TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced Friday that he will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate death sentences for two brothers over the fatal shootings of four people in a snow-covered soccer field and for another man convicted of killing a couple.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A 12-year-old boy accused of fatally stabbing a 9-year-old boy on a western Michigan playground told authorities he wanted to go to jail and did not know the victim, according to a court document filed Friday.
By Gary Robertson RICHMOND Va. (Reuters) - The wife of former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell was known among staffers for hiding gifts in the executive mansion, an aide to the governor testified during the first couple's corruption trial on Friday. Matt Conrad, McDonnell's deputy chief of staff, said aides were worried that if some of the gifts hidden by first lady Maureen McDonnell were also intended for the governor they needed to be recorded on financial disclosure forms. McDonnell, a Republican, and his wife face 14 counts of corruption and bribery for allegedly accepting the gifts and loans from businessman Jonnie Williams Sr. in exchange for supporting his former company Star Scientific, a dietary supplements maker. Paul Perito, the former chairman and chief operating officer of Star Scientific, now known as Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals Inc, testified that he had no idea of Williams' largesse toward the McDonnells.
SEATTLE (AP) — An autopsy has confirmed a body found in the woods near a mobile home park where a Washington girl went missing was that of 6-year-old Jenise Wright, authorities said Friday
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas could start allowing alcohol sales at gun shows provided they don't allow live ammunition or let buyers take possession of their weapons at the events.
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 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 in November. 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.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's November election can be held under a new voting law approved by Republican lawmakers, a federal judge ruled Friday. The law is considered one of the toughest in the nation and the groups challenging it say it will suppress minority voter turnout.
SEATTLE (AP) — A Russian lawmaker's son accused of hacking computers at hundreds of U.S. businesses and stealing credit card information pleaded not guilty Friday to 29 charges.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a decision that struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage, although he supports the lower court's decision.
ALBANY, New York (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.
(Reuters) - A former New Jersey Republican official who once worked with Governor Chris Christie was found dead along with her husband inside their home, officials said on Friday, in what appeared to be a murder-suicide. Police discovered the bodies of Joan Bramhall and her husband, John, inside their Denville home on Thursday, but the Morris County Prosecutor's Office declined to identify the victims until Friday. An autopsy revealed that Joan Bramhall was shot to death and her husband died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the prosecutor's office said in a statement. The statement did not say that John Bramhall shot his wife, though it did say there was no evidence of any intruders in the home and added that the community was not at risk.
A South Korean man who has spent 24 years in prison for setting a fire that killed his daughter took a big step toward freedom Friday when a federal judge threw out his murder conviction, ruling it was based on now-discredited arson science.
DETROIT (AP) — A suburban Detroit man convicted of murder in the fatal shooting of a young, unarmed woman on his porch is "shocked" by the verdict and deeply remorseful over her death, his attorney said Friday.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former federal prosecutor says he was taking sleep medication when he made anonymous online comments that later prompted a judge to overturn convictions in a major New Orleans police scandal.
By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The National Collegiate Athletic Association has violated antitrust laws and must allow colleges to offer student athletes a limited share of revenue, a U.S. judge ruled on Friday in a lawsuit that seeks to redefine traditional notions of sports amateurism. More than 20 current and former athletes sued, saying that players should share in the profits of college athletics, a highly lucrative business in which universities reap billions of dollars from men's football and basketball. U.S. ...
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - An off-duty firefighter and experienced rescuer fell some 30 feet to his death and two 15-year-old boys were injured on Friday while climbing on a popular mountain in Phoenix, fire and police officials said. Gary Johnstone, 50, who had served on the Phoenix Fire Department's technical rescue team since 2006, was pronounced dead at a hospital from injuries sustained in the accident on Camelback Mountain, officials said. One of the youths remained in extremely critical condition at the hospital on Friday, while the other boy is reported to be in stable condition, said Phoenix police Sergeant Steve Martos. Johnstone, who was married with three children, was hailed by Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton.
Yellowstone National Park may use a helicopter to search for a drone that a tourist crashed into a famous hot spring, amid concerns the device may harm a geothermal feature that is a top draw for visitors, a park official said on Friday. Although the National Park Service two months ago banned the use of unmanned aircraft, officials at parks in Western states are reporting a rise in the number of the camera-equipped devices buzzing wildlife and tourists and crashing into the scenery. Yellowstone rangers have been unable to find the drone that sank in Grand Prismatic Spring on Saturday, and park managers are considering a helicopter flyover of the 370-foot diameter spring, park spokesman Al Nash said. It remained unclear Friday if the drone would affect the prized hot spring, which is more than 120 feet deep and known for the brilliant colors caused by bacteria and minerals in the water.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The National Collegiate Athletics Association disagrees with a U.S. judge's ruling allowing colleges to share some revenue with athletes. "We note that the court's decision sets limits on that compensation," NCAA Chief Legal Officer Donald Remy said in a statement, adding that "the NCAA is committed to fully supporting student-athletes." (Reporting by Dan Levine; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)
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.