Polio found in New York wastewater as state urges vaccinations

Myanmar executes four democracy activists, drawing condemnation and outrage

WASHINGTON, Aug 1 (Reuters) – The polio virus was present in wastewater in a New York City suburb a month before health officials there announced a confirmed case of the disease last month, state health officials said on Monday, urging residents to be sure they have been vaccinated. The discovery of the disease from wastewater … Read more

US House passes, sends to Senate assault-style weapon ban

US House passes, sends to Senate assault-style weapon ban

WASHINGTON, July 29 (Reuters) – The US House of Representatives on Friday passed legislation banning assault-style rifles that have been used in mass shootings, sending it to the Senate where it faces likely defeat. By a mostly partisan vote of 217-213, Democrats won passage of the measure amid public anger over mass murders in which … Read more

At least 16 die in ‘epic’ Kentucky floods, including 6 children

At least 16 die in 'epic' Kentucky floods, including 6 children

July 29 (Reuters) – The death toll in eastern Kentucky rose to at least 16 on Friday as flooding unleashed by “epic” torrential rainfall swept through homes, washed out roads and pushed rivers over their banks, state authorities said, warning that more fatalities were expected. Police and National Guard troops, including personnel from neighboring states, … Read more

Texas school principal suspended after Uvalde shooting

Texas school principal suspended after Uvalde shooting

Texas Governor Greg Abbott speaks with Mandy Gutierrez, Principal at Robb Elementary School, where a gunman killed 19 children and two teachers in the deadliest US school shooting in nearly a decade, during US President Joe Biden’s visit at the school, in Uvalde, Texas, US May 29, 2022. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst Register now for FREE unlimited … Read more

Alex Jones must pay for Sandy Hook falsehoods, parents’ lawyer says as defamation trial begins

Alex Jones must pay for Sandy Hook falsehoods, parents' lawyer says as defamation trial begins

July 26 (Reuters) – US conspiracy theorist Alex Jones led a “vile campaign of defamation” when he falsely claimed the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax, a Texas jury was told on Tuesday, but a lawyer for Jones said his client already had paid a price. Attorney Mark Bankston, representing the parents of slain … Read more

Exclusive: Hyundai subsidiary has used child labor at Alabama factory

Exclusive: Hyundai subsidiary has used child labor at Alabama factory

LUVERNE, Alabama, July 22 (Reuters) – A subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co has used child labor at a plant that supplies parts for the Korean carmaker’s assembly line in nearby Montgomery, Alabama, according to area police, the family of three underage workers, and eight former and current employees of the factory. Underage workers, in some … Read more