By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A U.S. Army soldier accused of running a prostitution ring at Fort Hood, one of the largest Army bases in the country, pled guilty on Wednesday to 15 charges related to the accusation, officials said on Wednesday. Sergeant 1st Class Gregory McQueen is expected to be sentenced as early as Thursday at the court-martial after pleading guilty to charges including conspiracy to solicit prostitution, adultery and dereliction of duty, the base said in a statement.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Ellen Pao testified for a third day on Wednesday in her lawsuit claiming gender bias kept her from advancing at a major Silicon Valley venture capital firm and that she was fired after she complained.
A Kensington teenager has died after being shot and authorities have identified the victim's friend as the suspect charged in his murder.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Hundreds of Brown University students silently marched across campus Wednesday to protest the college's handling of recent sexual assault allegations, saying the school is trying to protect its reputation rather than the victims of assault.
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Mexican Mafia hit man convicted of beating and strangling a San Antonio woman because she didn't pay the gang's 10 percent tax on her illegal drug sales was executed Wednesday evening.
By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Texas on Wednesday executed a 46-year-old gang member convicted of murdering a woman because she would not pay extortion money demanded by the Mexican Mafia criminal organization. Manuel Vasquez received a lethal injection at the state's death chamber in Huntsville and was pronounced dead at 6:32 p.m. CDT, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice said. Vasquez became the 522nd prisoner executed in Texas since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976, the most of any state. Vasquez and two co-defendants were convicted of strangling Juanita Ybarra, 51, in 1998 for not paying a 10 percent cut of her drug sales to the Mexican Mafia, the attorney general's office said.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah toddler rescued from a car 14 hours after it crashed into a frigid river was released from a hospital Wednesday, days after the accident that killed her mother.
By Peg McEntee SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - A toddler rescued from a car that plunged into a Utah river last week was released from a Salt Lake City hospital on Wednesday, four days after she was found alive and dangling upside down in her car seat some 14 hours after the crash, the hospital said. The girl, 18-month old Lily Groesbeck, was found by a fisherman on Saturday in a car seat inside the upturned vehicle alongside the body of her 25-year-old mother, Lynn Jennifer Groesbeck, who was killed in the accident, police said. The toddler was in the back seat of the car where police said water was just inches away from her face, and was rushed to Primary Children's Hospital. A hospital spokeswoman said on Wednesday the child had been released.
FREEPORT, Maine (AP) — L.L. Bean, known for selling its trademark boots via catalog for more than a century, plans to make a bigger push into brick-and-mortar retail by more than tripling the number of domestic stores over the next five years, officials said Wednesday.
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Texas on Wednesday executed a 46-year-old man, who was a gang member convicted of murdering a woman because she would not pay extortion money demanded by the Mexican Mafia criminal organization. Manuel Vasquez received a lethal injection at the state's death chamber in Huntsville and was pronounced dead at 6:32 p.m. CDT, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice said. (Reporting by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Sandra Maler)
SEATTLE (AP) — A Washington state man who police say drove his girlfriend's body to a psychiatric hospital and told staff he killed her has been charged with second-degree murder.
The United Steelworkers union (USW) signaled that lead refinery owner representative Shell Oil Co may offer a possible settlement in the coming days that could end the largest refinery strike in 35 years. "Bargaining is continuing," the USW said in the message. "Shell and the USW continue to talk," said Shell spokesman Cameron Yost "We remain committed to negotiating a mutually satisfactory agreement." The national agreement being negotiated by the USW and Shell Oil, the U.S. arm of Royal Dutch Shell Plc, will set the floor on pay and benefits as well as set standards on some safety issues.
Two senior U.S. Secret Service agents are under investigation for allegations they drove a government car into White House security barricades last week after drinking at a late-night party, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday. A Secret Service spokeswoman said the agency was aware of the allegations against the two agents and that "if misconduct is identified, appropriate action will be taken based on established rules and regulations." The Post said one of the agents included a top member of President Barack Obama's protective detail. The Secret Service spokeswoman said in a statement that its director, Joseph Clancy, had been briefed on the allegations and that the investigation had been turned over to the Department of Homeland Security Office of the Inspector General.
BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduate student on Wednesday identified Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as the man he saw leaning in to the police cruiser of an MIT officer who was fatally shot three days after the bombings.
(Reuters) - Ferguson, Missouri, is committed to maintaining its own police department, Mayor James Knowles told a news conference on Wednesday following the announcement that Police Chief Thomas Jackson resigned effective March 19. (Reporting by Carey Gillam in Kansas City, Mo.; Writing by David Bailey; Editing by Sandra Maler)
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Maryland man has been sentenced to more than 4 years in prison after prosecutors say he stabbed a transgender girl on a transit train in the nation's capital.
The toddler who survived a night in frigid temperatures is released from the hospital.
A 15-year-old boy has been arrested on kidnapping charges in Washington state stemming from an attempted abduction of a toddler that was caught on video and thwarted by the baby's young siblings and other witnesses, officials said on Wednesday. The teenager was taken into custody following several days of interviews, DNA testing and a search warrant on his home in Sprague, southwest of Spokane, where the kidnapping occurred, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office said. He is accused of grabbing the 22-month-old boy from his stroller in a city park in broad daylight on Sunday and running off with the baby, in an incident caught on surveillance video by a local grocery store. The toddler and his older siblings, ages 8 and 10, had been left with a babysitter and were playing unattended in the park when the suspect approached and began talking to the children, the sheriff's office said.
By Karen Pierog and Hilary Russ SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Reuters) - A state lawyer defending the landmark 2013 pension reform law faced tough questions on Wednesday from an Illinois Supreme Court judge at a high-stakes hearing about whether the legislature had the right to cut benefits. “Aren’t we giving the state the power to modify its contractual obligations whenever it wants?” Justice Robert R. Thomas asked State Solicitor General Carolyn Shapiro.
Sam Bradford took to the podium Wednesday afternoon in his first press conference since being named quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles.