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Aaron Hernandez found guilty of first-degree murder of Odin Lloyd

Aaron HernandezFormer New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has been found guilty of the murder of his friend Odin Lloyd, who was shot to death near the player’s home in June 2013.

Hernandez now faces life in prison, a spectacular fall from grace for a player who had a $40m contract with the Patriots but was cut by the team within hours of his arrest.

The 25-year-old was also found guilty on each of five weapons charges: one count of carrying a firearm without a license, two counts of carrying a large capacity firearm, one count of possession of a firearm without a Firearm Identification Card, and one count of possession of ammunition without a Firearm Identification Card.


Anti-Cop Protesters Rock NYC, LA

Anti Cop ProtestsHundreds of anti-cop protesters shut down the Brooklyn Bridge and brought traffic to a crawl in two boroughs Tuesday as part of a nationwide stunt calling for revolution in the wake of the latest police shooting.

More than a 20 people were arrested when protesters stormed the bridge around 4 p.m.; first flooding the pedestrian walkway before part of the mob began clogging up car traffic in both lanes, police said.


Candlelight vigil commemorates death of Lincoln 150 years ago

Lincoln MemorialA candelight vigil was held to commemorate U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, who was assassinated 150 years ago today by John Wilkes Booth in the presidential box at Ford's Theatre.

The vigil was held outside of Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C. as part of an around-the-clock event marking the assassination. Former U.S. Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell attended the event, as did Civil War reenactors and period actors.


Man convicted in 1991 murder investigated by former NYPD Detective gets new trial

Hargrave gets new trialA Brooklyn judge tore into the tactics of a tainted NYPD detective when throwing out a conviction for a 1991 murder Tuesday - releasing a man who’s been in prison for over 23 years.

“The finding of this is court is that retired Detective Louis Scarcella was, at the time of the investigation, engaged in false and misleading practices,” said Supreme Court Justice ShawnDya Simpson, as she ordered a new trial for Rosean Hargrave.


Atlanta educators receive heavy prison terms for roles in cheating scandal

Atlanta educators sentencedAmid stormy scenes in an Atlanta court on Tuesday, 10 corrupt educators who orchestrated a long-running test-cheating system in the city were given heavy prison terms after refusing to take a sentencing deal offered by the judge.

As relatives of the convicted sobbed and lawyers yelled, Judge Jerry Baxter told the court in a raised voice that “hundreds, thousands of children were harmed. This was not a victimless crime … It’s one of the sickest things that has ever happened to this town.”


Son-in-law of former NY Assembly Leader charged in $7 million fraud

Sheldon SilverMarcello Trebitsch, son-in-law of former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, was arrested and charged on Monday for defrauding investors out of $7 million.

Trebitsch, 37, is accused of telling investors he would use their money to trade in securities through his investment fund Allese Capital. He promised double-digit returns with low risks.


GOPers Put Idaho At Risk Of Losing $46 Million Over Fear Of Creeping Sharia Law

GOP fears Sharia Law in IdahoIdaho officials face a looming deadline to maintain tens of millions of dollars in funding after a bill that would have brought the state into compliance with federal rules was killed when conservative legislators said it would have subjected the state to fundamentalist Islamic law.

The state Health Department said Monday that without a revision in the next two months they stand to lose access to programs that process child support payments and track down scofflaws in addition to $46 million in federal payouts.


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