Analysis: Canada may seek to silence some foes of new pipeline
By Jeffrey Jones CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - Some opponents of the proposed C$5.5 billion ($5.5 billion) Northern Gateway oil pipeline to Canada's Pacific Coast may not get a chance to be heard as scheduled
Massive fault found beneath Japan's Mount Fuji
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Mount Fuji may be sitting on a large, active fault that could trigger a magnitude-7 earthquake, changing the shape of the mountain and devastating nearby communities, the education ministr
DC Metro crash victims to be honored with plaque
The nine people killed in a Metrorail crash in June 2009 in northeast Washington will be honored with a plaque near the crash site next month. District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray will join relatives of crash...
This Week in the Civil War
_____ This Week in The Civil War, for week of Sunday, May 13: Battle of Drewry's Bluff, Va. A Union warship fleet steaming up Virginia's James River opens fire early on May 15, 1862, against Confederate fortifications...
Students charged with taping under teacher's dress
Police have charged two Kentucky high school students with video voyeurism after they say one of them held a cellphone under a teacher's dress, made a video and posted it online. An arrest warrant obtained by WLKY-TV...
Judge rejects effort to open CIA volume on Cuba
A federal judge has ruled that a final volume of the CIA's three-decade-old history on the failed Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba can remain shrouded in secrecy because it is a draft, not a finished product. The CIA...
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. OBAMA, ROMNEY HIT THE ROAD After an apology from Biden for forcing his hand on gay marriage - and...
Flight academy camp teaches teens math, science
The panicked voice came into Ambition's air traffic control room _ one of the aircraft carrier's young pilots was in trouble. "Dude, my nose is down," the pilot shouted as he struggled to regain control over his X12...
The nation's weather
Weather Underground Forecast for Friday, May 11, 2012. Expect more wet weather for Texas, while dry conditions are anticipated for both the East and West Coasts on Friday. An area of low pressure lingers over eastern...
Ex-LAPD detective to be sentenced in murder case
A former Los Angeles police detective faces 27 years to life in prison when she's scheduled to be sentenced Friday for murdering the wife of her former lover in 1986. Stephanie Lazarus was found guilty in March of...
Lobster hostilities lead to boat sinkings in Maine
The sinking of two lobster boats is rekindling memories of hostilities among lobstermen two years ago that led to a near-fatal shooting, boats being sunk and a barrage of lobster trap vandalism along Maine's...
Quotations of the day
"It was a logical extension of what America is supposed to be. It grew directly out of this difference in visions: Are we a country that includes everybody and give everybody a shot and treats everybody fairly?" _...
Gay rights backers see history in Obama's stand
At a birthplace of the gay rights movement, patrons of New York City's Stonewall Inn said they felt like they were living history. In Wyoming, the mother of a man beaten to death because of his sexuality said words...
Today in History
Today is Friday, May 11, the 132nd day of 2012. There are 234 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On May 11, 1862, during the Civil War, the Confederate ironclad CSS Virginia was scuttled by its...
2 dead in apparent NY murder suicide
Police say an argument between two Florida men in a New York City hotel turned fatal when one pulled out a gun and shot the other, then apparently shot himself. The shooting occurred Thursday afternoon at the Hilton...
Civil rights lawsuit filed against Ariz. sheriff
As defiant as ever, get-tough Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio faces a federal court showdown over charges that deputies on his trademark immigration patrols racially profiled Latinos in violation of civil rights law. After...
BLM Director Bob Abbey to retire
A longtime Interior Department official who has headed the Bureau of Land Management for the past three years, Bob Abbey, is retiring. The 60-year-old Abbey has directed the land management agency since 2009, sharply...
Horst Faas, AP combat photographer, dies at 79
As chief of photo operations for The Associated Press in Saigon for a decade beginning in 1962, Horst Faas didn't just cover the fighting _ he also recruited and trained new talent from among foreign and Vietnamese...
Prosecutor: Police, firefighter abused Pa. teen
Authorities wasted no time when a 23-year-old woman walked into the district attorney's office last week to report that she'd endured years of sexual abuse inside the police and fire departments of a northeastern...
$200M sought in NY suit over ill-fated cruise ship
A $200 million lawsuit has been filed in New York federal court on behalf of four Hungarian musicians and dancers aboard the Costa Concordia cruise ship that capsized off the coast of Italy in January. The lawsuit...
Well-traveled Ore. wolf photographed in Calif.
A young male wolf from Oregon that has won worldwide fame while trekking across mountains, deserts and highways looking for a mate has had what appears to be his first close encounter with people, and got his picture...
ACLU alleges abuse at US-Mexico border crossings
The American Civil Liberties Union said Thursday that border inspectors have used excessive force and performed humiliating body searches on travelers entering the United States from Mexico. The group offered 11...
Change to top of WTC raises questions over height
A change to the design of a needle that will sit atop One World Trade Center is raising questions over whether the building will still be America's tallest when completed. The 408-foot-tall needle will no longer be...
AP Photos: A selection of work by Horst Faas
A father holds the body of his child as South Vietnamese Army Rangers look down from their armored vehicle. Survivors huddle together after an attack by government troops. A dead U.S. soldier, covered by a sheet, lies...
Mass. police: NC man tried to open jet cabin door
An airline passenger who apparently became disoriented and tried to open a cabin door on a US Airways Express commuter jet from Maine to Philadelphia was arrested Thursday. Massachusetts state police said 40-year-old...
UN envoy: Libya unstable but moving to democracy
The top U.N. envoy in Libya said Thursday there are positive signs that the country is moving toward democracy but longstanding tensions have escalated into armed conflicts, detainees are still being tortured, and there...
Ex-NY officer gets more than 3 years for bribery
A former New York police officer was sentenced Thursday to more than three years in prison for accepting cash payments from a man authorities say was an oxycodone trafficker to ensure he could carry large amounts of...
Fed's Kocherlakota: U.S. may be near "maximum" employment
By Ann Saphir MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) - Unemployment may not have too much farther to fall before inflation threatens, forcing the U.S. Federal Reserve to respond by raising interest rates sooner than expected
Bernanke: Even worthy borrowers can't get mortgages
(Reuters) - Banks have become so restrictive in making mortgages that many worthy homebuyers are being frozen out of the U.S. housing market, and lending practices are not likely to loosen any time soon, Federal Re
Prosecution rests in John Edwards trial
Prosecutors rested their campaign fraud case against John Edwards on Thursday after 14 days of dramatic and often unflattering testimony that focused on the once-promising politician's infidelity and the secret money...
Pollak, US judge who helped in civil rights, dies
Louis H. Pollak, a federal judge who as a young lawyer helped work on the pivotal school-desegregation case Brown v. Board of Education, and later served as dean of two Ivy League law schools, has died. He was 89. ...
Gunman dies, 2 officers shot on Florida's Turnpike
Authorities say a gunman who apparently fired a weapon while walking on a median of the busy Florida's Turnpike has been killed in a shootout that wounded two South Florida law enforcement officers. The Thursday...
Lesbian seeking marriage license arrested in NC
A lesbian who sought a North Carolina marriage license with her partner and was rejected under a state law banning same-sex marriage was arrested with another person Thursday after they refused to leave a government...
Jobless claims fall marginally last week
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New claims for unemployment benefits edged down last week, according to government data on Thursday that could ease concerns the labor market was deteriorating after April's weak employment g
Texas reporter alleges firing over stripper work
A former Houston Chronicle reporter announced Thursday she has filed a federal gender discrimination complaint alleging she was fired because she failed to disclose she also had worked as an exotic dancer. Sarah...
Girl Scouts under scrutiny from Catholic bishops
Long a lightning rod for conservative criticism, the Girl Scouts of the USA are now facing their highest-level challenge yet: An official inquiry by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. At issue are concerns about...
State, fed errors rank Nev. high school 13th in US
Federal and Nevada state officials are taking responsibility for data errors that mistakenly launched a suburban Las Vegas high school nearly to the top of U.S. News and World Report's "Best High Schools" list. The...
In New York mayoral race, top cop would lose: poll
NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, a popular figure who some Republican backers want to see enter city politics, would be soundly defeated in a mayoral race against any of the three Democr
Starbucks baristas can't be union billboards: court
By Grant McCool NEW YORK (Reuters) - Starbucks baristas were out of line sticking Industrial Workers of the World pins all over their clothing in support of attempts to be part of a labor union, a U.S. appea
Postal Service loses $3.2 billion in Jan-March
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Postal Service said its loss widened to $3.2 billion in the first three months of 2012 and repeated on Thursday its warning that it will likely default on payments to the federal gov
Eighth graders boost science scores, race gap shrinks
(Reuters) - U.S. eighth-graders have improved their performance in science marginally since 2009 and a rise among black and Hispanic students' scores has narrowed racial achievement gaps, according to a report rele
Justice Department sues Arizona sheriff for discrimination
(Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department sued an Arizona sheriff on Thursday for civil rights violations, alleging he and his office intentionally denied Latinos their constitutional rights. The lawsuit cited
Merkel says "growth on credit" would deepen crisis
BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel rejected calls from her centre-left opponents in Germany and Europe for economic stimulus policies that rely on new debt, warning parliament on Thursday that "growth on c
Onetime "King of Biotech" runs afoul of law again
By Grant McCool NEW YORK (Reuters) - David Blech, an investor who was known as the "King of Biotech" before he admitted to criminal charges of stock manipulation in 1998, has run into trouble with the law ag
U.S. recalls inflatable pool slides after woman's death
(Reuters) - About 21,000 inflatable water slides for in-ground pools are being recalled following the death of one woman, and severe injuries of others, when the "Banzai" slides deflated, the U.S. Consumer Product
Obama says not surprised by would-be Yemen bomber
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President !a class="tagLink" href="http://townhall.com/tags/barack-obama">Barack Obama!/a> was not surprised that al Qaeda bomb makers were still determined to attack civilians, he said
U.S. climber eyes rare Everest dual ascent
By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - A 70-year-old climber who became the oldest American to scale Mount Everest three years ago, is heading to the mountain again at the weekend hoping to climb the world's
Massachusetts backs off school bake sale ban
Cupcakes, brownies and other baked goodies will be spared the chopping block at Massachusetts schools after Gov. Deval Patrick backed down from planned regulations to prohibit the sale of the treats at bake sales during...
China April trade data casts doubt on rebound
By Aileen Wang and Nick Edwards BEIJING (Reuters) - China's headline growth in imports unexpectedly stalled in April and exports were weaker-than-expected, raising doubts about the strength of the rebound in
Washington letter to Jewish group on view in Pa.
Historic correspondence by President George Washington to a Jewish congregation in Rhode Island is the centerpiece of an exhibit in Philadelphia this summer. The National Museum of American Jewish History said Thursday...