Crews with saws to carve up frozen cows in Colo.
Crews with hand saws and knives plan to carve up the cattle found frozen in a mountain cabin near Aspen, Colo., before the carcasses thaw. Air Force Academy cadets snowshoeing in late March found the dead cattle in and...
Gunman kills four in Phoenix suburb, commits suicide
GILBERT, Arizona (Reuters) - A gunman, identified by local media as a prominent border militia leader and a reputed neo-Nazi, shot dead four people including a toddler girl in Arizona on Wednesday before apparently
Convicted Texas killer gets stay of execution
By Karen Brooks AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A Texas man won a stay of execution on Wednesday for the second time this year, just hours before he was set to die for the killing of a man authorities say was targ
Jury names winners to redo parts of National Mall
The nonprofit Trust for the National Mall is naming the winners of a design competition to overhaul three neglected sites on the expanse often called America's "front yard." The group is announcing Thursday that a jury...
Texas man's execution halted for now
A Texas man was spared from the death chamber Wednesday after a federal appeals court refused to overturn a district judge's reprieve for the prisoner who's facing execution for killing a neighbor more than 15 years...
Wrecked California yacht had headed straight for island
By Ronnie Cohen FAIRFAX, California (Reuters) - A GPS record tracing the path of a yacht that crashed mysteriously while racing from Southern California to Mexico showed the vessel sailing on a collision cou
Clinton urges China to help on North Korea
BEIJING (Reuters) - China should help make clear to North Korea that it should avoid "further provocation", the U.S. Secretary of State said in remarks in Beijing on Thursday. Secretary of State Hillary Clin
Staffers recall embarrassing details of Edwards' campaign affair
By Colleen Jenkins GREENSBORO, North Carolina (Reuters) - Ex-staffers recounted tawdry details of former U.S. Senator John Edwards' affair during his failed 2008 presidential bid on Wednesday, but said littl
China must act urgently to curb city emissions: World Bank
BEIJING (Reuters) - China must act urgently on multiple fronts if it is to cut greenhouse gas emissions from its rapidly expanding cities and hit government targets for curbing carbon intensity, a new report from t
Cleveland won't renew Occupy group's permit
Occupy protesters must ask serious questions about their open-arms policy in light of charges brought against five members accused of trying to blow up an Ohio bridge, a top Cleveland official said Wednesday. The city...
Canadian on death row in US seeks clemency
The family of a Canadian on death row in the United States tearfully pleaded with the Montana Parole Board on Wednesday to give him clemency, saying he has changed and deserves to live. Equally emotional relatives of...
San Francisco police seize building from protesters, 26 arrested
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Police in riot gear raided a vacant San Francisco building before dawn on Wednesday, arresting 26 people and taking the structure back from demonstrators who seized it the night before for
Attorney: Customs agent directed trucker to Mexico
The lawyer for a Texas trucker who claims he made a wrong turn before taking ammunition into Mexico said Wednesday that a U.S. customs agent directed his client to cross the border, an account that contradicts what...
California student jailed 5 days without water drinks own urine
By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - A California university student who was mistakenly left handcuffed in a cell without food or water for five days and survived by drinking his own urine is planning to su
Oklahoma says running out of death penalty drug
By Steve Olafson OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - Oklahoma, which executes more prisoners per capita than any other state, said on Wednesday it has only one remaining dose of pentobarbital, a key drug used to kill
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CEOs rank Texas tops for business, California worst
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Texas remains the top state for business and California still holds the title for the worst, according to an annual ranking of states by Chief Executive magazine released on Wednesday.
Stinging gas sends May Day protesters fleeing
Thousands of protesters in New York demanded an end to income inequality and housing foreclosures. Police fired tear gas to disperse marchers in Oakland, Calif. And black-clad demonstrators smashed windows in Seattle...
U.S. quarantines two dairies after mad cow case
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two California dairy farms are under quarantine and a calf ranch is under investigation following discovery of the latest case of mad cow disease, but the government on Wednesday said the act
Four Irish, British suspects helped Stratfor hack: U.S.
By Basil Katz NEW YORK (Reuters) - Federal prosecutors said four Irish and British men charged in a crackdown on the international hacking group Anonymous also helped breach the security analysis company Str
UN imposes sanctions on 3 NKorean companies
The U.N. Security Council ordered all countries Wednesday to freeze the assets of three North Korean state-owned companies to punish Pyongyang for its failed rocket launch last month. The April 13 long-range launch,...
Bronzed NJ mom: Girl's sunburn not from salon
A deeply tanned New Jersey mother accused of causing skin burns to her young daughter by taking her into a tanning booth pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a child endangerment charge, and the tanning salon's owner...
Texas sextuplets' parents: 1 sick baby a 'fighter'
The parents of Houston-area sextuplets born last month said Wednesday one of their daughters continues to battle some health problems but is a "fighter," and they are looking forward to the day she and her siblings can...
Woman blames moths for fiery Colorado car crash
DENVER (Reuters) - An 18-year-old Colorado woman who survived a fiery crash in her sport utility vehicle told authorities she lost control and struck a tree after being distracted by fluttering moths, police said o
Ringing prompts phone ban at Hudson-related trial
Cellphones ringing during testimony at the trial of the man accused of killing relatives of Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson so piqued a judge that he withdrew permission Wednesday for journalists to bring them into court. ...
Court: Ex-Bush aide protected from torture lawsuit
An appeals court on Wednesday tossed out a convicted terrorist's lawsuit accusing a high-ranking Bush administration lawyer who wrote the so-called "torture memos" of authorizing illegally harsh treatment of "enemy...
APNewsBreak: Protection sought for rare woodpecker
Smokey Bear has done such a good job stamping out forest fires the past half-century that a woodpecker that's survived for millions of years by eating beetle larvae in burned trees is in danger of going extinct in parts...
Bronzed U.S. mom denies taking daughter, 5, into tanning booth
By Thomas Zambito (Reuters) - A New Jersey mom with a passion for tanning is facing a child endangerment charge for allowing her then 5-year-old daughter into a tanning booth. Authorities say Patricia
Walker foe asks for legal defense fund explanation
One of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's potential recall opponents called Wednesday for Walker to clarify why he has set up a legal defense fund to pay expenses related to an ongoing investigation that's led to criminal...
China's defense minister to visit US
China's defense minister will visit the U.S., officials said Wednesday, despite the controversy in Beijing over the fate of a dissident who sought protection in the U.S. Embassy. The U.S. Defense Department announced...
New York City faces shortfall on Wall Street weakness
By Joan Gralla (Reuters) - New York City expects a total budget gap of $495 million for the current and next fiscal years due to weaker profits on Wall Street than previously forecast, although funds from a
Budget dilemma looms for Illinois Democrats
Facing one of the nation's worst budget crises, the Democrats who run Illinois insist they're serious about overhauling the state's expensive health programs and employee pensions. Gov. Pat Quinn underscored his...
Bankrupt Alabama county cuts more workers
By Verna Gates BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Reuters) - Alabama's bankrupt Jefferson County is laying off more government workers as prospects for reviving a local employment-tax dim. Lay-off letters have been
Goldman CEO: support for gay rights "not without price"
By Katya Wachtel NEW YORK (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs Group Chief Executive Lloyd Blankfein said on Wednesday his recent very public support for gay rights had cost the investment bank at least one client.
FBI, volunteers search Coast Guard station in Alaska murder case
By Yereth Rosen ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - Scores of volunteers on Wednesday helped the FBI search Alaska's Kodiak Island near a U.S. Coast Guard communications station where two workers were killed in Ap
Judge allows Gulf oil spill settlement to proceed
A federal judge on Wednesday preliminarily approved a proposed class-action settlement that would resolve billions of dollars in claims against BP over the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. U.S. District Judge Carl...
Gunman opens fire in Phoenix suburb, 5 dead: local media
GILBERT, Ariz (Reuters) - Five people were killed on Wednesday when a gunman opened fire in a residential area in a Phoenix suburb, the Arizona Republic reported on its website. The shootings occurred in a r
Like: Facebook feature spurs organ donor signups
Thousands of Facebook users have signed up to be organ donors this week, thanks to a new feature on the social networking site that makes it easier to register. The new option was announced Tuesday by Facebook CEO Mark...
Kentucky's cash-strapped courts to shut temporarily
By James B. Kelleher (Reuters) - Kentucky's top judge announced plans on Wednesday to temporarily shut down the state's court system to cope with what he characterized as "deep cuts" in the judiciary's budge
Challenge to takeover to Pa. capital thrown out
A lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a state law that unleashed an unprecedented state takeover of Pennsylvania's financially troubled capital stalled in federal court Wednesday when a federal judge threw it...
Helicopter crashes in Phoenix neighborhood; 2 hurt
A small helicopter crashed into a residential neighborhood Wednesday, knocking off part of a home's roof before settling in a tree just feet from another house. Two men were on board when the aircraft went down, the...
Ohio teen competent for trial in school shooting: judge
By Kim Palmer CHARDON, Ohio (Reuters) - A judge on Wednesday declared a teenager is competent to stand trial on juvenile charges in the deaths of three students and wounding of two in a February shooting ram
A century later, Niagara Falls high-wire feat set for June 15
By Neale Gulley NIAGARA FALLS, New York (Reuters) - High-wire performer Nik Wallenda announced on Wednesday that June 15 is the day his boyhood dream to walk a tightrope over Niagara Falls will become a real
Gov. Deal signs criminal justice system overhaul
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has signed legislation that will overhaul the state's criminal justice system to provide alternative sentences for nonviolent offenders and reduce soaring prison costs. Faced with budget...
Appeals court hears arguments over Yucca Mountain
Supporters of a proposed nuclear waste dump in Nevada urged a federal appeals court Wednesday to force the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to move forward on a licensing plan for the long-delayed project. An attorney for...
Deal undone? Activist now wants to leave China
The blind Chinese dissident who boldly fled house arrest and placed himself under the wing of U.S. diplomats balked Wednesday at a deal delicately worked out between the two countries to let him live freely in China,...
Ex-BP engineer indicted on obstruction charges
A former BP drilling engineer was indicted Wednesday on charges he deleted text messages that indicated the company's blown-out Gulf of Mexico well was spewing far more crude than BP was telling the public. The...
Transit worker fired after giving passes to teen
Transit worker Jim Stanek thought he was doing a good deed when he gave a needy teenager $300 in discarded train passes. But he said the decision led to his firing. Customers had paid for the passes then turned them...
US company aims to treat Mexican radioactive waste
A waste management company has applied to the federal government for a license to import up to 500 tons of radioactive waste from Mexico to south-central Washington, where the waste will be incinerated and the resulting...
Mo. lawmaker says he is gay, denounces school bill
A Republican Missouri House member who previously served in the U.S. Air Force publicly announced Wednesday that he is gay and called upon GOP leaders in the state Legislature to withdraw a bill that would limit...