Videos prompt delay in child sex assault case
LAS VEGAS - The trial of a man accused of videotaping himself sexually assaulting a toddler has been postponed after new videos surfaced that allegedly show him having sex with an adult woman.
Chester Arthur Stiles had been scheduled to go to trial Tuesday, but the judge postponed the proceedings Monday because defense lawyers asked for time to review the new evidence. A hearing to set a new trial date was scheduled for Nov. 19.
Stiles, 38, is accused of sexually assaulting two girls, ages 2 and 6 at the time, in 2003. He has pleaded not guilty to 22 felony charges.
Man convicted of killing family over church
WOBURN, Mass. - A man was convicted of first-degree murder Tuesday for killing his wife and 11-year-old stepson out of anger over the time she spent with members of her church.
The jury found Jeremias Bins guilty of two counts of first-degree murder for the 2006 slayings. Superior Court Judge John Lu sentenced Bins to two consecutive life terms in prison.
Prosecutors said a bloodied Bins took a cab to the Framingham police station in May 2006, walked in and said he had just bludgeoned his wife and stepson with a hammer.
3 NY brothers killed in house fire
HARTLAND, N.Y. - A house fire killed three young brothers during the night and critically injured their grandmother, who was overcome with smoke when she apparently tried to rescue them, authorities said Tuesday.
The house in rural Hartland, about 25 miles northeast of Buffalo, burned to the ground, and investigators might never know exactly what started the fire, said Niagara County Fire Coordinator Jim Volkosh. He added the cause appears to be accidental.
The fire was reported shortly after 11 p.m. Monday and the house was engulfed in flames when sheriff's deputies and volunteer firefighters from six area companies arrived.
Storm drops 15 inches of snow on Sierra peaks
RENO, Nev. - A storm dropped as much as 15 inches of snow in the Sierra Nevada, hastening the state of the ski season but bogging down traffic on mountain highways.
The Boreal resort atop Donner Summit reported up to 15 inches of snow from late Monday into Tuesday, and said it hopes to open Thursday.
Mom gets 15 years for driving son to kill rival
LONG BEACH, Calif. - A mother has been sentenced to 15 years to life in prison for driving her son and his friends to a California skate park to kill a 13-year-old gang rival.
Judge Arthur Jean sentenced 31-year-old Eva Daley on Tuesday for the revenge killing of Jose Cano last year in Long Beach. Daley was convicted of second-degree murder in October.
She claimed she didn't know what her passengers were planning. Prosecutors say she may have sought revenge for an attack on her son or an incident when the rival gang threw flares at her apartment complex.
Neb. safe-haven cases swell to 27
OMAHA, Neb. - Nebraska officials say a 15-year-old girl dropped off at a hospital is the 27th child left under Nebraska's unique safe-haven law.
Children and family services division director Todd Landry said in a statement Tuesday that the girl was left at a hospital in Omaha by her legal guardian on Monday.
Foster home sued over 9-year-old boy's starvation
DETROIT - The family of a 9-year-old boy with cerebral palsy is suing the operators of a Detroit foster home where they say their son starved to death.
Elena Andron said she placed her son Johnny Dragomir in foster care because she had lost her job and couldn't afford to care for him.
Johnny died March 9, 2007, at Monroe Foster Home. Family lawyer Arnold Reed said the 5-foot boy's weight had dropped from 80 to 40 pounds.
Meth found in trick-or-treat bag
RAMSEY, Minn. - When their children returned from Halloween trick-or-treating, a couple found suspected methamphetamine and $85 in cash among their 7-year-old son's Snickers bars and Skittles.
Lars and Shelly Brosdahl called police, who confirmed that the substance was methamphetamine.