Massive, deadly heat wave spreads from Midwest to East
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Sweating crowds on the East Coast and in the Midwest flocked to waterfronts and urban cooling centers on Thursday to escape a massive heat wave that has killed at least 22 people this week. The National Weather Service issued excessive heat warnings for wide swaths of the country's mid-section and East Coast, saying the combined heat and humidity could spike the heat index or "real feel" of the warmth to 115 degrees through Saturday.
Casey Anthony gets job offers, taxpayers get legal bill
ORLANDO, Fla (Reuters) - The $537 balance Casey Anthony received from her jail canteen fund is hardly enough to live on, but the Florida woman seems to be managing fine since her release from custody on Sunday. Her lawyers won't reveal where she went or who is funding her new life on the outside, but say the 25-year-old Anthony is safe and has received hundreds of job and housing offers.
Alabama gets millions in tornado aid, many still wait
TUSCALOOSA, Ala (Reuters) - Nearly three months after tornadoes slammed into Alabama, only 18 percent of residents who applied for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency have received it. Of the more than 87,000 applications filed, 15,641 have been approved so far, bringing more than $65 million for housing and other needs into the state, according to FEMA.
Texas leaders debate teaching creationism in schools
SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - A Texas vote on middle school curriculum due on Friday has become the latest battleground over the teaching of creationism or "intelligent design" as an alternative to evolution in public schools. At issue is whether Texas education leaders will approve supplemental materials, as recommended by Education Commissioner Robert Scott, that some Christian conservatives complain don't adequately address "alternatives to evolution" as a theory of how life began.
Sex, drugs and porn barred from Jeffrey Gundlach trial
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Evidence allegedly showing that star fund manager Jeffrey Gundlach kept a stash of drugs and porn in his office will not see the light of day at trial, a judge ruled in a lawsuit pitting Gundlach against his former employer. More evidence related to Gundlach's alleged sexual liaisons with former co-workers also will not be allowed in the high-profile trial scheduled to begin next week between Gundlach and Trust Company of the West, a California judge ruled on Thursday.
Georgia executes man for killing parents and sister
ATLANTA (Reuters) - Georgia executed a man on Thursday convicted of killing his parents and sister, and his lethal injection was filmed in compliance with a court order prompted by concerns about one of the drugs used. Andrew Grant DeYoung, 37, was pronounced dead at 8:04 p.m. local time, Georgia Department of Corrections spokeswoman Kristen Stancil said.
Oregon woman killed with her children had wanted divorce
PORTLAND, Ore (Reuters) - An Oregon woman killed with her four children in a rampage of arson and stabbings linked to her husband was long aware he was a convicted child molester but never expressed any fear of him, her brother said on Thursday. Tabasha Paige-Criado, 30, was pulled from the family's burning home in Medford, Oregon, last Monday along with her three sons, aged 5, 6 and 7, and a 2-year-old daughter. All five were pronounced dead at a local hospital.