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Michael Dukakis testifies in Tsarnaev friend trial

Michael Dukakis, ex-governor and presidential candidate, testifies in marathon bombing case
Denise Lavoie, The Associated Press

BOSTON - Michael Dukakis, the former Massachusetts governor and 1988 Democratic presidential nominee, was called as a defence witness Thursday for a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, telling jurors about a conversation he had with the defendant five days after the deadly bombing.

Robel Phillipos, 20, is charged with lying to authorities about his movements three days after the April 15, 2013, attack that killed three people and injured more than 260.

Steenkamp cousin: Pistorius apology not genuine

Pistorius sentencing: Reeva Steenkamp's cousin says athlete must 'pay for what he's done'
Lynsey Chutel And Christopher Torchia, The Associated Press

PRETORIA, South Africa - Oscar Pistorius must "pay for what he's done" and his apology to the family of the girlfriend he killed was not sincere, a cousin of Reeva Steenkamp said Thursday as testimonies wrapped up.

Steenkamp cousin: Pistorius apology not genuine

Pistorius sentencing: Reeva Steenkamp's cousin says athlete must 'pay for what he's done'
Lynsey Chutel And Christopher Torchia, The Associated Press

PRETORIA, South Africa - Oscar Pistorius must "pay for what he's done" and his apology to the family of the girlfriend he killed was not sincere, a cousin of Reeva Steenkamp said Thursday as testimonies wrapped up.

Woman gets prison for mistaken name jail escape

Ex-Pennsylvania county inmate gets state prison sentence for using name confusion to escape
The Associated Press

UNIONTOWN, Pa. - A western Pennsylvania woman has been sentenced to 9 to 24 months in state prison for taking advantage of county jail guards who were confused by her similar-sounding name and released her to a bail bondsman looking for another inmate.

The (Uniontown) Herald-Standard (http://bit.ly/ZGdBjU ) reports 29-year-old Evelyn Grace Campbell was sentenced by a Fayette County judge on Wednesday.

The Uniontown woman signed herself out of the jail on June 6 when a bondsman showed up to post $500 bail on behalf of another inmate, Maretta Ruth Gambel.

Police: Suspect chased through Chicago Marathon

Police: Suspect chased through Chicago Marathon, arrested on 3 related charges
The Associated Press

CHICAGO - Authorities say a wanted man attempted to flee pursuing officers by blending into the sea of Chicago Marathon runners.

WLS-TV (http://abc7.ws/1oaADLj ) reports police say Bryan Duffy of Chicago ran from officers Sunday after they approached him. Police say the 29-year-old man jumped into a group of marathon runners in hopes he could make an escape. But police were ultimately able to tackle and arrest Duffy.

Assault lawsuit against Jerry Jones dismissed

Judge dismisses sexual assault lawsuit against Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones
Nomaan Merchant, The Associated Press

DALLAS - A judge threw out a sexual assault lawsuit filed against Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on Thursday, saying the claims were barred by Texas law limiting the time in which a case can be filed.

Jana Weckerly had accused Jones of grabbing her genitals and forcibly kissing her in 2009. Weckerly also alleged an attorney for Jones took a memory card with photos and destroyed it, and that she was paid hush money for several years after the incident. Jones denied the allegations.

Detroit gives arena land to creditor in bankruptcy

Detroit says it will demolish arena, give land to creditor in major bankruptcy settlement
Ed White, The Associated Press

DETROIT - The city of Detroit, with financial help from the state, plans to demolish the home of the Detroit Red Wings and give the land to a creditor for development as part of a major settlement in the city's bankruptcy case, lawyers said Thursday.

The deal was disclosed in court where Judge Steven Rhodes has been holding a trial to determine if Detroit's plan to get out of bankruptcy is fair and feasible for the long run. It was the largest bankruptcy filing by a city in U.S. history.

Judge sides with widow in Pendergrass estate fight

Judge rules for widow, against son in fight over estate of R&B singer Teddy Pendergrass
The Associated Press

NORRISTOWN, Pa. - A suburban Philadelphia judge has decided that the widow of R&B singer Teddy Pendergrass will retain control over his estate after rejecting a will submitted by the singer's son.

Montgomery County Orphans' Court Judge Stanley Ott said a will dated in May 2009 and submitted by Theodore "Ted" Pendergrass II "was fraudulent" and called his testimony "wholly lacking in credibility."

High court clears bullet train but problems remain

California bullet train cleared for construction but project faces delays, financing woes
Juliet Williams, The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California will forge ahead with plans to build the nation's first bullet train by buying land in the Central Valley and demolishing buildings in the path of the $68 billion rail line after the state Supreme Court decided not to hear an appeal from opponents of the project.

The California Supreme Court's decision Wednesday to reject an appeal of a lower court ruling allowing Gov. Jerry Brown's signature transportation project to proceed was another win for the beleaguered project that has suffered repeated legal setbacks.

McEnroe son's NYC drug case on track for dismissal

John McEnroe's son's NYC drug-possession case put on track for dismissal if he gets treatment
The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - A son of tennis star John McEnroe and actress Tatum O'Neal will get a New York City drug-possession case dismissed if he stays out of trouble and gets treatment.

Court records show Kevin McEnroe's case was put on track Tuesday for dismissal if he avoids re-arrest. The arrangement isn't uncommon for low-level cases.

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