OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Officials at the Nebraska Medical Center where an American aid worker infected with Ebola is being treated say the patient is getting his appetite back.
The majority of California voters still favor the death penalty as a form of punishment but support has dwindled to a 50-year low, according to a Field Poll released on Friday. The poll shows that 56 percent of California voters support the continued use of the death penalty as punishment for heinous crimes while 34 percent are opposed, a drop of 12 percentage points from 2011, when 68 percent of voters said they supported capital punishment. In 1965, 51 percent of Californians supported the death penalty while 39 percent were opposed. Meanwhile, the percentage of voters who oppose the death penalty has increased 7 percentage points, up from 27 percent in 2011, according to the Field Poll.
By Karen Pierog and Lisa Lambert DETROIT (Reuters) - With key players in Detroit's historic bankruptcy case locked in marathon mediation sessions, the pressure is on bond insurer Financial Guaranty Insurance Co., the last major holdout creditor, to settle with the city. Judicial mediator Gerald Rosen has ordered the city and some of its major creditors including FGIC to keep talking until they come to an agreement. Another deadline looms outside of the court process: Kevyn Orr, the city's emergency manager, is expected to end his term on Sept. 29. Detroit's surprise settlement earlier this week with the other major bond insurer, Syncora Guarantee Inc., in addition to prior deals with pension funds, unions, retirees and some bondholders could mean FGIC may have missed its opportunity to recoup a significant portion of the $1.1 billion it has on the line from insuring Detroit debt.
An employee has been fired and a New Jersey day care center reopened Friday.
Two children are back home with their family after a terrifying crash
Three people were killed when their pick-up truck fell about 200 feet down a ravine in an area of Southern California popular with off-road drivers, but despite the steep drop two men survived and one phoned for help, police said on Friday. It was not immediately clear what caused the five young people, who were in a Chevy pick-up truck, to fall off the edge of a dirt road in a remote part of Santa Clarita, said California Highway Patrol spokesman Officer Eric Priessman.
(Reuters) - Authorities caught an Alabama man who confessed to making and disseminating child pornography with the help of a key clue, court records show - a University of Alabama blanket visible in illicit photos discovered by Danish police. Victor Gray Dingler, 33, who was arrested earlier this week, has admitted to sexually abusing two young girls in Alabama, as well as taking pictures of that abuse, according to a federal criminal complaint. Speaking to investigators earlier this week, the girl in those photos identified herself as the victim and Dingler as the perpetrator, the affidavit said. According to an affidavit accompanying the complaint, Dingler raped that girl, now aged 7, during 2011 and 2012 in Etowah County, in eastern Alabama.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Criminals from around the world buy and sell stolen credit card information with ease in today's digital age. But if they commit their crime entirely outside the United States, they may be beyond the reach of federal prosecutors.
By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - A teenager serving a life sentence in the shooting deaths of three Cleveland-area high school students in 2012 was caught about 100 yards from the Ohio prison fence he had scaled to escape just hours earlier, officials said on Friday. T.J. Lane, 19, who was sentenced to life without parole last year in the attack at Chardon High School, escaped on Thursday with two other inmates from the Allen Oakwood Correctional Institution in Lima, in northwestern Ohio, warden Kevin Jones said at a news conference outside the facility. "We are going to have to sit down and take a look at it and determine if Allen Oakwood was the place he was supposed to be," Jones said. According to the Correctional Institution Inspection Committee, an Ohio prison oversight group, eight of the facility's 1,645 inmates require maximum security.
Star NFL running back Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings has been indicted by a grand jury in Texas on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child.
Atlanta Hawks General Manager Danny Ferry, under fire for making racially charged remarks, has taken an indefinite leave of absence, the NBA team said on Friday. Ferry's move follows an announcement on Sunday by majority owner Bruce Levenson that he would sell his controlling interest because he had sent a racially insensitive email. Ferry's leave takes effect immediately, Hawks Chief Executive Steve Koonin said. "It is my hope that this time away from the Hawks organization allows him the privacy he needs to listen to the community, to learn about his mistakes, and to begin the long process of personal healing," Koonin said in a statement.
PHOENIX (AP) — U.S. District Judge John Sedwick quickly handed a victory Friday to a gay man who lost his spouse to cancer last month and was denied death benefits because Arizona does not recognize same-sex marriage. Sedwick said that Fred McQuire should be granted his request to have his name listed on his husband George Martinez's death certificate. Here are questions and answers about the ruling:
HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston-area teenager was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison for the fatal stabbing of another teen during a high school cafeteria fight last year that also left three others injured.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A solar storm zapped Earth on Friday but it was causing few, if any, problems. It also may allow more people to see the colorful northern lights.
Police marine units were called to the Delaware River after a report of a person in the water.
By Jennifer Chaussee BERKELEY Calif. (Reuters) - A Northern California wildfire started by a lightning strike a month ago has burned more than 108,000 acres in the drought-stricken state, officials said on Friday. The fire in the Klamath National Forest started when lightning struck the Happy Camp area on Aug. 11. The blaze formed a large ring and grew by 882 acres on Thursday night, said Klamath National Forest spokeswoman Andrea Capps, and it is expected to continue to grow along the ring's southern perimeter through Friday. "We have put all of our resources out there ... but with the drought conditions it just means everything is so much more flammable." Mandatory evacuations are still in effect along Canyon Creek Road, where residents have flocked to the Siskiyou County Fairgrounds and a nearby tribal community center.
ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — Jurors have begun deliberations in the federal trial of the owner of a Georgia peanut plant linked to a deadly salmonella outbreak five years ago.
NEW YORK (AP) — Nine child care centers are on track to be shuttered after investigators found one served no children yet got almost $60,000 in city money, another had rat droppings on the floor and spoiled milk in the fridge, and others had filed phony background checks, teachers' credentials and other important documents.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — An endearing gesture by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to include an image of his wife Maria Shriver in his official portrait has been covered with a splotch of blue paint.
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A mountain lion that was shot out of a tree by California wildlife officers has been confirmed by DNA testing to be the same cat that attacked a 6-year-old boy earlier this week, state officials said on Friday. Samples of DNA taken from the 74-pound cougar during a necropsy and forensic examination matched saliva left on the boy's shirt following the encounter on Sunday, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife said in a written statement. Lab tests also determined that the mountain lion was about two years old, healthy and did not have rabies, the department said. The boy was hiking on a trail with family and friends in a densely wooded preserve adjacent to a winery, just west of the town of Cupertino, when the mountain lion pounced on him and tried to drag him away, his parents told officials.