LAS VEGAS (AP) — Two people have been arrested in what authorities describe as a twisted, gruesome case of abuse involving a child's corpse hidden in a broken-down car, a starved baby living on water and a sheltered teenager impregnated by her stepfather.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The law gives police officers latitude to use deadly force when they feel physically endangered, but there's far less legal flexibility when it comes to opening fire at fleeing individuals. Here's a look at legal issues raised by Saturday's police shooting in South Carolina in which video recorded by a bystander shows a black man being shot in the back and killed as he runs away.
By Daniel Lovering FALL RIVER, Mass. (Reuters) - Jurors in former NFL star Aaron Hernandez's murder trial completed their first full day of deliberations at a Massachusetts court on Wednesday without reaching a verdict, a day after the defense argued that Hernandez was only a witness to the fatal shooting that prosecutors say he orchestrated. Hernandez, 25, is charged with murder and firearms violations in the killing of Odin Lloyd, a semiprofessional football player who had been dating his fiancee's sister. Prosecutors say Hernandez and two friends, Ernest Wallace and Carlos Ortiz, picked up Lloyd at his Boston home before dawn on June 17, 2013, and drove him to an industrial park near Hernandez's house in North Attleboro, Massachusetts, where they shot him dead.
By Karen Pierog and Megan Davies CHICAGO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Rahm Emanuel may have been elected to a second term as Chicago's mayor on Tuesday but now he faces a stark choice: inflict pain on the city's population in the form of unpopular measures such as higher taxes or kick its problems further down the road and risk a fiscal crisis that could even lead to bankruptcy later. While voters appear to have seen President Barack Obama's former chief of staff as more able than labor union-backed challenger Jesus “Chuy” Garcia to deal with Chicago’s massive public pension liabilities, neither candidate squarely addressed what could be a fiscal nightmare for the city. The failure over many years to address the hole the city has dug for itself will finally catch up with Chicago if radical action isn’t taken soon to resolve the budget and pension problems, warn bankers, investors and fiscal policy experts. "The day there's no more dollars in the kitty, the day that the city is not going to be able to pay the next set of payrolls, that's the day everyone will all of a sudden understand: ‘Wow, we really have to address this because there is no longer an option,’” said David Tawil, president of hedge fund Maglan Capital which invests in distressed situations but does not own Chicago debt.
APPOMATTOX, Va. (AP) — A Civil War cannonball that ripped through Hannah Reynolds' master's cabin made her a footnote of misfortune, the lone civilian death at the Battle of Appomattox Court House. She died a slave at 60, hours before the war to end slavery unofficially came to a close.