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New York City sues drug companies over opioid epidemic

New York City said on Tuesday it has sued several companies that make or distribute prescription opioids, seeking to hold them accountable for their role in what it called a deadly epidemic afflicting the city.

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Chinese citizen pleads guilty to U.S. graduate school exam fraud

A Chinese citizen accused of posing as someone else to take a graduate school entrance exam on her behalf pleaded guilty on Tuesday in a criminal case that arose from U.S. prosecutors investigating international students who use imposters to gain admission to American universities.

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Climate advocacy group sues U.S. EPA for ‘purge’ of scientists

A climate change advocacy group on Tuesday sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for banning certain scientists from serving on its advisory committees.

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Two students dead, 12 others wounded by gunfire in Kentucky high school shooting

A 15-year-old boy opened fire with a handgun in his high school in western Kentucky on Tuesday, killing two classmates and wounding a dozen others before being arrested, the state’s governor and police said.

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Americans among victims in Kabul hotel attack, U.S. says

U.S. citizens were among the victims of a hotel attack in Kabul last Saturday, the U.S. State Department said on Tuesday.

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New Hampshire man arrested for biting police dog

A New Hampshire man was arrested for biting a police dog while officers were investigating reports of a shooting in the town of Boscawen, police officials said on Tuesday.

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Magnitude-7.9 quake off Alaska sparks brief West Coast tsunami fears

Tsunami alerts were lifted on Tuesday for the U.S. West Coast and western Canada after a magnitude-7.9 earthquake struck in the Gulf of Alaska, sending the state’s coastal residents inland to seek shelter from possible tidal waves.

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One person dead, multiple wounded in Kentucky high school shooting

At least one person was dead and multiple others were wounded in a shooting at a high school in Marshall County, Kentucky on Tuesday, and the shooter was in custody.

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Vermont becomes ninth U.S. state to legalize marijuana

Vermont became the ninth U.S. state and third in the Northeast to legalize recreational marijuana use on Monday when Republican Governor Phil Scott signed a bill passed by the legislature earlier this month.

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Five missing after Oklahoma oil and gas drilling site explosion

Five workers were missing on Monday after a gas explosion at an oil and gas drilling site in eastern Oklahoma, authorities said.

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Man sent to prison for up to 60 years in Pennsylvania school stabbings

A western Pennsylvania man was sentenced on Monday to up to 60 years in prison for stabbing 20 fellow students and a security guard with two kitchen knives in a high school rampage in 2014.

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Skydiver dies after crashing into roof of California home

A skydiver died after slamming into the roof of a home in southern California on Monday, authorities said, without releasing details as to what may have caused his fatal fall.

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Five workers missing in explosion at Oklahoma drilling site

Five workers were missing in a gas explosion on Monday at an Oklahoma drilling site controlled by Red Mountain Operating Co, local officials said.

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Tennessee man takes plea deal in murder of student Holly Bobo

Dylan Adams, one of three men charged in the 2011 murder of Tennessee nursing student Holly Bobo, accepted a plea deal on Monday that will send him to prison without parole for 35 years.

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CDC director urges flu vaccinations as pediatric deaths mount

Of the 30 U.S. children who have died from the flu so far this season, some 85 percent had not been vaccinated, said Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, who urged Americans to get flu shots amid one of the most severe flu seasons in years.

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U.S. authorities ban cargo transport from Cairo airport-Egyptian sources

U.S. authorities have banned the transport of all cargo coming from Cairo International Airport destined for the United States, other than passenger luggage.

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Body broker who sold diseased remains is convicted of fraud

A Detroit businessman who sold and leased donated body parts for two decades was convicted Monday of defrauding medical customers by selling them diseased human remains.

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Mayor of Allentown, Pennsylvania to go on trial on corruption charges

The mayor of Pennsylvania’s third largest city, Allentown, is scheduled to appear at the start of his federal corruption trial on Monday, accused of soliciting campaign contributions in exchange for public contracts.

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Statue of Liberty to reopen; shutdown keeps other parks, monuments closed

The Statue of Liberty will reopen on Monday even if the U.S. government shutdown extends into the work week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Sunday, vowing to use state funds to keep the landmark monument in operation.

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Major highway reopened as California mudslides toll climbs to 21

California’s iconic Highway 101 in Santa Barbara reopened on Sunday nearly two weeks after it was covered with 12 feet of debris from mudslides, and a day after the discovery of a missing woman’s body pushed the death toll to 21.

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In Women’s March finale, Las Vegas rally kicks off voter drive

Thousands of protesters gathered for the Women’s March “Power to the Polls” rally in Las Vegas on Sunday, kicking off a national drive to register a million new voters as well as put more female candidates in office.

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New York governor vows to reopen Statue of Liberty as shutdown enters Day 2

As the federal government shutdown entered its second day on Sunday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo vowed to use state money to reopen the Statue of Liberty before Washington restores funding to operate the popular tourist destination.

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Pence tells U.S. troops: no immigration talks until government reopens

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Sunday that the Trump administration would not reopen talks with Democratic lawmakers on “illegal immigration” until the U.S. government shutdown had concluded.

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Two Americans, two Canadians freed after kidnapping in Nigeria

Two Americans and two Canadians have been freed after being kidnapped in the northern Nigerian state of Kaduna, a police spokesman said on Saturday.

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As Trump begins second year, women stage nationwide protests

Many thousands of women and their male supporters turned out on Saturday for the second Women’s March, a nationwide series of protests against U.S. President Donald Trump marking the end of his first year in office.