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Wynn Resorts wins license to build casino near Boston

By Scott Malone, Reuters on Sept. 16, 2014, at 5:53 p.m.
BOSTON — The Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Tuesday awarded a license to build a $1.6 billion casino just outside Boston to Las Vegas developer Wynn Resorts Ltd. Wynn, which aims to build a 27-story casino on the Mystic River in Everett, won a 3-to-1 commission vote over rival Mohegan Sun. …
Yes supporters congregate in George Square in Glasgow, Scotland, Sept. 16, 2014. The referendum on Scottish independence will take place on Sept. 18, when Scotland will vote whether or not to end the 307-year-old union with the rest of the United Kingdom.

‘If Scotland can do it, so can Texas’: Vote for Scottish independence ignites hope for Texas free state

By Jim Forsyth, Reuters on Sept. 16, 2014, at 5:45 p.m.
SAN ANTONIO, Texas — The upcoming vote to decide whether Scotland should be independent of the United Kingdom has bolstered Texans campaigning to split Texas from the rest of the United States. Texas Nationalist Movement president Daniel Miller, who wants the state’s legislature to put the secession question on a …
A health worker brings a woman suspected of having contracted the Ebola virus to an ambulance in Monrovia, Liberia, September 15, 2014. Airlines have halted many flights into and around West Africa, where governments have closed some borders and imposed travel restrictions in a bid to fight an Ebola outbreak that has killed over 2,400 people.

Citing security threat, Obama expands U.S. role fighting Ebola

By Jeff Mason and James Harding Giahyue, Reuters on Sept. 16, 2014, at 1:15 p.m.
ATLANTA — President Barack Obama on Tuesday called West Africa’s deadly Ebola outbreak a looming threat to global security and announced a major expansion of the U.S. role in trying to halt its spread, including deployment of 3,000 troops to the region. “The reality is that this epidemic is going …

Obama awards Medal of Honor to two Vietnam War veterans

By Reuters on Sept. 16, 2014, at 10:13 a.m.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama awarded the Medal of Honor, America’s most distinguished honor for heroism in combat, to two soldiers who fought in the Vietnam War, one who survived and one who was killed in action. Obama hung the medal around the neck of 80-year-old Bennie Adkins of Opelika, …

GMO safety, weed control top concerns as US study kicks off

By Carey Gillam, Reuters on Sept. 16, 2014, at 10:12 a.m.
Agriculture experts raised a number of concerns with genetically modified crops, including safety and spreading weed resistance, at the first public meeting of a government-sponsored study of genetically engineered crops held Monday. The study, led by the National Research Council and sponsored in part by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, …

Lawmakers move toward arming Syrian rebels, with conditions

By Patricia Zengerle and David Lawder, Reuters on Sept. 16, 2014, at 9:33 a.m.
WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives will begin debating legislation Tuesday to give President Barack Obama approval for arming and training rebels who oppose both Islamic State militants and Syria’s government. Republican lawmakers unveiled a measure, written with input from the White House, that would quickly provide the authority — …

Mice given human brain gene learned tasks faster, study finds

By Sharon Begley, Reuters on Sept. 16, 2014, at 9:21 a.m.
NEW YORK — Although it’s far from the sort of brain transplant beloved by science fiction enthusiasts, scientists have taken one step in that direction: They have spliced a key human brain gene into mice. In the first study designed to assess how partially “humanizing” brains of a different species …

Prominent Washington lobbyist Thomas Boggs Jr. dies at 73

By Casey Sullivan, Reuters on Sept. 16, 2014, at 9:10 a.m.
Thomas Hale Boggs Jr., who was a pioneer in melding the practice of law and lobbying and led the prominent Washington lobbying shop Patton Boggs for many years, died on Monday at age 73, his family said. Boggs, an influential figure in the U.S. capital for decades, died of an …

Researcher killed by bear in Wyoming wilderness

By Laura Zuckerman, Reuters on Sept. 16, 2014, at 8:39 a.m.
A Utah man who disappeared earlier this month while conducting research for the U.S. Forest Service in the Wyoming wilderness was killed by an attacking grizzly or black bear, authorities said on Monday. The body of Adam Stewart, 31, of Virgin, Utah, was found on Friday in rugged mountainous terrain …

Murder charges for man in gruesome Florida quadruple killing

By Letitia Stein, Reuters on Sept. 16, 2014, at 8:24 a.m.
TAMPA, Florida — Florida police charged a man with murder Monday in a quadruple killing, after finding the victims’ bodies earlier this month decomposing by the side of the road. Adam Matos, 28, faces four counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of his ex-girlfriend, her parents, and her new …

Children of Arizona gun instructor who was killed by girl wish her peace

By Daniel Wallis, Reuters on Sept. 16, 2014, at 7:48 a.m.
The children of an Arizona gun range instructor who was fatally shot by a 9-year-old girl with an Uzi submachine gun are encouraging the child to find peace and say they hope one day to give her a hug. In a video message to the girl, the four children of …

NFL adds women to shape domestic violence policy

By Mason Levinson, Bloomberg on Sept. 16, 2014, at 7:45 a.m.
NEW YORK — The National Football League has hired three women to shape its domestic-violence policies and programs as it deals with the fallout of its handling of an assault by running back Ray Rice on his partner. Lisa Friel, formerly the head of the Sex Crimes Prosecution Unit in …

Montana BASE jumper falls to his death in Glacier National Park

By Lori Grannis, Reuters on Sept. 16, 2014, at 6:38 a.m.
MISSOULA, Montana — A Montana hiker reported as missing after he set out alone to perform a BASE jump in Glacier National Park over the weekend has been found dead below the summit of Mount Siyeh, authorities said Monday. Authorities identified the man as 22-year-old Beau Weiher of Missoula, who …

NH man appeals conviction for killing college student

By Ted Siefer, Reuters on Sept. 16, 2014, at 5:41 a.m.
MANCHESTER, N.H. — A New Hampshire man is appealing his conviction for killing a 19-year-old college student lured to his apartment for sex. Seth Mazzaglia, 31, was found guilty in June of first-degree murder and other charges related to the 2012 killing of Elizabeth Marriott, who was a student at …

Woman finds body in trunk, learns it’s her neighbor

By Reuters on Sept. 15, 2014, at 7:13 p.m.
LOS ANGELES — A southern California woman who found a dead body in the trunk of her Lexus after shopping over the weekend discovered that the man was a neighbor, police said Monday. The woman, who was not identified by authorities, returned to her car Saturday afternoon after shopping at …
U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres (right) and U.S. actress and UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie (center) visit the Armed Forces of Malta operations centre in Luqa, outside Valletta.

As many as 700 migrants feared drowned in Mediterranean

By Stephanie Nebehay, Reuters on Sept. 15, 2014, at 7:09 p.m.
GENEVA — More than 700 people fleeing Africa and the Middle East may have drowned in shipwrecks in the Mediterranean over the last week, bringing the death toll this year to nearly 3,000, the International Organization for Migration said Monday. In the worst incident, as many as 500 migrants are …

Rapper Gucci Mane gets three years in prison for assault in Atlanta

By David Beasley, Reuters on Sept. 15, 2014, at 6:58 p.m.
ATLANTA — The rapper known as Gucci Mane received a three-year prison sentence Monday after pleading guilty to hitting a fan in the head with a vodka bottle at an Atlanta nightclub. It was the latest in a string of legal troubles for Mane, 34, whose gangster persona helped land …
A new Apple iPhone 6 Plus is seen during an Apple event at the Flint Center in Cupertino, California, Sept. 9, 2014.

Apple iPhone 6 pre-orders hit record 4M on first day

By Lehar Maan, Reuters on Sept. 15, 2014, at 3:55 p.m.
Apple Inc. said many customers will need to wait until next month for their new iPhones after a record 4 million first-day pre-orders were logged, double the number for the iPhone 5 two years ago. The company said demand outstripped supply of the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, …

Three dead in Corpus Christi shooting spree

By Lisa Maria Garza, Reuters on Sept. 15, 2014, at 3:20 p.m.
A 63-year-old man was arrested after three adults were killed and a child was wounded in a shooting spree at a trailer park in Corpus Christi, Texas, police said Monday. Sammuel Everett Toomey was charged with three counts of capital murder and one count of aggravated assault in connection with …
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson turned himself in Saturday after an arrest warrant was issued. He was released after posting a $15,000 bond.

NFL’s Vikings reinstate Adrian Peterson after child abuse charge

By Steve Ginsburg, Reuters on Sept. 15, 2014, at 2:04 p.m.
Adrian Peterson, a marquee National Football League running back facing charges of child abuse for injuries he caused when disciplining his son, was reinstated by the Minnesota Vikings on Monday. Peterson was held out of the Vikings’ game on Sunday, a 30-7 loss to the New England Patriots, following his …
 
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