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Missouri governor commutes man's life sentence for drug charge

(Reuters) - Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has commuted the sentence of a man serving life in prison without the possibility of parole for a drug possession charge, his office said on Friday. Jeffrey Mizanskey was convicted in 1996 on the...Show More Summary

U.S. deejay Kasem's widow will not face criminal charges

(Reuters) - The widow of American radio personality Casey Kasem will not face criminal charges in connection with his death, prosecutors said on Friday, despite allegations of abuse from three of his adult children. The Los Angeles County...Show More Summary

Senate clears White House-backed trade bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation Friday night to strengthen the administration's hand in global trade talks, clearing the way for a highly unpredictable summer showdown in the House.

U.S. Navy pilot safe after jet ends up in water off San Diego runway

By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - A U.S. Navy training jet went off the end of a runway and crashed into water at a base in San Diego on Friday, but the pilot was able to eject safely from the aircraft and was rescued by local boaters, officials said. Show More Summary

Moore endures under ‘the mercy of the sky’

Known as the “tornado alley of tornado alley,” Moore, Okla., has been hit by six major tornadoes since 1998. In an adaptation from her new book, “The Mercy of the Sky,” Yahoo News correspondent Holly Bailey writes about the emotional toll on her hometown as it waits for the next big storm.

L.A. looking to 2016 to end the Bay Area’s lock on California politics

When Sen. Barbara Boxer announced on Jan. 8 that she would be retiring after her current term ends in 2016, Democrats in Southern California quietly rejoiced.

Five plead not guilty to Kentucky bourbon heist

By Steve Bittenbender LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Reuters) - Five people accused of stealing and selling more than $100,000 worth of expensive bourbons and other whiskeys as part of a years-long conspiracy pleaded not guilty on Friday in a Kentucky court. Show More Summary

Magnitude 5.4 quake hits Nevada, close to Las Vegas: USGS

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A magnitude 5.4 quake struck Nevada on Friday, close to the town of Helene, northeast of Las Vegas, the U.S. Geological Survey said. It said the quake, which was quite shallow at a depth of only 12 miles (19.4 km), was close to the border with Utah. Show More Summary

NY can ban 'Choose Life' license plates as DMV program upheld

A divided federal appeals court gave New York wide authority to regulate the content of custom license plates, and reversed a lower court ruling ordering the state to let an adoption advocacy group put the words "Choose Life" on its own plates. Show More Summary

Calif. oil spill: Plains All American Pipeline's history of safety violations

Critical eyes have uncovered that Plains All American Pipeline, which operates the pipeline that ruptured in Santa Barbara earlier this week, has a history of safety violations.

Suicide bomber in deadly attack on Shiite mosque in Saudi

A suicide bomber detonated an explosives vest during Friday weekly prayers at a Shiite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia, killing and wounding several people, officials said. The kingdom's Eastern Province has been hit by previous attempts...Show More Summary

Ireland votes in historic referendum on gay marriage

Ireland took to the polls on Friday to vote on whether same-sex marriage should be legal, in a referendum that has exposed sharp divisions between communities in this traditionally Catholic nation. "This burden and pressure that's been on (gay couples), living in the shadows -- that can be removed on Friday by voting 'Yes'," Kenny said.

Washington state police officer shoots two men accused of stealing beer

By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - A police officer in the Washington state capital of Olympia shot and wounded two unarmed black men suspected of trying to steal beer from a supermarket on Thursday, law enforcement said, prompting protests in the city. Show More Summary

FBI arrests two suspected Islamic State recruits in California: NBC News

(Reuters) - The FBI has arrested two men in southern California, one at Los Angeles International Airport, suspected of attempting to travel abroad to join Islamic State, NBC News reported on Thursday. NBC, which cited anonymous law enforcement officials, said the two men were unarmed and never posed any threat to the public. Show More Summary

South Korea court frees Korean Air "nut rage" executive

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean court Friday suspended the prison term of the former Korean Air executive whose onboard "nut rage" tantrum delayed a flight last year, immediately ending her incarceration.

Suspect arrested in D.C. quadruple murder

Daron Dylon Wint is accused in the slayings of a wealthy family and their housekeeper.

Washington quadruple slaying suspect apprehended

By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The suspect in the killing of a Washington businessman and three others found in a torched mansion last week has been taken into custody, police said late on Thursday. Washington D.C. Metropolitan...Show More Summary

Federal judge rules again that gay couples have right to wed in Alabama

(Reuters) - A federal judge on Thursday reaffirmed her earlier ruling that same-sex couples in Alabama have a right to wed under the Constitution, but she put the ruling on hold until the U.S. Supreme Court issues a landmark decision on gay marriage. Show More Summary

Prosecutor: 6 officers indicted in death of Freddie Gray

The state attorney in Baltimore says all six officers charged in the police-custody death of Freddie Gray have been indicted by a grand jury.

Suit filed over South Carolina war memorial that separates dead by race

By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - Five veterans have sued South Carolina for the right to replace bronze plaques on a public memorial that separate those who died in the country's two world wars under the headings of "white"...Show More Summary

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