By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Hundreds of people fled areas near Texas rivers that overflowed their banks on Thursday as the state reeled from severe storms this week that killed at least 16 people, flooded cities and set a record for the wettest month. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch on Thursday stretching from south of San Antonio to Dallas, through Oklahoma, where severe weather this week killed an additional six people, and into Kansas. The city of Wharton, about 60 miles (100 km) southwest of Houston, issued a voluntary evacuation notice for about 300 homes along the Colorado River, where water began spilling over the banks on Thursday afternoon and was expected to rise through Friday.
Last week Action News spoke exclusively with a young woman who was beaten and sexually assaulted during broad daylight inside a Philadelphia parking garage. Since that report, members of city council have come forward demanding better security.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Late last year, the University of Virginia became the epicenter in the debate over campus sexual assaults, sparked by a sensational national magazine story — later discredited — that claimed to give an account of a gang rape at a fraternity there.
NEW YORK (AP) — A self-made health care millionaire who fatally drugged her developmentally disabled child five years ago in a luxury New York City hotel room was sentenced on Thursday to 18 years in prison by a judge who said he disbelieved much of her defense and scolded her for not showing remorse.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges alleging he set a massive inferno that destroyed an unfinished apartment building and damaged nearby office towers in downtown Los Angeles, prosecutors said.
By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - A wealthy New York socialite was sentenced to 18 years in prison on Thursday after being convicted of killing her young autistic son at a luxury Manhattan hotel room in 2010. Gigi Jordan, 54, was convicted of first-degree manslaughter in November after admitting that she administered an overdose of prescription pills to 8-year-old Jude Mirra at the posh Peninsula Hotel on Fifth Avenue, using a crusher and syringe. Jordan's attorneys argued throughout the two-month trial that she had killed the boy in an act of mercy to prevent the boy's biological father from sexually abusing him, a scenario that prosecutors said was based on fiction.
By Keith Coffman CENTENNIAL, Colo. (Reuters) - James Holmes was sane when he opened fire inside a crowded Colorado movie theater in 2012, killing 12 and wounding dozens more, a court-appointed psychiatrist testified on Thursday in the 27-year-old gunman's murder trial. Psychiatrist William Reid said that while the onetime neuroscience graduate student has “serious psychiatric issues,” he knew right from wrong when he went on the July 2012 rampage. Holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to multiple counts of first-degree murder and attempted murder stemming from the shooting spree during a midnight screening of the Batman film “The Dark Knight Rises.” Prosecutors have indicated they will seek the death penalty for the California native if he is convicted.
By Elizabeth Barber CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (Reuters) - Two-time Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick encouraged Harvard University graduates on Thursday to be "uneasy" enough about social ills that they are compelled to find solutions. Patrick, a Democrat who held the governorship from 2007 through 2015, told the Ivy League university's class of 2015 that he was proud to return to a campus where students were actively protesting injustice, including Wall Street excesses and racial bias in policing. In the late 1970s, when Patrick was a Harvard undergraduate, students had scarcely advocated for anything besides their imperiled right to eggs and pancakes in their dormitories, he joked. "I am grateful that students are putting far more important issues on the table than hot breakfast," he said.