FORT BRAGG, North Carolina - The key military decision-maker in the rare court-martial of a U.S. Army general accused of sexual assault said on Monday that political pressure did not influence his actions in the case, but defense attorneys argued new evidence proved otherwise.
AUSTIN, Texas - Former security contractor Edward Snowden, addressing a sympathetic crowd at a tech-heavy Austin event on Monday from a secret location in Russia, said proposed reforms at the National Security Agency show that he was vindicated in leaking classified material. | Video
WASHINGTON - A leading District of Columbia businessman pleaded guilty on Monday to violating campaign finance laws in a case that has tarnished the U.S. capital's Democratic mayor and overshadowed his bid for a second term.
DENVER - Police responding to the reported rape of a teenage girl found her mother and two young siblings slain inside their Colorado home, where the suspected rapist and killer was taken into custody, authorities said on Monday.
- Federal prosecutors in Manhattan have subpoenaed the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for records regarding the business dealings of the agency's chairman, David Samson, according to media reports on Monday.
BOSTON - Attorneys for three college friends of the accused Boston Marathon bomber who are charged with helping cover up evidence of the crime on Monday asked for more records related to their arrests.
- Police have arrested a man suspected of killing a former Mexicana airlines employee whose severed head was found underneath the famed Hollywood sign overlooking Los Angeles in 2012, officials said on Monday.
- Two workers were sprayed by sulfuric acid at Tesoro Corp's Golden Eagle refinery in Martinez, California, on Monday, the second such incident in less than a month, according to the Contra Costa County Hazardous Materials Program.
LOS ANGELES - A series of small aftershocks continued to rattle the extreme northern coast of California on Monday, hours after a magnitude 6.8 earthquake shook the town of Eureka and an area extending into Oregon and Nevada with no reports of damage.
NEW YORK - The United Methodist Church announced on Monday it was dropping its case against a New York clergyman accused of defying church policy by officiating at his son's same-sex wedding.