U.S. News

  • Wisconsin unions plan Saturday protest of right-to-work bill

    By Brendan O'Brien MADISON, Wis. (Reuters) - Wisconsin unions plan to bus workers in from around the state to demonstrate at the state capitol on Saturday against the impending adoption of a law that would ban private sector workers from being required to join a union or pay dues. The bill, which…

    Reuters
  • New York's exploding manhole covers pose unexpected winter hazard

    By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - Salvatore Grillo was walking his Labrador retriever near Brooklyn's Prospect Park on a cold morning in February when he heard what sounded like a muffled explosion. Police said an underground blast had blown a cast-iron manhole cover skyward and the heavy…

    Reuters
  • Obama signs bill funding homeland security department for one week

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama signed late Friday a bill that will fund the Department of Homeland Security for one week, the White House said. The House of Representatives passed the bill hours before an impending deadline for funding the department amid a debate over the…

    Reuters
  • U.S. appeals court says Boston bomber trial can stay in city

    (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Friday ruled the trial for the accused Boston Marathon bomber can go ahead in the city, over attempts from his attorneys to change the venue on the basis an impartial jury could not be seated so close to the site of the 2013 attack. The split three-judge panel…

    Reuters
  • Teen girl fatally shot by Denver police hit from left: autopsy

    By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A 17-year-old girl fatally shot by Denver police was struck by bullets fired through the left side of the car she was in, autopsy results showed on Friday, which her family says contradicts official reports she tried to run down the officers. Jessica Hernandez…

    Reuters
  • Congress averts security agency shutdown with one-week spending fix

    By David Lawder and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives gave final approval on Friday to a one-week stopgap spending bill for the domestic security agency, averting a partial shutdown with just hours to spare before a midnight deadline. After a chaotic day that…

    Reuters
  • U.S. border officials seize record 15 tons of pot at California border

    U.S. customs officers at a California border crossing seized more than 15 tons of marijuana hidden inside a tractor-trailer shipment designated as a cargo of mattresses, the biggest narcotics bust ever at that port of entry, officials said on Friday.

    Reuters
  • Eight dead in door-to-door Missouri shooting spree

    A man armed with a handgun went on a house-to-house shooting spree in a rural Missouri town, killing seven relatives and neighbors before taking his own life, officials said on Friday. All of those killed by the gunman, identified as Joseph Aldridge, 36, lived within a few miles of each other in…

    Reuters
  • California foster dad gets 19 years to life for sex abuse of six girls

    A former Southern California foster parent was sentenced on Friday to serve nearly 19 years to life in prison for raping and sexually abusing a half dozen girls who were 9 to 15 years old while in his care, prosecutors said. Felipe Hernandez, 68, pleaded guilty earlier this month to multiple…

    Reuters
  • Two Seattle-area high schools cancel classes after threats

    By Eric M. Johnson and Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - Two Seattle-area high schools were evacuated and later canceled classes on Friday after receiving security threats, and another high school in Washington state heightened its security after a threatening message was scrawled on a…

    Reuters
  • Oregon sheriff investigates case of 'stolen' log cabin

    By Shelby Sebens PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - Sheriff’s deputies in Oregon are investigating the peculiar case of a log cabin that was reported stolen only to be found two days later less than a mile from where it was taken, authorities said Friday. The mystery began earlier this week when a man…

    Reuters
  • What happens if U.S. Homeland Security funding lapses?

    (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress was scrambling before a deadline at midnight on Friday to pass a $39.7 billion funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security, which is charged with securing U.S. borders, airports and coastal waters. The following is a rundown of what would likely happen if …

    Reuters
  • House rejects stopgap security agency funding, partial shutdown looms

    By David Lawder and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The House of Representatives on Friday failed to approve a stopgap funding bill for the U.S. domestic security agency in an embarrassing setback for Republican House Speaker John Boehner, increasing the threat of a partial agency shutdown at…

    Reuters
  • Denver policeman accused repeatedly of excessive force taken off streets

    By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A Denver police officer who has cost the city more than $1 million to settle excessive force cases for which he was never disciplined has been pulled from street patrol, a department spokesman said on Friday. Shawn Miller has been placed on "non-line…

    Reuters
  • Environmental group sues U.S. EPA over monarch butterfly demise

    An environmental group sued the U.S. government on Friday, accusing regulators of discounting the dangers that a widely used herbicide poses to the declining monarch butterfly population. The suit claimed the agency has failed to heed warnings about the dangers to monarchs posed by glyphosate, the…

    Reuters
  • South Carolina college scrutinized for 'biblical' stance on homosexuality

    A small, Christian college in South Carolina said on Friday it had not banned gay students or homosexuality from its campus under its controversial new "Statement on Human Sexuality," which calls the practice sinful. Erskine College has received scrutiny for its board of trustees' decision last…

    Reuters
  • Texas snowstorm snarls transport, cancels nearly 600 flights

    By Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - A storm that dusted the Dallas area on Friday with about 1 to 3 inches of snow caused hundreds of traffic accidents and led to more than 600 flight cancellations. Flight tracker FlightAware.com said as of 4:30 p.m. CST, 595 flights were canceled at Dallas/Fort…

    Reuters
  • Sky News shows student picture of 'Jihadi John' in baseball cap

    Sky News broadcast a photograph of the 26-year-old wearing a black cap with a logo that resembled the P from the Pittsburgh Pirates U.S. Major League Baseball team, which it said was stored by the University of Westminster where he studied. Two U.S. government sources have told Reuters that Emwazi…

    Reuters
  • Three infected with measles at Las Vegas seafood restaurant

    Three new cases of measles have been confirmed in Las Vegas, in people believed infected by a contagious worker at an upscale MGM Grand Hotel and Casino seafood restaurant, Nevada public health officials said on Friday. The newly diagnosed patients, two staff members and a patron of Emeril's New…

    Reuters
  • Colorado sold 17 tons of retail marijuana in first legal year

    By Daniel Wallis DENVER (Reuters) - Consumers in Colorado bought more than 17 tons of recreational marijuana buds during the first year of the state's new retail market, but sales of medicinal pot still outstripped that at almost 50 tons, officials said on Friday. In a national first, voters in…

    Reuters