Police say a 7-Eleven clerk was pistol whipped during a robbery in Philadelphia's Oxford Circle section early Wednesday morning.
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — A rebel-held city in eastern Ukraine came under intensified shelling Wednesday as the U.N. revealed that the death toll from the fighting between government troops and separatists has nearly doubled in the last two weeks.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — An immigration judge has sued the Justice Department, alleging that an order recusing her from hearing the cases of Iranian immigrants because of her involvement in the Iranian-American community is discriminatory.
ISLAMORADA, Fla. (AP) — It's easy to go online and get a 360-degree, ground-level view of almost any street in the United States and throughout the world. Soon, scientists hope people will be able to do the same with coral reefs and other underwater wonders.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A day after announcing it will shut down next month, Revel Casino Hotel told a bankruptcy court judge it is still negotiating with potential buyers.
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - A Florida man has pleaded guilty to making deadly toxins and shipping them to customers across the globe, among them a British woman plotting to kill her mother who is a London magistrate, U.S. authorities said on Wednesday. Jesse Korff, 19, of LaBelle, about 80 miles (130 km) northwest of Miami, marketed the toxins ricin and abrin through an illegal Internet site called Black Market Reloaded, which facilitated the sale of illegal goods with the digital currency Bitcoin, according to prosecutors. Aside from the London transaction, Korff also made sales in 2013 to customers in New Delhi, Vienna and Ryomgand, Denmark, with the fate of the poison in those cases unknown, New Jersey U.S. Attorney's Office spokesman, Matthew Reilly, said. One of Korff's alleged customers, Kuntal Patel, was arrested in January on charges of slipping the toxin abrin into the Diet Coke of her mother, who sits on the bench at Thames magistrates' court, British media reported at the time.
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin said on Wednesday she would support a limited medical trial in her state for a derivative of marijuana that has been used in other states to treat toddlers with rare conditions that can cause seizures and strokes. Her office said CBD is not intoxicating and research suggests it may be effective to treat toddlers with rare conditions that cause seizures and strokes. "I do not support legalizing the recreational use of marijuana," Fallin said. "I do support allowing potentially life-saving medicine to find its way to children in need." According to NORML, a group seeking to legalize the responsible use marijuana, as of June, 10 states in this year's legislative season have enacted laws seeking to provide limited access to medical marijuana products that contain high levels of CBD and virtually no THC for qualified, typically pediatric patients.
By Amanda Orr HOUSTON (Reuters) - A 14-year-old Texas boy was discovered living for nearly three days at a Walmart store by carving out hiding places in shelves stacked with products while foraging for food in other aisles, police and news reports said on Wednesday. The boy slept in two makeshift shelters hidden from public view at a store in Corsicana, one in the baby gear aisle behind boxes of strollers and the other behind bulk paper towels and toilet paper, according to CBS Dallas. After he was discovered on July 30, "the juvenile was transported to the police department and later that night to the care of licensed professionals for follow-up care," police in Corsicana, 50 miles (80 km) southeast of Dallas, said on Wednesday. Store employees discovered the boy, who has not been identified, after a trash trail led to one of his lairs, CBS Dallas said, citing store employees.
MIAMI (AP) — Pop singer Justin Bieber's guilty plea to charges of careless driving and resisting arrest puts an end to a legal saga that began seven months ago inside a rented Lamborghini at what police called an illegal drag race. The judge who accepted Bieber's plea Wednesday said it's time for the 20-year-old singer to stop his misbehavior — especially for his millions of young fans.
By Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND (Reuters) - Severe thunderstorms that rolled through the Pacific Northwest overnight sparked dozens of new wildfires in parched forests in Washington and Oregon, while heavy rain led to flooding and the drowning death of one person, officials said Wednesday. In much of Oregon, the air was so dry that the Tuesday night rainfall evaporated before hitting the ground, allowing lightning and winds to start and fuel fires, said Jean Nelson-Dean, spokeswoman for the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center. Lightning struck Oregon more than 7,000 times in 24 hours, starting scores of mostly small new blazes, according to the Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center. Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber issued a state conflagration emergency for the area, a move one step below a state of emergency, freeing state resources to battle the blaze.
Metro US, the owner of Metro Philadelphia, has acquired the Philadelphia City Paper.
By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - More than a foot of rain hit parts of New York's Long Island on Wednesday, enough to set a preliminary state record, triggering flash floods and swamping cars on major roads that were turned into rivers during the morning rush hour. A total of 13.26 inches (33 cm) of precipitation was measured at MacArthur Airport in Islip. Heavy rainfall coupled with the morning commute is a problem." The stormy weather contributed to at least one fatality, when a tractor-trailer and a Jeep collided on the Long Island Expressway, killing the Jeep's driver at about 5 a.m. during heavy rains, the Suffolk County highway patrol said in a statement. Parts of major commuter routes including the Long Island Expressway, the Seaford Oyster Bay Expressway, the Sunrise Highway and other roadways were closed due to flooding, police said.
Witnesses tell Action News that a man, sitting on a bench, was killed by a pickup truck in a crash at a West Chester grocery store.
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — A 16-year-old boy accused of killing his parents in their suburban Dallas home is being held in juvenile custody.
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday declined to delay its ruling striking down Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage, meaning gay people in the state will be able to get married unless the U.S. Supreme Court intervenes. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond struck down the state ban in July. The state's Democratic attorney general, Mark Herring, who backs gay marriage, and opponents of same-sex marriage had asked the court to stay its ruling while the Supreme Court considered the case. Herring's office said in a statement that gay marriages could commence as early as next Wednesday, when the ruling takes effect.
CORSICANA, Texas (AP) — Authorities say a teenager lived undetected at a 24-hour Wal-Mart in Texas for a couple of days after running away from his aunt's home.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A man accused of gunning down another man in Albuquerque's South Valley last year was an active U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration informer who was improperly supervised, a new lawsuit alleges.
Minutes after learning a mother had also died from a Philadelphia carjacking crash that killed three of her children, a teen suspect blurted out a lament during a brief court hearing Wednesday.
By David Adams MIAMI (Reuters) - A Miami man pleaded guilty on Wednesday to destroying a $10,000 vase by Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei in February, agreeing to make an apology and pay restitution for the cost of the artwork, according to court documents. Dominican-born Maximo Caminero, a local artist, also agreed to 100 hours of community service teaching art classes, according to the plea deal with the state attorney's office. Caminero, who was 51 at the time of the crime, was charged with criminal mischief after picking up one of 16 brightly painted vases at the Perez Art Museum Miami and throwing it to the ground when confronted by security, according to a police report. He told police he broke the vase to protest that the museum "only displayed international artists," according to the police report.
BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) — The father of a slain 6-year-old Washington girl says he forgives the 17-year-old neighbor suspected of killing her, and he is leaning on his religion following her death.