NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Former NFL star Darren Sharper pleaded not guilty on Monday in New Orleans to federal charges that he drugged women with the intent to rape them. Sharper, 39, last month pleaded guilty or no contest to rape or attempted rape in three states as part of plea bargains prosecutors have said will land him at least nine years in federal prison. (Reporting by Jonathan Kaminsky; Editing by Sandra Maler)
NEW YORK (AP) — A brain-scanning technique might one day help identify people with a disease linked to concussions in football and other sports, an illness now diagnosed only after death, a small study suggests.
By Scott Malone and Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - Accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev followed his older brother's lead in carrying out the 2013 bombing that killed three people, rather than acting on his own motivation, one of his attorneys argued on Monday. Tsarnaev, 21, could be sentenced to death if a jury finds him guilty of carrying out the April 15, 2013, attack and fatally shooting a police officer three days later as he and his brother, 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, tried to flee the city. Following the prosecution's closing argument, that the ethnic Chechen defendant was an extremist who had "wanted to punish America" with the bombing attack, Tsarnaev's lawyers argued that he had been in the thrall of his older brother. Defense attorney Judith Clarke, who opened the trial last month by admitting that her client had committed all the crimes of which he is accused, repeated that assertion on Monday.
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A spring storm was expected to bring several inches of rain to some areas of drought-parched California and up to two feet of snow to mountains beginning late on Monday, just days after Governor Jerry Brown ordered sweeping cuts in water use. Meteorologists said the early April rain and snow would be welcome in a state suffering through a devastating, multi-year drought, but cautioned that it would not make a significant dent on California's water-shortage problems. Brown last week ordered residents and businesses across California to cut water use by 25 percent in the first such mandatory statewide reduction in the state's history. "The impact (of this storm) is going to be pretty minimal on the drought," National Weather Service meteorologist Scott Sukup said.