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

  • Dozens of wildfires rage across arid U.S. West
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    Dozens of wildfires rage across arid U.S. West

    At least six people have died in Western wildfires this summer. Seven new large fires have flared up since Monday, bringing the total number of blazes burning in the region to 32, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. In California's San Luis Obispo County, firefighters have been able

  • Kansas asks U.S. appeals court to reinstate strict voter ID rule
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    Kansas asks U.S. appeals court to reinstate strict voter ID rule

    Kansas on Tuesday asked a U.S. appeals court to reinstate rules requiring proof of U.S. citizenship from people registering to vote, the latest political battle over stringent identification laws enacted in Republican-led states ahead of the 2016 presidential election. Judge Julie Robinson ordered those

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    Stanford University tightens campus alcohol restrictions

    Stanford University has tightened campus drinking restrictions, banning large liquor bottles from undergraduate student housing and barring hard alcohol from being served altogether at parties for undergrads. The new policy, issued on Monday in a letter to new and returning students, follows a public

  • Illinois governor's office warns of crippling pension payment hike
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    Illinois governor's office warns of crippling pension payment hike

    Potential action this week by Illinois' biggest public pension fund could put a big dent in the state's already fragile finances, Governor Bruce Rauner's administration warned. A Monday memo from a top Rauner aide said the Teachers' Retirement System (TRS) board could decide at its meeting

  • N.Y. police regularly violated rules on probing Muslim groups: watchdog
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    N.Y. police regularly violated rules on probing Muslim groups: watchdog

    The 64-page report by the Office of the Inspector General for the NYPD found police were non-compliant with a number of rules governing the conduct of probes, including routinely extending investigations after their legal authorization expired before seeking renewals. The report said 95 percent of police

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    Residency where marijuana is legal no reason for police search: U.S. court

    By a 2-1 vote, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver said two Kansas Highway Patrol officers violated the constitutional rights of Colorado motorist Peter Vasquez in December 2011 by pulling him over and searching his car after he had been driving alone at night on Interstate 70. The officers

  • Judge denies GM's mid-trial bid to toss Texas ignition switch case
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    Judge denies GM's mid-trial bid to toss Texas ignition switch case

    General Motors Co said Tuesday a Texas judge had denied its bid to throw out a lawsuit over a fatal 2011 crash blamed on a faulty ignition switch, after the company accused a car driver and his lawyers of fabricating evidence about the vehicle’s key. Harris County Judge Robert Schaffer said in his mid-trial

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    Massachusetts judge under fire for sentence in sex assault case

    David Becker, 18, a former three-sport athlete from East Longmeadow High School in western Massachusetts, escaped jail time even though prosecutors recommended a two-year sentence. Becker admitted in court last week to sexually assaulting two 18-year-old women as they slept after a party, and an initial

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    U.S. EPA links Texas quakes to oil work, echoing research findings

    Federal regulators have concluded that recent earthquakes in North Texas are likely linked to wastewater disposal wells used by the oil and gas industry, echoing findings from researchers at Texas universities. EPA officials made the comment in a letter to the Texas Railroad Commission, which regulates

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    Graduate students at private colleges can unionize: U.S. labor board

    In a 3-1 vote, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) said that graduate students working as academic assistants are employees who get organizing rights under federal labor law. The NLRB's decision allows Columbia University research and teaching assistants to vote on whether they want to join

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    Hundreds of thousands of dead fish fill New Jersey creek

    Hundreds of thousands of dead fish washed up in a New Jersey creek this week, state officials said. The fish, which were discovered in Waackaack Creek in the borough of Keansburg, are commonly known as peanut bunker, a name that describes immature specimens of the Atlantic menhaden, a common saltwater

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    Texas, four other states sue over U.S. transgender health policy

    Texas and four other states sued the Obama administration on Tuesday over extending its healthcare nondiscrimination law to transgender individuals, saying the move "represents a radical invasion of the federal bureaucracy into a doctor’s medical judgment." Texas, along with Wisconsin, Nebraska

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    FBI probes stabbing by Virginia man who yelled "Allah Akbar": police

    The suspect, Wasil Farooqui, 20, of Roanoke, is charged with randomly attacking a man and woman with a knife on Saturday when they entered a Roanoke apartment building, Roanoke County police said. The man fought off the attacker, who was shouting "Allah Akbar," police said. The phrase means

  • Florida announces Zika case hundreds of miles from Miami
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    Florida announces Zika case hundreds of miles from Miami

    By Julie Steenhuysen and Letitia Stein CHICAGO/TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - Florida officials on Tuesday announced the first case of Zika transmitted by mosquitoes in Pinellas County, located some 265 miles (425 km) from Miami, where the first locally transmitted U.S. cases were reported. Steve Huard,

  • Monsanto beats cities' lawsuits over San Francisco Bay pollution
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    Monsanto beats cities' lawsuits over San Francisco Bay pollution

    A federal judge has dismissed lawsuits in which the California cities of San Jose, Oakland and Berkeley sought to force agricultural company Monsanto Co to help pay for reducing PCB contamination to San Francisco Bay. In a decision late Monday, U.S. District Judge Edward Davila said the cities did

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    Civil rights groups accuse Arkansas city of running 'debtors prison'

    The groups, including the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the American Civil Liberties Union, said the city of Sherwood, with a population of about 30,000 people, generated some $12 million over the past five years through the system, which the lawsuit claimed is illegal and targets

  • Obama promises support to Louisiana after floods
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    Obama promises support to Louisiana after floods

    By Ayesha Rascoe BATON ROUGE, La. (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama walked door to door in an East Baton Rouge Parish neighborhood on Tuesday hugging people and offering assurances that the country would help them recover from some of the worst floods ever recorded in Louisiana. "What I

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    Medium chance of cyclone off Lesser Antilles: U.S. NHC

    (Reuters) - A tropical wave east of the Lesser Antilles has a 40 percent chance of developing into a tropical cyclone in the next 48 hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Tuesday. Environmental conditions are only marginally conducive for development during the next couple of days while the

  • Former anchor says Fox News a 'sex-fueled cult' in harassment lawsuit
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    Former anchor says Fox News a 'sex-fueled cult' in harassment lawsuit

    Andrea Tantaros said she was taken off the air in April in retaliation for rebuffing Ailes' advances and complaining to top officials at Fox News, a unit of Twenty-First Century Fox Inc , in a lawsuit filed Monday in New York state court in Manhattan. The defendants include Fox, Ailes, William Shine

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    Judge keeps new Kentucky state pension board in place

    Elliott, along with Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear, sued Bevin, asking the judge to temporarily block the governor's executive orders related to the pension system, pending a final decision by the court. No date was given for when a final ruling would be made.

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    Washington police veteran named interim chief

    A longtime deputy to outgoing Washington Police Chief Cathy Lanier has been named interim chief while the search is under way for her replacement, Mayor Muriel Bowser said on Tuesday. Peter Newsham, who will step in for Lanier, has been an assistant chief at the Metropolitan Police Department since

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    Tropical Storm Gaston to become a Hurricane later Tuesday: NHC

    (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Gaston is expected to strengthen and become a hurricane later Tuesday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in its latest advisory, adding that it was rapidly moving west-northwestward. The system, with maximum sustained winds of 65 miles per hour (100 km per hour)

  • Deaths from U.S. lightning strikes this year at highest since 2010
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    Deaths from U.S. lightning strikes this year at highest since 2010

    By Chris Prentice NEW YORK (Reuters) - A pair of fatalities from lightning strikes over the weekend lifted the U.S. death toll from such accidents this year to 29, the most since 2010, the National Weather Service said on Monday. The latest lightning-related deaths occurred in Colorado and Michigan