Philadelphia teens sentenced in fatal attack
PHILADELPHIA - Three teens convicted of beating a man on a dare, causing his fatal asthma attack on a Philadelphia subway platform, were sentenced Thursday to more than 12 years in prison.
Sean Conroy, 36, found himself cornered and alone on the subway platform near City Hall in March of last year.
He died as Ameer Best, 18, and 17-year-olds Nashir Fisher and Kinta Stanton joined two others in beating the Starbucks manager after they decided to cut school, prosecutors say.
The group's laughter during the attack drew the attention of a police officer who nabbed Stanton. The others were arrested over the next few days. The midday assault was one in a string of subway attacks that chilled commuters.
Couple charged in kidnapping appear in court
PLACERVILLE, Calif. - The Northern California couple charged with kidnapping and raping Jaycee Lee Dugard made a brief appearance in a courtroom Thursday for a hearing that gave two people with personal stakes in the case their first glimpses of the defendants in court.
Phillip and Nancy Garrido were in El Dorado County Superior Court for two minutes before they were ordered to return for another case update on Dec. 11. Nancy Garrido smiled at her attorney, while Phillip Garrido kept his eyes on the judge.
The pair have been charged with abducting Dugard from a school bus stop when she was 11 years old and then holding her captive in the backyard of their Antioch home for 18 years along with Dugard's two daughters, who were fathered by Phillip Garrido. They have pleaded not guilty. Their defense lawyers did not make any statements.
Teens cited for rapping order at McDonald's
AMERICAN FORK, Utah - Four Utah teenagers have been cited for disorderly conduct after they rapped their order at a McDonald's drive-through.
The teens say they were imitating a popular video on YouTube. They rapped their order, which begins with, 'I need a double cheeseburger and hold the lettuce ...' once quickly before repeating it more slowly Tuesday.
Spenser Dauwalder says employees at the restaurant in American Fork told him and his friends they were holding up the line and needed to order or leave.
Dauwalder says nobody was in line. The group left without buying anything.
The teens were later cited by police officers who tracked them to a high school volleyball match.
Construction to begin on King memorial in DC
WASHINGTON - Construction can finally begin on the long-delayed Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial slated for the National Mall after the National Park Service issued building permits Thursday for the project.
The memorial was first authorized in 1996. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar joined King's only surviving sibling, Christine King Farris, and members of the Congressional Black Caucus to sign off on the project. A private foundation will build the memorial before turning it over to the park service.
Traffic lighter as bridge closure enters 2nd day
SAN FRANCISCO - Engineers desperately tried to repair and fortify the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge on Thursday after a 5,000-pound piece of steel plummeted onto the span during rush hour this week.
Transportation officials still have no firm estimate of when the bridge will reopen, but said the crossing would likely remain closed for the evening commute.
Commuters faced a second day without one of the region's most important traffic arteries, but officials reported that traffic was much lighter than Wednesday as people chose to take public transportation or work from home.
Lost manatee arrives in new Florida home
MIAMI - Ilya the wayward manatee has arrived at his new home in Florida after being rescued from murky waters near a New Jersey oil refinery.
Ilya left Atlantic City International Airport on a transport jet Thursday. Miami Seaquarium was his ultimate destination.
Ilya was pulled from a creek at the ConocoPhillips oil refinery in Linden and had been recuperating at the Marine Mammal Stranding Center.
Federal wildlife authorities kept the rescue a secret, fearing a crush of media and well-wishers could stress the manatee.