COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio police officer whose cruiser slammed into a stopped car in the middle of an intersection tried to veer away but couldn't avoid the crash that killed six members of a family, and there is no basis to charge him, authorities announced Thursday.
By Laila Kearney MILPITAS, California (Reuters) - Lottery officials in California were waiting on Thursday to hear from the holder of the single winning ticket of a $425.3 million national Powerball prize, a day after announcing the sixth highest jackpot drawing in U.S. history. The winning ticket in the nationwide game was bought at a Chevron gas station next to a freeway ramp in the Northern California city of Milpitas, about 40 miles southeast of San Francisco. Alex Traverso, spokesman for the California Lottery, which manages Powerball matters in the state as well as other games, said he did not expect the holder of the Powerball ticket to come forward on Thursday. "The first day is usually that moment when they try to figure things out, so I would be surprised if we would see them today," he said of the winner, whose ticket matched all six winning numbers in the Powerball drawing.
MIDDLETOWN, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie, appearing at his first town hall-style meeting since a political payback plot engulfed his administration, heard complaints from residents still displaced by last year's Superstorm Sandy but no gripes from commuters stuck in massive traffic jams manufactured by his aides.
By Emily Flitter NEW YORK (Reuters) - A man who served prison time for conning Hollywood stars and reputedly inspired Leonardo DiCaprio's performance in "The Wolf of Wall Street" was in federal court on Thursday facing charges that he used a friend's credit card to buy liquor, a plane ticket and food, according to court filings. Dana Giacchetto, 51, a former investment advisor to A-listers like DiCaprio and singer Michael Stipe of the rock band R.E.M., was charged on Thursday in Manhattan federal court with two counts of fraud. Giacchetto served a three-year prison term in the early 2000s for fraud after being charged with swindling millions from his famous clients. His attorney Ronald Fischetti said his client "absolutely denies" the latest charges.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A diplomat who visited the family of a Pakistani student who's been hospitalized for three months said Thursday they were relieved by details of a deal that resolves his visa and insurance issues to ensure he can stay in the U.S. and get the long-term care he needs.