It started with a murder and a search for a suspect. And police say as the case moved forward, one of their own stopped them from solving the case.
A Philadelphia police homicide detective was arrested on Thursday and accused of hiding and protecting his girlfriend when she was being sought for murder, authorities said. Detective Ronald Dove was indicted on charges he buried evidence and helped his lover, Erica Sanchez, flee the area when she was a murder suspect in 2013, Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams said in a statement. Sanchez was wanted in connection with the death of Cesar Vera, who was found stabbed once in the heart, in an after-hours club in Philadelphia. He returned to work in Philadelphia, where his colleagues were hunting for Sanchez, he said.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A skin-care specialist to the stars was acquitted Thursday of charges that she plotted to murder a rival beautician she mistakenly blamed for stalking her.
By Rich McKay ATLANTA (Reuters) - Hot pink uniforms are the newest fashion for inmates at the city jail in Grovetown, Georgia, whose public safety chief views the style as a crime-fighting weapon. “Folks will see our inmates picking up trash in the gullies wearing hot pink, and hopefully it’ll give them a second thought if they want to come here and do wrong,” Gary Jones, director of the city's public safety department, said on Thursday. Inmates donned the first batch of the brightly colored uniforms a week ago in the working-class city of about 15,000 people in suburban Augusta, about 130 miles east of Atlanta. Jones said he was inspired by his hero, Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona.
By Jonathan Kaminsky NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - The New Orleans City Council voted on Thursday to ban smoking in the city's bars, a move supported by several prominent local musicians who said the issue was for them a matter of workplace health. Most large U.S. cities already have such restrictions in place, anti-smoking advocates said, though smoking is still permitted in bars in cities including Las Vegas, Atlanta and Miami, and across much of the southeastern United States. The measure initially proposed in New Orleans included a ban on smoking in many outdoor areas, including parks and at city-sponsored festivals, but council members removed those restrictions before their unanimous vote to bar people from lighting up in bars and casinos. The measure, which has the support of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, is expected to take effect in April.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Anti-abortion demonstrators crowded the National Mall on Thursday for an annual march coinciding with a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion.
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — An inmate given psychological medication meant for another man with the same name over a two-week period began feeling suicidal and was hospitalized for two days afterward, his sister said.
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A nuclear missile launch officer who pleaded guilty to illegal drug use was dismissed from the Air Force and sentenced to a month of confinement in a Montana jail.
NEW YORK (AP) — A prosecutor at a terrorism trial said Thursday that a Saudi Arabian defendant was a top al-Qaida terrorist who sought to spread Osama bin Laden's call to kill Americans while a defense lawyer described him as a dissident waging a peaceful campaign against corruption in his native country.
Five members of a Bucks County family are accused of conspiring to defraud insurance companies in excess of $20 million to live an "excessively extravagant lifestyle," Attorney General Kathleen Kane announced Thursday.
By Fiona Ortiz CHICAGO (Reuters) - Billing himself as a champion of the poor, a Hispanic candidate with a catchy nickname could force well-funded Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel into a run-off election in the financially troubled city. Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, a county commissioner and former state senator, is tapping into perceptions that Emanuel has an authoritarian style and has governed for the rich. Emanuel has amassed a re-election fund of more than $10 million from big-name contributers such as Hollywood director Steven Spielberg.
Five members of a Bucks County family are accused of conspiring to defraud insurance companies in excess of $20 million to live an "excessively extravagant lifestyle," Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane announced Thursday.
SCHOHARIE, N.Y. (AP) — Jury selection began Thursday for the murder trial of a New York man whose two previous convictions for killing his estranged wife were reversed by appeals courts.
Five members of a Bucks County family and two others are accused of conspiring to defraud insurance companies in excess of $20 million to live an "excessively extravagant lifestyle," Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane said.
EVERGREEN, Colo. (AP) — Every year on his daughter's birthday, Ian Sullivan visits the grave of the child he lost when a gunman slipped into a Colorado movie theater and fatally shot the 6-year-old as she sat with mother in the fourth row.
A dead gray whale has floated underneath a busy commuter ferry terminal in downtown Seattle, sending a putrid odor wafting onto the dock and diverting some passenger ferries to another slip, a transportation official said on Thursday. Scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration planned to remove the carcass later in the day and perform tests to determine the cause of death, said Susan Harris, a spokeswoman with Washington State Ferries. The whale carcass, which Harris described as "a little bit smelly," was estimated at between 25 and 35 feet (7.6 and 10.6 meters) long and had apparently drifted in from open waters, lodging under the busy Colman Dock in Seattle. There has been no impact on ferry service, used by thousands of commuters each day to reach jobs in Seattle, though only two of the three slips at Colman Dock were operating until the whale could be removed, transportation officials said.
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Twin 9-year-old boys were left mostly alone in their New Hampshire apartment for four months after their parents took three siblings to Nigeria and left an uncle to care for them, authorities said Thursday.
The New England Patriots' head coach speaks out about Deflate-gate.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Trying to dig Atlantic City out of "an enormous hole," New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday appointed a corporate turnaround specialist as the city's emergency manager, and tabbed the man who led Detroit through its municipal bankruptcy as his assistant.
EAST CHICAGO, Ind. (AP) — U.S. Steel says it will lay off more than 350 workers in East Chicago, Indiana, as it plans to temporarily close its tin mill.