By Lacey Johnson GEORGETOWN, Delaware (Reuters) - A jury heard final arguments on Wednesday in the trial of a well-known Delaware pediatrician accused of waterboarding his 11-year-old stepdaughter. Prosecutors sought to portray Dr. Melvin Morse, a best-selling author on near-death experiences, as a controlling manipulator. Morse's lawyer told jurors, who are scheduled to begin deliberations on Thursday, that his stepdaughter and wife were liars. His stepdaughter, 11 at the time, told authorities that Morse had physically abused her, including waterboarding her on four occasions.
Former U.S. Vice President Walter "Fritz" Mondale underwent heart surgery on Wednesday at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, his family said in a statement. Mondale, 86, who served as vice president in the Carter administration and as U.S. ambassador to Japan for the Clinton administration, underwent surgery less than a week after attending a memorial service for his wife of 58 years, Joan Mondale, who died on February 3. "His family requests privacy at this time." Mondale, a liberal Democrat who served in the U.S. Senate before becoming vice president, lost the 1984 presidential election in a landslide to President Ronald Reagan.
The winter-weary East Coast is getting hit with another storm, one that's dropping snow and ice in the Southeast before it's expected to track northward and dump several inches in and around some of the nation's biggest cities. Here's a sampling of what the latest round of winter weather is wreaking: