The security company that employed Omar Mateen, the man who in June killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, was fined $151,400 for providing inaccurate psychological testing information on forms that allowed employees to carry guns, a state spokeswoman said on Saturday. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services fined GS4 Secure Solutions on Friday after discovering the firm had listed the name of a psychologist who no longer practiced as the screener on Mateen's form and more than 1,500 others over a 10-year period, said Jennifer Meale, a spokeswoman for t
CHICAGO—With prices for U.S. livestock on the decline due to larger cattle and hog herds, meat processors are jumping on the jerky bandwagon. In recent years, dried-meat snacks have gained popularity as Americans embrace diets packed with protein and less sugar and fat. Jerky has overcome its image as a highly salted pseudo-food found at gas stations and convenience stores.
WASHINGTON -- General Motors Co. said Friday it will recall nearly 4.3 million vehicles worldwide for a software defect that can, in rare instances, prevent air bags from deploying during...
LOS ANGELES—"Star Trek" premiered 50 years ago this week. The original series—created by Gene Roddenberry—ran from 1966 to 1969 before finding a second life in syndication and then on the big screen. "Star Trek" brought some of the most memorable characters on TV: the brash Captain Kirk, the logical Commander Spock, and Lieutenant Uhura, one of the first non-menial African American television roles.
MILWAUKEE—One of the two Wisconsin girls accused of attacking a classmate to please a fictional character named Slenderman is expected on Friday, Sept. 9, to ask a court to change her plea to not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect, local media reported. Anissa Weier, along with Morgan Geyser, have been in custody since they were charged with attempted first-degree homicide in the May 2014 stabbing attack in Waukesha, a suburb of Milwaukee. All three girls were 12 years old at the time of the stabbing. Weier and Geyser are now 14.
MINNEAPOLIS—The Minnesota Twins scored two runs in the seventh inning to steal a 6-5 victory over the Kansas City Royals in the finale of a three-game series on Wednesday night at Target Field. The win was Minnesota's third in 20 games overall and third in 14 games against Kansas City this season. The Twins staged their winning rally off Royals reliever Joakim Soria. Brian Dozier hit a leadoff single, stole second and scored on a double by Miguel Sano off the wall in right field to tie the game at 4-4.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado—American swimmer Ryan Lochte has been suspended for 10 months, U.S. media reported on Wednesday, following a scandal involving the U.S. Olympic athlete and three other swimmers at the Rio Games. The suspension was handed down by the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Swimming, USA Today reported, citing an unnamed source. Celebrity gossip website TMZ, citing unnamed sources, also reported the suspension. No further details were available.
The United States lifted protection for most humpback whales around the globe on Tuesday, Sept. 6, including some in American waters, based on evidence they have made a strong comeback since commercial whaling drove them to near extinction. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration removed humpback whales from the Endangered Species Act in nine of 14 population areas, the agency said in a statement. "Today's news is a true ecological success story," said Eileen Sobeck, assistant NOAA administrator for fisheries.
WASHINGTON—With the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks nearing, Americans are sharply divided on party lines over the threat of a major terrorist attack on the United States, according to a poll released on Wednesday. Forty percent of Americans say the ability of terrorists to strike the United States is greater than it was at the time of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, according to the Pew Research Center survey of 1,201 adults.
WASHINGTON—Dakota Access agreed on Tuesday, Sept. 6, to halt construction in the area of a sacred Native American site in North Dakota until Friday. After violent clashes between protesters and security officers near the construction site, the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and a neighboring Native American tribe asked the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Sunday for a temporary restraining order against Dakota Access, the company building the pipeline.