• Potential juror bias weighed in conspiracy trial of Oregon militants

    Potential juror bias weighed in conspiracy trial of Oregon militants

    The integrity of a federal court jury was called into question on Tuesday as the panel deliberated for a third day in the trial of seven people charged with conspiracy in the armed takeover of a U.S. wildlife center in Oregon this year. The issue came to light when the 12-member panel sent a handwritten

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    Marine pilot ejects from plane, suffers minor injuries - media

    The twin-engine F/A-18C Hornet warplane touched down at about 6 p.m. local time at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, California, the Los Angeles Times reported. The pilot, who was not identified, suffered minor injuries and was taken to hospital, Marine spokesman John Roberts

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    Inmates, officer injured during fights at jail in Chicago

    The officer was hit by a food tray and several inmates were stabbed during the skirmish that broke out at about 7:30 p.m. at a maximum security Cook County jail in Chicago, a Cook County sheriff's spokeswoman said. It was unclear what set off the fights at the jail that houses more than 1,000 male

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    Judge orders criminal contempt trial for Arizona sheriff Arpaio

    A federal judge on Tuesday ordered Arizona lawman Joe Arpaio to stand trial in December on a criminal contempt charge of violating the terms of a court ruling against the controversial sheriff in a 2007 racial profiling case.     The latest court order setting Arpaio's trial date for Dec. 6 means

  • U.S. Catholic health group hit with complaint over sterilization ban

    U.S. Catholic health group hit with complaint over sterilization ban

    The complaint was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights. It asks the health department to investigate the policies on sterilization of Ascension Health [ASCNH.UL] and its subsidiary, Genesys Health System, to see

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    Utah boy, 16, shot outside school, 14-year-old arrested: police

    Sergeant Dean Carriger said the bell excusing students at Union Middle School had just rung when the shooting took place. "At about 3 p.m., Union had just released and students were leaving the property when two juveniles got into an argument that led to the shooting," he said. Carriger said

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    Ex-Oppenheimer adviser pleads guilty to U.S. insider trading charges

    A former investment adviser at an Oppenheimer Holdings Inc unit pleaded guilty on Tuesday to charges that he engaged in an insider trading scheme based on information supplied by a childhood friend working at Pfizer Inc. David Hobson, 48, entered his plea in Manhattan federal court to conspiracy and

  • Exclusive: Nevada gambling regulator probes Las Vegas Sands over front gamblers

    Exclusive: Nevada gambling regulator probes Las Vegas Sands over front gamblers

    Nevada's state gambling regulator is investigating allegations that Las Vegas Sands Corp casinos allowed high-stakes Chinese players to bet millions of dollars in other people's names, according to people directly familiar with the investigation. The Nevada Gaming Control Board "has made

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    U.S. public opinion of police improving: surveys

    Americans' opinion of the police has bounced back from last year's historic lows, amid continuing national debate over police treatment of minorities, two polls released this week suggested. The polling group PRRI released a survey on Tuesday showing that a slight majority of respondents, 52

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    U.S. Marshals join manhunt for Oklahoma man suspected of double murder

    The U.S. Marshals Service has joined the search for an Oklahoma man suspected of wounding two police officers in a shootout, stealing a police truck, killing his aunt and uncle and making social media posts of his escape, authorities said on Tuesday. The Marshals Service said it was taking part in the

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    Two women convicted in U.S. of financing Somali group al Shabaab

    Muna Osman Jama, 36, and Hinda Osman Dhirane, 46, were found guilty of organizing the so-called "Group of Fifteen" women from eight countries that helped finance al Shabaab military operations and safehouses in Somalia and Kenya, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for Eastern Virginia

  • Sumner Redstone forced to borrow $100 million from National Amusements: lawsuit

    Sumner Redstone forced to borrow $100 million from National Amusements: lawsuit

    The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, seeks about $150 million that Redstone's lawyers say he gave to Manuela Herzer and Sydney Holland. Redstone's lawsuit is the newest front in a nearly year-long litigation war between the 93-year-old former Viacom chairman and Herzer. Ron Richards

  • Most guns used in N.Y. crimes are from out of state: study

    Most guns used in N.Y. crimes are from out of state: study

    Six out of seven handguns connected to recent crimes in New York state were brought in from elsewhere, the state's attorney general said on Tuesday in a report on suspected gun trafficking along the U.S. East Coast. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said his office had used federal data

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    New Jersey boys survive 100-foot fall with suicidal father

    The father, identified as John Spincken, jumped from an overpass along Interstate 187 in Wanaque, New Jersey, sometime after 7 p.m. EDT (2300 GMT) on Monday in what police have described as a suicide. Spincken, 37, was found dead at the scene, but his 1- and 3-year-old sons were alive and taken to a

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    Tunisia arrests two Americans suspected of ties to Islamic State: security official

    Police in Tunisia have arrested two American citizens on suspicion of terrorist activities after finding videos and pictures praising Islamic State, a security official said on Tuesday. The official said the suspects, aged 29 and 32, had come to Tunisia to study and that one of them had married a Tunisian

  • Judge sides with Planned Parenthood over Mississippi abortion law

    Judge sides with Planned Parenthood over Mississippi abortion law

    The decision by U.S. District Judge Daniel Jordan III is the latest in a string of rulings striking down similar laws elsewhere in the country against the women's health provider. Jordan's two page order noted a ruling from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that rejected a similar law in

  • Bill Gates foundation gives $210 million to Seattle-based university

    Bill Gates foundation gives $210 million to Seattle-based university

    The gift from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, named after the billionaire and his wife, will be used to construct a building at the university to house its Population Health Initiative, the school said. The donation is one of the largest contributions to the University of Washington in the 155-

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    British Airways says flight diverted to Vancouver after crew unwell

    A British Airways flight from San Francisco to London was diverted to Vancouver after members of the cabin crew became unwell, the airline said on Tuesday. British Airways spokeswoman Michele Kropf said that 25 crew were admitted to local hospitals as a precaution but had now been discharged. "

  • Alert level raised for Alaska volcano after explosion detected

    Alert level raised for Alaska volcano after explosion detected

    Scientists raised the alert level for a remote Aleutian volcano on Monday after an explosion was detected on the mountain and heard by residents of a tiny village some 45 miles (72 km) away, a monitoring website said. Cleveland Volcano, a 5,676-foot (1,730-metre) peak on the uninhabited Chuginadak

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    New York City construction spending forecast to hit record: report

    Construction spending in New York City is on track this year to surpass the record set just before the financial crisis as an all-time high in city jobs drives strong demand for new housing and office space, an industry association said on Tuesday. The New York Building Congress forecast construction

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    Mississippi NAACP seeks investigation of noose incident at school

    The NAACP made its plea at a news conference with the black student's family, saying the student's mother was discouraged from filing a police report after the Oct. 13 incident and the school district has not officially informed the family of any disciplinary action taken against the white students

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    Michigan court halts enforcement of law banning ballot 'selfies'

    Joel Crookston last month argued that the Michigan law, which predates the social media age and was intended to prevent voter intimidation and slowing the voting process, violated his First Amendment right to free speech.

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    Cost cuts but no tax hikes in Atlantic City, N.J., five-year recovery plan

    Atlantic City, New Jersey's cash-strapped casino hub, will slash at least 100 jobs, or about 10 percent of its staff, but does not plan to raise taxes in a five-year fiscal recovery plan aimed at avoiding a state takeover, according to a presentation by city advisers on Monday. The gambling resort

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    Actress Shailene Woodley set for January trial in pipeline protest

    By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actress Shailene Woodley will stand trial in January on charges stemming from her arrest with more than two dozen other activists while protesting construction of the Dakota Access pipeline, court documents showed on Monday. Woodley, 24, who has pleaded not guilty

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    U.S. government says benchmark 2017 premiums up 25 percent

    The average monthly premium for the benchmark plan is rising to $302 from $242 in 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services said. The agency attributed the large increase to insurers adjusting their premiums to reflect two years of cost data that became available. The government provides income-based