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Philippines bus crash kills at least 19, injures more than a dozen: police

MANILA (Reuters) - At least 19 passengers were killed and more than a dozen injured when a commuter bus crashed into a ravine south of the Philippine capital, Manila, on Tuesday evening, police said.


Sixth Texas parcel bomb blast leaves U.S. investigators baffled

AUSTIN/SCHERTZ, Texas (Reuters) - The series of parcel bombs in Texas that have killed two people and put residents on edge escalated on Tuesday with two more incidents, a bomb that exploded at a FedEx distribution center near San Antonio and one that was discovered before it detonated.


Two wounded in Maryland school shooting, student gunman dies

GREAT MILLS, Md. (Reuters) - A 17-year-old boy opened fire at a Maryland high school on Tuesday in an attack that left two fellow students wounded, then died after a gunfight with a police officer posted there, amid a renewed national debate over gun violence in schools.


Homeless Arizona woman killed by Uber self-driving SUV was 'like everyone's aunt'

TEMPE, Ariz. (Reuters) - The Arizona pedestrian killed by an Uber self-driving vehicle was a homeless woman close to getting off the streets, her friends said, describing her as a fighter who took care of those around her.


'Affluenza' Texan, who killed four while driving drunk, to be freed from jail

FORT WORTH, Texas (Reuters) - The so-called "affluenza" Texan is due to be released from jail on April 2 after serving nearly two years for killing four people while driving drunk, the Tarrant County Sheriff's Office said on Tuesday.

Trump accuser sues media company that killed her story

A former Playboy model who allegedly had a nine-month affair with President Donald Trump is suing the company that kept her original account from publication, The New York Times reported Tuesday.


Brother of Florida school shooting suspect held on $500,000 bail

(Reuters) - A Florida judge ordered the brother of suspected high school shooter Nikolas Cruz to be held on $500,000 bail for a trespassing charge after prosecutors on Tuesday said he had visited the campus three times since the Feb. 14 massacre.


TSA says it does not search travelers' devices for content

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said on Tuesday in response to a lawsuit that it does not search electronic devices of air travelers for content.


U.S. Transportation Secretary seeks probe of fatal Florida bridge collapse

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao asked the department’s inspector general to probe whether a federally funded pedestrian bridge that collapsed and killed six in Florida complied with all rules, her office said on Tuesday.


Scores killed in rocket attack on Damascus market and rebel-held Douma

AMMAN (Reuters) - At least 35 people were killed on Tuesday when a rocket hit a busy market place in an eastern suburb of the Syrian capital Damascus, state media said, while rescuers said Syrian and Russian airstrikes killed dozens in nearby rebel-held areas.


Rocket attack kills at least 29 in Damascus market: Syrian state media

AMMAN (Reuters) - At least 29 people were killed and scores injured on Tuesday when a rocket landed in a busy market place in an eastern suburb of the Syrian capital Damascus, state media said.


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.


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.


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.


Judge says no decision for at least a month in Kansas voter ID case

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (Reuters) - Lawyers presented closing arguments on Monday in the trial of a legal challenge to a Kansas law requiring proof of U.S. citizenship to register to vote, with opponents calling the statute illegal and supporters deeming it necessary to fight voter fraud.


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.


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.


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.

Engine fails in chopper carrying Ivanka, Jared

A helicopter carrying Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner had to return to an airport in Washington after one of its engines failed, two law enforcement sources told CNN.


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.


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.

Kidnapping and Hostages

‘We Are Here for Your Students’: Boko Haram Abduction of More Girls Pressures Nigeria’s President

The attack on the Dapchi school, in which gunmen gathered up 110 girls, has left parents asking how the government could let a mass kidnapping happen, again.

School Discipline (Students)

Why Are Black Students Punished So Often? Minnesota Confronts a National Quandary

The Trump administration is highlighting the struggles that Minneapolis and St. Paul face with disparities in school discipline, and putting a thumb on the scale.


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.

Two polio workers killed in attack in Pakistan

Two polio workers were killed in an attack in a tribal area of Pakistan on Saturday, according to a local official.

Two Israeli soldiers killed in West Bank car ramming attack

Two Israeli soldiers were killed and three more were injured in a car ramming attack on Friday afternoon in the northern West Bank, according to the Israeli military and emergency services.

Mother in agony after baby killed

Residents say Turkish-led forces bombed a hospital in their Kurdish town of Afrin in northern Syria, killing at least nine people. CNN's Ben Wedeman's has the story.


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.

Basketball (College)

After Historic Victory, U.M.B.C. Students Look Forward to the Next … Lab

It wasn’t exactly mass hysteria Saturday on the campus that wins chess championships the way Duke collects basketball ones. The model U.N. team is tough, too.


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.

GOP candidate who insulted Parkland students drops out

Republican candidate Leslie Gibson has dropped out of the race for Maine's House of Representatives following backlash from controversial comments he made about two student survivors of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting.


At least 16 dead as migrant boat sinks off Greek island

ATHENS (Reuters) - Sixteen people, including at least five children, drowned on Saturday when the small boat they on capsized in the Aegean Sea, Greek coast guard officials said.


At least 15 dead as migrant boat sinks off Greek island

ATHENS (Reuters) - Fifteen people, including at least five children, drowned on Saturday when the small boat they were traveling on capsized in the Aegean Sea, Greek coast guard officials said.

Refugees and Displaced Persons

At Least 16 Migrants Drown Off Greek Island, Including 5 Children

It was the first such mass casualty in several months on a route once taken by thousands of desperate people each day.


Car bomb kills at least three in Afghan capital

KABUL (Reuters) - A car bomb killed at least three people and wounded two in the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday in an apparent attack on a foreign contractor company, officials 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.

Suits and Litigation (Civil)

Trump’s Lawyers Claim Stormy Daniels Violated Confidentiality Agreement at Least 20 Times

In a court filing, the president weighs in for the first time directly on a case in which a porn actress was paid $130,000 to stay silent about an affair she claims she had with him.

United States Defense and Military Forces

2 New York City Firefighters Killed in Iraq Helicopter Crash

The crash of an American military helicopter killed seven service members, including the two firefighters attached to an Air National Guard unit.


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.


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.

Bridges and Tunnels

Death Toll Rises to at Least Six in South Florida Bridge Collapse

Several cars were still trapped under the pedestrian walkway, which was designed to connect the campus of Florida International University to the city of Sweetwater.


Iraqi teenager guilty of carrying out London train bombing

LONDON (Reuters) - An Iraqi teenager, who had come to Britain as an asylum seeker, was found guilty on Friday of attempted murder after detonating a homemade bomb on a packed rush-hour London commuter train, injuring 30 people, prosecutors and police said.

Custodian steals $180 from students' book bags during the national walkout

While students in a South Carolina school participated in the National School Walkout this week, a custodian helped herself to their cash, police said.


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.

United States Defense and Military Forces

All 7 U.S. Troops Aboard Helicopter Killed in Crash in Iraq

The helicopter crashed shortly after takeoff, according to residents of the town of Qaim, near the Syrian border.


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.

At least 6 are dead after Florida bridge collapse

A 950-ton pedestrian bridge suddenly collapsed onto the road below near Florida International University, crushing cars and killing eight people Thursday.

‘This Is Not a Drill’: 11 Students on the Terror of Lockdowns

American teenagers describe the impact of the bomb and gun threats that terrorize their schools, excite panic, then fizzle.


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."

2 killed, 2 hurt in series of explosions in Austin, Texas

These Austin residents fear explosions may be racially motivated


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.


Colonial Pipeline to pay Alabama $3.3 million for 2016 spills: state official

(Reuters) - Colonial Pipeline Co will pay $3.3 million to the state of Alabama to cover damages and penalties from an explosion and a spill on its gasoline line in 2016, the state's attorney general said on Thursday.


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.


Six to 10 people killed in Florida foot bridge collapse: senator

MIAMI (Reuters) - Six to 10 people were killed when a newly erected pedestrian bridge spanning several lanes of traffic collapsed at Florida International University on Thursday, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson of Florida told TV station CBS Miami.

At least one person dies after newly installed walkway falls at Florida International University, mayor says

A pedestrian bridge collapsed at Florida International University in Miami, Florida, on Thursday, according to a spokesman for the Miami-Dade Police Department.


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.


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.

Couple killed in crash while fleeing immigration agents

A couple was killed in a crash while trying to flee from federal immigration agents in California, police 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.


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.


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.


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.

700 students at his school in North Carolina. He stood alone

At 10 a.m. Wednesday, Justin Blackman got up from his desk and calmly walked out of Mr. Mendez's Spanish class. When he got outside, he discovered he was the only one.

Gun Control

Students Walked Out. Here Are Their Videos.

High school students across the United States left their classrooms on Wednesday morning to draw attention to gun violence in schools.


'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.


'We want change,' say U.S. students in nationwide walkout

PARKLAND, Fla. (Reuters) - U.S. students spilled out of classrooms by the thousands on Wednesday morning, waving signs and chanting slogans like "We want change" in a coast-to-coast protest against gun violence prompted by a deadly rampage at a Florida high school last month.

These students didn't walk out to protest tougher gun laws

For 17 minutes, as classrooms across the country emptied and students streamed into school yards, Noah Borba stayed put.


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.


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.

Some students face suspension for walking out

The Atlanta suburb of Cobb County plans to take disciplinary action against protesting students — ranging from Saturday school to five days' suspension per district guidelines.

Students chant: Hey, hey NRA ...

One month after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, students are walking out of their own schools to protest gun violence.


U.S. students to abandon class for 17 minutes to protest gun violence

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Students will walk out of classrooms across the United States on Wednesday to demand tighter gun safety laws, joining a movement spearheaded by student survivors from the Florida high school where a gunman killed 17 people last month.


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.

New York City

New York Today: New York Today: Students in Solidarity Over Gun Violence

Wednesday: A nationwide walkout over gun violence, nippy weather and Pi Day.


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.


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.

Bus full of teens crashes into ravine

A bus carrying teenage students crashed into a 50-foot ravine near the Alabama-Florida state line.


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.


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.


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.

At least 1 dead after bus carrying students plunges down 50-foot ravine

A bus carrying Houston-area band students crashed in Baldwin County, Alabama, on Tuesday morning, officials said, closing down Interstate 10 in both directions near the Florida state line.


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.


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.


At least 38 die in Ethiopia when bus plunges into ravine

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - At least 38 people, mostly students, were killed when a bus plunged into a ravine in Ethiopia's mountainous north on Monday, police said.

China, 5G among reasons US killed tech deal


Nepal begins probe of plane crash that killed 49, airline defends pilot

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Investigators have retrieved the flight data recorder from the wreckage of a Bangladeshi airliner that crashed, killing at least 49 aboard, including the crew, when it attempted to land in Nepal's capital, officials said on Tuesday.


Mexico says arrests drug gang suspect in case of 43 murdered students

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico said on Monday it had arrested a suspected drug gang member regarded as key figure in the kidnapping and massacre of 43 student teachers 3 1/2 years ago.


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.


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.

Turkish socialite killed in plane crash after bachelorette party

A wealthy Turkish socialite and seven of her friends were killed on Sunday after the airplane carrying them home from her bachelorette party crashed in Iran, according to Turkish media reports and the head of the Turkish Red Crescent.


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.


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.


Major plot twist for students at Saudi Arabia's first cinema school

JEDDAH (Reuters) - Student Sama Kinsara adjusts her camera at Saudi Arabia’s only cinema school, her dream of seeing her work on the big screen coming into focus after the lifting of the country's...


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.


Bangladeshi plane crashes in Nepal, killing at least 49

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - At least 49 people were killed on Monday when a Bangladeshi airliner crashed in cloudy weather as it came in to land at the Nepalese capital's hill-ringed airport, officials said.

At least 49 dead after plane crashes at Nepal airport

At least 39 people are dead after a plane crashed on the runway while landing at Tribhuvan Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal on Monday, police spokesperson Manoj Neupane told CNN.


Bangladeshi plane crashes in Nepal, killing at least 50

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - A Bangladeshi airliner crashed on Monday after making an unexpected turn in cloudy weather as it came in to land at the airport in Nepal's capital, killing at least 50 people, officials said.

Airlines and Airplanes

Plane Crashes in Kathmandu, With Many of Its 67 Passengers Feared Killed

A US-Bangla Airlines flight from Bangladesh slammed into a field short of the runway and caught fire, and at least 40 people were killed.


Bangladesh plane carrying 71 people crashes in Nepal

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - A Bangladeshi aircraft carrying 67 passengers and four crew crashed on Monday while coming in to land at the airport in the Nepali capital, Kathmandu, an airport official said, adding that 17 people on board had been rescued.


UPDATE 2-Bangladesh plane carrying 71 people crashes in Nepal

KATHMANDU, March 12 (Reuters) - A Bangladeshi aircraft carrying 67 passengers and four crew crashed on Monday while coming in to land at the airport in the Nepali capital, Kathmandu, an airport official said, adding that 17 people on board had been rescued.


Bangladesh plane carrying 67 passengers crashes in Nepal

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - A Bangladeshi aircraft carrying 67 passengers crashed on Monday while coming in to land at the airport in the Nepali capital, Kathmandu, an airport official said, adding that 17 people on board had been rescued.


At Least 2 Killed in Helicopter Crash in East River Off Manhattan

A spokesman for the New York Fire Department said units were responding to a helicopter crash near Roosevelt Island, between Manhattan and Queens.


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.


At least two dead after helicopter crashes in New York City's East River

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A helicopter carrying six people crashed in New York City's East River on Sunday, killing at least two, and emergency divers were in the water around the partially submerged aircraft, according to officials.


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.


Turkish socialite and friends killed in plane crash in Iran

ISTANBUL/DUBAI (Reuters) - A wealthy Turkish socialite and her friends were among the 11 people killed on Sunday when a private plane bringing them home from a Dubai bachelorette party crashed into an Iranian mountainside.


All eight passengers killed as private Turkish plane crashes in Iran: Red Crescent

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - All eight passengers were killed on Sunday when a private plane belonging to Turkish firm Basaran Holding crashed in Iran, the head of the Turkish Red Crescent said on Twitter.


At least 44 militants killed in clash with Philippine troops: army

MANILA (Reuters) - At least 44 pro-Islamic State militants were killed and 26 more were wounded when Philippine soldiers shelled positions held by the rebels in southern Maguindanao province, the army said on Sunday.


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.


Palestinian killed during clash with Israelis in West Bank: officials

NABLUS, West Bank (Reuters) - A Palestinian was shot and killed on Saturday in what began as a clash between Palestinians and Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank, Palestinian health officials said.


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.

Oprah tells Parkland students how to strategize

Oprah Winfrey told CNN's Van Jones that she advised the survivors of the Florida school shooting to have a strategy behind their marches, similar to the way Civil Rights leaders organized their movement.

Colleges and Universities

Far From Home and Censors, Some Chinese Students Protest Xi’s Power Move

Posters at some American and overseas universities are opposing plans to erase term limits for China’s president, a rare show of protest among Chinese students.


As many as 18 Afghan soldiers killed fighting in western province

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan (Reuters) - As many as 18 Afghan soldiers and members of the special forces have been killed in fighting in the western province of Farah, local officials said on Saturday.


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.

Defectors (Political)

He Had the Treasonous Uncle Killed, but He Forgave the Disloyal Chef

Few outsiders have met North Korea’s reclusive leader, Kim Jong-un. But a handful of people who know him have filled in some gaps in recent years.


BRIEF-Alabama Graphite Securityholders Approve Acquisition By Westwater Resources



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

NBA star surprises Parkland students

Miami Heat basketball star Dwyane Wade made a surprise visit to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after last month's shooting.

Florida lawmakers: Arming school staff may harm black and Hispanic students

Florida lawmakers celebrated the passage of a school safety bill on Wednesday in response to last month's shooting in Parkland. But the bill left some with a new concern.


U.S. destroyer McCain collision which killed 10 sailors caused by 'sudden turn': Singapore

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - A U.S. guided missile destroyer's deadly collision with an oil tanker near Singapore in 2017 was caused by "a sudden turn" made by the warship that put it in the path of the commercial vessel, said a report by the Singapore government on Thursday.

Students protest at McConnell's office

A group of students from the Washington area held a protest outside of Sen. Mitch McConnell's calling for gun control in the wake of the Parkland shooting.


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.


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.


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.

Parkland, Fla, Shooting (2018)

How the Parkland Students Got So Good at Social Media

The activist students of Stoneman Douglas, where 17 people were killed last month, are social media naturals. But it’s not entirely true that they’ve been tweeting all their lives.

Broadway star's daughter killed

Tony award-winning actress Ruthie Ann Miles' 4-year-old daughter was killed when they were both struck by a car.


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.


Nigeria says 'unprecedented' Lassa fever outbreak killed 110 this year

LAGOS (Reuters) - An outbreak of Lassa fever, a viral hemorrhagic illness, has killed 110 people this year in Nigeria in an "unprecedented" outbreak that has hit half of the states in Africa's most populous nation, its disease control agency said on Wednesday.


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.

Traffic Accidents and Safety

For de Blasio, Crash That Killed 2 Children Strikes Close to Home

The absence of charges in the deaths of the children inflamed tensions between traffic advocates and the police, with the mayor in the middle.


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.


At least 18 killed as second earthquake strikes Papua New Guinea

SYDNEY (Reuters) - At least 18 people have been killed by a magnitude 6.7 quake that struck Papua New Guinea's mountainous Southern Highlands early Wednesday, an official said, adding to the death toll from a larger quake nine days ago.


U.S. says 'Pharma Bro' Shkreli deserves at least 15 years in prison

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors on Tuesday said former drug company executive Martin Shkreli should spend at least 15 years in prison after being convicted of fraud, saying his lack of remorse and respect for the law justified a long time behind bars.


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.

New York Times

We Want to Elevate the Voices of College Students and Recent Graduates. 20,000 Responded.

The Edit, a New York Times newsletter, at first sought to find five contributors. Now we’ll bring on even more. Here’s an update on the process.


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.


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.

Medicaid's little-known benefits for US students

Gerardo Alejandrez used to punch classmates, throw chairs and curse at his teachers, conduct that forced him to switch from school to school. "I had a lot of anger issues," the 16-year-old said recently.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Demonstrations, Protests and Riots

7 Times in History When Students Turned to Activism

The survivors of the Parkland, Fla., high school shooting have surprised many with their public activism. But they are hardly the first students to push the adult world for political change.


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.


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.


UK police charge three men over shop blast that killed five in Leicester

LONDON (Reuters) - British police investigating a shop blast a week ago which killed five people in the central English city of Leicester, said on Saturday they had charged three men with manslaughter and arson with intent to endanger life.


U.N. halts aid work in northeast Nigeria town after humanitarian workers killed

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations has suspended aid work helping tens of thousands of people in northeastern Nigeria after an attack by suspected Boko Haram militants left three humanitarian workers dead and at least three others missing, possibly kidnapped.

Colleges and Universities

How College Campuses Are Trying to Tap Students’ Voting Power

Abysmally low turnout among young people has long been a hallmark of American elections. Some universities are trying to change that.


Storm lashing U.S. Northeast kills at least five people

BOSTON (Reuters) - A powerful storm lashing the northeastern United States on Friday killed at least five people as winds topping 80 miles per hour (129 km per hour) helped flood streets in Boston, ground flights and halt train service across the region.


Police seek Michigan college student suspected of killing parents

(Reuters) - A student at Central Michigan University suspected of shooting to death his parents inside a campus dormitory during a domestic dispute on Friday was still at large, authorities said, and the campus remained largely shut down.


Nine California students hospitalized in possible opioid overdose

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Reuters) - Nine students from the University of California, Santa Barbara suffered an apparent mass overdose of prescription opioids at a party and were taken to a local hospital, police said on Friday.