‘Plane bomber’ faces new charges

A Nigerian man accused of trying to blow up an airliner with a bomb sewn into his underwear last December is arraigned on new charges in the US.

Special Report: Is America the sick man of the globe?

SAGINAW, Michigan (Reuters) – Not long ago, if you wanted steak for lunch at the Texan Restaurant, less than two minutes drive from the Nexteer Automotive assembly plant, you had to be in the door by 11 o’clock in the morning. If you arrived any later, you joined a long line with other laggards and waited for a table to open up.

Fraud charged in NYC electronic worksheet program

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A program to switch New York City workers to electronic timesheets from paper versions has cost the city more than $80 million in a fraudulent scheme that included money laundering, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York said on Wednesday.

Obama backs U.N. indigenous rights declaration

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Thursday he was giving a belated U.S. endorsement to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, drawing hearty applause from a gathering of Native Americans.

Democrats push on spending as government shutdown looms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrats in Congress prepared on Thursday for a high-stakes game of chicken over spending as they moved toward a weekend vote that, if it fails, could lead to a shutdown of wide swaths of the government.

Senator to seek vote stopping EPA carbon rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senator John Rockefeller of West Virginia on Thursday said he would seek a vote before the end of the current congressional session on his bill to postpone Environmental Protection Agency regulation of smokestack carbon dioxide emissions for two years.

U.S. code-cracking agency works as if compromised

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government’s main code-making and code-cracking agency now works on the assumption that foes may have pierced even the most sensitive national security computer networks under its guard.