Feds find egregious safety violations at U.S. mines

NEW YORK (Reuters) – More than four months after the worst U.S. mining accident in decades, federal mine officials have uncovered safety violations during surprise inspections at four underground coal mines, the Mine Safety and Health Administration said on Tuesday.

FedEx sues in bid to halt NYAG Cuomo probe

NEW YORK (Reuters) – FedEx Corp sued New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday seeking to stop an investigation of the air and ground delivery services company over allegations of civil fraud, arguing that his office had exceeded its authority.

Northeast rail services halted in morning rush

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – Rail service affecting thousands of commuters throughout the Northeast was halted for about an hour during the Tuesday morning rush because of a power outage on an Amtrak line.

Microbes ate BP oil deep-water plume: study

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Manhattan-sized plume of oil spewed deep into the Gulf of Mexico by BP’s broken Macondo well has been consumed by a newly discovered fast-eating species of microbes, scientists reported on Tuesday.

Marines don’t want to share rooms with gays: general

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The overwhelming majority of Marines oppose sharing sleeping quarters with openly serving gays and lesbians, an obstacle if Congress lifts the ban on gays in the U.S. military, the top Marine said on Tuesday.

Job fears grip voters as Obama ratings crumble

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – More Americans now disapprove of President Barack Obama than approve of him as high unemployment and government spending scare voters ahead of November’s midterm elections, Reuters/Ipsos poll found on Tuesday.

White House mulling "all options" on stem cells

VINEYARD HAVEN, Massachusetts (Reuters) – The White House is reviewing all options for responding to a court ruling stopping federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research, a spokesman said on Tuesday.