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  • 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

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    United Airlines to pay $2.4 million over flight perks to Port Authority executive

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - United Airlines' parent company will pay $2.4 million to settle civil charges, after it reinstated an unprofitable flight route to accommodate former Port Authority Chairman David Samson, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said.

  • 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 maintain his narrow victories in three states, pursuing legal challenges aimed at halting the Green Party's requests for long-shot recounts of the presidential votes there. Lawsuits were pending in Michigan

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    Suspect released in Louisiana shooting death of ex-NFL player: reports

    A man suspected of shooting and killing former National Football League player Joe McKnight Thursday in a possible road rage incident was released from custody Friday with no charges filed against him, according to multiple media reports. The suspect, 54-year-old Ronald Gasser, was taken into custody

  • Jurors deliberate for third day in ex-South Carolina cop's murder trial
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    Jurors deliberate for third day in ex-South Carolina cop's murder trial

    Jurors are deliberating for a third day in the state case against ex-North Charleston patrolman Michael Slager, 35. Prosecutors charged Slager with murder, but jurors could instead find him guilty of voluntary manslaughter if they decide Slager killed Scott in the heat of passion after provocation rather

  • 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

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

    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 multi-billion-dollar pipeline project near the Standing Rock Native American reservation. Veterans volunteering

  • 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

  • San Bernardino marks one-year anniversary of shooting that killed 14
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    San Bernardino marks one-year anniversary of shooting that killed 14

    Police and fire officials in Southern California who dealt with the carnage of a mass shooting by Islamic militants that left 14 people dead will mark the one-year anniversary on Friday of the attack that shook even the most hardened emergency responders. The massacre on Dec. 2, 2015, in San Bernardino

  • 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

  • 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”

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    Colorado mother bought gun just before she, two small sons found dead

    A Colorado mother bought a handgun hours before she and her two young sons were found fatally shot inside the family's minivan, authorities said on Thursday, adding that her wounds appeared to be self-inflicted. While stopping short of calling the deaths of 38-year-old Jennifer Marie Laber, and

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    Chicago pension bill passes Illinois House, stalls in Senate

    Chicago's plan to save two of its pension funds from insolvency passed the Illinois House on Thursday, but stalled in the Senate, which did not call the bill for a vote. The measure, which passed 91-16 in the House, could be voted on in the Senate before a new legislature takes office in January

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    U.S. state budgets to face low energy prices for years to come: Fitch

    Low oil, natural gas and coal prices will continue to put downward fiscal pressure on states that rely on those resources to fund their budgets, ratings agency Fitch said on Thursday. While OPEC’s agreement to implement production quotas boosted oil prices this week, Fitch’s long-term base case price

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    Trump's Carrier deal worthy of 'banana' republic: Mexico official

    U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's intervention to stop jobs at a plant in Indiana going to Mexico is typical of what happens in countries that Americans call "banana" republics, a senior Mexican state official said on Thursday. Carrier, a unit of United Technologies Corp , said on Thursday

  • U.S. veterans arrive at pipeline protest camp in North Dakota
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    U.S. veterans arrive at pipeline protest camp in North Dakota

    By Terray Sylvester and Alicia Underlee Nelson CANNON BALL/WEST FARGO, N.D. (Reuters) - U.S. military veterans were arriving on Thursday at a camp to join thousands of activists braving snow and freezing temperatures to protest a pipeline project near a Native American reservation in North Dakota.

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    Former NFLer Joe McKnight killed in Louisiana road rage shooting

    (Reuters) - Former National Football League player Joe McKnight was shot and killed on Thursday just outside New Orleans in his native Louisiana in what officials are investigating as a road rage incident. The shooting occurred around 3 p.m. local time at a traffic intersection in Terrytown, Jefferson

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    Three killed as pickup truck crashes into Walmart store in Iowa

    The Ford pickup truck slammed through the meat and pharmacy entrance of the store in Pella, Iowa, about 40 miles southeast of Des Moines, shortly before 10 a.m. local time, said Sergeant Nathan Ludwig of the Iowa State Patrol. "We're heartbroken by what appears to be a tragic accident,"

  • U.S. bill would allow Wells customers go to court over scandal
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    U.S. bill would allow Wells customers go to court over scandal

    The bill, which faces an uphill battle in Congress, is a challenge to Wells' effort to force plaintiffs in a lawsuit involving unauthorized accounts to resolve claims in closed-door arbitration proceedings. The Justice for Victims of Fraud Act of 2016, introduced by Senate Banking Committee Ranking

  • Death toll from Tennessee wildfires climbs to 10
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    Death toll from Tennessee wildfires climbs to 10

    The tally of documented property losses from the fires, which have reduced whole neighborhoods to ruins in the resort town of Gatlinburg in eastern Tennessee, have been put at more than 700 structures destroyed, authorities said. In a televised briefing for reporters on Thursday, Sevier County Mayor