Melissa Bellinger

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Two judges censured after admitting having sex with women in chambers

Two California judges — one in Orange County, the other in Kern County — avoided removal from the bench after they admitted to having sex with women inside their respective chambers and showed remorse, according to a judicial oversight panel decision published Tuesday.<p>Scott Steiner, an Orange …

Murder-suicide leaves 3 in their 80s dead in New Jersey

Three people in their 80s were found dead in two homes on a suburban street in New Jersey after a man shot his wife, brother-in-law and himself, authorities said.<p>It's not clear what led to the shootings early Tuesday in Hasbrouck Heights, a suburb about 10 miles from New York City. The victims …

Parents: Woman charged with kidnapping at O'Hare is mentally ill, 'not a criminal'

For a week, John and Bridget Etoh searched for their missing daughter. She hadn’t responded to several phone calls, and they feared she was off her medication and wandering the streets of Chicago.<p>They finally found Olachi Etoh on Wednesday, her mugshot on the homepage of every news website in the …

Honduran boy smuggled into US held captive

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Police in Phoenix rescued a 13-year-old Honduran boy last week who was held captive by suspected smugglers after he crossed into …

Oregon arsonist who posted 'like my fire?' on Facebook sent to prison | Reuters

(Reuters) - An Oregon woman who set a 2013 wildfire to create work for her firefighter friends, an act of arson she later heralded in a “like my fire?” post on Facebook, was sentenced to 18 months in prison on Wednesday.<p>Sadie Johnson, 23, pleaded guilty in May to arson for the brush fire she set on …

West Nile virus infections soar in California

The number of mosquitoes infected with the potentially deadly West Nile virus is at the highest level ever detected in California, leading to an increase in the disease in humans, state health officials said Wednesday.<p>So far this year, 181 cases of West Nile in humans have been reported to the …

Public Health

FBI: Man who bragged about bank robberies charged as 'No Boundaries Bandit'

A man who bragged to an acquaintance about robbing banks has been charged with holding up a Southwest Side bank in the spring and is suspected in 13 others, authorities said.<p>Cicero police arrested Rodrigo Medellin, 31, on Sunday, after officers recognized him as looking like the robber dubbed the …

Corruption

Road or river? Burst water main floods San Diego district

A water main in California has burst causing flooding in a San Diego neighbourhood.<p>The local water supply was disrupted but no structural damage has been reported, and some residents took the opportunity to enjoy the water.

Employee error blamed in Reno museum flash fire

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A flash fire that injured 13 people, mainly children, at a Nevada science museum happened when an employee applied the chemicals in …

Oklahoma report: Executioners need more training

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma turned to a 15-year physician and a medical technician with 40 years' experience to put Clayton Lockett to death, yet …

Court: Same-sex marriage bans in Indiana, Wisconsin unconstitutional

Acting with unusual swiftness, a federal appeals court in Chicago upheld on Thursday lower court decisions that found same-sex marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin unconstitutional, blasting arguments in favor of the bans as “so full of holes” that they were laughable.<p>The decision by the 7th …

LGBTQI

Church death: Family, friends remember 'Sarah Smile'

Sarah Bean was just a few blocks from her South Loop home, walking to lunch with her boyfriend before starting a late shift at Lurie Children's Hospital. After spending years and raising two children together, the couple had decided to marry, her family said.<p>Several stories above, a piece of …

Man arrested in death of 8-year-old Arizona girl

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The man arrested in the disappearance and death of an 8-year-old Arizona girl had been staying in the family's home, and …

Reno Museum Flash Fire: Employee Error Blamed in Burning Incident

The last child hospitalized after being burned in a Nevada museum demonstration that went awry was released from a medical center Thursday, as fire officials blamed the flash fire that injured nine people, mostly children, on an employee error. Kaylee, 10, left Renown Regional Medical Center with …

Georgia father charged with murder in son's hot-car death

ATLANTA (Reuters) - A Georgia man accused of intentionally leaving his 22-month-old son strapped inside a hot car and exchanging nude photos with women as the child was dying was indicted on three counts of murder on Thursday by a grand jury.<p>Justin Ross Harris sits in Cobb County Magistrate Court …

Surgery Reveals Oregon Great Dane Ate 43 Socks

The 3-year-old Great Dane was miserable and retching when its owners rushed him to a northwest Portland emergency animal hospital. Turns out, it was something he ate.<p>X-rays showed a stomach full of "a large quantity of foreign material." Nearly two hours of surgery later, Dr. Ashley Magee had the …

Court rules against gay marriage bans in 2 states

CHICAGO (AP) — A U.S. appeals court issued a scathing, unequivocal ruling Thursday declaring that gay marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana were …

Recall the mongooses! Escaped cobra in Southern California is captured

If Southern California is indeed an Eden, then its serpent has been found.<p>An exotic deadly snake -- a white cobra -- was captured Thursday after it earlier escaped from its unknown owner onto the well-to-do streets of the Los Angeles suburb of Thousand Oaks, authorities said.<p>Though no further …

Texas daycare center accused of withholding water to keep diapers dry

DALLAS (Reuters) - A Texas child care center accused of duct-taping children to mats at nap time also withheld water from children to avoid frequent diaper changes, according to an investigation by the state’s regulatory agency for child care licensing.<p>Texas Department of Family and Protective …

Detroit child's death stemmed from revenge shooting: prosecutors

DETROIT (Reuters) - Prosecutors told a court on Thursday that a Detroit man fired several AK-47 rounds into the bedroom window of an 8-year-old boy, killing him, in retaliation against the child’s mother, the man’s former girlfriend who had implicated him in a burglary.<p>Calvin Mosby, 28, of Detroit, …

Rash of shootings frightens South L.A.

The killings started early Sunday morning, with a 30-year-old man gunned down behind an apartment complex. By Monday night, four more people lay dead in a series of shootings across South Los Angeles.<p>The violence continued Wednesday. A car-to-car shooting wounded two people, including a teenage …

Crime

Girl's pot brownies sicken 5 at Richmond high school

<b>(09-04) 17:20 PDT RICHMOND</b> -- Two students at De Anza High School in Richmond were taken to a hospital unconscious, and three others were left nauseous and vomiting, after a 17-year-old senior sold them pot brownies Thursday, police said.<p>The girl who allegedly sold the brownies for $3 apiece - or …

Brownies

Minnesota man alleges racial profiling in videotaped arrest

The video goes dark, but you can still hear the man screaming and pleading for help after police officers allegedly use a stun gun on him.<p>"Someone help me, someone please help me!" he yells. "I haven't done anything wrong!"<p>He continues to struggle, asking the officers what he's done, accuses them …

Napa earthquake brought ground ruptures, highest shaking on record

The ground-shaking during the magnitude 6.0 Napa earthquake was the highest level recorded in modern times for downtown Napa, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.<p>The shaking was particularly bad because the force headed north from the epicenter, right into the historic downtown. Making matters …