ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A college project that alleged some state lawmakers might have used immunity to avoid drunken-driving arrests has sparked debate in Minnesota over whether to scrap a more than 150-year-old protection similar to those still on the books for Congress and most state legislatures.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The 16-year-old boy accused of stabbing 22 people at his high school was dazed "like a deer in the headlights" hours later and doesn't fully grasp what he did, his attorney said Thursday as he sketched out the beginnings of a possible mental health defense.
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — When a 6-foot-5, 270-pound man with a history of violence broke out of a mental health ward near Philadelphia and tried to withdraw money from a bank, a confrontation with police seemed likely.
MONROE, La. (AP) — Embattled Louisiana Rep. Vance McAllister issued a less-than-ironclad vow to stay in office Thursday as the state's Republican governor and party chairman demanded his resignation after a videotape showed him in a lingering kiss with the wife of a friend.
DENVER (AP) — Sharp questioning Thursday by a divided panel of appellate judges considering Utah's ban on gay marriages showed that, while same-sex marriage has had a remarkable winning streak lately, its legal status remains uncertain.
A former top official for the California city of Bell was sentenced to 11 years and 8 months in prison on Thursday for her role in a public corruption scandal that drew national attention and led to upheaval in the working-class community. Angela Spaccia, who served as the city's assistant chief administrative officer, was convicted of 11 felony counts in December, including misappropriation of public funds and conflict of interest for allegedly writing her own contracts with the city. Spaccia and her former boss, ex-Bell City Manager Robert Rizzo, stole $8 million of the nearly $11 million that prosecutors say multiple officials took from Bell, located 10 miles from downtown Los Angeles. The scandal, which came to light in a series of Los Angeles Times reports in 2010, fueled a debate over public pay and became an emblem of local government corruption.
HOUSTON (AP) — A woman convicted of murder for fatally stabbing her Swedish-born boyfriend with a 5 ½-inch (14-centimeter) stiletto shoe heel testified Thursday that she loved her boyfriend and was trying to help him become a better person but began to fear him when he became aggressive during their relationship.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey panel that found the incriminating email — "time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee" — at the heart of a traffic jam scandal that now threatens Gov. Chris Christie's political ambitions is reviewing its options after a setback by a judge.