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    Yellowstone employee falls to death in park canyon

    Estefania Liset Mosquera Alcivar, a concession employee, was with a small group of coworkers at the rim of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone shortly after 3:15 a.m. when she fell, according to accounts by her companions, the park's public affairs office said in a statement.

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    Timeline: Zika's origin and global spread

    The following timeline charts the origin and spread of the Zika virus from its discovery nearly 70 years ago:

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    Factbox: Why the Zika virus is causing alarm

    Global health officials are racing to better understand the Zika virus behind a major outbreak that began in Brazil last year and has spread to many countries in the Americas. Zika is transmitted to people through the bite of infected female mosquitoes, primarily the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the same

  • Caesars must face $11 billion in lawsuits: U.S. judge
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    Caesars must face $11 billion in lawsuits: U.S. judge

    Caesars Entertainment Corp must face lawsuits from bondholders seeking some $11 billion in claims, a U.S. judge ruled on Friday in a decision the casino company had warned could plunge it into bankruptcy alongside its operating unit. Caesars Entertainment Operating Co (CEOC), which filed for Chapter

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    Illinois pension fund lowers investment rate, hikes state payment

    Illinois faces a big increase in its future pension contributions after the state's largest public retirement system on Friday lowered its assumed investment rate of return to 7 percent from 7.5 percent. The vote by the Teachers' Retirement System (TRS) board to lower the rate will trigger an

  • Woman kidnapped, held for 18 years cannot sue U.S. over parole failures: court
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    Woman kidnapped, held for 18 years cannot sue U.S. over parole failures: court

    A woman who was kidnapped near her California home at the age of 11 and held captive for 18 years by a convicted sex offender cannot sue the U.S. government for failing to properly supervise him on parole, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday. A three-member panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of

  • FDA recommends Zika testing for all blood donated in U.S.
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    FDA recommends Zika testing for all blood donated in U.S.

    By Julie Steenhuysen and Letitia Stein CHICAGO/TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended on Friday that all blood donated in the United States and its territories be tested for Zika virus, as it moves to prevent transmission of the virus through the blood supply. The

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    Landmark Phelan building sold in San Francisco for $375 million

    New York-based developer Thor Equities has sold the historic Phelan building in San Francisco for $375 million to a member of the prominent Hotung family with deep roots in Hong Kong, sources said. A limited liability company, The Phelan Building LLC, has purchased the 11-story landmark at 760 Market

  • Relief granted to transgender students fighting North Carolina's bathroom law
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    Relief granted to transgender students fighting North Carolina's bathroom law

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Friday blocked the University of North Carolina from enforcing a state law requiring transgender people to use single-sex restrooms and locker rooms that correspond to the gender on their birth certificate. U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Schroeder'

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    Guard at New York City's Rikers jail complex charged with rape

    A correction officer at New York City's Rikers Island jail complex has been indicted on rape and other charges for engaging in sexual acts with an inmate, prosecutors announced on Friday. The case against Jose Cosme, 36, marked the latest string of prosecutions targeting Rikers employees in recent

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    Man convicted in Connecticut home invasion murders tried suicide

    The inmate, Joshua Komisarjevsky, 36, tried to hang himself on Aug. 18, shortly after he and accomplice Steven Hayes were transferred to Pennsylvania's Camp Hill prison, spokeswoman Karen Martucci said. Hawke-Petit was strangled and the girls died of smoke inhalation after the home was set on fire

  • Uber wins halt to N.Y. price-fixing lawsuit during appeal
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    Uber wins halt to N.Y. price-fixing lawsuit during appeal

    A federal judge on Friday granted a request by Uber Technologies Inc and its chief executive officer to put a passenger's price-fixing lawsuit against them on hold, while they appeal his refusal to let them arbitrate the dispute. Calling his decision a "close call," U.S. District Judge

  • Redstone granddaughter agrees to case dismissal, helps broader deal
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    Redstone granddaughter agrees to case dismissal, helps broader deal

    The granddaughter of Viacom Inc's controlling shareholder Sumner Redstone has agreed to let a Massachusetts court dismiss claims brought by former company leaders, a step that will help end a battle over the fate of the media empire. Lawyers for Keryn Redstone said at a Massachusetts court hearing

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    Viacom affirms support for Paramount studio head Grey

    The statement comes amid speculation within the industry that Viacom may replace Grey on the heels of a shakeup at the media company, which owns Paramount, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central. On Saturday, Viacom announced a settlement with controlling shareholder Sumner Redstone, by which its Viacom CEO

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    Redstone granddaughter agrees to Viacom case dismissal

    BOSTON (Reuters) - The granddaughter of Viacom Inc's controlling shareholder Sumner Redstone has agreed to let a Massachusetts court dismiss claims brought by former company leaders, a step that will help end a battle over the fate of the media empire.

  • Judge in Redstone hearing urges attorneys to reach agreements
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    Judge in Redstone hearing urges attorneys to reach agreements

    A Massachusetts judge on Friday told attorneys to see if they could agree to resolve at least parts of a lingering family dispute over the fate of the empire built by Sumner Redstone, the controlling shareholder of Viacom Inc . Judge George Phelan gave the instruction before declaring a break in a hearing

  • U.S. considering speed-limit device rule for trucks, buses
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    U.S. considering speed-limit device rule for trucks, buses

    Trucks and buses in the United States may have to be equipped with devices to limit their speed under a proposed rule issued on Friday by the U.S. Transportation Department which said the move could save both lives and fuel. The department will weigh setting speed limits at 60, 65 or 68 miles per hour

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    Judge keeps in place California law allowing physician-assisted suicide

    A California judge on Friday refused to suspend a new state law allowing physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients, citing the need to protect them from pain, but he allowed a legal challenge to proceed. "The court won't be deterred when there's a matter of public interest

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    Devastating bird flu strain found in U.S. wild duck - USDA

    By Tom Polansek CHICAGO (Reuters) - The type of avian flu that led to the deaths of about 50 million U.S. chickens and turkeys last year has been found in the country for the first time in 14 months, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Friday. The USDA said it detected the H5N2 strain of the

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    U.S. public universities turning to private sector to meet campus needs

    U.S. public universities are increasingly turning to public-private partnerships to develop student housing and other campus projects, sometimes using the structure to transfer borrowing and liability risks to the private sector. Over the last five years, there has been an "uptick" in universities

  • Two plead guilty in 2014 armed standoff at Bundy ranch in Nevada
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    Two plead guilty in 2014 armed standoff at Bundy ranch in Nevada

    Jerry DeLemus, 61, and Blaine Cooper, 36, pleaded guilty during separate hearings on Thursday in federal court in Las Vegas, according to court records and a statement from prosecutors. The standoff, which began when federal agents seized cattle at Bundy's ranch over unpaid grazing fees, came to

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    White House proposes rule to welcome immigrant entrepreneurs

    By Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration proposed a rule on Friday aimed at attracting thousands of immigrant entrepreneurs to start companies in the United States. The rule, proposed by the Department of Homeland Security, would ease the ability of startup founders to build

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    Cuba says U.S. commercial flights welcome

    Cuba said on Friday it was ready to receive U.S. commercial flights beginning next week and that it viewed their renewal after being suspended in 1961 as another positive step in a growing detente. JetBlue is scheduled to inaugurate direct flights between the long-time nemeses on Aug. 31, when it flies

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    Panic on NY subway train as crickets, worms let loose

    A woman trying to sell crickets and worms on a crowded New York City subway car became frazzled by some teenagers and let the critters loose on riders, then urinated on herself, according to social media posts and news reports. "Never seen a crowd get so panicked so fast, everyone rushed to the

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    Popping balloons trigger stampede at Florida mall; nine hurt

    The false alarm at Orlando's Florida Mall occurred on Thursday during the inspection of a fire-suppression system at a restaurant being opened by 'NSync singer Joey Fatone, the Orange County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. The inspection included the bursting of six large balloons