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Judge tosses cameraman from ex-NFL star’s murder trial

Former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez sits after lunch break in the courtroom of the Bristol County Superior Court House in Fall River, MassachusettsBy Scott Malone FALL RIVER, Mass. (Reuters) - The judge in former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez's murder trial on Thursday barred a local television cameraman from the trial after he drove a truck that followed a bus full of jurors, saying the incident could have led to a mistrial. The jury deliberated for a third day without reaching a verdict on whether Hernandez, 25, is guilty of murdering an associate, in the first of two murder trials he faces this year. After the jury in Fall River, Massachusetts, determines whether he killed semiprofessional football player Odin Lloyd, Hernandez will face a trial in Boston on charges of fatally shooting two Cape Verdean men outside a nightclub in 2012. Bristol County Superior Court Judge Susan Garsh said two of the 15 jurors reported they had been followed by a truck from WHDH television, an NBC affiliate, and summoned the cameraman who had driven the truck, Robert Cusanelli, to court.


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Meet DJ Patil: Obama’s Big Data dude

DJ Patil is still settling into his White House office. It’s by far the most prestigious place he’s ever worked, but it looks more like a bootstrapping startup than a precinct of Washington power.


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U.S. man accused of trying to support to Islamic State

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An American man has been charged with trying to provide support for the Islamic State militant group, the U.S Justice Department said on Thursday. Joshua Ray Van Haften, 34, of Madison, Wisconsin, intended to travel to Iraq or Sy...

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Rand Paul up, Clinton down in 2016 presidential poll

U.S. Senator Paul announces candidacy for president during an event in LouisvilleDemocrat Hillary Clinton has slipped against leading 2016 Republican candidates in Colorado, Iowa and Virginia, according to a poll released on Thursday that cited damage from the furor over the former secretary of state's emails. The Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll also showed Clinton in a close race with U.S. Senator Rand Paul, the Kentucky Republican who declared his candidacy on Tuesday.


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Iran’s Khamenei demands all sanctions end when nuclear deal signed

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, center, arrives to attend a ceremony marking National Nuclear Technology Day, as he is accompanied by head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi, left, and Vice President for science and technology affairs Sorena Sattari, right, in Tehran, Iran, Thursday, April 9, 2015. Rouhani warned that Tehran will not sign on to a final nuclear deal with world powers unless it is predicated on the lifting of economic sanctions imposed on Iran over the controversial nuclear program. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Thursday demanded that all sanctions on Iran be lifted at the same time as any final agreement with world powers on curbing Tehran's nuclear program is concluded. Khamenei, the Islamic Republic's most powerful figure and who has the last say on all state matters, was making his first comments on the interim deal reached last week in the Swiss city of Lausanne. He repeated his faith in President Hassan Rouhani's negotiating team. Everything is in the details, it may be that the deceptive other side wants to restrict us in the details," Khamenei said in a speech broadcast live on state television.


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Iran will sign final nuclear deal only if sanctions lifted: Rouhani

Iran's President Rouhani prepares to depart after the end of a press conference on the sidelines of the 69th United Nations General Assembly in New YorkIran will agree to a final nuclear accord with six major powers only if all sanctions imposed on the country over its disputed nuclear work are lifted, President Hassan Rouhani said in a televised speech on Thursday. "We will not sign any deal unless all sanctions are lifted on the same day ... We want a win-win deal for all parties involved in the nuclear talks," Rouhani said. The tentative deal between Iran and the six powers on curbing Iran's nuclear work, reached a last week in the Swiss city of Lausanne, revived hopes of an end to sanctions in return for limits on the Iranian atomic program.


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