BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An FBI investigation into a scandal surrounding a private prison in Idaho turned up no evidence of crime, but it did show plenty of miscommunication and faulty assumptions between state agencies, federal prosecutors say.
By Daina Beth Solomon LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Los Angeles diner celebrated as a classic example of mid-20th century Space Age-style Googie architecture was granted historic monument status by city officials on Wednesday, protecting it from the threat of demolition. The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously with three people absent to designate the 1956 Norms restaurant as a "historic-cultural monument," citing the need to preserve distinctive buildings of the city. Owners of the restaurant and cultural touchstone on La Cienega Boulevard had obtained a demolition permit earlier this year, prompting conservationists and officials to rally to preserve the site.
NEW YORK (AP) — David Letterman ended his 33-year career as a late-night television host Wednesday, ushered into retirement by four presidents who declared "our long national nightmare is over" and saying there was nothing he could ever do to repay his audience.
(Reuters) - Oklahoma's Attorney General said on Wednesday he was assigning an outside prosecutor to the probe of the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office, which has been embroiled in controversy since a reserve deputy fatally shot a black suspect last month. Attorney General Scott Pruitt said the Tulsa County prosecutor had moved to recuse himself from the case due to a perceived conflict. Pruitt said he appointed Okmulgee County District Attorney Rob Barris to handle the case.
Small U.S. food manufacturers once toiled for decades to develop a critical mass of fans for their products. Now, an increasing number of privately-held players are going from garage to grocery store in fewer than five years thanks to an erosion of barriers to entry within the food industry. The trend is visible everywhere from gluten-free and organic foods to more traditional fare, according to interviews with half a dozen startups, as well as retailers and industry consultants.
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. public schools beefed up security measures with safety drills and parent notification systems in the years surrounding the massacre at Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School, according to a government survey released Thursday.
(Reuters) - A third man has been charged with murder in connection with the 2011 disappearance of a nursing student in Tennessee, prosecutors said on Wednesday. The Shelby County District Attorney's Office said Zachary Rye Adams, Jason Wayne Autry and John Dylan Adams had all been indicted on charges of premeditated first-degree murder, kidnapping and rape in the death of 20-year-old Holly Bobo. Zachary Adams and Autry had been charged previously with murder and kidnapping in the case.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul commandeered the Senate floor Wednesday to deliver a nearly 11 hours-long protest against renewal of the Patriot Act, calling the post-Sept. 11 law government intrusion on Americans' privacy.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A group of California farmers, in a surprising turnaround, is volunteering to give up a fourth of its available water this year, sharing a resource all but guaranteed to them for more than a century.
HONOLULU (AP) — Japanese Maj. Gen. Jiro Hiroe turned to numbers to explain to his counterparts from other nations why Japan is developing the skills to move troops from sea to shore: his nation has 6,852 islands and 6,414 of them are uninhabited.
(Reuters) - A New York City woman was jailed for 24 years on Wednesday for fatally pushing a man into the path of an oncoming subway train in 2012 in what officials called a religiously motivated attack, prosecutors said. Erika Menendez pleaded guilty in March to first-degree manslaughter in the death of Sunnando Sen, 46, on Dec. 27, 2012, at a train station the borough of Queens. Prosecutors said Menendez was seen pacing the subway platform and muttering to herself before the attack, and had told investigators that she pushed the Sen onto the tracks because "I hate Hindus and Muslims." Sen, who was waiting for a train with his back to Menendez, was pushed from behind onto the tracks, officials said.
Documents swept up in the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound portray a leader cut off from his underlings, disappointed by their failures, beset by their complaints and regretting years of separation from much of his extensive family.