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Former Oklahoma reserve deputy sentenced to four years for manslaughter
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

TULSA, Okla. (Reuters) - A former Oklahoma reserve deputy convicted in the fatal shooting of an unarmed man being subdued by regular deputies last year was sentenced on Tuesday to four years in prison for second-degree manslaughter. .. read more..

Venezuela's Maduro rooting for 'revolutionary friend' Sanders in U.S. campaign
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's embattled president, Nicolas Maduro, said on Tuesday night he supported Bernie Sanders in the U.S. presidential race, adding that the candidate, who describes himself as a democratic socialist, would win if the vote were "free." .. read more..

Fear for civilians as Islamic State halts Iraqi army at gates of Falluja
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

CAMP TARIQ, Iraq (Reuters) - Islamic State fighters halted an Iraqi army assault on the city of Falluja with a counter-attack at its southern gates on Tuesday, while the United Nations warned of peril for civilians trapped in the city and used by militants as human shields. .. read more..

700 Refugees Drown in Mediterranean Sea
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

About 700 migrants are estimated to have died in Mediterranean Sea shipwrecks over the span of three days last week. .. read more..

Asia shares wobble as oil slip dampens sentiment, dollar stalls
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian stocks were on a weak footing on Wednesday as a slip in crude oil prices dampened investors' appetite for riskier assets, while the recently bullish dollar stalled against the euro and yen following a mixed bag of U.S. economic data. .. read more..

Prosecutors sue to recover life insurance held by San Bernardino shooter
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Federal prosecutors filed a civil forfeiture action on Tuesday seeking to seize the proceeds of two life insurance policies held by Syed Rizwan Farook, who with his wife killed 14 people in a shooting rampage in San Bernardino, California. .. read more..

Italy court upholds Costa Concordia captain's 2012 shipwreck sentence
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

FLORENCE, Italy (Reuters) - A 16-year prison sentence for the former captain of the Costa Concordia cruise liner for his role in the deadly 2012 shipwreck was upheld on Tuesday by an Italian appeals court. .. read more..

N.Y. Mets owners reach revised deal with Madoff trustee
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The owners of the New York Mets baseball team have reached a revised agreement with the trustee seeking to recoup money for the victims of Bernard Madoff's fraud that gives them more time to pay up to $61 million, the parties announced on Tuesday. .. read more..

Report: Clinton Caused Significant Security Risk
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The State Department’s inspector general concluded former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton broke rules and failed to comply with department regulations regarding her private email server. .. read more..

Criminal charges possible in killing of Cincinnati gorilla
Wednesday, June 1, 2016

CINCINNATI (Reuters) - The parents of a 3-year-old boy who fell into a gorilla enclosure in Cincinnati, prompting the killing of the endangered animal in order to rescue the child, are the target of an investigation into the incident, police said on Tuesday. .. read more..

Egyptian Crack-Down on Human Rights Defenders Reaches Key Christian Activist
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

A Coptic human rights activist arrested this month by Egyptian security officials faces the possibility of life in prison on concocted charges because of his efforts to expose persecution of Christians, human rights activists said. .. read more..

Israel's settlement drive is becoming irreversible, diplomats fear
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

MITZPE YERICHO, West Bank (Reuters) - In the hills east of Jerusalem, overlooking the Palestinian city of Jericho and the Jordan Valley, stands a religious Jewish settlement whose red-tile roofs, neat gardens and brightly colored playgrounds give the sense of permanence. .. read more..

As Beijing flexes muscles in South China Sea, Malaysia eyes harder response
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

MIRI, Malaysia (Reuters) - Spotting a large vessel off the coast of Sarawak state in March, officers on a Malaysian patrol boat were shocked when it steamed toward them at high speed, blaring its horn before veering off to reveal "Chinese Coast Guard" emblazoned on its side. .. read more..

Evacuations ordered as Texas' flooded Brazos River tops record
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - Record flooding along the swollen Brazos River in Texas on Tuesday prompted mandatory evacuations after at least six people died in the worst floods in more than 100 years. .. read more..

Few Syrian Christians Get Asylum in U.S., Despite Genocide Declaration
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

State Department figures show 499 Syrian refugees have resettled in America this month, but not a single one was a Christian or member of another religious minority group targeted for genocide, according to CNSNews reports. .. read more..

U.S. court denies motion to reconsider transgender bathroom ruling
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

(Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday denied a motion to reconsider its ruling that gave a Virginia transgender high school student access to the bathroom of his gender identity. .. read more..

Actor Michael Jace of TV's 'The Shield' convicted of murdering wife
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actor Michael Jace, best known for his role as a policeman on the TV drama "The Shield," was convicted by a jury on Tuesday of second-degree murder for fatally shooting his wife in 2014 in front of the couple's two children at their Los Angeles home. .. read more..

General Mills recalls flour over possible link to E.coli outbreak
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

(Reuters) - General Mills Inc on Tuesday issued a voluntary recall of about 10 million pounds of flour, saying it was working with health officials to investigate an outbreak of E. coli that had sickened 38 people in 20 U.S. states. .. read more..

Jan Crouch, Trinity Broadcasting Network Co-Founder, Dies at 78
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Jan Crouch, who co-founded Trinity Broadcasting Network along with her husband, has died at the age of 78 from complications of a stroke. .. read more..

Exclusive: U.S.-backed Syria forces launch offensive for Manbij pocket - U.S....
Wednesday, June 1, 2016

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Thousands of U.S.-backed fighters in Syria are launching an offensive to capture from Islamic State a crucial swathe of northern Syria known as the Manbij pocket following weeks of quiet preparations, U.S. officials disclosed to Reuters. .. read more..