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US mayors call on courts to support gay marriage

By Reuters on June 23, 2014, at 4:37 p.m.
DALLAS — U.S. mayors called on courts to allow gay marriage, passing a resolution at their annual meeting in Dallas on Monday that aims to put pressure on judges facing decisions on whether to allow same-sex marriages in various states. “The United States Conference of Mayors reaffirms its support of …
Former NFL New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez listens during a hearing at the Bristol County Superior Court House in Fall River, Massachusetts, June 16, 2014.

Jailed ex-Patriots star Aaron Hernandez briefly hospitalized: report

By Reuters on June 23, 2014, at 6:08 a.m.
Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez, who is in a Massachusetts jail awaiting trial on murder charges, was removed from his cell for a brief hospital visit over the weekend, a local TV station reported on Sunday. Hernandez was treated for an unspecified medical condition at St. Luke’s Hospital …

‘Looper’ filmmaker Rian Johnson to write and direct ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’

By Reuters on June 22, 2014, at 6:36 p.m.
LOS ANGELES — “Looper” filmmaker Rian Johnson will write and direct “Star Wars: Episode VIII,” the second installment in the new trilogy of “Star Wars” films produced by Walt Disney Co, a source with knowledge of the plans said on Friday. Johnson, 40, who also wrote and directed 2005′s “Brick” …

Man dies attending Electric Daisy Carnival in Nevada

By Reuters on June 22, 2014, at 6:13 p.m.
A California man died while attending a large electronic music festival in Las Vegas authorities said on Sunday. Montgomery Tsang, 24, of San Leandro, was pronounced dead on Saturday after attending the first night of the Electric Daisy Carnival, the Clark County Coroner’s Office said. It gave no cause of …
U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo reacts after being defeated in a penalty shootout against Japan during their Women's World Cup final soccer match in Frankfurt in this file photo. Solo was arrested June 20, 2014 for allegedly striking her sister and her nephew during a dispute at her home in a Seattle suburb, police told the Seattle Times.

U.S. soccer star Hope Solo arrested in assault on sister, nephew

By Reuters on June 21, 2014, at 1:34 p.m.
Hope Solo, goalkeeper for the U.S. women’s soccer team, was arrested early Saturday morning for striking her sister and teenage nephew during a dispute at her home in a Seattle suburb, police said. Police responded to a 911 call at Solo’s house in Kirkland a little after midnight and could …

South Korean soldier shoots dead five comrades near border with North

By Reuters on June 21, 2014, at 11:59 a.m.
SEOUL — A South Korean conscript soldier shot and killed five of his fellow unit members and injured five others late Saturday at a guard post near the heavily armed border with North Korea, a South Korean government official said. The exact circumstances of the incident at the remote guard …

China urges peaceful development of seas, says conflict leads to “disaster”

By Reuters on June 21, 2014, at 8:30 a.m.
SHANGHAI — China, involved in a growing dispute with its neighbors over the energy-rich South China Sea, wants to promote peaceful development of the oceans, Premier Li Keqiang said, warning conflicts in the past only brought “disaster for humanity.” China claims almost the entire ocean, rejecting rival claims to parts …

Police bust major World Cup betting ring in Macau

By Reuters on June 21, 2014, at 8:22 a.m.
HONG KONG — Macau police have busted a bookmaking racket that allegedly took HK$5 billion ($645 million) in illegal bets — including a single HK$40 million bet — on World Cup football matches in a week, the South China Morning Post reported Saturday. Police have arrested 22 suspects from what …

US, stung by bee decline, sets plan to save pollinators

By Reuters on June 20, 2014, at 3:12 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The White House on Friday announced a federal strategy to reverse a rapid decline in the number of honey bees and other pollinators in the United States that threatens the development of billions of dollars in crops. As part of the plan, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced …

Florida law allows firing of warning shots

By Reuters on June 20, 2014, at 2:32 p.m.
TAMPA, Fla. — Florida Governor Rick Scott signed into law on Friday a controversial bill involving the state’s “stand your ground” self-defense rules, making it legal in some circumstances to fire a warning shot. The law, which takes effect immediately, was inspired in part by the public outcry over the …

White House announces tens of millions of additional funding to address immigrant surge

By Reuters on June 20, 2014, at 1:49 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The White House on Friday announced tens of millions of dollars of additional funding for Central American governments to address the root causes of migration that has led to a surge of migrants, many of them children, into the United States. The United States said it would launch …

IMF considers asking for longer debt maturities in bailouts

By Reuters on June 20, 2014, at 1:33 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The International Monetary Fund should ask private bondholders to hold onto the debt of financially distressed countries for longer, as the global lender seeks to improve its sovereign debt restructuring strategy, IMF economists said on Friday. The IMF’s deliberations have been shaped in part by its experience bailing …

Lyricist Gerry Goffin, ex-husband of singer Carole King, dead at 75

By Eric Kelsey and Steve Gorman, Reuters on June 20, 2014, at 6:25 a.m.
LOS ANGELES — Gerry Goffin, the lyricist who co-wrote some of the biggest hit songs of the 1960s with his former wife and longtime collaborator Carole King, died on Thursday at age 75, King said in a message posted on Facebook. Goffin, who died of natural causes at his Beverly …

Coach to close 70 stores in North America as sales fall

By Reuters on June 19, 2014, at 2:49 p.m.
Upscale retailer Coach Inc said it would close about 70 stores in North America and that it expected revenue to fall in low double digits in percentage terms in the year ending next June, as it struggles against fast-growing rivals. Coach, whose shares dropped as much as 11 percent, also …
President Barack Obama speaks about the situation in Iraq from the briefing room of the White House in Washington on June 19, 2014.

Obama sends US military advisers to Iraq as battle rages over refinery

By Matt Spetalnick and Ghazwan Hassan, Reuters on June 19, 2014, at 2:08 p.m.
WASHINGTON/TIKRIT, Iraq — President Barack Obama said on Thursday he was sending up to 300 U.S. military advisers to Iraq but stressed the need for a political solution to the Iraqi crisis as government forces battled Sunni rebels for control of the country’s biggest refinery. Speaking after a meeting with …
Washington Redskins helmets rest on the field during minicamp at Redskins Park on Tuesday.

Redskins’ ‘disparaging’ trademark canceled by patent office

By Mason Levinson and Susan Decker, Bloomberg on June 18, 2014, at 10:33 a.m.
WASHINGTON — The Washington Redskins football team’s trademark registration for its nickname was canceled Wednesday by a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office appeals board, limiting the club’s ability to prevent its use by others. The ruling doesn’t prevent the National Football League franchise from continuing to use the nickname, the …
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Comic Tracy Morgan improving after New Jersey crash, out of critical condition

By Reuters on June 17, 2014, at 2:52 p.m.
Comedian Tracy Morgan’s health was upgraded to fair condition on Monday as he continued to show signs of improvement after being badly injured in a highway crash earlier this month, a publicist for the star said. Morgan, 45, was admitted to a New Jersey hospital in critical condition after a …

Mummified corpse found hanging in abandoned Ohio home

By Reuters on June 17, 2014, at 2:03 p.m.
A curious Ohio boy who sneaked into an abandoned house over the weekend discovered a mummified corpse hanging inside a closet, unnoticed for nearly five years, officials said on Tuesday. The body of Edward Brunton, 53, had a belt around his neck, and he likely died by suicide in his …

New Mexico parents arrested after toddler ingests methamphetamine

By Reuters on June 17, 2014, at 6:11 a.m.
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — Police arrested a couple in New Mexico on suspicion of child abuse after their 22-month-old daughter was found to have methamphetamine in her system, authorities said Monday. According to a criminal complaint, an anonymous tipster told police Friday that a child had ingested drugs at the …

New York woman’s body mistakenly donated for scientific research

By Reuters on June 16, 2014, at 3:30 p.m.
NEW YORK — The body of a recently deceased New York woman was mistakenly released from a city morgue and donated for medical student research, city officials and a family attorney said on Monday. Children of the late Aura Ballesteros, 85, made arrangements with the New York City’s Office of …
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