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FBI launches probe into theft of U.S. taxpayer information

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WASHINGTON - The FBI said on Thursday it had begun looking into the illegal access of the tax-return information of about 100,000 people disclosed by the Internal Revenue Service earlier this week.

Defense in Freddie Gray case seeks to move trial from Baltimore

- Defense attorneys for six police officers facing criminal charges in the Freddie Gray case are seeking to have the trial moved from Baltimore, saying their clients cannot get a fair trial there, the Baltimore Sun reported on Thursday.

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U.S. President Obama visits family of journalist slain by ISIS

MIAMI - U.S. President Barack Obama met on Thursday with the family of American journalist Steven Sotloff, who was beheaded last year by Islamic State militants.

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Obama visits Miami shrine in nod to Cuban Americans

MIAMI - President Barack Obama toured a Catholic shrine beloved by Cuban Americans on Thursday, a nod to his pledge to end more than 50 years of hostilities with Cuba and restore diplomatic relations and commercial ties. | Video

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New York socialite sentenced to 18 years in poisoning autistic son

NEW YORK - A wealthy New York socialite was sentenced to 18 years in prison on Thursday after being convicted of killing her young autistic son at a luxury Manhattan hotel room in 2010.

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Assisted suicide bill advances in California legislature

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California lawmakers on Thursday revived a controversial bill that would allow physician-assisted suicide in the most populous U.S. state, after a renewal of debate on end-of-life issues prompted by the death of 29-year-old Brittany Maynard last year.

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University of Washington frat told to halt parties after rape report

- A University of Washington fraternity has been ordered to suspend social activities at its off-campus house in Seattle after a female student reported she was raped there during an unauthorized party in which alcoholic beverages were served, officials said on Thursday.

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Second anchoring rod in San Francisco Bay Bridge fails key test

SAN FRANCISCO - California transit officials have determined that a second high-strength steel anchoring rod for the eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge failed a key seismic "pull" test, and officials were due to meet on Thursday to address the issue.

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California man suspected of killing neighbor holes up with family

CHULA VISTA, Calif. - A Southern California man is believed to have fatally shot a neighbor on Thursday before barricading himself in his apartment with his wife and two young children, police said.

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Hundreds seek safety from Texas floods, severe weather kills 16

AUSTIN, Texas - Hundreds of people fled areas near Texas rivers that overflowed their banks on Thursday as the state reeled from severe storms this week that killed at least 16 people, flooded cities and set a record for the wettest month. | Video

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