FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Purple Hearts will be awarded to victims of the shooting rampage at Fort Hood that left 13 people dead and more than two dozen wounded in 2009, the Army said Friday in a decision that many said was long overdue.
EDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — The fire that destroyed most of a large apartment complex in northern New Jersey last month has prompted talk of legislation to toughen building codes, an effort that would butt up against long-established building practices like the use of lightweight wood.
PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Department of Corrections does not believe it should have to pay a $14,000 fine that state workplace safety regulators levied against the agency for failing to protect a teacher who was raped by an inmate in a sex offender unit.
By Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former deli worker accused of kidnapping and murdering a 6-year-old boy three decades ago tearfully described how he strangled the child and disposed of the body in a confession to a church group, witnesses testified on Friday. Pedro Hernandez, 54, is charged with kidnapping and murdering Etan Patz, who vanished on May 25, 1979 while walking to a school bus stop in Manhattan's Soho neighborhood. Testifying in state Supreme Court in Manhattan, Paito Concepcion, 79, said Hernandez confessed in a prayer circle at the end of a day-long summer religious retreat in 1979.