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Maryland man charged after jumping White House fence, dogs cleared for duty

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WASHINGTON - A man arrested after jumping the White House fence on Wednesday night has been charged with three felony counts and four misdemeanors, the U.S. Secret Service said on Thursday.

U.S. tightens Ebola monitoring for West African visitors

NEW YORK - The United States imposed new constraints on Wednesday on people entering the country from three nations at the center of West Africa's Ebola epidemic, mandating that they report their temperature daily and stay in touch with health authorities.

Health, Africa 22 Oct 2014

Autopsy of slain Missouri teen shows close-range gunshot

- The official autopsy on an unarmed black teenager whose killing by a white police officer in August set off protests in Ferguson, Missouri, suggests he sustained a gunshot wound to the hand from close range, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

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Reporter quits Chicago newspaper, says governor candidate influenced paper

CHICAGO - A veteran Illinois political reporter quit his job at the Chicago Sun-Times on Wednesday and accused the newspaper of bowing to pressure from Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner by removing him from the campaign beat.

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California prisons to end racial lockdown policy

- The California prison system has agreed to settle a long-running civil rights lawsuit by ending race-based lockdowns of inmates, court records show.

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Exclusive: U.S. plans to plug coal royalty loophole padding export profits

WASHINGTON - The U.S. government is drafting rules designed to close an accounting loophole that in recent years has helped coal companies boost export profits and likely cost taxpayers tens of millions of dollars, people familiar with the plan said.

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Exclusive: California getting more Bakken crude by barge than rail

SAN FRANCISCO - Shipments of Bakken crude oil from North Dakota to California by barge have quietly overtaken those by train for the first time, showing how the state's isolated refiners are using any means necessary to tap into the nation's shale oil boom.

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Alabama man gets $1,000 in police settlement, his lawyers get $459,000

BIRMINGHAM Ala. - An Alabama man who sued over being hit and kicked by police after leading them on a high-speed chase will get $1,000 in a settlement with the city of Birmingham, while his attorneys will take in $459,000, officials said Wednesday.

22 Oct 2014

Suspended South Carolina speaker to plead guilty to ethics charges: report

CHARLESTON S.C. - Suspended South Carolina House of Representatives Speaker Bobby Harrell is expected to plead guilty to criminal ethics charges related to misuse of campaign money and misconduct in office, a local newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Politics, 22 Oct 2014

UAW eyes bargaining rights at VW Tennessee plant within a year

DETROIT - The United Auto Workers hopes to be recognized as the exclusive bargaining agent for workers at a Volkswagen AG assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee within a year, the union's President Dennis Williams said on Wednesday.

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