By Letitia Stein TAMPA Fla. (Reuters) - Voters in southwest Florida on Tuesday elected another Republican to replace U.S. Representative Trey Radel, who resigned in January after pleading guilty to possessing cocaine. Retired businessman Curt Clawson won almost 67 percent of the vote in a special election in Florida's 19th Congressional District, according to the state's Division of Elections. In the traditionally Republican stronghold Democrat April Freeman finished second with 29 percent and Libertarian Ray Netherwood was a distant third. ...
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Disclosures from railroads about volatile oil shipments from the Northern Plains show dozens of the trains passing weekly through Illinois and the Midwest and up to 19 a week reaching Washington state on the West Coast.
(Reuters) - Whole Foods Markets Inc has agreed to pay $800,000 after an investigation found that the supermarket chain overcharged customers in California, officials in the state said on Tuesday. State and local inspectors found during a year-long investigation that Whole Foods charged more than the advertised price on many items, according to a statement from Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer. Whole Foods agreed to pay $630,000 in civil penalties to the city attorneys of Los Angeles, San Diego and Santa Monica, who brought the case. In a statement, Whole Foods said it cooperated with authorities, and that its pricing was accurate 98 percent of the time.
MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A man featured in an Oscar-nominated documentary about his fight to vacate his guilty plea in a notorious 1980s sex abuse case has launched another attempt to clear his name.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service did not follow the law when it failed to report the loss of records belonging to a senior IRS executive, the nation's top archivist told Congress on Tuesday, in the latest development in the congressional probe of the agency's targeting of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status.
Authorities arrested a Philadelphia police officer Tuesday and charged her with assault and other crimes over several fights involving her teenage children.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. government offers no adequate method for people to challenge their placement on its no-fly list, a federal judge ruled Tuesday in a case involving 13 Muslims who believe they're on the list.
Children playing with water guns in Reading, Berks County, had a real scare this weekend when a woman pulled out a real gun and pointed it at them.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — As Washington state prepares to issue the first licenses for marijuana retail stores, Gov. Jay Inslee and other state leaders on Tuesday announced a coordinated campaign to make sure pot stays out of the hands of minors once products start hitting store shelves next month.
PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona congressional candidate who legally changed his name to Cesar Chavez is now officially off the Democratic primary ballot.
By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - Two people were killed and seven injured after gunfire erupted early Tuesday morning near a Miami-area apartment building in the low-income neighborhood of Liberty City, a police spokeswoman said. “Two men who ... were carrying an AK-47 and an MR-15, stepped out of a dark SUV and began firing,” police at the scene told the Miami Herald. Police are looking for witnesses, but face an uphill battle in a crime-ridden neighborhood where police say residents are often afraid to come forward for fear of their safety. “There are some people cooperating who want this to end,” Burden said, “but you don’t know who did it, so you want to protect yourself and especially your family.” (Reporting by Zachary Fagenson in Miami;
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO (Reuters) - The Dream Defenders, a student-led group that garnered national attention for occupying the Florida governor's office in 2013 to protest the state's self-defense law, kicked off a campaign on Tuesday to get younger voters to the polls in November. The group of about 300 members is working in nine chapters in Florida counties which are home to the largest state universities. Susan MacManus, a professor at the University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa and a veteran Florida political analyst, called the move "very smart." Women, minority and young voter groups all intersect on college campuses, MacManus said, and their unexpectedly large turnout in Florida in 2012 is credited by many analysts with President Barack Obama winning the state.
(Reuters) - An accident at California's Oakland International Airport on Tuesday left a firefighter in critical condition but did not affect flights or airport operations, officials said. The firefighter, a 28-year veteran of the Oakland Fire Department, was injured when the fire truck he was driving rolled over during a drill, the office of the city administrator said in a news release. "The vehicle rolled during a turn in front of the Oakland Maintenance Center, formerly known as the United Airlines Hangar," the release said. The firefighter did not fall out during the roll but was severely injured nonetheless, it said.
By Alexia Shurmur LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - A Las Vegas man involved in a 2011 shooting incident with the crew of reality TV show "Repo Games" was sentenced on Tuesday to 90 days in prison and five years of probation, his lawyer said. Carlos Enrique Barron, a 43-year-old former public school teacher, was found guilty by a jury in January of burglary, carrying a concealed weapon, assault with a deadly weapon and discharging a weapon where persons might be in danger. Barron's attorney, Richard W. Tannery, said his client had been sleeping in his home when he was awakened to the sound of a car alarm and left his house with a handgun to investigate.
By Dana Feldman SANTA ANA Calif. (Reuters) - Prosecutors seeking the death penalty against a former tugboat worker who killed eight people in a 2011 shooting rampage at a California hair salon asked a judge on Monday to cut off further inquiry into his claims of misconduct on their part. Orange County Deputy District Attorney Howard Gundy said lawyers for Scott Dekraai had shown no evidence that prosecutors improperly used jailhouse informants to wring a confession from their client or intentionally concealed their tactics. The court can cut it off and the court should cut it off," Gundy told Orange County Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals. "This is the case of the people versus Scott Dekraai." An attorney for Dekraai countered that the issue was too important to be swept aside in a rush to sentence the mass murderer.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Pennsylvania pastor who broke church law by presiding over his son's same-sex wedding ceremony and then became an outspoken activist for gay rights can return to the pulpit after a United Methodist Church appeals panel on Tuesday overturned a decision to defrock him.
By Shelby Sebens PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - Three University of Oregon basketball players who were accused of raping a classmate but have not been criminally charged have been suspended from the school for as long as their accuser continues to be enrolled there, her attorney said on Tuesday. Damyean Dotson and Dominic Artis, both 19, and Brandon Austin, 18, had previously been dropped from the basketball team in May while police investigated accusations that they raped a female student at an off-campus party and other locations in Eugene, Oregon. All three players told police they had consensual sex with the woman. "The length just depends on how long the victim is still at the university." "It's been very stressful because if the guys were not suspended it makes it very difficult to continue going to school at Oregon," he added.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Pennsylvania pastor who broke church law by presiding over his son's same-sex wedding is being transferred to a United Methodist church in California.
An Arizona couple accused of repeatedly beating their two adopted daughters and leaving them severely malnourished pleaded not guilty on Monday to child abuse charges, court officials said. Johann Glenn Jorg, 61, and Kimery Lynn Jorg, 54, entered the pleas during separate arraignments in Maricopa County Superior Court for allegedly abusing the 13-year-old and 11-year-old girls, officials said. The Jorgs were indicted last week on six felony charges. They were arrested on June 5 after child welfare workers raised the alarm following a visit to the couple's home in Peoria, a northern suburb of Phoenix, court records show.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Veteran lawmakers in peril, Republican Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi and Democratic Rep. Charles Rangel of New York struggled against younger challengers on Tuesday, hoping their seniority and Washington clout could win over voters at home in elections churned by race.