WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — A man convicted of strangling a pharmacist and his girlfriend in northeast Pennsylvania is challenging the amount of restitution he has been ordered to pay.
By Andy Sullivan LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Rand Paul accused his fellow Republicans on Tuesday of contributing to Washington's dysfunction, launching a 2016 White House bid with a vow to shatter the status quo and defend individual freedoms. The first-term senator from Kentucky, a libertarian with a reputation for challenging party orthodoxy, criticized both Republicans and Democrats for helping to drive up the federal debt and reduce personal liberties. He cast himself as an anti-establishment reformer who could break partisan gridlock and win new converts to the party, saying his fellow Republicans fall prey to the allure of special interests in Washington. "The Washington machine that gobbles up our freedoms and invades every nook and cranny of our lives must be stopped," he told cheering supporters while standing on a flag-draped stage in Louisville, Kentucky.
Drexel University says it's investigating a respected law professor who allegedly emailed students a link to a pornographic video.
WASHINGTON (AP) — An odorless pesticide sprayed at a Caribbean resort has left three members of a Delaware family hospitalized for weeks after they became seriously ill during their Virgin Islands vacation, and federal officials said Tuesday that investigators found the toxic chemical has been used at the resort several times before.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An HIV-positive Ohio man accused of sexually assaulting three girls has pleaded not guilty to 19 counts in court, where a prosecutor said one of them, a 12 year old, is pregnant.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Two Miami University students have been charged with criminal mischief and face school disciplinary action in connection with offensive graffiti at a residential hall, authorities said Tuesday.
By Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - The jury in the Boston Marathon bombing trial on Tuesday concluded its first day of deliberations without reaching a verdict on whether Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, is guilty of the 2013 attack that killed three people and injured 264 others. Tsarnaev, 21, is also charged with shooting a police officer to death three days after prosecutors contend he and his older brother set of a pair of homemade pressure-cooker bombs at the race's crowded finish line on April 15, 2013. Defense lawyer Judith Clarke readily admitted her client's responsibility on Monday but contended that 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev had been the driving force behind the attack. "The defendant in this case has been neutralized and will never again cause harm," read the statement, signed by Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston and three bishops.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A lesbian honors student in northeast Louisiana has been told she may wear a tuxedo to her prom, after all, a national advocacy group said Tuesday.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Real estate heir Robert Durst is willing to pay extradition costs to California, where he is accused of killing a friend to keep her from telling prosecutors about his first wife's disappearance, his attorney said Tuesday.
A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday rejected a challenge to President Barack Obama's 2012 executive action granting deportation relief to immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children, upholding a lower court's earlier ruling. A panel of the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found that the plaintiffs in the case - the state of Mississippi and a group of Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers upset by White House directives - had not shown they had been sufficiently harmed by the rule to keep the case alive. The ruling comes as the same appellate court prepares to hear the Obama administration's appeal of a challenge to a landmark immigration overhaul unveiled last year that would let up to 4.7 million illegal immigrants stay without threat of deportation. In the case stemming from the 2012 executive action, Mississippi had sought to show it had standing as a plaintiff by arguing illegal immigrants drained state resources, while the ICE agents said they were being forced to violate their oaths to enforce the law.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Widespread power outages affected the White House, the Capitol, museums, train stations and other sites across Washington and its suburbs Tuesday afternoon — all because of an explosion at a Maryland power station, officials said.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday signed off on allowing porn publisher Larry Flynt to join a lawsuit seeking to force Missouri to disclose more details of its execution methods, reversing a lower court's ruling that the Hustler magazine founder lacked standing to intervene.
By Steve Barnes LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Reuters) - Spurred by the disclosure that a lawmaker transferred custody of children he had adopted to a family where one of the children was sexually abused, Arkansas' governor on Monday signed legislation barring the practice known as "re-homing." The new statute signed by Asa Hutchinson, a Republican, forbids parents from assigning custody of children they adopt to another household, except close relatives, without court approval. The Donaldson Adoption Institute in New York, which tracks such legislation, said Wisconsin and Louisiana have also banned re-homing. Florida and Ohio are weighing legislation to restrict or ban the practice, it said. The issue arose in Arkansas when it was revealed that State Representative Justin Harris and his wife had adopted two sisters, aged 3 and 5, in 2013 only to assign them to an employee of the childcare center he owns when the children failed to fit into to their new home.
By Elizabeth Daley PITTSBURGH (Reuters) - Pennsylvania prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for a man accused of intentionally setting a house fire that killed a family of six last year, the district attorney said on Tuesday. Ryan Williams, 25, is accused of walking into neighbor Keith Egenlauf's unlocked house in a Pittsburgh suburb on Oct. 18 and throwing a flaming roll of toilet paper onto a couch, starting the fatal blaze. In court papers, Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala said he would seek the death penalty for reasons including that the suspected crime was in retaliation against a witness in an investigation and Williams' prior criminal record. J. Richard Narvin, Williams' attorney, said it would not be fair to seek the death penalty against his client, who has said he believed Egenlauf lived alone.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Blues patriarch B.B. King is telling fans he's feeling better and will be released from a hospital Tuesday.
Widespread power outages affected sites across Washington and its suburbs Tuesday afternoon.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida prisons chief Julie Jones says she knows of no further Ku Klux Klan activity by Florida prison officials, beyond two guards and a former guard arrested last week on charges of plotting to kill a black inmate.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A couple accused of kidnapping two Amish girls from a northern New York produce stand and sexually exploiting them has been offered a possible plea agreement that a prosecutor says could settle state and federal cases and would spare the girls and potentially other victims from testifying in court.
Revel, the multibillion-dollar resort bust that was once widely viewed as the potential savior of Atlantic City's struggling casino industry, is getting a second chance.
(Reuters) - A small private airplane crashed early on Tuesday on approach to a runway at a central Illinois airport, killing all seven people on board including two members of the Illinois State University athletic department, officials said. Torrey Ward, the associate head coach for Illinois State's men's basketball team, and Aaron Leetch, the deputy director of Athletics for external operations, died in the plane crash, the university said. "Words cannot fully express the grief that is felt in the wake of such a tragedy," Illinois State President Larry Dietz said in a statement. The airplane had left Indianapolis, about 160 miles to the east just after midnight Eastern Time and crashed near Central Illinois Regional Airport in Bloomington, Illinois, the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement.