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Death toll not expected to rise in California warehouse fire


OAKLAND, Calif. Authorities in Oakland, California, said on Tuesday they do not expect the death toll from a blaze that engulfed a converted warehouse during a dance party to rise above 36, but could not rule it out as they continued picking through debris. | Video

Security raised at L.A. rail line after threat warning from foreign country

LOS ANGELES Federal and Los Angeles officials said on Monday they had been alerted by authorities in another country to a "specific" threat against the city's Red Line commuter rail system, prompting them to beef up security and alert the public. | Video

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Georgia to execute man for 1990 murder of father-in-law

ATLANTA Georgia is scheduled to execute on Tuesday a man convicted of fatally shooting his father-in-law and kidnapping his estranged wife and her sister in 1990 who is set to become the ninth person put to death in the state this year.

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U.S. top court rules against State Farm in hurricane fraud case

WASHINGTON The Supreme Court on Tuesday handed a victory to two whistleblower sisters by upholding a jury verdict that found State Farm defrauded the U.S. government when the insurance company assessed damage caused by Hurricane Katrina along the Gulf of Mexico coast in 2005.

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Judge slashes SEC's proposed fine for ex-Miami budget director

NEW YORK A federal judge has rejected the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's request for a record $450,000 penalty against a former Miami budget director found liable for misleading municipal bond investors, fining the man $15,000 instead.

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U.S. Supreme Court rules for prosecutors in insider trading case

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday made it easier to prosecute insider trading cases, ruling that tipsters who provide confidential information that enables friends and family to profit do not need to get something in return to have broken the law.

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Western North Dakota crude pipeline shut down after spill

A crude oil transmission line was shut down in western North Dakota following a leak that spilled oil into a creek, the state said on Tuesday.

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For drivers, drowsiness is as risky as drunkenness: U.S. study

WASHINGTON Drivers who miss two or three hours of sleep in a day face the same risk of an accident as those who are legally drunk, according to a AAA study on the sometimes-deadly consequences of being drowsy behind the wheel.

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Judge declares mistrial in ex-South Carolina policeman's murder trial

CHARLESTON, S.C. A South Carolina judge declared a mistrial on Monday after jurors weighing a murder charge against a white former South Carolina police officer who shot and killed a black motorist said they were deadlocked.

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Sheriff charges manslaughter in Louisiana death of ex-NFL player McKnight

A man suspected of fatally shooting former National Football League player Joe McKnight in a road rage incident near New Orleans has been arrested and charged with manslaughter, a Louisiana sheriff said on Tuesday.

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