Texas will conduct a study on jail safety with the goal of preventing suicide in custody, officials said on Tuesday, weeks after the death of a black woman in a county jail renewed questions about racial bias in U.S. policing. The announcement by Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick comes a day after five special prosecutors were appointed to look into the death of Sandra Bland, 28. Patrick, a Republican, told a news conference he had asked a Texas Senate committee to conduct the study.
The trial of a North Carolina police officer charged in the shooting death of an unarmed black man in 2013 went to a jury Tuesday afternoon. Jurors, who began hearing testimony Aug. 3, will have to decide whether Randall Kerrick was justified in using lethal force against 24-year-old Jonathan Ferrell in the early hours of Sept. 14, 2013. Kerrick, 29, was charged with voluntary manslaughter and placed on unpaid leave from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department the same day as the shooting.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration on Tuesday proposed cutting methane emissions from U.S. oil and gas production by nearly half over the next decade, part of on ongoing push by President Barack Obama to curb climate change.
PALO ALTO, California (AP) — The office has all the trappings of a high-tech startup. There's a giant beanbag in the foyer and erasable, white board walls for brainstorming. Someone's pet dog lounges happily on the sunny balcony.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Tuesday staked out her opposition to Arctic oil exploration, putting her at odds with the Obama administration one day after it approved drilling off Alaska. "The Arctic is a unique treasure," Clinton said in a Twitter post. "Given what we know, it's not worth the risk of drilling." On Monday, the Obama administration gave Royal Dutch Shell PLC final approval to resume drilling into the oil zone off northern Alaska for the first time since 2012.
George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer acquitted in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager, is raffling off a painting he made of a Confederate flag to raise money for a Florida gunshop owner who declared his store a Muslim-free zone. Zimmerman, who gained notoriety during his trial for killing Trayvon Martin in 2012, is selling the painting on a website for the Tampa-area store, Florida Gun Supply, owned by Andrew Hallinan. Last year Zimmerman sold a painting depicting the American flag on eBay for more than $100,000.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration's approval of drilling for oil in the Arctic Ocean clashes with the message President Barack Obama will deliver when he visits Alaska to emphasize the dangers of climate change, some environmental groups say.
By Rory Carroll SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Residents of drought-ravaged California can expect to pay more for water next year as utilities pass on the cost of mandatory conservation measures to customers, a survey released by rating agency Fitch on Tuesday said. Seventy-eight percent of the 46 retail water utilities polled said rate increases would either begin next year or have already begun. The median increase in 2016 will be about 5 percent, although the largest increase will be 31 percent, Fitch said.