LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Former NFL star Darren Sharper told a Las Vegas judge he'll plead guilty to a felony sex assault charge as part of a plea deal in four states that will send him to federal prison for about nine years.
A lawyer for the former all-pro safety appeared Tuesday in a Las Vegas courtroom, while Sharper appeared through an Internet hookup from a courtroom in Los Angeles, where he's jailed.
WASHINGTON - The leader of the U.S. House of Representatives House said Tuesday that he's "baffled" by reports that Israel spied on negotiators in the closed-door talks over Iran's nuclear program — espionage that Israeli officials denied.
"I'm baffled by it,"Speaker John Boehner told reporters about the news report that comes at a time of strained relations between the U.S. and Israel. "I'm not aware of that at all."
FALL RIVER, Mass. - A cousin of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez has taken the stand to testify in his murder trial.
Jennifer Mercado was granted immunity from prosecution before being called to testify Tuesday.
Hernandez is charged with the June 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee.
MIAMI - Authorities in the United States say a Canadian man has pleaded guilty to charges that he travelled to Florida to have sex with someone he believed was an underage boy.
Rene Roberge of Sherbrooke, Que., pleaded guilty to four counts Monday during a federal court hearing in Miami. Two of the counts include mandatory minimum sentences of 10 years.
The 47-year-old man is scheduled to be sentenced June 4.
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - Police say five people have been injured in a shooting near a college campus in northern Tennessee.
Clarksville Police spokeswoman Natalie Hall says officers responded just before 9 p.m. Monday to a report of shots fired. She says although the shooting happened about two blocks from Austin Peay State University, police have no reason to believe it had anything to do with the school.
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah became the only state to allow firing squads for executions when Gov. Gary Herbert signed a law approving the method for use when no lethal injection drugs are available, even though he has called it "a little bit gruesome."
The Republican governor has said Utah is a capital punishment state and needs a backup execution method in case a shortage of the drugs persists.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - A four-month police investigation into an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia that Rolling Stone magazine described in graphic detail produced no evidence of the attack and was stymied by the accuser's unwillingness to co-operate, authorities said Monday.
The magazine article, titled "A rape on campus," sparked a national conversation about sexual assaults at American universities after it was published last November.
NEW ORLEANS - Millionaire murder suspect Robert Durst is a flight risk and a danger to others, a judge decided Monday after considering what FBI agents found in his hotel room: an elaborate disguise and other escape tools fit for a spy movie.
Durst was arrested at the J.W. Marriott hotel in New Orleans, where he had registered under the name Everette Ward and was lying low while HBO aired the final chapters of his life story.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Former NFL star Darren Sharper removed all doubt Monday that he drugged and raped women, taking the first of several steps to own up to sex assaults in four states that will send him to federal prison for about nine years.
In two separate court cases, Sharper pleaded guilty to sexual assault in Arizona and no contest in California to raping two women he knocked out with a potent sedative mixed with booze.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Former NFL star Darren Sharper removed all doubt Monday that he drugged and raped women, taking the first of several legal steps to own up to sex assaults in four states that will send him to federal prison for about nine years.
In two separate cases, Sharper pleaded guilty to sexual assault in Arizona and no contest in California to raping two women he knocked out with a potent sedative mixed with booze.