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Maryland high school shooter dies after gunfight with officer: sheriff

GREAT MILLS, Md. (Reuters) - A 17-year-old student shot and critically wounded two fellow students at a Maryland high school on Tuesday morning before dying after exchanging gunfire with a campus security officer, the county sheriff said.

Police raid BMW in diesel emissions probe

School Shootings and Armed Attacks

Maryland School Shooting Suspect Is Dead After Confrontation With Officer

A student opened fire with a handgun, the sheriff said, wounding two students and exchanging gunfire with an officer who was stationed at the school.


BMW searched by German police in emissions swoop

FRANKFURT/MUNICH (Reuters) - BMW's headquarters were raided on Tuesday by German prosecutors investigating the suspected use of illegal emissions control software capable of manipulating exhaust levels.


TSA says doesn't search phones, devices of air travelers for content

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Transportation Security Administration, responding to a lawsuit, said on Tuesday it does not search devices like the mobile phones of air travelers for electronic content.


Prosecutors search Volkswagen headquarters in new emissions investigation

BERLIN (Reuters) - German prosecutors said on Tuesday they had searched Volkswagen's headquarters as part of a new investigation into whether the carmaker had overstated the fuel efficiency of more vehicles than previously disclosed.


United Airlines pauses cargo-hold pet transport after missteps

NEW YORK (Reuters) - United Airlines is halting the shipment of pets in airplane cargo holds while it studies improvements, the carrier said on Tuesday, after the death of a puppy and mistakes in handling other dogs last week sparked negative publicity.


BRIEF-Nanophase Announces New Chief Financial Officer

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Police question France's former president over campaign financing

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy is being questioned by police over allegations he accepted money from Libya to finance his 2007 election campaign.


Missouri set to execute man despite claims of undue suffering

(Reuters) - A condemned killer was due for execution in Missouri on Tuesday as his lawyers sought an 11th-hour reprieve on grounds that a rare but worsening medical condition would cause him undue suffering during the planned lethal injection.


VW says headquarters searched again by prosecutors in emissions case

BERLIN (Reuters) - Volkswagen said on Tuesday that its global headquarters were searched again by German prosecutors in early March as part of an investigation into its diesel emissions scandal, confirming a magazine report.

Police in Austin hunt for serial bomber

Police in Austin, aided by federal and state forces, are combing for clues to find the serial bomber behind four explosions.


U.S. SEC says court should deny Rio Tinto's push to dismiss fraud charges

NEW YORK/MELBOURNE (Reuters) - The U.S. securities regulator said on Monday that a U.S. court should deny a bid by Rio Tinto Plc and two former top executives to have civil fraud charges over a failed African coal project dismissed.

Police Brutality, Misconduct and Shootings

Promotions, Not Punishments, for Officers Accused of Lying

Of the 81 cases in which a civilian review board found an officer had lied, the Police Department pursued “false statement” charges in only two.

Florida school resource officer had recommended committing Nikolas Cruz for mental health issues

A school resource officer initially recommended involuntarily committing Nikolas Cruz over mental health concerns about 18 months before Cruz shot students and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, records show.

Cruz, Zachary

Brother of Nikolas Cruz Arrested on Trespassing Charge at Stoneman Douglas High School

Sheriff’s deputies stopped Zachary Cruz on Monday afternoon after he rode a skateboard onto the school’s property, the authorities said. School officials had told him to stay away.


Brother of suspected Florida shooter arrested at high school

(Reuters) - The brother of suspected Florida high school shooter Nikolas Cruz was arrested on Monday afternoon for trespassing at the school where 17 people were shot dead last month, according to the Broward County Sheriff’ Office.


Extortion case against Boston officials faces dismissal after ruling

BOSTON (Reuters) - A federal judge on Monday declined to reconsider a ruling that prosecutors said could lead to the dismissal of charges against two members of Boston Mayor Martin Walsh's administration who are accused of extorting a music festival production company.


United Airlines image bruised after latest round of PR fiascos

NEW YORK (Reuters) - United Airlines is struggling to repair its badly bruised public image after the death of a puppy onboard one of its flights reignited public debate about the airline's customer service failures.

Austin police fear a serial bomber is on the loose

For the fourth time this month, an explosion struck the capital of Texas -- elevating fears of a serial bomber.


Austin on edge: Police fear serial bomber behind Texas blasts

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Police in Texas fear a serial bomber planted four powerful explosive devices that have killed two people and injured four others this month, raising fears in the state capital Austin of another attack.


U.S. judge declares mistrial in trial of ex-Georgeson employees

BOSTON (Reuters) - A federal judge on Monday declared a mistrial in the case of four former employees of a firm that advises companies on shareholder votes charged with participating in a scheme to pay bribes to learn how a proxy adviser's clients voted.


Serial bomber suspected in deadly Austin explosions: police

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A serial bomber is suspected of planting four bombs detonated this month around Austin, Texas, that have killed two people and injured four others and unnerved residents of the Texas capital.


U.S. top court rebuffs Arizona killer's death penalty challenge

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rebuffed a direct challenge to the constitutionality of the death penalty, refusing to hear an Arizona contract killer's argument that it amounts to impermissible cruel and unusual punishment and that American society has reached a consensus on the need to strike it down.


U.S. Supreme Court takes up new immigration detention dispute

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday took up a new dispute over the detention of immigrants in a case involving whether people who were convicted of criminal offenses and were subject to deportation can go free in certain instances after serving their prison terms.


Supreme Court takes up new immigration detention dispute

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday took up a new dispute over the detention of immigrants in a case involving whether people convicted of criminal offenses who are subject to deportation can remain free while their cases proceed.


Trip wire may have set off bomb in Austin, wounding two men: police

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Two men on bicycles were wounded in an explosion of a bomb that may have been detonated by a trip wire, police said on Monday in the Texas capital, where earlier this month three parcel bombs killed two people.


Florida school plans moment of silence for bridge collapse victims

MIAMI (Reuters) - Florida International University (FIU) students return to classes on Monday from spring break with a moment of silence planned campus-wide for the six victims of a newly installed pedestrian bridge at the school that collapsed last week.


Turkish embassy in Denmark attacked with petrol bombs, no injuries: police

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - At least two people attacked Turkey's embassy in Copenhagen with petrol bombs early on Monday causing some minor damage to the exterior of the building but no injuries, police in the Danish capital said.


Deadly Austin parcel bomber was trying to send message: police

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - The person, or people, responsible for three parcel bombs that killed two people in the Texas capital this month was trying to send a message and should contact authorities to explain any motive, Austin police said on Sunday.

Bombs and Explosives

Police Plea to Austin Bomber: ‘We Want to Listen to You’

The authorities made an unusual public appeal on Sunday to hear directly from whoever has been planting deadly package bombs on doorsteps in Austin, Tex.


Cirque du Soleil star plunges to death during Florida show

(Reuters) - An experienced Cirque du Soleil performer has died after plunging onto a stage during an aerial straps routine at a weekend show in Tampa, Florida, the company said on Sunday.


‘Testilying’ — a Stubborn Police Problem

Police lying persists, even amid an explosion of video evidence that has allowed the public to test officers’ credibility.


Winning ticket sold as U.S. Powerball jackpot climbs to $455 million

(Reuters) - One lucky winning ticket was sold in Pennsylvania for an estimated $455 million Powerball jackpot drawn Saturday night, officials said.


Florida school aware of bridge crack before collapse that killed six

MIAMI (Reuters) - Engineers and state and university officials met hours before a new pedestrian bridge collapsed in southern Florida, killing six people, but concluded a crack in the structure was not a safety concern, Florida International University said on Saturday.


Florida school was aware of bridge crack before fatal collapse

MIAMI (Reuters) - Engineers and state and university officials met hours before a new pedestrian bridge collapsed in southern Florida, killing six people, but concluded a crack in the structure was not a safety concern, Florida International University said on Saturday.


Walmart worker tips police to arms cache in New York college town

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Authorities alerted by a Walmart worker arrested a former Cornell University student accused of stockpiling a semi-automatic rifle, more than 300 rounds of ammunition, bomb-making materials and other deadly devices at his apartment near the upstate New York elite school.


Letter, with bullet, sent to Greek minister working on Macedonia name issue: police

ATHENS (Reuters) - A threatening letter containing a bullet has been sent to the Greek foreign minister, who is engaged in talks with Macedonia on a long-running name dispute, police said.


Engineer reported cracks in bridge before fatal collapse: transportation agency

MIAMI (Reuters) - The engineer overseeing a newly built footbridge that crumbled onto a Miami roadway, killing at least six people, had called the state Transportation Department two days before the collapse to report cracks found in the span, the agency said on Friday.

Bribery and Kickbacks

5 Doctors Are Charged With Taking Kickbacks for Fentanyl Prescriptions

The doctors are accused of prescribing millions of dollars worth of the potent opioid and earning fees for fraudulent speaking engagements.


Senator demands documents related to deadly Miami bridge collapse

MIAMI (Reuters) - A U.S. senator demanded documents on Friday related to the construction of a new footbridge in Miami that collapsed a day earlier and killed at least six people, as federal and local investigators worked to determine the cause of the tragedy.


'Doors off' chopper flights restricted after deadly NYC crash

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. authorities ordered an end on Friday to so-called "doors off" helicopter rides unless passengers are equipped with quick-release restraints, following a crash in New York City last week that killed five people.


Missing worker feared dead after Texas chemical plant blasts

HOUSTON (Reuters) - A worker was missing and feared dead after explosions destroyed a chemical plant in Cresson, Texas, and rescue personnel were searching for the man, officials said on Friday.


Kentucky legislature passes bill to curb teen marriage

LOUISVILLE (Reuters) - Kentucky legislators passed a bill on Friday that seeks to tighten restrictions on child marriage, which advocates said is aimed at blocking weddings between younger girls and older men, a situation they say can lead to domestic violence.


Five New York doctors charged with taking kickbacks from Insys

March 16 (Reuters) - Federal prosecutors have charged five New York doctors with taking kickbacks from Insys Therapeutics Inc in exchange for prescribing the company's potent spray version of the opioid drug fentanyl.

Zuma, Jacob G

Jacob Zuma to Be Prosecuted on Corruption Charges

The charges against the former South African leader were the latest chapter in a long-running corruption case that tarnished the country’s governing African National Congress for years.


Arizona inmate who says police 'beat the crap out of' him can sue

(Reuters) - A judge should not have dismissed an Arizona state prison inmate's lawsuit accusing police of having "beat the crap out of" him during a traffic stop because the claim appeared "too vague and conclusory," a federal appeals court ruled on Friday.


NYPD sued for forcing Muslim women to remove headscarves in arrest photos

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two Muslim-American women and a non-profit group on Friday sued the New York City Police Department for forcing Muslim women and others to remove their hijabs or other religious head coverings in post-arrest photographs.


Bodies, cars still pinned by deadly Miami bridge collapse

MIAMI (Reuters) - Workers slowly broke up chunks of a newly built footbridge that collapsed onto a major road in Miami, killing at least six people, and police on Friday warned that more victims could be found in crushed vehicles in the rubble.


South Africa hits fallen Zuma with arms deal corruption charges

PRETORIA (Reuters) - Former South African president Jacob Zuma is to face corruption charges over a $2.5 billion arms deal, prosecutors said, as a years-old scandal returned to haunt him within weeks of his fall from power.


Employee health plans charge smokers extra but don’t help them quit

Reuters Health - Almost half of small employers that charge tobacco users extra for their health insurance don’t offer wellness programs to help employees stop smoking, according to a recent study.


South Africa's Zuma to be charged with corruption over arms deal

PRETORIA (Reuters) - Former South African President Jacob Zuma will be prosecuted for corruption relating to a 30 billion rand ($2.5 billion) arms deal in the late 1990s, chief state prosecutor Shaun Abrahams said on Friday.


Cars, bodies remain trapped out of reach after Florida bridge collapse

MIAMI (Reuters) - Rescue workers combed through the rubble of a pedestrian bridge that collapsed onto several lanes of traffic at Florida International University in Miami, but hopes of finding more survivors were fading early on Friday, police said.


U.S. helicopter crash in Iraq kills all aboard: military

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - All personnel aboard a U.S. military helicopter carrying American service members were killed in a crash in western Iraq, the U.S. Central Command said on Friday.


Alabama executes murderer; Georgia puts 'stocking strangler' to death

ATLANTA (Reuters) - Alabama on Thursday executed a 50-year-old man convicted for the kidnapping and murder of a woman in 2000, and Georgia put to death a man dubbed the "stocking strangler."


Georgia Supreme Court upholds $40 million fatal Jeep fire award

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Georgia State Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously upheld a $40 million award to the family of a four-year-old boy killed in 2012 when the 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee in which he was riding was rear-ended and burst into flames.


Finding alternative viewpoints as U.S. students protest

New York - At Colorado’s Columbine High School, where 15 people were killed in 1999, about 250 students walked out of class for 17 minutes at 10 a.m. local time on March 14.

Video shows officer at Parkland HS

Newly released video shows Sheriff Deputy Scot Peterson stood outside the school while the shooting was happening.


New York fund manager pleads guilty to Ponzi scheme charges

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York hedge fund manager on Thursday pleaded guilty to federal charges that he defrauded investors through a nearly $22 million Ponzi scheme.


S.C. church shooter's sister charged for weapons at school

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - The teenage sister of avowed white supremacist Dylann Roof, who was sentenced to die for the 2015 massacre at a historic South Carolina black church, was arrested for carrying weapons and drugs at her high school, police said on Thursday.

Police officer worked for 15 minutes to keep victim alive, mayor says


South Carolina church shooter's sister charged for weapons at school

(Reuters) - The sister of avowed white supremacist Dylann Roof, who was sentenced to die for the 2015 massacre at a historic South Carolina black church, was arrested for carrying weapons at a high school, according to police officials.


Georgia's 'stocking strangler', Alabama man set to be executed

ATLANTA (Reuters) - Georgia is set on Thursday to execute a man dubbed the "stocking strangler" for a series of murders in which he choked victims with panty hose, while Alabama plans its first execution since it botched a lethal injection a few weeks ago.


Experienced Alaskan climbers presumed dead

(Reuters) - Two experienced mountain climbers were presumed dead on an Alaskan mountaintop after ropes matching their gear were found in a crevasse after they were missing for a week, authorities said.

Dylann Roof's sister arrested on charges of bringing drugs and weapons to school

The sister of Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof was arrested Wednesday on charges of bringing weapons and drugs to her South Carolina high school, authorities said.


Sister of South Carolina mass shooter arrested on weapons charges

(Reuters) - The sister of avowed white supremacist Dylann Roof, who was sentenced to die for the 2015 massacre at a historic South Carolina black church, was arrested on Wednesday for carrying weapons at a high school, media said.


Two aviators killed in Super Hornet jet crash: U.S. Navy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy said on Wednesday two aviators had been killed in a F/A-18F Super Hornet crash during a training flight off the coast of Key West, Florida.


U.S. solar forecast ratcheted down as tariffs weigh

(Reuters) - U.S. solar energy installations will grow slower than previously expected in the coming years due to the Trump administration's tariffs on panel imports and new federal tax laws that will restrict investment in the clean energy source, according to a report published on Thursday.

Manafort asks judge to dismiss criminal charges against him

Paul Manafort has asked a federal judge in DC to dismiss the five criminal charges against him, arguing that special counsel Robert Mueller had no right to indict him for work done before he joined the Trump campaign as chairman in 2016.


Former Trump campaign manager Manafort files to dismiss charges

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort on Wednesday filed a motion in federal court seeking to dismiss charges against him, saying that the special counsel had exceeded his authority by charging Manafort with crimes not related to Russian meddling in the 2016 election.


Nobel prize winner hospitalized, wife found deceased in Illinois

(Reuters) - A Japanese Nobel-winning chemist was discovered wandering in rural Northern Illinois and his wife found dead nearby, some nine hours after they had been reported missing from their home 200 miles away, police said on Wednesday.

Startup founder charged with fraud

Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes, who promised to revolutionize blood testing, has been charged by the SEC with fraud involving more than $700 million.


Florida education budget should be revised, superintendents say

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Florida school superintendents on Wednesday urged state legislators to hold a special session to revise the state's $88.7 billion budget, saying it bolsters school security after a deadly shooting in February but neglects basic education needs.


Oklahoma to become first U.S. state to use nitrogen gas for executions

(Reuters) - Oklahoma plans to start using nitrogen gas for executions, officials said on Wednesday, in what would be the first such method of capital punishment in the United States.


Moroccan protesters clash with police in poor mining town

RABAT (Reuters) - Moroccan protesters on Wednesday clashed with security forces in a poor mining town where residents have been demanding government help to tackle poverty, officials and activists said.

United had the highest rate of airline pet deaths in 2017. And in 2016. And in 2015

For pets, the skies of United Airlines lately have not been so friendly.


Pressure builds on United over puppy that died on flight

NEW YORK (Reuters) - United Airlines faced fresh backlash on Wednesday over a puppy that died in-flight after a cabin attendant ordered it stowed in an overhead bin, with a U.S. senator demanding an explanation for the high number of animals that have died in the carrier's care.


Suspected Florida school shooter silent in court, judge enters not-guilty plea

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Reuters) - A Florida judge entered a not-guilty plea for Nikolas Cruz, who faces a possible death penalty for a massacre at a high school last month that killed 17 people and triggered a nationwide walkout of students on Wednesday.


'Haunted by the tragedy,' Columbine joins U.S. gun violence walkouts

LITTLETON, Colo. (Reuters) - Like most of her friends at Columbine High School, Abigail Orton had not yet been born when a shooting attack at her school in a Denver suburb left 15 people dead and horrified the country.


Bomb targets police in Pakistan, killing seven people in eastern city of Lahore

LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) - A bomb blast ripped through a police checkpoint in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore on Monday, killing seven people and wounding 18, a rescue official said.


Widow of Orlando nightclub gunman knew of his plans, prosecutors say

ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - The widow of the gunman who killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, in 2016 cased locations for the attack with her husband and did nothing to stop his deadly plans, prosecutors told jurors at her federal trial on Wednesday.

Stock Options and Purchase Plans

Ex-Equifax Executive Charged With Insider Trading Tied to ’17 Breach

Jun Ying, a former top technology official at the consumer credit reporting agency, sold nearly $1 million in shares before the public was told of a major data breach, the S.E.C. said in a complaint.


Theranos and its founder settle U.S. fraud charges: SEC

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Theranos Inc and its Chief Executive Elizabeth Holmes have agreed to settle "massive fraud" charges in a deal that strips her of majority control over the embattled blood-testing company, among other penalties, U.S. regulators said on Wednesday.


U.S. charges former Equifax executive with insider trading

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government has filed criminal and civil charges against a former Equifax Inc executive over alleged insider trading linked to last year's massive data breach at the credit reporting company, officials said on Wednesday.

See 'Elsa' rescue snowed-in police wagon

After a police wagon got stuck in a snow bank in Boston, a man dressed as Elsa from Disney's "Frozen" came to the rescue.


Widow of Orlando nightclub gunman goes on trial, facing life in prison

ORLANDO (Reuters) - A trial for the widow of the gunman who killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, in what prosecutors say was an attack in the name of Islamic State, was set to begin on Wednesday with opening statements by both sides.

Appointments and Executive Changes

Op-Ed Columnist: When Trump Takes Charge

The president might want to actually use the office, not just occupy it.


UPDATE 1-South Africa antitrust watchdog charges Takata with price fixing

JOHANNESBURG, March 14 (Reuters) - South African competition watchdog charged Takata Corp with price fixing on Wednesday, another blow to the Japanese auto safety products maker in the throes of a massive airbag scandal. The Competition Commission said Takata worked with other firms to fix prices, divide the market and collude in their bidding for four different seat belts and airbags contracts with as three auto makers.


Maryland firm settles U.S. charges over bribes to Russian official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Maryland-based company has agreed to pay $2 million to settle charges that it bribed a Russian official to win contracts to ship uranium to the United States, U.S. authorities said on Tuesday.


Former South Korean president Lee appears for questioning over graft charges

SEOUL (Reuters) - Former South Korean president Lee Myung-bak appeared for questioning on Wednesday over allegations he took bribes when he was in office, following months of investigations into his family and acquaintances over the graft charges.


U.S. court upholds most of Texas law to punish 'sanctuary cities'

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court panel on Tuesday upheld most of a Republican-backed Texas law to punish "sanctuary cities," allowing it to remain in effect while the case is being fought in a lower court.


Three men charged with Minnesota mosque bombing

(Reuters) - Three men from a rural Illinois community were arrested on Tuesday and charged in the 2017 bombing of a mosque outside Minneapolis and the attempted bombing of an Illinois abortion clinic, U.S. prosecutors said.


New Jersey governor proposes tax hikes, legal marijuana in first budget

TRENTON, N.J. (Reuters) - New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy presented his first budget on Tuesday, turning sharply from the previous administration with sweeping proposals to hike taxes and spending on new initiatives that Republicans warned could drive businesses out of the already high-tax state.


Florida prosecutor seeking death penalty for accused Parkland gunman

(Reuters) - Florida prosecutors will seek the death penalty for Nikolas Cruz, the former student accused of murdering 17 people in a shooting spree last month at a Parkland high school, according to a notice filed in court on Tuesday.


Tijuana residents laugh at border wall prototypes, call Trump 'loco'

TIJUANA, Mexico (Reuters) - Mexican residents of a poor Tijuana slum in the shadow of eight prototypes of U.S. President Donald Trump's planned border wall called the project a waste of money and laughed at the idea the monolithic slabs will stop desperate immigrants.


U.S. sues New York City subway operator over disabled access

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. government on Tuesday sued the agencies that run New York City's subway, claiming they failed to make a Bronx station accessible to disabled people despite an expensive renovation.


Bus carrying students crashes in Alabama, killing driver

(Reuters) - A bus carrying dozens of Texas high school band members home from a trip to Disney World plunged into a ravine off of an interstate highway in Alabama on Tuesday, killing its driver and injuring several others, authorities said.


Teva rebuffs EU pay-for-delay charge at hearing

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Israeli drugmaker Teva rebuffed EU antitrust charges of making an illegal deal with rival Cephalon to delay selling a cheaper generic version of the latter's sleep disorder drug at a hearing on Tuesday.


NJ governor proposes tax hikes, legal marijuana in first budget

TRENTON (Reuters) - New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy presented his first budget on Tuesday for $37.4 billion, turning sharply from the previous administration with proposals to hike taxes on millionaires, close loopholes for hedge funds and big businesses, legalize recreational marijuana and phase in free community college.

Prosecutors will seek death penalty in Parkland school massacre

Prosecutors will seek to put Nikolas Cruz to death for carrying out last month's massacre at a Parkland, Florida, high school, they announced in court filings Tuesday.


Empty shoes, empty schools: U.S. gun law activists begin two days of theater

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Tom Mauser came to the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday dressed in gray Vans sneakers, the same ones his 15-year-old son Daniel wore when he was killed by two gunmen at Colorado's Columbine High School in 1999 along with a dozen other people.


Ex-aide to New York Governor Cuomo found guilty of taking bribes

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former aide to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was found guilty by a Manhattan jury on Tuesday of agreeing to take bribes from executives at two companies seeking to do business with the state government, federal prosecutors said.


Bus carrying students crashes in Alabama, killing at least one

(Reuters) - A bus carrying dozens of Texas high school students on a trip veered across the median separating two lanes of an interstate highway in Alabama and plunged into a ravine, killing at least one person and injuring several others, authorities said.


Suspicious package reports surge after deadly Texas parcel bombs: police

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Police have received more than 150 calls about suspicious packages after three parcel bombs left outside homes in Austin, Texas, exploded this month in related attacks that killed two people and injured two others, officials said on Tuesday.

Video shows police helicopters collide

Newly released National Transportation Safety Board video shows two police helicopters collide in Pasadena, California, in 2012.


Shutdown of funeral home that also ran body brokerage roils town

MONTROSE, Colorado (Reuters) - After Gerald “Cactus” Hollenback died of heart disease last May, his wife contacted Sunset Mesa Funeral Directors here to have him cremated. Now, Shirley Hollenback is worried about what became of her husband’s body.


At least one dead as bus carrying students plunges into Alabama ravine

(Reuters) - At least one person was killed and many injured on Tuesday when a bus carrying high school students plunged into a ravine off the side of an interstate highway in Baldwin County, Alabama, the sheriff's office said.


Turkey seeks life term for U.S. pastor over failed coup: Dogan

ANKARA (Reuters) - A Turkish prosecutor on Tuesday sought a life sentence for a U.S. pastor over alleged links to a failed coup attempt in 2016, Dogan news agency reported, a move that threatens to undermine efforts to mend bilateral ties.


Witness to Charlottesville attack sues U.S. media outlets over 'false' stories

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Virginia man sued two media outlets and seven individuals on Tuesday claiming he was defamed by false stories in which he was accused of helping stage unrest last summer in Charlottesville, Virginia, as part of an effort to undermine U.S. President Donald Trump.


Police link two deadly package bombs in Austin, Texas, to earlier attack

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Two package bombs left outside homes in Austin, Texas, exploded on Monday, killing a teenager and injuring two women in attacks that police linked to a deadly blast earlier this month.

Domestic Violence

Op-Ed Contributor: Should an Abused Wife Be Charged in Her Husband’s Crime?

The link between domestic violence and mass shootings raises questions about what legal responsibility we load on abuse victims.


U.S. investigators want to speak with pilot in deadly helicopter crash

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Federal investigators probing a deadly helicopter crash in New York City's East River have not yet spoken with the pilot who warned of engine failure before the chartered aircraft crashed into the icy water, killing all five passengers.


Police link two more bombings in Texas capital to earlier attack

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Two package bombs exploded miles apart in the capital city of Texas on Monday, killing a teen and injuring two women in attacks Austin police linked to a deadly blast earlier this month.


Deadly blast in Texas believed linked to earlier explosion

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A package bomb that killed a Texas teenager and injured a woman on Monday was believed to be linked to a deadly blast in the state's capital city earlier this month, according to police, who were also investigating a third explosion that injured one.

Police: Don't open mail you weren't expecting

After three package explosions that appear to be related in Austin, Texas, city Police Chief Brian Manley is warning residents not to open any packages they were not expecting.


After Team Owner Charges Field Carrying a Gun, Greek Soccer League Suspends All Matches

An arrest warrant was issued for Ivan Savvidis, a Greek-Russian billionaire who used to be a member of the Russian parliament.

Police respond to a reported explosion in Austin, Texas

The pair of explosions that left two people dead in Austin, Texas, over the last 10 days share similarities and authorities suspect they are connected, police said.


Adult-film star offers to pay back alleged Trump affair hush money: letter

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The adult-film actress who says she had an affair with Donald Trump before he became U.S. president offered on Monday to give back the $130,000 that Trump's personal lawyer paid her to keep mum about the alleged relationship.


Texans, Argentine among dead in New York City helicopter crash

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A firefighter and a videographer from Texas and an Argentine tourist were among the five passengers killed when a sightseeing helicopter crashed into New York City's East River, police and media said on Monday, with only the pilot surviving.


Teen killed, woman injured in Austin package bomb explosion

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A 17-year-old boy was killed and a woman injured in a package bomb explosion on Monday at a home in Austin in an incident similar to another fatal blast in the Texas state capital earlier this month, authorities said.


BRIEF-Gilead Sciences Says John Mchutchison Appointed Chief Scientific Officer



Colorado investigator relents after being jailed for refusing to testify in death-row case

DENVER (Reuters) - A Colorado criminal defense investigator, jailed for refusing to testify in a death row inmate's appeal because of her religious beliefs, has agreed to comply with a prosecution subpoena that could set her free, her attorney said on Sunday.


Talk of Trump-Kim summit raises hopes for son of detained American

(Reuters) - The planned summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has raised a California son's hope that a meeting will lead to the release of his father, held nearly a year by the reclusive state, the son said on Sunday.


Trump narrows down approach to gun laws after Florida shooting

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will support a tailored set of fixes to gun laws, stepping back from some of the more sweeping changes he had considered after the country's latest mass school shooting, senior officials told reporters on Sunday.


Senior Vietnam policeman arrested for allegedly organizing gambling

HANOI (Reuters) - A senior Vietnamese police official was arrested on Sunday on suspicion of involvement in an international gambling ring, the police ministry said.

Here's how the standoff started that left an officer dead

Before a suspect in the shooting of a California officer was accused of murder, before he barricaded himself in an apartment in a deadly overnight standoff, he was an alleged reckless driver.


California man arrested for killing one police officer, wounding another

(Reuters) - A California man was arrested Saturday after a 15-hour standoff with a police SWAT team and charged with killing one police officer and wounding another, authorities said.

Murders, Attempted Murders and Homicides

Man Wanted in Fatal Police Shooting Arrested After 15-Hour Standoff, Officials Say

A video showed officers handcuffing the man, who was wearing only his underwear, and placing him into a police vehicle before hugging each another.


Estate of Oklahoma man killed by reserve deputy to receive $6 million

(Reuters) - Officials in Tulsa County, Oklahoma, have agreed to pay a record $6 million to the estate of an unarmed black man who was fatally shot in 2015 by a white volunteer sheriff's deputy who thought his pistol was a Taser, federal court documents showed.


UK police identify over 200 witnesses in nerve agent attack: minister

SALISBURY, England (Reuters) - British police have identified more than 200 witnesses and are looking at more than 240 pieces of evidence in their investigation into a nerve agent attack on a Russian ex-spy and his daughter, interior minister Amber Rudd said on Saturday.


Impax to pay $35 million to settle part of Solodyn antitrust litigation

BOSTON (Reuters) - Impax Laboratories Inc has agreed to pay $35 million to resolve part of litigation over claims it entered into an anticompetitive deal in a patent case to delay releasing a generic version of the acne medication Solodyn.


UK police looking at 240 pieces of evidence in nerve agent attack: minister

LONDON (Reuters) - British police have identified more than 200 witnesses and are looking at more than 240 pieces of evidence in their investigation into a nerve agent attack on a Russian ex-spy and his daughter, interior minister Amber Rudd said on Saturday.

The suspect is barricaded in a Pomona, California, apartment after fatally shooting one officer and wounding another, officials say

A standoff between police and an armed suspect that killed one officer and wounded another remains underway Saturday morning in Pomona, California, near Los Angeles, more than 12 hours after it began.

California officer dead as standoff continues

A standoff between police and an armed suspect that resulted in one officer's death and the wounding of another remains underway in Pomona, California, near Los Angeles.

There have been 17 officers shot to death in the first 10 weeks of this year

So far this year, 17 law enforcement officers across the United States have died after they were shot.


Trump's tariffs could hit U.S. state, city budgets: S&P

(Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports could result in economic growth that is slower than states assumed in their budget forecasts, S&P Global Ratings said on Friday.


Spirit Airlines says brief computer outage disrupts 16 flights

(Reuters) - Spirit Airlines Inc suffered a computer outage on Friday that lasted an hour and caused delayed departures of 16 flights, a spokesman for the airline said.


Police respond to shots-fired report at California veterans' home

(Reuters) - The California Highway Patrol was responding on Friday to an incident at a veterans' home in Napa Valley after local media said there were reports of shots fired and a possible hostage situation.


Sri Lankan police ask who promoted violence against Muslims

KANDY/COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Sri Lankan police said on Friday they were investigating whether 10 suspected ringleaders of a wave of attacks on Muslims by Sinhalese Buddhists had outside funding or foreign help.


Kentucky man pleads guilty to attacking Senator Rand Paul

(Reuters) - A Kentucky man who attacked U.S. Senator Rand Paul outside his home in November, breaking several of his ribs, pleaded guilty on Friday to assaulting a member of Congress resulting in personal injury, according to court officials.

Deputy told officers to stay back as FL shooting was taking place, calls show

The armed resource officer for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who didn't enter the building where an active shooting was taking place said through his attorney that he thought the shots were coming from outside. But in dispatch audio of the incident, he said he had heard that it was "by, inside the 1200 building."


Austrian president fumes as police raids set off political storm

VIENNA (Reuters) - Austria's president has demanded explanations over police raids targeting offices and staff of the main domestic intelligence service, in a case that has stoked concerns about the far right's control of the Interior Ministry.


U.S. fails to keep pace with global tourism boom

BERLIN (Reuters) - The United States is missing out on a global boom for tourism, hurt by a so-called Trump slump and currency exchange rates, travel industry experts said at a gathering in Berlin this week.

Police: 14-year-old impersonated deputy

Police say a 14-year-old boy impersonated a deputy and allegedly pretended to investigate a domestic disturbance.

Officer resigns after beating and tasing suspected jaywalker

A western North Carolina police officer who resigned after a body camera video shows him hitting and using a Taser on a man suspected of jaywalking will face preliminary charges of assault, the Buncombe County District Attorney's Office said Thursday.


Second inmate in a week walks out of federal prison camp in California

(Reuters) - An inmate convicted of selling drugs walked out of a federal minimum security prison camp in California on Thursday, the second prisoner to flee the facility this week and at least the 10th over the last two years, police and local media reported.


Twitter appoints Parag Agrawal as Chief Technology Officer

(Reuters) - Twitter Inc appointed Parag Agrawal as Chief Technology Officer on Thursday, according to an update on the social media company's website.


U.S. bans government employees from travel to Mexican beach resort

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Citing a new security threat in Mexico's Caribbean beach resort of Playa del Carmen, the U.S. government is prohibiting its employees from traveling there, marking another blow to the battered reputations of the country's most popular tourist hubs.


Second man pleads guilty in Texas death of 10 immigrants in truck

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters) - A second man pleaded guilty on Thursday to arranging the transport of dozens of immigrants across Texas last year that ended with 10 of them dead or dying in a sweltering tractor-trailer in a San Antonio parking lot.


Interior Department pays $139,000 to fix doors in Zinke's office

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Interior spent $139,000 to fix three sets of doors in Secretary Ryan Zinke's office, a spokeswoman said on Thursday, a move quickly criticized as wasteful by activists.


Los Angeles prosecutors decline to charge police officer in deadly 2015 shooting

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Los Angeles prosecutors said on Thursday they would not charge a former police officer in the 2015 shooting death of an unarmed man, despite a call by the city's police chief to do so.


Pennsylvania man signs 16-yr-old out of school, both missing

(Reuters) - A 45-year-old Pennsylvania man signed a 16-year-old girl out of her school 10 times between November and February, and the two have gone missing, police said on Wednesday.

An officer got sent to the wrong house, state patrol says, and ended up dead

A Missouri police officer killed this week in the line of duty met with gunfire only after he was dispatched to the wrong house, a Missouri Highway Patrol official said.


Ex-U.S. House staffer sentenced for cyberstalking lawmaker

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A former staff employee of the U.S. Virgin Islands' representative to Congress was sentenced to a year and day in prison on Thursday for circulating private, nude photos and videos of the member and her husband, prosecutors said.


Manafort pleads not guilty to second indictment in Virginia, wants jury trial

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort pleaded not guilty on Thursday to additional criminal charges ranging from bank fraud to filing false tax returns.

Police: Russian spy was deliberately poisoned

UK police say former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter were deliberately poisoned by a nerve agent. The case is now being investigated as "attempted murder by a nerve agent." Officials are calling for an investigation of more than a dozen other people linked to Russia. CNN's Phil Black reports

Former corrections officer: Prison should be uncomfortable

Sam Mitchum explains why prison should be an uncomfortable situation for inmates. Watch the documentary, "Welcome to Prison" on now.

Police Brutality, Misconduct and Shootings

Outrage Over Footage of Police Officer Beating a Black Man in North Carolina

A body camera video that was leaked to the news media has led to the resignation of a police officer in Asheville, N.C.


Alabama student dies in accidental school shooting -officials

(Reuters) - A student has died and two others were injured in a shooting at an Alabama high school on Wednesday that police are calling accidental, officials and local media said.

One student dead and another wounded in accidental shooting, police say

Two students were involved in a shooting during dismissal time at a high school in Birmingham, Alabama, the city school district said.


Trump won Stormy Daniels legal case in arbitration: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump has already won a legal case against adult-film actress Stormy Daniels in arbitration, his spokeswoman said on Wednesday, a day after Daniels sued seeking to invalidate a "hush agreement" she signed with Trump's lawyer.


Lawyer who stole U.S. whistleblower lawsuits receives prison term

(Reuters) - A former partner at a major U.S. law firm who admitted to trying to sell stolen copies of sealed whistleblower lawsuits against corporations he obtained while working at the Justice Department was sentenced on Wednesday to 30 months in prison.


U.S. F-35 fighter modernization could cost $16 billion through 2024

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon estimates it will cost nearly $16 billion to modernize the fleet of F-35 jets through 2024, a U.S. lawmaker said on Wednesday, citing information provided by the Pentagon on the stealth fighter jet program.

Poisoning and Poisons

Former Russian Spy Poisoned by Nerve Agent, British Police Say

A chemical weapon sickened Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, heightening suspicions that Russia was responsible.

Russian and his daughter are critically ill in a case that British police are treating as attempted murder


U.S. appeals court says civil rights law covers transgender workers

(Reuters) - A federal law banning sex bias in the workplace prohibits discrimination against transgender workers, a U.S. appeals court said on Wednesday, ruling in favor of a funeral director who was fired after telling her boss she planned to transition to female from male.


Nerve agent used in attempted murder of Russian ex-spy, UK police say

LONDON (Reuters) - British police are treating an incident in which a Russian ex-spy and his daughter fell critically ill as attempted murder by administration of a nerve agent, the head of counter terrorism policing said on Wednesday.


U.S. appeals court says Title VII covers transgender workers

(Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday said a federal law banning sex bias in the workplace prohibits discrimination against transgender workers, ruling in favor of a funeral director who claimed she was fired after telling her boss she planned to transition to female from male.


Myanmar police witness says searched Reuters reporter's home 'for news'

YANGON (Reuters) - Police in Myanmar searched the family home of Reuters reporter Wa Lone looking for material "related to news" the night after he and a colleague were arrested on suspicion of violating the Official Secrets Act, an officer told a court on Wednesday.

Travel and Vacations

Heads Up: Los Angeles, Once Gluten’s Heart of Darkness, Emerges as Bread Paradise

Long synonymous with carbo-phobia and anti-gluten mania, greater Los Angeles has become an unlikely bakery and bread haven.

Officer dead after 911 call of women screaming

A police officer was killed and two others injured during a shooting at a residence in Missouri on Tuesday night, authorities said.


Five facts on the discovery of WW2 warship 'Lady Lex'

(Reuters) - The wreck of the USS Lexington, an American warship sunk in a Pacific naval battle during the Second World War, has been found by a team working for Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.


Student arrested over threats to New York's Utica College

(Reuters) - A 23-year-old Utica College student was arrested on Tuesday over threatening calls he is suspected of making that led to a lockdown at the upstate New York school the previous day, police said.


Man charged in theft of Frances McDormand's Oscar

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The man accused of stealing Frances McDormand's best actress Oscar from a lavish Academy Awards after-party in Hollywood has been charged with felony theft, the Los Angeles County District Attorney said on Tuesday.


Trial opens over Kansas voter ID law requiring citizenship proof

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (Reuters) - A trial over a Kansas law that requires proof of U.S citizenship from people registering to vote opened on Tuesday, with critics calling it illegal and backers saying it was a necessary tool to fight fraud.


U.S. says New York, New Jersey must pay more for 'Gateway' project

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said on Tuesday that New York and New Jersey need to shoulder more costs to build a critical tunnel under the Hudson River and denied that the Trump administration had agreed to finance the project.


Nashville mayor resigns after pleading guilty to theft

NASHVILLE (Reuters) - Nashville Mayor Megan Barry resigned on Tuesday after pleading guilty in state court to theft in connection with an extramarital affair she admitted to having with the head of her security detail.


Oregon man, 20, sues Walmart, Dick's over raising gun-buying age

(Reuters) - A 20-year-old Oregon man has sued Walmart Inc and Dick's Sporting Goods Inc. challenging their decisions to stop selling firearms to people under 21 following the Florida high school shooting massacre, an Oregon newspaper reported.

Poisoning and Poisons

After Russian Ex-Spy Falls Ill, U.K. Counterterrorism Police Step In

Sergei V. Skripal, 66, and Yulia Skripal, 33, his daughter, are in critical condition after “exposure to an unknown substance.”


McDonald's flips to fresh beef in 3,500 U.S. restaurants

OAK BROOK, Ill. (Reuters) - McDonald's Corp said on Tuesday that it had begun serving fresh beef Quarter Pounders and other premium burgers at about 3,500 restaurants in the United States, and most of its other U.S. locations will follow suit by May.

Education (K-12)

Op-Ed Contributor: Who’s in Charge in West Virginia?

The lack of political leadership explains why the teachers’ strike drags on.


Former Russian double agent critically ill in Britain, police says 'alive to fact of state threats'

SALISBURY, England (Reuters) - A former Russian double agent convicted of treason in Moscow was critically ill in a British hospital on Tuesday after exposure to an unknown substance, with police saying it had to be "alive to the fact of state threats".


Arizona felon indicted for eight murders in Phoenix area

PHOENIX (Reuters) - A convicted Arizona felon has been formally charged with eight counts of first-degree murder over a series of fatal shootings on Phoenix-area streets late last year, court documents showed on Monday.  Cleophus Cooksey Jr., 35, was also charged with armed robbery, kidnapping, sexual assault and burglary during the three-week crime spree, according to a state grand jury indictment handed down on Thursday and made public on Monday.


Across Copenhagen, Artists Are in Charge

For generations, artist-run spaces and collectives have sprung up across the Danish capital with varying degrees of impact and lasting power.


Puerto Rico's governor presses power utility privatization

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - Puerto Rico's Governor Ricardo Rossello on Monday pressed proposals for privatizing the U.S. commonwealth's shattered electrical grid as part of its painstaking recovery from devastating September hurricanes.


U.S. Army says mishandled war dogs, will comply with call for reform

(Reuters) - The U.S. Army confirmed on Monday that it had mishandled retired bomb-sniffing war dogs and said it would comply with recommendations in a Defense Department Inspector General’s report that called for reforms.


IBM settles legal dispute with diversity officer hired by Microsoft

(Reuters) - International Business Machines Corp on Monday said it settled a trade secrets lawsuit it brought against its former chief diversity officer who left for a similar job at Microsoft Corp.


BRIEF-Gogo Appoints Oakleigh Thorne As President And Chief Executive Officer


Academy Awards (Oscars)

From Time’s Up to Inclusion Riders: Women Take Charge at the Oscars

Men won a vast majority of Oscars, but the night will go down as one in which women made it clear they would be doing and saying what they wanted.


New York's Utica College still on lockdown after threats

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Students at Utica College were ordered to shelter in place on Monday after the upstate New York school received threats from someone armed with a weapon, but there were no gunshots and no suspect was found, school and police officials said.


Workers remove Trump name from Panama hotel in property dispute

PANAMA CITY (Reuters) - Workers on Monday removed the Trump name from the Trump Ocean Club International Hotel and Tower in Panama City, after the Trump Organization appeared to lose control of administration of the property in a bitter commercial dispute.


U.S. charges New York-based company for allegedly targeting foreigners

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday said it had charged a New York-based company for a scheme illegally soliciting foreign nationals interested in living in the United States through a federal government investment program.


U.S. top court turns away dispute involving Iran's Bank Melli

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up Iranian government-owned Bank Melli's appeal of a lower court ruling that allowed victims of militant attacks allegedly backed by Iran to seek millions of dollars in compensation from the bank.


Judge in Cosby's retrial denies bid to throw out sex abuse charges

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) - A Pennsylvania judge rejected a defense motion on Monday to dismiss sexual assault charges against comedian Bill Cosby, agreeing with the prosecution that it was the jury's job to decide at his upcoming retrial if his accuser is credible.


New York state's Utica College on lockdown from 'real, credible threat'

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Utica College in upstate New York ordered students to shelter in place on Monday because of a "real, credible threat," the private college said on Twitter without giving more details.


Former CEO of BRF arrested in Brazil food safety probe: police

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Federal police said on Monday they arrested the former chief executive of Brazilian food processor BRF SA on charges that he and other executives were aware the company committed fraud in trying to evade food safety checks.


Soccer: Italy prosecutors open investigation into Astori death

ROME (Reuters) - Italian public prosecutors are to open proceedings to determine whether the sudden death on Sunday of Fiorentina captain Davide Astori could be considered as manslaughter.


Mexico says drug battle a shared role after Trump criticism

(Reuters) - Mexico's foreign minister said on Monday that dealing with drug trafficking was a shared responsibility between the United States and Mexico after criticism by U.S. President Donald Trump.


Brazil police announce new phase in 'Weak Flesh' food fraud investigation

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazilian federal police on Monday announced a new phase in an investigation dubbed “Weak Flesh” targeting a business group accused of acting fraudulently to evade food security checks.


Oklahoma teachers might follow West Virginia in strike, walk outs

(Reuters) - Public schools in West Virginia remained closed today for the eighth instructional day and teachers in Oklahoma might be the next to walk out statewide, officials said.