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New York prison worker pleads guilty in escape of 2 killers

New York prison worker pleads guilty to helping 2 convicted killers in their elaborate escape
Michael Hill, The Associated Press

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. - A prison worker who was "in over her head" with two inmates convicted of murder tearfully pleaded guilty Tuesday to helping them escape as new details emerged of her relationship with the men that included performing a sex act and sending naked photos.

Joyce Mitchell, an instructor in the tailor shop at the Clinton Correctional Facility in upstate New York, wore shackles and prison stripes as she entered the pleas in a barely audible voice.

Holmes' father says he worried when son stopped calling

Colorado theatre shooter's father says he grew concerned when son stopped calling
Sadie Gurman, The Associated Press

CENTENNIAL, Colo. - The father of Colorado theatre gunman James Holmes said he never suspected his son was mentally ill before the 2012 attack, but he and his wife became increasingly concerned about him when he stopped returning their phone calls.

Robert Holmes said the call they did receive was from their son's psychiatrist, about a month before the shooting. She told them James Holmes was dropping out of his prestigious neuroscience graduate school program.

Roger Goodell upholds Tom Brady's 4-game suspension

NFL Commissioner Goodell upholds Tom Brady's 4-game suspension, citing destroyed cellphone
Barry Wilner, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Tom Brady's four-game suspension for his role in using underinflated footballs during the AFC championship game has been upheld by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

The league announced the decision Tuesday, with Goodell saying that the New England quarterback told an assistant to destroy Brady's cellphone on or just before March 6. Brady met with independent investigator Ted Wells on that day.

Ga. Judge cuts damages in Jeep fire death from $150M to $40M

Georgia judge cuts damages in Jeep fire death from $150M to $40M, rejects plea for new trial
Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

DETROIT - A Georgia judge has cut the damages that Fiat Chrysler must pay the family of a child who died in a Jeep SUV fire from $150 million to $40 million.

Decatur County Superior Court Judge J. Kevin Chason also denied Fiat Chrysler's motion for a new trial, dismissing arguments that jurors acted irrationally in the case.

Judge nixes suit by Zimmerman parents against Roseanne Barr

Judge tosses lawsuit filed by Zimmerman parents against Roseanne Barr over Twitter post
The Associated Press

SANFORD, Fla. - A judge has thrown out a lawsuit filed by George Zimmerman's parents against Roseanne Barr after the comedian and actress put their address on her Twitter feed.

Circuit Judge Melanie Chase on Tuesday granted a summary judgment in favour of Barr. Her attorney argued that Barr was exercising her First Amendment rights and that the address was already public information.

David Heil, the lawyer for Robert and Gladys Zimmerman, contended they did not feel safe in their home after Barr tweeted their address three years ago.

Fugitive's role in horror film leads to his arrest

Fugitive, who plays leading role in horror film, arrested in Olympia, Washington
The Associated Press

TACOMA, Wash. - A fugitive has been arrested after federal agents saw his photo in a Washington state newspaper that ran a story about a low-budget horror movie.

The News Tribune reports ( ) that 44-year-old Jason Stange, a convicted bank robber, plays a leading role in the movie, "Marla Mae." The Olympian newspaper ran a feature story on the film Friday with photos that showed Stange on the film set in Olympia.

Gay accuser questions Cosby's ability to 'read' sexual cues

Gay accuser questions Cosby's ability to 'read' sexual cues, says she had been dating a woman
Maryclaire Dale, The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA - A lawyer for Bill Cosby's first accuser on Tuesday questioned his self-described ability to "read" people's sexual cues given that her client is gay.

Andrea Constand, employed by the Temple University women's basketball team when she met Cosby in the early 2000s, was dating a woman around that time, according to court filings unsealed this month. She considered Cosby to be a friend and mentor.

US man who tried to join Islamic State gets 15 years in jail

'I am an American' says US man sentenced to 15 years for trying to join Islamic State
The Associated Press

AUGUSTA, Georgia - A U.S. man who wrote he was "ready for jihad" before buying a one-way ticket overseas to try joining the Islamic State group was sentenced to prison Tuesday after he sobbed to the judge, "I am an American."

Leon Nathan Davis III of Georgia state was sentenced to 15 years, the maximum punishment allowed. Davis, 38, pleaded guilty in May to seeking to help a known terrorist organization.

Nebraska trial set over land seizures for oil pipeline

Nebraska judge sets trial for lawsuit over eminent domain use in seizing land for oil pipeline
The Associated Press

O'NEILL, Neb. - A judge has scheduled an October trial on a Holt County lawsuit aimed at keeping TransCanada Corp. from seizing land to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

At a hearing in on Monday in O'Neill, District Judge Mark Kozisek set the nonjury trial date of Oct. 19.

Seven Nebraska landowners filed lawsuits after the state Supreme Court tossed an earlier, similar lawsuit, with three justices saying the plaintiffs in the case didn't have standing to sue because they didn't prove TransCanada was seeking their land.

U.S. inmate arrested in Canada

U.S. inmate who failed to return to transitional living facility arrested in Canada
The Associated Press

MANCHESTER, N.H. - New Hampshire authorities say they have found two inmates — one of them in Canada — who left a transitional living facility in Manchester last week.

Both inmates left for work from Calumet House on and never returned.

Corrections officials say 43-year-old Charles Namiot and 41-year-old Bruno Martin were nearing their parole dates and were placed at the facility to get a job, earn money and transition back into the community.

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