LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal judge says Blake Shelton's defamation lawsuit against the publisher of In Touch magazine can proceed because a headline declaring the singer was headed to rehab could be considered libelous.
The St. Louis prosecutor's office said on Tuesday its investigation into the fatal shooting last summer of an 18-year-old black man by police remains open and no decision has been made on whether to charge the officers involved. St. Louis Metropolitan Police finished its probe of Mansur Ball-Bey's shooting in August and recently sent the findings to St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce without filing charges against the officers, her office said. "We will review the (St. Louis police) report," George Sells, a spokesman for the Circuit Attorney's Office said in an email.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Hanford Nuclear Reservation officials prepared Tuesday to pump thousands of gallons of leaked radioactive waste back into a 46-year-old storage tank that contains toxic leftovers from the production of plutonium for nuclear weapons in Washington state.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The first U.N. special session to address global drug policy in nearly 20 years bristled with tension Tuesday over the use of the death penalty for drug-related offenses, as countries wrestled over whether to emphasize criminalization and punishment or health and human rights.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Fourteen years after a toddler vanished in San Diego, his stepfather was arrested across the country and expected to face a murder charge in the death of the 2-year-old boy whose body was never found.
A man accused in a string of high-profile freeway shootings that terrorized the Phoenix area last year was likely to be released from custody after a judge on Tuesday reduced his bail to nothing from $150,000. The reduction in bail for Leslie Allen Merritt Jr., 21, came after an emergency hearing in Maricopa County Superior Court during which his defense revealed that there had been a material change in the evidence. A spokesman for the Maricopa County Attorney's Office declined comment, citing a gag order in the case.