48 Philly transit workers win $172.7M Powerball
A pool of 48 workers at Philadelphia's transit agency scored the jackpot-winning ticket in this week's $172.7 million Powerball drawing, lottery officials said Thursday. The winning ticket in Wednesday's drawing for...
Bosnian-born U.S. citizen "ready" to kill in New York plot: prosecutor
By Jessica Dye NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Bosnian-born U.S. citizen accused of plotting to bomb New York City subways was "ready and willing to sacrifice himself to kill" at the command of al Qaeda, a prosecutor
Airports cope with workers' security check delays
Employers at some U.S. airports are being allowed to hire workers without completing all background security checks because of a backlog in the screening process, federal officials said. In the past, new employees were...
Former TSA officer pleads guilty to bribery
A former federal Transportation Security Administration officer pleaded guilty Thursday to bribery and extortion charges related to accepting cash in exchange for allowing what she believed was painkiller pills to pass...
Bourbon maker plans downtown Louisville attraction
The country's largest family-owned distilled spirits company hopes to draw thousands of tourists to a small distillery it's opening in a stretch of downtown Louisville once known as "Whiskey Row," close to the site...
Crane owner cleared in deadly 2008 collapse in NYC
A construction crane owner was acquitted of manslaughter and all other charges Thursday in the May 2008 collapse of a 200-foot-tall rig that snapped apart, killed two workers and fueled concerns about crane safety. ...
At U.S. State Department, kids get sex scandal primer
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Children participating in the State Department's "Take Your Child to Work" day event on Thursday were treated to a discussion of prostitutes and strip clubs as reporters pressed for answers o
Lawsuit filed against ex-UVa lacrosse player
The mother of slain University of Virginia lacrosse player Yeardley Love has filed a $30.5 million lawsuit against the former men's lacrosse player convicted of murdering her daughter. Sharon Love filed the lawsuit...
85 arrested as Canadian students protest tuition
The Quebec government withdrew its offer Thursday to resume talks with university student leaders following the arrests of 85 people during riotous protests by thousands in Montreal over planned tuition hikes. Windows...
As Supreme Court mulls healthcare, rumors fly
By Joan Biskupic WASHINGTON (Reuters) - This week the U.S. Supreme Court wrapped up the last oral arguments of its current term. Now comes the nationwide angst of waiting - as long as two months - for decisi
Bond denied for defendant in 1983 Conn. robbery
A federal judge denied a bond request Thursday from a Puerto Rican nationalist charged in one of the largest cash robberies in U.S. history, saying the man lived as a fugitive for more than 25 years and cannot be...
3rd person charged in Mo. hospital abduction case
A third family member has been charged after a 5-year-old boy was taken from the St. Louis hospital where he's on a heart transplant list. St. Louis prosecutors charged Heather Minton with kidnapping, interfering with...
Lawyer says Arizona inmate shook violently during execution
By Tim Gaynor PHOENIX (Reuters) - The lawyer for a convicted murderer executed in Arizona said on Thursday his client shook violently after a lethal injection drug was administered, and may call for an indep
Judge won't dismiss charge against WikiLeaks suspect Manning
By Lily Kuo FORT MEADE, Maryland (Reuters) - A U.S. military judge refused on Thursday to throw out a charge that Bradley Manning, the U.S. intelligence analyst accused of leaking government files to the ant
Peru is latest developing nation to adopt climate change initiative
LIMA (Reuters) - Peru became the latest developing country to enact a domestic climate change initiative in the absence of a binding global pact, adopting a resolution on Thursday to lower carbon emissions in its f
Navajo community banks on proposed solar array
This flat, dusty stretch of prairie in central New Mexico is where the leaders of a remote, sparsely populated American Indian community envision a sea of solar panels capable of producing enough electricity for more...
At a glance: Facts about the Rubik's Cube
Some facts about the Rubik's Cube, according to creator Erno Rubik and the Liberty Science Museum, which is preparing a 40th anniversary exhibit to open in 2014: _ More than 500 million have been sold _ not including...
Cubism? Rubik helps with toy's anniversary exhibit
It's a puzzle, a metaphor and a hit toy _ and in a couple of years, the Rubik's Cube will be a museum exhibition in celebration of its 40th anniversary. The toy's creator, Erno Rubik, 67, is being honored Friday at a...
UN chief demands Syria withdraw weapons, troops
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon demanded Thursday that the Syrian government immediately comply with its commitment to withdraw troops and heavy weapons from cities and towns. U.N. deputy spokesman Eduardo del Buey...
Sierra Club challenges Md. natural gas terminal
The Sierra Club said Thursday it will try to block an energy company's plan to export liquefied natural gas to find new markets for the drilling boom that has flooded the Mid-Atlantic with natural gas. Virginia-based...
Cheaters, beware: LA subway honor system could end
A vote to end the unusual honor system used on the Los Angeles subway and light-rail system has been put off. Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokesman Marc Littman says the vote that was scheduled for Thursday...
Wife, son of Le-Nature's ex-CEO also get prison
When Gregory Podlucky, the former head of defunct Pennsylvania soft drink maker, Le-Nature's Inc., was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for a massive accounting fraud and money laundering scheme last October, he...
NY prosecutor: US citizen sought to kill Americans
A prosecutor told jurors Thursday that a U.S. citizen went to Pakistan in 2008 with two others determined to kill American troops in Afghanistan, but a defense lawyer said the men were "immature, naïve and clueless" and...
Deer makes bloody trail through western Pa. school
State wildlife officials say a deer smashed into a western Pennsylvania elementary school, frightening students and teachers as it ran through hallways leaving a trail of blood. The game commission says the animal...
Wood horse or fake missile, martial tricks not new
In a way, the North Korean missiles-that-may-not-be-missiles-at-all are the modern-day equivalent of King Edward III's exaggerated codpiece. The English king was fighting the Hundred Years' War and was desperate to...
Pa.: fewer than 30 health complaints on drilling
The Pennsylvania Department of Health said this week that it has received fewer than 30 complaints over the last year from people who feel natural gas drilling has affected their health, but it's not clear how many came...
Chesapeake unable to control Wyoming well due to weather
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Chesapeake Energy's crews have not brought a stricken well near Douglas, Wyoming, under control due to unfavorable conditions on Thursday afternoon, the state oil and gas commission said.
Ban on exotic swine causes backlash in Michigan
Mark Baker was accustomed to taking orders in the Air Force. Now he's defying the government, taking a stand for what he considers a fundamental right: raising exotic hogs. Baker is among Michigan farmers and ranchers...
DA: Guard in fatal $2M heist claims self-defense
The armored car guard who allegedly absconded with $2.3 million after killing his partner told investigators he shot his fellow guard only after that guard tried to stop the heist, but the physical evidence doesn't...
Sierra Club to fight Dominion hub using 1972 deal
By Ayesha Rascoe WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Sierra Club will try to use a 40-year-old legal settlement to scuttle plans by Dominion Resources Inc to convert a liquefied natural gas terminal in Maryland into
Who gets health insurance rebates under new law
Rebates totaling $1.3 billion from health insurance companies should go to more than 3 million individual policyholders and thousands of employers this year because of President Barack Obama's health care law, a report...
Atlantic City man guilty in fatal casino carjack
A New Jersey man has been convicted of murder and other charges in the fatal carjacking of a customer from an Atlantic City casino parking garage in 2010. Craig Arno was found guilty Thursday of murdering Martin...
Crane owner acquitted in fatal Manhattan accident
By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Manhattan state judge on Thursday acquitted a construction company owner of manslaughter for a crane collapse that killed two workers in May, 2008 and raised fears about h
Sea change in salinity heralds shift in rainfall
By David Fogarty SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Scientists have detected a clear change in salinity of the world's oceans and have found that the cycle that drives rainfall and evaporation has intensified more than t
Chief defends tactics in Ohio restaurant shooting
A police chief is defending how his officers handled a restaurant shooting that left a woman, her daughter and her estranged husband dead two weeks ago. Police arrived at the Cracker Barrel restaurant in the Cleveland...
UK says businessman slain in China was not a spy
By Adrian Croft LONDON (Reuters) - A businessman whose murder sparked political upheaval in China was not a British spy, Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Thursday, trying to quell speculation that has
Clinton: Branson my last chance to go into space
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's childhood aspiration of becoming an astronaut was dashed by NASA, but she may not be giving up on the dream of reaching the heavens. Clinton welcomed the British billionaire...
USC details new security measures after shooting
The University of Southern California and Los Angeles police announced new security measures Thursday following the unsolved killings of two Chinese graduate students near a campus that promotes itself as an...
Parents wire kids to prove teachers' verbal abuse
Teachers hurled insults like "bastard," "tard," "damn dumb" and "a hippo in a ballerina suit." A bus driver threatened to slap one child, while a bus monitor told another, "Shut up, you little dog." They were all...
Florida judge blocks drug tests for state workers
MIAMI (Reuters) - A federal judge in Miami has tossed out an executive order from Florida Governor Rick Scott requiring drug testing of state employees, saying it violated the constitutional prohibition on unreason
Repeal on Michigan emergency law doesn't make ballot
LANSING, Michigan (Reuters) - A proposed repeal of Michigan's controversial emergency manager law, aimed at repairing finances in struggling cities and school districts, failed to make the November ballot after a t
Fund View: Biondo father-and-son mutual fund No. 1 in U.S
By David K. Randall NEW YORK (Reuters) - The best performance of any U.S. mutual fund in the first quarter was turned in by a father-and-son team swapping phone calls between South Florida and Northeast Penn
White House: vigilant for attacks ahead of bin Laden anniversary
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President !a class="tagLink" href="http://townhall.com/tags/barack-obama">Barack Obama!/a> has ordered a review of potential threats facing the United States ahead of the anniversary of the k
New Syrian group claims legitimacy to rival SNC
By John Irish PARIS (Reuters) - The son of Syria's last democratically elected prime minister presented what he called an "interim government" on Thursday, saying it had the legitimacy that the main oppositi
Illinois man's ire over Martin case prompts hate crime -police
CHICAGO (Reuters) - An 18-year-old black man has been charged with a hate crime after he told police he punched and kicked a white man during a robbery in a Chicago suburb because he was angry about the Trayvon Mar
Missing children in U.S. nearly always make it home alive
By Barbara Goldberg NEW YORK (Reuters) - Anxiety over two cases of missing children in the news this week - New York's Etan Patz and Arizona's Isabel Mercedes Celis - masks an encouraging development in the
Senator seeks to allow goose kills near NY airport
The problem of birds living near some of the nation's busiest airports is coming under renewed scrutiny after two emergency landings in a week and more than three years after the famous ditching of a jetliner in the...
Countrywide whistleblower sees no change in financial sector
By Emily Flitter WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Eileen Foster beamed as she accepted an award at the National Press Club in Washington for blowing the whistle on mortgage fraud at Countrywide Financial, but told the
Cash-strapped RI city backing down in cross fight
The Wisconsin group challenging the constitutionality of a cross on a war memorial in Rhode Island says it expects to prevail without the type of long legal battle that unfolded over a prayer banner ordered removed this...
INSIGHT: Falling U.S. home prices drag new buyers under water
By Tim Reid (Reuters) - More than 1 million Americans who have taken out mortgages in the past two years now owe more on their loans than their homes are worth, and Federal Housing Administration loans that