O.J. Simpson appeals robbery conviction
LAS VEGAS - O.J. Simpson has appealed to the Nevada Supreme Court to overturn his convictions for armed robbery and kidnapping during a Las Vegas hotel room confrontation with two sports memorabilia dealers.
The appeal arrived Tuesday at the Supreme Court in Carson City.
The former football star, actor and advertising pitchman asks the high court to throw out his conviction on grounds that include judicial misconduct, insufficient evidence, a lack of racial diversity on the jury and errors in sentencing and jury instructions.
The document criticizes the trial judge, Clark County District Court Judge Jackie Glass, and accuses prosecutors of improperly asking questions about allegations of witness intimidation in front of the jury.
Silo crashes through Philly business' roof
BENSALEM, Pa. - Fire department officials said a 35-ton silo being used to collect dust has collapsed and crashed through the roof of a suburban Philadelphia concrete business.
No injuries have been reported.
The silo was on top of CGM Concrete in Bensalem, just northeast of Philadelphia. It fell through the business' roof Monday night.
Investigators said the collapse severely damaged the building, which may have to be demolished. They said it also ruptured gas and water lines inside the building.
Parents of teen cancer patient agree to chemo
NEW ULM, Minn. - The parents of a Minnesota boy who refused chemotherapy for his cancer have told a judge they now agree to the medical treatment, and the judge said the boy can stay with them.
Thirteen-year-old Daniel Hauser has Hodgkin's lymphoma. He and his mother missed a court appearance last week and left the state to avoid chemo and try to get alternative treatments. Colleen and Anthony Hauser now say they understand their son needs chemotherapy.
Daniel returned to Minnesota on Monday after almost a week on the run. A doctor's exam showed a tumor in his chest has grown and is pushing against his trachea, causing pain.
Tire fire forces evacuation of East Texas town
DALLAS - Toxic smoke from a blaze in an acre-size heap of old tires forced the evacuation of a small East Texas town and closed its schools Tuesday.
Firefighters did not have enough water and foam to extinguish the fire, so they dug a ditch to get dirt to smolder the flames. There were no reports of injuries.
Rain helped fight the fire, said Wood County Emergency Management Coordinator Randy Selman.
Selman said the lot contains millions of tires but only about 150,000 were burning. The tires were supposed to be removed years ago, prompting state regulators to investigate.
Most residents of the town of about 1,500 people about 100 miles east of Dallas were urged to leave.
Wal-Mart in 2008 death of worker
GARDEN CITY, N.Y. - The death of a temporary employee who was crushed in a stampede of post-Thanksgiving shoppers at a Long Island Wal-Mart store could have been prevented, federal officials said Tuesday as they proposed fining the world's largest retailer $7,000.
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced it was citing Wal-Mart Stores Inc. for inadequate crowd management following the Nov. 28 death of Jdimytai Damour.
The 6-foot-5, 270-pound Damour had been on the job for about a week when a crowd estimated at 2,000 strong broke down the Valley Stream store's doors in search of pre-dawn bargains, trapping him in a vestibule. The 34-year-old Queens man died of asphyxiation.
Mom of 555-pound teen waives extradition
TOWSON, Md. - A woman accused of neglecting her 555-pound son's health will return to South Carolina to face charges.
Baltimore County police said 49-year-old Jerri Gray of Travelers Rest, S.C., waived her right to an extradition hearing Tuesday.
Gray and her son, 14-year-old Alexander Draper, were found last week at a laundry in the Baltimore suburb of Woodlawn. Police found them after tracing calls on her cell phone.