MIDLOTHIAN, Texas (AP) — The man charged in the killings of six people at an East Texas campsite had earlier befriended the victims and helped dislodge one of their vehicles from mud, a sheriff said Tuesday.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The trial of ex-Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship is now in the hands of the jury, after prosecutors argued that he routinely conspired to violate mine safety standards for the sake of profits, and the defense countered that the government presented no evidence he was involved in a conspiracy.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's nominee to lead the Food and Drug Administration defended his record Tuesday as senators pressed him about rising drug prices, slow approval times for new drugs and his ties to the pharmaceutical industry.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After making their fortunes from new software or social networks, some Silicon Valley entrepreneurs have vowed to apply their skills to "hacking" philanthropy and "disrupting" old models for funding charity.
A former leader of the New York state Senate strong-armed three companies to pay his son over $300,000, knowing that his position to influence policy crucial to their businesses meant "they couldn't say no," a federal prosecutor said on Tuesday. Dean Skelos, a Republican, sought to corruptly direct commissions and jobs to his son, Adam, to "line the pockets of the Skelos family," prosecutor Tatiana Martins said at the start of their trial in Manhattan federal court. "The office of Dean Skelos was never for sale," Gage said.
The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that custodial rights to children of same-sex couples in a union before gay marriage was legalized in the United States can be granted. The court reversed and remanded an Oklahoma County District Court ruling as it expanded the rights of non-custodial parents in same-sex relationships. Charlene Ramey and Kimberly Sutton separated two years before Oklahoma was ordered by U.S. courts to recognize same-sex marriages.