U.S. News

  • Union strikes at nine U.S. oil, chemical plants for new pact

    By Erwin Seba HOUSTON (Reuters) - Union leaders called strikes on Sunday at nine U.S. refineries and chemical plants in a bid to pressure oil companies to agree to a new national contract covering workers at 63 plants. The discord comes as plunging crude prices force oil companies to slash…

    Reuters
  • Deadline passes in U.S. refinery workers contract talks

    By Erwin Seba HOUSTON (Reuters) - Union leaders and oil companies were unable to agree on a new labor accord on Saturday for workers at 63 U.S. refineries as a deadline passed that could lead to a strike. The United Steelworkers union (USW) said in a text message sent to members that the latest…

    Reuters
  • Three climbers rescued after fall on Oregon's Mt. Hood

    By Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - Two mountain climbers were rescued by helicopter on Saturday after they fell on Oregon's Mount Hood at an altitude of more than 10,000 feet (3,048 meters), and a third climber was helped down the mountain on foot, authorities said. The climbers, two…

    Reuters
  • Nevada police say investigating alleged political extortion plot

    (Reuters) - Las Vegas police are investigating a possible case of extortion intended to sway a Nevada legislator to change his vote for assembly speaker, searching a property on Saturday as part of the probe, authorities said. The investigation began in December when newly elected Assemblyman…

    Reuters
  • San Francisco police arrest man over body parts found in suitcase

    A 60-year-old man was arrested early Saturday on murder charges in connection with an incident in which human body parts were found stuffed in a suitcase and left on a San Francisco street, police said. Mark Andrus was booked into county jail and was awaiting a first court appearance, police said.…

    Reuters
  • Winter storm threatens heavy snow, sleet from Midwest to East Coast

    A winter snowstorm was expected to blanket a wide swath of the U.S. Midwest on Saturday before heading to the East Coast, bringing up to a foot (30 cm) of fresh accumulation to parts of New England, days after a blizzard slammed the region, forecasters said. Six to 12 inches of snow were predicted…

    Reuters
  • Whitney Houston's daughter revived after being rushed to hospital

    Bobbi Kristina Brown, the only daughter of late pop star Whitney Houston and singer Bobby Brown, was found unresponsive in a bathtub at her Georgia home on Saturday, but she was revived after being rushed to a hospital, police said. The incident comes nearly three years after Houston, a superstar…

    Reuters
  • Ode to the range: Cowboys take to prose to celebrate U.S. West

    By Mary Papenfuss ELKO, Nev. (Reuters) - When long-time bronc rider Paul Zarzyski needed to rest his aching bones after an adrenaline-charged stint on torquing horseflesh, he often turned to the last thing most people would associate with cowboy life: writing poetry. The ramshackle town with…

    Reuters
  • $50 million lawsuit filed over deadly Washington subway smoke incident

    (Reuters) - The family of the woman who died in a Washington D.C. subway train after smoke filled a tunnel and two rail cars filed a $50 million lawsuit against the city's subway system on Friday. Marcus and Anthony Glover, sons of late Carol Glover, filed the suit in federal court in the nation's…

    Reuters
  • Texas Governor to declare 'Chris Kyle Day' in honor of sniper

    (Reuters) - Texas Governor Greg Abbott said on Friday he would officially declare Feb. 2 "Chris Kyle Day" in the state, in honor of the late Navy Seal sharpshooter portrayed in the film "American Sniper." The movie, starring Bradley Cooper as Kyle who was killed by a disgruntled U.S. veteran on a…

    Reuters
  • New York City settles with family of slain black teen for $3.9 million

    (Reuters) - New York City has settled with the family of an unarmed black teen fatally shot by police in 2012, agreeing to pay $3.9 million, officials said on Friday. Ramarley Graham, 18, was shot dead on Feb. 2, 2012 inside the bathroom of his Bronx apartment after being followed by police…

    Reuters
  • California truckers win $2 million in wage theft suit

    By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Seven Los Angeles-area truckers have won a $2 million claim against an international shipping company accused of stealing their wages by improperly classifying them as independent contractors and charging them to lease its trucks to drive. In a decision…

    Reuters
  • Parents of teen girl killed by Denver police demand federal probe

    By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - The parents of a 17-year-old girl shot dead this week by Denver police while she was driving a stolen car have called for a U.S. Justice Department civil rights investigation into her death. The teen's parents, Jose Hernandez and Laura Rosales, said in a letter…

    Reuters
  • Rap mogul Suge Knight arrested in fatal hit-and-run in Los Angeles

    By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight was arrested on suspicion of murder on Friday after police said he ran over two people with a pickup truck at a fast food restaurant in the Los Angeles suburb of Compton, killing one and injuring the other before fleeing. …

    Reuters
  • Second California patient tests negative for Ebola hours after first

    By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - Two patients hospitalized in Sacramento, California, and tested for possible Ebola infection were found to be free of the deadly virus within hours of each other on Friday. The first patient, whose case came to light on Thursday, was transferred…

    Reuters
  • Stanford ex-student denies rape of unconscious woman outside frat

    A member of the Stanford University swim team charged with rape after he was seen on top of a motionless woman outside a fraternity told police she consented to being fondled and they both were drinking, according to an account presented in court. Freshman Brock Allen Turner, 19, an Ohio native,…

    Reuters
  • Ohio postpones all 2015 executions as it secures new drugs

    By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Ohio will postpone all six executions scheduled for 2015 because it needs more time to prepare for a new execution procedure and to secure a new supply of execution drugs, the state's prison department said on Friday. Earlier this month, the Ohio Department of…

    Reuters
  • Ex-New Jersey pharmacist gets more than 6 years in prison for trying to make ricin

    (Reuters) - A former New Jersey pharmacist has been sentenced to 6-1/2 years in prison for "attempting to weaponize" the deadly toxins ricin and abrin and for possessing equipment for making illegal narcotics, the U.S. Justice Department said on Friday. Jordan Gonzalez, 34, pleaded guilty in May…

    Reuters
  • Ex-New Jersey pharmacist gets more than six years in prison for trying to make ricin

    (Reuters) - A former New Jersey pharmacist has been sentenced to 6-1/2 years in prison for "attempting to weaponize" the deadly toxins ricin and abrin and for possessing equipment for making illegal narcotics, the U.S. Justice Department said on Friday. Jordan Gonzalez, 34, pleaded guilty in May…

    Reuters