By Laila Kearney

Columbus mayor, police chief to speak on black teen's fatal shooting

By Laila Kearney (Reuters) - Columbus, Ohio, officials on Friday evening will discuss the shooting death this week of a black 13-year-old boy by a white police officer responding to an armed robbery call, to try to maintain calm, city officials said....

Friday, September 16, 2016, 10:46 PM

White Ohio policeman kills black teen armed with BB gun

By Laila Kearney (Reuters) - A white Ohio policeman responding to reports of an armed robbery fatally shot a black 13-year-old boy after he pulled out what appeared to be a weapon that was later determined to be a BB gun, police said on Thursday...

Friday, September 16, 2016, 11:33 AM

White Ohio policeman kills black boy, 13, armed with BB gun

By Laila Kearney (Reuters) - A white Ohio policeman responding to reports of an armed robbery fatally shot a 13-year-old black boy after he pulled out what appeared to be a weapon that was later...

Thursday, September 15, 2016, 4:09 PM

More than 500 rescued from burning ferry fire off Puerto Rico

By Laila Kearney (Reuters) - Hundreds of people were rescued from a smoldering passenger ferry ship that caught fire off...

Thursday, August 18, 2016, 5:55 AM

More than 500 rescued from burning ferry fire off Puerto Rico

By Laila Kearney (Reuters) - Hundreds of people were rescued from a smoldering passenger ferry ship that caught fire off Puerto Rico on Wednesday, the U.S. Coast Guard said...

Wednesday, August 17, 2016, 7:22 PM

Florida officer who killed retiree accused of prior excessive force

By Laila Kearney (Reuters) - A Florida police officer who mistakenly killed a 73-year-old woman during a role-play exercise this week has been the subject of excessive force complaints in the past, according to a police official and media reports...

Thursday, August 11, 2016, 11:32 PM

Amtrak begins settling lawsuits in Pennsylvania derailment

By Laila Kearney (Reuters) - Amtrak has begun settling lawsuits brought by passengers on a speeding train that crashed in Pennsylvania last year, killing eight people and injuring about 200, according to court filings and attorneys for passengers....

Wednesday, August 10, 2016, 9:44 PM

Police seek killer of Google worker found slain in Massachusetts woods

By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Investigators searched on Tuesday for clues in the case of a 27-year-old Google employee who was found slain in woods near her mother's Massachusetts home hours after leaving for a jog, police said. The body of...

Tuesday, August 9, 2016, 9:16 PM

Husband of Pennsylvania rock attack victim kills himself

By Laila Kearney (Reuters) - The husband of a woman who was permanently disfigured when a group of teenagers dropped a rock onto her car from a Pennsylvania highway overpass has killed himself, medical examiner officials said on Monday. Randy Budd, 55,...

Monday, August 8, 2016, 10:58 PM

Virginia mayor arrested in methamphetamine bust

By Laila Kearney (Reuters) - The mayor of Fairfax City, Virginia, a suburb of Washington D.C., has been arrested on suspicion of providing methamphetamine for sex, police said on Friday. Mayor Richard "Scott" Silverthorne, 50, has been charged with...

Saturday, August 6, 2016, 12:31 AM

U.S. woman killed in London was wife of Florida State professor

By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - An American woman killed in a knife attack in London on Wednesday night was the wife of an eminent psychology professor at Florida State University (FSU), the university said in a statement on Thursday....

Friday, August 5, 2016, 12:47 AM

Man convicted in deadly 1963 Alabama church bombing denied parole

By Laila Kearney (Reuters) - A 78-year-old man convicted in the infamous 1963 Birmingham, Alabama, church bombing that killed four young black girls during a Sunday morning service was denied parole on Wednesday, a spokeswoman for the state parole board said...

Wednesday, August 3, 2016, 11:31 PM

U.S. counterterrorism agents arrest Michigan man with grenades

By Laila Kearney (Reuters) - Federal counterterrorism agents have arrested a 29-year-old Michigan man accused of illegally purchasing an arsenal of explosives and other devices capable of mass casualties, according to a criminal complaint filed this week...

Tuesday, August 2, 2016, 9:45 PM

New York to bar sex offenders on parole from playing Pokemon Go

By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York will bar registered sex offenders on parole from playing Pokemon Go over concerns that the wildly popular virtual reality game could help sexual predators lure young victims, state officials said on Monday...

Tuesday, August 2, 2016, 1:59 AM

Maryland town ravaged by deadly flood looks to rebuild

By Laila Kearney (Reuters) - A quaint central Maryland town known for its antique shops and haunted mansions was beginning to clean up debris on...

Monday, August 1, 2016, 7:57 PM

Fast-spreading wildfire north of Los Angeles prompts evacuations

By Laila Kearney (Reuters) - Firefighters struggled on Sunday to contain a fast-spreading wildfire that has killed at least one person, destroyed 18 homes and forced hundreds of evacuations in the drought-stricken canyons north of Los Angeles, officials said...

Sunday, July 24, 2016, 11:38 AM

Suspect surrenders after tossing fake bomb into police van in Manhattan

By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York man accused of tossing a fake bomb into a police van in Times Square and later barricading himself inside a vehicle in an hours-long standoff was undergoing a psychiatric evaluation on Thursday...

Thursday, July 21, 2016, 11:21 AM

Parents of boy killed by alligator at Disney resort will not sue

By Laila Kearney (Reuters) - The parents of a two-year-old boy drowned by an alligator at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida last month "are broken" but will not sue over the incident, the couple said in a statement on Wednesday. Lane Graves...

Wednesday, July 20, 2016, 11:36 AM

Study finds widespread aggressive driving in U.S.

By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - An estimated 80 percent of U.S. motorists have engaged in aggressive driving, including tailgating, honking and, in extreme cases, ramming other vehicles when angered, according to a study released on Thursday. The...

Thursday, July 14, 2016, 12:30 PM

Airbnb may put lid on hotel rates during U.S. political conventions

By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - This year's U.S. Republican and Democratic conventions may prove what hotels have long feared: They could lose a consistent windfall to Airbnb and other home-sharing services. Normally, hotels would be cashing...

Monday, July 11, 2016, 2:20 PM