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St. Louis grand jury term extended as it hears Ferguson evidence

Roses rest on a t-shirt at a makeshift memorial for Michael Brown in FergusonBy 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. ...

Children's respiratory illness spreads to a dozen U.S. states: CDC

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. ...

U.S. lawmakers want to curb antibiotic use on farms

Nine-day-old chicks gather at a Foster Farms chicken ranch near TurlockBy Brian Grow and P.J. Huffstutter (Reuters) - Two U.S. lawmakers are calling for action to rein in antibiotic use in livestock in response to a Reuters investigation showing how top U.S. poultry firms have been administering drugs to their flocks. U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, (D-NY), said she plans to introduce new legislation authorizing the Food and Drug Administration to collect data on ?farm-level antibiotic use.? The pledge was part of a letter Gillibrand sent Tuesday to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg. ...

Spaceport delays prompt some impatience in New Mexico

Spaceport America's Virgin Galactic Gateway to Space Building is seen near Truth or Consequences, New MexicoBy Joseph Kolb ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) - Delays in the launch of the first space flights by Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic from a base in New Mexico have drawn criticism from a county commissioner in the south of the state. The inaugural flight had been expected to take place this year, carrying Branson from Spaceport America's 12,000-foot (3.6 km) runway in Sierra County to suborbital space about 65 miles (100 km) above Earth. ...

Police resume search for missing Virginia student

This image provided by the Charlottesville Police Department shows missing 18-year-old University of Virginia student, Hanna Elizabeth Graham, in a surveillance photo Saturday Sept. 13, 2014 in Charlottesville, Va. Police continue the search around the University Tuesday for the missing student. (AP Photo/Charlottesville Police Department)CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) ? Police prepared Tuesday to adjust their search area for a missing University of Virginia student, at least the fourth young woman to go missing in the area in the past five years.

Donald Trump tweets he may buy back casinos

Donald Trump tweets he may buy back casinosDonald Trump, who no longer owns but whose name still adorns one closed Atlantic City casino and another troubled casino, says he may buy back in.

Transgender teenager in confinement case escapes

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) ? A troubled transgender girl whose imprisonment in Connecticut without criminal charges raised an outcry among her advocates escaped from custody Tuesday, state officials said.

Woman who made kids drink bleach pleads insanity

BRENTWOOD, N.H. (AP) ? A New Hampshire woman accused of trying to kill her children by forcing them to drink bleach has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

Peterson faced accusation in 2013

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, already facing felony charges in Texas for child abuse, was accused in a separate incident involving another son who is 4 years old, KHOU-TV in Houston has reported.

U.S. consumer watchdog accuses Corinthian Colleges of predatory loans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. consumer finance watchdog on Tuesday sued Corinthian Colleges for alleged predatory lending, saying that the for-profit institute lured students into taking out private student loans by touting "bogus" job prospects and using illegal debt-collection methods. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said it wants the company to pay $500 million in relief for the tens of thousands of students affected. (Reporting by Elvina Nawaguna; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)