WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Maryland became the 18th U.S. state to abolish the death penalty on Thursday when Governor Martin O’Malley signed a bill outlawing capital punishment in the state.
O’Malley, a Democrat mentioned as a potential presidential candidate in 2016, had pledged to sign the bill, which the Democrat-controlled legislature passed in March. The law replaces capital punishment with a sentence of life without parole.
WASHINGTON, May 2 (Reuters) – Honey bees, which play a key
role in pollinating a wide variety of food crops, are in sharp
decline in the United States, due to parasites, disease and
pesticides, said a federal report released on Thursday.
Genetics and poor nutrition are also hurting the species,
which help farmers produce crops worth some $20 billion to $30
billion a year.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Compassionate release programs at overcrowded U.S. federal prisons are poorly run and lack clear standards, resulting in some eligible inmates dying before they can be freed, the Department of Justice said on Wednesday.
Few prisoners are released early on compassionate grounds. An average of 24 gravely ill prisoners were freed each year from 2006 to 2011, but another 28 died in custody during that time while waiting for the Bureau of Prisons to make a decision on their cases, the department’s inspector general said in a report.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The District of Columbia has begun a review of century-old rules limiting building heights that could let the low-rise U.S. capital grow upward without harming views of landmarks such as the Washington Monument and U.S. Capitol.
The city has hired consultants to conduct the review, part of a congressionally requested plan that could revise building limits that have largely banned high-rise structures, Mayor Vincent Gray said on Tuesday.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Ending a three-decade quest, Debbie Long on Monday met the American “kid” soldier who freed her mother from a World War II Nazi concentration camp. She threw her arms around Eldon Ooton, now 90, and sobbed.
Long and Ooton were among the former concentration camp prisoners, their families, and the U.S. soldiers who liberated them gathered at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum on Monday at what may be one of the last big gatherings of those who survived the Nazi genocide.
WASHINGTON, April 23 (Reuters) – An alleged al Qaeda-backed
plot to derail a U.S. passenger train in Canada sought to
exploit the vulnerabilities of railroads that have not gotten
much attention from the American public.
While the United States has sharply tightened security
around airlines since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, trains are
far harder to police, with masses of passengers getting on and
off and stops at many stations on a single line. Thousands of
miles (km) of track, bridges and tunnels present a major
challenge to monitor.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A former Washington schoolteacher on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list for child pornography was ordered detained after an initial appearance in a U.S. court on Tuesday following extradition from Nicaragua, officials said.
The man, Eric Justin Toth, 31, was arrested on Saturday in Esteli, a city some 90 miles north of Managua, after almost five years on the run.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A former Washington schoolteacher on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list for child pornography is scheduled to appear in a U.S. court on Tuesday after being extradited from Nicaragua, officials said.
The man, Eric Justin Toth, 31, was arrested on Saturday in Esteli, a city some 90 miles north of Managua, after almost five years on the run and faces an initial appearance in Washington’s U.S. District Court.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A former Washington schoolteacher on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list for alleged child pornography has been arrested in the Central American country of Nicaragua, a federal law enforcement source said on Monday.
The suspect, Eric Justin Toth, was arrested over the weekend, and U.S. authorities are seeking his extradition, the source said.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings are ethnic Chechen brothers who spent much of their lives away from the breakaway Russian republic and showed few outward signs of radicalism in the United States.
Much is still unknown about Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, named by a national security official as suspects in the twin bombings that killed three people and wounded 176 on Monday.