WASHINGTON—A fire that gutted a U.S. Department of Agriculture building in Maryland shows no initial signs of a crime being committed, a spokesman for federal investigators said Wednesday. The storage shed that burned Tuesday was at a USDA complex in Beltsville, a Washington suburb, that was among department facilities in five states closed last week after anonymous threats were received. "At this point in time it appears that no criminal act occurred," said Mark Cheplak, a spokesman for the Baltimore office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Tiger Woods announced on Wednesday, Sept. 7, that he hopes to make his competitive return to golf next month, beginning with the PGA Tour's Safeway Open in Napa, Calif., after spending more than a year on the sidelines. The 14-time major winner also said, depending on "my continued progress and recovery," that he intends to compete at the Turkish Airlines Open in November and the Tiger Woods Foundation-run Hero World Challenge in December.
An earthquake Sept. 3 in Oklahoma was the strongest on record in the state and had a magnitude of 5.8, the U.S. Geological Survey said Wednesday. The quake, felt in an area stretching from Texas to South Dakota, hit near the northern Oklahoma town of Pawnee. It fueled growing concerns about seismic activity linked to a decade-long boom in oil and gas production after advances in hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling.
WASHINGTON—U.S. job openings surged to a record high in July, but a lag in hiring suggested employers were struggling to find qualified workers to fill the positions. The monthly Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey released Wednesday by the Labor Department also pointed to tightening conditions in the labor market, which could spur faster wage growth.
A Kansas man robbed a bank last week in order to go to jail and avoid his wife, court documents showed. Lawrence John Ripple, 70, told his wife following a...
• NEW YORK—With massive travel reward point bonuses on the table this fall, consumers who sign up for a new credit card could be flying free for spring break. • But if you are like most people, you will file this information away in the back of your mind and forget to act on it until it is too late. • A new data analysis by the consumer website Nerdwallet.com has found that 83 percent of consumers apply for credit cards at the wrong time. That leaves 15,338 miles on the table, or about $177.
WASHINGTON—A close ally of Donald Trump said talks about the cost of building a wall with Mexico was not supposed to be part of the discussion during Republican presidential candidate's recent meeting with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto. After the two met in Mexico last Wednesday, Trump told reporters they did not discuss his demand that Mexico pay the cost for construction of a wall on the border between the two countries. Hours later, however, Pena Nieto said on Twitter he did raise the issue of the cost of the wall. "At the beginning of the conversation with Donald Trump, I m
NEW YORK/WASHINGTON—Storm Hermine churned off the U.S.
VATICAN CITY—Mother Teresa of Calcutta, known as the "saint of the gutters" during her life, was declared a saint of the Roman Catholic Church by Pope Francis on Sunday, fast-tracked to canonization just 19 years after her death. Tens of thousands of pilgrims packed St.
DENVER—Police investigating the slaying of Colorado child beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey declined on Thursday to address the media hype surrounding the 20th anniversary of one of the most sensational unsolved murders in the annals of American crime. Boulder Police Chief Greg Testa said in an unusual videotaped message that his department will not participate in a flurry of television specials, documentaries and news articles slated to run between now and December.