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May 30, 2014

Before Nevada stand-off, a collision between ranchers and tortoises

BUNKERVILLE, Nevada, May 30 (Reuters) – When the U.S.
government declared the Mojave desert tortoise an endangered
species in 1989, it effectively marked the cattle ranchers of
Nevada’s Clark County for extinction.

Rancher Cliven Bundy once had neighbors on the range: when
the tortoise was listed, there were about 50 cattle-ranching
families in the county. Some of them fought court battles to
stay, rejecting the idea their cattle posed a danger to the
tortoises. But, one by one, they slowly gave up and disappeared.

May 24, 2014

Suspected California gunman may have posted video warning of killings

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The gunman suspected of killing six people in drive-by shootings near a California college campus on Friday night may have posted a video online lamenting his loneliness and warning he was about to go on a rampage out of sexual frustration.

Authorities had not yet formally identified the suspected gunman, but a family lawyer said he was almost certainly Elliot Rodger, son of a Hollywood director. Asked by reporters if the gunman was Rodger, lawyer Alan Shifman told reporters: “I cannot confirm that but we believe it.” He added that “the police would not give us 100 percent (certainty).”

May 21, 2014

Visitors take sombre tours as Sept. 11 museum opens to public

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New Yorkers who toured the museum that commemorates the violent attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, on Wednesday, the first day it was open to the public, said they expected a somber visit but found themselves emotionally overwhelmed.

The National September 11 Memorial Museum in downtown Manhattan, featuring displays and artifacts related to the attacks and the nearly 3,000 victims, opened its doors to the general public after eight years of planning and building.

May 21, 2014

Visitors take somber tours as September 11 museum opens to public

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New Yorkers who toured the museum that commemorates the violent attacks of September 11, 2001, on Wednesday, the first day it was open to the public, said they expected a somber visit but found themselves emotionally overwhelmed.

The National September 11 Memorial Museum in downtown Manhattan, featuring displays and artifacts related to the attacks and the nearly 3,000 victims, opened its doors to the general public after eight years of planning and building.

Apr 26, 2014

More tornadoes expected in central U.S. after North Carolina storm

By Jonathan Allen

(Reuters) – The first serious, prolonged storms of the year were brewing on Saturday in the Great Plains, with a growing risk of tornadoes touching down in Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas in the coming days, federal meteorologists said.

A separate storm system sent at least one tornado tearing through coastal North Carolina overnight on Friday. Dozens of homes in Beaufort County collapsed, at least 16 people were hurt and thousands lost electricity, a county official said.

Apr 17, 2014

After Nevada ranch stand-off, emboldened militias ask: where next?

By Jonathan Allen

(Reuters) – Flat on his belly in a sniper position, wearing a baseball cap and a flak jacket, a protester aimed his semi-automatic rifle from the edge of an overpass and waited as a crowd below stood its ground against U.S. federal agents in the Nevada desert.

He was part of a 1,000-strong coalition of armed militia-men, cowboys on horseback, gun rights activists and others who rallied to Cliven Bundy’s Bunkerville ranch, about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas, in a stand-off with about a dozen agents from the federal Bureau of Land Management.

Apr 10, 2014

‘Jesus’s Wife’ papyrus fragment not a forgery, scientists say

By Jonathan Allen

(Reuters) – Scientists who examined a controversial fragment of papyrus written in Egyptian Coptic in which Jesus speaks of his wife concluded in papers published on Thursday that the papyrus and ink are probably ancient and not a modern forgery.

The existence of the fragment, known as the “Gospel of Jesus’s Wife,” was made public at an academic conference in 2012. It is seen by some as a glimpse of how ancient Christians thought while decried by others, including the Vatican, as an absurd fake.

Apr 8, 2014

Passenger paralyzed in fatal N.Y. train crash sues railroad

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A passenger who was left paralyzed in the deadly December derailment of a Metro-North commuter train in New York City filed a negligence lawsuit against the railroad on Tuesday seeking $100 million in damages.

Samuel Rivera, 39, was traveling to New York City with his teenage son on Sunday, December 1, when the train entered a curve at nearly three times the speed limit and ran off the tracks as it approached a station stop in the Bronx.

Apr 7, 2014

Train driver in fatal N.Y. crash had sleep disorder: lawyer

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The driver of a train that derailed in December in New York City, killing four passengers, had an undiagnosed sleep disorder at the time of the accident, his lawyer said on Monday.

William Rockefeller, the engineer at the controls of the Metro-North commuter train that derailed in the Bronx on December 1, suffered from severe sleep apnea, which can cause drowsiness, his lawyer said.

Apr 6, 2014

Frigate nearing sailboat with sick baby in Pacific Ocean

April 5 (Reuters) – A U.S. Navy frigate was expected to
reach an American family and their seriously ill infant on a
faltering sailboat in the Pacific Ocean shortly after dark on
Saturday, a Coast Guard official said.

The frigate Vandegrift, carrying a helicopter and a crew of
200, left San Diego on Friday, bound for the sailboat of Eric
and Charlotte Kaufman.