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    Child porn suspect on 'most wanted' list arrested in Alaska

    The suspect, 40-year-old Kevin Trask, was taken into custody by a Fairbanks International Airport police officer on Tuesday, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a statement. Trask initially provided a false identity before later admitting to being wanted for felony child pornography

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    Gabonese man charged in U.S. hedge fund bribery probe pleads guilty

    (Reuters) - A Gabonese man who prosecutors say acted as a "fixer" for a joint-venture involving the hedge fund Och-Ziff Capital Management Group LLC pleaded guilty on Friday to U.S. charges that he engaged in a foreign bribery scheme.

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    Rivian bids on shuttered Mitsubishi plant in Illinois

    Mayor Chris Koos told Reuters on Friday that Rivian would employ about 500 people at the factory when it reopens in 2021 and eventually would have about 1,000 workers. Rivian was founded in 2009 by R.J. Scaringe, chief executive officer, and employs more than 50 people, according to its LinkedIn profile

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    Massachusetts man sentenced for threats to bomb schools in four states

    A Massachusetts man arrested last year for making a series of bomb threats to schools in four U.S. states in 2015 has been sentenced to three years probation, according to court filings. Anthony Rae, 25, pleaded guilty in October to one criminal count of willfully making bomb threats, which came in

  • Wisconsin judge rejects Trump group bid to stop vote recount
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    Wisconsin judge rejects Trump group bid to stop vote recount

    Wisconsin is one of three states where Green Party candidate Jill Stein, who finished fourth in the presidential poll, sought recounts. Great America political action committee and Stop Hillary PAC had both gone to court last week to halt the recount, which is more than 88 percent complete, according

  • Inmate coughs, heaves during Alabama execution raising ire over drug
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    Inmate coughs, heaves during Alabama execution raising ire over drug

    Alabama used sedative midazolam in its lethal injection mix to execute 45-year-old Ronald Smith. Midazolam, a valium-like drug, has been used in executions in Ohio, Oklahoma, and Arizona that took longer than usual or were botched. The drug has also been used in executions in Florida.

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    N.Y. City to pay $600,000 in police brutality case

    New York City has agreed to pay more than $600,000 to settle claims from a man who said he was brutally beaten by police officers nearly five years ago. Jateik Reed was 19 on Jan. 12, 2012, when he and two friends were stopped and frisked by officers on a sidewalk in the borough of the Bronx. Surveillance

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    Ex-Cantor Fitzgerald mortgage bond trader indicted in U.S. for fraud

    (Reuters) - A former Cantor Fitzgerald & Co trader has been indicted on charges that he defrauded investors by lying about the price of mortgage bond transactions he handled for them after the financial crisis in order to illegally profit.

  • Health agencies say Miami Beach no longer Zika transmission zone
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    Health agencies say Miami Beach no longer Zika transmission zone

    (Reuters) - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Florida Department of Health said on Friday that the Miami Beach area was no longer considered an active Zika transmission zone. The CDC said there had been no new cases of local Zika virus transmission identified in South Miami

  • 'I did it,' South Carolina church shooting suspect says in taped confession
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    'I did it,' South Carolina church shooting suspect says in taped confession

    Roof's lawyers have not disputed his guilt on the charges of hate crimes resulting in death, obstruction of religion and firearms violations, for which the U.S. government is seeking the death penalty. The taped confession, played on the third day of 22-year-old Roof's trial in Charleston, gave

  • Activist Chicago priest reflects on city's 'shameful' violent year
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    Activist Chicago priest reflects on city's 'shameful' violent year

    A longtime activist Chicago priest who has marched in protests, attended vigils and delivered sermons decrying violence in the city's most deadly year in nearly two decades, fears the surge in murders could continue into 2017. Father Michael Pfleger, pastor of St. Sabina Catholic Church on Chicago

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    Ohio lawmakers approve college campus concealed-carry bill

    Lawmakers in Ohio approved a bill on Friday that opens the way for licensed gun owners to carry concealed weapons on college campuses, less than two weeks after a man injured 11 in a stabbing attack at Ohio State University. State senators passed the bill 22-8 after representatives approved it 68-25

  • 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