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All eyes on Ryan amid search for House speaker


WASHINGTON - House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan is deciding whether to seek the U.S. House of Representatives' speaker job, fellow Republican lawmakers said on Friday after they met behind closed doors to try to settle their leadership battle.

UAW approves proposed Fiat Chrysler contract for U.S. worker vote

DETROIT - U.S. union United Auto Workers' leaders on Friday approved a tentative four-year contract with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV , sending the proposed pact to 40,000 workers for a ratification vote.

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Gunman kills one, wounds three at Northern Arizona University

- An 18-year-old student opened fire with a handgun on the campus of Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff early on Friday, killing one person and wounding three others, before police took him into custody in the latest in a series of U.S. school shootings, authorities said. | Video

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South Carolina city to pay $6.5 million over police shooting of black man

- The family of an unarmed black man shot in the back by a white police officer will get a $6.5 million settlement from North Charleston in South Carolina, city officials said on Thursday. | Video

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Texas Southern University on lockdown after nearby shooting

AUSTIN, Texas - Texas Southern University was on lockdown on Friday after two people appear to have been shot near the campus, the Houston school said in a Facebook post.

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U.S. court places hold on clean water rule nationwide

WASHINGTON - A U.S. court on Friday issued an order temporarily blocking the implementation of a federal water rule across the country, the latest in a series of legal setbacks for Obama administration environmental regulations.

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Atlanta Hawks' Sefolosha found not guilty in night club arrest case

NEW YORK - Thabo Sefolosha, a forward for the Atlanta Hawks basketball team, was acquitted on Friday of all charges related to an April confrontation with New York City police outside a nightclub that left him with a broken leg.

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Paris train hero was breaking up fight when stabbed in California: witness

- Spencer Stone, the U.S. Air Force airman who helped thwart an August train attack in France, was trying to stop a fight between a man and a woman outside a Sacramento, California bar when he was stabbed during a brawl on Thursday, a witness told a local TV station.

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U.S. says CSX missed rail defect blamed for oil train derailment

WASHINGTON - A fiery oil train derailment that forced the evacuation of hundreds of people in West Virginia last February was caused by a rail defect that railroad inspectors from CSX Corp missed twice in the preceding months, U.S. regulators said on Friday.

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Suspects in California yoga teacher's death to be charged in second murder

SAN FRANCISCO - Three drifters - two men and a woman - arrested as suspects in this week's killing of a yoga teacher on a hiking trail also will be charged in the shooting death of a Canadian woman in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park last week, authorities said.

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