Two former political allies of Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie entered not guilty pleas Monday after they were charged for their alleged involvement in politically motivated lane closures of the George Washington Bridge in 2013.
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Monday to review the legality of an Obama administration regulation aimed at encouraging efficiency in the electricity market by having electrical grid operators pay users to reduce consumption at peak times. The court said it will hear an appeal filed by the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission seeking to reverse a May 2014 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit that threw out the rule. The regulation, aimed at improving grid reliability and encouraging clean energy, remains in effect as the litigation continues. FERC chairman Norman Bay said in a statement that the program is "important to the nation's competitive wholesale electricity markets and reliable electric service." The regulation concerns what FERC calls "demand-response," which is when, in an attempt to manage demand for electricity, regional electrical grid operators agree to pay electricity users to cut consumption at peak times.
Federal agents searched an apartment in Phoenix as part of an investigation into a shooting outside a suburban Dallas venue hosting a provocative contest for Prophet Muhammad cartoons, the FBI confirmed Monday.
By Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK (Reuters) - Jury deliberations resumed for a 14th day on Monday in the trial of a former deli worker who confessed to the 1979 killing of Etan Patz, a New York boy whose disappearance brought national attention to the issue of missing and abducted children. The jury has been struggling since April 15 to decide on kidnapping and murder charges against Pedro Hernandez, 54, in the death of 6-year-old Patz, who vanished on May 25, 1979 as he walked alone for the first time to a school bus stop. Last Wednesday, the jury told Justice Maxwell Wiley at state Supreme Court in Manhattan that it was deadlocked but he sent them back to keep trying. Patz's disappearance from his Soho neighborhood in Manhattan changed the way the United States responds to reports of missing children, and his picture was among the first to appear on milk cartons in a national campaign to locate them.