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US air force sexual assault prevention unit chief charged with sexual battery

An officer who led the US air force’s sexual assault prevention and response unit has been charged with groping a woman in a northern Virginia parking lot, authorities said on Monday.

Senate passes internet sales tax bill amid opposition from conservatives

The US Senate on Monday passed a bill aimed at ending tax-free shopping on the internet but the move looks set to face fierce opposition before it becomes law.

U.S. appeals court strikes down mandate on union rights

(Reuters) – The National Labor Relations Board violated the law when it required U.S. businesses to put notices in their workplaces and on their websites informing employees of their right to unionize, a federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday.

Authorities visited house in 2004 where Ohio women found: police

(Reuters) – The three Cleveland women found alive after vanishing in their own neighborhood for about a decade were rescued from a house that authorities tried to visit several years ago, police said on Tuesday.

Ammonium nitrate was trigger for Texas blast, state agency says

(Reuters) – Investigators have confirmed that ammonium nitrate was the trigger for the explosion at a West, Texas, fertilizer plant last month that left 14 people dead and some 200 injured, according to the Texas state fire marshal’s office.

Bank of China closes account of key North Korean bank

(Reuters) – Bank of China Ltd (3988.HK) (601988.SS) has shut the account of North Korea’s main foreign exchange bank, which was hit with U.S. sanctions in March after Washington accused it of helping finance Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program.

Delaware to vote on becoming 11th state to allow gay marriage

(Reuters) – Delaware lawmakers will take up a gay marriage bill on Tuesday in a bid to make the state the 11th to allow same-sex couples to wed.

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