Americans bet nearly $1.5B to win record jackpot
Lottery ticket lines swelled as Americans wagered nearly $1.5 billion on the longest of long shots: a less than 1 percent chance to join the 1 percent Friday night as the winner of a record $640 million Mega Millions...
NStar's Cape Wind pact pays $940M over market
The Massachusetts utility NStar has agreed to buy power from the proposed Cape Wind offshore wind farm for more than double what electricity from conventional sources is projected to cost during the 15-year term of the...
Saudi summer oil burn should decline this year
By Daniel Fineren and Reem Shamseddine DUBAI/KHOBAR (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia is likely to burn less crude in its power plants this summer thanks to rising output from dedicated gas fields and gas that would
Air Force debated disposal of 9/11 remains
Newly released Pentagon documents show that Air Force officers debated briefly about burial at sea before concluding that 1,321 unidentifiable fragments of remains from the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon should be treated...
Hundreds attend funeral for slain Montana teacher
Residents of a tight-knit eastern Montana town mixed calls for justice with sorrowful relief Friday as they mourned a high school teacher who was kidnapped, strangled and her body buried in a shallow grave discovered...
Calif. doctor accused of giving daughter propofol
A doctor who gave his daughter hundreds of at-home doses of the powerful drug that killed Michael Jackson has had his license suspended, according to an order filed Thursday by the Medical Board of California. Dr....
U.S. seeks life in prison for Russian arms dealer Bout
By Basil Katz NEW YORK (Reuters) - Prosecutors asked a federal judge in New York on Friday to send convicted Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, who was the subject of the book "Merchant of Death," to prison fo
Site mapped by California killer yields two missing teens' remains
By Emmett Berg SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The remains of two teenage girls missing since the 1980s have been identified among bones found in an abandoned well in California that a convicted serial killer said
Defense secretary blasts budget cuts in Cal visit
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told U.S. Marines and sailors on Friday that Congress would be irresponsible if it doesn't act to prevent drastic military budget cuts. In a visit to this amphibious assault ship off the...
Attempted robbery lands suspect on life support
Police in Louisiana say an attempted robbery was foiled when the victim slammed his car in reverse and caused an accident that critically injured one of the perpetrators. Baton Rouge Police Cpl. L'Jean Mckneely Jr....
Judge dismisses Virginia Tech fine for slow alert
By Brandon Shulleeta RICHMOND, Virginia (Reuters) - A judge has thrown out a fine imposed by federal education officials against Virginia Tech, finding the school did not wait too long under federal law to a
Carbon dioxide leak sickens workers at food plant
One worker was in serious condition Friday while 90 others exposed to a carbon dioxide leak at a Northern California food processing plant have recovered, hospital officials said. Workers at Ghiringhelli Specialty...
2 feared dead in Bellingham, Wash., marina fire
Investigators believe two people missing after a large fire ripped through a marina in northwest Washington state were trapped aboard a burning boat that sank during the blaze. The fire destroyed much of a dock at the...
World record $640 million lottery drawing set for Friday night
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - Buzz is building around the largest lottery jackpot in world history -- now up to $640 million -- ahead of the Mega Millions drawing taking place in Atlanta late Friday n
Texas jury slaps $195 million penalty on TaxMasters, CEO Cox
(Reuters) - A Texas jury voted to slap $195 million in civil penalties on Friday against the tax advisory firm TaxMasters and its CEO Patrick Cox, who were accused by the state of defrauding consumers. Houst
Federal judge strikes down parts of Wis. union law
A federal judge upheld most of Wisconsin's contentious law curbing collective bargaining rights on Friday, but he sided with unions by overturning two portions of the law that were costly and impeded on a major funding...
UN ambassador: cop said he could be a terrorist
A U.N. ambassador who was handcuffed after walking through a barricade to get into his office building said Friday the New York police officer who arrested him thought he could be a terrorist. Ambassador Camillo...
Bodies ID'd in well linked to Speed Freak Killers
Two more possible victims of the "Speed Freak Killers" were identified Friday _ more than 25 years after the teens disappeared from their Stockton homes, authorities said. The disclosures bring to four the number of...
`Military friendly' college lists prompt concerns
In press releases and ads, colleges love boasting they're "military friendly" and "veterans friendly" _ and that isn't just because veterans are usually good students and campus leaders. It's also because the newly...
New York police accused of "uncivilized" arrest of diplomat
By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - A senior Caribbean diplomat has accused the New York City Police Department of "flagrant violation" of the rules of diplomatic immunity and privileges by aggre
Florida panel investigating hazing will meet publicly
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - A Florida college under pressure to fix its culture of brutal hazing zig-zagged over the past week on how secret its work should be, coming down on Friday on th
Shell moves another step closer to Alaska drilling
Shell Oil is one step closer to drilling offshore from Alaska's northern coasts this summer. The Environmental Protection Agency's appeals board on Friday denied petitions to review the air permit for its drilling ship...
Colorado wildfire 70 percent contained, no sign of missing woman
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A wildfire burning in rugged terrain west of Denver that killed two people and left a woman missing, ignited by windblown embers from a prescribed burn, was 70 percent con
Two deaths in a week linked to Las Vegas corruption probe
By Timothy Pratt LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Two people linked to a massive federal probe into homeowner association fraud in Las Vegas have been found dead within a week, and authorities described both deaths as
Old photos may be deceptive in Fla. shooting case
When he was shot, Trayvon Martin was not the baby-faced boy in the photo that has been on front pages across the country. And George Zimmerman wasn't the beefy-looking figure in the widely published mugshot. Both...
Former crack cocaine dealer wins Truman Scholarship
By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - When Walter Fortson was arrested in 2007 for dealing crack cocaine, he believed a police officer who told him "your life is over." Five years later, he is an hon
Deal allows Lugar to move Ind. voter registration
U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar will switch his voter registration to his family farm in Indiana to resolve a dispute with election officials who ruled he couldn't vote using the address of an Indianapolis home he sold in 1977....
Recall election ordered for Wis. Gov. Scott Walker
The recall election ordered Friday for embattled first-term Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker quickly turned into a possible rematch when the Democrat he narrowly defeated in 2010 announced he was jumping into the race. ...
Vt. school remembers slain teacher at service
A Vermont community and school shaken by the killing of a popular prep school teacher gathered Friday to celebrate her life and gave police investigators a standing ovation for solving the crime. Many in the crowd of...
Teacher arrested after sex with students for higher grades
By Steve Olafson OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - A former teacher and football coach who prosecutors say promised better grades to girls in exchange for sex at a small town Oklahoma high school has been charged wi
US Airways flight attendants reject tentative pact
(Reuters) - Flight attendants at US Airways Group rejected a tentative agreement offered by management, and union leaders said the members want a better financial offer. Leaders of the Association of Flight
Spinach could be weapon against citrus scourge
In a lab not far from the Mexican border, the fight against a disease ravaging the worldwide citrus industry has found an unexpected weapon: spinach. A scientist at Texas A&M's Texas AgriLife Research and Extension...
Wendy's jumps into "Pink Slime" public relations war
By Lisa Baertlein and Martinne Geller LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wendy's Co says it never has used so-called "pink slime" in its hamburgers and ran ads in eight major daily newspapers around the United
Mass. college backs off invite to Kennedy widow
A Roman Catholic college in Massachusetts said Friday that it's withdrawn an invitation to U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy's widow to speak and receive an honorary degree at commencement after the local bishop objected. In a...
Israel says peace crucial to nuke-free Mideast
Israel's U.N. ambassador indicated Friday his government is unlikely to attend a conference on turning the Middle East into a zone free of all weapons of mass destruction until there is peace throughout the region. But...
Documents show debate over handling of 9/11 remains
By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Cremated remains that may have included those of victims of the September 11 attacks were incinerated and sent to a landfill despite an internal debate in which some
JetBlue copilot's neighbors not surprised at his composure
By Matt Stroud SALEM, Ohio (Reuters) - The day JetBlue copilot Jason Dowd guided a chaotic flight to safety while its screaming captain lay pinned by passengers on the cabin floor was more than just a day of
Judge awards $2.2B for Beirut attack on Marines
A federal judge has awarded $2.16 billion to victims of the 1983 suicide truck-bombing of U.S. Marines in Beirut, his third award in two weeks to plaintiffs who had sued Iran over the attack. The money will be...
Democrat Barrett seeks rematch with Wisconsin Governor Walker
MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett announced on Friday his candidacy for the Democratic nomination to challenge Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker in a recall election, setting up a possible
Afghan suspect attorney: US gov 'hiding evidence'
The attorney for the U.S. soldier accused of killing 17 Afghan civilians says the government is "hiding evidence" and not giving his defense team the cooperation they were promised. The Army says officials have been...
Jury finds ex-Texas nurse guilty in bleach deaths
A former Texas nurse accused of killing five of her patients and injuring five others by injecting bleach into their kidney dialysis tubing was found guilty of capital murder Friday. Kimberly Clark Saenz, 38, was fired...
Obama: Oil supply enough to keep squeeze on Iran
President Barack Obama said Friday he was plowing ahead with potential sanctions against countries that keep buying oil from Iran, including allies of the United States, in a deepening campaign to starve Iran of money...
APNewsbreak: Wyo. tribe blasts bald eagle permit
The Wyoming tribe that received the nation's first federal permit allowing members to kill bald eagles for religious purposes renewed a legal challenge against the government Friday, calling the permit a "sham" because...
New Hampshire woman to be tried again in Rwandan genocide
By Jason McLure LITTLETON, New Hampshire (Reuters) - A New Hampshire woman accused of lying about her role in the 1994 Rwandan genocide to win asylum in the United States will face a second trial on immigrat
Dartmouth frat brothers cleared of hazing charges
Dartmouth College on Friday said it has dropped charges against 27 students it recently accused of hazing, though allegations against the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity still stand. Through its judicial affairs office,...
Leader of Liberian war faction removed from US
A Liberian man accused of leading a faction responsible for human rights abuses during the West African country's civil war in the early 1990s was removed Friday from the United States, immigration officials said. ...
Komen letter to Congress refers to 'mistakes'
Urging Congress to support to a federal breast cancer program, Susan G. Komen for the Cure officials refer to "mistakes" their organization made. The letter from Komen founder and CEO Nancy G. Brinker and president...
Alaska deal aims to develop Point Thomson gas
Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell said Friday that the state has reached a settlement in the long-running dispute over leases to develop the Point Thomson gas fields, clearing the way for progress on a major pipeline project. ...
Death of girl, 10, after school fight under review
The Los Angeles County district attorney's office is reviewing the case of a 10-year-old girl who died following an after-school fight to determine if charges should be filed against her opponent. District attorney...