NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The son-in-law of a Tennessee couple killed when a package exploded at their home has been charged with first-degree murder in their deaths.
NASHVILLE, Tenn (Reuters) - The 49-year-old son-in-law of an elderly couple killed when a package exploded at their Tennessee home was charged with murder on Thursday, authorities said. Richard Parker was charged with two counts of first-degree murder, Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan said. Jon Setzer, 74, a retired attorney, died as a result of the explosion at his home in Lebanon, Tennessee on Monday. His wife, Marion Setzer, 72, died of her injuries from the explosion on Wednesday night. (Reporting by Tim Ghianni; Editing by Mary Wisniewski)
LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. (AP) — Two men attending a fireworks industry event in Lake Havasu City were injured when fireworks exploded in the trunk of their car. The explosion and resulting fire gutted the car and scattered debris on a highway.
MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — You don't have to be just male or female on Facebook anymore. The social media giant has added a customizable option with about 50 different terms people can use to identify their gender as well as three preferred pronoun choices: him, her or them.
PRIMM, Nevada (AP) — A windy stretch of the Mojave Desert once roamed by tortoises and coyotes has been transformed by hundreds of thousands of mirrors into the largest solar power plant of its type in the world, a milestone for a growing industry that is testing the balance between wilderness conservation and the pursuit of green energy across the American West.
By Victoria Cavaliere and Chris Francescani NEW YORK (Reuters) - A winter storm that froze the U.S. southeast in its tracks pushed north on Thursday, with driving winds and heavy snow snarling travel and closing many schools from Washington to Connecticut, creating havoc for winter-weary parents. More than 700,000 people, including residents of Georgia and South Carolina hit by a heavy blast of ice a day earlier, were without power as the storm made its way up the coast, closing much of Washington and threatening to drop up to 18 inches of snow in some areas. Jane Mills, a former teacher from Nashville, Tennessee, who was walking with her 6-year-old granddaughter in Brooklyn, said it was "absolutely ridiculous" that public schools were open. About 1,000 people spent the night on cots and mats at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina, the airport said.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's top corrections official said Thursday a convicted quadruple killer managed to escape from prison for 24 hours because security procedures were not followed and surveillance equipment was not properly maintained or monitored.
By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters) - The former finance secretary for the northern Mexican state of Coahuila appeared in a U.S. federal court in Texas on Thursday to face charges including money laundering, hours after surrendering to U.S. authorities seeking his arrest. Hector Javier Villarreal Hernandez has been indicted in the United States on charges of conspiring with other top Mexican officials to accept bribes from drug traffickers and embezzling more than $2 million in public funds, prosecutors said. U.S. prosecutors said Villarreal Hernandez, 42, and Jorge Juan Torres Lopez, the former interim governor of Coahuila, which borders Texas, transferred tainted money from Mexico to a bank in Texas and then on to Bermuda. U.S. Attorney Robert Pitman said Villarreal Hernandez surrendered to federal authorities in El Paso on Wednesday and was taken to San Antonio for the court appearance.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California would become the first state to require warning labels on sodas and other sugary drinks under a proposal a state lawmaker announced Thursday.
By Lacey Johnson GEORGETOWN, Delaware (Reuters) - A Delaware jury found a prominent pediatrician and best-selling author guilty on Thursday of endangering his stepdaughter in a trial featuring testimony that he subjected the girl to a form of waterboarding to punish her. Dr. Melvin Morse, an author on near-death experiences who has appeared on "Oprah" and "Good Morning America," could face up to 10 years in prison. Morse went on trial in late January on charges of child endangerment dating back to July 2012, when his stepdaughter was 11 years old. His stepdaughter, now 12, told authorities that Morse, 60, had physically abused her, including waterboarding her on four occasions.
FITCHBURG, Mass. (AP) — A teacher's aide at a Massachusetts elementary school suspended over racy modeling photos says she has received support from co-workers since returning to school.
By Sharon Begley NEW YORK (Reuters) - The only three insurance companies in Louisiana that sell healthcare policies under President Barack Obama's healthcare law throughout the state are rejecting payments from a federal program intended to help low-income HIV patients, advocacy groups said on Thursday. The Louisiana Health Cooperative and Vantage Health Plan, two smaller insurers, made the move following a decision by the state's largest insurer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, late last year to reject the payments. Lambda Legal, a non-profit group, filed a civil rights complaint about the two smaller carriers' action with the Obama administration on Thursday, following a similar complaint about Louisiana Blue last week. "Additional carriers are jumping on the discrimination bandwagon," said Susan Sommer, director of constitutional litigation for Lambda Legal, which works to protect the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, and people with HIV.
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) - Sodas and most other sugar-sweetened drinks sold in California would be required to carry warning labels for obesity, diabetes and tooth decay under a bill introduced in Sacramento on Thursday and backed by several public health advocacy groups. The first proposal of its kind would put California, which banned sodas and junk food from public schools in 2005, back in the vanguard of a growing national movement to curb the consumption of high-caloric beverages that medical experts say are largely to blame for an epidemic of childhood obesity. A growing body of research has identified sugary drinks as the biggest contributors to added, empty calories in the American diet, and as a major culprit in a range of costly health problems associated with being overweight. Efforts to curtail consumption of sugary drinks through taxes and other efforts have met fierce resistance from the U.S. food and beverage industry, which came out against the California labeling bill on Thursday.
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — A former reporter became friends with twin brothers through the world of fantasy card and role-playing games, and it was a set of $100,000 collectible cards that led one of the brothers to kill the journalist and bury his body in a concrete-covered pit. The other brother helped cover up the crime.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A woman whom police say drove the wrong way on a Southern California freeway, sparking a deadly head-on crash that killed her sister and five others, was charged Thursday with six counts of murder, Los Angeles County prosecutors said.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A package explosion that killed a Tennessee couple has friends wondering who could possibly want to harm a seriously ill 74-year-old man and his 72-year-old wife.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is becoming more secretive about its acquisitions as the Internet company hunts for promising innovations and engineering talent to help shape the future of technology.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada gambling regulator said Thursday that the hackers who knocked down all Las Vegas Sands websites for three days and counting did not steal any patron data, including credit card information.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Two brothers who operated a North Dakota potato farm are accused in federal court of intentionally spoiling potatoes after the 2006 harvest in order to collect disaster payments.
By Susan Cooper Eastman JACKSONVILLE, Florida (Reuters) - A north Florida jury resumed deliberations for a second day on Thursday in the trial of a middle-aged software engineer who shot and killed a black teenager in an argument over rap music blaring from the youth's car. Defense attorneys say Michael Dunn, 47, who is white, acted in self-defense when he fired off 10 rounds at an SUV carrying four teens, killing Jordan Davis, 17, while parked in a Jacksonville gas station. The jury asked to review security camera video from inside the gas station which captures the reaction of the clerks to the sound of the gunfire, as well as Dunn's fiancée, Rhonda Rouer, who had gone into the store to buy wine. The trial has drawn international attention because of racial overtones and claims of self-defense.