BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park proposes to kill roughly 1,000 wild bison this winter — mostly calves and females — as officials seek to reduce the animals' annual migration into Montana.
Republican lawmakers defied President Barack Obama on Wednesday and laid out plans to tighten screening of Syrian refugees after last week's Paris attacks, in a political fight that challenges America's view of itself as a refuge for downtrodden immigrants. Concerned about possible attacks in the United States after Islamic State killed 129 people in the French capital on Friday, the Republican chairman of a U.S. House of Representatives security panel proposed additional scrutiny of refugees fleeing Syria or Iraq seeking to enter the United States.
By Todd Melby MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) - Minnesota officials on Wednesday identified the two Minneapolis police officers involved in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man as chanting demonstrators surrounded a key police station. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety said Minneapolis Police Department Officers Mark Ringgenberg and Dustin Schwarze were involved in the shooting of Jamar Clark, 24, Sunday.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House will vote Thursday on a bill aimed at boosting screening of Syrian and Iraqi refugees before they enter the United States. President Barack Obama, who wants to allow 10,000 more Syrians into the U.S. this year, has threatened to veto it.
Boston could become the latest in a string of large U.S. cities to ban smoking and tobacco use by people under the age of 21 under a measure proposed on Wednesday by Mayor Marty Walsh. "We know the consequences of tobacco use are real and can be devastating," Walsh said in a statement. Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, accounting for more than 480,000 deaths annually, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
A Texas district judge on Wednesday halted the execution of a 36-year-old man, hours before he was due to be put to death by lethal injection for killing his daughter and two stepdaughters in a mobile home blaze in 2000. The Texas Attorney General's office appealed, trying to win a ruling that would allow the execution of Raphael Holiday to proceed. If the execution goes ahead, Holiday would be the 531st inmate executed by Texas since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976, the most of any state.
California budget reserves are expected to come in at $11.5 billion for the 2016-17 fiscal year, beating a previous estimate by $3.6 billion, thanks to higher tax revenues and a growing economy, a state budget watchdog agency said on Wednesday. "California's state budget is better prepared for an economic downturn than it has been at any point in decades," the state's Legislative Analyst's Office (LAO) said in a report. California expects to end its 2015-16 fiscal year with $7.9 billion in reserves, a $3.3 billion increase over previous budget estimates.