BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Fuel-hauling tank cars need safety upgrades to keep fires from spreading after train derailments, and the public can't wait another decade for the improvements as the industry suggests, U.S. safety officials said.
By Jonathan Kaminsky NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Disgraced former NFL star Darren Sharper, who last month pleaded guilty or no contest to rape or attempted rape charges in three states, appeared on Tuesday in a New Orleans courtroom, where his arraignment on additional rape charges was delayed until June. Sharper, 39, last month pleaded guilty or no contest to charges in Arizona, California and Nevada as part of a series of plea bargains prosecutors have said will land him at least nine years in federal prison. Local prosecutors in New Orleans have said Sharper has reached a plea deal to settle the Louisiana case which, like the others, stems from allegations that he drugged women and then raped them. When the former football player appeared on Monday in federal court in New Orleans he entered a plea of not guilty to related charges of drugging women with intent to rape them, but that plea was a formality and could later be reversed, prosecutors said.
Rutgers University has banned house parties at fraternities and sororities for the rest of the spring semester after several alcohol-related problems this school year, including the death of one student.
Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli says there was a "history of domestic issues" between Michael Juskin and his 88-year-old wife, Rosalia. But he said a motive for the attack remains under investigation.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. patient in treatment for the Ebola virus at a National Institutes of Health facility in Maryland has improved to good condition from fair, the NIH said on Tuesday. (Reporting by Emily Stephenson; Editing by Lisa Lambert)
ZION, Ill. (AP) — In a story April 6 about a teenager killed by a police officer in Illinois, The Associated Press misspelled the Zion police chief's last name twice. His name is Steve Dumyahn, not Dumhayn.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Rand Paul on Tuesday officially announced on his website that he will run for U.S. president in 2016, hours before an event in his home state of Kentucky where he is expected to formally launch the campaign. "I am running for president to return our country to the principles of liberty and limited government," he said in a posting at www.randpaul.com. (Reporting By Lisa Lambert; Editing by Emily Stephenson)