By Andy Sullivan SUPERIOR, Wisconsin (Reuters) - Shortly after taking office in 2011, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker traveled to this hardscrabble port city to unveil a new sign that announced his plan to slash taxes and lure companies from nearby Minnesota. In the years since, Walker has cut state taxes by $2 billion as his state has climbed out of recession. Unemployment in Superior now stands at 4.6 percent, down nearly by half since Walker took office.
By David Randall NEW YORK (Reuters) - The record California drought, now in its fourth year, is prompting fund managers to dive into the shares of water technology companies. Fund managers from T. Rowe Price, Janus, and Mairs & Power are among those that have increased their stakes in firms such as Ecolab Inc, Roper Technologies Inc and Flowserve Corp that make smart meters, efficient heaters, and software that helps restaurants, hotels and homeowners cut back on their water usage. Shares of Roper Technologies Inc, which makes leak testing and flow measurement equipment, are up nearly 13 percent for the year.
By Matt Spetalnick and David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hackers broke into U.S. government computers, possibly compromising the personal data of 4 million current and former federal employees, and investigators were probing whether the culprits were based in China, U.S. officials said on Thursday. In the latest in a string of intrusions into U.S. agencies' high-tech systems, the Office of Personnel Management suffered what appeared to be one of the largest breaches of information ever on government workers. A U.S. law enforcement source told Reuters a "foreign entity or government" was believed to be behind the cyber attack.
By Doina Chiacu and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hackers breached the computers of the U.S. government agency that collects personnel information for federal workers in a massive cyber attack that compromised the data of about 4 million current and former employees, U.S. officials said on Thursday. A U.S. law enforcement source told Reuters a foreign entity or government was believed to be behind the cyber intrusion against the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), and media reports said authorities suspected it originated in China. The Federal Bureau of Investigation said it had launched a probe and would hold the culprits accountable.
A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers introduced legislation on Thursday to boost protections for pregnant workers in response to a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that revived discrimination claims by a former United Parcel Service Inc driver. Federal law currently prohibits employers from firing, refusing to hire or otherwise discriminating against pregnant women. The bill, sponsored by Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, would require employers to make minor modifications to job duties for pregnant employees.
A District of Columbia judge on Thursday granted a new trial to the man convicted of killing federal intern Chandra Levy in 2001, a case that contributed to a politician's downfall. Superior Court Judge Gerald Fisher ordered the retrial for Ingmar Guandique, 34, after prosecutors dropped their opposition to defense lawyers' request for a new trial in the case, which had riveted the U.S. capital. Defense lawyers had argued that a key witness had lied and court records showed the new trial was assigned to Judge Robert Morin.
(Reuters) - Baltimore's top prosecutor plans to seek a protective order that would block the release of Freddie Gray's autopsy report and other documents as she prosecutes police over his arrest, the Baltimore Sun reported on Thursday. State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby told the newspaper that prosecutors "have a duty to ensure a fair and impartial process for all parties involved" and "will not be baited into litigating this case through the media." Gray, a 25-year-old black man, died on April 19 from a spinal injury suffered in police custody. Mosby has charged six officers with violations ranging from misconduct in office to, in one case, second-degree murder.
A woman who organized a May event in Texas highlighting cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed said she was the target of a man who federal prosecutors said had planned to behead police officers in Boston. Pamela Geller told CNN on Thursday that she believed that Usamaah Abdullah Rahim, whom police said they shot dead on Tuesday after he allegedly confronted them with a large knife, had intended to come after her. Gunmen had targeted Geller's event.
(Reuters) - A widow has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Marion "Suge" Knight, accusing the rap mogul of carelessly striking and killing her husband with his pickup truck during a fight outside a Southern California fast-food restaurant, court documents showed. Universal Pictures, along with rappers Dr. Dre and Ice Cube, were also named in the lawsuit filed on Wednesday in Superior Court of California County of Los Angeles by Lillian Carter, whose husband Terry was killed in the Jan. 29 incident in Compton, California. Knight, 50, was charged on Feb. 2 in criminal court with murder and attempted murder, accused of running over Carter, 55, and another man with his pickup after an argument on the set of a commercial for the film "Straight Outta Compton." He has pleaded not guilty.
Former FIFA Vice President Jack Warner, a central figure in world soccer's deepening scandal, has vowed to tell investigators all he knows about corruption within the sport's governing body. In a paid political address entitled "The gloves are off" broadcast in Trinidad and Tobago late on Wednesday, Warner said he feared for his life, but would reveal everything he knows. "There can be no reversal of the course of action I've now embarked upon," said Warner, a prominent local politician and businessman.