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    California legal setback fails to discourage tenure opponents

    A nationwide drive to weaken job guarantees for U.S. public school teachers shows no sign of fading away even though an extended legal battle to stop the practice of granting tenure in California went down in defeat last week. The California challenge, which would have made it easier for school districts

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    Factbox: Why the Zika virus is causing alarm

    Global health officials are racing to better understand the Zika virus behind a major outbreak that began in Brazil last year and has spread to many countries in the Americas. Zika is transmitted to people through the bite of infected female mosquitoes, primarily the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the same

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    Trump tweets about killing of NBA star's cousin, drawing criticism

    Trump's Twitter message came a day after Nykea Aldridge, a 32-year-old mother of four, was shot in the head and arm by crossfire in Chicago while pushing a baby in a stroller, police said. Police were questioning two people on Saturday in connection with the shooting, which may have come from a

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    Kansas City area hit by floods after three days of downpour

    (Reuters) - The Kansas City area was flooded late Friday after a three-day downpour, forcing emergency services to conduct about 10 water rescues in Missouri's largest city, officials said. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood emergency notice to the Kansas City area for the first time

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    Tropical Storm Madeline forms east of Hawaiian Islands: NHC

    (Reuters) - Tropical storm Madeline has formed in the northern Pacific ocean, well east-southeast of the Hawaiian Islands, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in an advisory on Friday. The storm, with maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (65 km per hour), is about 1,235 miles (1,990 km)

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    Mississippi man arrested in stabbing death of two nuns: police

    Rodney Earl Sanders, 46, faces two counts of capital murder in the death of two nuns in Durant, the Mississippi Department of Public Safety said in a statement. “Sanders was developed as a person of interest early on in the investigation,” Mississippi Bureau of Investigation Director Jimmy Jordan said

  • FDA recommends Zika testing for all blood donated in U.S.
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    FDA recommends Zika testing for all blood donated in U.S.

    By Julie Steenhuysen and Letitia Stein CHICAGO/TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended on Friday that all blood donated in the United States and its territories be tested for Zika virus, as it moves to prevent transmission of the virus through the blood supply. The

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    Video emerges showing U.S. police pursuing deaf driver

    The motorist, Daniel Harris, 29, of Charlotte, was shot during a traffic stop on Aug. 18. "The police need to become aware of how to communicate with deaf people, what that might look like and how to avoid situations like this from ever happening again," Harris' brother Sam, who also is

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    Pacific Tropical Storm Lester now a hurricane: NHC

    (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Lester has developed an eye and is now a hurricane as it moved west in the Pacific Ocean away from the mainland of Mexico, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in an advisory on Friday. The system, with maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour (120 km per hour), is

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    Justice Department to decide charges against Arizona lawman in racial profiling case

    The U.S. Justice Department will decide whether criminal contempt charges will be brought against Arizona lawman Joe Arpaio for violating court orders in a racial profiling case, court documents released late on Friday showed. The criminal referral centers on U.S. District Judge Murray Snow's ruling

  • Partial win in fight over North Carolina transgender bathroom law
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    Partial win in fight over North Carolina transgender bathroom law

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - North Carolina's university system must allow two transgender students and a transgender employee to use bathrooms matching their gender identity, a U.S. judge ruled on Friday, in a partial victory for those fighting the state's restrictive restroom law. Most

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    Yellowstone employee falls to death in park canyon

    Estefania Liset Mosquera Alcivar, a concession employee, was with a small group of coworkers at the rim of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone shortly after 3:15 a.m. when she fell, according to accounts by her companions, the park's public affairs office said in a statement.

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    Timeline: Zika's origin and global spread

    The following timeline charts the origin and spread of the Zika virus from its discovery nearly 70 years ago:

  • Caesars must face $11 billion in lawsuits: U.S. judge
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    Caesars must face $11 billion in lawsuits: U.S. judge

    Caesars Entertainment Corp must face lawsuits from bondholders seeking some $11 billion in claims, a U.S. judge ruled on Friday in a decision the casino company had warned could plunge it into bankruptcy alongside its operating unit. Caesars Entertainment Operating Co (CEOC), which filed for Chapter

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    Illinois pension fund lowers investment rate, hikes state payment

    Illinois faces a big increase in its future pension contributions after the state's largest public retirement system on Friday lowered its assumed investment rate of return to 7 percent from 7.5 percent. The vote by the Teachers' Retirement System (TRS) board to lower the rate will trigger an

  • Woman kidnapped, held for 18 years cannot sue U.S. over parole failures: court
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    Woman kidnapped, held for 18 years cannot sue U.S. over parole failures: court

    A woman who was kidnapped near her California home at the age of 11 and held captive for 18 years by a convicted sex offender cannot sue the U.S. government for failing to properly supervise him on parole, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday. A three-member panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of

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    Landmark Phelan building sold in San Francisco for $375 million

    New York-based developer Thor Equities has sold the historic Phelan building in San Francisco for $375 million to a member of the prominent Hotung family with deep roots in Hong Kong, sources said. A limited liability company, The Phelan Building LLC, has purchased the 11-story landmark at 760 Market

  • Relief granted to transgender students fighting North Carolina's bathroom law
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    Relief granted to transgender students fighting North Carolina's bathroom law

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Friday blocked the University of North Carolina from enforcing a state law requiring transgender people to use single-sex restrooms and locker rooms that correspond to the gender on their birth certificate. U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Schroeder'

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    Guard at New York City's Rikers jail complex charged with rape

    A correction officer at New York City's Rikers Island jail complex has been indicted on rape and other charges for engaging in sexual acts with an inmate, prosecutors announced on Friday. The case against Jose Cosme, 36, marked the latest string of prosecutions targeting Rikers employees in recent

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    Man convicted in Connecticut home invasion murders tried suicide

    The inmate, Joshua Komisarjevsky, 36, tried to hang himself on Aug. 18, shortly after he and accomplice Steven Hayes were transferred to Pennsylvania's Camp Hill prison, spokeswoman Karen Martucci said. Hawke-Petit was strangled and the girls died of smoke inhalation after the home was set on fire

  • Uber wins halt to N.Y. price-fixing lawsuit during appeal
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    Uber wins halt to N.Y. price-fixing lawsuit during appeal

    A federal judge on Friday granted a request by Uber Technologies Inc and its chief executive officer to put a passenger's price-fixing lawsuit against them on hold, while they appeal his refusal to let them arbitrate the dispute. Calling his decision a "close call," U.S. District Judge

  • Redstone granddaughter agrees to case dismissal, helps broader deal
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    Redstone granddaughter agrees to case dismissal, helps broader deal

    The granddaughter of Viacom Inc's controlling shareholder Sumner Redstone has agreed to let a Massachusetts court dismiss claims brought by former company leaders, a step that will help end a battle over the fate of the media empire. Lawyers for Keryn Redstone said at a Massachusetts court hearing

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    Viacom affirms support for Paramount studio head Grey

    The statement comes amid speculation within the industry that Viacom may replace Grey on the heels of a shakeup at the media company, which owns Paramount, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central. On Saturday, Viacom announced a settlement with controlling shareholder Sumner Redstone, by which its Viacom CEO

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    Redstone granddaughter agrees to Viacom case dismissal

    BOSTON (Reuters) - The granddaughter of Viacom Inc's controlling shareholder Sumner Redstone has agreed to let a Massachusetts court dismiss claims brought by former company leaders, a step that will help end a battle over the fate of the media empire.

  • Judge in Redstone hearing urges attorneys to reach agreements
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    Judge in Redstone hearing urges attorneys to reach agreements

    A Massachusetts judge on Friday told attorneys to see if they could agree to resolve at least parts of a lingering family dispute over the fate of the empire built by Sumner Redstone, the controlling shareholder of Viacom Inc . Judge George Phelan gave the instruction before declaring a break in a hearing