapse in February that killed one person, injured three pedestrians and flattened parked cars along a busy street in New York City was the result of operator error, a city report concluded on Friday. New York resident David Wichs, 38, died on Feb. 5 when a 565-foot crane came crashing down

  • Oakland city workers visited warehouse, did not flag fire hazard
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    Oakland city workers visited warehouse, did not flag fire hazard

    (This story published on Dec. 8 corrects paragraph 3 and 27 to remove the "neighbor" reference as Danielle Boudreaux was not a neighbor) By Heather Somerville, Kristina Cooke and Dan Levine (Reuters) - In the two years leading up to the fire at an Oakland, California warehouse that killed

  • Dallas pension fund halts payments following mayor's lawsuit
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    Dallas pension fund halts payments following mayor's lawsuit

    Because of the large withdrawals, the pension system's ability to pay its members' future benefits before becoming insolvent has been reduced from 15 years to 10 years, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said in a letter to the board last month. "You have knowingly allowed DROP funds to be withdrawn

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    California county settles with family of killed inmate for $3.6 million

    A county in the San Francisco Bay area has reached a $3.6 million settlement with the family of a mentally ill inmate who authorities said was beaten to death by jail guards last year, attorneys and county officials said on Friday. The $3.625 million will go to the young daughter, two sisters and estate

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    Colombian gets prison in U.S. drug case involving Venezuelan military

    A Colombian butcher accused of working with members of the Venezuelan military to facilitate shipments of massive loads of cocaine from South America to the United States was sentenced on Friday to five years in a U.S. prison. Gersain Viafara-Mina, 50, wept as U.S. District Judge Andrew Carter in Manhattan

  • Texas reports four more cases of Zika spread by local mosquitoes
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    Texas reports four more cases of Zika spread by local mosquitoes

    The first case involved a woman living in Cameron County near the Mexico border, who is not pregnant. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Florida Department of Health said earlier on Friday the Miami Beach area was no longer considered an active Zika transmission zone.

  • 'I had to do it,' accused gunman says of South Carolina church attack
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    'I had to do it,' accused gunman says of South Carolina church attack

    Roof told investigators after his arrest for the June 17, 2015, massacre at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston that he estimated he had killed five people as retribution for perceived racial grievances. "I had to do it because somebody had to do it," Roof said in the

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    Rivian bids on shuttered Mitsubishi plant in Illinois

    The seven-year-old company, which has facilities in suburban Detroit and San Francisco, plans to invest up to $175 million in the Normal plant by 2024, according to the Illinois Department of Commerce. Mayor Chris Koos told Reuters on Friday that Rivian would employ about 500 people at the factory when

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    Chicago schools' new debt deal tops U.S. muni sales next week

    CHICAGO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The financially struggling Chicago Board of Education next week will sell a new type of debt, armed with an investment grade rating from Fitch Ratings based on the bonds' ability to withstand a bankruptcy filing. The $500 million of capital improvement tax bonds slated

  • Deadly New York crane collapse in Feb was operator error: report
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    Deadly New York crane collapse in Feb was operator error: report

    A crane collapse in February that killed one person, injured three pedestrians and flattened parked cars along a busy street in New York City was the result of operator error, a city report concluded on Friday. New York resident David Wichs, 38, died on Feb. 5 when a 565-foot crane came crashing down

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    Gabonese man pleads guilty in U.S. hedge fund bribery case

    A Gabonese man who prosecutors say acted as a "fixer" for a joint-venture involving the hedge fund Och-Ziff Capital Management Group LLC pleaded guilty on Friday to U.S. charges that he engaged in a foreign bribery scheme. Samuel Mebiame, a son of the late former Gabon Prime Minister Leon

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    Washington's subway cited for surge in electrical arcing

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Potentially dangerous electrical arcing in Washington's Metro, the second-busiest U.S. subway system, has increased, federal investigators said in a report on Friday, just weeks before an expected flood of visitors for Donald Trump's presidential inauguration.

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    Child porn suspect on 'most wanted' list arrested in Alaska

    The suspect, 40-year-old Kevin Trask, was taken into custody by a Fairbanks International Airport police officer on Tuesday, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a statement. Trask initially provided a false identity before later admitting to being wanted for felony child pornography

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    Massachusetts man sentenced for threats to bomb schools in four states

    A Massachusetts man arrested last year for making a series of bomb threats to schools in four U.S. states in 2015 has been sentenced to three years probation, according to court filings. Anthony Rae, 25, pleaded guilty in October to one criminal count of willfully making bomb threats, which came in

  • Inmate coughs, heaves during Alabama execution raising ire over drug
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    Inmate coughs, heaves during Alabama execution raising ire over drug

    Alabama used sedative midazolam in its lethal injection mix to execute 45-year-old Ronald Smith. Midazolam, a valium-like drug, has been used in executions in Ohio, Oklahoma, and Arizona that took longer than usual or were botched. The drug has also been used in executions in Florida.

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    N.Y. City to pay $600,000 in police brutality case

    New York City has agreed to pay more than $600,000 to settle claims from a man who said he was brutally beaten by police officers nearly five years ago. Jateik Reed was 19 on Jan. 12, 2012, when he and two friends were stopped and frisked by officers on a sidewalk in the borough of the Bronx. Surveillance

  • Activist Chicago priest reflects on city's 'shameful' violent year
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    Activist Chicago priest reflects on city's 'shameful' violent year

    A longtime activist Chicago priest who has marched in protests, attended vigils and delivered sermons decrying violence in the city's most deadly year in nearly two decades, fears the surge in murders could continue into 2017. Father Michael Pfleger, pastor of St. Sabina Catholic Church on Chicago

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    Ohio lawmakers approve college campus concealed-carry bill

    Lawmakers in Ohio approved a bill on Friday that opens the way for licensed gun owners to carry concealed weapons on college campuses, less than two weeks after a man injured 11 in a stabbing attack at Ohio State University. State senators passed the bill 22-8 after representatives approved it 68-25

  • For U.S. veterans, pipeline protest promises to galvanize activism
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    For U.S. veterans, pipeline protest promises to galvanize activism

    CANNON BALL/FORT YATES, N.D. (Reuters) - U.S. veterans, thousands of whom last week helped stop a contested oil pipeline running through North Dakota, could become important partners of activists on the environment, the economy, race and other issues that divide Americans. Several academics said the

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    Conjoined twins who faced each other separated in California surgery

    By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Conjoined 2-year-old twin girls who were separated at a California hospital this week were recovering in stable condition after 17 hours of surgery, officials said on Thursday. Separation surgery is performed about five times a year in the United States,

  • Alabama executes man for 1994 convenience store killing
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    Alabama executes man for 1994 convenience store killing

    Ronald Smith, 45, was pronounced dead at 11:05 p.m. (0505 GMT) at the Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, where he was executed by lethal injection, a spokesman for the Alabama Department of Corrections said. Smith was executed after the U.S. Supreme Court lifted a second stay on the execution,

  • Alabama executes 45-year-old man found guilty in the 1994 killing
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    Alabama executes 45-year-old man found guilty in the 1994 killing

    (Reuters) - Alabama executed a former Eagle scout on Thursday for a convenience store killing in 1994, the 20th person executed in the United States this year and the second in Alabama.