(CN) — A sweltering August marked the 16th consecutive month of record-breaking temperatures around the world.
Land and sea surface temperature averages beat August 2015 records, according to data released Tuesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The chairman of Ron Paul's 2012 presidential bid was sentenced Tuesday to probation and home confinement rather than prison, and two other top aides were awaiting their sentences for a scheme to cover up campaign payments to a former Iowa state senator who agreed to endorse their boss.
Although prosecutors were seeking more than two years in federal prison, Jesse Benton was sentenced to two years' probation and six months of home confinement, along with community service and a $10,000 fine.
He was convicted of conspiracy, causing false campaign contribution reports to be filed to the Federal Election Commission and participating in a false statement scheme.
Judge James Jarvey called the crimes serious and said Benton took advantage of the system designed to ensure transparency in how campaigns are financed.
SAN JOSE — A federal judge dismissed claims that the carousel feature on Amazon's Fire and Kindle infringe Tri Dim's patent, finding the patent invalid because it is "directed to the abstract idea of classifying and storing digital images." MANHATTAN (CN) — One year after a black driver won a NASCAR-sanctioned event for the first time, Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, but the league has still not seen another black champion in its highest-level races more than 50 years later.
On Friday, a federal lawsuit charged that racial progress has zipped by NASCAR, and motorsports racing remains the "most racially segregated sport in the United States." Terrance Alton Cox III, the founder of the North Carolina-based company Diversity Motorsports, says that he has been trying to make U. racing look more like the rest of the land since 2009.
SHERMAN, Texas (CN) — Texas and 20 other states said Tuesday that President Barack Obama is illegally rewriting federal law to double the income ceiling for employees eligible for overtime in a way that will hurt the economy.
Texas and Nevada filed a federal complaint against the U. Department of Labor Tuesday in the Eastern District of Texas, six months after Obama directed the agency to double the overtime exemption for white-collar employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act from ,660 to ,476. 1, the change is expected to raise the incomes of 12.5 million workers and boost wages by million in the next decade as many more workers become eligible for overtime.
The rule will automatically adjust the salary threshold every three years for inflation. (CN) — Three more officers have been criminally charged over their involvement in a police sex scandal involving departments across the San Francisco Bay Area.