August 13th, 2013
05:14 PM ET

'Whitey' Bulger trial juror: Sickened by 'tainted' testimony

A juror in the James "Whitey" Bulger trial said Tuesday that testimony revealing deep-seated corruption in the FBI and government during the mobster's heyday left her disgusted with the judicial system.

Janet Uhlar, speaking to CNN's Deborah Feyerick in her first interview since the federal jury on Monday convicted Bulger on 31 of 32 counts, called him an "old man" and said he may not have been a government informant.

The jury found Bulger guilty of counts including extortion, money laundering, drug dealing and weapons possession. It held Bulger responsible for the murders of 11 people.

Bulger, 83, faces a maximum sentence of up to life plus 30 years in prison.

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Filed under: Boston • Massachusetts
August 13th, 2013
04:24 PM ET

Sandy victims among the 'Oceans 16' Powerball lottery winners

Several of them suffered property losses in Superstorm Sandy. One is the daughter of a man who helped write New Jersey's lottery law.

All are feeling extremely lucky.

Sixteen New Jersey co-workers who jointly held one of three tickets that won last week's $448 million Powerball jackpot came forward publicly Tuesday.

Dubbed the "Oceans 16" - they work for the Ocean County vehicle maintenance facility - the group claims $86 million, or a third of the jackpot's cash-option value. After federal and state taxes, each group member will get $3.8 million.

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Filed under: Lottery • New Jersey • Powerball
August 13th, 2013
04:49 AM ET

Northeast Asia suffers severe heat wave

For countries in Northeast Asia, this summer is becoming too hot to bear.
A Japanese city has experienced the highest temperature ever recorded in the country. The South Korean government is clamping down on the use of air-conditioning in an attempt to stave off power shortages.
And Shanghai has been sweltering under a record-setting run of baking hot days.

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Filed under: China • Heat • Japan • South Korea • Weather
August 13th, 2013
03:19 AM ET

Calif. broadens transgender students' rights

California has become the first state in the nation to allow transgendered students to choose which school bathrooms and locker rooms to use and which sport teams to join based on their gender identity.

Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill No. 1266 into law Monday. The law will go in to effect January 1.

The law is the nation's first that specifically requires equal access to public school facilities and activities based on gender identity, though some states have general policies to the same effect, said Shannon Price Minter, legal director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights - one of several groups backing the legislation.

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Filed under: California • Education • Politics • U.S.
August 13th, 2013
01:55 AM ET

Giants fan apologizes for throwing banana

A San Francisco Giants fan who threw a banana that landed near Baltimore Orioles centerfielder Adam Jones during a weekend game said the incident was not racially motivated, but an act of frustration at his team's poor performance.

Alexander Poulides told the San Jose Mercury News that he's embarrassed and shocked, but most of all apologetic for his "indiscretion."

Poulides said he was unaware of the uproar until Monday morning when he turned on the news. His heart sank when heard the outcry over an unidentified Giants fan who threw a banana at Jones, who is African-American.

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Filed under: Sports • U.S.
August 13th, 2013
01:33 AM ET

Gun safety instructor shoots student

Oh the irony. An Ohio man was shot in the arm. At a gun safety class.

Michael Piemonte was attending a concealed-carry class with his wife Alison in central Ohio's Fairfield County over the weekend. Such classes are required for anyone wanting carry a concealed weapon in the state.

There were 29 students in the lecture-type class, Piemonte said. He was sitting in the front row.

While the instructor was demonstrating a self-defense techniques, the gun went off.

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Filed under: Ohio • U.S.
August 13th, 2013
12:28 AM ET

Alaska serial killer tied to 11 deaths

Federal agents say they've now linked 11 killings to admitted serial killer Israel Keyes and are looking into possible ties to killings in other countries.

Keyes killed himself in December, about nine months after his arrest in the slaying of an Anchorage, Alaska, coffee barista. Police said he admitted to at least seven other slayings, from Vermont to Washington state, before his death.

In a statement issued Monday afternoon, the FBI office in Anchorage said agents have now added three more to that grim tally, based on his statements:

– a pale-skinned woman in an older car, "possibly having a wealthy grandmother"

– one in which the victim was posed to make it look like the death had been an accident

– one "in Texas or a surrounding state" that he had denied committing before his death.

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Filed under: Crime • U.S.
August 13th, 2013
12:27 AM ET

Mystery priest from accident revealed

Katie Lentz finally knows the identity of the Catholic priest who came to her side during a life-threatening accident on a two-lane Missouri highway eight days ago.

Turns out, it was a Father Dowling mystery. Rev. Patrick Dowling, that is.

Dowling, a priest since 1982, revealed in a comment on a story posted on the National Catholic Register that he was the man who prayed over Lentz, 19, while emergency workers treated her for injuries after an August 4 accident.

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Filed under: U.S.
August 13th, 2013
12:07 AM ET

Man killed after 65-foot fall at Turner Field

A man died after he fell about 65 feet from an upper level of Turner Field in Atlanta during a Braves-Phillies game Monday, police said.

The man fell shortly before 8:55 p.m at the stadium and landed in a secured parking lot.

Atlanta police said the fall appeared to be accidental and added it was too early to tell if alcohol played a factor.

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Filed under: Sports • U.S.