U.S. News

  • Traffic officer's holiday dance may come to an end after race protests

    A former Rhode Island traffic officer's long tradition of coming out of retirement to dance while directing holiday shopping season traffic is expected to come to an end on Tuesday, after he orchestrated protests against civil rights activists. The East Providence city council has scheduled an…

    Reuters11 mins ago
  • Puerto Rico avoids second default, but future payments uncertain

    NEW YORK/SAN JUAN (Reuters) - Puerto Rico made a crucial debt payment on Tuesday but warned that its deteriorating finances could trigger future defaults, as the governor granted the U.S. territory power to take revenues from public agencies. There had been speculation Puerto Rico would default on…

    Reuters52 mins ago
  • Washington state student arrested for making racist threats

    The arrest comes amid heightened tensions on U.S. colleges over allegations of racism on campus as well as violent threats made against black students. Tysen Campbell, a 19-year-old student at Western Washington University, was arrested by campus police on Monday on suspicion of felony malicious…

  • Amazon gadget sales more than triple over Thanksgiving weekend

    (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc said sales of its electronic gadgets more than tripled over the Thanksgiving weekend from last year, with the Fire tablet the top-selling product.

  • Chicago police chief ousted amid tensions over black teen's killing

    Chicago's police chief was ousted on Tuesday following days of unrest over video footage showing the shooting of a black teenager and the filing of murder charges against a white police officer in the young man's death. Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced during a news conference he had asked Police…

  • Puerto Rico executive order grants power to take revenues from HTA, PRIFA

    A Puerto Rico executive order signed by the governor grants the U.S. territory the power to take revenues from certain agencies including the highway authority HTA and the infrastructure authority PRIFA, according to a copy of the order. Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla earlier told a U.S. Senate…

  • Jury in ex-Massey CEO mine blast trial still deadlocked

    A federal jury said on Tuesday that it was deadlocked over a former Massey Energy chief executive charged in a mine blast that killed 29 people, but the judge told jurors to keep trying. The jury has been deliberating for two weeks in the trial of Don Blankenship, the executive who was charged in…

  • Anadarko ordered to pay $159.5 million fine for 2010 Gulf spill

    A federal judge ordered Anadarko Petroleum Corp to pay a $159.5 million civil fine reflecting its stake in the Gulf of Mexico well where a 2010 blowout caused the largest U.S. offshore oil spill. In a decision on Monday, U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier in New Orleans said Anadarko was not at…

  • Puerto Rico makes bond payment by redirecting revenue

    Puerto Rico on Tuesday made bond payments on $355 million worth of debt maturing on Dec. 1 that was issued by its Government Development Bank by diverting revenues pledged to other debt. MARKET REACTION: Puerto Rico's 8 percent General Obligation Bond rallied to trade at an average price of 75…

  • Lawyers for Boston Marathon bomber argue for new trial

    Lawyers for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev asked a judge on Tuesday to hold a new trial for their client, citing a Supreme Court decision that a U.S. law stiffening sentences for crimes committed while in possession of a gun was overly broad. Tsarnaev was sentenced to death by lethal…

  • Ohio man pleads not guilty to kidnapping son from mother in 2002

    An Ohio man accused of taking his 5-year-old son from his mother's house in Alabama in 2002 and living with him under false identities for 13 years pleaded not guilty on Tuesday and remained jailed on a $250,000 bond. Bobby Hernandez, 53, was indicted in late November on 32 charges in Cuyahoga…

  • Cuba reinstates limits on doctors leaving the country

    By Daniel Trotta HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba on Tuesday re-imposed limits on doctors leaving the country, saying its universal and free healthcare services have been "seriously affected" by the flight of vital medical specialists. In a rare backtrack by Cuba on modernizing reforms of recent years,…

  • Jury picking resumes in Baltimore's Freddie Gray killing trial

    Jury selection resumed on Tuesday in the trial of the first of six police officers charged in the death of a black man from an injury in police custody that triggered rioting and fueled a U.S. debate on police brutality. Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams told a second batch of 75…

  • Human Rights Watch demands U.S. criminal probe of CIA torture

    Human Rights Watch called on the Obama administration on Tuesday to investigate 21 former U.S. officials, including former President George W. Bush, for potential criminal misconduct for their roles in the CIA's torture of terrorism suspects in detention. The other officials include former Vice…

  • U.S. Supreme Court says woman can't sue over Austria rail injury

    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that a California woman cannot sue Austria's state-owned national railway system in U.S. courts over a 2007 injury she suffered while boarding a train in Innsbruck that led to her legs being amputated. In the court's first ruling of the term that began in…

  • Texas Attorney General Paxton seeks dismissal of felony charges against him

    By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Lawyers for Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton went to a district court on Tuesday seeking to throw out felony charges against him, saying there were problems with the grand jury that handed down the indictments. Paxton, a Tea Party Republican, was in a…

  • House Speaker: Colorado shooting shows need for mental health reforms

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan said last week's shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado showed that the United States needs to reform mental health care.

  • Juneau Mayor Greg Fisk found dead at Alaska home: police

    Police responding to an emergency call found Fisk, 70, and pronounced him dead at the home in the state capital, Juneau's police department said in a statement. A police spokeswoman said an investigation into the "unattended death" was underway but said she had no further information on the cause…

  • Obama: U.S. has power to prevent gun homicides like shooting in Colorado

    President Barack Obama on Tuesday said the United States has power to do more to prevent gun homicides like last week's shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado. "We are rightly determined to prevent terrorist attacks wherever they occur, whether in the United States or with friends and…

  • U.S. Marine jailed in Philippines for killing transgender woman

    A Philippine court found a U.S. Marine guilty of killing a transgender woman on Tuesday, jailing him for six to 12 years in a case that has reignited debate over the American military presence in its former colony. The Olongapo City regional trial court also ordered Lance Corporal Joseph Scott…