WASHINGTON (AP) — It's final: Health insurance companies must cover mental illness and substance abuse just as they cover physical diseases.
PROVO, Utah (AP) — The jury has reached a verdict in the trial of a Utah doctor charged with murder in his wife's 2007 death in a bathtub.
Four people have been charged with abducting the California owner of a medical marijuana dispensary, torturing him and cutting off his penis in an attempt to force him to divulge the location of cash they mistakenly believed he had hidden in the desert. Two of the suspects, Ryan Anthony Kevorkian, 34, and Naomi Josette Kevorkian, 33, were arrested in the central California town Fresno, on Friday, a day after a third defendant, Hossein Nayeri, 34, was taken into custody in the Czech Republic. Authorities said Nayeri had initially fled the United States to Iran for several months, and was picked up by the FBI in Prague while trying to make an airline connection to Spain to visit family there. Kyle Shirakawa Handley, 34, the accused mastermind of the kidnapping scheme, has been in custody since he was arrested last October, not long after the crime occurred, police and prosecutors said in a joint statement.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Four people have been charged in a scheme that used telemarketing tactics to shake down immigrants for ransom money under the guise that loved ones had been kidnapped, according to an indictment unsealed Friday.
Two of the U.S. Navy's top intelligence officials had their access to classified materials suspended on Friday over their ties to a widening bribery scandal involving a Singapore-based defense contractor, the Navy said. Vice Admiral Ted Branch, director of Naval Intelligence, and Rear Admiral Bruce Loveless, the director of Intelligence Operations, were also put on temporary leave because of allegations of "inappropriate conduct." "There is no indication, nor do the allegations suggest, that in either case there was any breach of classified information," Rear Admiral John Kirby, Navy chief of information, said in a statement. Branch and Loveless are the most senior Navy officials so far linked to a case involving Leonard Glenn Francis, whose company Glenn Defense Marine Asia Ltd helped arrange maintenance and resupply visits for Navy ships to Asian ports.
NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of red, white and blue LED modules are illuminating lower Manhattan as officials test the lights atop 1 World Trade Center.
By Joseph Lichterman DETROIT (Reuters) - Detroit on Friday wrapped up its effort to prove that it is eligible for the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, clashing with unions, retirees and pension funds over whether good faith negotiations were feasible before the city filed for court protection on July 18. During closing arguments of the nine-day eligibility trial, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes pressed city attorneys to show Detroit gave a good-faith effort to reach an out-of-court settlement with creditors. Rhodes also pushed lawyers for those opposing Detroit's bankruptcy to show they presented a viable alternative to bankruptcy. Detroit's unions, government retirees and two pension funds are trying to keep the city out of bankruptcy and Detroit must prove to Rhodes that it meets the criteria for eligibility.
CHICAGO (AP) — Rising from the ashes of 9/11, the new World Trade Center tower has punched above the New York skyline to reach its powerfully symbolic height of 1,776 feet and become the tallest building in the country. Or has it?
DEARBORN HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — Protesters and civil rights groups are calling for justice after a suburban Detroit homeowner fatally shot a 19-year-old woman on his porch.
By Verna Gates and Edward McAllister ALICEVILLE, Alabama (Reuters) - Several oil tank cars that burst into flames after a train derailed in rural Alabama were expected to keep burning into Saturday, potentially reigniting the push for tougher regulation of the boom in moving oil by rail. Twenty-five of the train's 90 cars derailed near a 60-foot-long wooden trestle in the early hours of Friday morning, and a number were still on fire 18 hours later, operator Genesee & Wyoming Inc said. No injuries were reported, but an unknown amount of crude oil spilled into an adjacent marshland, Genesee said. A local official said the crude oil had originated in North Dakota, home of the booming Bakken shale patch.
By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee issued a subpoena on Friday to compel Todd Park, the chief technology officer at the White House, to testify at a hearing next week about what went wrong with the Obamacare website. The White House called the subpoena "unfortunate and unnecessary" and said that Park was busy fixing the website. The White House earlier had said he was willing to appear voluntarily in December. "We had hoped the committee would work with us to find an alternative date to give Todd time to focus on the immediate task at hand: getting the website fixed," said Rick Weiss, a spokesman for the White House Office of Science and Technology.
Aliceville, ALABAMA (Reuters) - The Genesee & Wyoming Inc rail line in western Alabama that was shut on Friday by a major oil-train derailment is likely to reopen in about a week, a company official said. Bill Jasper, president of the Alabama & Gulf Coast Railway, told Reuters that the line's parent Genesee was working with larger railroads to help reroute traffic. Officials had not yet examined the scene as some of the 25 tank cars that derailed and exploded were likely to continue burning until Saturday. ...
Oklahoma City police have arrested a man who escaped from a Maryland prison more than 30 years ago after he contacted them to say he was tired of paying off a business partner who threatened to expose him as a fugitive. Anthony Rackley, 62, escaped from a Maryland prison in 1980 after being convicted of robbery. "He called initially to report an extortion," Master Sargent Gary Knight of the Oklahoma City Police Department told Reuters on Friday. He said 'I'm a prison escapee from Maryland.' He was very forthright and forthcoming." Going by the assumed name Jack Watson, Rackley told police his fundraising partner knew he was a fugitive and was demanding a large chunk of the money they raised for the charity to keep quiet.
MIAMI (AP) — President Barack Obama says the U.S. must continue updating its policies toward Cuba.
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man who said he fatally shot his hospitalized wife out of love because of her debilitated condition that left her unable to speak, was convicted by a jury on Friday and could face life in prison.
GEORGETOWN, Texas (AP) — A former Texas prosecutor charged over a wrongful murder conviction agreed to a 10-day jail sentence Friday, accepting the punishment in front of the innocent man he helped put in prison for nearly 25 years.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Denali National Park officials in Alaska want to hear from people who may have traveled in the area of a huge landslide that fell on a section of a road frequented by summer tourists.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Navy has suspended access to classified material of two admirals in connection with a massive bribery scheme in Asia involving prostitutes and luxury travel.
DETROIT (AP) — Attorneys gave closing arguments Friday in a rare trial to determine whether Detroit can become the largest municipality to fix its finances in bankruptcy court.
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Some statements accused Colorado theater gunman James Holmes made to detectives in the hours after a deadly rampage that killed 12 moviegoers in a Denver suburb last year will be excluded as evidence in his upcoming trial, a judge ruled on Friday. Arapahoe County District Court Judge Carlos Samour ruled that prosecutors in the death penalty case could not introduce the statements as evidence at trial because they were made after Holmes had asked for a lawyer. But because Holmes made the statements to detectives Chuck Mehl and Craig Appel voluntarily, they could still be used to cross-examine witnesses who provide contradictory testimony, should defense lawyers open the door to such questioning.