Jun 25, 2017

Illinois could be first state with 'junk' credit due to budget

Illinois is on track to become the first U.S. state to have its credit rating downgraded to “junk” status, which would deepen its multibillion-dollar deficit and cost taxpayers more for years to come. S&P Global Ratings has warned the agency will likely lower Illinois’ ...

California father buries wrong man after coroner's mistake

Jun 25, 2017

California father buries wrong man after coroner's mistake

Eleven days after laying his son to rest, Frank J. Kerrigan got a call from a friend. “Your son is alive,” he said. “Bill (Shinker) put my son on the phone,” Kerrigan said. “He said, ‘Hi dad.’ “ Orange County coroner’s officials had misidentified ...

Trump OKs $2 billion surveillance drone sale to India

Jun 24, 2017

Trump OKs $2 billion surveillance drone sale to India

The Trump administration has authorized the sale of unarmed surveillance drones to India, the manufacturer said Friday, as the two nations’ leaders prepare for their first face-to-face meeting. India initiated its request to buy 22 Guardian MQ-9B unmanned aircraft for maritime surveillance last year. ...

Trump slashes grant for group combating white extremism

Jun 24, 2017

Trump slashes grant for group combating white extremism

The Trump administration on Friday slashed $400,000 in federal funding for one of the few U.S. groups that combat white extremism but denied it is now focusing only on fighting radical Islamists. A grant announcement by the Department of Homeland Security eliminated funding for ...

Pentagon's nuke-proof 'Doomsday' planes damaged by tornado

Jun 24, 2017

Pentagon's nuke-proof 'Doomsday' planes damaged by tornado

Two of the Pentagon’s specially reinforced “Doomsday” planes, designed to withstand the heat from a nuclear blast, were grounded after being damaged by a tornado, the air force said Friday. The E4-B Boeing 747s, built in the 1970s during the Cold War, are essentially ...