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Wreckage blocks access to second data recorder in New Jersey train crash

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Investigators probing why a New Jersey commuter train smashed into Hoboken station, killing one person and injuring 108, planned to interview more witnesses on Saturday as the site remained too dangerous to extract a second data recorder from the wreckage. Learn More


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Police release videos of officer shooting California man

EL CAJON, Calif. (Reuters) - Authorities on Friday released two videos of police shooting an unarmed black man dead in El Cajon, California, but the grainy footage, much of it without sound, was not likely to pacify community outrage over the incident. More »


Appeals court says U.S. 'motor voter' law preempts Kansas ID rules

(Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court has upheld a lower court ruling requiring Kansas to allow thousands of people who registered to vote at motor vehicle offices to stay on election rolls, despite not showing proof of citizenship as mandated by a state law. More »


Hurricane Matthew meanders toward Jamaica, Haiti and Cuba

KINGSTON, Jamaica (Reuters) - Jamaicans were bracing on Saturday for the arrival of Hurricane Matthew, as it approached that island as well as Haiti and Cuba, bringing winds reaching 140 miles per hour (220 kph), powerful enough to wreck homes. More »


Texas businessman Wyly strikes $198 million deal with SEC

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Texas businessman Sam Wyly has agreed to pay $198.1 million to resolve claims by U.S. securities regulators that he engaged in a long-running securities fraud to hide trades in companies he controlled using offshore trusts, according to a court filing. More »


California proposes giving more freedom to test self-driving cars

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California will allow companies more leeway in testing self-driving cars on public roads while restricting how the nascent technology is advertised under revised draft regulations released on Friday. More »


Accused mobster, near death, denies ties to Boston art heist: lawyer

BOSTON (Reuters) - An accused mobster on what may be his death bed once again denied knowing anything about the whereabouts of paintings stolen from a Boston museum in the largest art heist in U.S. history, his lawyer said on Saturday. More »


Black man dies in struggle with California police after calling for help: media

(Reuters) - A black man who died after a physical struggle with police in a southern California home made an emergency call to Pasadena police because he needed help and suffered from bipolar disorder, his partner told a Los Angeles TV station on Friday. More »


S&P cuts Illinois' credit rating on state's 'weak' management

CHICAGO (Reuters) - S&P Global Ratings dropped Illinois' credit rating one notch to BBB on Friday and warned it could fall further absent a long-term solution that deals with the state's chronic structural budget deficit and pension woes. More »


Teen suspect in South Carolina school shooting charged with murder

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - A South Carolina teenager suspected of killing his father and wounding two boys and a teacher at an elementary school was charged on Friday with one count of murder and three counts of attempted murder, the office of the local solicitor said. More »


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