U.S. News

  • South Carolina court clears 'Friendship Nine' of civil rights crimes

    (Reuters) - A judge on Wednesday vacated the convictions of a group of black civil rights protesters who helped reinvigorate the 1960s U.S. sit-in movement against segregated lunch counters by going to jail rather than paying a fine after their arrests. The "Friendship Nine" of Rock Hill, South…

    Reuters14 mins ago
  • Renowned architect Hadid settles defamation lawsuit with critic

    By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - Renowned architect Zaha Hadid has settled her lawsuit accusing the New York Review of Books and architecture critic Martin Filler of defaming her in a recent book review, for which both have apologized. Both sides agreed to end the case on Jan. 23,…

    Reuters29 mins ago
  • Opera strives to strike a chord with U.S. youth

    By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - In a public high school in a working-class neighborhood of Chicago, opera singer Eric Owens recently talked with a music class about stage fright, proper breathing and making words matter. The news for U.S. opera has been gloomy in recent years with big…

    Reuters
  • California man pleads guilty to smuggling dying immigrants in trunk

    Nicholas George Zakov, 43, admitted that he acted with "extreme disregard" for the lives of the two Mexican citizens he was being paid to smuggle into the United States, court documents showed. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers found 28-year-old Tarcisio Casas-Blanco and 20-year-old Jose…

    Reuters
  • Man in Minnesota city hall shooting had history of threats

    A man who shot two Minneapolis police officers after a swearing-in ceremony had accused police of excessive force five years ago and had a long history of interactions with officials, court papers show. Police officers Joshua Eernisse and Beau Schoenhard, who were shot on Monday night at city hall…

    Reuters
  • Two ex-Vanderbilt football players convicted in Tennessee rape trial

    By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Reuters) - A Tennessee jury on Tuesday convicted two former Vanderbilt University football players of the campus rape of an unconscious female student. Prosecutors said the woman was raped by four Vanderbilt players on June 23, 2013, and the assault was proved by…

    Reuters
  • Georgia executes convict despite claims he was mentally disabled

    Warren Lee Hill, 54, was pronounced dead by lethal injection at 7:55 p.m. (0055 GMT Wednesday), after the U.S. Supreme Court denied a request to put his execution on hold, Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens said in a statement. The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles refused on Tuesday to stop…

    Reuters
  • New England digs out from massive blizzard

    By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Millions in the Northeast on Wednesday started digging out from a powerful blizzard that dumped up to 3 feet of snow and led to coastal flooding around parts the region, while largely bypassing New York City. Snow was forecast to continue falling in the area…

    Reuters
  • Spy agency employee was flying drone that crashed at White House

    An employee of a U.S. spy agency has confessed to operating a small drone that crashed on the grounds of the White House, the agency said on Tuesday, the latest in a series of incidents that raised questions about the president's security. A spokesman for the National Geospatial Intelligence…

    Reuters
  • As blizzard skips New York, meteorologists ponder forecasts' power

    By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - In the end, it was the weather forecasts that crippled New York City, not the blizzard. As residents emerged into a largely shuttered city on Tuesday morning after a snowfall that barely covered garbage bags left out on the sidewalk, several meteorologists…

    Reuters
  • Texas court halts Wednesday execution for death row inmate

    The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has halted Wednesday's scheduled execution of Garcia Glen White, 51, who was convicted of murdering teenage twin girls in Houston in 1989. The killings of Annette and Bernette Edwards went unsolved for about six years until a friend of White told police during…

    Reuters
  • Alabama Supreme Court chief justice encourages defiance on gay marriage ruling

    In a move viewed skeptically by legal experts, the socially conservative chief justice of Alabama's Supreme Court on Tuesday encouraged judges in his state to ignore a federal ruling last week striking down its ban on gay marriage. Justice Roy Moore, in a letter addressed to Alabama Governor…

    Reuters
  • University of California on-campus doctors stage rare strike

    By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Doctors for student health centers at 10 University of California campuses staged a rare one-day strike on Tuesday, upset that administrators have failed to give their union information the physicians said they needed to negotiate their first contract. …

    Reuters
  • Florida woman in 'warning shot' case released from jail

    By Susan Cooper Eastman JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Reuters) - A Florida woman who says she fired a warning shot at her abusive husband was released from a Jacksonville jail on Tuesday under a plea deal that capped her sentence to the three years she had already served. Marissa Alexander, 34, was…

    Reuters
  • Two former Vanderbilt football players found guilty by Tennessee jury

    By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Reuters) - Two former Vanderbilt University football players were found guilty on Tuesday in the rape of an unconscious female student. The case comes at a time of heightened national discussion about the prevalence of sexual assault on college campuses. …

    Reuters
  • Chicago-area teenager pleads guilty to stabbing death of sister

    By Mark Guarino CHICAGO (Reuters) - A 15-year-old Chicago-area girl pleaded guilty in juvenile court on Tuesday to the fatal stabbing of her younger sister in a quarrel over household chores, local media reports said. The girl, who was not identified because she was charged as a minor, stabbed…

    Reuters
  • Georgia mother kills three children in murder-suicide: police

    By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - The bodies of a mother and her three children ranging in age from 9 months to 10 years old were discovered in a suburban Atlanta apartment on Tuesday in what was an apparent murder-suicide carried out by the mother, authorities said. A maintenance man…

    Reuters
  • Man sought in Missouri kidnapping captured in Kentucky

    (Reuters) - A man suspected of kidnapping and robbery in a two-state crime spree was captured on Tuesday afternoon in Kentucky, the FBI said. Robert "Robbie" Caldwell, 25, of Danville, Kentucky, was suspected of kidnapping a man outside his Kansas City home as he prepared to leave for work last…

    Reuters
  • Defense rests in penalty phase of Jodi Arias trial

    (Reuters) - Defense attorneys for convicted killer Jodi Arias have rested their case in the penalty phase of her trial in Phoenix without calling her back to the witness stand, court officials said on Tuesday. Arias, 34, faces the death penalty for the 2008 killing of her ex-boyfriend, Travis…

    Reuters