By Scott Malone FALL RIVER, Mass. (Reuters) - The judge in former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez's murder trial on Thursday barred a local television cameraman from the trial after he drove a truck that followed a bus full of jurors, saying the incident could have led to a mistrial. The jury deliberated for a third day without reaching a verdict on whether Hernandez, 25, is guilty of murdering an associate, in the first of two murder trials he faces this year. After the jury in Fall River, Massachusetts, determines whether he killed semiprofessional football player Odin Lloyd, Hernandez will face a trial in Boston on charges of fatally shooting two Cape Verdean men outside a nightclub in 2012. Bristol County Superior Court Judge Susan Garsh said two of the 15 jurors reported they had been followed by a truck from WHDH television, an NBC affiliate, and summoned the cameraman who had driven the truck, Robert Cusanelli, to court.
(Reuters) - A Manhattan federal judge has ruled that the U.S. government is liable for the accidental death of the sister-in-law of prominent criminal defense lawyer Alan Dershowitz. Marilyn Dershowitz, 68, was crushed to death by a U.S. Postal Service truck while bicycling with her husband, Nathan, in Manhattan in 2011. The following month, the family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the government. In a ruling late on Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Sarah Netburn said she had found the government "100 percent liable" for the fatal accident.
By Richard Weizel MILFORD, Conn. (Reuters) - A Connecticut man who pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide after his 15-month-old son died when he was left unattended in the man's car on a hot July day was sentenced to non-supervised probation on Thursday. Kyle Seitz, 37, of Ridgefield, Connecticut, was sentenced to two years conditional discharge, on the condition he is not arrested again on any other charge and goes to court-ordered counseling. "Mr. Seitz has endured a sufficient level of suffering," said Superior Court Judge Kevin Russo said.
DANBURY, Conn. (AP) — A judge on Thursday spared a Connecticut father from prison time in the death of a young son he left in a car on a hot day, saying the man had suffered enough.
A vacation cabin that disappeared off its foundation in eastern Washington state has been located several miles (km) away, apparently stolen using a flatbed truck by people who intended to live in it, a law enforcement official said on Thursday. The Stevens County Sheriff's Office said deputies found the missing log cabin in a rural area near Springdale after receiving information about its whereabouts. We do have suspects," said Steven County Sheriff Kendle Allen, who added that it appears the suspects had been living in the building. The cabin's owner, Chris-Haney Hempel, said she and her family discovered the building missing on Tuesday, about two weeks after they last used it.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Despite concerns that giving the holy Bible the same status as a salamander is a little tawdry and could be unconstitutional, Tennessee lawmakers are forging ahead with plans to make it the official state book — something at least two other states have failed to do.
A man has died after being shot multiple times in Camden.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon authorities are searching for the woman they've dubbed the "Military Mistress," saying she and her husband have been writing fraudulent checks in three states.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Supporters of a teacher whose Omaha Catholic school contract will not be renewed because of his same-sex relationship say the school is discriminating against him based on his sexual orientation.
DOVER, Del. (AP) — Dover police say a man they believe to be the so-called "rat burglar" who cut holes to tunnel into buildings has been arrested in Maryland.
FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — A Virginia judge has dismissed a case against a woman who was charged more than $10,000 in fees and penalties for late payment of $12 in tolls.
APPOMATTOX, Va. (AP) — The surrender of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee to Union Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant 150 years ago Thursday effectively ended the Civil War. This is a rolling account of commemorative events that include a re-enactment of Lee's last clash with Grant's troops, and of the Confederate surrender in a Virginia farmhouse on April 9, 1865. Interspersed are historical accounts from 150 years ago:
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A barely detectable earthquake gently shook northwest Alabama.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti launched a "Save the Drop" campaign on Thursday, seeking to rally residents of California's most populous city behind water-saving measures in the face of a devastating, multi-year drought. The public relations push comes as state officials tighten already strict rules on water usage and ask cities and towns across California to enforce a 25 percent reduction in water usage before the hot, dry summer season begins. California is entering its fourth year of a severe drought that has left mountain snow pack, which generally provides about a third of the state's water, at its lowest level on record and forced farmers to fallow thousands of acres of cropland. In Los Angeles, Garcetti's campaign implores residents of America's second-largest city to save water with ads on buses and trash trucks and an educational programs at libraries and alerts them to programs such as rebates for replaces water-gulping grass lawns with drought-tolerant plants.
NEW YORK (AP) — Jurors in New York City have finished hearing evidence in the case against Pedro Hernandez, who is charged with murder in the 1979 disappearance of 6-year-old Etan Patz (AY'-tahn PAYTS).
A year ago, 15-year-old Yahya Abdi climbed the fence protecting the airport in San Jose, California, hoisted himself into a parked plane's wheel well and survived a long, freezing flight to Hawaii.
A man who was 12 when he had sex with his Seattle-area teacher, impregnated her and later wedded the woman after she served several years in prison, has opened up about their marriage and family in an interview with ABC News. Mary Kay Letourneau was 34 and a married mother-of-four at the time of the scandal in 1997, which triggered a storm of media coverage including books and a made-for-TV movie. Her student, Vili Fualaau, is now 31, and she is 53. Letourneau was initially sent to prison for six months in late 1997 and was paroled the following January, but was barred by a court order from having any contact with Fualaau.
SEATTLE (AP) — The man who married his former sixth-grade teacher after she was imprisoned for raping him says their relationship hasn't always been good, but they've persevered.
MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Mo. (AP) — Nearly all of the 82 municipal courts in St. Louis County have agreed to a uniform standard for fines and court costs, part of an effort to address concerns that some courts in the region prey on the poor and minorities.
Several hundred times over the last decade, intruders have hopped fences, slipped past guardhouses, crashed their cars through gates or otherwise breached perimeter security at the nation's busiest airports — sometimes even managing to climb aboard jets.