By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - A Dallas family has sued satellite television provider DirecTV after a man making a service call at their home was found to be a registered sex offender who took photos of their 12-year-old daughter, their lawyer said on Friday. DirecTV said the man had absolutely no affiliation with the company and was brought to the house by a contractor, who has since been fired for violating company policy, spokeswoman Jade Ekstedt said in an email. Wahren Scott Massey, 48, was arrested as a result of the August 2012 incident. The family said in court documents Massey went into a room where their daughter, who was 12 at the time, was alone.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Democrats were casting about Friday for a last-minute U.S. Senate candidate to take on Republican Rep. Steve Daines, after their hopes to hold the seat in November suffered a huge blow with the withdrawal of incumbent Sen. John Walsh amid plagiarism allegations.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A trade group representing Kentucky's coal industry defended Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell on Friday after a published report said his wife is a board member of an organization that has spent $50 million to close coal-fired power plants.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Richard Marowitz was just a day removed from witnessing the horrors of Dachau when he found a top hat on a shelf in a closet in Adolf Hitler's Munich apartment.
An 8-year-old Texas boy was in intensive care on Friday after being shot in the face a day earlier by his 7-year-old cousin when the two were playing with a loaded pistol, police said. Police in Texas City, about 40 miles southeast of Houston, said the two boys were left unsupervized with a 9-year-old boy in an apartment. "The child is not in danger of dying, but he’s still listed as critical," Texas City Police Captain Joe Stanton said.
By Jennifer Baires SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Seven robbers invaded a Central California house used by pot growers and engaged the occupants in a gun battle that killed two of the attackers, while some of their accomplices briefly kidnapped a 15-year-old girl, police said on Friday. Authorities have arrested three of the suspected robbers from the attack on the home on Thursday in a rural farming community near Fresno, and police said they are investigating whether to bring charges against the marijuana growers. The robbery illustrates the dangers associated with large-scale marijuana operations, Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims told a news conference. Medical marijuana is allowed in California, but authorities said it was not immediately clear if the house was used to grow pot for that market.
Victoria Faren, 78, is being asked to forfeit about $40,000 in cash she hid in her clothing and carry-on baggage while trying to board a flight from Detroit to the Philippines in April. Customs officers got suspicious when Faren first declared having $200 in cash but later said the amount was $1,200, according to documents filed in Michigan federal court on Friday.
NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. judge threatened to hold Argentina in contempt of court Friday for continuing to make "false and misleading" statements about its financial crisis, though he quickly added he most desires a peaceful negotiated end to a long-running debt dispute.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge has decided a $324.5 million settlement isn't enough to cover the damages done to more than 60,000 high-tech workers in a class-action lawsuit alleging Google and Apple conspired with other technology companies to block their top employees from getting better job offers.
By Colleen Jenkins WINSTON-SALEM N.C. (Reuters) - A U.S. judge refused on Friday to halt North Carolina's overhauled election law ahead of the midterm vote this November, allowing the provisions, decried by critics as discriminatory, to remain in effect - at least temporarily. District Judge Thomas Schroeder ruled that opponents who sued to block the law had failed to show they were likely to suffer irreparable harm if the sweeping changes stayed in place until a trial set for July 2015. Lawyers for the U.S. Justice Department and civil rights groups argued at a hearing in Winston-Salem last month that a preliminary injunction was needed to protect African Americans and young voters from having their ballot access unreasonably restricted or denied. The state's Republican-led legislature in 2013 shortened North Carolina's early voting period by seven days, ended same-day registration, banned provisional ballots cast outside the correct precinct from being counted and ended a program allowing 16- and 17-year-olds to pre-register to vote.
REDWOOD CITY, California (AP) — Authorities in California say they've arrested a man who's wanted in El Salvador for his alleged involvement with a gang that hijacked military and police arms shipments and used them to rob banks.
By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Virginia medical examiner has ruled the death of former White House press secretary James Brady a homicide resulting from the 1981 assassination attempt against President Ronald Reagan, a Washington police spokesman said on Friday. Police are investigating Brady's death on Monday as a homicide because of the ruling, Officer Hugh Carew said. Brady, then Reagan's press secretary, was shot in the head by John Hinckley during the assassination attempt against Reagan in 1981.
The center of Tropical Storm Iselle made landfall on Hawaii's Big Island on Friday, bringing strong winds and heavy rain, knocking down trees and causing power outages ahead of a more powerful storm gathering strength behind it. While Iselle weakened into a tropical storm before reaching the islands, it was being closely followed by Julio, a Category 3 hurricane set to reach the area as early as Sunday morning - although the latest forecasts showed it tracking just north of the archipelago. As Iselle bore down, more than 1,200 people flocked to evacuation shelters across the Big Island, according to County of Hawaii Civil Defense, as heavy rains and strong winds pummeled eastern areas of the island from Puna to Hilo.
COTATI, Calif. (AP) — A rare redwood tree in a small Northern California city has been safely replanted instead of being sawed down to make way for planned railway tracks.
The Taney Dragons, a baseball team from Philadelphia, is now one step closer to going to the Little League World Series.
SEATTLE (AP) — The person who might be responsible for a 6-year-old Washington girl's death would have been "covered in mud" afterward, and authorities on Friday asked the public to report anyone who fit that description over the weekend.
DALLAS (AP) — Almost a year after Alfred Wright left his pickup at an East Texas grocery store and disappeared into the woods, authorities have charged a man for selling the drugs they say caused his death.
WASHINGTON (AP) — An attempt by Argentina to sue the U.S. in the world court appears unlikely to get off the ground.
Keisha Williams died Thursday night. The suspects charged in the case now each face a 4th murder charge.
By Peter Suciu DETROIT (Reuters) - The federal judge overseeing Detroit's bankruptcy case took a three-hour bus tour on Friday to view various aspects of the troubled city, from notorious blighted areas to bright spots such as the Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit had argued the tour would provide important evidence for U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes of the challenges facing the city as it seeks approval for its plan to adjust $18 billion of debt and exit the biggest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. A confirmation hearing on the bankruptcy is scheduled to start on Aug. 21. ...