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    California Assembly passes bill for private worker retirement plan

    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A bill to create a state-run retirement savings plan for roughly 7 million private workers in California advanced through the state Assembly on Thursday.

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    Illinois man charged with bomb attempt ruled mentally unfit

    The suspect, Adel Daoud of Hillside, Illinois, sincerely believes that his lawyers are Freemasons, U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman said. Daoud, 22, also believes the judicial system "is controlled by the Illuminati, a secret ruling class, who he repeatedly describes as reptiles in disguise

  • Georgia man gets 40-year sentence for boiling water attack on gays

    Georgia man gets 40-year sentence for boiling water attack on gays

    Martin Blackwell, 48, was convicted by a jury on Wednesday of 10 charges of aggravated battery and aggravated assault, said the spokesman for Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard Jr. Blackwell told police he heated water and poured it over Anthony Gooden Jr. and Marquez Tolbert while they slept

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    Power outage briefly halts flights to Miami, nearby airports - FAA

    The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration briefly halted flights at Miami International and nearby airports around noon EDT (1600 GMT) on Thursday following a power outage at Miami's Terminal Radar Approach Control, a spokeswoman said. Air traffic control is allowing flights to land with spacing

  • Competency hearing sought for ex-Los Angeles County sheriff

    Competency hearing sought for ex-Los Angeles County sheriff

    Federal prosecutors in the obstruction of justice case against former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca have asked a judge to order a mental competency hearing for the ex-lawman, who says he has Alzheimer's disease. In court papers filed late on Wednesday, the prosecutors asked for a psychologist

  • Illinois attorney general sues Insys over fentanyl drug marketing

    Illinois attorney general sues Insys over fentanyl drug marketing

    The lawsuit, filed by Attorney General Lisa Madigan in Cook County Circuit Court, comes as Insys faces a number of state and investigations involving its drug Subsys as U.S. authorities seek to combat a national opioid abuse epidemic. "This drug company's desire for increased profits led it

  • Obama administration expects to close Guantanamo prison: White House

    Obama administration expects to close Guantanamo prison: White House

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama is still committed to closing the U.S. prison for terrorism suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and his administration expects to complete the task, White House said on Thursday.

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    Orlando hospitals won't charge nightclub shooting victims for care

    Forty-nine people were killed and 53 were wounded by gunman Omar Mateen before police fatally shot him after a three-hour standoff inside the gay dance club on June 12. U.S. authorities said Mateen was self-radicalized and acted alone, without assistance or orders from abroad, to commit the deadliest

  • Amazon launches Amazon Vehicles to help car buyers

    Amazon launches Amazon Vehicles to help car buyers

    (Reuters) - on Thursday launched Amazon Vehicles, an online platform for users to research on cars, auto parts and accessories. The platform will include specifications, images and reviews on for a large number of car models, ranging from Tesla Motors' 2014 Model S to the

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    Nine prison staffers in Nebraska injured in altercation with inmates

    The staff members were taken to hospital, treated and released after the incident that put the Lincoln Correctional Center on lockdown, Nebraska Department of Correctional Services spokeswoman Dawn-Renee Smith said in a statement. The staff members were assaulted by inmates who refused to return to

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    Colorado sheriff accused of sexually assaulting female prisoner

    An elected sheriff from a rural county in Colorado has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a developmentally disabled woman at his home before transporting her to jail, court documents showed on Wednesday. According to the affidavit, Hanna was transporting the woman from the town of Julesburg

  • Florida governor complains U.S. not doing enough to fight Zika

    Florida governor complains U.S. not doing enough to fight Zika

    CHICAGO/MIAMI (Reuters) - Florida Governor Rick Scott said on Wednesday the federal government had so far not delivered all the Zika antibody tests and laboratory support he had requested as the state battles the spread of the virus. On Wednesday, the Florida Department of Health reported a second non-travel

  • Tornadoes slam central Indiana, demolishing homes

    Tornadoes slam central Indiana, demolishing homes

    By Susan Guyett INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) - Several tornadoes plowed through central Indiana on Wednesday, demolishing numerous homes and a Starbucks cafe in the town of Kokomo and cutting off power to thousands of Indianapolis-area residents, but no serious injuries were reported. Governor and Republican

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    California legislature passes climate change bills

    By Rory Carroll SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California lawmakers voted to extend the state's climate change fighting efforts out to 2030 on Wednesday, giving a new lease on life to the most ambitious greenhouse gas reduction program in the country. The vote came hours after the state Assembly passed

  • Clinton calls for lower price on allergy drug EpiPen

    Clinton calls for lower price on allergy drug EpiPen

    By Ginger Gibson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton called on pharmaceutical company Mylan NV to voluntarily drop the price of its severe allergy treatment drug EpiPen, which has increased in price by more than 400 percent in the past decade. "That's outrageous

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    Wildfire forces closure of south entrance to Yellowstone National Park

    By Ruffin Prevost CODY, Wyo. (Reuters) - Burning trees and thick smoke from a large Wyoming wildfire have prompted authorities to close the main connecting road between the south end of Yellowstone National Park and the northern border of Grand Teton National Park. The closure order, which was made

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    Tornadoes slam Indiana, leveling Starbucks; no injuries reported

    By Tom Polansek CHICAGO (Reuters) - Thunderstorms and tornadoes plowed through central Indiana on Wednesday, leveling a Starbucks shop in the city of Kokomo and knocking out electricity to thousands of Indianapolis-area homes, but no injuries were immediately reported, authorities said. The National

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    New tornado warning issued in Indiana - county tweet

    (Reuters) - Indiana officials issued a new tornado warning for storm-stricken Howard County on Wednesday evening, urging residents to take shelter as a funnel cloud was moving in from Carroll County, officials tweeted. (Reporting by Eric M. Johnson in Seattle)

  • Obama creates new national monument in Maine forest

    Obama creates new national monument in Maine forest

    By Ayesha Rascoe WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Wednesday designated 87,500 acres in Maine's North Woods as a national monument, as the administration prepares to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. The White House said the designation was completed in

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    Eleventh Minneapolis resident charged with conspiracy to aid Islamic State

    A man formerly from Minneapolis was charged on Wednesday with providing and conspiring to provide material support to Islamic State, the U.S. Justice Department said. Mohamed Amiin Ali Roble, 20, was the 11th resident from Minnesota's twin cities area to be charged with the offense, the department

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    El Faro captain ordered crew to abandon ship before sinking

    The captain of the doomed El Faro cargo ship sounded an alarm for his crew to abandon the vessel shortly before it sank last fall in a hurricane near the Bahamas, killing all 33 onboard, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said on Wednesday. The NTSB released preliminary details from information

  • Texas students use sex toys to protest new gun laws on campus

    Texas students use sex toys to protest new gun laws on campus

    To protest a new state law that makes the carrying of concealed handguns legal in college classrooms, students at the University of Texas on Wednesday openly displayed sex toys, an act considered illegal under local indecency laws. "We are fighting absurdity with absurdity," said Jessica Jin

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    Mississippi man sentenced to eight years for trying to join Islamic State

    Muhammad Oda Dakhlalla, 23, of Starkville, Mississippi, pleaded guilty in March to one conspiracy count. U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock in Oxford, Mississippi, also ordered Dakhlalla to serve 15 years of supervised released once his prison term is up, prosecutors said in a statement. Dakhlalla&

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    Chicago school board approves budget, major borrowing plan

    The Chicago Board of Education on Wednesday signed off on a $5.46 billion fiscal 2017 operating budget, property tax hike, and a borrowing plan that calls for up to $945 million of long-term bonds and $1.55 billion of short-term debt. The unanimous approval by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's hand-picked

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    Turing accused of retaliation after executive's sexual assault complaint

    Nancy Retzlaff said in the complaint filed on Monday with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that Edwin Urrutia, who was Turing’s interim chief financial officer, "demanded" she join him in his Washington, D.C., hotel room, where he threw her onto the bed and tried to pull off