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Accused gunman in Fresno shooting spree charged in motel murder

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 8:20pm
(Reuters) - A suspect nicknamed Black Jesus who police say killed three white men during a racially motivated shooting spree in downtown Fresno, California, was charged on Thursday with the murder of an unarmed Motel 6 security guard days earlier.

Group sues Trump for repealing U.S. wildlife rule in rare legal challenge

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 6:13pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An environmental group sued President Donald Trump's administration on Thursday over the repeal of a U.S. rule intended to protect wildlife, in the first court challenge to a law being used by Republicans to ease federal regulation.

Virginia governor spares convicted murderer from execution

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 5:59pm
(Reuters) - A Virginia death row inmate will spend his life in prison instead of being executed for the 2001 murder of his ex-girlfriend after the state governor commuted the sentence on Thursday, saying it was flawed.

Georgia grants couple's request to give daughter surname 'Allah'

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 4:11pm
(Reuters) - Georgia officials have granted a couple's request to issue a birth certificate giving their toddler daughter the surname "Allah" after earlier refusing to do so because neither parent has that name, civil liberties advocates said on Thursday.

4/20 pot celebrations marked by arrests at U.S. Capitol

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 3:51pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Marijuana smoke-ins, street parties and concerts marked the informal 4/20 pot holiday across the country on Thursday, but police spoiled one cannabis event near the U.S. Capitol with arrests and seizure of joints.

Man gets 25-year sentence in shooting death of ex-NFL player

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 3:35pm
NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Cardell Hayes, the 29-year-old tow truck driver convicted of manslaughter in the shooting death of retired NFL player Will Smith last April, was sentenced to 25 years in prison, a Louisiana judge ruled on Thursday.

SeaWorld in Texas welcomes last orca to be born in its parks

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 3:28pm
SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - The last orca to be born at a SeaWorld park, which popularized killer whale shows in the 1960s but faced growing opposition in recent years, has been born in Texas at SeaWorld San Antonio.

Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush to remain in hospital

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 2:48pm
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush will remain in a Houston hospital at least through Thursday night as he recovers from his second bout of pneumonia this year, a family spokesman said.

Messaging app said to be used in White House does not work: lawsuit

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 2:29pm
(Reuters) - Confide, a popular encrypted messaging app said to be used by White House officials, does not keep communications confidential as its maker promises, a proposed class-action lawsuit charges.

Day after ex-NFL star Hernandez's death, fight over his brain

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 2:26pm
BOSTON (Reuters) - A lawyer for former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez on Thursday accused the Massachusetts' medical examiner's office of reneging on a deal to turn over the athlete's brain to a Boston laboratory a day after he was found dead in his prison cell.

California's 'weed nuns' on a mission to heal with cannabis

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 2:10pm
MERCED, Calif. (Reuters) - The Sisters of the Valley, California's self-ordained "weed nuns," are on a mission to heal and empower women with their cannabis products.

Dispute emerges over release of ex-NFL star Hernandez's brain

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 1:38pm
BOSTON (Reuters) - A lawyer for former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez on Thursday accused the Massachusetts' medical examiner's office of reneging on a deal to turn over the athlete's brain to a Boston laboratory a day after he was found dead in his prison cell.

Former Tennessee teacher in kidnapping case captured, girl safe

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 1:34pm
(Reuters) - A former Tennessee high school teacher accused of abducting a 15-year-old student in March was arrested on Thursday in northern California where the teenager was also safely recovered, authorities said.

Trump launches trade probe targeting Chinese steel

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 12:45pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump launched an investigation on Thursday to determine whether Chinese and other foreign-made steel threatens U.S. national security, raising the possibility of new tariffs and triggering a rally in U.S. steel stocks.

'Straw hat bandit' arrested in 11 Pennsylvania bank robberies

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 12:18pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Pennsylvania bank robber who earned the nickname "straw hat bandit" for wearing colorful head wear during heists was arrested on Thursday for a string of 11 robberies, authorities said.

Giuliani says U.S. open to deal on Turkish gold trader case

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 10:37am
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, hired to resolve criminal charges against Turkish gold trader Reza Zarrab, said in an affidavit that senior U.S. officials are open to a deal that would help his client while promoting the security interests of the United States.

UC Berkeley cancels Ann Coulter speech; she says she will do it anyway

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 10:17am
(Reuters) - Conservative commentator Ann Coulter says she will proceed with an anti-immigration lecture next week at the University of California, Berkeley, although school officials have told organizers to cancel the event over safety concerns.

Arkansas determined to fight legal challenges to executions

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 5:22am
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Reuters) - Arkansas has said it will appeal a court ruling that bars the U.S. state's use of a lethal injection drug and effectively puts a stop to its plans to execute eight prisoners in 11 days.

Asylum seekers crossing into Canada increase with warmer weather

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 9:38pm
(Reuters) - Canadian authorities caught 887 asylum seekers crossing unlawfully into Canada from the United States in March, nearly triple the number in January, according to numbers released by the government Wednesday.

Denver sheriff’s officers suspended in black inmate's death

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 9:09pm
DENVER (Reuters) - Two Denver sheriff’s deputies and a supervisor have been suspended for a period of at least 10 days over the 2015 death of a black jail inmate who suffocated while being restrained during a psychotic episode, city officials said on Wednesday.

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