ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Tens of thousands joined anti-government protests across Greece Thursday as the country was crippled by a general strike against painful pension reforms demanded by bailout lenders.
Methane fumes spewing from a ruptured underground pipeline near a Los Angeles neighborhood hastened the demise of an elderly woman already suffering from lung cancer, her family said in the first wrongful death claim stemming from the gas leak. The lawsuit seeks unspecified monetary damages against Southern California Gas Co, a division of San Diego-based Sempra Energy, for the suffering and death of Zelda Rothman, 79, who died on Jan. 25, about three months after the leak was detected. Rothman, who lived about 3 miles (5 km) from the source of the escaping methane at the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage field, was leading an active life, despite her diagnosis of stage 4 lung cancer, her family's lawyer, Scott Glovsky, said on Thursday.
NEW YORK (AP) — A much-debated plan to dramatically overhaul New York City's carriage horse industry collapsed Thursday, with the city council pulling the reins on a plan that would have limited the tourist-toting animals to a small section of Central Park.
CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) — The second of three men accused of plotting to use a drone to fly drugs, pornography and other contraband into a maximum-security state prison pleaded guilty Thursday to three misdemeanors involving tobacco, rolling papers and a cellphone.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says 12.7 million people have signed up for private insurance or renewed coverage under the president's health care law, respectable results for a program still in political jeopardy.
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Two Virginia Tech students carefully planned the kidnapping and killing of a 13-year-old girl, buying cleaning supplies and a shovel at separate Wal-Mart stores, and then hiding her body in the trunk of a Lexus, a prosecutor alleged on Thursday.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — In a story Feb. 2 about MGM Resorts International outsourcing its Las Vegas Strip parking operations to a Chicago-based firm, The Associated Press erroneously reported the title of MGM Resorts executive Corey Sanders. He is chief operating officer, not chief financial officer. Also, one reference to the casino company used its former name, MGM Mirage. It is MGM Resorts International. A corrected version of the story is below:
SAPULPA, Okla. (AP) — A judge refused on Thursday to dismiss a rape charge against a former Oklahoma Highway Patrolman accused of assaulting three women during traffic stops, rejecting defense claims that the contact was consensual.
U.S. District Court Judge Jesus Bernal, citing requests from both the prosecution and the defense for more time to prepare, moved the start of the trial from Feb. 23 to July 19. Authorities say the husband-and-wife shooters, Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 29, opened fire at a holiday gathering of Farook's co-workers on Dec. 2, killing 14 people and wounding 22.
A plan to rein in New York City's horse-drawn carriages, a long-time Central Park tourist attraction, has collapsed after the labor union that helped negotiate the deal withdrew its support, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Thursday. The abrupt reversal came just one day before the City Council was set to vote on a bill that would have cut the number of carriage horses from 220 to 95. The Teamsters local that represents carriage drivers had worked with de Blasio to craft a compromise that stopped short of a total ban.