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    Western North Dakota crude pipeline shut down after spill

    (Reuters) - A crude oil transmission line was shut down in western North Dakota following a leak that spilled oil into a creek, the state said on Tuesday. The size of Monday's leak and extent of the spill were not yet known. It occurred as Native Americans, climate activists and other protesters

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    U.S. fines Seattle 'duck boat' manufacturer in fatal crash

    The U.S. Transportation Department said on Tuesday the company that built a Seattle amphibious "duck boat" involved in a deadly 2015 collision between the vehicle and a charter bus that killed five international students has agreed to pay a fine of up to $1 million. Ride the Ducks International

  • Sheriff charges manslaughter in Louisiana death of ex-NFL player McKnight
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    Sheriff charges manslaughter in Louisiana death of ex-NFL player McKnight

    Gasser was initially taken into custody after the shooting on Thursday afternoon and then released without charge, angering some members of the community, while the sheriff's office said it was continuing its investigation. McKnight, 28, was pronounced dead at a traffic intersection in Terrytown

  • Texas sheriff's deputy killed after driving into sinkhole
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    Texas sheriff's deputy killed after driving into sinkhole

    A Texas sheriff's deputy was killed after her car plunged into a 12-foot-deep sinkhole that opened up on a flooded two-lane street during drenching evening rains, San Antonio officials said on Monday. Dora Linda Nishihara's body was found inside an upturned car in the sinkhole, the Bexar County

  • U.S. Supreme Court rules for prosecutors in insider trading case
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    U.S. Supreme Court rules for prosecutors in insider trading case

    The justices, in an 8-0 decision, upheld the 2013 conviction of Bassam Salman, a Chicago man who made nearly $1.2 million trading on non-public information that came from his brother-in-law at Citigroup Inc. It was the court's first ruling in an insider trading case in two decades. The justices

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    U.S. top court rules against State Farm in hurricane fraud case

    The Supreme Court on Tuesday handed a victory to two whistleblower sisters by upholding a jury verdict that found State Farm defrauded the U.S. government when the insurance company assessed damage caused by Hurricane Katrina along the Gulf of Mexico coast in 2005. The court ruled 8-0 to reject State

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    For drivers, drowsiness is as risky as drunkenness: U.S. study

    Drivers who miss two or three hours of sleep in a day face the same risk of an accident as those who are legally drunk, according to a AAA study on the sometimes-deadly consequences of being drowsy behind the wheel. The auto and travel group said on Tuesday that its study of 4,571 U.S. accidents showed

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    Judge slashes SEC's proposed fine for ex-Miami budget director

    A federal judge has rejected the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's request for a record $450,000 penalty against a former Miami budget director found liable for misleading municipal bond investors, fining the man $15,000 instead. In an order on Monday, U.S. District Judge Cecilia Altonaga

  • Georgia to execute man for 1990 murder of father-in-law
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    Georgia to execute man for 1990 murder of father-in-law

    William Sallie, 50, is due to die by lethal injection at 7 p.m. EST at the state prison in Jackson. The State Board of Pardons and Paroles denied his request for clemency late on Monday. Sallie would become the 19th person executed in the United States this year, according to the Death Penalty Information

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    Hedge fund Marcato takes Buffalo Wild Wings fight to franchisees

    Hedge fund manager Mick McGuire on Tuesday took his fight for change at casual restaurant chain Buffalo Wild Wings directly to franchise owners, saying they could have better access to innovations and grow more if his ideas were applied. In a letter to the company's franchisees, McGuire encouraged

  • California prepares to fight Trump on immigration, other issues
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    California prepares to fight Trump on immigration, other issues

    By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - Lawmakers in Democrat-controlled California are already laying the groundwork to fight President-elect Donald Trump's conservative populist agenda. On Monday, leaders of both houses of the legislature introduced measures to protect undocumented

  • Death toll rises to 36 from California warehouse inferno
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    Death toll rises to 36 from California warehouse inferno

    By Curtis Skinner and Peter Henderson OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) - The death toll rose to 36 on Monday from a blaze that engulfed a converted warehouse during a dance party in Oakland, California, the greatest loss of life from a U.S. fire in over a decade, as searchers sifted charred ruins being treated

  • Security raised at L.A. rail line after threat warning from foreign country
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    Security raised at L.A. rail line after threat warning from foreign country

    Federal and Los Angeles officials said on Monday they had been alerted by authorities in another country to a "specific" threat against the city's Red Line commuter rail system, prompting them to beef up security and alert the public. "This threat is imminent, ... it is very specific

  • Threat called in against Los Angeles Red Line commuter rail system: officials
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    Threat called in against Los Angeles Red Line commuter rail system: officials

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Federal and local Los Angeles officials said on Monday a "specific" threat had been called in from another country against the city's Red Line commuter rail system, prompting them to alert the public.

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    Pentagon buried study that found $125 billion in wasteful spending: Washington Post

    A Defense Department study that proposed cutting $125 billion in administrative waste from the Pentagon budget was buried amid concerns the findings would give Congress an excuse to further slash defense spending, the Washington Post reported on Monday. The report, issued in January 2015, identified

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    With Dakota denial, outlook for U.S. pipelines turns murky

    By Liz Hampton HOUSTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Army's denial of an easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline, after permitting and legal obligations were followed, sets an uncertain precedent for new projects despite President-elect Donald Trump's promise to support energy infrastructure. The decision

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    Factbox: The Dakota Access Pipeline's long journey

    (Reuters) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Sunday turned down the request for an easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline to build under the Missouri River, after months of protests from Native American and climate activists. The following is a timeline of the project: December 2014 Energy Transfer

  • Sioux chief asks protesters to disband, Trump to review pipeline decision
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    Sioux chief asks protesters to disband, Trump to review pipeline decision

    By Ernest Scheyder and Terray Sylvester CANNON BALL, N.D. (Reuters) - A Native American leader asked thousands of protesters to return home after the federal government ruled against a controversial pipeline, despite the prospect of President-elect Donald Trump reversing the decision after he takes

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    Standing Rock Sioux chair: protesters can go home, hopes for Trump meeting

    By Ernest Scheyder FORT YATES, N.D (Reuters) - Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault said Monday that non-Sioux protesters can leave the North Dakota protest camp after the government ruled in their favor in a controversial pipeline project adjacent to their lands. The Army Corps of Engineers

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    Trump supports North Dakota pipeline, will review: spokesman

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President-elect Donald Trump supports the construction of a pipeline in North Dakota, his spokesman said on Monday when asked about the government's ruling against the controversial project. "With regard to the Dakota Access Pipeline, that's something that we support

  • Prosecutor in accused New York bomber's case discloses probe of others
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    Prosecutor in accused New York bomber's case discloses probe of others

    U.S. authorities are investigating other domestic suspects in a probe that involves evidence to be used in the case against the man accused of injuring more than two dozen people in September bomb attacks in New York and New Jersey, a federal prosecutor said on Monday. Assistant U.S. Attorney Emil Bove

  • Suspect in Washington pizzeria shooting wanted to save kids: police
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    Suspect in Washington pizzeria shooting wanted to save kids: police

    A man charged with firing an assault rifle in a packed Washington pizzeria on Sunday told police he had read online that children were being held as sex slaves there and he wanted to rescue them, police said on Monday. The Comet Ping Pong restaurant for weeks had been the subject of fake news stories

  • Judge declares mistrial in ex-South Carolina policeman's murder trial
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    Judge declares mistrial in ex-South Carolina policeman's murder trial

    By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - A South Carolina judge declared a mistrial on Monday after jurors weighing a murder charge against a white former South Carolina police officer who shot and killed a black motorist said they were deadlocked. A bystander's cell phone recorded North

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    Bavaria is sued in New York over paintings looted by Nazis

    Heirs to the German Jewish art dealer Alfred Flechtheim on Monday sued the German state of Bavaria, seeking the return of eight paintings by Max Beckmann, Juan Gris and Paul Klee that they said were looted by the Nazis. According to the complaint by Michael Hulton and his stepmother Penny, the widow

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    Houston Ship Channel reopens after damaged ship moved

    The Houston Ship Channel, which links the busiest U.S. petrochemical port to the Gulf of Mexico, reopened on Monday afternoon after a fire-damaged ship blocking the waterway was moved to a berth, the U.S. Coast Guard said. The channel was blocked for about an hour after the small tanker Jo Kiri reported