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    Nine prison staffers in Nebraska injured in altercation with inmates

    The staff members were taken to hospital, treated and released after the incident that put the Lincoln Correctional Center on lockdown, Nebraska Department of Correctional Services spokeswoman Dawn-Renee Smith said in a statement. The staff members were assaulted by inmates who refused to return to

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    Colorado sheriff accused of sexually assaulting female prisoner

    An elected sheriff from a rural county in Colorado has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a developmentally disabled woman at his home before transporting her to jail, court documents showed on Wednesday. According to the affidavit, Hanna was transporting the woman from the town of Julesburg

  • Florida governor complains U.S. not doing enough to fight Zika

    Florida governor complains U.S. not doing enough to fight Zika

    CHICAGO/MIAMI (Reuters) - Florida Governor Rick Scott said on Wednesday the federal government had so far not delivered all the Zika antibody tests and laboratory support he had requested as the state battles the spread of the virus. On Wednesday, the Florida Department of Health reported a second non-travel

  • Tornadoes slam central Indiana, demolishing homes

    Tornadoes slam central Indiana, demolishing homes

    By Susan Guyett INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) - Several tornadoes plowed through central Indiana on Wednesday, demolishing numerous homes and a Starbucks cafe in the town of Kokomo and cutting off power to thousands of Indianapolis-area residents, but no serious injuries were reported. Governor and Republican

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    California legislature passes climate change bills

    By Rory Carroll SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California lawmakers voted to extend the state's climate change fighting efforts out to 2030 on Wednesday, giving a new lease on life to the most ambitious greenhouse gas reduction program in the country. The vote came hours after the state Assembly passed

  • Clinton calls for lower price on allergy drug EpiPen

    Clinton calls for lower price on allergy drug EpiPen

    By Ginger Gibson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton called on pharmaceutical company Mylan NV to voluntarily drop the price of its severe allergy treatment drug EpiPen, which has increased in price by more than 400 percent in the past decade. "That's outrageous

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    Wildfire forces closure of south entrance to Yellowstone National Park

    By Ruffin Prevost CODY, Wyo. (Reuters) - Burning trees and thick smoke from a large Wyoming wildfire have prompted authorities to close the main connecting road between the south end of Yellowstone National Park and the northern border of Grand Teton National Park. The closure order, which was made

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    Tornadoes slam Indiana, leveling Starbucks; no injuries reported

    By Tom Polansek CHICAGO (Reuters) - Thunderstorms and tornadoes plowed through central Indiana on Wednesday, leveling a Starbucks shop in the city of Kokomo and knocking out electricity to thousands of Indianapolis-area homes, but no injuries were immediately reported, authorities said. The National

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    New tornado warning issued in Indiana - county tweet

    (Reuters) - Indiana officials issued a new tornado warning for storm-stricken Howard County on Wednesday evening, urging residents to take shelter as a funnel cloud was moving in from Carroll County, officials tweeted. (Reporting by Eric M. Johnson in Seattle)

  • Obama creates new national monument in Maine forest

    Obama creates new national monument in Maine forest

    By Ayesha Rascoe WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Wednesday designated 87,500 acres in Maine's North Woods as a national monument, as the administration prepares to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. The White House said the designation was completed in

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    Eleventh Minneapolis resident charged with conspiracy to aid Islamic State

    A man formerly from Minneapolis was charged on Wednesday with providing and conspiring to provide material support to Islamic State, the U.S. Justice Department said. Mohamed Amiin Ali Roble, 20, was the 11th resident from Minnesota's twin cities area to be charged with the offense, the department

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    El Faro captain ordered crew to abandon ship before sinking

    The captain of the doomed El Faro cargo ship sounded an alarm for his crew to abandon the vessel shortly before it sank last fall in a hurricane near the Bahamas, killing all 33 onboard, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said on Wednesday. The NTSB released preliminary details from information

  • Texas students use sex toys to protest new gun laws on campus

    Texas students use sex toys to protest new gun laws on campus

    To protest a new state law that makes the carrying of concealed handguns legal in college classrooms, students at the University of Texas on Wednesday openly displayed sex toys, an act considered illegal under local indecency laws. "We are fighting absurdity with absurdity," said Jessica Jin

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    Mississippi man sentenced to eight years for trying to join Islamic State

    Muhammad Oda Dakhlalla, 23, of Starkville, Mississippi, pleaded guilty in March to one conspiracy count. U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock in Oxford, Mississippi, also ordered Dakhlalla to serve 15 years of supervised released once his prison term is up, prosecutors said in a statement. Dakhlalla&

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    Chicago school board approves budget, major borrowing plan

    The Chicago Board of Education on Wednesday signed off on a $5.46 billion fiscal 2017 operating budget, property tax hike, and a borrowing plan that calls for up to $945 million of long-term bonds and $1.55 billion of short-term debt. The unanimous approval by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's hand-picked

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    Turing accused of retaliation after executive's sexual assault complaint

    Nancy Retzlaff said in the complaint filed on Monday with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that Edwin Urrutia, who was Turing’s interim chief financial officer, "demanded" she join him in his Washington, D.C., hotel room, where he threw her onto the bed and tried to pull off

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    'Pink slime' maker drops targets in defamation case against ABC

    The company, known as BPI, removed ABC's news division, reporter David Kerley, two former U.S. Department of Agriculture scientists and a former BPI employee from the lawsuit, according to documents signed by a South Dakota Circuit Court judge on Wednesday. The ABC network, its former news anchor

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    New York City hospitals settle Medicaid repayment fraud charges

    Three hospitals in New York's Mount Sinai Health System will pay $2.95 million to settle Medicaid fraud charges for taking two years to repay more than $844,000 of improper billings that had been flagged by a whistleblower, authorities said on Wednesday. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara in Manhattan

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    NHC says 60 percent chance of cyclone near northern Leeward Islands

    (Reuters) - A strong tropical wave and associated broad area of low pressure moving westward across the northern Leeward Islands and Puerto Rice still has a 60 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone in the next 48 hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Wednesday. Although the system

  • Brooklyn D.A. to pay $15,000 fine for dining out on office funds

    Brooklyn D.A. to pay $15,000 fine for dining out on office funds

    The Brooklyn district attorney has agreed to pay a $15,000 fine to settle allegations that he violated New York City's conflicts of interest law by using office funds to pay for meals. The city's ethics watchdog, the Conflicts of Interest Board, said Ken Thompson had spent more than $3,500 of

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    North Carolina investigates police shooting of deaf driver

    The motorist, Daniel Harris, 29, of Charlotte, was shot during a traffic stop last Thursday. State Department of Public Safety Secretary Frank Perry said the incident was being reviewed by the district attorney, the Highway Patrol and the State Bureau of Investigation. The State Highway Patrol said

  • U.S. seeks Latin American help amid rise in Asian, African migrants

    U.S. seeks Latin American help amid rise in Asian, African migrants

    Washington is seeking closer coordination with several Latin American countries to tackle a jump in migrants from Asia, Africa and the Middle East who it believes are trying to reach the United States from the south on an arduous route by plane, boat and through jungle on foot. U.S. agents deployed

  • Special Report: How Delaware kept America safe for corporate secrecy

    Special Report: How Delaware kept America safe for corporate secrecy

    By Suzanne Barlyn DOVER, Delaware, (Reuters) - In 2009, a global coalition was pressing governments to lift the veil on corporate secrecy. Its members – U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration, influential senators, international law enforcement agencies, anti-corruption activists and major American

  • California bill to repeal 'tampon tax' heads to governor

    California bill to repeal 'tampon tax' heads to governor

    California lawmakers on Tuesday sent a bill to end state sales taxes on feminine hygiene products to Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, the latest success for a nationwide bipartisan effort to end the so-called tampon tax. The bill, which would add tampons, sanitary napkins and other menstrual products

  • Chicago's detective force dwindles as murder rate soars

    Chicago's detective force dwindles as murder rate soars

    By Fiona Ortiz and Justin Madden CHICAGO (Reuters) - Every two weeks, Cynthia Lewis contacts the detectives investigating the homicide of her brother on Chicago's south side almost a year ago. The death of Lewis, who delivered the U.S. mail for 20 years, is one of hundreds of slayings in 2015 that