A California civil court jury on Tuesday cleared the Greyhound bus company of negligence in a lawsuit brought by families of three of the six people killed when a motor coach plowed into an overturned SUV near Fresno, the Fresno Bee reported. The bus driver, two Greyhound passengers and the three occupants of the sport utility vehicle, including a woman who police said was drunk behind the wheel of the Chevrolet Trailblazer, were killed in the predawn July 22, 2010, wreck on Highway 99. The lawsuit contended that the Greyhound driver was at fault for the deaths of the three SUV victims because he was speeding and not wearing his eyeglasses when his bus slammed into the Trailblazer, which had crashed moments before and rolled over in traffic lanes, according to the Bee. The suit argued that dozens of other motorists on the highway had avoided hitting the overturned SUV and that the bus driver should also have managed to avoid it had he not been careless, the newspaper said.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. will be released from a federal prison on Thursday and will serve out the remainder of his term in a Washington, D.C., halfway house, former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy told The Associated Press after visiting Jackson.
Police say one person is in custody after human remains were found in the backyard of a home in the Frankford section of Philadelphia.
Chile declares a national alert as wildfires sweep through three national parks and reserves in the middle of a long drought.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana proposal to allow fire stations and other public places to install "baby boxes" so mothers in crisis could anonymously surrender their newborns needs further review and is unlikely to advance this year, a key lawmaker said Tuesday.
Much like Philadelphia, the Trenton School District is facing a big budget deficit.
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - A Phoenix woman who was cleared after spending more than two decades on death row for murdering her young son slammed the criminal justice system that stole half her life and said on Tuesday she was always confident she would be exonerated. In Debra Milke's first comments since a Maricopa County judge dismissed all charges against her this week, she stated again that she had "absolutely nothing" to do with the brutal killing of the 4-year-old boy in 1989. "I just didn't think it would have to take 25 years, 3 months and 14 days to rectify such a blatant miscarriage of justice." Milke was convicted in 1990 for killing her son Christopher, who was dressed in his best outfit after being told her roommate would take him to meet Santa Claus at a local mall shortly before Christmas. Instead, Milke's roommate, James Styers, and another man took the child to the desert where they shot him in the head and dumped his body in a secluded ravine.
A New Jersey lawmaker plans to introduce a bill that would ban people or companies from getting state incentives if they are behind on payments to the state government.
(Reuters) - A man who hopped into a Maserati on Tuesday to flee from police seeking to arrest him at his Atlanta-area workplace for a probation violation was shot dead when officers fired at him, authorities said. The man, who authorities have not named, was shot outside a shopping center where officers with the Smyrna Police Department, assisted by officers from the Cobb County Police Department, had come to arrest him, Cobb County Police Department spokesman Sergeant Dana Pierce said. A spokesman for the Smyrna Police Department did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment. Television images showed police officers surrounding a white car with a shattered rear window and what appeared to be several bullet holes in the side windows.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania State University's president got a raft of criticism on Tuesday at a hearing on the university's budget — not over fiscal issues but from lawmakers angry about on-campus appearances by a co-founder of the violent anti-war group the Weather Underground.
Republican legislative leaders renewed calls Tuesday for Democratic Washington state Auditor Troy Kelley to take a leave of absence while a federal investigation surrounding him plays out. Senate Majority Leader Mark Schoesler also said that Kelley should be more transparent about the events that have led to federal agencies to seek documents from his home and office as well as records related ...
Readers happy for returned wallet, vent over ignored traffic signs.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A spokesman for the public transit system in Washington, D.C. says a large wooden stick was found in a subway tunnel where a police officer fatally shot a man.
A Detroit mother is arrested after officials find two of her children dead inside her freezer.
US President Obama says prospects for a Mid-East two-state solution are "dim", but says his relations with the Israeli leader are not a problem.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has launched an investigation into allegations of widespread mismanagement of disability claims at its Philadelphia office as it braces for a report from its inspector general.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Two years ago, North Dakota was so flush with money from the energy boom that lawmakers spent over $1 million to spruce up the cafe at the state Capitol. Now, the fall in oil prices has tightened the revenue tap and the nation's fastest-growing state is contemplating a dose of austerity.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — One-time billionaire and Yellowstone Club founder Tim Blixseth owes almost $74 million in back taxes, penalties and interest in Montana, state revenue officials said Tuesday, after a tax board ruled that the real estate mogul diverted huge sums from the luxury resort for personal use.
By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Reuters) - Florida lawmakers on Tuesday advanced a bill that would allow gun owners to carry concealed weapons when they evacuate during hurricanes or other emergencies. The legislation, supported by the National Rifle Association, would give gun owners a 48-hour exemption from needing a license to carry a concealed weapon during an evacuation. Supporters pointed to the looting seen in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 as a reason to approve the exception for law-abiding gun owners. “It’s preventative and most likely will save lives,” said state Senator Joseph Abruzzo, a Democrat from Palm Beach County, noting that guns left unattended in homes could be stolen.