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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

    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

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

    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

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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

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

    Dozens of wildfires rage across arid U.S. West

    Dozens of wildfires that have blackened hundreds of square miles raged in the arid U.S. West on Tuesday, as destructive blazes forced residents from homes in California and Washington state. At least six people have died in Western wildfires this summer. Seven new large fires have flared up since Monday

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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

    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

    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

    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

    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)

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    Appeals arguments begin on Kansas law requiring voters to prove citizenship

    An effort by the state of Kansas to reinstate rules requiring people to present proof of U.S. citizenship when registering to vote at motor vehicle department offices is set to be heard by a federal appeals court in Denver on Tuesday. The requirement, which left thousands of Kansans who thought they

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

    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

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    No charges for New Jersey cop in slaying of black man with hands up

    The December 2014 slaying of Jerame Reid in Bridgeton prompted protests in the city similar to demonstrations that have been held across the United States in response to a series of fatal police shootings of unarmed black men. Reid was killed by Bridgeton Police Officer Braheme Days after the driver

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    Judge halts Ferguson, Missouri, school board elections, saying they violate voting rights

    U.S. District Judge Rodney Sippel wrote in a 119-page order that while there was no intentional discrimination at play in the Ferguson-Florissant School District elections, a number of factors including racially polarized voting patterns combined to effectively thwart black candidates. "The political

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    Family files suit over gun instructor's killing at Arizona range

    The family of an Arizona gun instructor fatally shot by a 9-year-old girl with an Uzi submachine gun in 2014 has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the range and its owner, an attorney confirmed on Monday. The lawsuit brought by 39-year-old Charles Vacca Jr.'s survivors alleges Bullets and Burgers

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    California wildfire prompts weeklong closure of Hearst Castle

    The monumental estate, built in the early 20th century for publishing tycoon William Randolph Hearst, was no longer in immediate danger, but the so-called Chimney Fire had crept within 3 miles (5 km) of the castle over the weekend before shifting direction, authorities said. The blaze, one of a half-dozen