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Former U.S. attorney general Janet Reno dies

Janet Reno diesJanet Reno, the first woman to serve as U.S. attorney general and the epicenter of several political storms during the Clinton administration, including the seizure of Elian Gonzalez, died early Monday. She was 78.

Reno died from complications of Parkinson's disease, her goddaughter Gabrielle D'Alemberte said. D'Alemberte said Reno spent her final days at home in Miami surrounded by family and friends.

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Ghirmay Ghebreslassie, Mary Keitany winners in TCS New York City Marathon

NYC Marathon winners 201620-year-old Ghirmay Ghebreslassie of Eritrea won the men's division of the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon Sunday.

American Abdi Abdirahman placed 3rd.

Mary Keitany won her third straight women's title to become the first woman to win three consecutive marathons in New York since Grete Waltz's five-year run from 1982 to 1986.

The 34-year-old Kenyan defended her title Sunday in an unofficial time of 2 hours, 24 minutes, 26 seconds, beating countrywoman Joyce Chepkirui by nearly four minutes.

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Michigan residents deplore plan to let Nestlé pump water for next to nothing

Michigan residents deplore deal with Nestle for waterMichigan regulators were deluged with angry comments this week, after reports that the state had drafted a permit approval for Nestlé to nearly double the amount of groundwater it pumps from a plant in Evart, Michigan to 210m gallons a year.

The pumping increase is only expected to cost the Swiss food giant $200 a year, and possibly the price of a permit fee, because its bottling plant in Evart is considered a private well under state law, regulators said.

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Vanderbilt U football player sentenced to 17 years in prison for orchestrating gang rape of cheerleader

Vanderbilt U player gets 17 yrs. for rape
A former college football player in Tennessee who encouraged his teammates as they raped an unconscious cheerleader will spend the next 17 years in prison — and prosecutors said his long sentence ensures "that justice is going to be served."

Brandon Vandenburg was found guilty on a slew of aggravated rape and sexual battery charges at a Nashville courthouse Friday for carrying the female student into his Vanderbilt University dorm room before gang-raping her for 30 minutes together with three of his teammates.

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New York City police officer killed in Bronx shooting: media

Bronx gunman shoots two police officersA New York City police officer was fatally shot on Friday while investigating a report of a robbery in the Bronx and a second officer was wounded before the shooter was killed in an exchange of gunfire, according to authorities and local media.

One of the officers died of his wounds after being taken to Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx, the New York Daily News reported. A spokeswoman for the New York City Police Department said she could not confirm the death, and she could provide no details on the condition of the officers.

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Dakota pipeline: At Standing Rock, women lead fight in face of Mace, arrests and strip searches

Standing Rock womenSitting inside a small tipi where she is camped out while protesting the Dakota Access pipeline, she took a drag of her cigarette and recounted how officers took her to a North Dakota jail last month where, she says, a group of male and female guards forcibly removed her clothes when she refused to strip in front of them.

“I’m beyond traumatized,” the 33-year-old Native American woman said through tears.  But, when asked if she was prepared to keep defending the Standing Rock tribe’s water, McLaughlin’s face hardened. “Everyone needs to stand up,” she said.

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Obama commutes sentences for 72 inmates

Ovama commutes more prisonersPresident Obama on Friday commuted the sentences of 72 inmates, the latest sign he is accelerating his clemency push during his final months in office.

It was the second time in the past eight days the White House announced that a large group of mostly non-violent drug offenders will be released from federal prison. The two batches totaled 170 inmates.

In total, 944 people have had their sentences cut short by Obama — more than the last 11 presidents combined — with 760 receiving commutations this year alone.

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