(Reuters) - A federal judge on Tuesday approved an agreement between the U.S. Justice Department and Ferguson, Missouri, to reform the city's police department, a pact prompted by the 2014 shooting of an unarmed black teenager that sparked violent protests. U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry of Missouri's Eastern District approved the 129-page accord, which also outlines the revamping of the St. Louis suburb's municipal law code. The Justice Department and Ferguson recognize "that the ability of a police department to protect the community it serves is only as strong as the relationship it has with that community," the consent decree signed by Perry said.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Oil drilling companies and royalty owners from the Texas Panhandle to New Mexico's stretch of the Permian Basin are embarking on a grass-roots campaign to limit foreign oil imports, salvaging what they say is a major sector of the U.S. economy.
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A federal judge dismissed one of the 16 charges against Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley on Tuesday after testimony concluded in the five-week fraud trial, but he refused a request from defense attorneys to acquit their client, saying there is "ample evidence" against him.