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U.S. congressional staffers stage walkout in latest police protests
WASHINGTON/OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) - Dozens of U.S. congressional staff staged a walkout on Thursday to protest decisions by grand juries not to charge white police officers in the killings of unarmed black men in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City.
Major storm moves into southern California, prompts evacuations
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A major storm that pummeled northern California and the Pacific Northwest with heavy rain and high winds and killed two people moved south overnight, prompting evacuation orders in areas prone to floods and mud flows.
U.S. corporations winning fight over human rights lawsuits
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in 2013 that made it all but impossible to sue foreign companies in U.S. courts for alleged roles in overseas human rights abuses is proving to be a boon for U.S. firms too, court documents show.
Detective testifies Montana homeowner deliberately shot student to death
MISSOULA, Mont. (Reuters) - A Montana homeowner who killed a German exchange student in his garage repositioned himself to aim a fatal shotgun blast at the teenager, even though he later claimed it was too dark to see, a detective testified on Thursday in the man's murder trial.
California father of missing children, slain wife arrested after standoff
SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - A Los Angeles-area man sought in the disappearance of his family was arrested on Thursday after a standoff on a freeway near San Diego during which police rescued his four sons, and authorities said a woman's body found in a car trunk was his wife.
Convicted money manager to stars avoids repeat trip to U.S. prison
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former money manager to Hollywood stars who served prison time for operating a $10 million investment fraud avoided another trip to the slammer Thursday, even as a Manhattan federal judge said she was "deeply troubled" by his latest crime.
Arizona court tosses case against woman in 1989 son's killing
PHOENIX (Reuters) - A Phoenix woman who spent more than 22 years on death row on a conviction of conspiring to murder her 4-year-old son in 1989 had the case against her dismissed on Thursday by the Arizona Court of Appeals.
Coast Guard says minor oil spill at Sandy Hook Bay, New Jersey
(Reuters) - The U.S. Coast Guard reported a minor oil spill on Thursday at Sandy Hook Bay in Monmouth County, New Jersey, and state officials said it did not pose an environmental threat.
Judge puts limits on use of tear gas in Missouri racial protests
(Reuters) - A federal judge on Thursday ordered St. Louis area police to issue warnings and give crowds reasonable time disperse before firing tear gas, following complaints by activists over heavy-handed police tactics during ongoing race-related protests.
U.S. West Coast port backups delay apparel, bobbleheads, french fries
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Crippling cargo backups at U.S. West Coast ports dragged on into a third month amid industry reports on Thursday of prolonged shipment delays for goods ranging from yoga apparel and rice to NBA bobblehead collectibles and frozen french fries.
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