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    CIA chief opposes bill allowing 9/11 suits against Saudi Arabia

    CIA Director John Brennan said on Wednesday that legislation to allow lawsuits against the government of Saudi Arabia over the Sept. 11 attacks has "grave implications" for U.S. national security. Brennan's comments in a formal statement came as the Senate prepared to hold a vote on overriding

  • Senate poised to move forward on bill averting government shutdown
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    Senate poised to move forward on bill averting government shutdown

    By David Morgan and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Wednesday was poised to pass legislation funding the federal government from Oct. 1 to Dec. 9, averting a shutdown of agencies this weekend. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced the vote on the stop-gap spending

  • FBI Director calls 'stop and frisk' an important tool when used right
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    FBI Director calls 'stop and frisk' an important tool when used right

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey told a House of Representatives panel on Wednesday that the police tactic known as "stop and frisk" is an important tool when used right.

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    As Islamic State loses ground, risk in U.S. rises: FBI official

    The United States is likely to face a higher risk of Islamic State-inspired attacks over the next two years as the group loses land in the Middle East, a top official with the Federal Bureau of Investigation said on Wednesday. "I'm fairly convinced that 2017 and 2018 in the homeland will be

  • Washington Post calls for Maine governor to resign
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    Washington Post calls for Maine governor to resign

    The Washington Post on Wednesday called on Maine Governor Paul LePage to resign, following a series of incidents in which the two-term Republican made racially charged statements and threatened a Democratic lawmaker in an obscenity-laden e-mail. LePage, whose term extends through 2018, last month lashed

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    Senators ask Justice Dept to consider probe of EpiPen Medicaid classification

    U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal, Charles Grassley and Amy Klobuchar asked the Justice Department to investigate whether Mylan NV may have misclassified its EpiPen in order to pay lower rebates to the states. In a letter released on Wednesday, the lawmakers noted that Mylan classified the EpiPen with

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    Mother, brother of NYC bomb suspect held in Afghanistan: report

    The mother and a brother of New York City bombing suspect Ahmad Rahami have been detained in Afghanistan after trying to return to the United States and being taken off a flight, the suspect's father told ABC News. The father, Mohammad Rahami, said in an interview published on ABC's website

  • Dotcom's appeal against extradition to U.S. winds up in New Zealand, ruling likely weeks away
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    Dotcom's appeal against extradition to U.S. winds up in New Zealand, ruling likely weeks away

    By Charlotte Greenfield WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Lawyers for German entrepreneur Kim Dotcom, wanted in the United States on copyright infringement and money-laundering charges over his file-sharing website Megaupload, argued on Wednesday there was not enough evidence to show he conspired to commit a crime

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    Tribal service deals could help Dakota pipeline impasse: Whiting CEO

    The chief executive of North Dakota's largest oil producer, Whiting Petroleum Corp, says the standoff over the $3.7 billion Dakota Access pipeline could be solved by giving economic opportunities, including supply and delivery contracts, to the Standing Rock Sioux and other Native Americans. Thousands

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    Asiana Airlines flight returns to Los Angeles after smoke reported in cargo area

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - An Asiana Airlines flight bound for South Korea returned to Los Angeles on Tuesday after smoke was reported in the cargo section, a spokeswoman for Los Angeles International Airport said.

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    New York City to pay $5.75 million to settle black inmate death lawsuit

    New York City on Tuesday agreed to pay $5.75 million to the mother of a mentally ill black man who died in 2013 after he was found in his cell naked and covered in feces at Rikers Island, court records show. Bradley Ballard, 39, was locked in his cell at the problem-plagued New York City jail complex

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    West Coast dockworkers, shippers to talk contract extension

    Shipping companies and a powerful dockworkers union have agreed to discuss a possible extension to a contract reached last year, ending labor strife that disrupted U.S. West Coast ports and bogged down cargo trade with Asia for months. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific

  • Two California men charged in suspected murder among 'furries'
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    Two California men charged in suspected murder among 'furries'

    Two men were charged on Tuesday in the triple murder of a Southern California couple and their friend in what local media reported may have been a crime among the so-called "furry" community of people who dress up in animal costumes. Joshua Acosta, 21, and Frank Felix, 25, were each charged

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    Benefit fund for Orlando club shooting victims begins payments

    A benefit fund that raised about $29.5 million for the victims of the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando began to make payments on Tuesday, the city said, with the estates of those killed receiving $350,000 each. The OneOrlando Fund, which approved the payout plan on Monday night, said that

  • Families of black victims killed by Ohio police want federal probes
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    Families of black victims killed by Ohio police want federal probes

    The families of two black males fatally shot by Columbus, Ohio, police called on Tuesday for independent investigations by federal officials of the separate incidents. The police shootings of 13-year-old Tyre King on Sept. 14 and Henry Green, 23, on June 6 in Columbus, along with recent fatal police

  • Obama power plant rules face key test in court
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    Obama power plant rules face key test in court

    The centerpiece of President Barack Obama's climate change strategy faced a key test on Tuesday as conservative appeals court judges questioned whether his administration overstepped its legal authority under an air pollution law to make sweeping changes to the U.S. electric sector. Twenty-seven

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    Court sides with New Jersey mega-mall in financing challenge

    A New Jersey appeals court on Tuesday sided with the state in its plan to allow $1.15 billion of tax-exempt bonds to finance American Dream, the state's long-stalled mega-mall and entertainment complex. The court rejected a challenge by the nonprofit group New Jersey Alliance for Fiscal Integrity

  • Facebook tells U.S. judge it takes terroristic threats seriously
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    Facebook tells U.S. judge it takes terroristic threats seriously

    By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - Lawyers for Facebook Inc on Tuesday sought to assure a U.S. judge overseeing lawsuits by victims of militant attacks in the Middle East that it took a "zero tolerance" approach to any communications that may promote terrorist threats or activity. The

  • Overhaul of NY Penn Station, post office advances
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    Overhaul of NY Penn Station, post office advances

    New York State officials on Tuesday chose developers for a $1.6 billion project to renovate a century-old historic post office, part of a broader plan to modernize Pennsylvania Station, the outdated labyrinthine train hub in the heart of New York City. The preferred bidder, a team comprised of Skanska

  • 'Bridgegate' witness says Governor Christie knew of lane closures
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    'Bridgegate' witness says Governor Christie knew of lane closures

    By Joseph Ax NEWARK, N.J. (Reuters) - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was aware of a politically motivated scheme to close lanes at the George Washington Bridge in 2013 as it was unfolding, a key prosecution witness testified on Tuesday at the criminal trial of two former Christie associates. David

  • Caesars strikes deal to end main unit's costly bankruptcy
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    Caesars strikes deal to end main unit's costly bankruptcy

    Caesars Entertainment Corp said on Tuesday it has struck a crucial $5 billion deal with most of its casino operating unit's creditors, resolving billions of dollars in legal claims and paving the subsidiary's way out of a costly bankruptcy. Junior creditors led by hedge fund Appaloosa Management

  • Charlotte shooting victim's wife said he threatened family: court papers
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    Charlotte shooting victim's wife said he threatened family: court papers

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - Less than a year before Keith Scott was shot and killed by a police officer in Charlotte, North Carolina, his wife said in court papers that he had called himself a "killer" and threatened to kill his family with his gun. Rakeyia Scott sought a domestic violence

  • Illinois man pleads guilty in celebrity nude-photo hacking scandal
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    Illinois man pleads guilty in celebrity nude-photo hacking scandal

    (Reuters) - An Illinois man pleaded guilty on Tuesday to hacking the e-mail accounts of high-profile female celebrities in a scandal linked to the online release of nude photos of Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence and others. Edward Majerczyk, 29, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Chicago

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    Houston police identify shooting suspect who wounded nine

    A Houston lawyer suspected of wounding nine people in a shooting spree on Monday has been formally identified by the medical examiner as 46-year-old Nathan DeSai, police said. DeSai, 46, was shot dead by police, who said he opened fire on motorists near a shopping center in the affluent West University

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    Lawsuit on Maryland man's death after 911 call awaits autopsy: lawyer

    Tawon Boyd, 21, of Middle River, died in a hospital last Wednesday, three days after Baltimore County officers subdued him and medics administered a drug to calm him, according to police. A. Dwight Pettit, a Baltimore lawyer for the family, said his office had told the county it planned to file a wrongful