By Tom Polansek CHICAGO (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee is set to hold a hearing next month on the deadliest-ever outbreak of bird flu in U.S. poultry amid mounting criticism from Iowa lawmakers about the speed of the U.S. Agriculture Department's response. Sen. Pat Roberts, a Kansas Republican and committee chairman, is expected to hear testimony on the USDA's response and funding for its efforts on July 7, spokeswoman Meghan Cline said. More than 47 million chickens and turkeys have been killed in the past six months because of bird flu or are set to be culled to prevent the spread of the disease.
A former madam who performed illegal "body sculpting" was sentenced Thursday to 10 to 20 years in prison after the death of a dancer whose heart stopped after nearly half a gallon of silicone was injected into her buttocks.
NEW YORK (AP) — The former head of Al Jazeera America's documentary unit has sued the news network, claiming it is biased against non-Arabs and women in stories that it produces and in how it treats employees.
NEW YORK (AP) — An ex-con with a long criminal record pleaded not guilty Thursday to first-degree murder in last month's killing of a New York Police Department officer while 100 fellow officers stood watch in the courtroom.
A New York man accused of shooting a plainclothes police officer last month pleaded not guilty to murder charges on Thursday. Demetrius Blackwell, 35, was arrested hours after he allegedly shot New York police officer Brian Moore, 25, in the head after Moore attempted to question him in a middle-class section of the borough of Queens on May 2. Blackwell was also charged with the attempted murder of Moore's partner, Erik Jansen.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Union workers at Montana's largest mining company have rejected a proposed four-year contract that could have reduced their take-home pay, as Stillwater Mining Co. executives seek to cut costs amid declining precious metals prices.
SEMINOLE, Fla. (AP) — A woman who flew from Colorado to Florida to reconnect with an old flame turned up dead days later, and her onetime boyfriend killed himself as investigators zeroed in on him as the prime suspect, authorities said.