By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A former physician and his wife, tenants of an Aspen ski resort socialite found dead in her home, have made their first court appearance after being arrested on suspicion of her murder, authorities said. The body of Nancy Pfister, 57, daughter of the Buttermilk ski area's co-founders, was found a week ago, the Pitkin County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. Authorities did not say how Pfister died nor did they disclose a possible motive for the killing, which the sheriff's office said was the first homicide since 2001 in the chic resort town southwest of Denver that serves as a getaway for Hollywood celebrities and other wealthy visitors. The suspects, William Styler, 65, and his wife, Nancy, 62, were arrested on Monday in a motel in the nearby town of Basalt, the sheriff said.
NEW YORK (AP) — Target Corp.'s executive ranks have suffered their first casualty since hackers stole credit card numbers and other personal data of millions of the retailer's shoppers last year.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Essay optional. No penalties for wrong answers. The SAT college entrance exam is undergoing sweeping revisions.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — With Arkansas' model plan to use Medicaid funds to purchase private insurance for the poor spared for another year, backers of the nationally watched program are now focusing on changes that will be needed to keep it alive in the future.
(Reuters) - An Illinois couple and their daughter on Wednesday were charged with operating a multimillion-dollar shoplifting ring that involved stealing toys, baby supplies and household items from retail stores and selling them on eBay, prosecutors said. Branko Bogdanov, 58, along with his wife Lela, 52, and daughter Julia, 34, of Northbrook, some 25 miles north of Chicago, were charged in U.S. District Court with interstate transportation of stolen property, the U.S. Attorney's office said in a statement. The trio shoplifted $7.1 million worth of items from stores in several U.S. states including Florida, Maryland, Tennessee and Oklahoma, according to prosecutors. Investigators say Lela Bogdanov allegedly stuffed items up a long black skirt that was outfitted with a lining capable of holding multiple objects.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former District of Columbia mayor and current councilman Marion Barry has been released from a center where he spent 16 days trying to regain his mobility.
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — One of two people charged with enslaving a mentally disabled woman for two years with her child denied on Wednesday that she hurt the woman or locked her inside a filthy basement room.
CHEBOYGAN, Mich. (AP) — In a story Feb. 14 about the frozen Great Lakes, The Associated Press reported erroneously the maximum percentage of ice cover in 1994. It was 90.7 percent, not 94 percent.
California Governor Jerry Brown told visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday that he hoped Israeli water technology could help his state deal with a devastating drought. Netanyahu, on a visit to Silicon Valley, and Brown signed a memorandum of understanding for research and development cooperation in various technological fields, including water conservation. "Israel has demonstrated how efficient a country can be, and there is a great opportunity for collaboration," Brown said. Netanyahu said Israel's expertise in wastewater recycling, desalination and drip irrigation had solved its water problems.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A group of farmers and business owners sued the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Wednesday, saying the agency's decisions since 2006 have contributed to major flooding in five states.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota University System computer server that stores personal information on students, staff and faculty has been hacked, but nothing appears to have been compromised, Interim Chancellor Larry Skogen said Wednesday.
By Bernard Vaughan NEW YORK (Reuters) - Suleiman Abu Ghaith, a son-in-law of Osama bin Laden, proclaimed the September 11, 2001, attacks were al Qaeda's doing and called on others to fight for the Islamist militants, a prosecutor told jurors at the start of his trial on Wednesday. A Kuwaiti, Abu Ghaith is one of the highest-ranking figures linked to al Qaeda to face a civilian jury on terrorism-related charges since the attacks that destroyed New York's World Trade Center, which stood just blocks from the courthouse where he is on trial. Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicholas Lewin told the jury during his opening statement that Abu Ghaith "sat at the right hand of Osama bin Laden" after the attacks and bin Laden "asked him to deliver al Qaeda's murderous decree to the whole world." Lewin, pointing at Abu Ghaith, said: "What did the defendant do?
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The New York state Department of Transportation has fined CSX Railroad $10,000, saying it failed to report two oil train derailments within an hour of when they happened as required by state law.
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — Canadian defense officials say a disabled naval refueling ship being towed by an American tug after an engine fire has been making good progress toward Pearl Harbor.
EWING, N.J. (AP) — The contractor working for New Jersey's largest utility at the site of a town house explosion that killed one resident recently had been fined more than $100,000 by safety regulators for problems at two other sites, but the utility said Wednesday it never had any problems with the construction firm.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department is turning up the rhetorical heat on Russian President Vladimir Putin for statements about the situation in Ukraine that the U.S. says are lies.
NEW YORK (AP) — Osama bin Laden's son-in-law went on trial Wednesday in federal court in Manhattan, where jurors heard him portrayed both as a murderous mouthpiece for al-Qaida and as a target of a prosecution designed to play on fears and resentments from the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
Three third-graders were caught smoking marijuana in the boys' bathroom of their northern California elementary school last week in what the local police chief says marked the youngest pot bust he has ever encountered. The three boys - two 8-year-olds and one 9-year-old - were caught last Thursday by another student, who informed school administrators, who in turn alerted local law enforcement, said Sonora Police Chief Mark Stinson. The police chief of Sonora, a picturesque "Gold Country" town in the Sierra foothills about 130 miles east of San Francisco, said the youngest person he previously knew of being busted for smoking pot was about 10 years of age. Under California law, no one under 12 is usually charged with a crime, but the boys could be subject to juvenile justice proceedings.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The National Governors Association convention was fast approaching, promising an important stage for her politically ascendant husband. Organizers were pressing Gov. Bob McDonnell for details on his wife's part of the agenda, and he felt she was being distracted.
BOSTON (AP) — A man who took cellphone photos up the skirts of women riding the Boston subway did not violate state law because the women were not nude or partially nude, Massachusetts' highest court ruled Wednesday.