AP Exclusive: Feds shut 52 unsafe bus companies
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal bus safety regulators have shut down 52 companies in what they describe as a major nationwide crackdown on unsafe outfits, including lines whose drivers had suspended licenses or worked routes of more than 800 miles without rest.
AP NewsBreak: Feds joins battle on citrus disease
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The federal government is getting involved in the fight against citrus greening disease, in hopes of saving Florida's — and possibly the entire nation's — citrus crop.
Probe: Asiana pilot wasn't confident, assertive
WASHINGTON (AP) — The investigation into the crash-landing of an Asiana Airlines flight at San Francisco's airport last summer has highlighted problems with cockpit culture and the trainee pilot's lack of confidence in his ability to safely land the Boeing 777.
Fewer US homes entered foreclosure path in Nov.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — While foreclosures remain a concern in select states, the number of U.S. homes entering the path to foreclosure or winding up repossessed by lenders has fallen to levels not seen in more than six years.
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APNewsBreak: Minn. man accused of Army ID theft
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A member of the Minnesota National Guard and self-described commander of a militia group was charged Wednesday with stealing names, Social Security numbers and security clearance levels of roughly 400 members of his former Army unit in Fort Bragg, N.C., so he could make fake IDs for his militia members.
American University campus lockdown lifted
WASHINGTON (AP) — A call from a student who spotted a man wearing a gun holster on an American University shuttle bus prompted a lockdown of the campus for nearly an hour-and-a-half Wednesday night, police said.
California man suspected of slaying wife, then sister in possible mercy killing
A California man killed his ailing wife in their home and later walked into a Los Angeles convalescent hospital on Wednesday and shot to death his 58-year-old invalid sister in a possible mercy killing, police said. Investigators were looking into the possibility that Lance Anderson, 60, shot his sister to relieve her suffering after she spent four years in the care home since coming out of a coma, said Los Angeles Police Detective Juan Santa...
NASA: Cooling pump on space station shuts down
WASHINGTON (AP) — NASA said Wednesday it was looking into a problem with a malfunctioning cooling pump on the International Space Station, but there was no immediate danger to the six crewmen on board.
Los Angeles police: Man shoots ailing wife, sister
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 60-year-old man fatally shot his dementia-stricken wife at their home and then walked into a convalescent home Wednesday and killed his sister, according to police, who described the shootings as apparent mercy killings.
Federal judge sets hearing for Texas same-sex marriage case
By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - A federal judge has agreed to hear a case filed by two same-sex couples in Texas seeking to overturn a state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, their lawyer said on Wednesday. A San Antonio federal court will hear arguments in February in the case seeking to nullify a 2005 amendment that defines marriage as solely "the union of one man and one woman...
California given two-month extension to reduce prison crowding
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) - California will have an extra two months to reduce crowding in its prison system, a panel of three federal judges ruled on Wednesday, in the latest twist in a decades-long dispute over conditions and medical care for inmates. California prisons have been in the national spotlight for the past year as officials wrestled with crowding and concerns about the state's use of long-term solitary confinement for prisoners with suspected gang ties, which led to a hunger strike this year...
Asiana crash pilots knew speed was low, hesitated
By Alwyn Scott WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In the crucial minutes before an Asiana Airlines flight crashed in San Francisco last summer, the pilots voiced concern about the plane's low speed but did nothing to correct it until just before it hit the ground. The training pilot, Lee Jeong-min, and a third pilot, Bong Dongwon, who was in a jump seat in the cockpit, spoke about the plane's speed and "sink rate," or descent, about a minute before the plane hit the ground, according to a transcript of the cockpit voice recorder released on Wednesday...
Missouri executes man for killing good Samaritan motorist in 1994
By Carey Gillam and Eric M. Johnson KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) - Missouri on Wednesday executed a man convicted of killing a motorist who had stopped on a highway to help him and two others whose car had broken down in 1994. Allen Nicklasson, 41, was pronounced dead at 10:52 p.m. Central Time at a state prison in Missouri, a spokesman for the Missouri Department of Corrections said. Nicklasson was found guilty of murdering motorist Richard Drummond, an AT&T supervisor who stopped on a highway to help Nicklasson and two others whose car had broken down...
Washington's American University lifts lockdown, no arrest
(Reuters) - American University on Wednesday lifted a lockdown triggered by the report of a man with a gun on campus after an investigation found that the suspect was an off-duty police officer with a gun, according to D.C. Police. The campus in northwest Washington, D.C., was on lockdown for about two hours while D.C. Metropolitan Police and the university's public safety department investigated the report, according to the university's website and D...
Work starts on Newtown-inspired 'Child's Requiem'
BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) — Composer Steven Sametz has written dozens of pieces in his long and prolific career, perhaps none so personal as the one he's about to begin: a requiem for the victims of the schoolhouse massacre in Newtown, Conn.
Subpoenas related to Ga. gov's ethics complaints
ATLANTA (AP) — A federal grand jury has been scheduled to meet next month to receive documents related to ethics complaints involving Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, according to people familiar with the case.
Fired US Sen. Alexander staffer expected in court
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The fired chief of staff for U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander was expected Thursday in federal court after the aide's arrest on probable cause for possession and distribution of child pornography, authorities said.