HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Federal authorities investigating the 1990 theft of $500 million in art from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum have terminated a cooperation agreement with a reputed gangster because they think he lied to a grand jury when saying he knew nothing about the heist.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Lawyers for former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship are urging a federal judge to split his criminal trial so a charge alleging a conspiracy to violate mine safety laws would be heard separately from charges of lying to securities regulators and investors.
Transition care for transgender members of the U.S. military would cost around $5.6 million a year, "little more than a rounding error" as a share of total expenditure, according to new research published amid criticism of proposed funding. The sum amounts to just 22 cents per service member per month, said Aaron Belkin, an academic at San Francisco State University, adding that the military's annual healthcare budget is currently $47.8 billion. Last month, defense chief Ash Carter backed the admission to the U.S. military of openly transgender people for the first time, setting up a working group to study the issue "with the presumption that transgender persons can serve openly without adverse impact".
The Commerce Department releases retail sales data for July on Thursday at 8:30 a.m. Eastern. SALES RECOVER: Economists forecast that retail sales rose 0.6 percent in July, according to a survey by FactSet. ...