By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - The trials of convicted murderer Jodi Arias in Arizona will end up costing taxpayers more than $3.2 million to cover defense and prosecution expenses during the closely watched proceedings, county officials said on Friday. The court determined at the start of the proceedings that Arias was unable to afford her own defense, and the latest estimates show her lawyers have billed Maricopa County more than $3.1 million during the case, the officials said. Officials had declined to release any cost estimates in the case until the penalty phase retrial was complete. "Even this defendant under our law, under our Constitution, is entitled to a defense," County Attorney Bill Montgomery told reporters after the judge announced on Thursday that the second jury had failed to reach consensus on Arias' sentence.
WASHINGTON (AP) — No, it's not always a room filled with wires and glowing blue lights. It's probably not even the size of your furnace. The personal email server used by Hillary Rodham Clinton during her time as secretary of state was most likely about the size of your office desktop computer and could have been tucked quietly in a corner somewhere.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — At first, it appeared retired University of Florida professor Thomas Oakland died in a tragic house fire. Now, police think the 75-year-old man who friends say was "generous to a fault" was done in by his own kindness.
By Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK (Reuters) - Prosecutors rested their case in the trial of a former grocery worker accused of the 1979 choking murder of a New York City boy, wrapping up on Friday with testimony of a medical examiner describing how strangulation and asphyxiation affect the body. Pedro Hernandez, charged with kidnapping and murdering 6-year-old Etan Patz, confessed in 2012 to police that he choked the boy, stuffed him in a box and left him in a New York alley. Patz vanished as he walked alone for the first time to a school bus stop in his Manhattan neighborhood on May 25, 1979. In his confession to police, which the defense says was coerced, Hernandez said the boy was alive and moving when he put him in a box.
A man previously convicted of harassing Yahoo Inc Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer has been arrested by Austin police on suspicion of sending her sexually graphic emails, according to police records released on Friday. Gregory Calvin King, 30, was booked on Thursday into the Travis County Jail with bond set at $100,000. After his release in February, King sent more than 60 messages to Mayer from several locations in the Texas capital, including "unwanted and sexually graphic emails," a police arrest affidavit said. King had also been under surveillance by security personnel for Sunnyvale, California-based Yahoo since he entered Austin, it said.
(Reuters) - The wreck of a derailed BNSF Railway [BNISF.UL] train loaded with crude oil from North Dakota was still burning in Illinois on Friday, and the company warned that shipments along the line could be delayed up to 48 hours. Twenty-one tank cars came off the rails in an explosive accident near Galena on Thursday afternoon, and five were still on fire on Friday, local emergency and company officials said. In all, seven tank cars were damaged. The accident occurred in a rural area 164 miles west of Chicago, and no injuries were reported, BNSF said.
Tesla Motor Inc said on Friday that construction of its giant $5 billion battery plant in Nevada remains on schedule despite a newspaper report saying the electric carmaker's project was delayed. The Reno Gazette-Journal earlier on Friday reported a project delay at the site, citing two union job postings. "The project is progressing and the gigafactory is on schedule," Tesla spokeswoman Alexis Georgeson told Reuters. She added that Tesla is acting as project manager for the gigafactory and works with a number of companies and unions.
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Prosecutors in the murder case against Colorado cinema gunman James Holmes are asking that crime scene and autopsy photographs and videos of victims be restricted at the upcoming trial, court records showed on Friday. In a filing, the prosecutors request that Arapahoe County District Court Judge Carlos Samour rules the graphic images can only be shown to the jury, lawyers and himself, and not to the courtroom gallery or be broadcast by news media. Defense lawyers do not object to the request, prosecutors said. Holmes, 27, has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to fatally shooting 12 moviegoers and wounding dozens more inside a suburban Denver cinema in July 2012 during a midnight screening of the Batman movie "The Dark Knight Rises." Prosecutors have said they will seek the death penalty for the onetime neuroscience graduate student if he is convicted.