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4 teens charged with murder in USC student's death

  • especially: They also said they are " deeply concerne d" about students at the university, especially those from China.
  • deploy: Other proposals include looking at how officers are deployed, whether there should be more officers and whether those should be private security or Los Angeles police officers.
  • urge: The statement mentioned the two Chinese students killed in 2012 and urged the school to learn from those deaths and Ji's.
  • camera: Since the 2012 killings, USC has added 60 security cameras, including some license plate readers, for a total of 178 cameras in a 1.8 square mile area that includes blocks off campus, Carlisle said.
  • enhance: We hope that USC can enhance security and guarantee the safety of USC students," they said.

Bellagio robbery suspect is convict from Kansas

  • suspect: Investigators said the suspect acknowledged his picture was on Bellagio surveillance tape, but he denied that he committed the robbery.
  • arrest: He told them he went to the casino but didn't remember what happened, an arrest report states.
  • release: Las Vegas police spelled his last name " Carmitchell" on a booking photo released late Tuesday.
  • investigator: Investigators said the suspect acknowledged his picture was on Bellagio surveillance tape, but he denied that he committed the robbery.
  • criminal: Kansas Department of Corrections records show Scott Alan Carmitchel, 34, served time for battery against a law officer and a robbery in 1998, and he was sent to prison most recently a year ago for making a criminal threat.

Tobacco tax law cost U.S. billions in revenue: report

  • manufacturer: Some manufacturers also add a few ounces of tobacco to small cigars so they qualify as the larger product.
  • period: Over the same period, large cigar sales doubled, while small cigar sales dropped to just 700 million from 5.7 billion.
  • policy: Others even mix in clay or kitty litter to increase the weight, Michael Tynan, policy officer at the Oregon Public Health Division, told the hearing.
  • issue: In 2015, the TTB will issue a proposed regulation cracking down on the illegal activities, TTB Administrator John Manfreda said on Tuesday.
  • pipe: Responding to a push to better differentiate between roll-your-own and pipe tobacco, the agency published an " advanced notice of proposed rule making" in 2010 and 2011.

PG&E charged with obstruction over San Bruno blast

  • explosion: Besides killing eight people, the explosion injured dozens and destroyed 38 homes.
  • warrant: However, based on all of the evidence we have seen to date, we do not believe that the charges are warranted and that, even where mistakes were made, employees were acting in good faith to provide customers with safe and reliable energy," he said in a prepared statement.
  • disaster: No employees or executives have been charged in the San Bruno disaster.
  • employee: No employees or executives have been charged in the San Bruno disaster.
  • indictment: The U.S. attorney in San Francisco announced the obstruction of justice charge and 27 related counts, which are in a new indictment charging the utility with felonies.

Man wrongly imprisoned seeks millions from state

  • cite: Other cases cite prison terms that extended beyond what they were called for and other claims of miscarriage of justice, he said.
  • dismiss: Following DNA tests, a Superior Court dismissed all charges against him.
  • security: He described the terror he felt as a 20-year-old man heading to a maximum security prison notorious for gang violence.
  • prison: Ireland's mother, Cherry Cooney, told Claims Commissioner J. Paul Vance Jr. that her son wrote her a letter saying that he would die in prison and that there was no hope.
  • innocent: Vance said during a break in the hearing that 22 other wrongful imprisonment cases are pending, though they are not as clear-cut as Ireland's claim, which he called a " true innocent.

Most Americans see unaccompanied immigrant kids as refugees: poll

  • immigrant: Despite broad agreement on the issues surrounding unaccompanied minors, there was a growing view that immigrants hurt the country by taking jobs, housing and healthcare services meant for U.S. citizens.
  • cope: The findings come as the United States struggles to cope with a mounting influx of newcomers, mostly from crime-plagued Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.
  • surround: Despite broad agreement on the issues surrounding unaccompanied minors, there was a growing view that immigrants hurt the country by taking jobs, housing and healthcare services meant for U.S. citizens.
  • compare: Roughly 80 percent of those polled considered the spiking numbers of unaccompanied children crossing the U.S. border in recent months a serious problem or crisis, compared to just one in five who thought it was only a minor problem.
  • border: Roughly 80 percent of those polled considered the spiking numbers of unaccompanied children crossing the U.S. border in recent months a serious problem or crisis, compared to just one in five who thought it was only a minor problem.

Parents: Didn't suspect kidnapped boy's aunt

  • pregnant: Koch testified that Smith told him she was pregnant, although she wasn't.
  • kidnap: Kristen Smith of Aurora, Colorado, is charged with kidnapping 4-day-old Kayden Powell Feb. 6 and abandoning him in Iowa.
  • kidnap: Parents: Didn't suspect kidnapped boy's aunt- Yahoo News.
  • allege: Authorities allege she dumped the child as police closed in on her.
  • arrest: Smith was arrested when Koch discovered there was an active warrant for her from Texas.

Top Colorado court halts gay marriages in Boulder

  • federal: In a separate case, a federal judge in Denver ruled July 23 that that state's 2006 voter-approved ban is unconstitutional.
  • wrangle: Suthers and Boulder County have spent weeks in back-and-forth legal wrangling as Suthers has tried unsuccessfully through lower courts to get the county stop allowing gay weddings.
  • undermine: Suthers ' office said in its filing Monday to the state's high court concerning Boulder that unless the Colorado Supreme Court steps in, the earlier ruling affecting Denver will be undermined.
  • document: The state Supreme Court said all documents related to the case must be turned over by Oct. 20.
  • solicitor: There is no sound judicial reason for the Denver Clerk to be prevented from issuing same-sex marriage licenses (temporarily), while at the same time allowing the Boulder Clerk to issue the same licenses," Michael Francisco, the assistant solicitor general, said in the filing.

Searchers find bodies of Arkansas man, infant son

  • jail: Brooke Floyd, who was the wife of Brian Floyd and mother of Harper Floyd, remained in jail Tuesday on a preliminary charge of endangering the welfare of a minor.
  • endanger: Brooke Floyd, who was the wife of Brian Floyd and mother of Harper Floyd, remained in jail Tuesday on a preliminary charge of endangering the welfare of a minor.
  • minor: Brooke Floyd, who was the wife of Brian Floyd and mother of Harper Floyd, remained in jail Tuesday on a preliminary charge of endangering the welfare of a minor.
  • arrest: Brooke Floyd didn't initially cooperate with the search effort and was arrested over the weekend on the child endangerment complaint, but she later led authorities to the family's truck, which was towed from the area Tuesday.
  • conference: It's not the outcome we certainly had hoped for and our prayers and thoughts go out to the families involved," Gilkey said at a news conference at the remote site.

Water main break, geyser flood UCLA campus, strand motorists

  • damage: He said the athletic fields and possibly some classrooms would likely suffer water damage, although it was too early to estimate.
  • rescue: Humphrey said there were no injuries reported in the flooding but that fire department swift water rescue teams were on scene as a precaution and that crews helped drivers caught in the mud and flowing water.
  • rupture: LOS ANGELES (Reuters)- A major water main ruptured underneath a street near the University of California, Los Angeles on Tuesday, unleashing a 20-foot-tall geyser that flooded part of the campus and stranded motorists on surrounding streets.
  • wheel: The water gushed across the north end of the campus for several hours, submerging athletic fields and pouring into an underground parking structure, where motorists were caught in water up to their wheel wells, Los Angles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said.
  • estimate: He said the athletic fields and possibly some classrooms would likely suffer water damage, although it was too early to estimate.

Man claims tampering in case over bombing videos

  • tamper: Man claims tampering in case over bombing videos- Yahoo News.
  • accusation: Utah attorney Jesse Trentadue made the accusation Tuesday to U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups during the second day of the trial, The Salt Lake Tribune reports ( http://bit .ly/1qj4BbS).
  • government: Trentadue says Matthews was set to testify about a government investigation that had ties to the Oklahoma City bombing investigation, and about how evidence was gathered and records pertaining to evidence were prepared.
  • evidence: Trentadue says Matthews was set to testify about a government investigation that had ties to the Oklahoma City bombing investigation, and about how evidence was gathered and records pertaining to evidence were prepared.
  • pertain: Trentadue says Matthews was set to testify about a government investigation that had ties to the Oklahoma City bombing investigation, and about how evidence was gathered and records pertaining to evidence were prepared.

Obama's immigration-impeachment gambit

  • reform: The Obama administration could be planning a " very significant ", large-scale immigration reform sometime before November's mid-term congressional elections.
  • transition: Other countries, such as the UK and Chile, were successfully able to transition from state-controlled industry to the private sector, he says.
  • issue: Some parents are so preoccupied that they would rather blame the internet for their child's issues rather than on the distress their teenagers may be actually facing, he continues.
  • opinion: When the House of Representatives successfully pushed articles of impeachment against President Bill Clinton in 1998, they were roundly condemned by public opinion and lost seats in Congress in the next election.
  • volcano: Comparisons to Nazi-era Europe do nothing to reassure a community that, despite all of the major historical differences between then and now, cannot quite shake the feeling that it is dancing on the rim of a volcano," says Moisi..

U.S. Senate bill proposes sweeping curbs on NSA surveillance

  • telephone: Revelations last year by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden prompted President Barack Obama to ask Congress in January to rein in the bulk collection and storage of records of millions of U.S. domestic telephone calls.
  • advocate: Many other civil liberties groups and privacy advocates endorsed the legislation while calling for additional reforms.
  • ban: WASHINGTON (Reuters)- Senator Patrick Leahy introduced legislation on Tuesday to ban the U.S. government's bulk collection of Americans ' telephone records and Internet data and narrow how much information it can seek in any particular search.
  • government: The bill, called the USA Freedom Act, would prohibit the government from collecting all information from a particular service provider or a broad geographic area, such as a city or area code, according to a release from Leahy's office.
  • issue: The bill would require the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to appoint legal advocates to address privacy and civil liberties issues.

U.S. House Speaker Boehner dismisses talk of impeaching Obama

  • majority: The Senate failed to achieve the two-thirds majority needed to remove Clinton, and the episode caused enough negative fallout to allow Democrats to win back five Senate seats in the 2000 election, wiping out a Republican majority.
  • negative: The Senate failed to achieve the two-thirds majority needed to remove Clinton, and the episode caused enough negative fallout to allow Democrats to win back five Senate seats in the 2000 election, wiping out a Republican majority.
  • dismiss: U.S. House Speaker Boehner dismisses talk of impeaching Obama- Yahoo News.
  • episode: The Senate failed to achieve the two-thirds majority needed to remove Clinton, and the episode caused enough negative fallout to allow Democrats to win back five Senate seats in the 2000 election, wiping out a Republican majority.
  • likelihood: Last week, White House adviser Dan Pfeiffer told reporters that unilateral action by Obama on immigration reform " will certainly up the likelihood that they ( Republicans) would consider impeachment.

Girl struck by crashing plane dies

  • release: "Our precious Oceana has joined her daddy in heaven," the family said in a statement released by All Children's Hospital.
  • emergency: Mr Kokomoor was attempting to land at Venice Municipal Airport, adjacent to the beach, when he radioed to say the small aircraft was in trouble and he would try to make an emergency landing.
  • crash: A girl who was struck by a plane that crash landed on a Florida beach on Sunday and killed her father has died of her injuries, police have said.
  • unconscious: Another man told emergency officials Oceana was " breathing a little right now ", but she was struggling to do so and unconscious.
  • struggle: Another man told emergency officials Oceana was " breathing a little right now ", but she was struggling to do so and unconscious.

Fugitive killed in New York shootout

  • load: He said that he saw officers loading the victims into ambulances and officers with assault weapons sealing off the scene.
  • suspect: The suspect was shot and killed in a gun battle that erupted in tobacco shop in a normally quiet part of the city.
  • quiet: The suspect was shot and killed in a gun battle that erupted in tobacco shop in a normally quiet part of the city.
  • numerous: The dead man was wanted by police in San Diego in connection with numerous child molestation allegations.
  • suspect: A suspected child sex offender resisting arrest has been killed and three New York law enforcement officers injured in a daytime shootout in Manhattan, police have said.

Blaming Obama for a messy world

  • government: What's happening in Nigeria is symptomatic of government in many parts of Africa: self-serving, uncaring and clueless," Adam concludes.
  • recover: Even though Australia recovered since the war, he argues, the country's wartime death toll gave rise to a strong antiwar sentiment and moved the country away from British influence and closer to the US politically.
  • halcyon: Recall the so-called halcyon days of the Ronald Reagan presidency, the libertarian columnist writes:.
  • blame: He says that the Nigerian government is also to blame for letting the tragedy fade from the front pages.
  • abduct: The schoolgirls left behind- The world is forgetting about the Nigerian girls who were abducted three months ago by Boko Haram, according to Mohammed Adam in the Ottawa Citizen.

Today in History

  • entrails: We watch our experts read the entrails of statistical tables and graphs the way the ancients watched their soothsayers read the entrails of a chicken.
  • entrails: We watch our experts read the entrails of statistical tables and graphs the way the ancients watched their soothsayers read the entrails of a chicken.
  • soothsayer: We watch our experts read the entrails of statistical tables and graphs the way the ancients watched their soothsayers read the entrails of a chicken.
  • frightful: Thought for Today: " Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal.
  • transcontinental: In 1861, the first transcontinental telegraph message was sent by Chief Justice Stephen J. Field of California from San Francisco to President Abraham Lincoln in Washington, D.C., over a line built by the Western Union Telegraph Co..

FedEx charges raise online pharmacy issues

  • ferret: The contrasting responses to the decade-long federal probe of the prescription drug black market underscore the difficulty shippers have in determining how far to go to ferret out illicit online pharmacies among their customers and to alert the government.
  • pharmacy: Rosenberg declined to specify how UPS is checking out online pharmacies, but the company's agreement with the DOJ said screening can be as simple as an online search of the pharmacy's website.
  • contraband: Mitchell Ep ner, a former federal prosecutor now in private practice, said FedEx and its competitors have an obligation to not ship things that they know are contraband.