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  • Teen kills father, opens fire on South Carolina schoolyard: police
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    Teen kills father, opens fire on South Carolina schoolyard: police

    A 14-year-old South Carolina boy shot and killed his father then drove to an elementary school playground where he wounded two children and a teacher with a handgun before being tackled by a firefighter who held him for police, authorities said on Wednesday. The suspect, whose name has not been released

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    Missouri fraternity suspended after being accused of racial slurs

    The University of Missouri said on Wednesday a fraternity accused of making racial slurs toward a group of black students had been suspended, less than a year after allegations of racism on campus ignited protests. The university's Legion of Black Collegians said in a statement that two black students

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    Chicago teachers union sets October 11 strike date

    The Chicago Teachers Union voted on Wednesday to set an Oct. 11 date for a possible strike that could disrupt classes for tens of thousands of students in the country's third largest public school system. The union, which represents nearly 27,000 teachers and educational support workers, said its

  • Congress rejects Obama veto, Saudi September 11 bill becomes law
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    Congress rejects Obama veto, Saudi September 11 bill becomes law

    By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congress on Wednesday overwhelmingly rejected President Barack Obama's veto of legislation allowing relatives of the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks to sue Saudi Arabia, the first veto override of his presidency, just four months before it ends. The House

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    Obama says 9/11 legislation sets 'dangerous precedent': CNN

    FORT LEE, Va. (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Wednesday called the Senate's vote to override his veto of legislation allowing relatives of the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to sue Saudi Arabia's government a mistake. "If we eliminate this notion of sovereign immunity, then

  • Protesters chant 'murder' in police shooting of black man in California
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    Protesters chant 'murder' in police shooting of black man in California

    By Dan Whitcomb and Marty Graham EL CAJON, Calif. (Reuters) - Protesters yelled "murder" and demanded on Wednesday a federal investigation into the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man in Southern California, just as racially charged anger over two similar incidents during the past

  • Congress nears passage of bill averting government shutdown
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    Congress nears passage of bill averting government shutdown

    The Congress moved closer on Wednesday to finishing a stop-gap funding bill that would avert a looming federal government shutdown, after Republicans and Democrats agreed to help Flint, Michigan, resolve its drinking water crisis. The Senate voted 72-26 to adopt the short-term continuing resolution,

  • California, eyeing Cosby, ends statute of limitations for rape
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    California, eyeing Cosby, ends statute of limitations for rape

    California Governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed a bill to end the statute of limitations for rape, a measure inspired by accusations against comedian Bill Cosby, some of which surfaced decades after alleged crimes occurred. Cosby, who built a long career on family friendly comedy, including his

  • U.S. agency told Mylan that EpiPen was misclassified
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    U.S. agency told Mylan that EpiPen was misclassified

    By Diane Bartz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. federal health agency said on Wednesday it had "expressly advised" Mylan NV that the drugmaker had improperly classified its EpiPen emergency allergy treatment in a way that allowed it to pay lower rebates to state health programs. The disclosure

  • Minnesota pushes ahead with probe of black motorist's shooting death
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    Minnesota pushes ahead with probe of black motorist's shooting death

    Philando Castile, 32, was shot on July 6 in Falcon Heights, a St. Paul suburb, during a traffic stop. The shooting, along with that of a black man by police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the day before, fueled public outrage in the United States over the use of excessive force by police. Castile's

  • Teen kills father, opens fire on schoolyard in South Carolina
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    Teen kills father, opens fire on schoolyard in South Carolina

    By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - A 14-year-old South Carolina boy shot and killed his father then drove to an elementary school where he opened fire with a handgun, wounding two children and a teacher before being tackled by a firefighter who held him for police, authorities said on Wednesday

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    Professor arrives in Rwanda from U.S. to face genocide trial

    By Clement Uwiringiyimana KIGALI (Reuters) - A professor arrived back in Rwanda on Wednesday after being extradited from the United States to stand trial for his part in the country's 1994 genocide, a spokesman for the prosecutor's office said. Professor Leopold Munyakazi, who had been living

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    Michigan Attorney General says weak Detroit schools can be closed

    Underperforming schools in the cash-strapped city of Detroit can be closed this school year, Michigan's Attorney General said in a legal opinion issued Wednesday to clarify an existing state law. The position is the latest development in a battle between the state's Republican and Democratic

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    White House calls Senate override of veto of September 11 bill 'embarrassing'

    The White House on Wednesday slammed the Senate's nearly unanimous vote to reject President Barack Obama's veto of legislation allowing relatives of the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to sue Saudi Arabia's government. "This is the single most embarrassing thing this United States

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    Syrian hacker sympathetic to Assad pleads guilty in U.S. court

    A computer hacker sympathetic to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government pleaded guilty for his role as a middleman in an extortion scheme targeting U.S. media outlets and governments, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Wednesday. It said in a statement that Peter Romar, 37, was a member

  • 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 email. LePage, whose term extends through 2018, last month lashed

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    Don't blame cocaine for South American forest loss, study says

    By Chris Arsenault RIO DE JANEIRO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Infrastructure projects designed to open the western Amazon for investment are to blame for deforestation in parts of Peru, Colombia and Bolivia - rather than coca production, researchers said on Wednesday. Policymakers and U.N. anti-drugs

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    U.S. judge approves but critiques SEC's 'phantom' deal with bank

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday won approval of a settlement with failed Cayman Islands-based Caledonian Bank Ltd, despite criticism by a federal judge of the regulator's handling of the case and of the accord itself. U.S. District Judge William Pauley in Manhattan questioned

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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

  • 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

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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.