HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Former Arizona U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords is coming to Connecticut to help promote the latest gun control proposals offered since the Newtown school shootings, but there are questions about whether the legislation is needed given an existing law on the books.
A U.S. senator from Pennsylvania on Monday called for measures to provide resources and training to first responders who handle crude oil train derailments. Under the legislative proposal, a task force on derailments would be created under the Federal Emergency Management Agency to make recommendations to the U.S. Congress for training and resources, Senator Bob Casey, a Democrat, said in a statement. "The increase in train derailments in Pennsylvania and throughout the nation is troubling and requires action," Casey, said. A series of derailments of trains loaded with crude oil in North America has heightened the focus on rail safety.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A timeline of key events in the life of Robert Durst, a member of a wealthy New York real estate family who was arrested in New Orleans on a murder warrant in his friend Susan Berman's 2000 death.
NEW YORK (AP) — Coca-Cola is working with fitness and nutrition experts who suggest its soda as a treat at a time when the world's biggest beverage maker is being blamed for helping to fuel obesity rates.
By Tom Polansek CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. authorities are considering imposing tougher restrictions in Arkansas to contain a virulent strain of avian flu in the heart of America's poultry region in a bid to minimize international trade disruptions and contain the virus. The H5N2 flu discovered in Arkansas last week is the state's first case of a strain that causes massive internal hemorrhaging in poultry, can kill nearly every bird in an infected flock within 48 hours, and is prone to mutate. Such strains are sometimes called "chicken Ebola." In response, Arkansas is working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to create new rules for commercial poultry producers and owners of backyard flocks alike, Reuters has learned. The rules will spell out how often poultry within a quarantine zone must test negative for bird flu before the quarantine can be lifted, Brandon Doss, Arkansas’ assistant state veterinarian, said.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia will step down after five years on the job to return to private practice, he announced Monday, leaving behind a record of prosecutions for terrorism, public corruption and violent crime.