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  • McCain, Rubio win Republican nod in U.S. Senate races
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    McCain, Rubio win Republican nod in U.S. Senate races

    By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. senators John McCain and Marco Rubio won their party's nominations on Tuesday to seek re-election in Arizona and Florida in November, as both of the high profile politicians saw off insurgent challengers. McCain, the 2012 failed Republican

  • Three new cases of local Zika transmission in Florida: officials
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    Three new cases of local Zika transmission in Florida: officials

    The new infections bring the state's total of non-travel-related cases to 46, according to the Florida Department of Health. Only one of Tuesday's three new cases was linked to Miami Beach, which is known to be an active area for local Zika transmission. The department said it believes ongoing

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    Several injured after ferry strikes New York kayakers

    The Coast Guard said in a statement it had received reports of the collision between the New York Waterways ferry and the group of about a dozen kayakers around 6:00 p.m. local time near Pier 79 in the Hudson River. Five of the paddlers were taken to area hospitals for treatment, including two who were

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    USDA closes offices in five states after anonymous threats

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture has closed six offices in five states after receiving anonymous threats, a USDA spokesman said on Tuesday, and police were investigating similar threats to faculty members from at least two universities in eastern states. "Yesterday, USDA received several anonymous

  • Five Chicago officers face firing over slaying of black teen
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    Five Chicago officers face firing over slaying of black teen

    The chief of Chicago's police department recommended on Tuesday that five officers be fired over their role in the 2014 shooting death of an black teenager, an incident that heaped national scrutiny on the nation's second largest police force. The video shows the officer continued to fire after

  • Hurricane threatens Hawaii; storm churns off Florida
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    Hurricane threatens Hawaii; storm churns off Florida

    By Letitia Stein TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - U.S forecasters warned residents of Hawaii's Big Island on Tuesday of an encroaching hurricane expected to bring strong winds and heavy rains, while Floridians were told to prepare for a tropical system later in the week. The storm was forecast to "

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    Turkish gold trader seeks U.S. judge's recusal in Iran sanctions case

    A Turkish gold trader accused of conspiring to violate U.S. sanctions against Iran on Tuesday asked a federal judge to recuse himself, citing remarks he made about a series of earlier Turkish prosecutions targeting him and others. Lawyers for Reza Zarrab, 33, filed the motion a week before the judge

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    Christian woman told to remove headscarf for license: ACLU lawsuit

    Yvonne Allen, of Tuskegee, said a court clerk told her when she sought a license renewal last December that "only Muslim women have the right to cover their hair," according to the complaint filed with the federal court in Opelika, Alabama. Allen described herself as a devout Christian woman

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    Poll shows Virginia lawmaker jailed in sex scandal leading mayor's race

    Joe Morrissey, 58, holds a commanding lead in the Richmond mayor's race with 28 percent of the vote city-wide, according to the Christopher Newport University poll. Morrissey pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor in December 2014 for his relationship

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    Senator Grassley could be persuaded to hold hearing on Garland

    By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley opened the door to holding a hearing on President Obama's Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland if a majority of senators wish to do so after the Nov. 8 election, in comments posted online Tuesday. Grassley, an Iowa Republican

  • 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

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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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    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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    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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    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

  • 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