NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A teenager who was shot and killed following a Mother's Day motorcycle blessing in Newark was in the wrong place at the wrong time, authorities said Friday as they charged four other teens in the case.
Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday announced a crackdown on nail salons accused of exploiting mostly immigrant workers by failing to pay minimum wage and exposing them to dangerous chemicals. Using a range of tools from investigative subpoenas to worker education outreach, the city is moving to eliminate potential health hazards for workers in nail salons and to ensure fair compensation under labor and wage laws, de Blasio said in a statement. “We will use all available powers to shield nail salon workers from deplorable conditions, empower them with awareness of their rights, and offer every other support we can to ensure the safety and dignity of our hardworking fellow New Yorkers,” de Blasio said. The move comes a day after two New York City manicurists filed a proposed federal class action lawsuit claiming four nail salons routinely violated minimum wage and overtime laws.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 1 in 4 surveyed U.S. students say they have been bullied in school. That's an improvement, but the prevalence reinforces just how difficult the problem is to solve.
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - Washington state Governor Jay Inslee declared a statewide drought emergency on Friday, saying drought conditions due to a lack of snowpack are some of the worst on record in a region normally known for its drizzly weather. "We are calling it a snowpack drought." Washington, know as the Evergreen State due to its abundant green forests kept lush by heavy precipitation, is one of several western states struggling under drought conditions. Officials in Washington state were still deciding which agricultural areas will receive additional water resources and other support, Inslee said. Drought conditions also mean the annual wildfire season could be longer and more destructive, Inslee said.
The jury deliberating the fate of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev announced Friday that it has reached a decision on whether he should be sentenced to life in prison without parole or to death.
Officials are on the scene of a hazmat situation at a postal facility in Hamilton Township, Mercer County.
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — More than 1,100 people took refuge in shelters early Saturday as the center of a powerful Pacific typhoon glanced off Guam, hammering the U.S. territory with high winds, rain and huge waves.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — This week's wet storm isn't expected to provide much, if any, relief from California's historic drought. But there is hope for a serious drenching next year in the form of El Nino, a tropical weather pattern over the Pacific Ocean that typically brings rain to the West Coast. Climatologists say the system forming near the equator looks like a big one that has the potential to provide relief from the yearslong dry spell.
Pennsylvania State University said on Friday that two cyberattacks at its College of Engineering, including one in 2012 that originated in China, compromised servers containing information on about 18,000 people. Penn State, a major developer of technology for the U.S. Navy, said there was no evidence that research or personal data such as social security or credit card numbers had been stolen. Cybersecurity firm Mandiant has confirmed that at least one of the two attacks was carried out by a "threat actor" based in China, Penn State said.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly called Friday for urgent assistance to help Nepal earthquake survivors and to rebuild the impoverished Himalayan nation so it can better survive future disasters.
A U.S. Naval Academy midshipman killed in this week's Amtrak derailment was remembered Friday as a rising star who inspired others and "put everyone before himself."
Philadelphia police are investigating a report that a baby was thrown onto train tracks Friday.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The family of a man who killed himself after a shootout with authorities has sued the city of Albuquerque, its police department and two officers, claiming police unnecessarily escalated a 2012 standoff.
By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Air Force's acquisition chief said on Friday he expects the Air Force to announce the winner of a hard-fought competition to build a new long-range strike bomber in one to two months. Northrop Grumman Corp, maker of the B-2 bomber, is competing against a team of Boeing Co and Lockheed Martin Corp to build 80 to 100 new LRS-B aircraft for the Air Force at a fixed price of no more than $550 million each. William LaPlante, speaking to reporters after a speech hosted by the Air Force Association, gave no details but said the source selection for the new bomber was going well. "It's only done when it's really done," LaPlante said.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in license-plate reader technology, but it halted a purchase order at least temporarily after lawyers raised privacy concerns about the surveillance three years ago, according to emails and other documents obtained by The Associated Press.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California cat named Vanilla Bean with a congenital heart defect got a rare chance at another life.
DES PLAINES, Ill. (AP) — Joseph Kozenczak, the suburban Chicago police detective credited with leading the investigation that nabbed serial killer John Wayne Gacy, has died. He was 75.
BOSTON (AP) — The transit police officer almost killed during a shootout with the Boston Marathon bombers has returned to work — with a promotion.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say they are looking for a 16-year-old boy who they believe fired a gun at a school bus, wounding two girls.
(Reuters) - A northwestern Wisconsin processing plant has recalled nearly 2,200 pounds of chicken that a routine inspection found may have been contaminated by a disinfectant, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Friday. AA Poultry Processing in Ridgeland, Wisconsin, recalled 2,191 pounds of chicken and 21 pounds of turkey produced from May 4 to May 11, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food, Safety and Inspection Service said. The chicken and turkey was processed and returned to 10 farmers, who have been notified and have reported no problems or illnesses, according to Audrey Martin, a co-owner of the processing plant.