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    U.S. established working group to stop Middle East migrant smugglers

    Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told a Senate panel on Tuesday the United States was cracking down on Middle Eastern migrants illegally crossing the southern U.S. border. Johnson, FBI Director James Comey and National Counterterrorism Center Director Nicholas Rasmussen all were

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    Northern California wildfire forces hundreds to evacuate mountainous area

    By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Firefighters worked to control a wildfire on Tuesday in the Santa Cruz Mountains south of San Francisco Bay area that has forced hundreds of residents to evacuate, despite its relatively small size, officials said. The so-called Loma Fire broke out on Monday

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    California changes laws so children can no longer be prostitutes

    Children will no longer be classified as prostitutes in the U.S. state of California after a new law decriminalized prostitution for minors in a move praised by child rights campaigners. Coming on the back of a public campaign coined "There is No Such Thing" as a child prostitute, crimes of

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    Firefighter killed in Bronx blast was battalion chief: NY mayor

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - A fire department battalion chief was killed on Tuesday when an explosion tore through a home in the New York City borough of the Bronx, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

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    'Bridgegate' witness says Governor Christie backed lane closures

    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was aware of and supported a plan to close lanes at the George Washington Bridge in 2013 in an act of political payback, a key prosecution witness testified Tuesday at the criminal trial of two former Christie associates. David Wildstein, a former executive at the

  • Delta plans regional-jet purchase for up to $2.3 billion: Bloomberg
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    Delta plans regional-jet purchase for up to $2.3 billion: Bloomberg

    Delta wants the option of adding as many as 50 more planes in the 70- to 76-seat range, Bloomberg reported, citing a memo sent to the pilots. Delta may eliminate the smaller planes from its fleet without giving a timeline, the report said. Delta declined to comment, while a spokeswoman for the Air

  • NY blast kills highest ranking firefighter since Sept. 11 attacks
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    NY blast kills highest ranking firefighter since Sept. 11 attacks

    An explosion at a home in the New York City borough of the Bronx on Tuesday killed a battalion chief, the city's highest ranking fire official to die in the line of duty since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, officials said. Michael Fahy, a 17-year veteran of the fire department, died after he was struck

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    Timeline: Key moments in the contentious Caesars bankruptcy

    Hold-out creditors of Caesars Entertainment Corp's bankrupt operating unit accepted a sweetened $5 billion deal on Tuesday that could finally extricate the casino company from a costly bankruptcy. Following are key events in the $18 billion bankruptcy of the Las Vegas-based casino group's main

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    Appeals court blocks Pennsylvania hospital merger

    Reversing a lower court ruling, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia ordered a preliminary injunction against the combination of Penn State Hershey Medical Center and PinnacleHealth System. By a 3-0 vote, the appeals court said the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and the Commonwealth

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    Families of black men killed by Ohio police want independent probes

    The police shootings of 13-year-old Tyre King on Sept. 14 and Henry Green, 23, on June 6 in Columbus, along with similar recent incidents in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Tulsa, Oklahoma, have added to the broad debate on race relations and given rise to the Black Lives Matter movement. "The families

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    Kirby Inland Marine to pay $4.9 million penalty over oil spill

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Kirby Inland Marine LP has agreed to pay $4.9 million in civil penalties to settle claims stemming from a 4,000-barrel oil spill in the Houston Ship Channel in March 2014, the U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday.

  • Caesars strikes deal to end main unit's costly bankruptcy
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    Caesars strikes deal to end main unit's costly bankruptcy

    Caesars Entertainment Corp said on Tuesday it has struck a crucial $5 billion deal with most of its casino operating unit's creditors, resolving billions of dollars in legal claims and paving the subsidiary's way out of a costly bankruptcy. Junior creditors led by hedge fund Appaloosa Management

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    New York City firefighter dies after Bronx home explosion

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - One firefighter was killed on Tuesday after an explosion ripped through a home in the Bronx borough of New York City, a spokesman for the city's fire department said.

  • Obama power plant rules face key test in U.S. court
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    Obama power plant rules face key test in U.S. court

    By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The centerpiece of President Barack Obama's climate change strategy faced a key test on Tuesday as conservative appeals court judges questioned whether his administration overstepped its legal authority under an air pollution law to make sweeping changes

  • Iowa city flood prevention system holds back Cedar River
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    Iowa city flood prevention system holds back Cedar River

    (Reuters) - A sprawling network of flood barricades erected in Iowa's second-largest city of Cedar Rapids largely succeeded in holding back water from the rain-swollen Cedar River, city officials said on Tuesday. Around 5,800 homes and businesses were at risk of flooding in an evacuation zone along

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    Charlotte protesters demand mayor's resignation over black man's slaying

    Dozens of protesters took their fight for racial equality in policing to the heart of Charlotte's power structure on Monday, demanding the resignations of the mayor, police chief, and lawmakers in the wake of the police slaying of a black man. Residents and activists, many of whom have participated

  • ACLU defending New York bombing suspect, calls lawyer delays 'disturbing'
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    ACLU defending New York bombing suspect, calls lawyer delays 'disturbing'

    Ahmad Khan Rahami, a 28-year-old naturalized U.S. citizen, has been held in police custody in a hospital in Newark, New Jersey, since he was arrested on Sept. 19 following a dramatic gun battle with officers trying to take him into custody.

  • From prairie to the White House: Inside a Tribe's quest to stop a pipeline
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    From prairie to the White House: Inside a Tribe's quest to stop a pipeline

    CANNON BALL, N.D./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three days after guard dogs attacked Native Americans protesting an oil pipeline project in North Dakota in early September, an unprecedented event took place at the White House. Brian Cladoosby, president of the National Congress of American Indians, which represents

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    California man convicted as would-be Islamic State recruit gets 30 years

    A would-be Islamic State recruit from California was sentenced on Monday to 30 years in prison for his conviction on charges he sought to join the militant group in Syria and committed bank fraud to pay for a plane ticket there, federal prosecutors said. Nader Elhuzayel, 25, was found guilty in June

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    California man convicted as would-be ISIS recruit gets 30 years

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A would-be Islamic State recruit from California was sentenced on Monday to 30 years in prison for his conviction on charges he sought to join the militant group in Syria and committed bank fraud to pay for a plane ticket there, federal prosecutors said.

  • Washington state mall shooter had no militant contact: source
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    Washington state mall shooter had no militant contact: source

    There is no evidence showing that a man charged with five counts of first-degree murder after confessing to a shooting rampage at a shopping mall in Washington state over the weekend had contact with any known Islamic militant groups or individuals, a law enforcement official told Reuters on Monday.

  • Obama avoids pipeline comment but urges tribal sovereignty
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    Obama avoids pipeline comment but urges tribal sovereignty

    By Valerie Volcovici and Julia Harte WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday avoided direct mention of a pipeline that has provoked high-profile protests from Native Americans but urged tribal leaders to use the spotlight to continue pushing for recognition even after he leaves

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    Florida woman sentenced to prison for exporting technology to China

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Florida woman has been sentenced to 21 months in federal prison for conspiring to illegally export U.S. technology used in underwater drones to a Chinese state-owned entity, the U.S. Justice Department said on Monday.

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    Mother sues U.S. hospital for discriminating against dead transgender son

    The mother of a transgender boy filed a lawsuit against a U.S. hospital on Monday claiming its medical staff repeatedly addressed her son - who later committed suicide - as a girl. In the landmark case, Katharine Prescott argues the Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego (RCHSD) in California discriminated

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    New York launches ad campaign to fight anti-Muslim rhetoric, violence

    New York City kicked off a social media advertising campaign on Monday to combat negative perceptions of Muslims and counteract increasing instances of threats and violence, officials said. Showing an array of photographs of Muslim men and women, the campaign reads "I am Muslim. Anti-Muslim sentiment