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    N.Y. high court broadens definition of parent in landmark ruling

    In a landmark ruling for non-traditional families in New York, the state's highest court on Tuesday held a person need not have a biological or adoptive relationship with a child to be considered a parent. The decision by the New York Court of Appeals gives such individuals legal standing to seek

  • Obama shortens prison sentences of 111 convicts: White House
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    Obama shortens prison sentences of 111 convicts: White House

    U.S. President Barack Obama shortened the prison sentences of 111 convicts serving time for drug-related offenses in his second round of clemency grants this month, the White House said on Tuesday. Obama has now granted a total of 673 commutations during his presidency, more than the number granted

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    USDA closes offices in five states after anonymous threats

    "Yesterday, USDA received several anonymous messages that are concerning for the safety of USDA personnel and its facilities. As a precaution, USDA has closed offices," department spokesman Matthew Herrick said. The agency was working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and local law

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    One dead, five in custody after New Jersey highway shootout

    The incident, which occurred on Monday afternoon along the Atlantic City Expressway, involved at least two cars and left one man dead, according to state police, who were still piecing together the details of the shootout. State troopers responding to an emergency call found Rosemond Octavius, 22, dead

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    Georgia sheriff gets probation, $1,000 fine for shooting friend

    A Georgia sheriff who said he accidentally shot a friend while practicing police tactics pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of reckless conduct on Tuesday, his attorney said. Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill, 51, was sentenced to 12 months probation and fined $1,000 after critically injuring

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    China charges U.S. woman with espionage

    An American businesswoman held in China since March last year has been charged with spying, China's Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday, the latest development in a case that has added to U.S.-China tensions. Sandy Phan-Gillis, from Houston, Texas, who is of Chinese ancestry and is a naturalized U.S

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    Orlando 911 calls tell of fear inside and outside of Pulse club

    Panicked callers to 911 during June's mass shooting in Orlando told police of buildings hit by stray bullets and wounded friends stuck inside the gay nightclub where a gunman pledging allegiance to Islamic State killed 49 people. "Gun shots were just like crazy," one caller outside the

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    New York subway prankster to be charged with crime: police

    New York City police plan to arrest an aspiring actress who let crickets and worms loose on a crowded subway train and then urinated on herself last week in what she has described as a prank, authorities said on Tuesday. Zaida Pugh will be charged with reckless endangerment for what she did on the train

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    New Hampshire sex victim says school didn't take attack seriously

    A girl who was the focus of a high-profile criminal trial last year after accusing a fellow student of sexual assault has said their elite New Hampshire prep school did not take the incident seriously. In an interview broadcast on NBC's "Today" program on Tuesday, Chessy Prout, 17, identified

  • Twitter to share ad revenue on videos by U.S. users
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    Twitter to share ad revenue on videos by U.S. users

    Twitter, Facebook Inc, Snapchat and YouTube are all competing to keep or recruit top video talent as they seek to cash in on the wave of televison-style advertising that has been moving to the internet. Twitter already offers revenue sharing to media and entertainment companies such as CBS Corp and

  • Oklahoma mother charged with using crucifix to kill 'possessed' daughter
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    Oklahoma mother charged with using crucifix to kill 'possessed' daughter

    Juanita Gomez was booked last week in the death of Geneva Gomez, whose body was found in an Oklahoma City home with a large cross on her chest, a probable cause affidavit said. Police said Gomez confessed to the crime, telling officers she forced a crucifix and religious medallion down her daughter&

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    FBI offers $50,000 reward for capture of escaped polygamous sect leader

    Lyle Jeffs, 56, fled confinement in Salt Lake City sometime over the weekend of June 18 - 19 and an arrest warrant was issued by a federal judge that Sunday afternoon, authorities said. Prosecutors allege Jeffs and other leaders of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (FLDS

  • Veteran Arizona sheriff faces off against three in Republican primary
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    Veteran Arizona sheriff faces off against three in Republican primary

    The Arizona sheriff famous for his tough stance on illegal immigration and keeping jail inmates in tents faces a primary challenge from three fellow Republicans on Tuesday and a difficult race for re-election in November. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who is seeking election to a seventh term

  • Parole system questioned after murder of NBA star's cousin
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    Parole system questioned after murder of NBA star's cousin

    A visibly angry Eddie Johnson, the city's police superintendent, said the case underscored the need to keep violent criminals behind bars longer. "This reprehensible act of violence is an example of why we need to change the way we treat habitual offenders in the city of Chicago," Johnson

  • California Governor Brown signs law banning use of bullhooks on elephants
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    California Governor Brown signs law banning use of bullhooks on elephants

    (Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown on Monday signed into law a measure that bans the use of bullhooks and other devices to control elephants, the latest victory for animal rights activists who condemn the practice. Brown's action comes a month after Rhode Island became the first U.S. state

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    Former FBI agent gets three years' jail for using drug cash on cars, cosmetic surgery

    Scott Bowman, 45, pleaded guilty in May to charges of conversion of property by a federal employee, obstruction of justice, falsifying records, and witness tampering, according to a statement by the U.S. Department of Justice. Bowman was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Jesus Bernal in Riverside

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    Pentagon orders review of unfinished aircraft carrier

    The Pentagon has ordered a review of the USS Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier, which is under construction and due to be delivered in November, a Defense Department spokesman said on Monday. Defense Undersecretary for Acquisition Frank Kendall ordered the review, citing a list of problems with the ship

  • U.S. to meet target of admitting 10,000 Syrian refugees: White House
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    U.S. to meet target of admitting 10,000 Syrian refugees: White House

    By Ayesha Rascoe and Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration will meet its goal of admitting 10,000 Syrian refugees this fiscal year a month ahead of schedule and is working with Congress to increase the target by a few thousand in 2017, the White House said on Monday. The 10,000th

  • California lawmakers pass rape bill inspired by Stanford case
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    California lawmakers pass rape bill inspired by Stanford case

    By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California lawmakers, responding to outrage over the six-month jail term given to a former Stanford University swimmer after his conviction for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman, passed legislation on Monday closing a loophole that allowed the sentence.

  • Mondelez abandons pursuit of U.S. chocolate maker Hershey
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    Mondelez abandons pursuit of U.S. chocolate maker Hershey

    The abandoned deal, which would have created the world's largest confectioner, underscores the grip that a charitable trust has on the maker of Hershey's Kisses and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. The trust which controls Hershey was set up by the company's founder over a century ago to

  • California lawmakers send governor bill authorizing farmworker overtime
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    California lawmakers send governor bill authorizing farmworker overtime

    California would become the first U.S. state to require farmers to pay overtime to field workers and fruit pickers under a bill approved by the legislature on Monday and sent to Democratic Governor Jerry Brown for his approval. The bill, which passed on a mostly party-line vote, would phase in overtime

  • Washington state begins killing wolf pack for preying on livestock
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    Washington state begins killing wolf pack for preying on livestock

    Wildlife agents authorized to eradicate a group of 11 wolves for repeated attacks on cattle in Washington state have hunted down and killed six animals from the condemned pack and are searching for the rest, a state game official said on Monday. State biologists fatally shot two members of the so-called

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    Former Chicago official gets 10 years in red light camera bribe case

    John Bills, 55, was convicted in January on every charge he faced connected to the scheme, including mail fraud, wire fraud, filing false tax returns and bribery. In addition to the 10-year sentence, U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall ordered Bills to make more than $2 million in restitution payments

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    Massachusetts man stockpiled arms; mulled attack: prosecutors

    A suburban Boston man arrested over the weekend illegally stockpiled weapons in violation of a court order and had mulled attacking a police station or a mosque, federal prosecutors said on Monday. Forty-year-old Joseph Garguilo of Holliston, Massachusetts, appeared in court to face charges of being

  • Congressional leaders ask for more time to study new fuel rules
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    Congressional leaders ask for more time to study new fuel rules

    Three Congressional leaders on Monday asked top federal environmental and safety officials to extend by 60 days the public comment period on new vehicle emissions and fuel economy standards. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a July