CHICAGO (AP) — A day after a task force blasted the Chicago Police Department for decades of discrimination, law enforcement officials weighed which of the panel's recommendations could be adopted and how much they might add to Chicago's already heavy financial burdens.
A California judge declined to order a deposition of Sumner Redstone after lawyers for the 92-year-old media mogul said on Thursday they do not plan to call him to testify at a trial over his mental competence. Attorneys for Redstone's former girlfriend, Manuela Herzer, had argued in court filings that they should be allowed to take the deposition because he had planned to testify at a trial scheduled to start on May 6. At a hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday, lawyers for Redstone said they do not plan to call Redstone as a witness.
Detroit public school children have been forced to switch to bottled water after elevated levels of lead and copper were found at 19 Detroit public schools, or nearly a third of those tested, officials said on Thursday. The results also came the same day Michigan lawmakers extended by four months a state of emergency in Flint, about 70 miles northwest of Detroit, to boost aid to authorities managing a crisis over lead contamination in the city's drinking water. Last month, water fountains at 30 schools in Newark, New Jersey, were shut off due to elevated levels of lead.
Leslie Van Houten, who as a follower of cult leader Charles Manson took part in one of the most notorious mass murders of the 20th century, was recommended on Thursday for parole, officials said, a first step towards freedom after more than four decades in prison. Van Houten, 66, has been serving a life sentence for the murders of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca, who were stabbed to death in their Los Angeles home on Aug. 9, 1969. The recommendation of California's Board of Parole Hearings is subject to an administrative review before going to California Governor Jerry Brown.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A man accused of killing his wife and two of her relatives in a tiny Montana town told authorities that a stranger must have broken into the house they shared and shot the victims, court documents released Thursday said.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fred Hayman, the dapper entrepreneur whose vision transformed a nondescript Southern California street into one of the world's pre-eminent fashion districts, earning him the sobriquet "Godfather of Rodeo Drive," died Thursday. He was 90.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Johnson & Johnson is ending a policy to set minimum prices for contact lenses, a move that will likely have ripple effects on legal battles and bitter price wars in the $4 billion industry.