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  • Jury to continue deliberating in ex-South Carolina cop's murder trial
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    Jury to continue deliberating in ex-South Carolina cop's murder trial

    By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - Jurors weighing a murder charge against a white South Carolina former police officer who shot and killed a fleeing black motorist last year will resume their deliberations on Monday after struggling to reach a unanimous verdict. Jurors twice told a state

  • Wal-Mart to settle U.S. lawsuit over benefits for same-sex spouses
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    Wal-Mart to settle U.S. lawsuit over benefits for same-sex spouses

    Wal-Mart and lawyers for Jacqueline Cote, the worker who filed the 2015 lawsuit in federal court in Boston, said in a court filing that the money may be split among more than 1,000 people who were denied spousal benefits between 2011 and 2014, when Wal-Mart changed its policy. Sally Welborn, a senior

  • In San Bernardino, solemn ceremony marks mass shooting
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    In San Bernardino, solemn ceremony marks mass shooting

    The sound of a bell tolled through loudspeakers on Friday outside a building in Southern California, ringing once for each of the 14 people killed in a mass shooting by Islamist militants one year ago at the site. More than 200 workers at the Inland Regional Center, a complex in San Bernardino, stood

  • Trump supporters try to block vote recounts in three states
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    Trump supporters try to block vote recounts in three states

    NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Supporters of President-elect Donald Trump moved on Friday to halt the Green Party's requests for long-shot recounts of the presidential votes in three states where Trump, a Republican, won with narrow victories. Lawsuits were pending in Michigan, Pennsylvania and

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    Accused Romanian-born arms trafficker gets 10 years in U.S. prison

    A Romanian-born man was sentenced on Friday to 10 years in prison after he was convicted on U.S. charges that he conspired with two former European officials to sell $17 million worth of weapons to undercover informants posing as Colombian rebels. Virgil Flaviu Georgescu, 44, was sentenced by U.S. District

  • Exclusive: U.S. standards council to investigate New Oriental after Reuters report
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    Exclusive: U.S. standards council to investigate New Oriental after Reuters report

    A U.S. standards-setting body said it would investigate New Oriental Education & Technology Group Inc in the wake of a Reuters report that detailed allegations of academic fraud at the company. The American International Recruitment Council, which certifies agencies that recruit foreign students on

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    Additional charge for Michigan man in counterterrorism probe

    Sebastian Gregerson, a Detroit resident who also goes by the name Abdurrahman Bin Mikaayl, was charged on Thursday, according the indictment against him filed with the United States District Court in Michigan. Gregerson previously was charged with unregistered possession of a destructive device and

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    Suspect released in Louisiana shooting death of ex-NFL player

    The suspect, 54-year-old Ronald Gasser, was taken into custody after Thursday's shooting around 3 p.m. local time in Terrytown. McKnight, 28, was pronounced dead at the scene, suffering from "multiple gunshot wounds," Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Department said in a statement on Thursday

  • U.S. health spending in 2015 rose at fastest rate since 2007
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    U.S. health spending in 2015 rose at fastest rate since 2007

    Growth rose 5.8 percent to $3.2 trillion, or $9,990 per person, according to federal data published in the independent journal Health Affairs and compiled into a report by officials with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. After five years of historically low growth between 2009 and 2013

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    U.S. justices to weigh $4 million damages in California police shooting

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to consider overturning $4 million in damages awarded to a homeless couple who sued after being shot 15 times in a backyard shack by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies who were searching for another man. The justices will hear an appeal by the two deputies

  • U.S. military veterans backing North Dakota pipeline protests
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    U.S. military veterans backing North Dakota pipeline protests

    By Ernest Scheyder and Terray Sylvester CANNON BALL, N.D. (Reuters) - U.S. military veterans plan to build a barracks on Friday at a protest camp in North Dakota to support thousands of activists who have squared off against authorities in frigid conditions to oppose a multibillion-dollar pipeline project

  • U.S. top court to hear printer cartridge dispute on patent rights
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    U.S. top court to hear printer cartridge dispute on patent rights

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear an appeal by printer cartridge reseller Impression Products Inc of a lower court ruling finding it liable for infringing patent rights of Lexmark International Inc when it imported Lexmark's toner products back to the United States after they were sold

  • Texas prosecutor may drop assault charge under deal with Manziel
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    Texas prosecutor may drop assault charge under deal with Manziel

    By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel has agreed to take an anger management course and be treated for substance abuse under a deal that could lead to the dismissal of a charge that he assaulted his ex-girlfriend earlier this year. Under the agreement

  • United to pay $2.4 million over 'Chairman's Flight': U.S. SEC
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    United to pay $2.4 million over 'Chairman's Flight': U.S. SEC

    United Airlines' parent company will pay $2.4 million to resolve civil books and records violations after it reinstated an unprofitable flight route to accommodate the chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the U.S. securities regulator said. The U.S. Securities and Exchange

  • Supreme Court takes Christian-affiliated hospital pension case
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    Supreme Court takes Christian-affiliated hospital pension case

    New Jersey-based St. Peter's Healthcare System, Illinois-based Advocate Health System and California-based Dignity Health each appealed separate federal appeals courts rulings that refused to throw out the employee lawsuits. The justices agreed to hear all three cases.

  • As winter nears, Dakota Access faces frigid weather and costly delays
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    As winter nears, Dakota Access faces frigid weather and costly delays

    By Liz Hampton and Ernest Scheyder HOUSTON (Reuters) - Delays to the Dakota Access Pipeline have added millions of dollars to Energy Transfer Partners' construction tab - but even if the line is approved, the freezing temperatures will bring their own challenges to finishing the drilling process

  • No special prosecutor for New Jersey 'Bridgegate' complaint against Christie
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    No special prosecutor for New Jersey 'Bridgegate' complaint against Christie

    A New Jersey judge on Friday declined to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate a citizen's criminal complaint against Governor Chris Christie over the "Bridgegate" lane-closure scandal, saying private citizens do not have the legal standing to make such a request. The ruling from

  • Former guard at New York's Rikers jail on trial for fatal beating
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    Former guard at New York's Rikers jail on trial for fatal beating

    A former guard at New York City's troubled Rikers Island jail complex brutally and repeatedly kicked an inmate in the head in 2012 while the man lay helplessly, leading directly to his death, a federal prosecutor told jurors on Friday. Brian Coll, 47, sat quietly as Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeannette

  • Trump supports completion of Dakota Access Pipeline
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    Trump supports completion of Dakota Access Pipeline

    U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday said for the first time that he supports the completion of a pipeline project near a North Dakota Indian reservation, which has been the subject of months of protests by tribes and environmentalists. "Those making such a claim are only attempting to

  • South Carolina jury weighs case against ex-cop who killed motorist
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    South Carolina jury weighs case against ex-cop who killed motorist

    Jurors trying to reach a verdict will begin a third day of deliberations on Friday in the murder trial of a white former South Carolina police officer who fatally shot a fleeing, unarmed black motorist last year. Ex-North Charleston patrolman Michael Slager, 35, faces a maximum penalty of life in prison

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    U.S. 'shoe bomber' asks judge to drop fine, pleads poverty

    Richard Reid, the man who admitted to trying to blow up a jumbo jet in late 2001 with explosives in his shoes, has asked a federal judge to waive the $250,000 fine he faces, saying that he will never be able to pay it while serving life in prison. In a court filing earlier this week Reid, who is imprisoned

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    Massachusetts college that took down American flag raises it again

    A Massachusetts college that became a target of protests after removing the American flag from its main flagpole following Donald Trump's election victory raised the flag again on Friday, its president said. Students at Hampshire College had lowered the main campus flag on Nov. 9, the day after

  • Death toll from Tennessee wildfire climbs to 11
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    Death toll from Tennessee wildfire climbs to 11

    The death toll from a devastating blaze in and around the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee rose to 11 on Thursday, the highest loss of civilian life from a single U.S. wildfire in 13 years. Investigators have determined the so-called Chimney Tops 2 fire, which laid waste to whole neighborhoods

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    Three Los Angeles policemen cleared in killing of homeless black man

    Three Los Angeles policemen who fatally shot a homeless man last year were justified in using lethal force because the man had nearly gotten hold of an officer's holstered gun as they scuffled, the District Attorney's Office has determined. A 22-page report on the incident, released on Thursday

  • Porous Texas border fence foreshadows challenges for Trump's wall
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    Porous Texas border fence foreshadows challenges for Trump's wall

    From there, near Brownsville, it stretches about 60 miles west, but with plenty of gaps to drive or walk through. The porous South Texas border fence, authorized in 2006, underscores how topography, treaty obligations, legal fights and high costs could frustrate efforts to stretch an “impenetrable”