Pa. teens ordered to stand trial in immigrant's death
POTTSVILLE, Pa. - A judge has ordered three teenagers to stand trial on charges related to the beating death of a Mexican immigrant in a small eastern Pennsylvania town.
A judge in Pottsville said Monday that prosecutors have enough evidence to try 17-year-old Colin Walsh and 16-year-old Brandon Piekarsky on counts of third-degree murder and ethnic intimidation.
Eighteen-year-old Derrick Donchak has been ordered to stand trial on aggravated assault, ethnic intimidation and other offenses.
Luis Ramirez was attacked July 12 when he crossed paths with a group of teens in the town of Shenandoah, about 80 miles northwest of Philadelphia.
Keys take Fay all in stride
KEY WEST, Fla. - Two years since a hurricane last lashed at Florida, many residents were taking a wait-and-see attitude Monday as a strengthening Tropical Storm Fay swept across the Florida Keys and bore down on the Gulf Coast.
While tourists caught the last flight out of town and headed out of the storm's path, residents in the carefree Florida Keys were putting up hurricane shutters and checking their generators, but not doing much more.
'We're not worried about it. We've seen this movie before,' said 58-year-old Willie Dykes, who lives on a sailboat in Key West and was buying food, water and whiskey.
By midafternoon, heavy rains moving ahead of Fay's core were pelting the low-lying Keys island chain. Sustained winds of about 33 mph bent palm trees, and some gusts hit 51 mph.
Texas seeks custody of teen polygamist allegedly wed
SAN ANGELO, Texas - Attorneys for Texas child welfare authorities began presenting evidence Monday at a hearing on whether a girl allegedly given in marriage at age 12 to jailed polygamist leader Warren Jeffs should be returned to foster care.
The state wants to remove the girl, now 14, and an 11-year-old brother from the care of her mother, saying the woman has refused to guarantee the girl won't have contact with men accused of being involved in underage marriages. The girl's father allegedly blessed her marriage to Jeffs and the underage marriages of at least two sisters.
Calif. court: Docs can't withold care to gays
SAN FRANCISCO - California's highest court Monday barred doctors from invoking their religious beliefs as a reason to deny treatment to gays and lesbians, ruling state law prohibiting sexual orientation discrimination extends to the medical profession.
Justice Joyce Kennard wrote that two Christian fertility doctors who refused to artificially inseminate a lesbian have neither a free speech right nor a religious exemption from the state's law, which 'imposes on business establishments certain antidiscrimination obligations.'
Defense: Cousin killed Ohio baby in microwave
DAYTON, Ohio - The cousin of a month-old girl who was burned to death in a microwave told friends he was responsible for putting her in the oven, a defense attorney said Monday during opening statements in the retrial of the child's mother.
The young relative also told friends he hadn't been lying about the death when prosecutors later announced a microwave was used in the 2005 death, defense attorney Jon Paul Rion said.
'I know who killed that baby,' the cousin had said days after the death, Rion told jurors.
Ceremony held for firefighters killed in blaze
NEW YORK - The families of two firefighters killed a year ago in a skyscraper blaze across from ground zero dedicated plaques in their memory Monday, standing side by side with some of the officials they have blamed for the fire at the government-run project.
Bagpipers played 'Amazing Grace' and hundreds of firefighters from Engine 24/Ladder 5 saluted as the memorials were unveiled for Firefighter Robert Beddia, 53, and Lt. Joseph Graffagnino, 33.
Graffagnino's widow, Linda, wiped tears away as the plaques were unveiled, while Mayor Michael Bloomberg touched her arm to console her.
- From wire reports