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  • U.S. judge reverses order requiring vote recount in Michigan
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    U.S. judge reverses order requiring vote recount in Michigan

    A federal judge in Michigan on Wednesday revoked his order requiring a recount of the state's presidential vote sought by Jill Stein, siding with a state appeals court that found the Green Party candidate had no grounds to mount the challenge. U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith's ruling has

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    Two juveniles charged with arson in Tennessee wildfires that killed 14

    Two juveniles were charged with arson on Wednesday in connection with the eastern Tennessee wildfires that broke out last month in and around the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in which 14 people died, officials said. Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokesman Josh DeVine declined to release details

  • Search completed at Oakland warehouse in fire that killed 36
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    Search completed at Oakland warehouse in fire that killed 36

    Authorities said they concluded their search on Wednesday of a warehouse in Oakland, California, that was gutted by a fast-moving fire that killed 36 people during a dance party. It was the deadliest blaze in the United States since 100 people perished in a 2003 nightclub fire in Rhode Island. A special

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    Georgia officer killed, second wounded in shooting near university

    A young Georgia police officer was shot and killed and a second critically injured while responding to a report of a domestic dispute on Wednesday near a university campus in the southwestern part of the state, officials said. Officers Ryan Smarr and Jodi Smith were shot as they responded to a 911 call

  • Florida woman charged with threatening Sandy Hook parent
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    Florida woman charged with threatening Sandy Hook parent

    Lucy Richards, 57, was arrested earlier this week on four counts of transmitting threats via interstate commerce, Wifredo Ferrer, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida, said in a written statement. Richards, of Tampa, faces a maximum of five years in prison on each count if convicted at

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    Chicago school board approves revised budget with $215 million hole

    The Chicago Board of Education on Wednesday approved a revised fiscal 2017 budget that accommodates a new teachers' contract, but contains a $215 million funding gap for pensions. The spending plan for the fiscal year that began on July 1 was increased by $55 million to $5.5 billion to reflect an

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    Two juveniles charged with arson in Tennessee wildfires

    (Reuters) - Two juveniles have been arrested and charged with arson in connection with deadly Tennessee wildfires that broke out last in and around the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, state officials said on Wednesday. Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokesman Josh DeVine declined to release

  • John Glenn, former U.S. astronaut, hospitalized
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    John Glenn, former U.S. astronaut, hospitalized

    John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth and a former U.S. senator and war hero, has been hospitalized for more than a week, an official said on Wednesday. Glenn, 95, is at the James Cancer Hospital at Ohio State University but does not necessarily have cancer, said Hank Wilson, spokesman at

  • Survivor of South Carolina church massacre calls Dylann Roof 'evil'
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    Survivor of South Carolina church massacre calls Dylann Roof 'evil'

    The black South Carolina churchgoers who welcomed Dylann Roof to their Bible study last year thought he was a harmless young man looking for a place to pray, but a survivor of the shooting he is accused of carrying out there called him "evil" on Wednesday. Nine people died in the massacre

  • Trump fills homeland security, environment, China ambassador jobs
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    Trump fills homeland security, environment, China ambassador jobs

    By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday picked a fossil fuel industry defender as his top environmental official, another retired general as homeland security chief and Iowa's governor as U.S. ambassador to China in choices at odds with some of his recent

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    Court blocks New York City from discarding illegal immigrants' data

    A New York state court on Tuesday temporarily stopped New York City from destroying the personal records of hundreds of thousands of municipal I.D. card holders after Republicans argued the records might be needed to track criminals. Seeking to protect illegal immigrants who fear deportation under a

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    Nevada school police officer shoots student

    The shooting at Procter R. Hug High School was reported around 11:30 a.m. local time and authorities determined that a Washoe County School District police officer opened fire, Reno Police spokesman officer Tim Broadway told reporters. One student was struck by gunfire and transported to an area hospital

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    Two toddlers killed in New York homeless shelter explosion

    Two toddlers were killed on Wednesday when a boiler exploded in a New York City homeless shelter, police said. The incident, which is under investigation by law enforcement officials, comes at a time of record levels of homelessness in America's biggest city, pushing a soaring number of children

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    Two people shot inside Arizona Walmart

    PHOENIX (Reuters) - Two people were shot inside an Arizona Walmart on Wednesday morning and police expected both victims to survive.

  • Bus driver in deadly Baltimore crash had seizure history
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    Bus driver in deadly Baltimore crash had seizure history

    A Baltimore school bus involved in a crash last month that killed six people was traveling at almost twice the speed limit and its driver had a history of seizures, federal investigators said on Wednesday. The school bus, which had no students aboard, was traveling at about 57 miles per hour when it

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    U.S. and UK intelligence target airborne phone calls: report

    American and British spies have since 2005 been working on intercepting phone calls and data transfers made from aircraft, France's Le Monde newspaper reported on Wednesday, citing documents from former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden. According to the report, also carried by the investigative

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    Ohio man linked to Islamic State appeals sentence in U.S. Capitol plot

    An Ohio man has appealed his sentence of 30 years imprisonment for plotting to attack the U.S. Capitol in Washington with guns and bombs in sympathy with Islamic State militants, court documents showed. The appeal was filed on Tuesday by lawyers for Christopher Lee Cornell the day after he was sentenced

  • U.S. judge hears arguments on Michigan presidential recount
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    U.S. judge hears arguments on Michigan presidential recount

    A U.S. judge in Michigan heard arguments on Wednesday over whether he should reconsider an order he issued on Sunday to accelerate the presidential vote recount in that state requested by Green Party candidate Jill Stein, according to officials. The federal court hearing was held a day after contradictory

  • On 75th anniversary, U.S. veterans recall Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor
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    On 75th anniversary, U.S. veterans recall Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor

    LOS ANGELES/HONOLULU (Reuters) - It has been 75 years but U.S. Navy veteran James Leavelle can still recall watching with horror as Japanese warplanes rained bombs on his fellow sailors in the surprise attack at Pearl Harbor that plunged the United States into World War Two. Bullets bounced off the

  • Information glut no problem for most Americans: survey
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    Information glut no problem for most Americans: survey

    Most Americans do not see "information overload" as a problem for them despite the explosion of internet data and images, according to a Pew Research Center survey on Wednesday. "Generally, Americans appreciate lots of information and access to it," said the report into how U.S.

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    Republican FCC commissioners urge quick reversal of Obama rules

    Two Republican U.S. Federal Communications Commissioners say the Trump administration should reverse many significant policies set by the telecommunications and cable regulatory body under Democratic President Barack Obama. FCC Commissioner Mike O'Rielly said at an event at the National Press Club

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    Doctors as taxi drivers: Untapped immigrant talent costs U.S. billions: research

    Nearly 2 million immigrants with college degrees in the United States are out of work or in low-skilled jobs at a cost of billions of dollars in tax revenue every year, researchers said on Wednesday calling for "smarter" immigration policy. In a report Washington DC-based thinktank Migration

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    Energy Transfer Partners pipeline targeted in West Texas protests

    Two people were arrested Tuesday at a pipeline protest in West Texas, bringing an intensifying political battle against oil and gas infrastructure to a state where the energy industry typically enjoys wide support. About 40 protesters gathered outside the construction site of Energy Transfer Partners

  • Ohio lawmakers pass 'heartbeat' abortion legislation
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    Ohio lawmakers pass 'heartbeat' abortion legislation

    Ohio lawmakers approved a bill that bans abortion once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, as early as six weeks after conception, clearing the way for one of the most stringent abortion restrictions in the United States if it becomes law. The Republican-led state House of Representatives and Senate

  • Trump inauguration protest groups demand access to Washington sites
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    Trump inauguration protest groups demand access to Washington sites

    By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A public interest group urged U.S. officials on Wednesday to free up Washington landmarks for thousands of people planning protests around the Jan. 20 inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump. The Washington-based Partnership for Civil Justice Fund said the