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    Five dead after two planes collide mid-air in Alaska

    Two small planes collided in mid-air over southwest Alaska on Wednesday, killing all five people aboard both aircraft, authorities said. The crash occurred around 11 a.m. local time (1900 GMT) about 60 miles (96 km) north of the city of Bethel, Alaska National Guard spokeswoman Candis Olmstead said

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    U.S. appeals court rules medical pot cardholders can be denied guns

    In upholding a lower-court ruling, a three-judge panel of the San Francisco-based Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals set a legal precedent that lower courts in the western U.S. states under the jurisdiction of the Ninth Circuit must follow in similar cases. The lawsuit was brought by S. Rowan Wilson

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    Ex-Air China worker charged by U.S. for smuggling for Chinese military

    An ex-Air China Ltd employee was indicted on Wednesday for smuggling packages onto flights from New York to China on behalf of Chinese military personnel stationed at the country's U.N. mission, U.S. prosecutors said. Ying Lin, 46, was also accused in an indictment filed in federal court in Brooklyn

  • Obama highlights climate progress at home before journey overseas
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    Obama highlights climate progress at home before journey overseas

    By Roberta Rampton LAKE TAHOE, Nev. (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Wednesday that preserving natural places would help the world adapt to warming temperatures as he began a 10-day trip to stress the urgency of curbing climate change and attend a G20 meeting in China. "The challenges

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    Two planes carrying five people collide mid-air in Alaska

    Two small planes carrying a total of five passengers collided in mid-air in Alaska Wednesday morning, authorities said. The crash happened around 11 a.m. local time about 60 miles north of the city of Bethel, Alaska National Guard spokeswoman Lieutenant Colonel Candis Olmstead said in a statement.

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    Judge tosses lawsuit seeking Illinois bill payment

    A judge on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit filed against Illinois by a coalition of social services providers trying to force the state to pay more than $100 million in overdue bills. Cook County Circuit Court Judge Rodolfo Garcia ruled that the fiscally shaky state, which has racked up $8 billion in

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    Pennsylvania man suspected of killing wife after escaping house arrest

    Patrick Grimm, a court administrator who supervises the probation department, also declined to comment. Goodwin, Ewing's lawyer, said Tierne Ewing had refused to testify at her husband's preliminary hearing and had requested that a temporary restraining order be lifted, which a judge denied.

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    Georgia grand jury charges white ex-policeman with murdering black man

    A white former Atlanta police officer was indicted for murder and other charges by a grand jury on Wednesday in the shooting death of an unarmed black man in June, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. Five counts, including violating his oath of office, were brought against James Burns, who said

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    U.S. grants Havana routes to 8 airlines, led by American

    (Reuters) - The U.S. government on Wednesday granted eight U.S. airlines permission to begin scheduled commercial flights to Havana starting as early as this fall, with American Airlines Group Inc being awarded 35 direct flights a week. JetBlue Airways Corp , Delta Air Lines Inc and United Continental

  • U.S. urges North Korea to pardon and release American prisoner
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    U.S. urges North Korea to pardon and release American prisoner

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Wednesday urged North Korea to pardon and release on humanitarian grounds an American student serving a sentence of 15 years of hard labor.

  • Takata parts involved in blast were shipped properly: NTSB
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    Takata parts involved in blast were shipped properly: NTSB

    A spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board said the agency's hazardous material team made the determination along with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, which conducted an initial survey of shipping documents. The NTSB said it will decide in the next few weeks whether

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    Some U.S. Agriculture Dept offices reopen with increased security

    The USDA closed offices in five states on Tuesday and is working with local and federal authorities, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, to determine the seriousness of the threats, department spokesman Matthew Herrick said in an emailed statement on Tuesday night. A USDA spokeswoman confirmed

  • Storm bears down on Florida, hurricane threatens Hawaii
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    Storm bears down on Florida, hurricane threatens Hawaii

    Florida’s governor declared an emergency on Wednesday ahead of an approaching weather system that could bring life-threatening flooding and fierce winds, placing parts of the state’s Gulf Coast under a tropical storm warning and a hurricane watch. Storm preparations were also under way on Hawaii’s Big

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    Virginia Republicans seek to block governor's voting rights restoration

    Virginia Republican leaders said they will file a contempt motion on Wednesday against Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe over his efforts to restore voting rights to about 206,000 felons. The motion comes the week after McAuliffe said he had restored voting rights to almost 13,000 felons on a case-by-case

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    Amtrak gets partial victory in U.S. appeal over Sandy insurance

    By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - Amtrak secured a partial U.S. appellate court win on Wednesday in its efforts to recoup insurance coverage after the railroad service sustained more than $1 billion in losses during Superstorm Sandy in 2012. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a lower-court

  • Mondelez abandons pursuit of U.S. chocolate maker Hershey
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    Mondelez abandons pursuit of U.S. chocolate maker Hershey

    The abandoned deal, which would have created the world's largest confectioner, underscores the grip that a charitable trust has on the maker of Hershey's Kisses and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. The trust which controls Hershey was set up by the company's founder over a century ago to

  • First U.S.-Cuba scheduled passenger flight in decades set to depart
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    First U.S.-Cuba scheduled passenger flight in decades set to depart

    By Jeffrey Dastin FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Reuters) - The first regularly scheduled commercial flight between the United States and Cuba in more than half a century was set to depart on Wednesday, opening another chapter in the Obama administration's efforts to open trade and travel with the former

  • Novartis bid to sell new biosimilar crimped by U.S. court battles
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    Novartis bid to sell new biosimilar crimped by U.S. court battles

    By John Miller ZURICH (Reuters) - Novartis has won U.S. approval for a copy of Amgen's blockbuster arthritis drug Enbrel, but the Swiss drugmaker's bid to muscle in on the medicine's $4.7 billion in annual U.S. revenue remains blocked by court battles. Novartis's Sandoz unit said on

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    FBI offers $50,000 reward for capture of escaped polygamous sect leader

    Lyle Jeffs, 56, fled confinement in Salt Lake City sometime over the weekend of June 18 - 19 and an arrest warrant was issued by a federal judge that Sunday afternoon, authorities said. Prosecutors allege Jeffs and other leaders of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (FLDS

  • Three new cases of local Zika transmission in Florida: officials
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    Three new cases of local Zika transmission in Florida: officials

    The new infections bring the state's total of non-travel-related cases to 46, according to the Florida Department of Health. Only one of Tuesday's three new cases was linked to Miami Beach, which is known to be an active area for local Zika transmission. The department said it believes ongoing

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    Several injured after ferry strikes New York kayakers

    The Coast Guard said in a statement it had received reports of the collision between the New York Waterways ferry and the group of about a dozen kayakers around 6:00 p.m. local time near Pier 79 in the Hudson River. Five of the paddlers were taken to area hospitals for treatment, including two who were

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    USDA closes offices in five states after anonymous threats

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture has closed six offices in five states after receiving anonymous threats, a USDA spokesman said on Tuesday, and police were investigating similar threats to faculty members from at least two universities in eastern states. "Yesterday, USDA received several anonymous

  • Five Chicago officers face firing over slaying of black teen
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    Five Chicago officers face firing over slaying of black teen

    The chief of Chicago's police department recommended on Tuesday that five officers be fired over their role in the 2014 shooting death of an black teenager, an incident that heaped national scrutiny on the nation's second largest police force. The video shows the officer continued to fire after

  • Hurricane threatens Hawaii; storm churns off Florida
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    Hurricane threatens Hawaii; storm churns off Florida

    By Letitia Stein TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - U.S forecasters warned residents of Hawaii's Big Island on Tuesday of an encroaching hurricane expected to bring strong winds and heavy rains, while Floridians were told to prepare for a tropical system later in the week. The storm was forecast to "

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    Turkish gold trader seeks U.S. judge's recusal in Iran sanctions case

    A Turkish gold trader accused of conspiring to violate U.S. sanctions against Iran on Tuesday asked a federal judge to recuse himself, citing remarks he made about a series of earlier Turkish prosecutions targeting him and others. Lawyers for Reza Zarrab, 33, filed the motion a week before the judge