Barbara Bush remembered for her dignity and wit at Houston funeral

HOUSTON (Reuters) – Former first lady Barbara Bush was remembered at her funeral on Saturday as a formidable but caring figure whose devotion to her family was matched only by her commitment to public service.

Ex-U.S. presidents among mourners as Barbara Bush lauded at funeral

HOUSTON (Reuters) – Former first lady Barbara Bush was remembered on Saturday as a sharp-tongued but caring figure whose devotion to her family was matched only by her commitment to public service.

Former U.S. taekwondo star waits a decade for her #MeToo moment

(Reuters) – It has taken a decade, but Mandy Meloon, a two-time taekwondo world champion thrown off the U.S. national team in 2007 after accusing her coach of molesting her at age 16, has won a measure of vindication.

U.S. student anti-gun activists to keep momentum alive over summer

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Leaders of the student-led anti-gun movement, who inspired classroom walkouts across the country on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre, say they plan to maintain their activism through the long summer break.

Ex-U.S. presidents among mourners expected at Barbara Bush funeral

(Reuters) – Several former U.S. presidents and hundreds of mourners are expected to gather at a Houston church on Saturday for the funeral of former first lady Barbara Bush, who died on Tuesday at the age of 92.

Missouri governor charged with felony computer data tampering

(Reuters) – Missouri Governor Eric Greitens, already facing an invasion-of-privacy trial next month in connection with an extramarital affair, was charged separately on Friday with felony computer tampering tied to his political fund-raising.

Harvey Weinstein goes to court to retrieve personal emails

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Movie producer Harvey Weinstein asked a U.S. bankruptcy judge on Friday to order his company, which filed for Chapter 11 protection in March, to turn over personal emails that he says are relevant to ongoing civil and criminal investigations against him.

Trucker in deadly Texas migrant case given life sentences

SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) – The driver of a truck packed with migrants, 10 of whom died due to sweltering Texas heat in July, was sentenced on Friday to life in prison without parole after pleading guilty in October to federal human smuggling charges.

U.S. students walk out again to protest gun violence

LITTLETON, Colo. (Reuters) – Demanding an end to gun violence and tougher restrictions on firearm sales, thousands of students again walked out of classes across the United States on Friday in hopes of putting pressure on politicians ahead of November’s midterm elections.

Southwest giving passengers $5,000 checks on accident flight

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Southwest Airlines Co confirmed Friday it has sent $5,000 checks to passengers aboard a flight that made an emergency landing this week after an engine failed, killing a passenger.

Charges against New York officer urged in 2014 choke hold death: NY Times

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Federal civil rights prosecutors have recommended charging a white New York City police officer for putting Eric Garner, an unarmed black man, in a fatal choke hold during a 2014 arrest, the New York Times reported on Friday, citing unnamed officials.

New York banning cars from Central Park starting this summer

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York City’s Central Park will kick out cars this summer after more than a century, returning its roads to walkers, runners and cyclists, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Friday.

U.S. woman gets life sentence for Canada mall shooting plot

TORONTO (Reuters) – A U.S. woman has been sentenced to life in a Canadian prison for her role in an aborted Valentine’s Day mass shooting at a shopping mall in 2015, local media reported on Friday.

America’s nuclear headache: old plutonium with nowhere to go

AMARILLO, Texas (Reuters) – In a sprawling plant near Amarillo, Texas, rows of workers perform by hand one of the most dangerous jobs in American industry. Contract workers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pantex facility gingerly remove the plutonium cores from retired nuclear warheads.

Three defense witnesses to testify in Cosby sex assault retrial

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) – Three witnesses are expected to testify on Friday for the defense in the trial against comedian Bill Cosby, who is accused of drugging and sexual assaulting a former friend more than a decade ago.

California does ‘poor job’ in assisting homeless: state auditor

(Reuters) – California does a poor job helping homeless people who live in cars, abandoned buildings and on the street find shelter and must do more to address the problem in their state that leads the nation in homelessness, the state’s auditor said on Thursday.

Alabama executes inmate, 83, oldest in modern U.S. history

(Reuters) – Alabama on Thursday executed an 83-year-old man convicted of a deadly 1989 serial bombing spree, making him the oldest known person put to death in the modern era of U.S. capital punishment.

Gun-control activists rally near Columbine High School ahead of walkouts

LITTLETON, Colo. (Reuters) – Colorado gun control activists rallied on Thursday near Columbine High School, calling for an end to gun violence one day before the 19th anniversary of the massacre there and a planned nationwide student walkout.

Valero’s Texas City refinery hit by explosion, fire

HOUSTON (Reuters) – An explosion set off a huge fire at Valero Energy Corp’s 225,000 barrel-per-day (bpd) Texas City, Texas, refinery on Thursday afternoon but the fire was quickly contained, according the City of Texas City Emergency Management office.

Supreme Court allows Alabama to execute 83-year-old inmate

(Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday denied last-minute appeals to spare the life of an 83-year-old convicted killer, clearing the path for Alabama’s execution of a man who would be the oldest inmate put to death in the modern era of U.S. capital punishment.

U.S. appeals court blocks Indiana ‘selective’ abortion law

(Reuters) – A federal appeals court on Thursday declared unconstitutional an Indiana law signed by then-Governor Mike Pence that banned women from having abortions because of the gender, race or disability, including Down’s syndrome, of their fetuses.

Supreme Court temporarily halts Alabama execution of 83-year-old inmate

(Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday temporarily halted Alabama’s planned execution of an 83-year-old convicted pipe-bomb killer, minutes before he was set to become the oldest person put to death in the modern era of U.S. capital punishment.

Cosby sex assault retrial to go to jury next week – judge

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) – Prosecutors wrapped up their sexual assault case against comedian Bill Cosby on Thursday as experts offered conflicting testimony about the drugs he is accused of giving a then-friend before allegedly raping her.

Black men arrested at Starbucks hope scandal sparks change

(Reuters) – A week after their arrests at a Starbucks Corp cafe in Philadelphia sparked protests and calls for boycotts of the coffee chain, the two black men involved broke their silence and said they wanted the incident to change U.S. racial attitudes.

Lance Armstrong settles U.S. federal fraud case for $5 million: attorney

(Reuters) – Former cycling champion Lance Armstrong on Thursday agreed to pay $5 million to settle a federal suit claiming he defrauded his sponsor, the U.S. Postal Service, by using performance-enhancing drugs, his attorney said.

Wisconsin court allows lawsuit against gun sale website to proceed

(Reuters) – A Wisconsin appeals court on Thursday ruled that the daughter of a woman killed in a 2012 mass shooting can sue the operator of a firearms classified ad website from which the killer illegally bought his gun.

Ex-Venezuelan official pleads guilty in U.S. corruption case

(Reuters) – A former Venezuelan official on Thursday pleaded guilty to taking part in a scheme involving bribes paid by U.S. companies to Venezuelan officials to secure energy contracts and speed up payments on outstanding invoices, U.S. prosecutors said.

Alabama to execute inmate, 83, oldest in modern U.S. history

(Reuters) – Alabama is set on Thursday to execute an 83-year-old convicted pipe-bomb killer, believed to be the oldest person put to death in the modern era of U.S. capital punishment.

Columbine students to register voters in Colorado ahead of anti-gun walkouts

LITTLETON, Co. (Reuters) – Colorado teenagers will kick off a voter registration rally on Thursday, a day ahead of the 19th anniversary of the massacre at Columbine High School, when students nationwide plan to walk out of class in the latest demonstrations against gun violence.

Chicago’s gun-toting students outnumber those of New York, Los Angeles: study

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Chicago high school students were far more likely to report carrying a firearm in recent years than their peers in New York and Los Angeles, a probable factor in Chicago’s 2016-17 spike in gun violence, a study showed on Thursday.