Flood swamps low-lying areas of Minot, North Dakota

MINOT, North Dakota (Reuters) – Floodwaters swamped lower-lying areas of Minot, North Dakota, on Friday as federal officials sharply increased water releases to the already swollen Souris River.

Ex-media mogul Conrad Black sent back to prison

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A U.S. judge on Friday ordered former media baron Conrad Black back to prison for 13 more months, cutting his original 6 1/2-year sentence nearly in half for remaining fraud and obstruction of justice convictions.

Obama administration eyes ways to aid rental housing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration is exploring ways to support lending for rental housing as the troubled U.S. real estate sector has kept potential buyers on the sidelines, a top Treasury official said on Friday.

North Dakota flood refugees worry about their future

MINOT, North Dakota (Reuters) – School may be out for summer but Associate Professor Robert Kibler remains at Minot State University — and not because he is teaching a summer school class.

Accused Boston mobster Bulger is home to face judge

BOSTON (Reuters) – Former Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger returned home to Massachusetts after 16 years on the run and was to appear before a federal judge here late on Friday, a Justice Department spokeswoman said.

Casey Anthony’s brother says family mum on her pregnancy

ORLANDO, Fla (Reuters) – Lee Anthony broke down in tears on the witness stand during his sister’s first-degree murder trial on Friday, recalling how Casey and their mother refused to acknowledge Casey’s obvious pregnancy to him until three days before she gave birth.

Hackers attack Electronic Arts website

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Cyber hackers have breached an Electronic Arts Inc website and may have taken user information such as birth dates, phone numbers and mailing addresses, the company said on its website on Friday.