Nebraska agrees with Arizona: no benefits for 'deferred action' immigrants
!P> By Karen Brooks (Reuters) - Illegal immigrants sheltered from deportation under a new federal program still won't be eligible for state services such as driver's licenses in Nebraska, the state's Republican...
Family pushed Paterno to read Sandusky report
Joe Paterno had to be prodded by his family to read the grand jury report regarding Jerry Sandusky and did not understand some of its graphic terminology, according to a new book. The book, "Paterno" by Joe Posnanski,...
Phelps' agent: Leaked pics not an IOC violation
Michael Phelps retired from swimming with more medals than any other Olympian. Don't expect him to lose any of them because of an ad campaign for Louis Vuitton. Phelps' longtime agent, Peter Carlisle, dismissed any...
Former head of Border Patrol union charged with wire fraud
By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - A former head of the U.S. Border Patrol union has been charged with misusing union and government funds to enrich himself, maintain a mistress in Chicago and pay for pornogr
La. man pleads guilty in slayings of 2 women
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana college student desperately tried to fend off her killer by spraying him with mace and even stabbing him several times with his own knife before he fatally shot her last May. Brandon...
Gunman in Texas shootout fired more than 65 rounds
HOUSTON (AP) — A gunman who was among three people killed in a shootout near Texas A&M University earlier this week fired more than 65 rounds and also took an officer's gun after fatally shooting him, police said...
Abortion charges against Kansas Planned Parenthood clinic dropped
By Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY, Kansas (Reuters) - Prosecutors on Friday dropped 32 remaining criminal charges accusing a Planned Parenthood clinic in Kansas of performing late-term abortions, ending the first-ever
Peterson judge bars hearsay testimony about alibi
JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — The judge overseeing former police officer Drew Peterson's murder trial on Friday barred important hearsay testimony meant to undercut the former suburban Chicago police officer's alibi in the death...
Ex-teacher gets 5-year prison term for student sex
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A former North Texas high school teacher was convicted Friday and sentenced to five years in prison for having sex with five 18-year-old students at her home. The Tarrant County jury decided on...
University of Colorado to allow guns at some off-campus housing
!P> By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - The University of Colorado will allow students with concealed-carry weapons permits to keep guns at some off-campus housing but students cannot have them in dormitories,...
Thousands of pot fans rally at Seattle festival
SEATTLE (AP) — Tens of thousands of people descended on a waterfront park in Seattle Friday for the opening of what's billed as the nation's largest marijuana rally — an event that has a pressing political edge this...
NASA rover prepares to use laser on a Martian rock
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ready, set, fire. The NASA Mars rover Curiosity is preparing for its first laser target practice — zapping a Martian rock 10 feet away on Saturday night. Since landing in an ancient crater Aug. 5,...
Idaho resort town ordered to evacuate over wildfire
By Laura Zuckerman SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - Authorities on Saturday ordered the evacuation of a small mountain resort in Idaho as firefighters braced for the possibility that a wildfire that has charred 82,000
Calif. man, 83, convicted of killing roommate, 94
LAGUNA WOODS, Calif. (AP) — An 83-year-old man has been convicted in the beating death of his 94-year-old roommate at a California health care facility, an attack prosecutors say was triggered by the older man's...
New family of spiders found in Oregon cave
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Amateur cave explorers have found a new family of spiders in the Siskiyou Mountains of Southern Oregon, and scientists have dubbed it Trogloraptor — Latin for cave robber — for their fearsome...
News Summary: Kan. criminal abortion case ends
PROSECUTION ENDS: In Kansas, Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe drops the remaining 32 misdemeanor criminal charges against a Planned Parenthood clinic in suburban Kansas City, alleging it performed illegal...
Emory gave incorrect data to publications that rank U.S. colleges
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - Emory University intentionally gave incorrect data for more than a decade to publications such as U.S. News & World Report that rank schools and had placed Emory's underg
Pastor seeks prayers as search for boy continues
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Every year for a quarter century, the congregation of Calvary Chapel East Anaheim has traveled to the Sierra Nevada foothills for a spiritual family retreat. This year they are...
UGA paper board apologizes to student journalists
ATLANTA (AP) — The fight over a student-run newspaper at the University of Georgia appeared to be resolved Friday, after the paper's board of directors apologized in the wake of an online campaign launched by a group of...
Chicago's Catholic Cardinal George has recurrence of cancer
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Chicago's Roman Catholic Cardinal Francis George had cancerous cells removed from his kidney and liver this week, six years after he underwent surgery for bladder cancer, the diocese said on Frida
NY insider trading case is in the jury's hands
NEW YORK (AP) — The government's insider trading case against a San Francisco hedge fund founder has gone to a jury in New York after a day of closing arguments. The jury deliberating the fate of Doug Whitman began its...
Caterpillar's striking Joliet workers ratify deal
JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — Nearly 800 striking workers at the Caterpillar Inc. plant in Joliet ratified a new contract Friday with the heavy equipment manufacturer after spending months on the picket line. Caterpillar said in...
Bondholders, insurers challenge San Bernardino bankruptcy
By Tim Reid (Reuters) - Bondholders and bond insurers are challenging the eligibility of San Bernardino, California, to file for bankruptcy protection, claiming the city provided no financial information to its
Federal officials allege $600 million Ponzi scheme
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Federal securities regulators have filed fraud charges and an emergency order to freeze the assets of a North Carolina company officials say operated a $600 million Ponzi scheme that is on the verge...
Battle far from over for U.S. immigrants who get deferrals
By David Adams and Alex Dobuzinskis MIAMI/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Obama administration's new policy to grant temporary legal status to millions of young illegal immigrants will end the immediate threat of de
Police comb theaters after threat to Carmike chain
COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — Movie theaters in several states were combed for explosives Friday after someone phoned in a bomb threat to the corporate headquarters of Carmike Cinemas, a spokesman for the chain said. Carmike...
Indiana melons linked to US salmonella outbreak
Health officials in Indiana and Kentucky say they are investigating farms, distributors and retailers after an outbreak of salmonella that has killed two and sickened at least 141 people nationwide was linked to...
Sudan frees U.S. resident after Washington demands release
KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudan's security services have freed a resident of the United States who was arrested just after being released in one of the first trials of people detained in anti-government protests, his lawy
Man charged for abandoning dog on Colo. mountain
GEORGETOWN, Colo. (AP) — A man is being prosecuted for abandoning his dog on one of Colorado's tallest mountains. Clear Creek County sheriff's officials said Friday that Anthony Joseph Ortolani was cited with animal...
Helene forms in Gulf Of Mexico; tropical storm warning issued for eastern coast of Mexico
MIAMI (AP) — Helene forms in Gulf Of Mexico; tropical storm warning issued for eastern coast of Mexico . ...
Tropical Storm Helene forms in the SW Gulf of Mexico
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Helene formed in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico on Friday and pushed close to the coast of Mexico's Veracruz state, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. Located about
Emory U: False data sent to rankings groups
Prestigious Emory University intentionally misreported student data to rankings magazines for more than a decade, the Atlanta school disclosed Friday, adding its high-profile name to a growing list of institutions...
Seven charged in shootings that killed Louisiana police officers
By Kathy Finn NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Louisiana police have charged seven people in connection with shootings near New Orleans on Thursday that killed two sheriff's deputies at a trailer park and wounded two oth
'West Memphis Three' out of prison for a year
WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. (AP) — For nearly two decades, prison was the only home Jason Baldwin, Damien Echols and Jessie Misskelley Jr. knew. Convicted as teenagers in the gruesome 1993 murders of three Cub Scouts in eastern...
Charges against Kansas abortion clinic dropped
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas prosecutor on Friday dropped all remaining criminal charges against a Kansas City-area Planned Parenthood clinic accused of performing illegal abortions, ending what was believed to be the...
Supremacist couple face racketeering charges in U.S. Northwest killing spree
By Teresa Carson PORTLAND, Oregon (Reuters) - A white supremacist couple accused of killing four people in a violent road trip across the Pacific Northwest have been indicted on racketeering charges and other fe
Ohio school shooting suspect wants his trial moved
CHARDON, Ohio (AP) — The defense for a teenager charged with killing three students and wounding three others in a high school cafeteria asked a judge on Friday to move his trial out of the grief-stricken community. ...
AP photographer recounts burning car rescue
HANCOCK COUNTY, Miss. (AP) — When a sport utility vehicle ran off a rural stretch of interstate and slammed into pine trees in Mississippi, nearly two dozen people rushed to help two sisters who were trapped inside the...
Poachers pose new threat to Bengal tiger cubs
By Anis Ahmed and Azad Majumder DHAKA (Reuters) - Royal Bengal tigers have been under threat from habitat destruction, illegal trade for body parts, natural calamities and angry villagers, but their cubs are now
Los Angeles sued over crackdown on medical marijuana shops
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A medical marijuana trade group and 11 patients sued the city of Los Angeles on Friday, seeking to block enforcement of an ordinance that would shut down most of the city'
Pa. racial bias case includes diversity provision
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A recently settled racial discrimination lawsuit involving dozens of Hispanic and black city children who said they were shunned by a swim club in an overwhelmingly white suburban neighborhood...
U.S. sues Florida over ending kosher meals in prisons
By Jane Sutton MIAMI (Reuters) - Hundreds of Florida prisoners have been forced to choose between starving or violating their religious beliefs since the state stopped offering kosher meals in its prisons, the U
7 arrested in probe of La. deputy shootings
LAPLACE, La. (AP) — A man accused of making threatening comments about law officers in Nebraska was one of seven people arrested in connection with the shootings of four Louisiana sheriff's deputies, including two who...
Obama recycles earmarks to fund transportation projects
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama is sending $473 million to 49 U.S. states and Washington, D.C., for transportation projects, pulling together funds that were earmarked for them in past federal budgets b
Suspects in NW crime spree accused of hate crimes
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A young couple accused of killing four people in a multistate crime spree last fall have been indicted of federal racketeering charges alleging the rampage was part of a campaign to "purify" and...
U.S. Army suicides reached record monthly high in July
By Colleen Jenkins (Reuters) - Twenty-six active-duty soldiers are believed to have committed suicide in July, more than double the number reported for June and the most suicides ever recorded in a month since t
UGA paper board apologizes to student journalists
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — The board of the student-run newspaper at the University of Georgia has apologized for what it called misunderstandings that provoked most of its student journalists, including the editor-in-chief, to...
Drought-exposed river sandbars called a danger
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A lack of rain in the United States' midsection in recent months has reduced water levels in some of the nation's biggest rivers, exposing sandbars that experts warn could be deadly quicksand. Rivers...
Governments make new efforts to avoid strategic shocks
By Peter Apps, Political Risk Correspondent LONDON (Reuters) - Blindsided by the "Arab Spring", taken aback by the speed of the economic and geopolitical shift to Asia and apparently always a step behind on the
Penn State perjury case trial date set for January
By Mark Shade HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - Two former Penn State University officials will go on trial in January on charges of failing to report suspected child sex abuse by former assistant football co