DETROIT (AP) — Federal agricultural officials announced Thursday voluntary programs and initiatives for farmers, ranchers and foresters meant to build on President Barack Obama's efforts to combat global warming — and they don't require congressional approval.
PHOENIX (AP) — In a bombshell revelation, Sheriff Joe Arpaio acknowledged Thursday that his office was behind a secret investigation into the wife of the judge presiding over a racial-profiling lawsuit against the brash Arizona lawman known for his anti-immigration patrols.
By Jim Urquhart MEDFORD, Ore. (Reuters) - The owners of an Oregon gold mine who called in armed activists to protect their claim amid a bitter land use dispute with the U.S. government have appealed a federal stop-work order, a mine co-owner said on Thursday. About 100 mine supporters gathered peacefully outside a closed U.S. Bureau of Land Management office in Medford to decry what they call federal overreach, even as the owners insist they want to avoid a high-profile standoff. Sugar Pine Mine co-owner Rick Barclay told Reuters he has filed an appeal with a federal appellate review body and also requested a stay order to prevent the Bureau of Land Management from "doing any enforcement" before a hearing. Bureau of Land Management spokesman Tom Gorey said in a statement that the appeal had been received and that the agency shares the mining claimants' interest in peacefully resolving the matter through administrative channels.
BOSTON (AP) — A video played Thursday at the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev showed a mother crouched over her 8-year-old son as he lay dying on the sidewalk, a scene prosecutors hoped would linger in jurors' minds while they determine whether Tsarnaev lives or dies.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Attorneys for four Minnesota men accused of trying to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group questioned the government's use of a paid informant, and argued Thursday that the case against their clients is slim.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — After rescuing dozens of neglected, malnourished goats this winter, the state of Connecticut is being asked whether the costs involved in their care are worth keeping them alive.
A manager of a fast-food restaurant in Texas has been offered her job back after saying she was fired because she wouldn't pay back the nearly $400 she turned over from the store's register during an armed robbery.