By Lisa Maria Garza and Jon Herskovitz DALLAS (Reuters) - Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant was questioned by police at the scene of a 2011 incident in which a witness reported that Bryant's girlfriend was dragged by an unidentified man across a Texas Walmart parking lot, according to police documents. Neither Bryant or the Cowboys have commented on the report that was released as the National Football League has been rocked by a series of highly publicized domestic violence incidents among players including Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson. In the 2011 incident in Texas, a Walmart security guard told police a person reported to him that a black man dragged Bryant's girlfriend Ilyne Nash from a white Mercedes, which was registered to Bryant, and across the parking lot.
WARRENSVILLE HEIGHTS, Ohio (AP) — A 20-year-old man from the Cleveland area has pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder charges in the shooting of three people at a barbershop.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Prosecutors urged a federal judge Thursday to dismiss two challenges to a Pennsylvania law that opponents including convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal say violates prisoners' constitutional right to free speech.
FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — A man convicted of beating his wife with a frying pan and strangling her said that he misses her daily before he was sentenced Thursday to 30 years in prison before parole.
HONOLULU (AP) — The state has quarantined Oahu coffee farms to gain a better handle on an invasive pest.
SEATTLE (AP) — U.S. scientists following endangered killer whales from a research vessel have spotted a baby orca off the coast of Washington state, the third birth documented this winter but still leaving the population dangerously low.
(Reuters) - A New Jersey man received a 30-year prison sentence on Thursday for killing his wife by hitting her over the head with a frying pan and strangling her, authorities said. Patrick Allen, 47, was convicted of murder and other charges in December in Monmouth County, New Jersey, Superior Court. His wife Kimberly Allen, 44, was discovered dead in their Middletown, New Jersey, home on Nov. 18, 2011, after her husband called police to report she had been attacked. Allen, a former securities salesman, told police he had been out running errands and returned home to find her body. ...
OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — District attorney: No decision on any charges in California train crash until probe complete.
Facebook users who don't fit any of the 58 gender identity options offered by the social media giant are now being given a rather big 59th option: fill in the blank.
SAO PAULO (AP) — A judge says he has ordered the suspension of the globally popular instant messaging system WhatsApp across Brazil because it has allegedly failed to help in an investigation.
By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Saudi man described by prosecutors as one of Osama bin Laden's most trusted lieutenants was convicted in a federal court in New York on Thursday in connection with the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. Khalid al-Fawwaz, 52, faces up to life in prison after a jury convicted him on four conspiracy counts on their third day of deliberations. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said the verdict marked the 10th conviction at trial or via a guilty plea of a defendant tied to the bombings, which killed 224 people and injured more than 4,000. "We hope this verdict gives some comfort to al Qaeda's victims around the world," Bharara said in a statement.
NEW YORK (AP) — Billionaire businessman Charles G. Koch is working on a book in which he offers advice on management and entrepreneurship.
(Reuters) - A jury on Thursday convicted a New York man of conspiring to have his wife killed as they were walking on a New Jersey street three years ago, authorities said. Kashif Parvaiz, 30, arranged for his girlfriend to kill his wife and to wound him, making it look like a random attack or robbery, said prosecutors in Morris County Superior Court in New Jersey. His wife, Nazish Noorani, 27, was fatally shot in Boonton, New Jersey, on Aug. 16, 2011, as she walked with her husband and with their 2-year-old son in a stroller. The girlfriend, Antoinette Stephen, pleaded guilty to murder in 2013 and testified against Parvaiz at his trial.
By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City has reached a labor contract agreement with the Sergeants Benevolent Association, whose 4,602 members serve in the largest police force in the United States, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Thursday. The deal means that four out of five police unions have now reached pacts with the city, leaving out the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, which has been at odds with de Blasio over what it sees as his lack of support for rank-and-file officers. The feud between the PBA and City Hall flared up in December after two officers were ambushed in their patrol car in Brooklyn by a gunman who said he was avenging the deaths of Eric Garner on Staten Island and Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, unarmed black men killed in encounters with white officers.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Former Gov. John Kitzhaber's fiancée, Cylvia Hayes, has launched a legal fight to keep her private emails out of the public eye.
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Google will start showing ads in its online store for mobile apps and entertainment as the Internet search leader strives to bring in more revenue from smartphones and tablets.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A former Democratic power broker sold his political influence in schemes including one that involved a multibillion-dollar megamall project that has languished for more than a decade at New Jersey's Meadowlands sports complex, a federal prosecutor told jurors Thursday at the start of Joseph Ferriero's racketeering trial.
AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) — The Air Force Academy will conduct a hearing to determine whether a cadet should face a military trial on modified charges of sexual misconduct.
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Authorities are investigating an "act of vandalism" in Phoenix that knocked out telephone and Internet service for several hours and affected emergency calls, police said on Thursday. Officers are trying to determine who cut through a pipe containing a fiber-optic cable on the outskirts of the city, leading to the outage on Wednesday, which hit northern Phoenix and large parts of the north of Arizona. "Our investigators are working diligently right now trying to find out who may have done this and why," said Officer James Holmes, a Phoenix police spokesman.
By Gary Robertson RICHMOND, Va. (Reuters) - Virginia would pay the handful of survivors of a forced sterilization program $25,000 each in compensation under a measure approved by the U.S. state's legislature on Thursday. Virginia forcibly sterilized those it viewed as social misfits or mentally deficient, among others from the mid-1920s to the mid-1970s, when the program officially ended. The compensation plan was part of an amended two-year, roughly $96 billion budget package approved by the Republican-dominated legislature. "I think it’s a recognition when we do something wrong we need to fix it as a government," said Delegate Patrick Hope, a Democrat from northern Virginia's Arlington County.