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U.S. charges 61 over India-based impersonation scam


WASHINGTON The U.S. Justice Department charged 61 people and entities on Thursday with taking part in a scam involving India-based call centers where agents impersonated Internal Revenue Service, immigration and other federal officials and demanded payments for nonexistent debts.

Man arrested for defacing Trump's Walk of Fame star in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES A man was arrested on Thursday for defacing Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's star a day earlier on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles with a sledgehammer and a pickax, police said.

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New Jersey man pleads guilty to charge in Rutgers cyber bullying case

NEW YORK The former Rutgers University student whose high-profile cyber bullying conviction was overturned last month pleaded guilty on Thursday to attempted invasion of privacy, prosecutors said.

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U.S. judge OKs historic $265 million settlement in 2015 Amtrak derailment

A U.S. judge on Thursday signed off on a record $265 million settlement over an Amtrak passenger train crash in Philadelphia in 2015 that killed eight people and injured about 200 others, court records showed.

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Police begin removing protesters from Dakota pipeline encampment

Police in North Dakota began clearing a group of Native American and environmental protesters from an encampment near an oil pipeline construction site on Thursday in a move that could escalate tensions in a standoff that has lasted several months.

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Whistleblower's lawyer accuses Penn State of malice in Sandusky scandal

BELLEFONTE, Pa. A lawyer for a former Penn State assistant football coach told jurors on Thursday the school treated his client with malice in firing him after finding out he was a key witness against Jerry Sandusky, a former coach eventually convicted of molesting boys.

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New Jersey 'Bridgegate' judge delays closing arguments

NEWARK, N.J. Closing arguments in New Jersey's "Bridgegate" trial were unexpectedly postponed by a day on Thursday because of an unspecified "legal issue" that must be resolved, the trial judge said.

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Obama shortens prison sentences for 98 convict: White House

WASHINGTON U.S. President Barack Obama shortened the prison sentences for 98 convicts serving time for drug-related offenses in his latest round of commutations, the White House said on Thursday.

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Florida man pleads guilty in case linked to JPMorgan hacking probe

NEW YORK A Florida man pleaded guilty on Thursday to obstructing a regulatory examination of a credit union linked to an illegal bitcoin exchange owned by an Israeli accused of being behind hacking attacks on companies including JPMorgan Chase & Co. Michael Murgio, 66, admitted in Manhattan federal court he drafted a letter in 2014 with a false statement that was sent to the National Credit Union Administration during an examination of the New Jersey-based credit union.

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Hyundai, Kia to pay $41.2 million to U.S. states over mileage claims

WASHINGTON Korean carmakers Hyundai Motor Co and affiliate Kia Motors Corp will pay $41.2 million to resolve an investigation by 33 U.S. states over the their 2012 mileage restatements, state attorneys general said on Thursday.

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