Lacey Spears, the Kentucky woman who authorities say force-fed her 5-year-old son salt through a stomach tube and reveled in the attention that a sickly child brought her, has been found guilty of murder in the child's 2014 death at a Westchester hospital.
A White Plains jury handed down the verdict after three days of deliberations.
The ruling comes less than a week after prosecutors suggested Spears killed the boy, Garnett-Paul Spears, because she feared he would start telling people she was making him ill.
A Philadelphia artist said his museum portrait of former President Bill Clinton contains a shadow reference to Monica Lewinsky's infamous blue dress, The Associated Press reported Monday.
The man accused of killing three Muslim students in Chapel Hill, North Carolina — an attack some have argued should be treated as a hate crime — will face the death penalty at trial, the local district attorney said. In court documents filed last week, Durham County District Attorney Roger Echols said he would pursue a capital punishment case against Craig Hicks, NBC's Raleigh station reported. Hicks, 46, is charged with killing Deah Barakat, 23; his wife, Yusor Abu-Salha, 21; and her sister, Razan Abu-Salha, 19. Police alleged the killings were over a parking dispute, but some of the victims' relatives said they believe the attack is a hate crime.
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President Barack Obama said Monday the deaths of unarmed black men in Missouri and New York show that law enforcement needs to change practices to build trust in minority communities, as a White House task force called for independent investigations when police use deadly force. The president said last year's deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in New York City exposed "deep rooted frustration in many communities of color around the need for fair and just law enforcement." He said a policing task force that he appointed found it's important for law enforcement to improve training, data collection and cooperation with the communities they cover.
A new study published Monday suggests human-caused climate warming is driving the drought that has crippled much of California, NBC News reported. Even though rainfall patterns remain essentially the same as 120 years ago, warmer temperatures are both drying out the soil and causing rain to fall instead of snow, reducing the snowpack essential for irrigation in one of America's top agricultural states. "Human emissions of greenhouse gases have increased the probability that when low precipitation years occur, that they occur with a warm environment," said Noah Diffenbaugh, the study's lead author and a climate scientist at Stanford University.
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Firefighters are battling a four-alarm fire at a Montgomery County sheet metal plant after a report of an explosion.
The fire began at Trico Metal Products, a sheet metal fabricator business in Upper Moreland next to the Pennsylvania Turnpike on Monday around 5:20 p.m., after a reported explosion.
The entire building was evacuated. No injuries have been reported so far.
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The white stuff blanketing Southern California’s Huntington Beach on Monday was not powdery sand. It was hail. People of all shapes and sizes flocked to the beach to snap images of the white stuff covering the Orange County shoreline. But Eric Boldt, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said despite the Twitter frenzy of photos, this is not all that unusual.
The lawyers for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving accused Boston Marathon bomber, filed a fourth motion to change the trial venue on his behalf Monday afternoon, just days before opening statements are slated to begin in the trial.
Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty to planting two bombs near the Boston Marathon finish line in April 2013, killing three people and injuring more than 260 others. His older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was killed in a shooting between authorities days later in nearby Watertown.
Opening statements are slated to begin Wednesday at 9 a.m.
A Georgia parole board denied a last-minute appeal for clemency in the case of Kelly Gissendaner, the state's only woman on death row, barely an hour before her scheduled execution, NBC News reported. Gissendaner waited Monday evening to hear if the U.S. Supreme Court would grant her appeal ahead of her execution by lethal injection at 7 p.m. ET in Jackson. Hundreds of clergy rallied in support of Gissendaner on Sunday, pointing out that she earned a theology degree and transformed her life in prison.
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Prosecutors in the murder trial of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez asked the judge Monday to let them tell jurors about his involvement in a friend's shooting in Florida, saying it contradicts the argument his defense team has presented: He would not shoot a friend.
Superior Court Judge Susan Garsh ruled in December prosecutors could not introduce evidence to the Hernandez trial about the shooting of Alexander Bradley in Feb. 2013.
In papers filed Monday, prosecutors argued the judge should reconsider. They wrote that Hernandez's defense team was intentionally distorting the facts and had introduced "a falsehood" to the jury. They said Hernandez's defense had opened the door to evidence about Bradley's shooting by repeatedly saying Hernandez couldn't have killed Lloyd because they were friends.
Hernandez is charged with killing Odin Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee, in June 2013 in an industrial park near Hernandez's home.
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Armed robbers made off with $4 million in gold bars from an armored truck en route to Massachusetts after they marched its two guards off into the North Carolina woods Sunday, in a massive heist targeting loot bound for Attleboro's "Jewelry City." The two security guards said they pulled off to the side of Interstate 95 after their armored truck began having mechanical problems, the sheriff's office said. Three armed men driving a white van approached and ordered them to lie on the ground, tied their hands behind their backs and then marched them into nearby woods, the guards said. The robbers then unloaded barrels filled with gold and made their getaway.
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Virginia mom of three Brooke Taheri opted to spend her Valentine’s Day working on her taxes, never imagining the holiday could get any less romantic. Then she discovered her identity had been stolen.
A small plane crashed in the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge in Palm Beach County Monday, officials said.