ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The governors of New York and New Jersey wrote to President Barack Obama on Tuesday asking the federal government to pay for half the cost of a new rail tunnel below the Hudson River — a sign that the long-delayed project could be moving ahead.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hewlett-Packard Co. is preparing to shed up to another 30,000 jobs as the Silicon Valley pioneer launches into a new era in the same cost-cutting mode that has marred much of its recent history.
The head of the largest New York police union on Tuesday said the public should suspend judgment of an officer who tackled and arrested ex-tennis star James Blake outside of a Manhattan hotel last week. "No one should ever jump to an uninformed conclusion based upon a few seconds of video," Patrick Lynch, president of the New York City Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, said in a statement titled "an open letter to all of those inclined to jump to conclusions." "Let all of the facts lead where they will, but police officers have earned the benefit of the doubt because of the dangers we routinely face, Lynch said." Blake's attorney, Kevin Marino, called the letter "far worse than nonsense" and said Lynch's defense of white officer James Frascatore was damaging the reputation of his members.
CHICAGO (AP) — A retired Chicago police officer accused of making phone calls threatening to hurt investigators of an Illinois officer's fatal shooting unless they declared the death a suicide was released from jail Tuesday after posting bond, a sheriff's official and his lawyer said.
By Curtis Skinner MIDDLETOWN, Calif. (Reuters) - Property losses from a deadly Northern California wildfire, the most destructive this year in the western United States, climbed on Tuesday to at least 585 homes and hundreds of other structures that have gone up in flames. The latest tally, up from Monday's estimate of 400 homes razed, came as firefighters gained some ground against the blaze, which erupted on Saturday and raced through several communities in the hills north of Napa County's wine-producing region. Thousands of residents were forced to flee, many without warning as neighborhoods burned around them.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A businesswoman will continue to pay $25,000 a month plus maintenance expenses on a hilltop convent that Los Angeles' Catholic archbishop wants to sell to pop singer Katy Perry, a judge ruled Tuesday.