PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Federal officials cited glaring violations of accepted safety standards Thursday in proposing nearly $400,000 in fines against two companies involved in a botched building demolition in Philadelphia that killed six people.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Embattled state Sen. Ron Calderon says federal authorities wanted him to wear a wire and record conversations with the Senate leader and another lawmaker, and after he refused they tried to ruin his reputation by raiding his offices and leaking an FBI affidavit alleging he took money in return for promoting bills.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Over the past few decades, as an exotic pet trade boomed and Americans bought cute tiger cubs and baby monkeys, sanctuaries sprang up across the nation to take care of the animals that were abandoned when they reached adult-size or were no longer wanted.
By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hundreds of fans gathered at a public memorial in New York on Thursday for rocker Lou Reed, the frontman of the 1960s band The Velvet Underground who died last month of liver disease at the age of 71. As music blared from speakers at the outdoor memorial on the terrace at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, fans danced, sat and listened to Reed's music and strolled through the crowd while his wife, performance artist Laurie Anderson, greeted friends and well-wishers. "I love Lou Reed. I always felt like he was a genius and he always will be," said Janet Baletti, 66, a fan of 40 years who traveled from Weehawken, New Jersey with a friend for the memorial.
By Joseph Lichterman DETROIT (Reuters) - Detroit must disclose the fee structure of a $350 million debtor-in-possession financing agreement, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes said Thursday, turning back the city's efforts to keep secret the cost of landing a controversial loan package. The city and Barclays Capital had requested the fees be kept a secret because the details are commercially sensitive and might raise the price of the loan. Detroit reached the loan agreement with Barclays, a unit of Britain's Barclay's Plc, in October, but the deal still must be approved by Judge Rhodes. ...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bowing to pressure, President Barack Obama on Thursday announced changes under his health care law to give insurance companies the option to keep offering consumers plans that would otherwise be canceled.
By Erwin Seba HOUSTON (Reuters) - A Chevron Corp pipeline exploded near a tiny Texas town south of Dallas on Thursday, shooting flames high in the air and prompting evacuations from nearby homes and a school district, but no injuries were reported, the company and emergency officials said The explosion south of Milford, Texas, was caused by a construction crew that accidentally drilled into a 10-inch liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) line, Tom Hemrick, director of Hill County Emergency Management, told KTVT-TV in Dallas. He said all workers were accounted for "The fire is definitely getting smaller," Hemrick said of the conflagration in an open field near Milford, a town of 700 people some 50 miles south of Dallas. By mid-afternoon Chevron confirmed Hemrick's version of events, identifying the line as a Chevron-operated West Texas LPG system near Milford.
By Dave Warner PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Two construction companies were fined the maximum total of $397,000 for failing to follow "basic safety precautions" that could have prevented a building collapse that killed six people in a thrift store, a federal officials said on Thursday. On June 5, a four-story building being demolished along busy Market Street in the center of Philadelphia collapsed, falling on a neighboring Salvation Army store. The U.S. ...