The oldest of three sisters who prosecutors said were held captive in Arizona by their mother and stepfather for two years testified on Thursday the siblings endured regular beatings and were terrified they would be killed if they ran away. The girls' parents, Fernando Richter, 36, and Sophia Richter, 34, have been charged with keeping their three daughters in prison-like conditions, beating them with belts and sticks and confining them in their bedrooms or closets with music or static blaring constantly. “We were only allowed out of our room to go to the bathroom,” the middle daughter, now 15, testified on Wednesday.
BELMONT, Calif. (AP) — This is the new look of high school sex ed: A roomful of teens, 14-year-olds mostly, is told that a girl and boy meet at a school dance. The boy drives her home. They kiss. What happens next, over the girl's protests, leaves him confused and her crying, no longer a virgin.
By Brendan O'Brien MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) - The head of the Minneapolis NAACP on Thursday joined protesters in demanding that authorities release videos of an altercation earlier this week in which a police officer shot an unarmed black man to death. Nekima Levy-Pounds, president of the Minneapolis National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, said there have been "so many false narratives spun by the Minneapolis Police Department as to what has happened." "Enough is enough," she told about 75 protesters and members of the media at a news conference outside the police precinct near where Jamar Clark, 24, was shot early Sunday. Community activists have said Clark was unarmed and claim he was handcuffed when he was shot shortly during an altercation with two police officers.
SEATTLE (AP) — Well over 100,000 customers were prepping for a third night without power in Washington state Thursday after a storm killed three people and prompted an emergency declaration from the governor.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California police officer was shot to death in his own car as he was getting off work in what investigators said Thursday was a botched robbery attempt by two young men and a 16-year-old boy who were arrested within hours.