WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal indictment against New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez turns in part on prosecutors' ability to show that the gifts and favors at the center of the case amount to bribery rather than reflections of a longtime friendship between the lawmaker and the donor.
By Rory Carroll SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California oil producers used 214 acre-feet of water, equivalent to nearly 70 million gallons, in the process of fracking for oil and gas in the state last year, less than previously projected, state officials told Reuters on Thursday. The practice of fracking has been criticized in the state, which is suffering from a drought so severe that Governor Jerry Brown announced the first-ever mandatory 25 percent statewide reduction in water use on Wednesday. Despite pressure from environmentalists, Brown has not called for a halt to fracking in the state, saying it is not a major drain on water supplies. “Hydraulic fracturing uses a relatively small amount of water – the equivalent of 514 households annually” per well, said Steven Bohlen, the state oil and gas supervisor.
CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Three years to the day after Atlantic City's $2.4 billion Revel casino opened — and seven months to the day after it closed — a bankruptcy court judge approved its sale to a Florida developer for about 4 cents on the dollar.
NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. citizen who authorities say traveled from Canada to Pakistan to train with al-Qaida in order to carry out jihad has been arrested and charged with conspiring to kill American soldiers, according to court papers unsealed Thursday.
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — What's it going to take to get people to use a lot less water in drought-stricken California, the Technicolor landscape of lush yards, emerald golf courses and aquamarine swimming pools?
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The prosecution rested Thursday in the murder trial of former New England Patriots star tight end Aaron Hernandez after spending more than two months presenting a case that he killed the boyfriend of his fiancee's sister.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Boy Scouts' New York chapter said Thursday that it has hired the nation's first openly gay Eagle Scout as a summer camp leader, a direct and public challenge to the national scouting organization's ban on openly gay adult members.
AURORA, Colo. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will take over construction management at the new Denver veterans hospital amid an internal investigation into how the project ran $1 billion over budget, the Veterans Affairs Department said Thursday.