Massachusetts' highest court has agreed to consider the controversial appeals case of a teenager who sent her boyfriend text messages urging him to kill himself before he did so.
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled Wednesday that Michelle Carter's new defense team and Bristol County prosecutors will hear her appeal. The decision will require the court to look into modern technology, constitutional rights and homicide.
On Feb. 5, Carter's attorney's filed an appeal to the SJC that a conviction based on "words alone" violates her free speech and other constitutional rights.
The 21-year-old was convicted in June in the 2014 death of 18-year-old Conrad Roy III and later was sentenced to 15 months in jail. Carter was 17 when Roy died.
The former president of ESPN says he resigned from the sports network after an extortion plot by his cocaine dealer.
The Food and Drug Administration plans to try to make cigarettes less addictive by lowering the amount of nicotine in them, NBC News reports.
The unprecedented move comes just nine years after the FDA got permission to regulate tobacco products.
The FDA will propose the product-standard rule, Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said Thursday, opening a long bureaucratic process.
"This new regulatory step advances a comprehensive policy framework that we believe could help avoid millions of tobacco-related deaths across the country," he said in a statement.
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It is rare that an animal dies on a plane, even on United Airlines, which is under siege this week over the death of a puppy on one of its flights.
There was only one death for roughly every 4,500 animals United transported in its cargo holds last year. But the 18 animals, mostly dogs, that died while being transported on United Airlines represent three-fourths of all animal deaths on U.S. carriers, according to the Department of Transportation.
United, which promotes its pet-shipping program called PetSafe, carries more animals than any other airline, but its animal-death rate is also the highest in the industry. Alaska Airlines, which carries only 17 percent fewer animals, had just two deaths last year.
The smoke was thick and business brisk at the Barbary Coast Dispensary's marijuana smoking lounge, a darkened room that resembles a steakhouse or upscale sports tavern with its red leather seats, deep booths with high dividers, and hardwood floors.
"There's nothing like this in Jersey," said grinning Atlantic City resident Rick Thompson, getting high with his cousins in San Francisco.
In fact, there's nothing like the Barbary Coast lounge almost anywhere in the United States, a conundrum confronting many marijuana enthusiasts who find it increasingly easy to buy pot but harder to find legal places to smoke it.
Only California permits marijuana smoking at marijuana retailers with specially designed lounges. But it also allows cities to ban those kids of shops.
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It was an ordinary surgery to remove a tumor — until doctors turned off the lights and the patient's chest started to glow. A spot over his heart shined purplish pink. Another shimmered in a lung.
They were hidden cancers revealed by fluorescent dye, an advance that soon may transform how hundreds of thousands of operations are done each year.
Surgery has long been the best way to cure cancer. If the disease recurs, it's usually because stray tumor cells were left behind or others lurked undetected. Yet there's no good way for surgeons to tell what is cancer and what is not. They look and feel for defects, but good and bad tissue often seem the same.
The likely liquidation of Toys R Us, the nation's largest independent toy seller, could add stress for the companies that make toys and games, and mean changes for the owners of the strip malls where most of its stores are.
Not to mention its impact on more than Toys R Us's 30,000 U.S. workers
Russian news reports say the hatch of a cargo plane carrying precious metals accidentally flew open upon takeoff — scattering at least 3 tons of gold on the runway.
An investigation is underway after the incident Thursday at the airport in the far east city of Yakutsk, according to the Tass news agency.
An An-12 plane operated by the airline Nimbus took off for Krasnoyarsk carrying 9.3 tons of gold and other precious metals, according to a statement from the state Investigative Committee quoted by Tass. Damage to a door handle caused it to fly open and spill some of the metal.
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Most, but not all, of Russia's top sports stars are backing Vladimir Putin in this weekend's presidential election.
Ahead of Sunday's vote, a host of Olympic gold medalists and NHL player Alex Ovechkin have thrown their support behind Putin. Ovechkin even launched a "Putin Team" campaign on social media.
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A North Texas man and his family fear the worst after an explosion destroyed the chemical plant where he worked Thursday morning.
Dylan Mitchell, 27, is believed to have been inside the Tri-Chem Industries Plant, located along Texas 171 in the town of Cresson about 20 miles southwest of Fort Worth, Thursday when something sparked a fire and explosion that consumed the building.
Mitchell has been missing since the fire was first reported; two of his coworkers were found and have been hospitalized with injuries.
Munilla Construction Management, who built the bridge that collapsed in Miami and killed several people, said via a recording on its company voicemail that it “will conduct a full investigation and...
The FDA announced it plans to lower the amount of nicotine allowed in cigarettes, with the goal of making them not addictive.
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General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, Volkswagen and Mercedes all knew of problems with dangerous exploding Takata air bag inflators years before issuing recalls, according to three class actions filed Wednesday with the federal court in Miami.
The lawsuits cite company documents obtained through previous legal actions against other automakers over faulty Takata inflators. The plaintiffs allege that automakers were informed of inflator defects during tests but delayed taking action. Allegations against GM are among the most serious. Takata documents showed that GM employees expressed concerns about inflators rupturing as early as 2003.
GM on Wednesday called the lawsuit "baseless and without merit" and said it misstates "a host of material facts." The company said it would defend itself vigorously. Mercedes-Benz called the allegations unfounded, and Fiat Chrysler declined comment, saying it had not been served with a copy.
Some of the earliest images of the scene of a deadly bridge collapse in Miami were those posted on social media by witnesses
Students at Granada Hills High School in Los Angeles spell out "ENOUGH' in a call for action against gun violence. The walkout was during a day of mass protests at schools across the United States Wednesday...