Obama administration pulls rule on child farm labor
By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An !a class="tagLink" href="http://townhall.com/tags/barack-obama">Obama!/a> administration proposal to restrict child labor on farms has been withdrawn after criticism
Ski goggle pioneer Bob Smith dies at 78
Robert Earl "Bob" Smith, an orthodontist whose passion for skiing deep powder snow helped turn him into a goggle and sunglasses pioneer, has died of complications related to heart surgery. Smith's family confirmed his...
Union, Exxon scrap over refinery contract, safety
HOUSTON (Reuters) - Negotiations for a new contract covering hourly workers at Exxon Mobil Corp's refinery in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has become a scrap over a proposal on worker safety, The United Steelworkers uni
Illinois to test investor appetite with $1.8 billion deal
(Reuters) - Illinois will see next week if yield-hungry investors will continue to snap up its bonds despite concerns about its huge unfunded pension liability and structural budget deficit. The state will s
Feds: Ill. suspect spent stolen millions on horses
The small-town bookkeeper dazzled friends and co-workers with invitations to her immaculate horse ranch and home, where she displayed trophies hauled back from world championship exhibitions and visitors in cowboy hats...
New York prosecutors probe law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf
By Karen Freifeld and Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York prosecutors are looking into possible financial mismanagement Dewey & LeBoeuf after lawyers at the law firm requested an investigation, two p
Son: Bedbug bites caused rash that stopped flight
Bedbugs. The biting pests that infest hotels appear to be the source of red marks on a Minnesota woman that prompted health officials to quarantine a jet in Chicago for fear they were dealing with something much more...
Boeing debuts first 787 Dreamliner made in South Carolina
By Kyle Peterson CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) - Boeing Co on Friday unveiled the first 787 Dreamliner made in its new South Carolina assembly plant, a factory at the center of a bitter labor dispute
Correction: Navy Kickbacks story
In an April 26 story about a federal indictment of civilian Navy engineer Ralph M. Mariano in an alleged bribery and fraud plot, The Associated Press erroneously reported one of the accusations against him by omitting...
Campaign treasurer for NYC comptroller indicted
(Reuters) - The campaign treasurer for New York City Comptroller John Liu has been indicted for making a false statement to federal officials, according to a court filing, further weakening Liu's bid to become mayo
Judge wants to know more about Zimmerman finances
Calling it an "oversight," George Zimmerman's attorney said Friday the neighborhood watch volunteer did not disclose that a website had raised more than $200,000 for his defense, even though his family told the judge...
Widow of civil rights activist wants him home
When civil rights activist Ray Robinson arrived at Wounded Knee in April 1973 to stand alongside Native Americans in their fight against social injustice, he excitedly called his wife back home and told her, "This could...
U.S. adds muscle to financial fraud investigations
By Aruna Viswanatha WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An !a class="tagLink" href="http://townhall.com/tags/barack-obama">Obama!/a> administration task force probing misconduct that fueled the financial crisis is increa
Norwegian gets prison term for wrong turn in Ariz.
A Norwegian man who took a wrong turn onto a one-way street in an Arizona town and drove through a street festival has been sentenced to more than seven years in state prison. John Kristoffer Larsgard, 33, was...
Lawyer: Cages OK at site of Ohio exotics release
An attorney for a suicidal animal owner's widow who is seeking the return of exotic animals that survived an October release said she has adequate cages for them at her eastern Ohio farm, according to a letter obtained...
Radioactive waste dump opens in Texas, environmentalists worried
By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters) - A 1,300-acre dump to bury low-level radioactive waste has opened in a remote corner of west Texas, the fourth U.S. site to allow such waste, despite concerns abo
Ky. woman says dentist dropped tool down throat
A Kentucky woman is suing a dentist, accusing him of dropping a small screwdriver down her throat that migrated to her digestive tract and later required surgery to remove. The lawsuit was filed Thursday in Fayette...
Company plugs blown Wyoming oil well leaking gas
Workers at a blown oil well in eastern Wyoming have capped an eruption of potentially explosive natural gas by pumping mud into the well. The plugging operation began about 9:30 Friday morning. By 11 a.m. the flow of...
Cool Nordic head faces uphill task as Syria U.N. monitor
By Balazs Koranyi OSLO (Reuters) - Robert Mood, the tall, square-jawed and fair-haired Norwegian general heading the Syria ceasefire observer mission, appears the archetypal cool Nordic head who will use an
Minn. air passenger: Water filtration pipes in bag
A checked bag containing PVC pipes and several wires prompted authorities to briefly clear out a Minneapolis airport terminal Friday, and its owner told police it was the second time in three years his device had forced...
Will 'emoticon defense' disprove cyberbullying?
Even if three Indiana girls were just kidding around and used emoticons and LOLs when they discussed killing classmates on Facebook, their talk still could be considered cyberbullying if it inflicted emotional harm,...
Norway general to lead UN observers in Syria
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed a Norwegian general and adviser to international envoy Kofi Annan to head the new U.N. monitoring mission in Syria. U.N. deputy spokesman Eduardo del Buey on Friday announced...
U.S. House votes to extend low student loan rates
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives defied a veto threat by President !a class="tagLink" href="http://townhall.com/tags/barack-obama">Barack Obama!/a> on Friday and voted to take
Chesapeake works to control stricken Wyoming well
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Chesapeake Energy Corp.'s crew began operations on Friday to control a stricken well in Wyoming after a weather-related delay, the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission said. Chesa
Man convicted in NY self-help speaker death speaks
A debt-laden motivational speaker who appealed to a stranger to kill him was grimly determined to die, the convicted killer says in his first interview about the case. In a piece set to air Saturday on CBS' "48 Hours...
Space shuttle Enterprise takes off atop New York-bound jet
By Thomas Zambito NEW YORK (Reuters) - The space shuttle Enterprise took off on Friday from Washington piggybacked atop a Boeing 747 bound for New York, where it was set to make a dramatic flight along the H
Correction: Transit Workers-Lottery story
In an April 26 story about a group of transit workers winning a Powerball jackpot, The Associated Press erroneously attributed details about who won the lottery. Information about the winners came from a spokeswoman for...
Autopsy: Navy pilot who shot 3, himself was drunk
An autopsy shows that a Navy pilot who killed three people and himself at a condominium in a San Diego suburb was drunk at the time. The San Diego County medical examiner released the report Thursday saying that...
Rebel rivalry and suspicions threaten Syria revolt
By Erika Solomon ANTAKYA, Turkey (Reuters) - Rebel fighter Mustafa and his trio of burly men look out of place at a trendy Turkish cafe near the Syrian border, dressed in tattered jeans and silently puffing
Lawyer: Zimmerman has raised $200,000 for defense
The attorney for George Zimmerman said he didn't know his client had raised $200,000 before a bond hearing last week. Mark O'Mara told the judge Friday that Zimmerman's family hadn't informed him about the money before...
Consumer sentiment little changed in April
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Consumer sentiment was little changed in April as Americans expected the economy to slowly improve, though they were less cheery about the state of their own finances, a survey released on Frid
Growth in employee costs slows in first quarter
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Civilian employment costs rose more modestly by 0.4 percent during the first quarter, primarily because growth in benefits slowed after a sharp rise in last year's fourth quarter, Labor Depar
Analysis: S&P throws Spanish banking crisis into sharp relief
By Sonya Dowsett and Jan Strupczewski MADRID/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Spain's latest credit rating downgrade has thrown into sharp relief the need to revive a banking sector that could need another 100 billion e
This Week in the Civil War
____ This Week in The Civil War, for week of Sunday, April 29: Union march toward Corinth, Virginia skirmish. In late April of 1862, more than 100,000 Union soldiers under the command of Maj. Gen. Henry Halleck march...
Chevron Q1 profit up 4 percent, production down
(Reuters) - Chevron Corp, the second-largest U.S. oil company, reported on Friday a rise in quarterly profit as rising oil prices and refining margins made up for a decline in oil and gas production. First-q
Person detained after baggage triggers bomb scare at Minneapolis airport
(Reuters) - One person has been detained by police for questioning after the individual's baggage set off a bomb scare and prompted a terminal evacuation at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, an official s
Texas executes man for 2002 shooting
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A Texas man was executed on Thursday evening by lethal injection for a brutal triple shooting in a small town that left a 24-year-old man dead. Prosecutors say Beunka Adams and anot
10 Things to Know for Friday
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today (times EDT): 1. Seeking trademark protection for the term "GI Bill" At 12:35 p.m., Obama aims for wider...
Election brings no hope to Athens soup kitchens
By Ingrid Melander and Daphne Papadopoulou ATHENS (Reuters) - In front of a rundown building in central Athens, four men and a young woman pull a huge pot and bottle of gas from the trunk of a car and set th
Procter & Gamble cuts outlook
(Reuters) - Procter & Gamble Co lowered its profit expectations for the year on Friday as it works on its new restructuring plan and continues to feel some pressure from higher commodity costs. Shares of
Elite Afghan soldier kills U.S. special forces mentor
By Ismail Sameem KANDAHAR (Reuters) - An elite Afghan soldier shot dead an American mentor and his translator at a U.S. base, Afghan officials said on Friday, in the first rogue shooting blamed on the countr
Ex-Homeland Security boss to get new Mass. trial
A former top U.S. Department of Homeland Security official convicted of encouraging her Brazilian housekeeper to remain in the United States illegally has been granted a new trial by a judge in Boston who said he erred...
Mass. bishop stands firm on Kennedy widow invite
A Massachusetts bishop says he stands by his decision to ask a Catholic college to withdraw its invitation for U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy's widow to speak at commencement. Bishop Robert McManus of Worcester (WUS'-tur)...
Suspect makes escape attempt at Phoenix airport
Authorities say a prisoner is back in custody after he was caught by airline workers while trying to escape at Phoenix's airport. Police say 22-year-old John Riebesel was being extradited from Detroit when he managed...
New media earns permanent gallery at Newseum in DC
New media and the stories shaped by online culture and social networks now have a place in the Newseum, a Washington museum devoted to the history of news. On Friday, the Newseum is opening its 2,500-square-foot HP New...
The nation's weather
Weather Underground Forecast for Friday, April 27, 2012. Precipitation and thunderstorms in the West will wind down on Friday as the disturbances of the region push into the Plains. The southern storm of the West will...
Study: Most victims knew Ala. twisters were coming
Most of the victims of last year's epic tornado outbreak in Alabama had at least one thing in common: They knew the storm was coming. A year after the onslaught of dozens of twisters killed at least 250 people in...
Geithner asks China to let its currency strengthen
Ahead of a meeting with Chinese leaders, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is urging the Asian nation to let its currency strengthen and move forward with economic reforms. The treasury secretary said Thursday that...
Calif. makes new attempt to restart executions
Gov. Jerry Brown has ordered prison officials to explore using a single drug for lethal injections instead of three, in the state's latest attempt to restart long-stalled executions in California. The governor's order...
Ex-Marine aims camera at self to heal from the war
An ex-Marine filmmaker whose unit carried pocket digital cameras into some of the worst fighting in Iraq is using that footage, and post-war interviews, to open viewers' eyes about combat and help himself deal with the...