LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dozens of bottles of low-priced California wines sold under such labels as Franzia, Mogen David and Almaden contain dangerously high levels of arsenic, according to a lawsuit filed by four California residents.
By Peg McEntee SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - Utah's attorney general has filed a lawsuit against a water utility that serves two polygamous church-run towns on the Utah-Arizona border, arguing it has not paid a Utah state trust that owns most of the land in the towns. Attorney General Sean Reyes' office is asking a court to dissolve Twin City Water Works Inc, which supplies Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Arizona, home to the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The sect is not affiliated with the Salt Lake City-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which renounced polygamy in 1890. Warren Jeffs, leader of the sect, is serving life plus 20 years in Texas on a 2011 conviction of sexual assault charges related to his marriages with underage girls.
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Police on Friday arrested a 12-year-old Colorado girl accused of trying to kill her mother twice by poisoning her with bleach for taking away her iPhone, authorities said. Boulder County Sheriff's Commander Heidi Prentup said in a statement that the mother drank the caustic fluid on one of the two attempts, which both happened within a week this month. On March 2, the girl poured bleach into a breakfast smoothie that she had prepared for her mother, Prentup said. "Mom noticed an odor of bleach in the drink and thought her daughter had cleaned the glass prior to making the beverage and did not rinse all the bleach out," the police statement said.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — NC State temporarily bans alcohol at most fraternity events after sex assault allegation, book.
WOODLAND, Calif. (AP) — Federal immigration authorities have arrested a former Northern California priest and are preparing to deport him to Mexico after he admitted having unlawful sex with a 16-year-old altar girl.
GULF ISLANDS NATIONAL SEASHORE, Fla. (AP) — Tampa-based photographer and ecologist Carlton Ward Jr. traveled the world for breathtaking landscape and wildlife images before he turned his lens on what he terms his own backyard — the swamps, forests and beaches of Florida. Ward and two other conservations hiked, biked and paddled more than 900 miles during a 70-day journey that began in the Orlando area and ended late Thursday at Gulf Islands National Seashore near Pensacola Beach.
By Therese Apel PORT GIBSON, Miss. (Reuters) - Authorities conducted an autopsy on Friday on a black man found hanging from a tree in Mississippi to help determine whether his death was a homicide or a suicide, as about 30 investigators searched the area for clues. Otis Byrd, 54, who had been missing since March 2 when a friend dropped him off at the Riverwalk Casino in Vicksburg, was found in a wooded area about half a mile from his home in a rural part of western Mississippi on Thursday, authorities said. The FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division are investigating the death with state and local officials. "We're going to hold off on coming to any conclusions until really the facts take us to a definitive answer that we're all seeking." Preliminary autopsy results, which are expected next week, will help guide the investigation, Claiborne County Sheriff Marvin Lucas said.
PORT GIBSON, Miss. (AP) — CORRECTS: FBI says 30 state, federal, local investigators probing hanging death in Mississippi. (Corrects APNewsAlert to show that 30 investigators are from state, local and federal agencies, not only federal.)
By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - An Illinois man who was freed from prison after 20 years for a murder he did not commit was awarded $20 million in a settlement - the highest individual settlement ever given in a wrongful conviction case, his lawyers said on Friday. Juan Rivera, 42, was cleared by DNA evidence of the 1992 rape and murder of 11-year-old Holly Staker in Waukegan, a city about 40 miles north of Chicago. Rivera was coerced into a false confession, and his conviction was not an accident or a mistake, attorney Locke Bowman told a news conference. He thanked his attorneys, and noted that other unjustly accused people are still incarcerated in Illinois and around the world.
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - A 58-year-old Florida woman accused of forcing her grandchildren to sleep chained to her washing machine by dog collars and leashes, was released from jail on Friday on a $5,000 bond, according to court records. A spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Children and Family Services (DCF) said the children were placed into a foster home after the arrest of their grandmother, Linda Brantly, on aggravated child abuse on Wednesday. The children, whose ages were not given, had been in the custody of Brantly, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Department's arrest report. One of the children demonstrated for an officer how they would lie down on the laundry room's tile floor and place the dog collar on their wrists to sleep without blankets or a pillow, according to the arrest report.
NEW YORK (AP) — Commuters, brace yourselves: The price of traveling on New York City's mass transit system is about to get even steeper.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — With only about two-dozen twisters recorded so far this year during a period when 100 or more are typical, the U.S. appears to be in a tornado drought as cool, stable air prevents the ingredients of the violent storms from coming together, meteorologists said Friday.
BOSTON (AP) — Just when flowering bulbs were poking out their heads and snow shovels were getting a well-deserved rest, winter weather has returned. And on the first day of spring no less.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — University of Virginia students demanded answers about an arrest that left a classmate injured, and some were not satisfied with what they heard Friday during a forum with law enforcement officers.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The California Supreme Court agreed to reconsider its decision not to overturn the murder conviction of a man charged with the slaying of his wife nearly 20 years ago.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Judiciary Committee includes some of President Barack Obama's fiercest critics on immigration. That doesn't mean they can't have fun.
By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - The children of the comedian James McNair, who was killed in a highway crash that injured fellow comic Tracy Morgan, have reached a $10 million out-of-court-settlement with Wal-Mart Stores Inc, according to court documents. The settlement for the June 7 crash last year was initially announced in January with terms of the agreement confidential. "We deeply regret the loss of Mr. McNair as a result of the accident." The court documents, first revealed by the news website DNAinfo.com, show that Wal-Mart and the comedian's family wanted the sum to remain confidential because financial damage could result to Walmart, as well as concerns about the safety risk to McNair's children. McNair, 62, died after the limousine bus he was traveling in on the New Jersey Turnpike was rear-ended by a Wal-Mart truck when he was returning with Morgan and others from a comedy performance in Delaware.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's House speaker on Friday called on a state representative to apologize for invoking abortion during the debate of a group of fourth-graders' bill to name the red-tailed hawk the official state raptor.
By Hilary Russ NEW YORK (Reuters) - The bill is growing for New Jersey's attempt to revive Atlantic City, its financially distressed gambling hub. The state will pay Ernst & Young more than $250,000 for its work analyzing Atlantic City's financial problems, according to a copy of the retention agreement reviewed by Reuters on Friday. The information sheds further light on how much New Jersey taxpayers will shell out for Governor Chris Christie's decision to appoint an emergency manager for the resort city, a move that was opposed by many including Atlantic City's mayor. Ernst & Young's work will be on behalf of emergency manager Kevin Lavin, who was appointed in January.
MUNROE FALLS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio policewoman can be heard on a 911 call screaming and crying as she tells the dispatcher that she shot her ex-boyfriend after he broke into her suburban Akron home and began beating her.