MIAMI (AP) — Lawsuits filed around the U.S. seeking damages for allegedly defective auto air bags made by Japan's Takata Corp. have been consolidated before a Miami federal judge.
REVERE, Mass. (AP) — A firefighter says he rescued one of his uncles from a house blaze in suburban Boston but his other uncle was found dead inside. The firefighting effort was difficult because temperatures were well below freezing and fire hydrants were still buried under snow.
CINCINNATI (AP) — A demolition plan for a Cincinnati highway overpass was changed hours before the structure collapsed last month, killing a worker, according to the contractor for the highway construction project.
BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania judge heard arguments Friday on whether the death of famed football coach Joe Paterno in early 2012 should affect his estate's ability to sue the NCAA and Penn State over how they handled the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal.
GREENWOOD, S.C. (AP) — Along Main Street in a small South Carolina city, there is a war memorial honoring fallen World War I and II soldiers, dividing them into two categories: "white" and "colored."
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - Two relatives of singer Bobby Brown, whose daughter with Whitney Houston is said to be fighting for her life in Atlanta after being found unresponsive in a bathtub, got into a fight early Friday at a downtown hotel in the city, police said. Officers were called to the W Hotel just before 1 a.m. after Shayne Brown said his mother, Tina Brown, spit on him and struck his head with a glass bottle during an argument about a valet parking ticket, a police report said. Shayne Brown told police he was attending a party to celebrate Bobby Brown's birthday. Brown suffered cuts and drove himself to the hospital, while Tina Brown left the scene before police arrived.
Several state legislatures are debating vaccine-related measures as dozens of people have fallen ill from a measles outbreak that started at Disneyland in December and spread beyond the theme park. Here is a look at some of the legislation around the country:
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama, outlining a new national security blueprint for his last two years in office, warned against American "overreach" abroad Friday, even as he cast the U.S. as an indispensable force in combating global challenges including terrorism, climate change and cyber threats.
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — Defense attorneys for a man charged with strangling a Pennsylvania pharmacist and his girlfriend sought Friday to undermine the credibility of the prosecution's key witness, a man who testified he helped the defendant kill the victims and bury their bodies.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Seven Philadelphia Fire Department employees face discipline after an investigation into sex between firefighters and a female paramedic, the firefighters union announced Friday.
By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - A University of South Carolina professor died of multiple gunshot wounds to his upper body after being shot in an apparent murder-suicide in a campus building in downtown Columbia, a coroner said on Friday. Dr. Raja Fayad, 45, appeared to be the victim in Thursday's incident, Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said. He was shot with a semi-automatic handgun, South Carolina Law Enforcement Division spokesman Thom Berry told Reuters. Fayad was an associate professor of applied physiology who served as graduate director at the university's Arnold School of Public Health.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Spencer Zwick may be the most sought after man in Republican politics.
Two police officers and a civilian were taken to area hospitals after a crash on Friday in Northeast Philadelphia.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A special House committee looking into the deadly Benghazi, Libya, attacks in 2012 will interview a host of current and former high-ranking Obama administration officials as it speeds the pace of the investigation.
A dump truck and a car were involved in a fatal crash on Friday morning in Smyrna, Delaware.
HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon judge has ruled that a 61-year-old man did nothing illegal when he crouched in the aisle of a Target store and snapped photos up a 13-year-old's skirt.
By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - A former Venezuelan judge faces sentencing in Miami federal court next week for money laundering, extortion and conspiring to obstruct justice after U.S. prosecutors accused him of taking bribes from a South American drug cartel boss, according to court records. Benny Palmeri-Bacchi was scheduled to be sentenced on Friday, but the hearing was delayed until Monday to allow more time for a hearing, a courtroom deputy said. The former judge pleaded guilty in November to the three charges, each carrying a maximum prison sentence of 20 years, as part of a deal with prosecutors. Palmeri-Bacchi was arrested last summer after flying into Miami for a family vacation at Disney World.
MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — Facebook and LinkedIn want to boost dwindling numbers of women studying engineering and computer science with a collaborative initiative announced Friday that they hope will eventually fill thousands of lucrative Silicon Valley jobs long dominated by men.
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - A 17-year-old Oklahoma man originally charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of an Australian athlete has been charged as an accessory to first-degree murder, court records released on Friday said. James Edwards Jr. had his first-degree murder charge dismissed in exchange for his cooperation with the prosecution of two teenagers charged with fatally shooting Melbourne resident Christopher Lane as he was jogging in south Oklahoma, court records showed. He was attending East Central University in Ada on a baseball scholarship. In a preliminary hearing, Edwards implicated Michael Jones, 19 and Chancey Luna, 17, for the killing.
By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - The U.S. Army will make military personnel injured in the 2009 shooting attack at the Fort Hood base in central Texas eligible for the Purple Heart and civilians injured eligible for the Medal for Defense of Freedom, military officials said on Friday. Lawyers for 40 military personnel and civilians killed or wounded in the attack have petitioned to have the incident be declared an act of terrorism, which would open the door for the medals and allow them to receive certain benefits. "The Purple Heart's strict eligibility criteria had prevented us from awarding it to victims of the horrific attack at Fort Hood," Secretary of the Army John McHugh said. "Now that Congress has changed the criteria, we believe there is sufficient reason to allow these men and women to be awarded and recognized with either the Purple Heart or, in the case of civilians, the Defense of Freedom medal." Then Army Major Nidal Hasan, an American-born Muslim, opened fire on unarmed soldiers preparing for deployment on Nov. 5, 2009, killing 13 people and wounding 32 others in what he later called retaliation for U.S. wars in the Muslim world.