DETROIT (AP) — An appeals court on Friday upheld the corruption conviction and 28-year prison sentence of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who was found guilty of two dozen crimes from tax evasion to bribery.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge has blocked an Alabama abortion regulation that could have permanently closed the state's busiest abortion clinic, saying Thursday that the rule was unnecessary to protect women.
The man who shot and wounded a firefighter during a six-hour standoff with authorities fled his New York home on Friday, opening fire on police, who returned it and shot him dead, law enforcement said. Garland Tyree, 38, an alleged gang member who authorities were trying to arrest for a federal parole violation, had promised to surrender but instead dashed out the back door with an assault rifle, spraying bullets at police who surrounded the multi-family home in New York's Staten Island borough, police said. An AK-47, three handguns and a smoke grenade were recovered from the scene on Destiny Court, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said at a news conference.
PICKENS, S.C. (AP) — The criminal investigation into the death of a Clemson University fraternity pledge remains at a standstill, despite a new witness account, a prosecutor said Friday.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Two more Greenpeace protesters accused of trying to stop a Royal Dutch Shell icebreaker from leaving Portland, Oregon, for an Arctic oil-drilling operation were fined $5,000 by the Coast Guard, officials said Friday.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The latest on the trial of a white Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer charged with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of an unarmed black man seeking help after a crash in September 2013 (all times local):
OLD BRIDGE, N.J. (AP) — An 8-year-old boy fell from a second-story window during a game of hide-and-seek, sending him to a hospital, police said.
NEW YORK (AP) — The philanthropist Susan Newhouse, wife of billionaire publishing magnate Donald Newhouse, died Thursday at her home in New York City following a long illness.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A sweeping decision this week by the Connecticut Supreme Court that found the death penalty no longer meets society's evolving standards of decency could be influential across a nation that is increasingly questioning the practice, legal experts said.
PHOENIX (AP) — A plea agreement fell apart Friday for an Arizona man accused of killing his wife and adult son because he feared he gave his wife HIV and worried about what his jobless son would make of his life.
NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on the attempted arrest of an armed gang member and the subsequent shooting of a firefighter (all times local):
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has declared an end to flooding problems on the lower Missouri River and is beginning to assess what repairs will be needed.
By a 3-0 vote, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Kilpatrick, 45, failed to show that his trial lawyers were constitutionally ineffective because they had recently joined a law firm that was suing him in a civil matter related to the criminal case. The panel also upheld the conviction and 21-year prison term of Kilpatrick's friend, Bobby Ferguson, 46, a Detroit contractor.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Prosecutors on Friday urged a federal appeals court to require former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell to report to prison while he appeals his public corruption convictions to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Two minors were killed in Yosemite National Park early on Friday when an oak tree limb fell on the tent where they were sleeping, a park spokesman said. Park rangers responded to the scene of the accident, at Upper Pines Campground in Yosemite Valley, but both minors were deceased, park spokesman Scott Gediman said. Yosemite declined to release the names, ages or place of residence of the victims but said the incident was under investigation.
If convicted, Christopher Henderson, 40, and Rhonda Carlson, 42, will face either life in prison or the death penalty. The Aug. 4 fire killed Kristen Henderson, 35, and her unborn child, as well as her 8-year-old son from another relationship and her mother, 67. The fire happened at a home in Maysville, Alabama, west of Huntsville, police said.
What is different now under what is called an interim patrol plan, however, is university officers will not be allowed to make traffic stops, abiding by a recent Cincinnati City Council decision, the university said in a statement. On July 19, Raymond Tensing, a white university police officer, shot Samuel DuBose, an unarmed black man, in the head during a traffic stop off campus.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Payroll records suggest the hunt for two escaped killers in northern New York cost more than $1 million a day, with overtime alone for state troopers and corrections officers $22 million higher than last year.
A former Texas county judge was sentenced on Friday to 18 months in a federal prison for illegally dealing in firearms and making false statements to government agents about the weapons, some of which were smuggled into Mexico, prosecutors said. Tim Wright, 70, had entered a plea bargain with prosecutors earlier this year and will be placed on supervised release for three years once he completes his prison sentence, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Texas said.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. human rights experts on Friday called on Iran to immediately release a Washington Post reporter who has been detained for more than a year on charges including espionage and distributing propaganda against the Islamic Republic. A verdict on Jason Rezaian's case could come as early as next week.