ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A dozen guards were held hostage 35 years ago during one of the nation's deadliest prison riots. Some were brutally beaten and sexually assaulted as rioting prisoners killed 33 fellow inmates during a clash that included beheadings, amputations and burned bodies.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Striking FairPoint workers gave their union negotiators a standing ovation Friday at the first briefings and ratification votes on a tentative agreement aimed at ending a four-month strike.
By Jarrett Renshaw NEW YORK (Reuters) - (This version of the Feb. 19 story has been corrected to clarify first paragraph and penultimate paragraph to reflect that the November findings were revised last month. Inserts new second paragraph to show that the violations have been resolved.) The Exxon Mobil Corp XOM.N refinery in Torrance, California, that was hit by an explosion this week was cited last year for eight serious violations following state inspections, but a review cleared the plant this month of all but two serious violations and 12 general violations. Exxon Mobil said on Thursday it had resolved both serious violations at the plant. On Nov. 24, California's Division of Occupational Safety and Health, better known as Cal/OSHA, cited the refinery for eight serious and 17 general violations and fined Exxon Mobil $41,320, according to the documents.
A psychologist testified in court on Friday that the man charged with murdering U.S. Navy sniper Chris Kyle and another man on a Texas shooting range two years ago has been faking schizophrenia and knew what he did was wrong, media reports said. Eddie Ray Routh, 27, is accused of shooting Kyle, whose best-selling autobiography was turned into the hit movie "American Sniper, and Kyle's friend Chad Littlefield at the range about 70 miles (110 km) southwest of Fort Worth. Defense attorneys, who have not disputed that Routh repeatedly shot the two men in February 2013, are seeking to have Routh declared innocent by reason of insanity. On Friday, psychologist Randall Price testified for the prosecution in a rural court in Stephenville, a day after a forensic psychiatrist for the defense told the jury that he found Routh had paranoid schizophrenia and showed signs of psychosis that could not be faked.
By Karen Pierog CHICAGO (Reuters) - Governor Bruce Rauner is seeking to persuade credit rating agencies from further downgrading Illinois' weak ratings, shortly after presenting his turnaround budget to the state General Assembly. The Republican governor spoke with the three major credit rating agencies about his spending plan and agenda, his office said late on Thursday. Rauner, who took office in January, delivered his first Illinois budget address on Wednesday. Illinois' credit ratings at A3 and A-minus are the lowest among the 50 states and due to negative outlooks are tipping toward triple-B, a low investment-grade rating level rarely assigned to states.