U.S.

New York City sues drug companies over opioid epidemic

New York City said on Tuesday it has sued several companies that make or distribute prescription opioids, seeking to hold them accountable for their role in what it called a deadly epidemic afflicting the city.

U.S.

Chinese citizen pleads guilty to U.S. graduate school exam fraud

A Chinese citizen accused of posing as someone else to take a graduate school entrance exam on her behalf pleaded guilty on Tuesday in a criminal case that arose from U.S. prosecutors investigating international students who use imposters to gain admission to American universities.

Business

Trump slaps steep tariffs on washing machines, solar products

U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Tuesday imposing steep import tariffs on washing machines and solar panels, saying the move showed the United States would not be taken advantage of anymore.

U.S.

Climate advocacy group sues U.S. EPA for ‘purge’ of scientists

A climate change advocacy group on Tuesday sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for banning certain scientists from serving on its advisory committees.

U.S.

Two students dead, 12 others wounded by gunfire in Kentucky high school shooting

A 15-year-old boy opened fire with a handgun in his high school in western Kentucky on Tuesday, killing two classmates and wounding a dozen others before being arrested, the state’s governor and police said.

Business

Facebook buys Boston software company that authenticates IDs

Facebook Inc is buying Boston-based software company Confirm Inc, which specializes in authenticating government-issued identification cards, a person familiar with the acquisition said on Tuesday.

U.S.

Americans among victims in Kabul hotel attack, U.S. says

U.S. citizens were among the victims of a hotel attack in Kabul last Saturday, the U.S. State Department said on Tuesday.

U.S.

New Hampshire man arrested for biting police dog

A New Hampshire man was arrested for biting a police dog while officers were investigating reports of a shooting in the town of Boscawen, police officials said on Tuesday.

Entertainment

Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan laid to rest in home town

Cranberries lead singer Dolores O’Riordan was laid to rest at a private funeral in her home town on Tuesday, remembered as someone who rescued people from “the darkness of depression”.

Politics

Senate sets evening vote on Powell to be Fed chair

The U.S. Senate on Tuesday voted to limit debate on the nomination of Federal Reserve Governor Jerome Powell to lead the central bank, setting the clock ticking toward a final confirming vote in the evening.

Entertainment

‘Shape of Water’ leads Oscar nods; women and people of color also shine

Fox Searchlight’s fantasy romance “The Shape of Water,” about a woman who falls in love with a strange river creature, led the Oscar nominations on Tuesday.

U.S.

Magnitude-7.9 quake off Alaska sparks brief West Coast tsunami fears

Tsunami alerts were lifted on Tuesday for the U.S. West Coast and western Canada after a magnitude-7.9 earthquake struck in the Gulf of Alaska, sending the state’s coastal residents inland to seek shelter from possible tidal waves.

Business

JPMorgan rolls out $20 billion investment plan

JPMorgan Chase & Co unveiled a $20 billion investment plan on Tuesday to increase wages, hire more, open new branches and expand its business as it takes advantage of sweeping changes to the U.S. tax law and improved regulatory environment.

U.S.

One person dead, multiple wounded in Kentucky high school shooting

At least one person was dead and multiple others were wounded in a shooting at a high school in Marshall County, Kentucky on Tuesday, and the shooter was in custody.

Technology

Twitter COO Anthony Noto resigns to join online lender SoFi

Twitter Inc’s Chief Operating Officer Anthony Noto resigned to join online lender Social Finance Inc (SoFi) as its chief executive officer.

Entertainment

Singer Neil Diamond diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, to retire from touring

U.S. singer-songwriter Neil Diamond, one of pop music’s all-time best-selling artists, has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and plans to retire from touring.

U.S.

Vermont becomes ninth U.S. state to legalize marijuana

Vermont became the ninth U.S. state and third in the Northeast to legalize recreational marijuana use on Monday when Republican Governor Phil Scott signed a bill passed by the legislature earlier this month.

Entertainment

Comedian Bill Cosby back on stage for first gig since sex scandals

U.S. comedian Bill Cosby performed his first stand-up gig since being swept up in sex scandals, joking in Philadelphia on Monday about his blindness and fueling criticism on social media.

Technology

Tesla says CEO Musk to get paid only when company performs well

Tesla Inc said on Tuesday its Chief Executive Elon Musk will receive no guaranteed compensation of any kind, and that he will be paid only if Tesla and all of its shareholders do extraordinarily well.

U.S.

Five missing after Oklahoma oil and gas drilling site explosion

Five workers were missing on Monday after a gas explosion at an oil and gas drilling site in eastern Oklahoma, authorities said.

Business

Ackman cuts staff, shuns limelight as he seeks to turn around fund

William Ackman is cutting almost a fifth of staff and looking to lower his public profile as he seeks to turn around Pershing Square Capital Management after three straight years of losses, people familiar with the move said on Monday.

Business

Bacardi to buy high-end tequila maker Patron in $5.1 billion deal

Bacardi Ltd said on Monday it would buy high-end tequila maker Patron Spirits International AG in a $5.1 billion deal.

Entertainment

Netflix takes $39 million charge after Kevin Spacey scandal

A sexual misconduct scandal involving Kevin Spacey cost streaming video service Netflix Inc some $39 million late last year as it stopped projects associated with the actor, a source with knowledge of the matter said on Monday.

Technology

Montana governor takes stand for state to honor ‘net neutrality’

Montana will sign contracts only with internet service providers that honor “net neutrality” firms, Governor Steve Bullock said on Monday.

U.S.

Man sent to prison for up to 60 years in Pennsylvania school stabbings

A western Pennsylvania man was sentenced on Monday to up to 60 years in prison for stabbing 20 fellow students and a security guard with two kitchen knives in a high school rampage in 2014.