Hundreds file past Kennedy's casket in Boston
BOSTON - The last time Ginger Romano saw Sen. Edward Kennedy, she wasn't at her best.
As she took clothing, blankets and other supplies to a high school for people whose homes had been damaged in Boston's great blizzard of 1978, she tripped over a snow bank. A pair of hands helped her to her feet. It was Kennedy, who had been walking behind her.
'He said to me, 'What can I do to help you?' she said. 'Then he thanked me and my family.'
The weather was fairer but the mood somber Friday at his public viewing, where Romano took her turn along with tens of thousands of other people to thank Kennedy, who lay in repose for a second day in a flag-draped casket at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library.
Members of the Kennedy family, including his daughter Kara Kennedy Allen, nephew Tim Shriver and 81-year-old Jean Kennedy Smith, the senator's sister and the last surviving Kennedy sibling, greeted visitors.
NY wrong-way driver's family may seek tests
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - The disbelieving husband of wrong-way driver Diane Schuler may seek new tests of her blood, even if nothing in her autopsy report challenges the conclusion she was drunk, a private investigator said Friday.
The 36-year-old Schuler drove her minivan south in the northbound lanes of the Taconic Parkway on July 26 and crashed into an SUV. Schuler, her daughter, three young nieces and three men in the SUV were killed. Toxicology tests found she had been drinking heavily and smoking marijuana.
Private investigator Thomas Ruskin, who is working for Schuler's husband, Daniel, now has the autopsy report. He said he will have forensic experts go over it for clues to other possible causes for the accident, such as a stroke.
2 immigrants guilty in fatal Vegas bombing
LAS VEGAS - Two illegal immigrants have been found guilty of capital murder charges in a fatal parking lot bombing outside a Las Vegas Strip hotel in 2007.
A jury found that bombmaker Porfirio Duarte-Herrera of Nicaragua and a friend identified as Omar Rueda-Denvers of Guatemala killed 24-year-old Willebaldo Dorantes Antonio with a pipe bomb outside the Luxor hotel-casino. Rueda-Denvers also uses the name Alexander Perez.
Prosecutors allege the men killed Dorantes Antonio because he was dating Rueda-Denvers's ex-girlfriend.
N.M. police suspect boy, 10, shot father
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - New Mexico police are investigating a 10-year-old boy in the shooting death of his father but couldn't say Friday whether the incident was accidental or intentional. A neighbor described the victim and his children as 'a good family.'
Police Sgt. Joe Portio said officers responded to a call of shots fired about 6:30 p.m. Thursday at a home in Belen and found 42-year-old Byron James Hilburn with a head wound.
Investigators said the boy and his 6-year-old sister were there, too. Portio said police believe the boy fired the fatal shot but declined to disclose details.
Hilburn was pronounced dead at University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque. Portio said the boy was taken into the custody of the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department at an undisclosed location.
Coroner: Jackson death ruled homicide
LOS ANGELES - Michael Jackson's death was a homicide caused primarily by the powerful anesthetic propofol and another sedative, the coroner announced Friday in a highly anticipated ruling increasing the likelihood of criminal charges against the pop star's doctor.
The Los Angeles County coroner's office determined the cause of death was 'acute propofol intoxication.' Lorazepam, another sedative sold under the brand name Ativan, contributed to the death.
Additional drugs detected in Jackson's system were the sedatives midazolam and diazepam, the painkiller lidocaine and the stimulant ephedrine.
- From wire reports