Top U.S. military officer seeks to address criticism of fatal Niger operation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top U.S. military officer sought on Monday to tamp down criticism the Pentagon had not been forthcoming about the death of four U.S. soldiers in an ambush in Niger, providing a timeline of the incident and acknowledging unanswered questions remained.

Honduras man living in Miami charged with trying to bomb a mall

(Reuters) – A Honduras citizen with sympathies to ISIS and residing in Miami appeared in federal court on Monday on a charge of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction in a planned attack on a crowded Miami shopping mall, the U.S. Justice Department said.

Trader pleads guilty in fraudulent fuel credits scheme – U.S. Justice Department

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The owner of a company that buys and sells renewable fuel and fuel credits pleaded guilty to conspiracy for his role in a scheme that generated more than $47 million in fraudulent renewable fuels credits from the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Justice Department said on Monday.

Iowa murder trial to open in gender identity case flagged by Sessions

(Reuters) – A man charged in the murder of an Iowa teenager who identified as both male and female is scheduled to go on trial on Tuesday in a case that led U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to dispatch a federal civil rights prosecutor.

U.S. lawmakers ask DOJ if terrorism law covers pipeline activists

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. representatives from both parties asked the Department of Justice on Monday whether the domestic terrorism law would cover actions by protesters that shut oil pipelines last year, a move that could potentially increase political rhetoric against climate change activists.

Art of the deal: Trump’s Empire State Building doodle fetches $16,000

NEW YORK (Reuters) – George W. Bush famously turned to portrait painting as a hobby when he left office. Could President Donald Trump one day follow in his footsteps, encouraged by the recent sale of his drawing of New York City’s Empire State Building for $16,000?

Nevada gun shows tied to firearm violence in California: study

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Firearms-related deaths and injuries increased 70 percent in parts of California in the weeks after gun shows in neighboring Nevada, which has fewer regulations on such events, a University of California, Berkeley study released on Monday found.

Top U.S. general says no sign soldiers in Niger took too many risks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top U.S. general said on Monday he had no information that Army special operation forces involved in a deadly attack in Niger earlier this month had taken too many risks.