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Labor unions, developers reach agreement on Los Angeles-area NFL stadium

(Reuters) – Labor leaders said on Thursday they had reached an agreement with developers of a proposed Los Angeles-area stadium project, which is backed by the billionaire owner of the St. Louis Rams, that could become home for an NFL … Continue reading

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Labor unions, developers reach agreement on Los Angeles-area NFL stadium

(Reuters) – Labor leaders said on Thursday they had reached an agreement with developers of a proposed Los Angeles-area stadium project, which is backed by the billionaire owner of the St. Louis Rams, that could become home for an NFL team. ...

Five Themes for Poets (and Other Text-Loving Bloggers)

Over at The Daily Post, our first poetry-focused Blogging U. course, Writing 201: Poetry, has just entered its second week. It’s been a blast, with hundreds of poets sharing their work, experimenting with new forms, and commenting on their peers’ poems. After working hard … Continue reading

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Labor unions, developers reach agreement on Los Angeles-area NFL stadium

(Reuters) – Labor leaders said on Thursday they had reached an agreement with developers of a proposed Los Angeles-area stadium project, which is backed by the billionaire owner of the St. Louis Rams, that could become home for an NFL team. ...

PM Harper stands alone but is on the right side of the ISIS-Syria debate

This week, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced his Government plans to table a motion in the House of Commons favouring an extension and expansion of Canada’s contribution to Operation IMPACT, the U.S.-led Coalition against the so-called “Islamic State” in Iraq … Continue reading

Airport pat-downs of black women’s hairstyles discriminatory: ACLU

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) – Two black women who said their hairstyles made them targets for airport security pat-downs said on Thursday the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) had agreed to stop singling out women for screening based solely on their “sisterlocks.” … Continue reading

Colorado lawmaker says attack on pregnant woman ‘curse of God’

DENVER (Reuters) – A Colorado lawmaker’s comments that an attack on a woman whose unborn child was cut from her womb was a “curse of God” caused by U.S. policy on abortion drew criticism from Democrats and Republicans alike on … Continue reading

Father of ex-Los Angeles cop wanted for murder charged with lying to FBI

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A former Los Angeles police officer’s father, who authorities say helped his son flee across the border to Mexico to avoid facing murder charges, was arrested on Thursday and accused of lying to federal agents, the … Continue reading

U.S. court halts Labor Department same-sex couple protections

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – A U.S. district judge in Texas on Thursday issued a stay to halt the U.S. Labor Department from implementing a rule that would expand medical leave protections for same-sex couples, saying the move impinges on the … Continue reading

New York City buildings collapse in possible gas blast, injuring 12 people

NEW YORK (Reuters) – An apparent gas explosion caused two apartment buildings to collapse and burst into flames, and two others to catch fire, injuring at least 12 people on Thursday in New York City’s East Village neighborhood, authorities said. … Continue reading

Tesoro sees restarting Martinez, Calif., refinery beginning Friday

(Reuters) – Tesoro Corp said it anticipates restarting its strike-hit Golden Eagle refinery in Martinez, California, on Friday, according to a filing with Contra Costa Health Services. ...

Alaska officials identify remains of two members of missing family

JUNEAU (Reuters) – Police in Alaska said on Thursday that human remains found over the weekend belong to two members of a four-person Kenai family that has been missing since last May. ...

California to loosen ban on sex offenders living near schools

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) – California will no longer bar all paroled sex offenders from living near schools and parks, part of the fallout from a state Supreme Court decision that said such requirements violated the constitutional rights of parolees in … Continue reading

Florida debates gambling as big players lay down their bets

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Reuters) – A bill to create two casino gambling “destination resorts” in south Florida divided the Republican-controlled statehouse on Thursday, with the expansion of craps, slot machines and high-stakes gaming opposed by family-oriented tourist attractions. ...

Life term recommended for Alabama woman who ran granddaughter to death

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Reuters) – An Alabama jury recommended on Thursday that a woman convicted of running her 9-year-old granddaughter to death as punishment for lying about having eaten chocolates spend the rest of her life in prison, the local sheriff’s … Continue reading

Trial of ex-NFL star Hernandez interrupted by bomb threat

FALL RIVER, Mass. (Reuters) – A bomb scare interrupted the murder trial of ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez on Thursday, forcing dozens of people including the judge, attorneys, reporters and Hernandez himself out of the courthouse for two hours. ...

Boston bombing jury sees mock bombs, victim autopsy photos

BOSTON (Reuters) – The Boston Marathon bombing jury on Thursday viewed mockups of the twin pressure-cooker bombs that ripped through the crowd at the race’s finish line in 2013 and autopsy photos of one of the three people they killed. … Continue reading

Boston jury sees mockups of bombs used in deadly 2013 attack

BOSTON (Reuters) – The Boston Marathon bombing jury on Thursday viewed FBI mockups of the twin pressure-cooker bombs that ripped through the crowd at the race’s finish line in 2013, killing three people and injuring 264. ...

Food fight: Kentucky, West Virginia senators wager over NCAA game

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – University of Kentucky fan Mitch McConnell, the U.S. Senate majority leader, and University of West Virginia fan Joe Manchin, his state’s senior senator, have made a friendly food wager over the teams’ Thursday NCAA basketball tournament game. … Continue reading

More than 15,000 buildings without power after Oklahoma tornadoes

OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) – About 15,000 homes and businesses in Oklahoma and Arkansas were without power on Thursday after tornadoes touched down in the states a day earlier, leaving at least one person dead and scores of structures damaged. ...

U.S. ad campaign points to dangers of dual cigarette/e-cig use

(Reuters) – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control is launching an ad campaign warning consumers against the dual use of e-cigarettes and regular cigarettes. ...

Two U.S. men arrested in plot to attack Illinois military base: Justice Dept

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. Army National Guard soldier and his cousin have been arrested on charges of conspiring to support Islamic State, the Department of Justice said on Thursday. ...