United Kingdom votes in most unpredictable election in decades
By Guy Faulconbridge and Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - British voters get to decide on Thursday who they want to rule the world's fifth-largest economy in a tight election that could yield weak government, propel the United Kingdom towards a vote on EU membership and stoke Scottish desire for secession. Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives and Ed Miliband's opposition Labour Party have been neck and neck in opinion polls for months, indicating neither will win enough seats for an outright majority in the 650-seat parliament. "It is going to go down to the wire." Cameron said only his Conservatives could deliver strong, stable government: "All other options will end in chaos." The Conservatives portray themselves as the party of jobs and economic recovery, promising to reduce income tax for 30 million people while forcing through further spending cuts to eliminate a budget deficit still running at 5 percent of gross domestic product.
Records: Idaho man acknowledged killing police officer
BOISE, Idaho (AP) ? An Idaho man told investigators he used a 9mm Glock handgun hidden in his coat pocket to shoot and kill a police officer because he feared the officer would find the weapon, according to court documents released Wednesday.
Jim Wright early casualty of rising US House partisanship
DALLAS (AP) ? As a member of what he called "the people's house" for more than a generation, Texas Democrat Jim Wright was known for his rich oratorical skills in the U.S. House. He never relied on them more than the day in 1989, when he told those who had elected him speaker about two years earlier that he was prepared to resign after being accused of violating ethics rules dozens of times.
Tesla beats Wall Street forecasts on record quarterly sales
DETROIT (AP) ? Electric car maker Tesla Motors delivered a quarterly record of 10,045 cars in the first quarter, helping it beat Wall Street's expectations despite costly investments in new products and factory capacity and the impact of the strong dollar.
Train hauling crude from ND oil patch derails, catches fire
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) ? A train that derailed and caught fire early Wednesday in rural North Dakota was hauling crude from the state's oil patch, raising questions about whether new state standards intended to reduce the volatility of such shipments are sufficient.
Advisory firms urge revolt over JPMorgan chief's pay packet
Leading shareholder advisory groups Wednesday opposed JPMorgan Chase chief executive Jamie Dimon's annual pay packet, branding it poorly aligned with the bank's performance. JPMorgan, the largest US bank by assets, kept Dimon's overall compensation for 2014 at the same level of $20 million as in 2013, but included a $7 million cash incentive bonus after granting comparable pay in stock the last two years. The change "reflects the board?s desire to return Mr. Dimon?s pay mix to market-competitive levels," JPMorgan said in a securities filing. Substituting cash for stock eliminates an executive retention incentive and the size of the award "appears arbitrary," ISS said.
Baltimore mayor seeks federal civil-rights probe of policeBALTIMORE (AP) ? Baltimore's mayor is asking federal investigators to look into whether the city's police department uses a pattern of excessive force or discriminatory policing.
Tornadoes touch down in Oklahoma, Nebraska on active dayOKLAHOMA CITY (AP) ? A storm that produced tornadoes across parts of southwestern Oklahoma bore down on suburban Oklahoma City during the evening rush hour Wednesday, and forecasters declared a tornado emergency for suburban Moore, which was hit hard two years ago.
Clinton challenges Bush on immigration as GOP shifts
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Hillary Rodham Clinton has injected new fire into the immigration debate with her call to allow people in the country illegally to gain citizenship, challenging a centerpiece of Republican presidential prospect Jeb Bush's likely candidacy.
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