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  • For U.S. veterans, pipeline protest promises to galvanize activism
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    For U.S. veterans, pipeline protest promises to galvanize activism

    CANNON BALL/FORT YATES, N.D. (Reuters) - U.S. veterans, thousands of whom last week helped stop a contested oil pipeline running through North Dakota, could become important partners of activists on the environment, the economy, race and other issues that divide Americans. Several academics said the

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    Conjoined twins who faced each other separated in California surgery

    By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Conjoined 2-year-old twin girls who were separated at a California hospital this week were recovering in stable condition after 17 hours of surgery, officials said on Thursday. Separation surgery is performed about five times a year in the United States,

  • Alabama executes man for 1994 convenience store killing
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    Alabama executes man for 1994 convenience store killing

    Ronald Smith, 45, was pronounced dead at 11:05 p.m. (0505 GMT) at the Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, where he was executed by lethal injection, a spokesman for the Alabama Department of Corrections said. Smith was executed after the U.S. Supreme Court lifted a second stay on the execution,

  • Alabama executes 45-year-old man found guilty in the 1994 killing
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    Alabama executes 45-year-old man found guilty in the 1994 killing

    (Reuters) - Alabama executed a former Eagle scout on Thursday for a convenience store killing in 1994, the 20th person executed in the United States this year and the second in Alabama.

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    Ohio passes second, less restrictive, abortion bill

    Ohio lawmakers passed a second piece of legislation in two days on Thursday restricting abortion access in the state by banning the procedure after 20 weeks of gestation. Senate Bill 127 was passed by the state House 64-29 on Thursday and then again later in the evening by the Senate 23-8. The Senate

  • Oakland city workers visited warehouse, did not flag fire hazard
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    Oakland city workers visited warehouse, did not flag fire hazard

    In the two years leading up to the fire at an Oakland, California warehouse that killed 36 people at a dance party late last week, city officials had entered the building on numerous occasions and had multiple opportunities to see that residents were illegally living there in hazardous conditions. The

  • Trump says U.S.-China relationship must improve
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    Trump says U.S.-China relationship must improve

    By Emily Stephenson DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters) - President-elect Donald Trump said on Thursday the United States needed to improve its relationship with China, which he criticized for its economic policies and failure to rein in North Korea. "One of the most important relationships we must improve

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    New York, New Jersey 10-year transport plan could include rail tunnel

    The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said for the first time on Thursday its next 10-year capital plan may include $2.7 billion for Amtrak's Gateway rail tunnel project underneath the Hudson River. Included in the plan is funding for a controversial new bus terminal. The plan includes

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    NY City shelter 'clusters' questioned after homeless toddler deaths

    New York City's use of private apartment buildings to house multiple homeless families came under fire on Thursday, a day after two children living in one of the so-called cluster sites were killed when a boiler exploded. To ease crowding at shelters during a time of record-high homelessness in

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    Zimmer Biomet to settle bribery charges with U.S. prosecutors: filing

    U.S. authorities will reach a settlement with medical device maker Zimmer Biomet Holdings Inc over bribery allegations in the next four weeks, prosecutors said in a court filing Thursday. The new agreement would replace a 2012 settlement with the U.S. Justice Department over allegations that Biomet

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    Ex-Insys executives arrested for bribing U.S. doctors to prescribe painkiller

    Michael Babich, the Arizona-based drugmaker's former chief executive officer, and others were charged with participating in a conspiracy in which bribes were disguised as marketing event and speaker fees. The case is the latest involving Subsys, a spray approved for managing pain in cancer patients

  • No mistrial for Dylann Roof after church shooting survivor calls him 'evil'
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    No mistrial for Dylann Roof after church shooting survivor calls him 'evil'

    A federal judge on Thursday denied a mistrial for accused white South Carolina gunman Dylann Roof, who a day earlier was described as "evil" in testimony by a survivor of the deadly June 2015 attack on a historic black church. Lawyers for Roof, 22, argued eyewitness Felicia Sanders had offered

  • Second Georgia officer dies after shooting near university
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    Second Georgia officer dies after shooting near university

    The second officer shot while responding to a domestic dispute near a university in Georgia died of his injuries on Thursday, school officials said, after the suspect killed himself inside a home where he was barricaded earlier in the day. Georgia Southwestern State University police officer Jody Smith

  • U.S. Supreme Court issues 11th-hour stay in Alabama execution
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    U.S. Supreme Court issues 11th-hour stay in Alabama execution

    Ronald Smith, 45, had been set to die by lethal injection at 6 p.m. CST (0000 GMT) at the Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, Alabama. The Supreme Court did not give a reason for putting his execution on hold in the order, which was signed by Justice Clarence Thomas.

  • Polar vortex redux? U.S. forecasters say it could hit next week
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    Polar vortex redux? U.S. forecasters say it could hit next week

    By Timothy Mclaughlin CHICAGO (Reuters) - Forecasters are sending chills down some spines with a prediction that much of the northern half of the United States could see frigid weather next week similar to life-threatening lows the polar vortex brought to parts of the country in 2014. Anticipation

  • John Glenn, first American to orbit Earth, dies at 95
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    John Glenn, first American to orbit Earth, dies at 95

    John Glenn, who became one of the 20th century's greatest explorers as the first American to orbit Earth and later as the world's oldest astronaut, and also had a long career as a U.S. senator, died in Ohio on Thursday at age 95. Glenn, the last surviving member of the original seven American

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    Arkansas Supreme Court blocks birth certificates for same-sex couples

    Birth certificates issued in Arkansas must identify the biological parents even if the child is subsequently adopted by a same-sex couple, a divided state Supreme Court ruled on Thursday. A four-member court majority reversed Little Rock Circuit Judge Tim Fox's finding in December 2015 that the

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    U.S. Marine pilot dies after ejecting from plane off Japan

    The pilot, identified as Captain Jake Frederick, was located by a Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force ship, the statement said. The U.S. military provided few details about the incident, which occurred on Wednesday, other than saying the cause of the crash was under investigation.

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    NYC shelter 'clusters' questioned after homeless toddler deaths

    New York City's use of private apartment buildings to house multiple homeless families came under fire on Thursday, a day after two children living in one of the so-called cluster sites were killed in a radiator accident. To ease crowding at shelters during a time of record-high homelessness in

  • Greens rally in Michigan as courts in three states weigh recounts
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    Greens rally in Michigan as courts in three states weigh recounts

    Green Party supporters rallied in freezing temperatures in Michigan's capital on Thursday and urged its high court to revive a recount of presidential votes in one of three states where the party wants ballots re-examined. About 50 people marched in a circle for about an hour in front of the Michigan

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    Six ex-Insys executives arrested in U.S. in fentanyl bribe case

    Michael Babich, the former CEO of the Arizona-based drug maker, was among five individuals charged in an indictment filed in federal court in Boston in the latest case to spill out of investigations involving Insys' drug Subsys. Lawyers for Babich, who faces charges including conspiracy to commit

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    U.S. Congress votes to apply Magnitsky human rights act globally

    Legislation expanding the 2012 U.S. Magnitsky human rights act from Russian citizens to cover abusers in any country passed the U.S. Senate on Thursday as part of an annual defense policy bill, leaving the landmark measure on the verge of becoming law. The legislation was included in the must-pass National

  • U.S. carriers see 3.5 percent bump in 2016 winter holiday flying
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    U.S. carriers see 3.5 percent bump in 2016 winter holiday flying

    During the 21-day stretch from Dec. 16 through Jan. 5, between 1.8 million and 2.4 million passengers daily will fly globally aboard U.S. carriers, according to the Washington-based trade group. "An improving economy and reduced airfares remain the driving force behind the growth seen in air travel

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    Masterbuilt recalls U.S. gas smokers over fire risk

    Masterbuilt Manufacturing Inc is recalling about 41,000 gas-fired smokers because a fuel hose can disconnect and pose a fire hazard, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Thursday. The Columbus, Georgia-based company has received five reports of the hose on the 7-in-1 smokers carrying

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    Ex-JPMorgan employee accused of $5 million scheme to defraud bank

    A former JPMorgan Chase & Co employee who has been ordered to attend counseling for gambling is facing criminal charges that he engaged in a scheme to defraud the bank out of $5 million in order to pay personal debts. Lawrence Obracanik, who worked as an operations manager for JPMorgan's broker-dealer