Former Penn State coach Sandusky denied new child sex abuse trial

Former Penn State coach Sandusky denied new child sex abuse trialBy David DeKok HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - A Pennsylvania judge on Wednesday denied a request by former Penn State University football coach Jerry Sandusky for a new trial on charges that he sexually assaulted pre-teen and teenaged boys for 15 years. Sandusky, 73, was convicted in 2012 of exploiting his position in the top-flight football program to sexually assault 10 boys. Centre County Court of Common Pleas visiting Judge John Foradora struck down all Sandusky's claims of sub-par legal work by his trial attorney, Joseph Amendola, and two other lawyers.



Guilty verdict in Boston Islamic State beheading plot

Guilty verdict in Boston Islamic State beheading plotA Boston-area man was found guilty on Wednesday of conspiracy to commit acts of international terrorism and supporting Islamic State for a 2015 plot to attack police and behead a conservative blogger who organized a "Draw Mohammed" contest. David Wright, 28, was found guilty of five criminal charges for planning with his uncle and a friend to behead blogger Pamela Geller. The plot fell apart after Wright's uncle said he wanted to kill law enforcement officers instead and was shot dead by police.



Texas house fire kills mother, five children in 'horrific scene'

Texas house fire kills mother, five children in 'horrific scene'Firefighters responded to an alarm shortly after midnight and discovered the bodies as they put out the blaze, which destroyed the home, Davis said. "Tough situation, really a horrific scene here and just so sad that we’re dealing with six victims at a house fire," Davis told Beaumont television station KFDM shortly after the fire had been put out. The identities of the mother and the children, who ranged in age from 3 to 11 and included a set of 4-year-old twins, were being withheld pending notification of other family members, he said.



Texas to execute 'tourniquet killer' for serial rape and murder

Texas to execute 'tourniquet killer' for serial rape and murderA man known as the "tourniquet killer" for the method he used to torture and strangle the five girls and young women he was convicted of raping and murdering is due to be executed in Texas on Wednesday. Anthony Shore, 55, is set to be put to death by lethal injection at the state's death chamber in Huntsville at 6 p.m. (2300 GMT). If the execution goes ahead, it will be the seventh this year in Texas and the 21st in the United States, one more than the national total in 2016.



Las Vegas hotel guard says he heard drilling, then hail of bullets

Las Vegas hotel guard says he heard drilling, then hail of bulletsMandalay Bay security guard Jesus Campos, the first person to confront gunman Stephen Paddock, gave "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" his first public account of how he responded to the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Contradictory statements from police and the hotel about what time Campos arrived at Paddock's room have raised questions about the police response. Campos himself came under increased scrutiny last week after he skipped out on scheduled television interviews.





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