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The Latest: NYC crane victim was Harvard-educated immigrant

Friday February 5, 2016    2:35 PM

3 p.m.Authorities now say the man killed when a crane collapsed in Lower Manhattan was walking on the sidewalk, not sitting in his car.Police say their investigation has found that David Wichs was a pedestrian when part of the crane toppled onto him Friday morning.Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH' ...
Referee call barring Native American hair buns causes uproar

Friday February 5, 2016    2:35 PM

The Flagstaff High School players were expressing their team pride and Native American cultural might when they pulled their hair into the neat, low buns Tuesday and took to their hometown court. Yarn in the school's colors green and white wound tightly around each bun, cocooning it, and a spr ...
Anti-austerity Portuguese government gets EU's OK for budget

Friday February 5, 2016    2:35 PM

Despite a conditional approval, EU Commissioner Pierre Moscovici said the new Portuguese "government's plans are at risk of non-compliance with" EU rules to keep deficits down and would need strict monitoring.Left-wing and center-left governments particularly in Greece, Spain, Italy a ...
New England sees first serious snowfall of the season

Friday February 5, 2016    2:35 PM

They didn't have to like it, but after last winter when some parts of the region received more than nine feet of snow, they could deal with it."I'm from Buffalo, New York, so this is nothing," said Raul Rodriguez, who works in the Connecticut attorney general's office. "It ...
National parks face $12 billion backlog for maintenance work

Friday February 5, 2016    2:35 PM

Long-delayed projects range from replacing water works at the Grand Canyon to making sure the Jefferson Memorial doesn't sink into the Tidal Basin to improving roads at Yosemite National Park.The bill for deferred work is nearly $12 billion nationwide a $440 million increase over last year. Ab ...
Huge construction crane collapses in Manhattan, kills one

Friday February 5, 2016    2:35 PM

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A construction crane collapsed in lower Manhattan during a swirling snowstorm on Friday, killing one person and crushing parked cars in the first accident of its kind in New York City since 2008. Hundreds of emergency workers responded after the 565-fo ...
180-year-old piano likely heard by Lincoln to play again

Friday February 5, 2016    2:35 PM

Jane Hartman Irwin, an accomplished pianist who's performed with everyone from Dizzy Gillespie to Tennessee Ernie Ford, rises after a run-through of "Ben Bolt," said to be one of Lincoln's favorites while he was a lawyer."You've got to be gentle," Irwin said, looking ...
The Latest: 1 wounded NYPD officer to leave hospital

Friday February 5, 2016    2:35 PM

4:25 p.m.One of the officers shot while patrolling a New York public housing complex has been released from the hospital.Officer Patrick Espeut was struck in the cheek. He left the hospital Friday afternoon to cheers from fellow officers.Police say three officers encountered two people in a stairwel ...
Kids in 1 Rhode Island school miss out on snow day

Friday February 5, 2016    2:35 PM

4:55 p.m.Police in the Massachusetts town of Canton say a 6-year-old girl was critically injured by a tree that fell in her yard during the snowstorm.The heavy, wet snow has been bringing down trees and tree limbs throughout the region.In a statement, police said the child was pinned under the tree. ...
Michigan governor: solve Flint water crisis instead of laying blame

Friday February 5, 2016    2:35 PM

"There are a number of folk out there that are spending their time mainly on the political side and the blame side," he said at a meeting in Flint of local and state officials responding to the crisis. Snyder's comments came a day after liberal group Progress ...
Funeral to draw large crowd in support of Oregon occupier

Friday February 5, 2016    2:35 PM

Hundreds of people from across the country packed a Mormon church for the funeral of Robert "LaVoy" Finicum. Of the trucks filling the parking lot, one had a flier with a picture of Finicum and the words, "Murdered by the FBI," while another was scrawled with one of the rancher&# ...
Texas 'affluenza' teen transferred to adult jail, held without bail

Friday February 5, 2016    2:31 PM

FORT WORTH, Texas (Reuters) - The Texas teenager who was derided for an "affluenza" defense for killing four people while driving drunk was transferred to an adult jail on Friday from the juvenile center where he has been held since he was deported from Mexico in late January ...
New Jersey extends contract for Atlantic City fiscal work

Friday February 5, 2016    2:31 PM

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Atlantic City, New Jersey's cash-strapped gambling hub, may no longer have a state-appointed emergency manager, but some big costs for outside professionals working to resolve its fiscal crisis will continue. The state extended its contract with E ...
U.S. traffic deaths increase 9 percent in 2015

Friday February 5, 2016    2:31 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Traffic deaths in the United States rose about 9 percent in the first nine months of 2015 compared to same period a year earlier, the U.S. Transportation Department said on Friday, as low gasoline prices increased road travel. The department's N ...
Manhattan crane topples into street killing 1, injuring 3

Friday February 5, 2016    2:31 PM

The mobile crane's boom landed across an intersection, smashed several car roofs and stretched much of a block after the accident around 8:25 a.m. at a historic building about 10 blocks north of the World Trade Center.Robert Harold heard a crashing sound as the rig fell right outside his office ...
Exclusive: Obama to propose $2.5 billion tax credit for community college investment

Friday February 5, 2016    2:31 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will propose a $2.5 billion tax credit over five years for businesses that invest in programs at local community colleges and hire their graduates, administration officials said on Friday. The proposal, dubbed the Community College Partners ...
Bridge case defendants can subpoena Christie office docs

Friday February 5, 2016    2:31 PM

U.S. District Judge Susan Wigenton on Friday said attorneys for Bill Baroni and Bridget Kelly can subpoena the Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher law firm for what they contend are thousands of pages of relevant documents, particularly communications between people in Christie's office and the bridge ...
Democrats block U.S. energy bill in fight over aid for Flint

Thursday February 4, 2016    11:59 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Democrats, teaming up with a band of Republicans, on Thursday blocked a wide-ranging U.S. energy bill in a fight over aid to help Flint, Michigan cope with a drinking water crisis. The Republican-led Senate failed in two procedural votes to ...
New York deal on horse-drawn carriages collapses in blow to mayor

Thursday February 4, 2016    11:59 AM

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A plan to rein in New York City's horse-drawn carriages, a long-time Central Park tourist attraction, has collapsed after the labor union that helped negotiate the deal withdrew its support, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Thursday. The abrupt reversa ...
In San Bernadino attack, trial delayed for man accused of supplying weapons

Thursday February 4, 2016    11:59 AM

Marquez, 24, has pleaded not guilty to charges of lying about purchasing firearms that the pair later used for their December shooting rampage. U.S. District Court Judge Jesus Bernal, citing requests from both the prosecution and the defense for more time to prepare, move ...
Pennsylvania governor to address budget amid bitter divide

Thursday February 4, 2016    11:59 AM

(Reuters) - Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf is expected to unveil his proposal for the state's 2017 budget on Tuesday even though state lawmakers have yet to fully agree on the current spending plan that has languished half-baked as political acrimony has escalated. Th ...
Exclusive: New U.S. bill being drafted to reform human trafficking rankings

Thursday February 4, 2016    11:59 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A leading U.S. lawmaker on human rights has begun drafting legislation to seek major reforms in how the State Department ranks countries on human trafficking, in response to concerns that the latest annual report was watered down for political reasons. ...
U.S. Congress must decide about draft for women -Carter

Thursday February 4, 2016    8:26 AM

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif. (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Wednesday it was up to Congress to decide whether to require women to register for the military draft, and he expected U.S. lawmakers to take up the issue this autumn. Carter said the questio ...
NY abandons bill to restrict horse carriages after union backs out

Thursday February 4, 2016    8:26 AM

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Thursday a proposal to rein in horse-drawn carriages had collapsed after the labor union that helped negotiate the compromise withdrew its support. The abrupt reversal came just one day before the City Counci ...
Donald Trump's jet makes emergency landing in Tennessee

Thursday February 4, 2016    8:26 AM

(Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's plane made an emergency landing in Nashville, Tennessee, on Wednesday because of engine trouble, officials said. The Boeing 757 was flying to Little Rock, Arkansas, from New York when it landed at Nashville International ...
U.S. eyes ways to toughen fight against domestic extremists

Thursday February 4, 2016    8:26 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department is considering legal changes to combat what it sees as a rising threat from domestic anti-government extremists, senior officials told Reuters, even as it steps up efforts to stop Islamic State-inspired attacks at home. E ...
Ex-drug executive Shkreli invokes Fifth Amendment before Congress

Thursday February 4, 2016    8:26 AM

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former Turing Pharmaceuticals Chief Executive Officer Martin Shkreli invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and declined to answer questions on Thursday from U.S. lawmakers interested in why the company raised the price of a lifesaving medicine b ...
Some 200 protest San Francisco's Super Bowl homelessness response

Wednesday February 3, 2016    8:39 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - As many as 200 demonstrators rallied in downtown San Francisco on Wednesday near where Super Bowl festivities are being hosted, protesting what they say are the city's plans to clear away homeless people to make way for tourists and events. T ...
Obama visits a mosque to send pointed message to non-Muslims

Wednesday February 3, 2016    8:39 PM

CATONSVILLE, Md. (Reuters) - President Barack Obama made his first visit to a U.S. mosque on Wednesday, in an effort to allay the fears of Americans accustomed to pop-culture portrayals of Muslims as terrorists, and to reassure Muslim American youth about their place in the nation. ...
Fugitive real estate heir to have change-of-plea hearing

Wednesday February 3, 2016    8:39 PM

U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt said Wednesday that he would provisionally accept the plea from Robert Durst, 72. The judge said he will make a final decision after he receives a pre-sentencing report, expected in two weeks.Durst, who appeared in shackles and an orange prison jumpsuit, admitted ...
Water officials vote to extend California drought emergency

Wednesday February 3, 2016    8:39 PM

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- In the strongest indication yet that the California drought could be easing, officials said strict water conservation orders could be dramatically scaled back or even ended if El Nino storms keep pummeling the state into the spring. The assessment came amid en ...
Ammon Bundy: Oregon refuge 'belongs to the people'

Wednesday February 3, 2016    8:39 PM

However, the indictment remained sealed and further details on the charges were unavailable.Assistant U.S. Attorney Geoff Barrow said the documents would be unsealed within 24 hours.Barrow said the indictment was returned against the 11 people who have already been arrested and others, perhaps a ref ...
Prosecutor smells crime, charges utility for huge gas leak

Wednesday February 3, 2016    8:39 PM

LA County's District Attorney Jackie Lacey filed misdemeanor criminal charges Tuesday against Southern California Gas Co. for failing to immediately report the natural gas leak that has been gushing nonstop nearly 15 weeks.Lacey said the charges aren't a solution to the problem, but the gas ...
Greek journalists strike as part of anti-bailout action

Wednesday February 3, 2016    8:39 PM

ATHENS, Greece (AP) Greek journalists walked off the job Wednesday ahead of a general strike set to disrupt services across the country to protest pension reforms that are part of the country's third international bailout.The media strike pulled all news broadcasts off the airwaves and left ne ...
Glitter, feathers, paint: New Orleans preps for Mardi Gras

Wednesday February 3, 2016    11:52 AM

Outside of New Orleans, Mardi Gras has often been perceived as a raucous time of drinking too much beer, throwing beads and nudity. But to those who live here and essentially put on the show for the world, it's a wildly creative time of personal expression, rich history and family fun. Behind th ...
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