(Reuters) - The attorney for a woman accusing National Hockey League player Patrick Kane of sexual assault said on Thursday he was withdrawing from the case, the Chicago Tribune reported, a day after alleging evidence may have been tampered with. Thomas Eoannou had said on Wednesday an empty evidence bag that once contained the case's rape kit was delivered anonymously to the home of the accuser's mother, adding that mishandled evidence would scuttle a prosecution. Kane's accuser told police that Kane, a three-time Stanley Cup champion with the Chicago Blackhawks and one of the NHL's top players, raped her in his lakeshore home in Hamburg, New York, early on the morning of Aug. 2 after the two met at a Buffalo nightclub.
Four students were killed on Thursday when an amphibious tour bus and a charter bus carrying foreign college students collided head-on on a Seattle bridge, authorities said. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said 51 people were treated at area hospitals, with 15 of those in critical condition, after the crash on the busy Aurora Bridge, which crosses a canal linking Lake Union with the Puget Sound's Shilshole Bay. Local TV footage showed the side of the charter bus caved in with glass and debris on the ground.
SEATTLE (AP) — A "duck boat" tour vehicle and a charter bus carrying foreign students to a college orientation event collided on a busy Seattle bridge Thursday, killing four students and injuring dozens of others.
NEW YORK (AP) — Pope Francis plunged into the melting pot of New York on Thursday after reminding the country of its immigrant origins in the first papal speech before Congress. At an evening prayer service in St. Patrick's Cathedral, he thanked American nuns for their strength and courage in a deeply meaningful acknowledgement of their service following a yearslong Vatican crackdown.
NEW YORK (AP) — Pope Francis made a rousing show of gratitude for American nuns on Thursday while thanking clergy for persevering through the priest sex abuse scandal, seemingly intent on moving the U.S. church beyond recent crises.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A decades-old campaign to wipe dozens of Alaska islands clean of invasive arctic foxes is a step closer to wrapping up with an eradication effort this summer on a large, uninhabited island that's also home to hundreds of feral non-native cattle.