MANDAREE, N.D. (AP) — A pipeline has leaked 1 million gallons of oil drilling saltwater into the ground at a North Dakota Indian reservation, and some of the byproduct ended up in a bay that feeds the lake that provides the reservation's drinking water, company and tribal officials said.
DENVER (AP) — Denver's clerk said Thursday she will join her counterpart in Boulder in issuing marriage licenses to gay couples after a judge said the liberal college town's clerk could keep doing so in defiance of Colorado's gay-marriage ban.
MILTON, Ga. (AP) — Georgia authorities are re-examining the 2013 heroin death of a bar owner dating the woman charged in the overdose death of a Google executive on a yacht in California, police said Thursday.
By Richard Cowan and Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Legislation to allow President Barack Obama more easily to deport thousands of Central American children who have migrated illegally appeared to gain steam in the U.S. Congress on Thursday as pressure grew to resolve a humanitarian crisis on the border. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner expressed support for changes to immigration law that would let the United States deport children from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador as quickly as it does those from Mexico. U.S. law allows Mexican minors to be sent back promptly, although there are some steps those children can take to try to remain in the United States. A 2008 victims trafficking law requires that children from countries not bordering the United States, including those in Central America, be given added legal protections before they are deported.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — In the nation's agricultural heartland, farming is more than a multibillion-dollar industry that feeds the world. It could be on track to become a right, written into law alongside the freedom of speech and religion.
By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - A friend of the accused Boston Marathon bomber charged with obstruction watched a garbage truck haul away a backpack containing fireworks he and two other men had taken from the suspect's dorm room, an FBI agent testified on Thursday. The friend, Azamat Tazhayakov, is the first of three friends of accused bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to face trial. He is charged with removing evidence from the Tsarnaev's room at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and throwing away the backpack as the FBI searched for the suspect, who is accused of killing three people and injuring 264. FBI Special Agent Farbod Azad said that Tazhayakov told him he and the two friends went to the room, where they found fireworks shells, some of which had been emptied of gunpowder, and a container of Vaseline - supplies that he and his friends thought might have used by the Tsarnaev brothers to make the bombs.