BALTIMORE (AP) — The same prosecutors who painted a gang member as the architect of a widespread drug and cellphone smuggling conspiracy said Monday during his sentencing that he actually made the prison safer despite impregnating four guards and directing crime on the streets while behind bars.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska political leaders who believed they had a federal government promise of "no more" wilderness designations in the state kept hammering away at President Obama's announcement that he will seek that designation for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
An outbreak of mumps that started at an Idaho university and infected 21 people across the state has now spread to neighboring Washington state, health officials said on Monday. The spread of mumps, a highly contagious virus that leads to painful swelling of the salivary glands, comes as a wider measles outbreak has infected more than 100 people in California and over a dozen more in 19 other U.S. states and Mexico since December. The mumps outbreak began in September at the University of Idaho campus in Moscow, near the border with Washington state, and later spread to the capital, Boise, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare said. Mumps, which leads to painful swelling of the salivary glands, spreads easily from sharing saliva through kissing, shared eating utensils or water bottles, public health officials said.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The trustee handling Casey Anthony's bankruptcy said Monday that most of the $25,000 he has available to distribute should go to the trustee's attorney.
WILDWOOD, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say two all-terrain vehicles were racing each other when one of them swerved and hit people who were watching, including a 2-year-old boy who was killed.
MULDROW, Okla. (AP) — Authorities in eastern Oklahoma say an 8-year-old boy has died and a 22-year-old man has been injured after another man placed an explosive in a stove and shot it with a high-powered rifle.
A Newark man was arrested after police say he fired several shots inside his home, narrowly missing the family that lives next door.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Automakers are cramming cars with wireless technology, but they have failed to adequately protect those features against the real possibility that hackers could take control of vehicles or steal personal data, a member of the U.S. Senate is asserting.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Federal prosecutors in New Jersey will seek the death penalty for only the second time against a man they say led a violent street gang charged in 2013 with six murders.
WASHINGTON (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel (AHN'-geh-lah MEHR'-kuhl) says Greece's new government must come up with a sustainable proposal to pay its debt in order to stay part of the eurozone.
By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - A former Venezuelan judge was sentenced to six years and eight months in prison in U.S. court in Miami on Monday after being accused of taking bribes from a South American drug cartel boss. Benny Palmeri-Bacchi pleaded guilty in November to money laundering, extortion and conspiring to obstruct justice. Prosecutors agreed to seek a lenient sentence for his cooperation with a U.S. push against prominent Venezuelan officials suspected of assisting Colombian drug traffickers. "I feel very remorseful and I ask for mercy," he told U.S. Judge Ursula Ungaro in Spanish, speaking through an English translator.
ENFIELD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man has been sentenced to two years in prison for killing five cats belonging to his fiancee's family — a crime that animal rights advocates protested outside of court.
MIAMI (AP) — A former Venezuelan judge who was arrested last year by U.S. authorities on the way to a Disney World vacation has been sentenced to more than six years in prison for his role in a major cocaine trafficking case linked to the government of former President Hugo Chavez.
A shot was fired during a robbery at a Dunkin' Donuts in the Olney section of Philadelphia on Monday morning.
MONROEVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Two of three people shot inside a Pittsburgh-area mall are still in critical condition but are expected to survive.
Puerto Rico on Monday said it would appeal a U.S. ruling that voided the island's restructuring law, saying it left the U.S. commonwealth in legal limbo. Late on Friday a U.S. federal judge ruled that Puerto Rico's so-called Recovery Act, which made some of its agencies eligible for court-supervised debt restructuring, violated the U.S. constitution by allowing a state government to modify municipal debt. "We believe that it is incorrect in law and has the effect of leaving Puerto Rico without a legal framework to allow our public corporations to comply with their obligations in an orderly manner without affecting the continuity of essential services that the citizenry receive," Puerto Rico Justice Secretary Cesar Miranda said in a statement.
Icy conditions led to treacherous conditions in many New Jersey communities Monday morning.
Domestic violence charges were abruptly dropped on Monday against Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy after his accuser could not be found to testify, prosecutors said. The jury trial for Hardy, 26, had been set to begin in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Monday. He was accused of assaulting his former girlfriend, Nicole Holder, and threatening to kill her. "The victim appears to have intentionally made herself unavailable to the state," the District Attorney's Office said in a statement.
An 8-year-old Oklahoma boy was killed after being struck with shrapnel when a pot containing an explosive blew up after it was shot with a high-powered rifle, a sheriff's office said on Monday. Two people, including the child and a 22-year-old man, were struck with metal shards from the pot, which had been placed on a stove outside in a yard and contained an explosive along the lines of Tannerite, Sequoyah County Sheriff Ron Lockhart said about Sunday's incident.
The boyfriend of a student found dead in a central Pennsylvania university dormitory room has been charged with aggravated assault.