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    Residents flee as wildfire threatens homes in foothills near Los Angeles

    By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A fast-moving wildfire that has forced hundreds of people to flee from their homes in the drought-parched foothills northwest of Los Angeles had blackened some 20,000 acres by Saturday night and was threatening homes and commercial structures, fire officials

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    Four people, including child, shot dead at Texas home

    Police responding to reports of shots fired early Saturday evening at the complex in Bastrop, Texas, found an adult male, two women and a child all dead of gunshot wounds, Detective Vicky Steffanic told reporters. The Bastrop County Sheriff's office and the Texas Rangers were investigating, Steffanic

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    Seventeen people hurt when Hudson River ferry hits pier in New Jersey

    Seventeen people were injured on Saturday when a ferry crossing the Hudson River from Manhattan hit the dock it was approaching in Jersey City, authorities said. The New York Waterway ferry, with 57 passengers, had left from Manhattan's World Financial Center and was approaching the dock in Jersey

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    Black Lives Matter protest Rio police violence ahead of Olympics

    American activists from the Black Lives Matter movement marched with Brazilian partners through central Rio de Janeiro on Saturday, to protest police violence before the city hosts the first-ever Olympics in South America next month. The activists, better known for campaigning against police brutality

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  • Hundreds of homes evacuated as wildfire spreads north of Los Angeles
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    Hundreds of homes evacuated as wildfire spreads north of Los Angeles

    A fast-moving wildfire that has already blackened some 11,000 acres (4,450 hectares) of drought-parched land northwest of Los Angeles was threatening some 1,000 structures on Saturday, fire officials said. "Because this is the fifth year of an ongoing drought we have a lot dry vegetation,"

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    Colorado town finds no marijuana chemical in water, cancels restrictions

    The local sheriff said a criminal investigation has been launched to look into possible tampering of the well in Hugo, a town of about 800 people some 90 miles (145 kms) southeast of Denver. "The Colorado Bureau of Investigation has just reached out to us and advised that samples taken from Well

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    Tropical Storm Darby nears Hawaii, emergency declared

    (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Darby bore down on Hawaii on Saturday, prompting its governor to declare an emergency over a storm expected to make landfall with strong winds and heavy rain later in the day. Forecasters said Darby would reach the U.S. state's Big Island on Saturday when maximum sustained

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    Hungary's Orban likes what he hears of 'valiant' Trump's security plans

    By Marton Dunai BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Saturday said Donald Trump had proposed security policies that Europe should take to heart to solve a security crisis he blames on uncontrolled immigration. Speaking at a summer university in Baile Tusnad, Romania, the Hungarian

  • Kerry, on private travel to Nice, to visit American hurt in attack
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    Kerry, on private travel to Nice, to visit American hurt in attack

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Nice on Saturday "on private business" and will visit an American still hospitalized after a truck driver deliberately plowed into a crowd in the city during Bastille Day celebrations last week. Three U.S. citizens were among the 84 killed in the attack

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    Dallas police job applications surge after fatal ambush attacks

    By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - The Dallas Police Department, which was struggling to recruit officers, has seen a surge in job applications after the ambush shooting this month that killed five officers and brought global attention to the Texas city, officials said on Friday. During the 12

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    Virginia's top court rules against move to restore felons' voting rights

    The Virginia Supreme Court ruled on Friday against Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe's order restoring voting rights to more than 200,000 felons who completed their sentences, court documents show. The court in a 4-3 ruling said McAuliffe overstepped his clemency powers under the state constitution

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    U.S. accuses three more of multimillion-dollar text message scam

    U.S. prosecutors on Friday unveiled an indictment against three men for engaging in a multimillion-dollar scheme to defraud consumers by charging unsuspecting mobile phone users for unwanted text messages. An indictment filed in federal court in Manhattan charged Fraser Thompson, an ex-executive at

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    Virginia's top court rules against move to restore felons' voting rights: Washington Post

    (Reuters) - The Virginia Supreme Court ruled on Friday against Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe's order restoring voting rights to more than 200,000 felons who completed their sentences, the Washington Post reported. In a 4-3 ruling, the court said McAuliffe overstepped his clemency powers under

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  • California governor signs bill to require registration of 'ghost guns'
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    California governor signs bill to require registration of 'ghost guns'

    California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law on Friday a bill to require anyone planning to build a homemade firearm to first obtain a serial number for the weapon and submit to a background check, his office said in a statement. The law bans the manufacture and possession of a home-made gun unless

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    Austin police probe officer's throwing black woman to ground

    Art Acevedo, the police chief in the Texas capital, said his department was looking into the June 2015 incident involving a 26-year-old school teacher, caught on police car videos that were broadcast by a local television station on Thursday night. The videos of the Austin incident involving schoolteacher

  • Funeral for slain Baton Rouge police officer draws thousands
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    Funeral for slain Baton Rouge police officer draws thousands

    By Sam Karlin BATON ROUGE, La. (Reuters) - Police officers from across the United States were among several thousand mourners gathered at a church in Louisiana's state capital on Friday for the first of three funerals for policemen killed this week by an Iraq war veteran. Baton Rouge police officer

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    Pennsylvania lawyer gets six months in prison for insider trading

    Herbert Sudfeld, 64, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Cynthia Rufe in Philadelphia after a federal jury in February found him guilty on charges of securities fraud and making a false statement. The sentence was confirmed by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Philadelphia.

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    Timeline: Zika's origin and global spread

    The following timeline charts the origin and spread of the Zika virus from its discovery nearly 70 years ago:

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    Factbox: Why the Zika virus is causing alarm

    Global health officials are racing to better understand the Zika virus behind a major outbreak that began in Brazil last year and has spread to many countries in the Americas. Zika is transmitted to people through the bite of infected female mosquitoes, primarily the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the same

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  • New York pizzeria owner, son guilty in U.S. drug case tied to Italian mafia
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    New York pizzeria owner, son guilty in U.S. drug case tied to Italian mafia

    A New York pizzeria owner and his son were found guilty on Friday of importing over 50 kilograms of cocaine into the United States from Costa Rica, in a case born out of a probe into an Italian organized crime group's drug trafficking activities. Gregorio Gigliotti, 60, and his son Angelo Gigliotti

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    Florida tests more than 200 residents in Zika probe

    Health authorities in Florida have tested about 200 people for the Zika virus as part of the state's investigation of two possible cases of infections not related to travel to a region hit by an outbreak, officials said on Friday. Florida's health department this week began looking into what

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    Three Florida men charged with attempting to support Islamic State

    Three Florida men were charged on Friday with attempting to support Islamic State, the latest in a string of similar U.S. prosecutions in recent years. U.S. prosecutors said Gregory Hubbard, 52, was arrested on Thursday at Miami International Airport, where he planned to fly to Germany on his way to

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    Two Florida officers on leave after shooting of unarmed black man

    Two Florida police officers have been placed on leave after an unarmed black man seen on cellphone video with his hands in the air was shot and wounded this week, North Miami's city manager said on Friday. The officer who fired the shots, identified as SWAT team member Jonathan Aledda, is defending

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    First baby with Zika-related birth defect born in New York City

    New York City Department of Health officials said the baby's mother was infected after traveling to an area with ongoing Zika transmission. U.S. health officials have concluded that Zika infections in pregnant women can cause microcephaly, a birth defect marked by small head size that can lead to

  • Former Ku Klux Klan leader Duke runs for U.S. Senate in Louisiana
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    Former Ku Klux Klan leader Duke runs for U.S. Senate in Louisiana

    By Bryn Stole BATON ROUGE, La. (Reuters) - David Duke, a former leader of the white supremacist Ku Klux Klan, launched his candidacy on Friday for the U.S. Senate from Louisiana, saying white people are threatened in America and that he hears echoes of his views in Donald Trump's rhetoric. Duke