SEMINOLE, Fla. (AP) — A woman who flew from Colorado to Florida to reconnect with an old flame turned up dead days later, and her onetime boyfriend killed himself as investigators zeroed in on him as the prime suspect, authorities said.
PHOENIX (AP) — The parents of a 3-year-old Arizona girl who weighed just 15 pounds when she died have pleaded not guilty to murder and child abuse charges in a case that has renewed scrutiny of Arizona's child protection system.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Two death row inmates who challenged Kentucky's clemency system lost their appeal Thursday to the state's highest court, which upheld the process by which life-and-death decisions are concentrated in the hands of the governor.
State police say a police officer and a public works employee are among 32 people arrested in connection with two independent drug trafficking organizations operating at the Jersey Shore.
CUSHING, Okla. (AP) — Between 200 and 300 inmates at a private prison in Oklahoma were involved in a brawl, state corrections officials said Thursday, and the facility is on indefinite lockdown.
Two Florida brothers, one of whom said he bicycled around New York City to scope out targets, were sentenced on Thursday to prison for plotting to explode a bomb in the city in 2012, the U.S. Justice Department said. Raees Qazi was sentenced to 35 years and Sheheryar Qazi to 20 years. The two had also assaulted two deputy U.S. marshals while in custody, the Justice Department said in a statement.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Prosecutors want a federal judge in Idaho to shield the identities of two witnesses in the trial of an Uzbek refugee charged with helping teach people to build bombs to target public transportation.
A jury found Padge-Victoria Windslowe, 43, guilty of third-degree murder in the death of Claudia Aderotimi, who traveled to the United States in February 2011 in response to an online advertisement for a cosmetic buttocks enhancement procedure. Windslowe, known as the Black Madam, performed the injection but was untrained and unlicensed, according to the Philadelphia District Attorney's office.Shortly afterward, Aderotimi, 20, experienced chest pains as the silicone traveled through her system, prosecutors said. A medical examiner determined Aderotimi died of a pulmonary embolism caused by the injection.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The nation's Roman Catholic bishops engaged Thursday in a rare public discussion about whether their priorities properly reflect those of Pope Francis, with one church leader urging an emphasis on helping immigrants that's at least as energetic as the bishops' focus on religious freedom.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A 17-year-old who otherwise would have been graduating with honors from high school this week instead pleaded guilty Thursday to terrorism charges for helping another teen travel to Syria to join the Islamic State.
Alexander Brazhnikov, 36, pleaded guilty in federal court in Newark, New Jersey, to conspiring to commit money laundering, to smuggle electronics from the United States and to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act. Prosecutors said Brazhnikov, a U.S. citizen who was born in Moscow, was part of a sophisticated network that acquired large amounts of regulated electronic components from the United States and shipped them to Russia on behalf of companies there.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A former madam who performed illegal "body sculpting" was sentenced Thursday to 10 to 20 years in prison after the death of a dancer whose heart stopped after nearly half a gallon of silicone was injected into her buttocks.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — For years Republicans have controlled every lever of Texas politics — every statewide office, both houses of the Legislature, the state Supreme Court. Every nexus of power, that is, but one: the capital city.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Over White House objections, a House panel approved a bill Thursday that withholds hundreds of millions of dollars from the State Department until it produces more documents to lawmakers investigating the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya.
HOUSTON (AP) — Authorities say a freight train has derailed on a bridge over a Houston highway and at least one car fell onto the road below.
One man was shot dead and eight other people were injured at an apartment complex in Bridgeport, Connecticut, in the early hours of Thursday morning in what a former mayor described as the worst attack he has ever seen in the city. Police believe the attack by at least two gunmen in the complex's parking lot may have resulted from a dispute between rival gangs, Police Chief Joseph Gaudett told reporters. The man who was killed was Savonnie McNeil, 37, of Shelton, a nearby suburb, said Gaudett.
An unidentified man who tried to roll under a freight train in downtown San Diego during what authorities say may have been a videotaped stunt was killed on Thursday when he was struck by the locomotive. The man, who was between 20 and 30 years old, was cut into pieces by the northbound Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight train, that was traveling at about 10 mph (16 kph) at the time and was 62 cars long, San Diego County Sheriff's Detective Ed Macken said. The death highlights an ongoing problem with open, very visible and accessible train corridors in San Diego County, Macken said.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — A 25-year-old Nevada man accused of beheading and dismembering several dogs pleaded no contest Thursday to seven felony counts of willfully torturing and killing the animals in a troubling case that sparked public outrage.
The Chapel Hill school was found to have violated seven standards, including integrity, control of intercollegiate athletics and academic freedom, said Belle Wheelan, president of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. The probation would have no impact on the school's federal funding, including student financial aid and research grants, university chancellor Carol Folt said in a statement.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A new Berkeley city ordinance that requires cellphone sellers to warn customers about radiation from the devices violates free speech rights, an industry trade group says in a new lawsuit.