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Washington state mudslide death toll rises to 39
OLYMPIA, Washington (Reuters) - The official death toll from a mudslide that devastated a neighborhood in the Cascade foothills of Washington state last month rose to 39 on Wednesday, after search teams pulled out two more bodies from the mud and rubble, local county officials said in a statement.

Psychiatric evaluation ordered for man charged in Boston bomb hoax
BOSTON (Reuters) - A Boston man who was arrested on Tuesday for walking through the finish area of the Boston Marathon hooded and carrying a black backpack was formally charged on Wednesday with a bomb hoax and ordered to undergo psychiatric evaluation, officials said.

Federal judge strikes down North Dakota 'heartbeat' abortion law
(Reuters) - A federal judge on Wednesday permanently blocked North Dakota from enforcing the country's most restrictive abortion law, a ban on ending a pregnancy once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, as early as six weeks after conception.

Family is key to understanding accused Boston bomber: attorney
BOSTON (Reuters) - The accused Boston Marathon bomber's relationship with family, and particularly with his slain older brother who prosecutors contend helped plan the attack, is key to understanding his case, defense lawyers argued on Wednesday.

U.S. consumer groups win unsealing of lawsuit over infant death
(Reuters) - In a victory for consumers, a federal appeals court on Wednesday ordered the unsealing of litigation about a product whose use led to the death of an infant.

Two more charged in gang-linked kidnapping of N.C. prosecutor's father
WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina (Reuters) - Two additional suspects have been charged in the gang-related abduction of a North Carolina man whose daughter had prosecuted one of the eight people now accused in the plot, U.S. prosecutors said on Wednesday.