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  • California lawmakers pass rape bill inspired by Stanford case
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    California lawmakers pass rape bill inspired by Stanford case

    By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California lawmakers, responding to outrage over the six-month jail term given to a former Stanford University swimmer after his conviction for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman, passed legislation on Monday closing a loophole that allowed the sentence.

  • Mondelez abandons pursuit of U.S. chocolate maker Hershey
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    Mondelez abandons pursuit of U.S. chocolate maker Hershey

    The abandoned deal, which would have created the world's largest confectioner, underscores the grip that a charitable trust has on the maker of Hershey's Kisses and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. The trust which controls Hershey was set up by the company's founder over a century ago to

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    FBI offers $50,00 reward for capture of escaped polygamous sect leader

    Lyle Jeffs, 56, fled confinement in Salt Lake City sometime over the weekend of June 18 - 19 and an arrest warrant was issued by a federal judge that Sunday afternoon, authorities said. Prosecutors allege Jeffs and other leaders of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (FLDS

  • California lawmakers send governor bill authorizing farmworker overtime
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    California lawmakers send governor bill authorizing farmworker overtime

    California would become the first U.S. state to require farmers to pay overtime to field workers and fruit pickers under a bill approved by the legislature on Monday and sent to Democratic Governor Jerry Brown for his approval. The bill, which passed on a mostly party-line vote, would phase in overtime

  • Washington state begins killing wolf pack for preying on livestock
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    Washington state begins killing wolf pack for preying on livestock

    Wildlife agents authorized to eradicate a group of 11 wolves for repeated attacks on cattle in Washington state have hunted down and killed six animals from the condemned pack and are searching for the rest, a state game official said on Monday. State biologists fatally shot two members of the so-called

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    Former Chicago official gets 10 years in red light camera bribe case

    John Bills, 55, was convicted in January on every charge he faced connected to the scheme, including mail fraud, wire fraud, filing false tax returns and bribery. In addition to the 10-year sentence, U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall ordered Bills to make more than $2 million in restitution payments

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    Massachusetts man stockpiled arms; mulled attack: prosecutors

    A suburban Boston man arrested over the weekend illegally stockpiled weapons in violation of a court order and had mulled attacking a police station or a mosque, federal prosecutors said on Monday. Forty-year-old Joseph Garguilo of Holliston, Massachusetts, appeared in court to face charges of being

  • U.S. to meet target of admitting 10,000 Syrian refugees: White House
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    U.S. to meet target of admitting 10,000 Syrian refugees: White House

    By Ayesha Rascoe and Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration will meet its goal of admitting 10,000 Syrian refugees this fiscal year a month ahead of schedule and is working with Congress to increase the target by a few thousand in 2018, the White House said on Monday. The 10,000th

  • Congressional leaders ask for more time to study new fuel rules
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    Congressional leaders ask for more time to study new fuel rules

    Three Congressional leaders on Monday asked top federal environmental and safety officials to extend by 60 days the public comment period on new vehicle emissions and fuel economy standards. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a July

  • Truck carrying Takata air bag materials explodes in Texas, killing one
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    Truck carrying Takata air bag materials explodes in Texas, killing one

    Takata said the truck, operated by a subcontractor, was traveling from a Takata plant in Moses Lake, Washington, to a Takata warehouse in Eagle Pass, Texas, early on Aug. 22 when an accident occurred. The driver of the tractor-trailer "failed to negotiate" a curve on a highway and crashed

  • U.S. to review use of private immigration prisons, shares slide
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    U.S. to review use of private immigration prisons, shares slide

    By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security will study whether to discontinue using privately run detention centers, which the Justice Department recently called unsafe, for migrants and shares of private prison operators fell on Monday after the news. Department

  • U.S. traffic deaths rose 7.2 percent in 2015: Transportation Dept.
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    U.S. traffic deaths rose 7.2 percent in 2015: Transportation Dept.

    Last year 35,092 people died in traffic crashes in the United States, a 7.2 percent year-on-year increase that runs counter to a five-decade trend of declining fatalities, the U.S. Transportation Department said. U.S. officials said lower gasoline prices combined with job growth increased the number

  • FBI detects breaches against two state voter systems
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    FBI detects breaches against two state voter systems

    By Dustin Volz and Jim Finkle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Bureau of Investigation has found breaches in Illinois and Arizona's voter registration databases and is urging states to increase computer security ahead of the Nov. 8 presidential election, according to a U.S. official familiar with

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    New York Yankees baseball team to refinance $1 billion of stadium debt

    Yankee Stadium LLC would save money in the current low-interest rate environment by refinancing about $1.2 billion of old outstanding debt issued in 2006 and 2009, when the stadium opened. The stadium refinancing was contained in a notice of a Sept. 15 public hearing by the New York City Industrial

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    Colorado's anti-fracking measures fail to qualify for ballot

    Environmental groups have failed to gather enough signatures to put two measures on Colorado's ballot in November that aim to curb fracking and oil and gas work, the state said on Monday. The ballot initiatives would have transferred regulatory control of oil and gas development to local governments

  • HSBC executive pleads not guilty in U.S. over forex scheme
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    HSBC executive pleads not guilty in U.S. over forex scheme

    A senior HSBC Holdings Plc executive pleaded not guilty on Monday to charges that he participated in a fraudulent scheme to front-run a $3.5 billion currency transaction by one of the bank's clients. The plea on wire fraud and conspiracy charges by Mark Johnson, a British citizen who at the time

  • Judge dismisses Citizens United challenge to New York donor rules
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    Judge dismisses Citizens United challenge to New York donor rules

    A federal judge on Monday dismissed a lawsuit in which Citizens United sought to block New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman from enforcing rules requiring the conservative group to disclose more information about its donors. U.S. District Judge Sidney Stein in Manhattan said the attorney general

  • Social media adds to panic over 'gunfire' at L.A. airport: police
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    Social media adds to panic over 'gunfire' at L.A. airport: police

    By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A security panic that crippled Los Angeles International Airport and sent hundreds of passengers fleeing from terminals was triggered by reports of gunfire that proved false but were amplified by word-of-mouth and social media, police said on Monday. The shooting

  • More U.S. counties to see Obamacare marketplace monopoly: analysis
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    More U.S. counties to see Obamacare marketplace monopoly: analysis

    By Trevor Hunnicutt NEW YORK (Reuters) - Nearly a third of U.S. counties likely will be served by only one insurer that participates in an Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace in 2017, according to an analysis published on Sunday by the Kaiser Family Foundation. The 31 percent of U.S. counties that

  • Louisiana authorities search for three escaped prisoners
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    Louisiana authorities search for three escaped prisoners

    Michael Elliot, 24, Walshea Mitchell, 35, and Willie Ethridge, 34, broke out of the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center at about 10 p.m. CDT on Saturday night, the Natchitoches sheriff's office said. Elliot was serving a sentence for theft, Mitchell for armed robbery with a weapon and attempted

  • Two dead, 41 hurt in bus crash involving Louisiana flood: relief volunteers
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    Two dead, 41 hurt in bus crash involving Louisiana flood: relief volunteers

    St. John the Baptist Fire District Chief Spencer Chauvin was among those killed in the early morning crash after the chartered bus slammed into him as he tried to help victims of another accident, Louisiana State Police spokeswoman Melissa Matey told reporters at a news conference. The driver, who was

  • Two Chicago brothers on parole charged in murder of NBA star's cousin
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    Two Chicago brothers on parole charged in murder of NBA star's cousin

    In a case that has emerged as a talking point in the U.S. presidential race, Darwin Sorrells Jr., 26, and Derren Sorrells, 22, are facing charges of first-degree murder and attempted murder in the death of Nykea Aldridge, a 32-year-old mother of four, police said. Aldridge was hit when the suspects

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    Two United Airlines pilots held on alcohol charge in Scotland

    Two United Airlines pilots were arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of alcohol in Scotland on Saturday as they were about to fly to the United States, police and the airline said. Police Scotland said the two men, aged 35 and 45 years, were detained under a section of the Railways and

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    California legal setback fails to discourage tenure opponents

    A nationwide drive to weaken job guarantees for U.S. public school teachers shows no sign of fading away even though an extended legal battle to stop the practice of granting tenure in California went down in defeat last week. The California challenge, which would have made it easier for school districts

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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