CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A Chinese-American researcher has pleaded guilty to stealing trade secrets from his U.S. employers, but his attorneys are hoping to limit the time he serves in prison.
School shootings have erupted in small rural communities and major urban centers across the U.S. over the past decade. According to an analysis of all mass shootings by a group called Everytown for Gun Safety, about 11 percent of cases involves possible mental illness and in 44 percent of the cases, the shooter committed suicide. Everytown is a coalition of government officials, victims and advocates against gun violence.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Two years ago, Augustus Sol Invictus walked from central Florida to the Mojave Desert and spent a week fasting and praying, at times thinking he wouldn't survive. In a pagan ritual to give thanks when he returned home, he killed a goat and drank its blood.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A creative writing teacher at Oregon's Umpqua Community College was one of nine people killed by a gunman in a classroom on Thursday, his friends told Reuters. Larry Levine, an assistant professor of English, was teaching in the classroom where the shooting occurred, said a friend who declined to give her name. Friends and family gathered at Levine's house to mourn on Friday, as authorities continued to investigate the bloodiest U.S. mass shooting this year. (Reporting by Katie Reilly; Editing by Sandra Maler)
Alison Antekeier, 47, and Thomas "Tommy" G. Thompson, 63, both formerly of Columbus, Ohio, were captured in Florida. Antekeier was sentenced at U.S. District Court in Columbus, Ohio. Thompson's company, Columbus Exploration, confirmed in 1988 that it had found a ship that sank in the 19th Century.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday ruled against a motion by DuPont and said punitive damages were possible for an Ohio woman who says she got kidney cancer after drinking water contaminated by a chemical discharged from a company plant.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was telling residents along the shore to have a plan as a storm brings heavy rain, wind and flooding.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma sheriff indicted following an investigation into his office, which was sparked by a volunteer deputy's killing of an unarmed man, has submitted his letter of resignation.
A Lehigh Valley man is recovering nearly a week after he was hit by a car while trying to protect his girlfriend.
Enrollment in U.S. petroleum engineering degree programs fell for the first time in 13 years this fall, as an oil industry slump makes college students wary of entering the boom and bust world of oil and gas. The drop, revealed this week in annual data provided by the country's 21 petroleum engineering departments and made available to Reuters, is modest - the number of enrollments dipped just 1 percent from a record high of 11,332 hit last year when oil was around $100 a barrel. "The students who haven't made a long term commitment yet are making a change based on what they are seeing," said Lloyd Heinze, professor of petroleum engineering at Texas Tech University, who compiled the data.
Pope Francis met with a gay couple at the Vatican Embassy in Washington during the pontiff's visit to the United States last week in a quiet gesture to the gay and lesbian community. The meeting between Francis, an Argentine gay man and his long-term partner came to light as the Vatican tried to tamp down controversy about a separate meeting the pope held with well-known American gay marriage opponent Kim Davis. The pontiff met on Sept. 23 with Yayo Grassi, a U.S-based Argentine caterer, Grassi's male partner of 19 years, Iwan Bagus and three other people for 15 minutes, Grassi told Reuters.
(Reuters) - An 85-year-old Montana woman has died of wounds she suffered in a rare attack by a black bear inside her rural home where she had been feeding bruins in violation of state law, authorities said on Friday.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A judge on Friday dismissed all charges against a mentally disabled former dishwasher who spent more than a quarter-century in prison in the killing of his wife's 88-year-old grandmother.
BENSALEM, Pa. (AP) — Two men have been arrested in the 1984 rape and strangulation of a 14-year-old girl whose body was found in the woods two weeks after she vanished, police said Friday.
The hurricane was located about 10 miles (15 km) off Rum Cay in the Bahamas with maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour (215 kph), the Miami-based weather forecaster added. The core of the storm's strongest winds will continue moving over parts of the central and northwestern Bahamas Friday, the NHC said.
SUNNY ISLES BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A penthouse boiler room exploded because of a gas leak Friday at a 33-story high-rise near Miami, injuring at least six people, fire officials said.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Syria's foreign minister said Friday that airstrikes against the Islamic State group "are useless" unless they are coordinated with the Syrian government, as the international community scrambled to respond to Russia's airstrikes in his country.
SUNNY ISLES BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The latest on the explosion at a high-rise in the Miami area (all times local):
Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz will resign on Nov. 1 after a grand jury recommended his removal and indicted him on two misdemeanors in an investigation spurred by the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man by a white volunteer deputy. In a letter obtained by the Tulsa World newspaper from Glanz to Governor Mary Fallin, Glanz announced the date and requested a special election be held as soon as possible to fill the vacancy coming with his resignation. Scott Wood, an attorney for Glanz, told reporters this week the sheriff was stepping down after the grand jury accused him of displaying gross partiality in office, willfully neglecting his duty, and corruption in office.
The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals on Friday granted a state request to halt three upcoming executions so it can examine a drug mix-up discovered about two hours before inmate Richard Glossip was to have been put to death earlier this week. Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt filed the request on Thursday so the state could examine what went wrong with its execution protocols. Glossip's planned execution had received global attention with his case raising questions about whether the state may be executing an innocent man and about the drug combination Oklahoma plans to use in its lethal injection mix.