UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The case against Syrian President Bashar Assad is much better than the one against Slobodan Milosevic of Serbia or Charles Taylor of Liberia, both of whom were indicted by international tribunals, the U.S. ambassador-at-large for war crimes issues said Tuesday.
By Erwin Seba HOUSTON (Reuters) - The union representing striking U.S. refinery workers said on Tuesday that renewed talks with oil companies for a settlement to the 38-day work stoppage were "moving along." A meeting in Houston between negotiators for the United Steelworkers union (USW) and Shell Oil Co, representing U.S. refinery owners, ran into Tuesday night. While the USW's message about progress in the talks began on a positive note, it also carried a threat. "Industry needs to close the gaps and end the strike or see it expand." A spokesman for Shell, which is the U.S. arm of Royal Dutch Shell Plc, declined to comment on the union's message. Analyst group Fitch Ratings warned on Tuesday that an extended strike could squeeze refiners with walkouts during peak summer demand for gasoline.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A woman suing a prestigious Silicon Valley venture capital firm in a high-profile case alleging gender bias testified Tuesday that she did not reject the initial romantic advances of a male colleague and even discussed having children with him.
By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hillary Clinton, under attack for using a personal email address to conduct U.S. State Department business, defended the practice on Tuesday as a matter of "convenience," but her comments failed to calm critics, who accused her of secrecy. Holding her first news conference since leaving her administration post two years ago, Clinton conceded she wished she had used a government email address as secretary of state but said she violated no rules and did not send classified material through the private account. Clinton, the presumed front-runner for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, has come under fire for using an email server from her New York-area home and a personal account as the top U.S. diplomat. "I opted for convenience to use my personal email account, which was allowed by the State Department, because I thought it would be easier to carry just one device for my work and for my personal emails instead of two," a self-assured Clinton told more than 200 reporters crowded into a U.N. corridor.
SOMERVILLE, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday defended a settlement with Exxon Mobil on a decade-old lawsuit for a tiny fraction of the nearly $9 billion the state had sought for environmental damage, calling it "really good."