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Court orders ex-officer to pay $10,000 in inheritance case

Friday, February 12, 2016

A former Portsmouth police officer, whose $2 million inheritance from a woman’s disputed will was overturned, has been ordered to pay more than $10,000. A judge in August dismissed Geraldine Webber’s 2012 will and trust, saying that former police Sgt. Aaron Goodwin acted on Webber’s “fears and hopes” to extract her inheritance, which included a waterfront home, Cadillac, stocks and bonds. The Portsmouth Herald reported that a judge ordered Goodwin …

Ohio: ‘No rhyme or reason’ in machete attack

Friday, February 12, 2016

From the front door, the man with the machete didn’t have a straight path to people in the booths at the small suburban restaurant. He stepped by the welcoming greeting on the front glass, past the half-wall entryway divider and the display case of kataifi and other Mediterranean pastries. Immediately, police said, he …

Phoenix: 2 students killed in school shooting

Friday, February 12, 2016

Two students were shot and killed Friday at a high school in a Phoenix suburb but the danger at the campus was over, police said, as hundreds of worried parents crowded outside nearby stores to await word on their children. Two 15-year-old girls were shot once at Independence High School, but it was …

Grand jury indicts leader behind Planned Parenthood videos

Monday, January 25, 2016

A Houston grand jury investigating undercover footage of Planned Parenthood found no wrongdoing Monday by the abortion provider but instead indicted anti-abortion activists involved in making the videos that provoked outrage among Republican leaders nationwide. David Daleiden, founder of the Center for Medical Progress, was indicted on a …

Sentences for young murderers limited by U.S. Supreme Court

Monday, January 25, 2016

The U.S. Supreme Court gave retroactive effect to a 2012 ruling that banned automatic life-without-parole sentences for juvenile murderers, in a decision that may apply to hundreds of inmates. The 6-3 ruling came in the case of Henry Montgomery, a Louisiana man still in prison for killing a …

Man escapes Franklin fire, but house left in ruins

Sunday, January 24, 2016

As he glanced out the window at the charred remains of his Nelson Street home Sunday, Ed Bloom said he knew how lucky he was to be alive. Sitting in his neighbor’s living room, Bloom, an 86-year-old Franklin …

Inmates rappelled from roof to escape California jail

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Authorities say three inmates who escaped from a maximum-security jail in Southern California cut through half-inch steel bars, got to the roof and rappelled down using a makeshift rope. They escaped Friday at the Orange County Men’s Central …

Lead pipes lurk in older neighborhoods across the nation

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Lead pipes like the ones that led to contamination of the tap water in Flint, Mich., carry water into millions of older homes across the U.S. every day, a legacy of an era before scientists realized the severe …

California governor rejects parole of 73-year-old Manson follower

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Gov. Jerry Brown has rejected parole for a third time for a follower of cult leader Charles Manson 46 years after a series of bloody murders rocked Southern California. Bruce Davis was convicted of the 1969 slayings of …

Canadian police charge 17-year-old after school shooting in small community

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Police on Saturday charged a 17-year-old boy with four counts of first-degree murder and seven counts of attempted murder in a mass shooting at a school and home in a remote aboriginal community in western Canada, officials said. …

Vacant building fire in Manchester appears suspicious

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Fire officials are investigating an early-morning fire in Manchester that they deemed to be suspicious in nature. WMUR reports the two-alarm blaze at a vacant building on West Street was called in about 5 a.m. Thursday. Fire crews arrived to the scene to find the building fully involved. …

Judge sets a trial date in Curt Schilling’s 38 Studios case

Friday, January 22, 2016

A judge has set a trial date in the lawsuit over Rhode Island’s failed deal with Curt Schilling’s video game company. Superior Court Judge Michael Silverstein said Friday the trial is scheduled to start Sept. 1 with jury …

Greece: Migrant crisis claims 46 lives

Friday, January 22, 2016

The death toll in Europe’s migration crisis rose Friday when two overcrowded smuggling boats foundered off Greece and at least 46 people drowned – more than a third of them children – as European officials remained deeply divided …