Wrong baby cremated after coroner mix-up
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- An Ohio coroner is apologizing while saying that's not enough to make up for a mix-up that resulted in an infant's body being cremated by mistake.
Franklin County Coroner Jan Gorniak in Columbus said Monday that an employee in her office misidentified two dead children and released the wrong body to a funeral home.
Fourteen-month-old Jaylen Talley was cremated, though his family planned to bury him in a tiny white tuxedo.
Gorniak said the employee has been placed on paid leave while the matter is investigated. She said procedures in her office are being changed.
New Jersey man admits to vomit assault at game
PHILADELPHIA -- A 21-year-old New Jersey man pleaded guilty Tuesday to vomiting on another spectator and his 11-year-old daughter in the stands during a Philadelphia Phillies game.
Matthew Clemmens, of Cherry Hill, N.J., pleaded guilty to one count each of simple assault, disorderly conduct and harassment for his conduct during an April 14 Phillies-Nationals game at Citizens Bank Park.
Clemmens stuck his fingers down his throat and vomited on Michael Vangelo, an off-duty Easton police captain, and one of Vangelo's daughters after Clemmens' companion was ejected from the park, Assistant District Attorney Patrick Doyle said.
Teen Christian convert fighting uterine cancer
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A teenager who converted to Christianity and ran away from her Muslim home alleging she would otherwise be harmed has cancer.
Seventeen-year-old Rifqa Bary fled Ohio last year and stayed with a Florida minister she met on Facebook. She is scheduled for surgery for uterine cancer Thursday.
The teenager from suburban Columbus returned to Ohio this year and has been in foster care while a judge tries to reconcile her with her family.
Elderly couple found buried alive in trash
CHICAGO -- Fire crews investigating a mysterious stench found an elderly couple buried alive under mounds of garbage in their Chicago home, authorities said Tuesday.
The couple, in their seventies, were found Monday night, fire department spokesman Larry Langford said. The fire department team forced in the door of the South Side home and found an overpowering smell, piles of food waste and trash.
A spokesman for Jackson Park Hospital, Margo Brooks, said the two were admitted and remained listed in critical condition at noon Tuesday.
Police had initially been called to the two-flat apartment building by neighbors who had not seen the couple in some time and wondered about their welfare.
Guilty plea by trucker who viewed porn, hit car
BATAVIA, N.Y. -- An Ohio truck driver has pleaded guilty to manslaughter after his rig hit a disabled car on a New York highway while his laptop computer streamed pornography.
Authorities said Thomas Wallace of Brook Park, Ohio, had little sleep before the Dec. 12 crash that killed Julie Stratton of Snyder, N.Y.
He pleaded guilty Tuesday to second-degree manslaughter.
Obama to send troops to US-Mexico border
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama will send 1,200 National Guard troops to boost security along the U.S.-Mexico border, officials said Tuesday, pre-empting Republican plans to try to force votes on such a deployment.
Obama will also request $500 million for border protection and law enforcement activities, according to lawmakers and administration officials. The moves come as chances for action on comprehensive immigration reform, Obama's long-stated goal, look increasingly small in this election year.
Two ice climbers die in Yellowstone Park
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. -- Yellowstone National Park officials said two Montana men died while trying to climb a frozen waterfall below the rim of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River.
The park was withholding the men's names until their families could be notified. Park officials said both were in their late 20s and were believed to have been recent residents of Bozeman.