By Victoria Cavaliere WHITE PLAINS, New York (Reuters) - Attorneys in the drugged driving trial of the daughter of assassinated U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy on Thursday debated whether Kerry Kennedy made a criminal mistake when she crashed her car in 2012 after inadvertently taking a sleeping pill. Defense attorneys said in closing arguments that Kennedy, a 54-year-old author and activist, had intended to take a thyroid medication before driving her silver Lexus to the gym, but accidentally took the sleeping aid zolpidem, known by its brand name Ambien. Prosecutors conceded that Kennedy had not intended to take the sleeping pill but should have realized her error before sideswiping a tractor-trailer on a suburban New York highway and driving away. "Her mistake was a very serious one," Assistant District Attorney Doreen Lloyd said.
By Susan Cooper Eastman JACKSONVILLE, Florida (Reuters) - The parents of Jordan Davis, a Florida teenager who was killed by a middle-aged man in a gas station dispute over loud rap music, plan to campaign to reform the state's self-defense law that they blame for their son's death. To be a champion, not just for him, but for everyone," the teen's mother, Lucia McBath, told Reuters on Monday. Michael Dunn, a white, 47-year-old software engineer, was convicted on February 15 on three counts of attempted murder for opening fire on a car of black teenagers during an argument in November 2012 in the parking lot of a Jacksonville gas station. Dunn testified that he feared for his life, drawing comparisons to the trial of George Zimmerman, the former central Florida neighborhood watchman who was acquitted last year of murder after saying he shot a 17-year-old unarmed black teenager, Trayvon Martin, in self-defense.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder was hospitalized for several hours Thursday and treated for an elevated heart rate after experiencing lightheadedness and shortness of breath, the Justice Department said.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The University of Connecticut told two faculty members Thursday that it intends to dismiss them as the result of an investigation that found one had inappropriate contact with students and another failed to act properly after learning of wide-ranging sexual misconduct allegations against his colleague.
A 73-year-old man who has run the Boston Marathon pushing his wheelchair-bound son for the past 31 years plans to make this year's edition of the event his last. Dick Hoyt, whose 52-year-old son Rick suffers from cerebral palsy, had planned to make the 2013 race his last but decided to run one more time after the duo was stopped along with thousands of other athletes at the 25-mile marker because of the twin pressure-cooker bombs that killed three people and injured 264. "This is going to be our 32nd Boston Marathon," the elder Hoyt told WBZ-TV in Boston. Hoyt said he would continue to compete with his son in events shorter than the 26.2-mile marathon and that other members of their "Team Hoyt" charitable organization would continue to push Rick in future Boston Marathons.
By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Tennessee Senator Bob Corker called on federal authorities on Thursday not to muzzle lawmakers who are opposed to union organizing as they consider the United Auto Workers' appeal of a failed effort to represent workers at a Volkswagen plant in his state Saying Corker and other politicians interfered in the vote, the UAW filed an objection with the National Labor Relations Board to the result of the February 12-14 election, in which workers at VW's Chattanooga, Tennessee, plant voted to reject union representation. The Republican senator, a former Chattanooga mayor, issued a statement during the vote saying he had had conversations that led him to believe VW would manufacture a new sport utility vehicle in Chattanooga if workers rejected the union.