Reuters US News
Arkansas judge halts scheduled executions of eight inmates
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Reuters) - An Arkansas judge issued an order on Friday that temporarily blocked the scheduled executions of eight convicted murderers after lawyers for the death row inmates challenged secrecy provisions in the state's lethal injection procedures.

Former California beauty queen charged with child porn
SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - A 25-year-old former beauty queen was charged in Southern California on Friday with distributing pornographic photos of a 4-year-old girl who is her relative, prosecutors said.

In familiar ritual, Obama consoles victims in Oregon mass shooting
ROSEBURG, Ore. (Reuters) - President Barack Obama, in a ritual that has become both familiar and frustrating to him, traveled to Oregon on Friday to console families of the victims of a community college shooting that once again sparked a push for U.S. gun reform.

Two alleged Hezbollah associates face U.S. arms, money laundering charges
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two Beirut residents have been arrested on U.S. charges that they took part in an alleged scheme to help Hezbollah launder drug money, and to funnel thousands of weapons and military parts to criminal groups in Lebanon and Iran, prosecutors in Brooklyn, New York, said on Friday.

Leading Republican Ryan reconsiders House speaker run: lawmakers
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A leading Republican congressman with allies on the right wing of the party, Paul Ryan, is weighing a bid to replace retiring U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, fellow lawmakers said on Friday as they sought to defuse a leadership battle.

More rain, flooding predicted for inundated South Carolina
GEORGETOWN, S.C. (Reuters) - As state and local officials warned on Friday of the possibility of more flooding in eastern South Carolina , Georgetown County resident Wilma Green said she would heed their advice to evacuate.