CLEVELAND (AP) — The man accused of imprisoning and abusing three women for a decade in his Ohio home will spend the rest of his life in prison. Ariel Castro avoided the death penalty today by pleading guilty. In court, the 53-year-old told the judge that he expected to get the book thrown at him. The victims say they're relieved by the conviction. Sentencing is set for Thursday.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio coroner has concluded two of the three women whose bodies were found wrapped in trash bags last week were strangled. The bodies were found by police in a dilapidated East Cleveland neighborhood. Michael Madison, a registered sex offender, is in custody and facing preliminary charges of aggravated murder and kidnapping.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego Mayor Bob Filner says he "must become a better person." He says he'll undergo two weeks of counseling after a series of women claimed he made unwanted sexual advances that included groping, kissing and offensive comments. Many people want the 70-year-old mayor to resign. Filner says he'll be briefed on city business during his therapy.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators say they've certified two types of unmanned aircraft for civilian use. A major energy company plans to fly one type of drone off the Alaska coast starting in August to survey ice floes and migrating whales. The other drone version is expected to support emergency response crews for oil spill monitoring and wildlife surveillance over the Beaufort Sea.
McLEAN, Va. (AP) — The father of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden says his son has been so vilified by the Obama administration and members of Congress he's better off staying in Russia. Lon Snowden says he's now lost faith that his son would be treated fairly by the Justice Department and thinks he's better off avoiding the U.S. if possible until an administration that respects the Constitution comes into office.
Created: Fri, 26 Jul 2013 09:15:18 EST
Updated: Fri, 26 Jul 2013 09:15:18 EST