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April 9, 2015 - 2:57am
1 week 4 days ago

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia woman arrested on charges she tried to join and martyr herself for the Islamic State group is due in court for a detention hearing.

A judge is to decide Thursday if 30-year-old Keonna Thomas must remain jailed or be freed on bail pending a trial.

Thomas has been in custody since her arrest on Friday, the day after two women in New York were charged with plotting a Boston Marathon-type attack.


April 9, 2015 - 2:29am
1 week 3 days ago

ROCHELLE, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say one person is dead and seven injured in a northern Illinois community hit by a severe storm that produced at least one tornado.

The Illinois Department of Emergency Management says one person was killed in the tiny community of Fairdale.

Rockford Fire Department division chief Matthew Knott tells ABC7-TV that seven people were injured. Knott says "every single" one of the approximately 50 structures in Fairdale...

April 9, 2015 - 1:47am
1 week 4 days ago

BOSTON (AP) — Now that a jury has convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv), the same 12 people will decide whether he lives or dies.

Tsarnaev was convicted on all 30 charges Wednesday. He was found responsible for the deaths of three people who died in the bombings and the killing of a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer gunned down days later.

Beginning next week, the federal jury will hear...

April 9, 2015 - 1:21am
1 week 4 days ago

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Jurors have completed deliberations for a third day in the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez, on a day when the judge banned a Boston TV cameraman for following jurors to their parking spots.

Superior Court Judge Susan Garsh banned Robert Cusanelli of WHDH-TV from the courthouse on Thursday. He acknowledged on questioning from a lawyer for the station that he decided to find out where the jurors were parking. He...

April 9, 2015 - 1:20am
1 week 4 days ago

MERCURY, Nev. (AP) — Six U.S. Congress members visited the mothballed site of a proposed national nuclear waste repository outside Las Vegas, where one said Congress should make a decision about entombing the nation's spent reactor fuel in Nevada.

Republican Congressman John Shimkus of Illinois stood at the entrance to the Yucca Mountain tunnel and said Thursday that studies have been done and the process should move forward.

Republican U.S. Sen....

April 9, 2015 - 1:07am
1 week 4 days ago

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A second man who helped kill Pamela Smart's husband in a case that inspired sensational media coverage has been granted parole in New Hampshire.

Patrick Randall held a knife to Gregory Smart's throat in May 1990 as Billy Flynn, who was Pamela Smart's teenage lover, shot him in the head.

Flynn was paroled last month; Smart is serving life without parole after being convicted of plotting the murder.

Smart was a...

April 9, 2015 - 1:03am
1 week 4 days ago

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Texas prison officials have executed a man for a Dallas-area police officer's slaying during a 2002 shootout that followed a convenience store customer's killing.

Kent Sprouse became the fifth convicted killer put to death this year in Texas when he was given a lethal injection Thursday evening.

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to review his case in November and no last-day appeals were filed in the courts.

April 9, 2015 - 1:01am
1 week 4 days ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Asbestos has been discovered in Gracie Mansion's roof.

Officials tell The Associated Press that workers replacing the roof at New York City's official mayoral residence found pockets of the cancer-causing materials last month.

The workers will begin removing the asbestos later this month.

Officials do not believe the work poses any health risk to Mayor Bill de Blasio and his family. They will remain in the home...

April 8, 2015 - 10:39pm
1 week 4 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Secret Service has placed a high-ranking supervisor on administrative leave and suspended the supervisor's security clearance after what it calls "allegations of misconduct and potential criminal activity."

Spokesman Brian Leary says the incident was first reported to the agency's Office of Professional Responsibility on April 2, after which inspectors conducted corroborative interviews. Director Joseph Clancy was informed the same day, and the...

April 8, 2015 - 10:33pm
1 week 4 days ago

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell says in court papers that the favors he did for a wealthy businessman were routine courtesies and not part of a bribery scheme.

McDonnell made the argument in papers filed late Wednesday with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond. It's his last brief before a May 12 hearing in his appeal of his public corruption convictions.

McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were convicted in a joint...

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