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  • Hurricane Matthew weakens slightly as heads for Jamaica and Cuba
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    Hurricane Matthew weakens slightly as heads for Jamaica and Cuba

    Hurricane Matthew weakened slightly on Saturday as it moved toward Jamaica and Cuba, although with winds of up to 155 miles per hour (250 kph) it is powerful enough to wreck houses, forecasters said. The strongest hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean since Felix in 2007 was forecast to make landfall as a

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    Hurricane Center says Matthew weakens slightly to Category 4

    (Reuters) - Hurricane Matthew weakened slightly early on Saturday as it moved towards Jamaica and Cuba with winds of up to 155 miles per hour (250 kph) powerful enough to wreck houses, forecasters said. With Matthew about 420 miles (675 km) southeast of Kingston, Jamaica, the U.S. National Hurricane

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    S&P cuts Illinois' credit rating on state's 'weak' management

    S&P Global Ratings dropped Illinois' credit rating one notch to BBB on Friday and warned it could fall further absent a long-term solution that deals with the state's chronic structural budget deficit and pension woes. "The downgrade reflects our view of continued weak financial management

  • New Jersey train crash turns spotlight on Christie, funding crisis
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    New Jersey train crash turns spotlight on Christie, funding crisis

    A deadly New Jersey Transit train crash this week has renewed questions about Republican Governor Chris Christie's hard-nosed approach to a public transit funding crisis, even as he announced a compromise on Friday to pay for long-delayed construction projects. The timing of Friday's announcement

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    Man killed by police in Ohio was a suspect in earlier murder: police

    The Columbus Division of Police said that Jacquarius Robinson, 20, was a suspect in the murder of Damion Dearius Wade, who was by found shot dead by police early on Friday morning. Police said that they identified Robinson as a suspect and tracked him to the east side of the state capital where he was

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    Investigators dig for clues into fatal New Jersey train crash

    Investigators spoke with what they called "cooperative" crew members and sent a black box recorder to the manufacturer for downloading on Friday in the search for clues as to why a New Jersey commuter train failed to stop on Thursday and smashed into the terminal. The morning rush hour crash

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    New Jersey train crash renews criticism of Christie over transit funding

    A deadly New Jersey Transit train crash this week has renewed questions about Republican Governor Chris Christie's hard-nosed approach to a public transit funding crisis, even as he announced a compromise on Friday to pay for long-delayed construction projects. The timing of Friday's announcement

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    Black man dies in struggle with California police after calling for help: media

    Friday's incident in Pasadena, and Olango's death after his sister called 911 seeking help, highlight the risks of a system that relies on police officers to respond to mental health crises. The slayings were the latest in a string of deaths of black men caused by police officers in the United

  • Police release video of officer shooting California man
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    Police release video of officer shooting California man

    Authorities on Friday released videos of police shooting an unarmed black man dead in El Cajon, California, but the grainy images, much of them without sound, were not likely to immediately pacify community outrage over the incident. Police and prosecutors said an investigation was still ongoing into

  • California toughens rape laws after Stanford case uproar
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    California toughens rape laws after Stanford case uproar

    California Governor Jerry Brown on Friday signed legislation to broaden the state's legal definition of rape and mandate prison if the victim was unconscious, following a furor over a Stanford University sexual assault case. Lawmakers passed the two bills in response to a six-month sentence a Northern

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    Student no longer at Tennessee school after disrupting Black Lives Matter protest

    The student, identified by the Eastern Tennessee State University (ETSU) Police Department as Tristan Rettke, was arrested on Wednesday on the ETSU campus in Johnson City, Tennessee and charged with civil rights intimidation. "He is no longer enrolled at ETSU," Joe Smith, a spokesman for the

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    New U.S. 'secret' clearance unit hires firm linked to 2014 hacks

    A U.S. government bureau set up to do "secret" and "top secret" security clearance investigations has turned for help to a private company whose login credentials were used in hack attacks that looted the personal data of 22 million current and former federal employees, U.S. officials

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    Alabama chief justice ousted over gay marriage defiance

    Chief Justice Roy Moore, 69, violated judicial ethics with an order seen as directing probate judges to withhold marriage licenses from same-sex couples, defying federal court decisions, the Alabama Court of the Judiciary ruled. It was the second suspension for the outspokenly conservative Moore. Moore

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    Teen suspect in South Carolina school shooting charged with murder

    A South Carolina teenager suspected of killing his father and wounding two boys and a teacher at an elementary school was charged on Friday with one count of murder and three counts of attempted murder, the office of the local solicitor said. The 14-year-old boy, who has not been named by authorities

  • Investigators seek clues on why New Jersey train failed to stop
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    Investigators seek clues on why New Jersey train failed to stop

    Investigators on Friday examined the black box recorder recovered from twisted wreckage of a New Jersey commuter train for clues as to why it plowed into a landmark terminal, killing a woman on the platform and injuring scores of people. The event recorder was removed late on Thursday from the locomotive

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    Ex-Morgan Stanley broker gets three years prison in insider trading ring

    Vladimir Eydelman, 44, was the third and final defendant sentenced over a scheme that ran from 2009 to early 2014, and was based on tips about transactions by corporate clients of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, a major U.S. law firm. Eydelman was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Michael Shipp in Trenton

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    Turkish gold trader loses bid to recuse U.S. judge

    A U.S. judge has rejected a request to recuse himself from overseeing the case of a Turkish gold trader accused of conspiring to violate U.S. sanctions against Iran, calling it untimely and without merit. Lawyers for Reza Zarrab, 33, had asked U.S. District Judge Richard Berman in Manhattan to remove

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    One dead in Columbus, Ohio, police shooting

    The shooting took place in the eastern part of Columbus, the Ohio state capital, Denise Alex-Bouzounis of the Columbus Division of Police said in a telephone call. "Our SWAT unit was out serving a search warrant when this occurred," she said.

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    Connecticut police plead for end to paintball gun battles

    "We're trying to avert a tragedy," said Assistant Chief Achilles Generoso in a statement on Friday. The United States has been rocked over the past two years by a long series of police shootings of unarmed black men and boys, some of which involved toy guns or items that police mistakenly

  • Costco should pay $5.5 million for selling fake Tiffany rings: U.S. jury
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    Costco should pay $5.5 million for selling fake Tiffany rings: U.S. jury

    Costco Wholesale Corp should hand over $5.5 million to compensate Tiffany & Co for selling counterfeit Tiffany diamond engagement rings, a federal jury said on Thursday. Tiffany is also entitled to punitive damages, the jury in Manhattan said. Lawyers for both sides were presenting evidence on Friday

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    Tulsa officer pleads not guilty to manslaughter in shooting death

    A white police officer charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of an unarmed black man pleaded not guilty on Friday in court in Tulsa, Oklahoma, according to her attorney's office. Tulsa Police Officer Betty Shelby, 42, did not testify at the hearing. Shelby, who is free on bond, faces

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    Flooding shuts Mississippi River lock in southern Iowa-Army Corps

    (Reuters) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers closed a Mississippi River lock on Friday morning due to high water and is likely to shutter another over the weekend, halting grain barge movement on the key shipping waterway as the Midwest harvest is gaining pace. Lock 17 near New Boston, Illinois, was

  • U.S. Supreme Court returns to work with glaring vacancy
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    U.S. Supreme Court returns to work with glaring vacancy

    The U.S. Supreme Court opens its new term on Monday in uncharted territory, with an vacancy on the bench on a presidential Election Day now certain for the first time since Abraham Lincoln won re-election in 1864 at the height of the Civil War. While the eight justices will start to hear oral arguments

  • New Jersey train rams into station, kills bystander, injures 114 others
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    New Jersey train rams into station, kills bystander, injures 114 others

    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 a woman on the platform and injuring more than 100 people as it brought down part of the roof and scattered debris over the concourse

  • New Jersey train rams into station, kills bystander, injures 108 others
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    New Jersey train rams into station, kills bystander, injures 108 others

    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 a woman on the platform and injuring more than 100 people as it brought down part of the roof and scattered debris over the concourse