Following is a summary of current US domestic news briefs.
New Yorkers overwhelmingly support Amazon campus in Queens: poll
New Yorkers by a wide margin approve of plans for Amazon.com Inc to build a massive new campus in the city, although they are divided over terms of a multibillion-dollar incentive package used to lure the largest U.S. online retailer, according to poll results released on Wednesday. Fifty-seven percent of New York City residents who responded to the poll approved of Amazon building one of two secondary headquarters in the Long Island City area of Queens, more than double the 26 percent who said they oppose the move, according to a Quinnipiac University poll.
Republican declares win in Georgia elections chief race, Democrat refuses to concede
Republican Brad Raffensperger appeared poised to become Georgia's new elections chief but his Democratic opponent John Barrow declined to concede the race early on Wednesday, saying that every vote has not yet been counted. Some media outlets had already called the secretary of state election in the Republican's favor late on Tuesday.
Bush funeral to hark back to 'kinder, gentler' era in U.S. politics
Former President George H.W. Bush's long, full life will be celebrated on Wednesday at a funeral expected to be a remembrance of times past when American politics were less contentious. The 11 a.m. EST (1600 GMT) memorial service at the Washington National Cathedral will display an unusual bipartisan spirit, with both Republican and Democratic politicians gathering to hail the life of a president who called for a "kinder, gentler" nation.
Guardian of New Hampshire primary fends off first challenge in decades
The New Hampshire official who protects the state's traditional role in kicking off U.S. presidential elections narrowly held on to his seat on Wednesday, weathering his toughest challenge in four decades in office. After hours of debate, state lawmakers reelected Secretary of State Bill Gardner to his post by a vote of 209 to 205. The unprecedented opposition to Gardner arose amid a wave of disapproval of U.S. President Donald Trump, a Republican, which helped Democrats regain majorities in both chambers of the legislature in November's elections.
Driver who killed woman at Virginia rally may have felt threatened: witness
Lawyers for the white nationalist on trial for murder after plowing his car into a crowd protesting a right-wing rally in Virginia began their case on Wednesday with testimony to back up his defense that he felt endangered by the counterprotesters. James Fields, 21, does not dispute being at the wheel of the car that killed a woman and injured others protesting the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville on Aug. 12, 2017. But he has said he acted in self-defense, and his lawyers called on the testimony of other men who said they felt intimidated.
USA Gymnastics, reeling from abuse claims, files for bankruptcy
USA Gymnastics, the sport's governing body, filed for bankruptcy on Wednesday, saying that it is staggering under the weight of lawsuits filed by hundreds of women who were sexually abused by former national team doctor Larry Nassar. The organization's chairwoman, Kathryn Carson, cited the lawsuits in the decision to seek protection from creditors in federal bankruptcy court in Indianapolis.
Ex-Hong Kong official found guilty of U.S. corruption charges
A former Hong Kong government official was found guilty on Wednesday of U.S. charges that he took part in a scheme to bribe officials in Chad and Uganda in exchange for contracts for a Chinese energy company, according to a spokesman for federal prosecutors. Chi Ping Patrick Ho, 69, was convicted of seven of the eight counts against by a jury in federal court in Manhattan after a trial lasting just over a week.
New Jersey can enforce gun ammunition limit: U.S. appeals court
New Jersey may enforce a new law that lowered the number of bullets that guns can hold, a divided federal appeals court ruled on Wednesday. The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia upheld a lower court's refusal to temporarily enjoin the law, which was passed in June and reduced maximum magazine capacity to 10 rounds from a 15-round limit adopted in 1990.
'Badass' national security women offer Democrats a Trump antidote
Virginia Democrat Abigail Spanberger had a potent defense against attacks by President Donald Trump and other Republicans casting her party as weak on national security: her career as a covert CIA counter-terrorism officer. In November's elections, she was one of five Democratic women with national security or military backgrounds who captured Republican-held U.S. House of Representatives seats. "The Badasses," as the women have dubbed themselves, had no political experience. Yet several won districts Republicans dominated for decades.
Seven missing after U.S. military aircraft 'mishap' off Japan
Search and rescue efforts were under way off Japan after two U.S. Marine Corps aircraft crashed in a still-unexplained mishap, leaving seven U.S. military personnel missing, U.S. officials told Reuters on Wednesday. The Marine Corps offered little information in a statement about the incident, which occurred at 2 a.m. on Thursday in Japan.
(With inputs from Reuters)
(With inputs from agencies.)