The murder trial of the man accused in the disappearance of first-grader Etan Patz ended Friday with the jury hopelessly deadlocked after 18 days of deliberations, leaving unresolved a case that has haunted New York City for 36 years.
(Reuters) - Illinois' governor Bruce Rauner said a constitutional amendment clarifying the distinction between currently earned benefits and future benefits should be part of any solution to the state's pension problems. The Illinois Supreme Court on Friday voided the state's 2013 pension reform law, in a ruling hailed as a win for retired state workers and public employees, but one that also raises the prospect that the state's dire finances will deteriorate further. "What is now clear is that a Constitutional Amendment clarifying the distinction between currently earned benefits and future benefits not yet earned, which would allow the state to move forward on common-sense pension reforms, should be part of any solution,” Rauner said in a statement.
The judge in the New York murder trial involving the 1979 disappearance of 6-year-old Etan Patz says he is planning to call the deliberations to an end after jurors announced for a third time they were deadlocked.
A jury on Friday said it was unable to reach a verdict in the murder trial of a former deli worker who confessed to killing Etan Patz, whose disappearance in 1979 changed the way the United States handles reports of missing children, defense attorneys said. The panel was in its 18th day of deliberations in the trial of Pedro Hernandez, 54, at state Supreme Court in Manhattan. The jury passed a note to a court official who told defense attorneys that jurors were deadlocked. The defense attorney relayed the note's content to reporters.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An 85-year-old nun and two fellow Catholic peace activists who splashed blood on the walls of a bunker holding weapons-grade uranium — exposing vulnerabilities in the nation's nuclear security — were wrongly convicted of sabotage, an appeals court ruled Friday.
BEAVERTON, Ore. (AP) — When President Barack Obama promotes trade, he likes to say that 95 percent of the world's markets are outside the nation's borders — a potential goldmine for U.S.-made products. But Nike, where Obama made a pitch Friday, wants easier access to the U.S. market for the products it makes overseas.
DOVER, Del. (AP) — Police in Delaware have released dashcam video showing a white police officer kicking a black suspect in the face as he puts his hands on the ground. The officer was charged this week with assault.
DENVER (AP) — From the Carolinas to California, Friday was wet and wild across the United States as twin weather systems produced an unseasonably early tropical storm in the Atlantic, the threat of more tornadoes in the Plains and Texas, and a late snowstorm in the Rocky Mountains.