MIAMI (AP) — For all the danger posed to Florida's Everglades by invasive Burmese pythons, there's one thing researchers don't want to know: how they would interact with another python species that threatens to move into the same territory.
By Ian Simpson FORT MEADE, Md. (Reuters) - A Guantanamo Bay military court order that bars female guards from touching an accused al Qaeda commander violates Pentagon sex discrimination guidelines and means inmates could set prison policies, a prosecutor argued Thursday in a hearing on the ban. Iraqi, who faces war crimes charges, says being touched by female guards violates his Muslim religious beliefs. Prosecutor Army Lieutenant Colonel David Long said the Guantanamo Bay procedures were in line with Supreme Court and other rulings that gave prisons leeway in their rules. The issue arose in October when a female guard tried to shackle Iraqi for the first time since he arrived in Guantanamo Bay in 2007, and he refused.
Pennsylvania state Treasurer Rob McCord is stepping down from the job after six years in the office, although the Democrat who just ran unsuccessfully for governor gave no indication Thursday what he had planned for his future.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence bowed to criticism Thursday, scuttling his plan to develop a state-run news website that had been widely lambasted for its pledge to offer prewritten stories to the media.
MILFORD, Pa. (AP) — A survivalist who spent more than a month on the run after authorities say he killed one Pennsylvania State Police trooper and wounded another in a late-night ambush pleaded not guilty Thursday, setting the stage for a trial at which prosecutors will seek to put him on death row.
SIMPSONVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A woman and her family lured her estranged husband to their home by offering to let him see his children, then beat him in the head with a hammer and fatally shot him as he tried to run away — a scheme created because they were upset about a child custody dispute, according to police in South Carolina.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The chances of a driver dying in a crash in a late-model car or light truck fell by more than a third over three years, and nine car models had zero deaths per million registered vehicles, according to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
BOSTON (AP) — Boston continued to dig out from a historic storm that dumped over two feet of snow this week on Thursday, even as forecasters predict more snow on the way for Massachusetts and parts of southern New England in the coming days.
By Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK (Reuters) - Opening statements are due to begin on Friday in the trial of Pedro Hernandez, accused of kidnapping and killing 6-year-old Etan Patz decades ago in a notorious case that ignited a national movement to find missing children. Selection of the jury to weigh the fate of the former deli worker concluded on Thursday before Judge Maxwell Wiley in state Supreme Court in Manhattan. His body was never found, but he was declared legally dead in 2001. Hernandez, 53, confessed to the crime in 2012, but his defense attorney has said the confession was coerced and that Hernandez is mentally ill. Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi told them the case would not feature "high tech forensic evidence," but would take them back 35 years "to a time when the Brady Bunch was still on TV." Patz' disappearance prompted President Ronald Reagan to sign into law the Missing Children’s Assistance Act, and Patz was one of the first missing children whose picture appeared on a milk carton. In 2012, investigators received a tip from Hernandez's brother-in-law, who told police Hernandez allegedly confessed to the crime to a church prayer group in the 1980s. Hernandez, in a videotaped confession to police, said he lured Patz to the basement of the deli where he worked near the child's home, strangled him and dumped him in an alley.