PHOENIX (AP) — A new round of contempt-of-court hearings began Thursday in Phoenix against the sheriff in the nation's sixth-largest city over his defiance of a judge's order to stop carrying out his signature immigration patrols.
COLUMBIA, Md. (AP) — Authorities in Maryland say at least six townhouses are uninhabitable after an explosion and fire that injured a gas worker investigating a reported leak and a person in one home.
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — The police shooting of a man in a wheelchair was "unjust," his mother said Thursday, but authorities described a different scenario, saying the man was pulling a handgun from his waist when officers shot him to death.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A 13-year-old birth control implant came under new scrutiny Thursday as federal health experts discussed a host of problems reported by women implanted with the metallic device, including chronic pain, bleeding and fatigue.
DENVER (AP) — The clothing chain Hollister will get rid of steps at its trademark entrances at dozens of stores across the U.S. to make the doorways wheelchair accessible as part of a settlement approved Thursday by a federal judge.
Four people were killed and 12 critically injured on Thursday when an amphibious tour bus and a charter bus carrying foreign college students collided head-on on a Seattle bridge, authorities said. The fire department said 44 people were treated at area hospitals after the crash on the busy Aurora Bridge, which crosses a canal linking Lake Union with the Puget Sound's Shilshole Bay. Local TV footage showed the side of the charter bus caved in with glass and debris on the ground.
By Philip Pullella and Scott Malone WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Pope Francis beseeched Americans to end hostility toward immigrants in a historic speech before the U.S. Congress on Thursday, weighing in forcefully on a divisive issue that is stirring debate in the 2016 presidential campaign. Bringing a message that America's power and wealth should be used to serve humanity, the 78-year-old pontiff said the United States must not turn its back on "the stranger in our midst." "Building a nation calls us to recognize that we must constantly relate to others, rejecting a mindset of hostility," Francis told the Republican-led Congress in Washington a day after he met with Democratic President Barack Obama. Francis, born in Argentina to an Italian immigrant family, delivered a wide-ranging speech that addressed issues dear to liberals in the United States but also emphasized conservative values and Catholic teachings on the family.
DENVER (AP) — The Army has temporarily halted the destruction of chemical weapons at a Colorado facility to repair a small dent in the door of a chamber used to blow up shells containing mustard agent.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen "felt dehydrated at the end of a long speech under bright lights" Thursday in Massachusetts and was seen by medical personnel as a precaution, the Fed said in a statement.