By Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former member of a New Jersey church group testified on Thursday that a deli worker accused of kidnapping and murdering a New York City boy in 1979 confessed the crimes to him during a religious retreat that year. Pedro Hernandez is accused of the kidnapping and murder of 6-year-old Etan Patz, who vanished on May 25, 1979 while walking to a school bus stop in Manhattan's Soho neighborhood. The case ignited a national movement to find missing children, and Patz was one of the first missing children whose picture appeared on a milk carton. Hernandez, 54, was arrested in 2012 after police got a tip that he had confessed at a church group.
VALHALLA, N.Y. (AP) — An SUV was in the danger zone inside railroad crossing gates for about half a minute before a suburban commuter train crashed into it, killing the driver and five train passengers, investigators' preliminary findings indicate.
Pierce County will pay the family of a mentally ill man who died after being beaten by sheriff’s deputies $750,000 in a settlement that also assures deputies will receive additional training in dealing with the mentally disturbed.
Seattle Reign FC, the defending National Women's Soccer League regular season champions, will open its new campaign on April 12 at Memorial Stadium against Abby Wambach and the Western New York Flash, the club announced Thursday as the league unveiled its 2015 schedule.
Screenings and events during the week of Feb. 6 include the Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival; the AIDS documentary “Deepsouth”; and the 2015 Children’s Film Festival, which ends Saturday, Feb. 7.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A North Korean defector whose memoir describes his meeting with Kim Jong Il says the world's intense focus on the regime's human rights record fails to see the full scope of its inhumanity to its people.
A Washington state teenager was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Thursday for the murder of an 88-year-old World War Two veteran who was beaten to death during a robbery outside a Spokane fraternal lodge. Kenan Adams-Kinard, 17, changed his plea to guilty in January in connection with the August 2013 incident in which he and an accomplice were accused of assaulting Delbert "Shorty" Belton as ...