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    Asiana Airlines flight returning to Los Angeles over smoke in cargo area

    An Asiana Airlines flight bound for Seoul, South Korea, with more than 350 people on board was returning to Los Angeles on Tuesday after smoke was reported in the cargo section, a spokeswoman for Los Angeles International Airport said. Asiana Flight 201 left Los Angeles about 12:30 p.m. (1930 GMT) and

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    New York City to pay $5.75 million to settle black inmate death lawsuit

    New York City on Tuesday agreed to pay $5.75 million to the mother of a mentally ill black man who died in 2013 after he was found in his cell naked and covered in feces at Rikers Island, court records show. Bradley Ballard, 39, was locked in his cell at the problem-plagued New York City jail complex

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    West Coast dockworkers, shippers to talk contract extension

    Shipping companies and a powerful dockworkers union have agreed to discuss a possible extension to a contract reached last year, ending labor strife that disrupted U.S. West Coast ports and bogged down cargo trade with Asia for months. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific

  • Two California men charged in suspected murder among 'furries'
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    Two California men charged in suspected murder among 'furries'

    Two men were charged on Tuesday in the triple murder of a Southern California couple and their friend in what local media reported may have been a crime among the so-called "furry" community of people who dress up in animal costumes. Joshua Acosta, 21, and Frank Felix, 25, were each charged

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    Benefit fund for Orlando club shooting victims begins payments

    A benefit fund that raised about $29.5 million for the victims of the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando began to make payments on Tuesday, the city said, with the estates of those killed receiving $350,000 each. The OneOrlando Fund, which approved the payout plan on Monday night, said that

  • Families of black victims killed by Ohio police want federal probes
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    Families of black victims killed by Ohio police want federal probes

    The families of two black males fatally shot by Columbus, Ohio, police called on Tuesday for independent investigations by federal officials of the separate incidents. The police shootings of 13-year-old Tyre King on Sept. 14 and Henry Green, 23, on June 6 in Columbus, along with recent fatal police

  • Obama power plant rules face key test in court
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    Obama power plant rules face key test in court

    The centerpiece of President Barack Obama's climate change strategy faced a key test on Tuesday as conservative appeals court judges questioned whether his administration overstepped its legal authority under an air pollution law to make sweeping changes to the U.S. electric sector. Twenty-seven

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    Court sides with New Jersey mega-mall in financing challenge

    A New Jersey appeals court on Tuesday sided with the state in its plan to allow $1.15 billion of tax-exempt bonds to finance American Dream, the state's long-stalled mega-mall and entertainment complex. The court rejected a challenge by the nonprofit group New Jersey Alliance for Fiscal Integrity

  • Facebook tells U.S. judge it takes terroristic threats seriously
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    Facebook tells U.S. judge it takes terroristic threats seriously

    By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - Lawyers for Facebook Inc on Tuesday sought to assure a U.S. judge overseeing lawsuits by victims of militant attacks in the Middle East that it took a "zero tolerance" approach to any communications that may promote terrorist threats or activity. The

  • Overhaul of NY Penn Station, post office advances
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    Overhaul of NY Penn Station, post office advances

    New York State officials on Tuesday chose developers for a $1.6 billion project to renovate a century-old historic post office, part of a broader plan to modernize Pennsylvania Station, the outdated labyrinthine train hub in the heart of New York City. The preferred bidder, a team comprised of Skanska

  • 'Bridgegate' witness says Governor Christie knew of lane closures
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    'Bridgegate' witness says Governor Christie knew of lane closures

    By Joseph Ax NEWARK, N.J. (Reuters) - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was aware of a politically motivated scheme to close lanes at the George Washington Bridge in 2013 as it was unfolding, a key prosecution witness testified on Tuesday at the criminal trial of two former Christie associates. David

  • Caesars strikes deal to end main unit's costly bankruptcy
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    Caesars strikes deal to end main unit's costly bankruptcy

    Caesars Entertainment Corp said on Tuesday it has struck a crucial $5 billion deal with most of its casino operating unit's creditors, resolving billions of dollars in legal claims and paving the subsidiary's way out of a costly bankruptcy. Junior creditors led by hedge fund Appaloosa Management

  • Charlotte shooting victim's wife said he threatened family: court papers
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    Charlotte shooting victim's wife said he threatened family: court papers

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - Less than a year before Keith Scott was shot and killed by a police officer in Charlotte, North Carolina, his wife said in court papers that he had called himself a "killer" and threatened to kill his family with his gun. Rakeyia Scott sought a domestic violence

  • Illinois man pleads guilty in celebrity nude-photo hacking scandal
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    Illinois man pleads guilty in celebrity nude-photo hacking scandal

    (Reuters) - An Illinois man pleaded guilty on Tuesday to hacking the e-mail accounts of high-profile female celebrities in a scandal linked to the online release of nude photos of Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence and others. Edward Majerczyk, 29, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Chicago

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    Houston police identify shooting suspect who wounded nine

    A Houston lawyer suspected of wounding nine people in a shooting spree on Monday has been formally identified by the medical examiner as 46-year-old Nathan DeSai, police said. DeSai, 46, was shot dead by police, who said he opened fire on motorists near a shopping center in the affluent West University

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    Lawsuit on Maryland man's death after 911 call awaits autopsy: lawyer

    Tawon Boyd, 21, of Middle River, died in a hospital last Wednesday, three days after Baltimore County officers subdued him and medics administered a drug to calm him, according to police. A. Dwight Pettit, a Baltimore lawyer for the family, said his office had told the county it planned to file a wrongful

  • Iowa city flood prevention system holds back Cedar River
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    Iowa city flood prevention system holds back Cedar River

    (Reuters) - A sprawling network of flood barricades erected in Iowa's second-largest city of Cedar Rapids largely succeeded in holding back water from the rain-swollen Cedar River, city officials said on Tuesday. Around 5,800 homes and businesses were at risk of flooding in an evacuation zone along

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    U.S. established working group to stop Middle East migrant smugglers

    Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told a Senate panel on Tuesday the United States was cracking down on Middle Eastern migrants illegally crossing the southern U.S. border. Johnson, FBI Director James Comey and National Counterterrorism Center Director Nicholas Rasmussen all were

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    Northern California wildfire forces hundreds to evacuate mountainous area

    By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Firefighters worked to control a wildfire on Tuesday in the Santa Cruz Mountains south of San Francisco Bay area that has forced hundreds of residents to evacuate, despite its relatively small size, officials said. The so-called Loma Fire broke out on Monday

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    California changes laws so children can no longer be prostitutes

    Children will no longer be classified as prostitutes in the U.S. state of California after a new law decriminalized prostitution for minors in a move praised by child rights campaigners. Coming on the back of a public campaign coined "There is No Such Thing" as a child prostitute, crimes of

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    Firefighter killed in Bronx blast was battalion chief: NY mayor

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - A fire department battalion chief was killed on Tuesday when an explosion tore through a home in the New York City borough of the Bronx, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

  • Delta plans regional-jet purchase for up to $2.3 billion: Bloomberg
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    Delta plans regional-jet purchase for up to $2.3 billion: Bloomberg

    Delta wants the option of adding as many as 50 more planes in the 70- to 76-seat range, Bloomberg reported, citing a memo sent to the pilots. Delta may eliminate the smaller planes from its fleet without giving a timeline, the report said. Delta declined to comment, while a spokeswoman for the Air

  • NY blast kills highest ranking firefighter since Sept. 11 attacks
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    NY blast kills highest ranking firefighter since Sept. 11 attacks

    An explosion at a home in the New York City borough of the Bronx on Tuesday killed a battalion chief, the city's highest ranking fire official to die in the line of duty since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, officials said. Michael Fahy, a 17-year veteran of the fire department, died after he was struck

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    Timeline: Key moments in the contentious Caesars bankruptcy

    Hold-out creditors of Caesars Entertainment Corp's bankrupt operating unit accepted a sweetened $5 billion deal on Tuesday that could finally extricate the casino company from a costly bankruptcy. Following are key events in the $18 billion bankruptcy of the Las Vegas-based casino group's main

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    Appeals court blocks Pennsylvania hospital merger

    Reversing a lower court ruling, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia ordered a preliminary injunction against the combination of Penn State Hershey Medical Center and PinnacleHealth System. By a 3-0 vote, the appeals court said the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and the Commonwealth