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Spellers from Texas, N.Y. state battle to tie in U.S. Spelling Bee

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. (Reuters) - Nihar Janga, a fifth-grader from Austin, Texas, and Jairam Hathwar, a seventh-grader from Painted Post, New York, were named co-champions of the U.S. Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday after battling 25 rounds head to head. Learn More


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California mayors ask for governor's support for highway cameras after shootings

(Reuters) - Five mayors in northern California on Thursday asked Governor Jerry Brown in a letter to have surveillance cameras installed on state highways in the area after a string of shootings that have gripped their communities. More »


Dr. Heimlich, 96, saves choking woman with namesake maneuver

(Reuters) - Dr. Henry Heimlich, the 96-year-old Cincinnati surgeon credited with inventing the lifesaving technique named for him, used it for the first time this week to save a fellow senior center resident who was choking on a hamburger, a center spokesman said on Friday. More »


Forecaster predicts near-normal hurricane season

(Reuters) - U.S. meteorologists on Friday predicted the number of storms in the upcoming 2016 Atlantic hurricane season would be near normal, after fewer than normal storms last year. More »


Man killed by more than 1,000 bee stings in Arizona park

(Reuters) - A 23-year-old man who set out for a peaceful hike in an Arizona park died after being stung by more than 1,000 bees, a swarm so threatening it thwarted rescuers' repeated attempts to reach him. More »


Virginia taxi driver indicted for conspiracy to support Islamic State

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Virginia taxi driver was indicted by a federal grand jury on Thursday for conspiring to support Islamic State, the Justice Department said on Friday. More »


Rapper arrested in shooting at NY City concert that killed one

(Reuters) - Police on Thursday arrested a rapper in connection with a shooting that left one man dead and three other people wounded shortly before a concert by rapper T.I. in Manhattan. More »


Mother of Texas 'affluenza' teen indicted for money laundering

FORT WORTH, Texas (Reuters) - The mother of a Texas teenager who used an "affluenza" defense after killing four people in a 2013 drunken-driving crash was formally charged with money laundering on Thursday, related to her helping him flee to Mexico last year, her attorney said. More »


Mississippi governor to join suit against Obama transgender policy

(Reuters) - Mississippi's Republican governor said on Thursday he planned to join a lawsuit by officials from 11 states to overturn an Obama administration directive that tells schools to let transgender students use bathrooms matching their gender identity. More »


Secret Service punishes 41 over leak of lawmaker's data

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Forty-one U.S. Secret Service employees have been disciplined over a media leak of the personal files of a congressman who had criticized the agency's security lapses, the Department of Homeland Security said on Thursday. More »


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