No charges for Los Angeles officers who killed unarmed black man
Two Los Angeles police officers who fatally shot an unarmed black man described by his lawyer as mentally challenged will face no criminal charges over the 2014 killing, the district attorney said on Tuesday, calling their actions "legally justified." The killing of 25-year-old Ezell Ford was one of many shootings of unarmed black men by U.S. law enforcement that triggered national protests and fueled a renewed civil rights movement known as Black Lives Matter. In a redacted report, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey said Officers Sharlton Wampler and Antonio Villegas spotted Ford leaving a "known gang area" on Aug. 11, 2014, and suspected he was trying to dispose of something illegal.
Oscars change their tune with 'La La Land,' diverse nominees
History, both recent and ancient, was made across Tuesday's 89th annual Academy Awards nominations, where the retro musical "La La Land" reaped a record-tying 14 nominations and a wave of African-American films, led by the luminous coming-of-age portrait "Moonlight," resoundingly toppled two straight years of "so white" Oscars.
The Latest: House votes to bar funds for abortion coverage
The Latest on activities in Congress (all times EST): 4:50 p.m. The House has approved legislation that would permanently bar federal funds for any abortion coverage. The measure, which passed 238-183, ...
Snow-covered buildings collapsing in rare US West weather
Despite no evidence, White House says Trump stands by voter fraud belief
By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump stands by his belief that millions of people voted illegally in the U.S. election, the White House said on Tuesday, despite widespread evidence to the contrary. "The president does believe that," White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters. State officials in charge of the Nov. 8 election have said they found no evidence of widespread voter fraud and there is no history of it in U.S. elections.
Oil-dependent US states sliding into recession, S&P says
Crashing oil prices in recent years have helped send crude-producing US states into recession, and they are unlikely to recover significantly even if prices recover, Standard & Poor's said Tuesday. The report came as President Donald Trump moved to reverse decisions by the previous administration to block the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines. Trump also has pledged to open more areas up to exploration and production, which will cheer investors but would not necessarily help states' economic growth.
Trump admin orders EPA contract freeze and media blackout
The Trump administration has instituted a media blackout at the Environmental Protection Agency and barred staff from awarding any new contracts or grants, part of a broader communications clampdown within ...
Trump revives controversial oil pipeline projects
US President Donald Trump on Tuesday revived two oil pipeline projects blocked by his predecessor on environmental grounds, signalling his determination to undo Barack Obama's legacy. Trump gave a conditional go-ahead to the Keystone XL pipeline -- which would carry oil from Canadian tar sands to US refineries on the Gulf Coast -- and an equally controversial pipeline crossing in North Dakota. Both had been put on hold by president Barack Obama's administration on environmental grounds.
California governor defiant in face of Trump agenda
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) ? Gov. Jerry Brown forcefully defended California's efforts to curb global warming, protect immigrants and expand health care, vowing in his State of the State address Tuesday to fight the Trump administration if it tries to roll back the state's accomplishments.
Emoluments, executive orders _ a Trump glossary
It's the first full work week for the Trump administration, and the talk is all about emoluments, executive orders, a border tax, TPP and much more. If you're rusty on some of those terms, grab this glossary ...