FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — In a state where tobacco interests once had a firm grip on the levers of politics, the Kentucky House of Representatives on Friday passed a ban on smoking in workplaces and indoor public places.
PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) — A Cornell University sophomore has been indicted in the shotgun slaying of his CEO father in western New York.
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Search warrants show the suspect in the shooting deaths of three Muslim college students in North Carolina had an arsenal of a dozen firearms in the home he shared with his wife, along with a large stash of ammunition.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Anthem Inc. is offering several levels of free identity theft protection to current and former customers after hackers broke into a database storing information for about 80 million people.
By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - An Ohio man was arrested on Friday for shooting and killing three other men at a suburban Cleveland barbershop last week, officials said. Douglas Shine, Jr., was arrested in Cleveland at about 2:30 a.m. by federal and local authorities, Warrensville Heights Police Chief Wesley Haynes told reporters. Shine, 20, is accused of entering the Chalk Linez Barber Shop in Warrensville Heights, a suburb about 16 miles east of Cleveland, and opening fire, killing three and injuring three others last Thursday.
A Missouri man has been charged with attempting to burn a grocery store after a grand jury in November decided not to indict a white Ferguson police officer who fatally shot unarmed black 18-year-old Michael Brown, prosecutors said on Friday. Antonio Whiteside, 26, of St. Louis County, is charged with one count of attempting to destroy the Ferguson Supermarket by means of fire or explosives on Nov. 24, the office of U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan in St. Louis said in a statement. Whiteside was indicted on Wednesday and taken into custody late on Thursday, the statement said.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. (AP) — A military hospital on Friday released the last five of 22 Marines accidentally exposed to a fire retardant gas during a training exercise at a Southern California base, a Marine Corps spokesman said.
By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says there was a good reason she nodded off while attending President Barack Obama's State of the Union address last month: "I wasn't 100 percent sober." Ginsburg, 81, could be seen falling asleep in her seat during Obama's address to a joint session of Congress in the House of Representatives chamber on Jan. 20. She explained herself during an event with fellow Justice Antonin Scalia on Thursday night on the campus of George Washington University. The moderator asked the high court's senior liberal justice about slumbering during one of the big annual events on Washington's political calendar.
Blinding snow squalls are possible on Saturday afternoon and into the evening.
Winds will ease overnight under partly cloudy skies, but it's still cold.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A hotly contested proposal that resurrects Utah's use of firing squads to carry out executions narrowly passed a key vote Friday in the state's Legislature after three missing lawmakers were summoned to break a tie vote.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A man convicted of kidnapping, raping and killing an 8-year-old Topeka girl before stuffing her body in a clothes dryer has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has a surprising confession: She "wasn't 100 percent sober" when she fell asleep at the president's State of the Union address last month.
By Dave Sherwood AUGUSTA, Maine (Reuters) - Maine Governor Paul LePage has appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court in a dispute with the federal government over the state's effort to trim some young people from its Medicaid rolls. In a 172-page petition, the Republican LePage administration questioned a lower court ruling that affirmed the federal government decision to reject the state's plan to cut 19- and 20-year-olds from Medicaid. "The federal government’s path of reckless welfare spending is one that we decline to pursue," Maine Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew said on Friday. A judge for the First Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in November that Maine's move would violate President Barack Obama's signature healthcare reform law, the Affordable Care Act, citing a provision that ensures "children do not lose health insurance as the country transitions from the pre-ACA Medicaid regime to the post-ACA Medicaid regime." Medicaid is a government health insurance program for low-income and disabled people.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Marijuana legalization proponents are gathering in San Francisco this weekend to hear about efforts to add the nation's most populous — and arguably most pot-infused — state to the four others where it is now legal for adults to buy and use the drug recreationally.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional leaders said Friday that an electrical malfunction that filled a Metro tunnel with smoke last month, killing one person and injuring dozens, should be a wakeup call for the D.C.-area transportation system.
CHICAGO (AP) — Former Chicago police commander Jon Burge has been released from a Florida halfway house after 4 ½ years in federal custody for lying about the torture of suspects.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Thousands of Ohioans are getting asked some curious questions online and over the phone lately, such as: How old is your grandchild? What brand of car do you have? How long is your mortgage?
BUCYRUS, Ohio (AP) — A man who killed four others during a cocaine binge told investigators that two people knew about several of the slayings before the last one but apparently didn't notify authorities before he walked into a police station and confessed, according to newly released video of his two police interviews.
(Reuters) - Two women survived with only minor injuries after the car they were traveling in careened up a snowbank on the side of a New Jersey bridge on Friday, plunged 60 feet and landed upright near the bank of a river, according to police and local media. The woman driving the car had swerved to avoid another vehicle before hitting a ramp-like pile of snow plowed against the railing of the bridge on Interstate 80 in Hackensack early Friday morning, the Record newspaper reported. The car landed on a fence about 40 feet from the banks of the Hackensack River, 10 miles west of New York City, the Record said. Emergency responders were able to cut the driver and her passenger free from the car, and both were taken to a hospital with minor injuries, according to Jeffrey Flynn, a spokesman for New Jersey State Police.