U.S. college sports took a first step in addressing broad criticism about treatment of student-athletes with a vote Thursday to grant some autonomy to rich athletic conferences, a tacit acknowledgement of their unrivaled economic clout. The new structure among the five biggest conferences hands them broader authority to set their own rules and could potentially pave the way for the 65 universities to offer compensation to student-athletes. The National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division I board of directors approved the measure that would let the so-called power five - the Atlantic Coast Conference, Big 10, Big 12, Pac-12 and Southeastern Conference - self-govern in areas such as scholarships, insurance and travel for athletes' families. The conferences and the NCAA have faced legal, political and public pressure to share its billions in revenue they generate from amateur athletes and guarantee them stronger benefits.
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Sophany Bay saw her two young daughters and son die at the hands of the infamous Khmer Rouge in Cambodia after the family was forced from their home and she was sent to toil in the fields under the movement's reign of terror.
STUART, Fla. (AP) — More than two decades after she reported her 5-year-old son missing from a carnival in New Jersey, a woman investigators say they long considered a suspect was arrested on the day that Timothy Wiltsey would have turned 29.
By Gary Robertson RICHMOND Va. (Reuters) - Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife Maureen had a loving relationship and there was no trouble between them, a prosecution witness in the couple's federal corruption trial testified on Thursday. The testimony by Sarah Scarbrough, former director of the governor's mansion, countered defense arguments that the McDonnells' marriage was so frayed that they could not have conspired to take $165,000 in loans and gifts from a Virginia businessman. Scarbrough, a friend of one of the McDonnell's daughters, described the couple's relationship as "loving" and said they frequently kissed and hugged in public. The McDonnells face 14 counts of corruption and bribery for allegedly accepting the gifts and loans from businessman Jonnie Williams Sr. in exchange for supporting his former company, a dietary supplement maker now known as Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals Inc. Scarbrough testified that Maureen McDonnell was angry when she learned that Scarbrough was keeping a record of gifts to the first lady.