Authorities: Neb. couple asked about abuse
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Members of a missing Nebraska family whose car was found in the Black Hills of South Dakota were interviewed about allegations of abuse on the day they were last seen nearly two weeks ago, authorities said Thursday.
The black Ford Taurus was found Tuesday, and authorities were searching for Matthew and Rowena Schade and their children, Devon, 11, and Sean, 8, in rugged terrain near the Pactola Reservoir and the village of Silver City.
They were last seen March 20 at their home 400 miles away in Creighton, Neb. All four were interviewed that day by a Knox County deputy sheriff about allegations of abuse, according to statements from Nebraska and South Dakota law enforcement agencies.
Driver arrested in deadly LA-area crash
LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE, Calif. - The driver of a runaway truck that plowed through an intersection, killing two people and injuring 12 others, had taken a mountain route a short time earlier where big rigs are banned, authorities said Thursday.
Marcos Costa was arrested late Wednesday on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter and felony reckless driving.
Costa, 43, was treated for minor injuries and remained jailed Thursday on $200,000 bail. Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies did not know if he had hired an attorney.
The car transporter truck Costa was driving went out of control as he attempted a sharp turn at a busy intersection during Wednesday afternoon rush hour, smashing into cars and then into a bookstore.
FDA eyes NY firm in pistachio recall investigation
FRESNO, Calif. - Authorities looking into the nationwide pistachio recall said they're investigating a California nut processor's sister company in New York where officials last month found cockroaches and rodent droppings.
The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday that Commack, N.Y.-based Setton International Foods Inc. shares key staff and packages food with Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella Inc., the second-largest pistachio processor in the nation.
Police: Daughter drugged so she'd get pregnant
PITTSBURGH - A western Pennsylvania mother has been charged with giving her 13-year-old daughter drugs and alcohol so the woman's boyfriend could get the girl pregnant, police said Thursday.
Shana Brown, 32, is no longer able to have children but wanted to have a baby with her current boyfriend, Duane Calloway, Uniontown Police Det. Donald Gmitter said. The pair decided to drug the girl so Calloway, 40, could have sex with her without her knowledge, he added.
Brown has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child and was to turn herself into police later Thursday, Gmitter said. Brown's attorney did not immediately return a call for comment.
Domino's dishes out 11,000 free pizzas by mistake
CINCINNATI - 'Bailout' was the magic word as Domino's had to give away thousands of free pizzas because someone stumbled on an online promotion the company scrapped.
Domino's Pizza Inc. spokesman Tim McIntyre said Wednesday that the company prepared an Internet coupon for an ad campaign that was considered in December but not approved.
He said someone apparently typed 'bailout' into a Domino's promo code window and found it was good for a free medium pizza.
Word about the code spread quickly Monday night on the Web, and 11,000 free pizzas were delivered before it was deactivated Tuesday morning.
Ex-Falcons QB Vick appears in bankruptcy court
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Suspended NFL star Michael Vick appeared in a Virginia courtroom for the first time Thursday to answer questions about his plan to emerge from bankruptcy.
Vick, who left a federal prison in Kansas last week so he could travel to Virginia to attend the hearing, turned around to wave and smile at family members sitting in the courtroom before the hearing began.
The former Atlanta Falcons quarterback is serving a 23-month sentence for bankrolling a dogfighting ring, and his bankruptcy plan is based on the goal of returning to a professional football career. He's scheduled to be released from custody in July, but could be sent to home confinement in late May.