By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - A drawn-out fight between an 11-term congressman and a former Fortune 500 chief executive in a key U.S. Senate race is due to be decided by Georgia's Republican voters on Tuesday. U.S. Representative Jack Kingston and David Perdue, former CEO of Reebok, Dollar General and Pillowtex, have traded jabs and tried to coalesce Republican support since emerging from a crowded primary field in May. Republicans consider it crucial to hold on to the seat, currently held by retiring Republican Saxby Chambliss, as they push to retake control of the Senate. The runoff is the longest in Georgia history after a federal judge ordered the state to move up the date of its primary election to allow more time for military and absentee ballots to be cast. When Kingston questioned the propriety of Perdue's 2010 appointment to the Georgia Ports Authority by his cousin, then-Governor Sonny Perdue, his opponent fired back that Kingston had not been able in 17 years to get the Port of Savannah deepened.
The Montana Supreme Court on Tuesday censured a judge and suspended him for 31 days for improperly suggesting a 14-year-old girl was culpable in her rape and unlawfully sentencing the former teacher convicted of the crime to just a month in jail. State District Judge G. Todd Baugh was silent after Montana's chief justice read aloud a censure statement at a brief hearing Tuesday in Helena. Women's rights activists have been seeking Baugh's ouster for almost a year. In court documents, Baugh admitted responsibility for imposing a lenient sentence on Stacey Rambold for the 2007 sexual assault of Cherice Moralez, but said his own punishment by the Supreme Court was excessive.
Police say the intruder broke into the home, grabbed a shotgun from the owner, tied up the man's wife then kidnapped the husband.
By David Morgan and Aruna Viswanatha WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two U.S. judicial panels on Tuesday injected new uncertainty into the future of President Barack Obama's healthcare law, with conflicting rulings over whether the federal government can subsidize health insurance for millions of Americans. The appeals court rulings, handed down by three-judge panels in Washington, D.C., and Richmond, Virginia, augured a possible rematch before the U.S. Supreme Court, which in June 2012 narrowly upheld the Democratic president's 2010 healthcare overhaul.
WINSTON-SALEM N.C. (Reuters) - The North Carolina teenager whose baby girl's body was found buried in her family's yard last month was arrested on Tuesday on a felony charge of concealing or failing to report the death, sheriff's officials said. No additional charges are expected against the 16-year-old mother, said Franklin County Sheriff's Captain E.H. Smith. The baby weighed 8-1/2 pounds (3.9 kg) and appeared to be at or near full term with no sign of injuries, officials said at the time. She turned herself in to authorities on Tuesday and posted a $50,000 bail, sheriff's officials said.
DETROIT (AP) — A jury has been seated in the trial of a Detroit-area man who fatally shot a woman on his porch.
By David Jones NEWARK N.J. (Reuters) - Federal investigators found police repeatedly violated civil rights in Newark, New Jersey's largest city, and recommended an independent monitor to oversee changes, the U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday. The city has agreed to accept the findings of the Justice Department probe, which has been under way since 2011 and suggested ways to stop the "pattern and practice of unconstitutional policing by the Newark Police Department," U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said in a statement. "Too often people believe that constitutional policing is inconsistent with effective policing," Jocelyn Samuels, the acting assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division, said at a news conference. "But a growing body of research and our own experience with police departments across the country demonstrate that this is decidedly not the case." Newark Mayor Ras Baraka has said he would accept the rare but not unprecedented move of appointing a monitor, which had been opposed by his predecessor, Cory Booker, who is now a U.S. senator.
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Republicans have only a few more hours before they have a Senate nominee in a race that will help decide which party controls the Senate for the final two years of President Barack Obama's administration.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Attorneys for the state of Arizona have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to allow an execution planned for Wednesday to proceed, saying Joseph Rudolph Wood can't establish he has a First Amendment right to the details he is seeking about his pending death.
By John Clarke ANNAPOLIS Md. (Reuters) - Police in Maryland have charged a couple with abuse after discovering their 22-year-old twin autistic sons had been locked in a dark, bare basement room for six years, according to police and court records.Police found the men in a room with no furniture or lights, one comforter on a tile floor, and a small window, and noticed an "overwhelming smell of urine coming from the room," said charging documents filed in Montgomery County District Court John Land and Janice Land, 57 and 59, from the Washington suburb of Rockville, Maryland, were arrested on Friday and later released on bond. Police made the discovery last week when they went to the residence on an unrelated search warrant and found the sons in a basement room locked with an external deadbolt, according to court records. John Land told police his sons were "totally non-verbal" and could only communicate by pointing, court records showed.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Police are seeking two masked suspects who robbed an Atlantic City casino at gunpoint and made off with more than $180,000.
By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - After more than half a century, Jumbo's, famous for its fried shrimp and conch, and one of the first Miami restaurants to desegregate in the late 1960s, is closing this week as the site is sold to a developer of affordable housing. The sea foam-green eatery thrived during the decades when the surrounding area, now called Liberty City, transformed from a middle-class white community to a predominantly African-American one. “It’s one of the vanishing remnants of the Miami of yester-year,” said Paul George, a historian and professor at Miami Dade College. “The menu is reflective of the (city’s) southern, farming roots.” Jumbo’s desegregated in 1968 after owner Bobby Flam, whose first job was answering phones after his parents bought it in 1955, hired three black workers.
Someone has replaced two American flags on the Brooklyn Bridge with mysterious white flags.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Robert Panara, who lost his hearing as a child and became a leading educator of the deaf and a pioneer of studies of deaf culture, has died. He was 94.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two federal appeals courts issued conflicting rulings Tuesday in a dispute involving crucial financing for President Barack Obama's health care law.
By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE Tenn. (Reuters) - Thieves have been stealing central air conditioning units from rural Tennessee churches during a scorching summer heat wave, and they'll face hell fire for eternity if they're not caught here on earth, a church official said on Tuesday. He's the almighty," said Bill Casteel, an elder at Union Grove Church of Christ in Cleveland in southeast Tennessee. Three units, worth $9,000, were stolen from Casteel's church, said Bob Gault, spokesman for the Bradley County Sheriff's Office. Other units worth thousands of dollars each were taken from Cedar Springs Baptist Church and Thompson Springs Baptist Church in the same town.
A former youth football coach and convicted child rapist will spend the next 18 to 40 years in prison.
By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - San Antonio's city council elected Ivy Taylor the new mayor of the seventh most populous U.S. city, making the Yale graduate the first African American to hold the post. Taylor, 44, a housing executive in San Antonio before being elected to City Council in 2009, succeeds Julian Castro, who resigned on Tuesday to take a cabinet post in the Obama administration heading the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. "I'm certainly excited to represent the ladies," she said. "I hope to inspire other young ladies to think about all of the things that they can do." The city charter calls for a mayor to be appointed from among the 10 sitting city council members when the elected mayor resigns. Taylor will serve as mayor until the next municipal elections in May 2015. Unlike other major Texas cities, San Antonio does not have a large population of African Americans, who make up 6.9 percent of the city of about 1.4 million, according to the 2010 Census.
It takes only a couple of minutes, twice a day, but 101-year-old Richard Hendrickson is fiercely proud that he has done the same thing for his country and community nearly every day since Herbert Hoover was in the White House in 1930.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The brutal slayings of two homeless men in Albuquerque underscores the vulnerability of transients, who prosecutors and police said Tuesday are often victimized but rarely report the crimes.