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U.S. Top News: Marchers again swarm New York to protest death at hands of police

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Marchers again swarm New York to protest death at hands of police
NEW YORK (Reuters) - People swarmed the streets of New York and other cities for a second night to protest a grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer in the death of an unarmed black man.
Phoenix police officer shoots dead unarmed black man during scuffle
(Reuters) - A Phoenix police officer shot to death an unarmed black man during a struggle and authorities said the officer believed the individual had a gun, in the latest fatal incident amid national turmoil over the policing of black communities.
New Jersey panel finds no evidence governor involved in lane closures
(Reuters) - A New Jersey panel investigating lane closures to the George Washington Bridge last year, which sparked a political firestorm, said in an interim report it had found no evidence that Governor Chris Christie was involved, local media reported.
Nobel medal for DNA discovery brings more than $4.7 million at auction
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Nobel Prize gold medal awarded to the U.S. scientist and co-discoverer of DNA, James Watson, sold at auction on Thursday for more than $4.7 million, smashing the world record price for any Nobel prize.
China defends Confucius Institute after new doubts in U.S.
BEIJING (Reuters) - China defended its government-funded Confucius Institute programs on Friday after new questions were raised in the United States about their transparency and effect on academic freedom.
U.S. couple released by Qatar in child death return to Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - An American couple convicted and later cleared of wrongdoing in the death of their adopted African-born daughter in Qatar returned to Los Angeles on Thursday afternoon, a family spokesman said on Twitter.
Hagel dismisses reports he resigned over differences with Obama
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Thursday his resignation last week was not prompted by "major differences" with President Barack Obama, pushing back against statements that he had been fired or quit due to White House micromanagement.
Manhunt under way for Florida man suspected in triple homicide
TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - A search was under way on Thursday for a man suspected in the fatal shooting of a pastor at a Florida church, as well as the murders of his wife and another woman at a nearby home, by authorities investigating a triple homicide on the state's Gulf Coast.
Boehner vows to avoid government shutdown with help from Democrats
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Overriding objections from some conservative Republicans, U.S. House Speaker John Boehner vowed on Thursday to plow ahead with a spending bill that averts a government shutdown while keeping some budget "leverage" over President Barack Obama's immigration order.
Starbucks debuts high-end Reserve roastery and cafe in Seattle
SEATTLE (Reuters) - Starbucks Corp Chief Executive Officer Howard Schultz, who introduced Americans to espressos, Frappuccinos and pumpkin spice lattes, is not about to let a bunch of well-funded independent coffee sellers beat his global chain at the super premium game.
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