Texas is scheduled to execute by lethal injection on Tuesday a man convicted of slamming a pickup truck into a mounted correctional officer in a prison escape attempt in 2007, knocking her off the horse and killing her. Jerry Martin, 43, has requested that there be no appeals of the execution, which is scheduled to take place at 6 p.m. CST (1900 ET) at a state prison in Huntsville, Texas, about 70 miles north of Houston. He was convicted of using the vehicle to kill Susan Canfield, 59, a correctional officer and a grandmother, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice said. Martin would be the 16th person executed by Texas this year, the most of any state in 2013, and the 36th person executed in the United States this year, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.
An embarrassing mistake involving a Statue of Liberty stamp could come back to haunt the U.S. Postal Service. The "forever" stamp design released in 2011 was not based on the statue in New York ...
By Leslie Gevirtz NEW YORK (Reuters) - Many Americans this week will toast the 80th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition, a 14-year ban on the sale and production of alcoholic beverages that turned booze-smuggling thugs into celebrities and otherwise law-abiding citizens into criminals. While the cocktail has been around since early 19th century, the combinations of spirits, sugars, water and bitters really started pouring into shakers during Prohibition. In the 1920s, there were 15,000 speakeasies in Detroit, "Great Gatsby" author F. Scott Fitzgerald favored Gin Rickeys and politicians and the famous hid out at New York's "21 Club" with its secret wine cellar and disappearing bar. "The whole Prohibition cocktail thing was to cover up the poor quality of the alcohol," said John McCarthy, a bartender at New York's Bathtub Gin lounge.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge in New Orleans said he expected to seat a jury on Tuesday to hear the retrial of a former New Orleans police officer who shot and killed a man outside a strip mall after Hurricane Katrina.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers were poised Tuesday to vote on a plan to solve the state's $100 billion pension crisis — a proposal many are calling the most important vote of their careers and one that could deeply reduce the retirement benefits of hundreds of thousands of workers and retirees.
DETROIT (AP) — A judge was expected to announce Tuesday whether Detroit can come up with a plan to get rid of $18 billion in debt in the largest public bankruptcy in U.S. history, a case that ultimately could crack a shield protecting public pensions and also put the city's extraordinary art collection up for grabs.
Sunday's crash in the Bronx is the second passenger train derailment in six months for the rail service and presents Metro-North with another problem, even though the railroad's train accident record had been improving.
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A homeless man who died after a violent confrontation with six California police officers was combative, grabbed at one officer's stun gun and struggled so hard against attempts to handcuff him that the officers arresting him asked a dispatcher to broadcast an urgent call for back-up three times, attorneys for two police officers charged in the death said during opening statements.
NEW YORK (AP) — Jeff Bezos' idea to let self-guided drones deliver packages may be too futuristic for Washington to handle.
SEATTLE (AP) — A sex offender who authorities say managed to steal one of the boats used for Seattle-to-Canada ferry service had his bail set at $200,000 as company officials reviewed security procedures to try to prevent trespassers from getting on board the vessels in the future.
By Elvina Nawaguna WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. consumer financial watchdog will soon start supervising the seven largest student loan servicers to ensure they treat borrowers fairly and comply with federal consumer laws, the agency said on Tuesday. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has taken a broad interest in the burden of student loan debt, which it says now totals $1.2 trillion and saddles many borrowers with debt that takes years to repay. More than 40 million borrowers with non-bank student loan debt depend on companies that manage borrowers' accounts and process payments. The agency said it has found a concerning resemblance of problems encountered by student loan borrowers dealing with servicers and those faced by homeowners dealing with mortgage servicers.
(Reuters) - New York State's financial regulator, Benjamin Lawsky, sent subpoenas to 16 lead generator websites that sell sensitive consumer data to payday lenders, the latest development in a broader crackdown on the payday lending industry, the New York Times reported. Government authorities are trying to choke off the supply of borrowers to online lenders that offer short-term loans with annual interest rates of more than 400 percent, the newspaper said. (http://link.reuters.com/zeg25v) Payday lenders provide small short-term loans at high interest rates to help borrowers get to the next paycheck. Last month, payday lender Cash America International was fined to settle civil allegations that it improperly pursued some customers' debt and overcharged military service members.
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - A bear attacked and seriously injured a woman walking her dogs on Monday evening in Florida, a state where bear complaints have risen in recent years. The woman from the central Florida town of Longwood was being treated at Orlando Regional Medical Center for serious but non-life-threatening injuries, according to Lieutenant Alisa Keyes of Seminole County Fire and Rescue. "The bear ran off and they were unable to locate him." Karen Parker of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, which sent biologists to the scene to search for paw prints and set a trap, said bears go into residential areas in search of easily obtainable food. "Our big message is remove attractants from your yard." The wildlife commission receives the most complaints about bears in the northeast region of Florida, and the Ocala National Forest in central Florida, where most of them live, Parker said.
HONOLULU (AP) — Retired professors Rod Powell and Bob Eddinger have been partners in life since they met at the University of Hawaii in 1977. On Monday, they joined in marriage on the first day their home state allowed same-sex couples to form such unions.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's new and improved health care website faces yet another test in just a couple of weeks, its biggest yet. If HealthCare.gov becomes overwhelmed by an expected year-end crunch, many Americans will be left facing a break in their insurance coverage.
By Joseph Lichterman DETROIT (Reuters) - The largest-ever municipal bankruptcy petition in U.S. history faces a watershed moment on Tuesday, as the judge overseeing Detroit's bankruptcy case is scheduled to rule whether the city is eligible for protection from creditors - an event that has citizens, public officials, creditors, retirees and others awaiting the judge's words and preparing responses. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes has scheduled a hearing for 10 a.m. EST on Tuesday to announce his decision, which will be followed by the release of a written opinion. Rhodes' ruling will begin a new chapter in the case that first arrived in federal court with Detroit's July 18 bankruptcy petition.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The neighborhood where "Fast & Furious" star Paul Walker died in a one-car crash is known to attract street racers, according to law enforcement officials.
HONOLULU (AP) — A kayak fisherman died Monday after a shark attack off Maui, local officials said.
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A bloody beating by police that left a California homeless man dead began when one of the officers on trial in his death grew frustrated with his evasiveness, snapped on a pair of latex gloves and told him, "Now you see my fists? They're getting ready to (expletive) you up,'" a prosecutor said Monday.
A U.S. military court began hearing arguments on Monday in the case of a soldier accused of being a part of a suspected prostitution ring at Fort Hood, one of the largest Army bases in the United States. The Fort Hood case was part of a spate of embarrassing sex-related incidents in the military earlier this year that prompted Congress to look at ways to make top brass more accountable for the conduct of soldiers. Master Sergeant Brad Grimes, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, was charged earlier this year with conspiring to pay a female private for sex. His trial is expected to be one of several involving the suspected prostitution ring at the base in central Texas.