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    'I saw the body': N.J. crash witnesses describe bloody scene

    By Amy Tennery and Frank McGurty HOBOKEN, N.J. (Reuters) - New Jersey Transit train No. 1614 headed south from Spring Valley, New York, shortly before 7:30 a.m., and for 16 stops it was a typical weekday morning commute for hundreds of passengers. Jaime Weatherhead-Saul, who boarded the train in Wood-Ridge

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    Casino-gaming company IGT to pay fine for retaliating against whistleblower: SEC

    International Game Technology has agreed to pay a $500,000 penalty for firing an employee for telling the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that the casino-gaming company's financial statements might be distorted, the SEC said on Thursday. The employee was removed from significant work assignments

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    California shooting shows slow adoption of police body cameras

    The image does not show clearly if 38-year-old Alfred Olango was holding anything and officials had no police body camera video showing the officers' view of the shooting. Officials voted months ago to purchase body cameras for police in the city of 100,000 residents 15 miles (24 km) northeast of

  • New Jersey train crash in station kills one, injures more than 100
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    New Jersey train crash in station kills one, injures more than 100

    By Frank McGurty and Amy Tennery HOBOKEN, N.J. (Reuters) - A commuter train plowed into a station in New Jersey at the height of Thursday's morning rush hour, killing one person on the platform and injuring more than 100 as it brought down part of the roof and scattered debris over the concourse

  • Kansas, ACLU reach temporary agreement on voter ID
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    Kansas, ACLU reach temporary agreement on voter ID

    (Reuters) - The Kansas Secretary of State and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) have reached a temporary agreement over the state's voter registration laws, keeping Kansas' chief elections officer from a contempt of court hearing, according to court documents filed on Thursday. The deal

  • Boy, 6, fighting to survive after South Carolina school shooting
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    Boy, 6, fighting to survive after South Carolina school shooting

    A first grader who was shot and wounded by a 14-year-old boy accused of killing his father before he opened fire outside a South Carolina elementary school is "fighting for his life," a fire chief said on Thursday. Jacob Hall, 6, was struck in the leg on Wednesday afternoon during a shooting

  • Man killed near San Diego was pointing vaping device: police
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    Man killed near San Diego was pointing vaping device: police

    A Southern California police officer who shot an unarmed black man pointing a vape smoking device had been at the scene for less than two minutes when he opened fire, in a killing that set off two nights of protests, a police official said on Thursday. The incident in the San Diego suburb of El Cajon

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    Ex-Insys sales manager arrested in U.S. fentanyl-kickback case

    A former Insys Therapeutics Inc district sales manager was arrested on Thursday on charges he participated in a scheme to pay kickbacks to doctors to prescribe a drug containing the opioid fentanyl, U.S. prosecutors said. Jeffrey Pearlman, 49, was charged in a criminal complaint filed in federal court

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    U.S. backs upgraded wireless emergency alerts after bombing case

    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Thursday approved rules requiring wireless carriers to provide upgraded emergency alerts including more information than currently allowed such as photos and web links, acting after the system was used to help find the suspect in Sept. 17 New York and New

  • Udacity's self-driving car engineering degree lures over 11,000 hopefuls
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    Udacity's self-driving car engineering degree lures over 11,000 hopefuls

    By Alexandria Sage and Paul Lienert SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Silicon Valley online education platform Udacity has already received more than 11,000 applicants for its so-called nanodegree in self-driving car engineering, Udacity president and Google X founder Sebastian Thrun said. The high number

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    Family wants answers over police shooting death in Washington

    The family of an unarmed black man fatally shot by a District of Columbia police officer wants answers to unresolved questions in the case, which has sparked protests in the U.S. capital, an attorney said on Thursday. Terrence Sterling, 31, of Fort Washington, Maryland, was shot early on Sept. 11 after

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    Watchdog finds flaws in U.S. DEA's payments to sources

    The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's program for paying confidential sources to assist with narcotics-trafficking investigations is riddled with deficiencies that could open the door to fraud and abuse, the Justice Department's internal watchdog said on Thursday. The Justice Department

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    Water meeting safety standards after Florida sinkhole leak: Mosaic

    The retention pond of a phosphogypsum stack, a hill of hazardous waste generated by phosphate production, leaked the equivalent of 326 Olympic swimming pools of contaminated water into a Florida aquifer. Samples were collected from wells within three to five miles of Mosaic's facility at Mulberry

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    U.S. FCC delays final vote on pay TV box reform

    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission said on Thursday it would delay a final vote on a landmark reform of the $20 billion television set-top box market. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has touted his plan to allow tens of millions of U.S. pay TV subscribers to ditch costly set-top boxes and access video

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    U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear credit card surcharge fee fight

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to hear a challenge to a New York state law barring retailers from imposing surcharges on customers who make purchases with a credit card rather than cash. The court will hear an appeal filed by a group of merchants to a September 2015 ruling by the New York-based

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    California shooting shows police ill-equipped to handle mentally ill

    Alfred Olango, 38, a Ugandan-born immigrant, was shot by one officer even as another, who had been trained to deal with mentally ill people, attempted to subdue him with a Taser, police said. The confrontation in the San Diego suburb of El Cajon came at a time when San Diego County is facing a doubling

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    Man shot dead by Philadelphia police after stabbing two children

    The man, whose identity was not released, stabbed and slashed the throat of his 8-year-old son and also stabbed the boy's 13-year-old friend, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross said in a news conference aired on an ABC affiliate.

  • Protests grow tense after police slaying of black man in California
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    Protests grow tense after police slaying of black man in California

    EL CAJON, Calif. (Reuters) - A second night of mostly peaceful protests over the fatal police shooting in Southern California of an unarmed black man said to be mentally ill climaxed on Wednesday as protesters confronted officers in riot gear who retreated as tensions rose.

  • Teen kills father, opens fire on South Carolina schoolyard: police
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    Teen kills father, opens fire on South Carolina schoolyard: police

    A 14-year-old South Carolina boy shot and killed his father then drove to an elementary school playground where he wounded two children and a teacher with a handgun before being tackled by a firefighter who held him for police, authorities said on Wednesday. The suspect, whose name has not been released

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    Missouri fraternity suspended after being accused of racial slurs

    The University of Missouri said on Wednesday a fraternity accused of making racial slurs toward a group of black students had been suspended, less than a year after allegations of racism on campus ignited protests. The university's Legion of Black Collegians said in a statement that two black students

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    Chicago teachers union sets October 11 strike date

    The Chicago Teachers Union voted on Wednesday to set an Oct. 11 date for a possible strike that could disrupt classes for tens of thousands of students in the country's third largest public school system. The union, which represents nearly 27,000 teachers and educational support workers, said its

  • Congress rejects Obama veto, Saudi September 11 bill becomes law
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    Congress rejects Obama veto, Saudi September 11 bill becomes law

    By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congress on Wednesday overwhelmingly rejected President Barack Obama's veto of legislation allowing relatives of the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks to sue Saudi Arabia, the first veto override of his presidency, just four months before it ends. The House

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    Obama says 9/11 legislation sets 'dangerous precedent': CNN

    FORT LEE, Va. (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Wednesday called the Senate's vote to override his veto of legislation allowing relatives of the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to sue Saudi Arabia's government a mistake. "If we eliminate this notion of sovereign immunity, then

  • Protesters chant 'murder' in police shooting of black man in California
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    Protesters chant 'murder' in police shooting of black man in California

    By Dan Whitcomb and Marty Graham EL CAJON, Calif. (Reuters) - Protesters yelled "murder" and demanded on Wednesday a federal investigation into the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man in Southern California, just as racially charged anger over two similar incidents during the past

  • Congress nears passage of bill averting government shutdown
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    Congress nears passage of bill averting government shutdown

    The Congress moved closer on Wednesday to finishing a stop-gap funding bill that would avert a looming federal government shutdown, after Republicans and Democrats agreed to help Flint, Michigan, resolve its drinking water crisis. The Senate voted 72-26 to adopt the short-term continuing resolution,