TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Supreme Court has overturned a man's murder conviction after ruling that his confession that he killed his parents was obtained improperly.
Michael Maltese, of South Brunswick, was convicted in 2011 for killing his parents in 2008, burying their bodies in a shallow grave in central New Jersey and then going on a shopping spree using their money with his girlfriend.
EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) — The White House is launching a new $5 million initiative to combat heroin use and trafficking of the drug, particularly in states along the East Coast.
About half of the money will fund a program to link public health and law enforcement agencies, with the goal of prioritizing treatment for drug users over punishments. Monday's announcement comes amid a spike in heroin use and deaths in the United States.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A member of the grand jury that declined to indict a Ferguson police officer in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown is challenging a federal judge's dismissal of her lawsuit that sought to allow her to speak publicly about those secret proceedings.
That woman identified as "Grand Juror Doe" wants the St. Louis-based 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn U.S. District Judge Rodney Sippel's May decision to throw out her bid to speak out...
AVON, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a 70-year-old man has survived a week in the woods after he fell while out for a walk in western New York.
Police say Donald Farrell was found Sunday morning amid trees and tall weeds about 2 miles from his home in the Livingston County village of Avon (AY'-vahn), 20 miles south of Rochester. Officials say he was found by his cousin on the cousin's property.
Farrell had last been seen going for a walk on the morning...
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A short sharp earthquake rattled the San Francisco Bay Area, but there are no reports of injuries.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the 4.0 magnitude quake struck Monday morning and was centered just north of Piedmont, near Berkeley. It was felt in downtown San Francisco, along the Peninsula and in the East Bay. The quake struck on the Hayward Fault at a depth of about 3.4 miles, according to the USGS.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Tourism officials say Washington drew a record 20.2 million visitors last year, with increases in international and domestic visitors.
The tourism bureau Destination DC says the city drew an all-time high number of tourists in 2014. The group released data on international visitors Monday showing a 16 percent increase in overseas visitors, totaling 1.9 million international tourists.
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. homebuilders grew slightly more optimistic about the housing market in August, putting their confidence at levels last seen a decade ago during the debt-fueled housing boom.
The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released Monday rose this month to 61, the highest level since November 2005. The reading was 60 in both June and July. But unlike a decade ago, sentiment has improved without dramatic increases in...