By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - An inmate convicted of killing three teenagers in an Ohio high school shooting spent months with two other prisoners fashioning a 13-1/2-foot long ladder they used in a prison escape in September, a state prison report released on Friday said. T.J. Lane, serving a life sentence for the 2012 shootings in Chardon, Ohio, northeast of Cleveland, and fellow inmates Lindsey Bruce and Clifford Opperud, were all recaptured within hours of the escape from a prison in Lima. ...
By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE Tenn. (Reuters) - A Good Samaritan who stopped to help at the scene of a car crash on Friday died after stepping over a bridge railing and plummeting into a river far below, Nashville police said. Mark A. Ferguson, 27, of Omaha, Nebraska, probably believed there was land on the other side when he stepped over the railing and fell into the Stones River, the Nashville police said in a news release. Ferguson was able to swim to the bank of the river, but he was pronounced dead after being taken by ambulance to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. ...
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A two-alarm fire at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum was believed to have started in a barn, but fire investigators were sifting through the charred debris to determine the exact cause, fire officials said Friday.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - James Lebenthal, the U.S. municipal bond market's biggest champion, has died following a heart attack at age 86, his daughter said on Friday. Lebenthal became a force in the New York municipal bond market in the 1970s, selling to retail investors for decades via radio and TV commercials. "No one loved municipal bonds and their value as the tool for rebuilding America more than Dad," his daughter Alexandra Lebenthal said via email. "He was a Wall Street legend and his legacy will live on. ...
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — A paramedic in Arizona has been charged with theft after being accused of pocketing a patient's Rolex watch during an ambulance ride to a hospital, authorities said Friday.
Philadelphia's cigarette tax has driven up the price per pack and is driving smokers to shop elsewhere.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress inched closer Friday to a possible showdown with President Barack Obama over the Keystone XL oil pipeline as the Republican-controlled House approved the project. Supporters in the Democratic-run Senate predicted they will get the 60 votes needed to pass it next week.
A violent attack near a western Pennsylvania university has prompted criminal charges and a civil lawsuit. And the local victim at the center of the case is telling us his story.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Hong Kong's stock market on Friday prohibited investors from making speculative bets about the stock of a Chinese chemical company backed by U.S. banking giant Morgan Stanley for at least 90 days. A day earlier, The Associated Press reported significant discrepancies between financial records and what the company told investors as part of its $654 million stock offering.
GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A judge on Friday said the fact that two north Georgia men likely could never have carried out a plot to target the federal government does not make their words and actions any less serious and sentenced each of them to serve 10 years in prison.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A small group of Social Security judges have improperly approved disability claims for nearly 25,000 people who didn't qualify, costing taxpayers $2 billion over the past seven years, government investigators conclude in a report being released Monday.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled against a government subcontractor imprisoned in Cuba who is seeking to sue the U.S. government for the destruction of his business.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A Republican justice on the Ohio Supreme Court says the legal obstacles facing his lesbian daughter, her partner and their two children have made him view the state's protections for same-sex couples and their families as inadequate.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says some functions of HealthCare.gov will be temporarily shut down overnight as the website transitions to the start of sign-up season on Saturday.
DENVER (AP) — Thousands of Denver-area high school seniors are refusing to take new state standardized tests, saying they're a distraction as they work to get into college and a waste of time and money.
By Alice Mannette WICHITA Kan. (Reuters) - More than a dozen same-sex couples plan to be married in a mass wedding ceremony outside a courthouse in Wichita on Monday now that such marriages are legal in Kansas, a minister said on Friday. "This is a way to help bring everyone together," said Reverend Jackie Carter of the First Metropolitan Community Church in Wichita, who is organizing the event. Benjamin Breese, 58, and his partner have waited 12 years to tie the knot and will be among the couples marrying Monday evening on the steps of the Sedgwick County Courthouse, he said. ...
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - A Florida panther killed by a car this week became the 19th road fatality this year for the endangered big cat species - matching the most on record in the state - although officials said the toll reflects an uptick in the predator's population. State wildlife officers said on Friday that the 4-year-old panther died on Thursday near Immokalee, Florida, in the southwestern part of state. Officials said they believe the female had been living on ranch lands near a preserve. ...
By Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) - An Idaho high school teacher under fire for killing and skinning a rabbit in front of his students to demonstrate how animals are processed for food has apologized to children disturbed by the incident, a school official said on Friday. The part-time teacher is a farmer who raises rabbits and other livestock for food and was asked to provide a lesson on animal slaughter and processing by students in a 10th-grade biology class he taught at a high school in the Nampa School District near Boise, said district spokeswoman Allison Westfall. ...
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — To beat charges that he recklessly ignored safety standards before his coal mine blew up, killing 29 men in the industry's worst disaster in the U.S. in decades, coal executive Don Blankenship will have to overcome reams of evidence painting him as a micromanager.