LAKEWOOD, N.J. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say that when a Jewish woman wanted to divorce an unwilling husband, Mendel Epstein was the rabbi who could gather a kidnap team to make it happen.
Prosecutors say the Orthodox rabbi was recorded telling two undercover FBI agents that it would cost at least $50,000 to carry out a kidnapping. Authorities say the men brought surgical blades, a screwdriver and rope to a staged kidnapping in 2013.
BOSTON (AP) — Picking a jury in a high-profile death penalty trial takes time, especially when a succession of powerful snowstorms forces repeated delays. So it goes in the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Since a judge began questioning prospective jurors Jan. 15, six days of jury selection have been canceled because of weather. The expected start date for testimony in the trial has come and gone. Here is the latest in the halting effort to put Tsarnaev on trial...
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A former Notre Dame player and her husband have donated $5 million to endow the position of women's basketball coach, making it the first endowed coaching job at the school.
The university announced Monday that the position has been endowed by Karen Robinson Keyes and her husband, Kevin. Keyes played for the Irish under coach Muffet McGraw from 1987-91, leading Notre Dame to its first top-20 ranking her senior year.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — An attorney for one of two girls accused of repeatedly stabbing a classmate to please the fictional character Slender Man says he will prove his client does not belong in adult court.
A preliminary hearing for the two girls got underway Monday in a packed courtroom in Waukesha County. Prosecutors charged the girls as adults with first-degree attempted homicide in the attack at a Waukesha park last May. The defendants and victim were all 12 at the...
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — From Washington state to North Carolina, federal lawsuits are challenging the efficient, profitable livestock industry to change its ways. The arguments found in the suits are based on studies that increasingly show the impact phosphorous, nitrate and bacteria from fertilizer and accumulated manure have on lakes and rivers as well as air pollution that may be harmful to respiratory health.