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Man who killed the McStay family sentenced to death

Man who killed the McStay family sentenced to death

The man convicted of killing a California family of four and burying them in the Mojave Desert nearly 10 years ago has been sentenced to death, San Bernardino County Superior Court Judge Michael A. Smith announced in court on Tuesday. Charles Ray Merritt, 62, was found guilty on four counts of first-degree murder in June…

Astros players will apologize publicly for sign-stealing scheme

Astros players will apologize publicly for sign-stealing scheme

Houston Astros owner Jim Crane said the team will apologize publicly for stealing opposing teams’ pitching signs. “When we get down to spring training, we’ll all get them together and they’ll come out with a strong statement as a team and, I think, apologize for what happened and we’ll move forward,” Crane said prior to…

Kansas and Kansas State basketball game ends in all-out brawl

Kansas and Kansas State basketball game ends in all-out brawl

A college basketball game between the University of Kansas and Kansas State University ended in an all-out brawl Tuesday. In the final seconds of Kansas’ 81-60 victory over Kansas State, video shows Kansas State guard DaJuan Gordon driving to the basket for a layup after a fast break. His shot is blocked by Kansas forward…

Court documents: 3 suspects wanted to use Virginia gun-rights rally to start race war

Court documents: 3 suspects wanted to use Virginia gun-rights rally to start race war

Federal investigators were watching earlier this month as two men accused of being white supremacists packed cases of food and supplies and allegedly discussed ways to attack a gun rights rally in Richmond, Virginia, according to court documents filed Tuesday. Brian Mark Lemley Jr. and Patrik Jordan Mathews, who were arrested at their Delaware apartment…

MLB stars Derek Jeter and Larry Walker elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame

MLB stars Derek Jeter and Larry Walker elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter was one of two players elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday. Jeter played 20 seasons for the Yankees, winning five World Series titles with the team. Jeter was one vote away from being the second player ever to get a unanimous vote. The first was his…

A group of ‘furries’ stopped a domestic violence assault and helped police make the arrest

A group of ‘furries’ stopped a domestic violence assault and helped police make the arrest

Several members attending a furry convention in California on Friday helped restrain a man who was assaulting his girlfriend until police arrested him, according to officials. Six people witnessed the assault at the annual Further Confusion, or FurCon, in San Jose. Furries are enthusiasts who celebrate characters and stories involving anthropomorphic animals, or fictitious characters…

Rutgers University elects its first African American president

Rutgers University elects its first African American president

Rutgers University named the first African American president in the school’s history Tuesday. The university’s Board of Governors appointed Jonathan Holloway as Rutgers’ 21st president following a unanimous vote on Tuesday morning. Board of Governors Chairman Mark Angelson addressed a room of university officials following the announcement, calling Holloway “an extraordinarily distinguished scholar” who is…

A mother has killed her 3 children in Phoenix, police say

A mother has killed her 3 children in Phoenix, police say

A woman has been arrested in Phoenix on suspicion of killing her three children — her infant daughter, her 2-year-old daughter and her 3-year-old son — police said Tuesday. Police found Rachel Henry’s children dead in their Phoenix home Monday evening after someone there called 911 to report some kind of unspecified trouble, police Sgt.…

A couple married for 65 years died just hours apart in the same nursing home

A couple married for 65 years died just hours apart in the same nursing home

A couple that was married for 65 years died just hours apart after spending some time together one last time. Jack and Harriet Morrison both died earlier this month at a nursing home in St. Louis, Missouri. They spent their final hours together thanks to the nursing staff at The Woodlands of Arnold. “This is…

Ski resort patrol member dies on trail

Ski resort patrol member dies on trail

A member of the ski patrol of the Heavenly Ski Resort on the California-Nevada border was pronounced dead after being found unconscious on a trail, according to Douglas County, Nevada. “The decedent has been identified as 36-year-old Christopher John Nicholson of South Lake Tahoe, CA. Nicholson was a member of the Heavenly Ski Patrol and…