NEW YORK (AP) — A jury was chosen Monday for the federal trial of an Egyptian Islamic preacher extradited from Great Britain on charges he conspired to support al-Qaida, setting the stage for the second major terrorism trial in Manhattan in two months.
CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal judge on Monday ordered Ohio to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples performed in other states, and civil rights attorneys and gay marriage supporters immediately began looking ahead to their next fight: a lawsuit seeking to force Ohio to allow gay couples to marry.
NEW YORK (AP) — Donna Tartt's "The Goldfinch" has won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
NEW YORK (AP) — Washington Post, Guardian win Pulitzers in public service for coverage of NSA surveillance.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The man authorities say masterminded a scheme that fleeced the small Los Angeles suburb of Bell out of millions of dollars has been sentenced to 33 months in prison for income tax evasion.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Gov. Martin O'Malley has signed a bill that decriminalizes the possession of small amounts of marijuana starting in October.
PANGUITCH, Utah (AP) — A Utah father said Monday that emergency preparation helped save the lives of his two young sons when a 3-hour hike turned into a dayslong ordeal after he became trapped between tight canyon walls.
(Reuters) - A Southwest Airlines flight from Chicago to Sacramento was rerouted to Omaha, Nebraska after a passenger tried to open a cabin door during flight, authorities said on Monday. The Sunday flight set down at the Eppley Airfield after an unruly passenger, identified as Joshua Carl Lee Suggs, pushed past a flight attendant and tried to open one of the rear doors while the plane was flying, according to papers filed by the Nebraska U.S. Attorney's Office in federal court. "Some gentleman just decided that he wanted us to visit the Lord today, and decided to open up the back hatch of Southwest Airlines flight while we were already up in the air," said Monique Lawler who was on the flight, according to an interview with KABC-TV in California. The incident occurred about an hour after the plane departed from Chicago on Sunday morning, around the time the flight attendants had finished their initial beverage service, the complaint said.
MIAMI (AP) — In 22 years at the Miami-Dade Police Department, Lt. Ralph Mata broke up major gangs, supervised an airport canine unit that sniffed out drug smugglers and investigated police wrongdoing. He was also, according to the FBI, known as "The Milk Man" for helping New Jersey cocaine dealers move hundreds of thousands of dollars around.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — In Terry Branstad's nearly 20 years as governor of Iowa, he has earned a reputation for steady management, frugality and a distinct absence of drama. Gray-haired, smiling and always attired in a crisp business suit, he's been a model of Midwestern stability and owner of a public approval rating over 60 percent.
NEW YORK (AP) — A con man already imprisoned in a collectible coin scam was sentenced to a life term on Monday for a bizarre, behind-bars plot to decapitate a judge and a prosecutor.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A judge has set bail at $100,000 for a man accused in a crash that killed a 4-year-old girl and injured 14 people at a central Florida day care center.
NEW YORK (AP) — A second U.N. committee plans to question Vatican officials on failures to stop clergy sex abuse.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Affordable Care Act's health insurance subsidies will cost a little less than previously thought, according to a new report released Monday.
(Reuters) - A judge set bail at $6 million on Monday for a Utah woman suspected of killing six infants after giving birth to them, then stuffing their bodies into cardboard boxes which were found at a house where she used to live. Police said Megan Huntsman, 39, admitted under questioning that she strangled or suffocated the babies immediately after their births. Bail was set at a court hearing a day after Huntsman was arrested and booked into the Utah County jail on six counts of murdering the babies born over roughly a 10-year period. At a hearing in Provo, Utah, District Judge Steven Hansen on Monday set bail at $1 million for each count of murder, said court spokeswoman Nancy Volmer.
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — No Vidalia onion will be harvested before its time. So says the agricultural commissioner who claims farmers should face fines for shipping one of Georgia's premier crops too early, potentially threatening their renowned sweet, delectable taste.
A waterfront estate in Connecticut featuring two private islands and a mile of shorefront has sold for $120 million, making it the most expensive residential home sale in U.S. history, real estate experts said on Monday. Copper Beech Farm, a 12-bedroom mansion complete with its own clock tower, greenhouse, solarium and swimming pool along Long Island Sound in exclusive Greenwich, Connecticut, had originally been listed at $190 million. The 50-acre (20 hectare) estate was purchased last week by The Conservation Institute LLC, according to sale records. Its $120 million selling price was nearly double the previous most expensive home sale in the U.S., the 2013 purchase of an estate in the Hamptons, on Long Island, New York, for $62.5 million, according to RealtyTrac, a real estate information company.
By Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Monday struck down parts of a regulation that forces public companies to disclose if their products contain "conflict minerals" from a war-torn part of Africa, saying it violates free speech rights. The ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit marks a partial victory for the three business groups that had filed the original lawsuit, which claimed that the regulation violated companies' free speech rights by in essence forcing them to condemn their own products. But the appeals court stopped short of striking down the rule entirely. Human rights groups had worked to convince Congress to include the conflict minerals provision in the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law, saying the disclosures would help consumers who want to avoid products that encourage mining in areas gripped by rebel violence and humanitarian conflict.
By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - A Miami federal judge released a Miami-Dade Police Department internal affairs detective on $500,000 bond after he was charged with helping drug smugglers and orchestrating a murder-for-hire plot. As part of an agreement with federal prosecutors Ralph Mata, 45, will wear an electronic tracking bracelet while released, the judge ordered during a bond hearing on Monday. Mata agreed to waive extradition and will be transferred to New Jersey, where the bulk of the investigation took place. Mata, a 22-year law-enforcement veteran who allegedly called himself "The Milk Man," was arrested last week in Miami in connection with arranging for two assassins dressed in police uniforms and badges to kill two members of a rival group, according to a criminal complaint.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Army general upholds Chelsea Manning's conviction, 35-year sentence in WikiLeaks case.