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By Carey Gillam (Reuters) - The St. Louis grand jury hearing evidence in the case of the white police officer who fatally shot unarmed black teenager Michael Brown last month has been given an extra four months to weigh possible criminal charges against the officer, officials said on Tuesday. The prosecutor's office still hopes to conclude its presentation of evidence to the grand jury in October but now has until Jan. 7 to do, said Edward Magee, a spokesman for St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch. ... . . more
By Letitia Stein (Reuters) - A serious respiratory illness sickening U.S. children has spread to 12 states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Tuesday, as it predicted that more states will report cases in coming weeks. The growing list of states with confirmed cases now includes Alabama, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, New York, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania, the CDC said. ... . . more
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Arizona residents braced for another wave of heavy rains and flooding on Tuesday as the remnants of Hurricane Odile began to sweep into the desert state. With cloudy skies above, locals began filling sandbags at fire stations and trying to shore up their homes, just eight days after powerful storms battered the southwestern state and dumped record rainfall on the Phoenix and Tucson areas. Last week's downpour turned sections of major freeways into lakes, overflowed from creeks and canals and killed two women swept away by floodwaters. ... . . more
A former middle school band teacher has been arrested for allegedly having sex with a 14-year-old student. . . more
Pennsylvania State Police say they know who they are looking for in connection with a weekend shooting that left on state trooper dead and another seriously injured. . . more
BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. (AP) The suspect in the killing of a trooper and the critical wounding of another outside a rural barracks is a survivalist who has expressed a desire to kill law enforcement officers and commit mass murder, state police said Tuesday. . . more
By Steve Ginsburg (Reuters) - A fatal dirt-track accident involving three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart in upstate New York last month will be heard by a grand jury, authorities said on Tuesday. "Upon my review of all of the information contained in the entire investigation, I have made the determination that it would be appropriate to submit the evidence to a grand jury, for their determination as to what action should be taken in this matter," said Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo. (Reporting By Steve Ginsburg; Editing by Sandra Maler) . . more
BOSTON (Reuters) - The Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Tuesday awarded a license to build a casino just outside Boston to Las Vegas developer Wynn Resorts Ltd. Wynn, which proposed to build a casino in Everett, beat out rival Mohegan Sun by a margin of three to one. Mohegan Sun operates one of the biggest U.S. casino resorts in Connecticut and is owned by that state's Mohegan tribe. The proposed development would be one of three allowed by a 2011 Massachusetts law legalizing casino gambling in the state. ... . . more
BLOOMING GROVE Pa. (Reuters) - Pennsylvania state police on Tuesday named Matthew Eric Frein, described as an anti-law enforcement survivalist, as the prime suspect in the deadly ambush of two troopers outside their barracks. An arrest warrant was secured for Frein, 31, of nearby Canadensis, Pennsylvania, state police commissioner Frank Noonan told a news conference. The shooting late Friday outside the Blooming Grove barracks about 100 miles north of Philadelphia killed Corporal Bryon Dickson, 38, and critically wounded Trooper Alex Douglass, 31. ... . . more
(Reuters) - Amtrak trains resumed with limited operation between Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia on Tuesday afternoon, officials said, following interruptions due to downed wires and debris on the tracks. Engineers made repairs permitting Amtrak Northeast Corridor service to resume on a single track through the Aberdeen, Maryland, area, Amtrak said in a statement, after a Norfolk Southern Corp freight train struck a pole supporting overhead wires overnight. Work continues to return the adjacent track to service. ... . . more
DENVER (AP) The parents of a woman killed in the Colorado theater shootings filed a lawsuit Tuesday accusing four online retailers of improperly selling ammunition, tear gas, a high-capacity magazine and body armor used in the attack. . . more
BOISE, Idaho (AP) Boise State University officials say they will change their on-campus event policies after private legal organizations said the school violated the First Amendment by charging a student organization security fees for a gun-rights event. . . more
WEED, Calif. (AP) Aided by calmer winds and another day of fire-retardant bomber sorties, firefighters mopped up Tuesday around the smoldering remains of 100 structures, most of them homes, after a wind-driven wildfire raced through a hillside neighborhood and forced more than 1,000 people to flee a small town near the Oregon border. . . more
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AKRON, Ohio (AP) An Ohio school bus driver is being hailed as a hero after tossing a child out of the way of a rolling bus Tuesday before the vehicle rolled over the driver herself and she was killed. . . more
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Amtrak says service from Washington, D.C. to Philadelphia has been restored. . . more
By Gary Robertson and Aruna Viswanatha RICHMOND Va./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The state of Virginia said on Tuesday that it sued units of Citigroup Inc, Deutsche Bank AG and 11 other banks, accusing them of defrauding the state's retirement fund by selling it shoddy mortgage bonds in the run-up to the recent financial crisis. The lawsuit seeks $1.15 billion in damages from the banks, who allegedly misled the Virginia Retirement System about the quality of loans in investments purchased between 2004 and 2010. ... . . more
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) A 61-year-old man who has spent half his life in prison for knife attacks against women has been sentenced to at least 25 more years for stabbing his girlfriend to death. . . more

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