New York City has agreed to carry out reforms at its Rikers Island jail complex to resolve U.S. Justice Department claims that guards regularly used unnecessary force against inmates, U.S. officials said on Monday. In a letter filed in federal court in New York, Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara's office said the deal included appointing a federal monitor to oversee the reforms at Rikers, one of the largest jail complexes in the country. Under the agreement, the city will install 7,800 surveillance cameras throughout Rikers and, as part of pilot program, have some guards wear body cameras.
(Reuters) - Verizon Communications Inc said it offered salary hikes to 38,000 employee in its East wireline business after its first negotiating session with representatives of the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. The proposal for a three-year period included wage increases, cost controls for healtcare plans and pension-related benefits, the company said on Monday. The wage increases were subject to an agreement between the company and the unions.
In these final days of the U.S. Supreme Court's annual session, people can get the justices' decisions through the court's website, its paper handouts, or, if in the courtroom itself, with a suspenseful tale. The recitations usually last about five minutes apiece but, as evidenced on Monday, can reveal a justice's personality, sense of humor, or, in a dissenting opinion, temper. Adding to the suspense, the justices have yet to issue their most anticipated rulings, including disputes over President Barack Obama's healthcare law and a test of a constitutional right to same-sex marriage.
By Ben Klayman DETROIT (Reuters) - Air bag maker Takata Corp may have put profits before safety in a way that contributed to one of the biggest and most complex auto recalls ever, Democrats on a U.S. Senate committee said in a report released on Monday. The report by the minority on the Senate Commerce Committee was released the day before a Washington hearing on Takata's defective inflators. "Internal emails obtained by the committee suggest that Takata may have prioritized profit over safety by halting global safety audits for financial reasons," the Democrats said in their report.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidates, GOP lawmakers and the lone black Republican in the House are returning donations from the leader of a white supremacist group cited by Charleston church murder suspect Dylann Roof or giving the money to charity.
By Julia Edwards and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday ignited a storm of social media debate when he used a racial epithet in an interview posted online that discussed race relations following the recent killings of nine black churchgoers. It's not just a matter of overt discrimination," Obama, the first black U.S. president, told Mark Maron, host of the "WTF" podcast, in an hour-long chat. The word has a long U.S. history and is almost never used in public remarks, particularly by politicians, and Obama's use of it comes amid a fresh round of soul-searching by many Americans over the country's long struggle with racism.
The former child actor who played a young Anakin Skywalker in 1999's "Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace," was arrested in South Carolina after leading police on a high-speed chase. Jake Lloyd, now known as Jake Broadbent, was charged last week with resisting arrest and failing to stop for a police car's blue flashing light, the Colleton County Sheriff's Office said in a statement on Monday. The sheriff's office spokesman, Sgt. Kyle Strickland, said the former actor had legally changed his last name to Broadbent from Lloyd.