GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama jury convicted a woman of capital murder in the running death of her 9-year-old granddaughter on Friday, rejecting claims that she didn't mean to harm the girl while she was punishing the child for a lie.
"There was a verdict in the case - guilty of capital murder," said Natalie Barton, director of communicationsfor the Etowah County Sheriff's Office. Joyce Garrard, 49, was accused of making Savannah Hardin run nonstop at her home in 2012 for lying about having eaten forbidden chocolates, a prosecutor said at her trial. Etowah County assistant district attorney Marcus Reid told the jury during opening statements that Garrard acted like Sergeant Vince Carter, the drill instructor in the TV series Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C.. He said Garrard gave different accounts about what had happened when police and paramedics arrived at the home: that the girl had fallen in the yard, that she had a seizure, or had a neurological problem.
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's green sea turtles should continue to be classified as threatened because its population is small and nearly all of them nest at the same low-lying atoll, federal wildlife agencies said Friday.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations says Russia's vetoes against holding Syria's government accountable are "extremely disruptive" to the U.N. Security Council's ability to restore peace in the conflict, and have emboldened President Bashar Assad to do "almost whatever he wants."
LINDEN, N.J. (AP) — Four friends — three off-duty New Jersey police officers and a former county worker — were involved in a deadly wrong-way car crash with a tractor-trailer early Friday after a trip to a New York City strip club. Linden Officer Frank Viggiano and ex-county employee Joe Rodriguez were killed. The car's driver, Officer Pedro Abad, and fellow Officer Patrik Kudlac were fighting for their lives.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republican state senators asked Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf on Friday to withdraw his nominee to head the Pennsylvania State Police who was caught on video removing roadside signs critical of him, but the governor said he still supports him.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Just five years from reaching the NFL pinnacle as an All-Pro and Super Bowl champion, Darren Sharper is now likely headed for a lengthy prison sentence after reaching plea agreements in charges involving the drugging and sexual assault of at least nine women in four states, his lawyer said Friday.
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A Colorado woman admitted that she cut an unborn child out of the womb of a stranger, and her husband told police he heard the fetus emit a "gasping breath" before it died, court documents showed on Friday. Dynel Catrece Lane, 34, is being held on a $2 million bond on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder, assault and child abuse resulting in death in the attack on Michelle Wilkins, who was seven months pregnant. According to an arrest warrant affidavit, Lane's husband, David Ridley, believed his wife was pregnant. Ridley said he found the fetus in the couple's bathtub.