US hits Iran Air, port company with sanctions
The Obama administration hit two pillars of the Iranian economy with sanctions Thursday, targeting the Islamic republic's national airline carrier and a major port company on charges that they facilitate illegal weapons...
Attorney charged in child-porn sweep found dead in Mexico
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former attorney at the law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher who was charged along with at least two dozen others in a child-pornography sweep died in Mexico two days after the charges were pu
Court says lab analyst must testify to own work
The Supreme Court on Thursday said the lab analyst who testifies at a criminal trial must be the one who performed or witnessed the lab tests in question, the latest decision bolstering the constitutional requirement...
Soggy Midwest faces new summer threat: more rain
The reservoirs are full. The dams are open wide. The rivers have already climbed well beyond their banks. Throughout the Missouri River Valley and other parts of the upper Midwest, there's simply no place left for any...
Macy's workers ratify contract with 4 NY stores
The union representing workers at Macy's flagship Manhattan store and three other New York locations has ratified its contract. The announcement was made Thursday by the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union....
White House: Budget talks 'in abeyance'
The White House is declaring the bipartisan deficit talks with Congress "in abeyance" following the departure of a key Republican from the negotiations. Officials say the discussion might now move up to congressional...
Ex-Bolivian anti-drug chief guilty in cocaine case
A former top Bolivian counternarcotics official and a co-conspirator pleaded guilty Thursday to federal cocaine trafficking charges, promising to help U.S. drug investigators in hopes of shaving years off their prison...
IRS increases gas mileage deduction in midyear
The Internal Revenue Service is increasing the tax deduction motorists can take for using private vehicles for business, a rare midyear move sparked by high gas prices. Starting July 1, motorists who use their personal...
Ammo seized at Bulger apartment
FBI agents have hauled ammunition and bags labeled as containing weapons out of the Santa Monica, Calif., apartment building where Boston mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger was captured after 16 years on the run. One clear...
Prescription drug data mining law struck down
States cannot stop drug manufacturers and data-mining companies from using information about the prescription drugs individual doctors like to prescribe, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday. The court voted 6-3 to strike...
Ex-congressman Renzi must face corruption case: ruling
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former Arizona congressman Richard Renzi must face public corruption charges over allegations that he coerced a mining company into buying land from one of his former business partners, a U.S.
Judge won't release prominent Afghan from Gitmo
A U.S. judge says the military can continue holding a former high-ranking Taliban government official at Guantanamo Bay even though Afghanistan's Peace Council requested his release from the island prison. Khairullah...
Rapture predictor Camping's radio show replaced
The weekday Christian radio show hosted by failed apocalypse predictor Harold Camping, who suffered a stroke earlier this month, is being taken off the air. The Oakland Tribune reported Thursday that Camping's Family...
Floods to north, but drought spreads in South
By Carey Gillam KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) - Sweltering summer heat and a persistent lack of rain have deepened an historic drought gripping Texas and surrounding southern states. And despite hea
Court: Generic drug makers not liable for warnings
The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that makers of generic drugs cannot be sued for failing to warn consumers of the possible side effects of their products if they copy the exact warnings on the brand-name equivalents...
Twin Towers steel sent for memorials across America
By Paula Rogo NEW YORK (Reuters) - As the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks nears, workers at an airplane hangar filled with World Trade Center steel have dispatched charred hunks of metal to town
Man contends Illinois jail denied him HIV drugs
The Illinois Department of Corrections is investigating allegations that a man who spent a week in a county jail was denied his prescribed medications for HIV, in what advocacy groups contend is an example of the...
Casey Anthony defense expert criticizes air test results
By Jennifer Greenhill-Taylor ORLANDO, Fla (Reuters) - A forensic toxicologist testified on Thursday that tests done by prosecution experts on air samples from Casey Anthony's car trunk were marred by errors
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania still weighing bankruptcy
By Edith Honan NEW YORK (Reuters) - As Pennsylvania's deeply indebted capital of Harrisburg weighs the state's rescue plan, lawmakers are at odds over whether chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy should still be o
Court rules against Anna Nicole Smith's estate
The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled against the estate of Anna Nicole Smith in the latest chapter of the long-running saga over whether a Texas billionaire's alleged promise to give millions from his $1.6 billion estate...
Robert Gates named 2011 Liberty Medal recipient
Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who is retiring next week after 50 years of public service, is the recipient of the 2011 Liberty Medal. Gates, who was not in attendance for Thursday's announcement, will receive the...
Police say CA man killed in attempt to steal pot
Police say a Southern California man was shot to death while trying to steal medical marijuana from a deliveryman. Brea police Sgt. Jim Griffin says 20-year-old Minh Kinh Dang of Santa Ana and at least three friends...
TV and soda: small habits cause weight creep
By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - Just a few bad habits -- watching TV, eating potato chips, having a sugary soda at lunch or staying up too late at night -- can add up to a steady creep of pounds ove
In Damascus, calm at the eye of the storm
The following story headlined "In Damascus, calm at the eye of the storm" was filed by a writer who has spent several weeks reporting in the Syrian capital during a period in which foreign journalists have been bar
Feds charge 2 with supplying Iranian military
Prosecutors in Georgia say two Americans were at the center of a complex plot to illegally ship aircraft parts to the Iranian military. Prosecutors said Thursday that the two Americans have pleaded guilty to conspiring...
Economy fears take shine off global stock outlook: Reuters poll
By Andy Bruce LONDON (Reuters) - Clear signs the global economy is cooling prompted analysts to trim their outlook for most of the world's major stock markets compared with three months ago, according to a R
Airport screeners select union for representation
Airport screeners around the county have chosen the nation's largest federal employee union to represent them in collective bargaining talks with the government, federal officials announced Thursday. The American...
Clinton: US has 'clear expectations' of Pakistan
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says Pakistani leaders are getting a blunt message that the U.S. won't tolerate further safe havens for terrorists who target Americans. She told the Senate Foreign Relations...
Tornado cancels racing at Churchill Downs track
LOUISVILLE, Ky (Reuters) - Racing and training were canceled on Thursday at Churchill Downs, a day after a tornado hit the thoroughbred racetrack famed as home of the Kentucky Derby, according to a statement from t
Russia among EU neighbors to test nuclear safety
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Russia and six other neighbors of the European Union agreed to follow the EU's lead by imposing new safety checks on their nuclear power stations, the EU's executive said on Thursday. "F
Court says crack convict can seek shorter term
The Supreme Court says a defendant who pleaded guilty to crack cocaine possession and a specific prison term can seek a shorter sentence following a change in the federal sentencing guidelines for his crime. The court...
Pre-trial delay in Fla. woman NY case
A Florida woman accused of directing the killing of her millionaire husband and mother-in-law is angry about a new pre-trial delay. The New York case against Narcy Novack of Fort Lauderdale was adjourned Thursday to...
Joint Chiefs chairman calls Obama plan risky
The U.S. military's top officer told Congress on Thursday that President Barack Obama's decision to withdraw up to 33,000 troops from Afghanistan by next summer is riskier than he originally was prepared to endorse. ...
Colorado to end Medicaid coverage of circumcision
Colorado will end coverage for routine circumcisions under Medicaid next month, adding to what's become a national debate over the once widely-accepted procedure. The change will take effect July 1. Lawmakers agreed...
Clinton: Taliban talks unpleasant but necessary
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is defending the Obama administration's outreach to the Taliban as unpleasant but necessary to bring stability and security to Afghanistan as the U.S. begins to drawdown troops...
Oslo backs Jakarta's forest plan, despite hurdles
By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent OSLO (Reuters) - Norway backed Indonesia's drive to slow deforestation on Thursday under a $1 billion deal with Oslo even though Jakarta said it faced a "maze" of
Marine reservist charged in military shootings
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors on Thursday charged a Marine Corps reservist with shooting at four military buildings around Washington, including the Pentagon, and also said he appeared to be trying to bui
Court says man can collect damages from railroad
The Supreme Court says a man can use a federal law to collect damages against a railroad. The high court on Thursday ruled in a 5-4 decision that CSX Transportation, Inc. should compensate Robert McBride for an...
Jury selection in 2nd day in Katrina shootings
Potential jurors are being questioned for a second day in the trial of five current or former New Orleans police officers charged in deadly shootings of unarmed residents on a bridge in Hurricane Katrina's chaotic...
History of `Whitey' Bulger, 16 years on the lam
_ Sept. 3, 1929: James Bulger is born to Irish immigrant parents living in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood. He is the second of six children. His shock of platinum blonde hair earns him the nickname "Whitey." _ 1956:...
Instant view: Home sales down 2.1 percent in May
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Sales of new homes in the United States were down 2.1 percent in May, but inventories hit a record low due to reduced production, the U.S. Commerce Department said. COMMENTS: VIMO
NY WWII vet marries for 1st time at 99; bride's 86
Gilbert Herrick says he never got married because he never met the right woman _ until he turned 98. Now 99, the World War II veteran and retired postal worker from western New York recently married 86-year-old...
Georgia set to execute man for 1978 rape and murder
ATLANTA (Reuters) - Georgia is scheduled on Thursday night to execute by lethal injection a man convicted of the rape and murder of a 78-year-old Savannah woman. Roy Blankenship, 55, was convicted of the 197
Skateboarding icon Eric Swenson dies in suicide
Skateboard business icon Eric Swenson, co-founder of the magazine Thrasher who reinvigorated the sidewalk surfing craze in the late 1970s with his Independent Trucks equipment firm, has died in San Francisco. Police...
IEA announces 60 million barrel oil stock release
PARIS (Reuters) - The International Energy Agency will release 60 million barrels of oil from strategic government stockpiles held by industrialized consumer nations in a bid to push down oil prices, the 28-member
Analysis: Bahrain reform dialogue faces a rocky start
!P> By Erika Solomon MANAMA (Reuters) - Some Sunni groups taking part in Bahrain's national dialogue say the Shi'ite-led opposition is serving Iran. Most participants have yet to announce their stance, and...
India monsoon 23 percent above normal in past week
!P> NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Heavy downpour over rice-growing areas of eastern India improved weekly rainfall in the week to June 22, the weather office said on Thursday, erasing the previous week's deficit. ...
Tenn. man to be exhumed to retrieve wrong dentures
A Tennessee man's body is being exhumed to remove dentures that belong to another man after a mix-up at a Chattanooga hospital. Parkridge Medical Center spokeswoman Alison Counts told The Chattanooga Times Free Press...
Wis. pastor who married gays could be defrocked
A gay Methodist pastor from western Wisconsin will soon find out her penalty for officiating at a 2009 lesbian wedding. The Rev. Amy DeLong never denied the action, which prompted this week's church trial in Kaukauna...
Laos defies neighbors on dam project: environmentalists
BANGKOK (Reuters) - Laos is forging ahead with construction of a controversial $3.5 billion hydropower dam in breach of an agreement to suspend the project pending approval by ministers of neighboring countries, an