National briefs: 7/6/12
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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- A jury Thursday acquitted a San Francisco man of felony charges that he beat up and abused the cleric who he says brutally raped him decades ago.
The jury found Will Lynch, 44, not guilty of felony elder abuse and felony assault, and not guilty of misdemeanor elder abuse. It deadlocked 8-4 in favor of a conviction on misdemeanor assault.
The prosecution contended that on May 10, 2010, Mr. Lynch, then 42, beat up the Rev. Jerold Lindner, who was 65, at the Sacred Heart retirement center in Los Gatos to avenge the priest's alleged molestation of him and his brother in the 1970s on a camping trip in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
McALLEN, Texas -- A father and son have been charged in federal court in connection with the shooting earlier this week of a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agent, prosecutors said Thursday.
Pedro Alvarado, 41, and son Arnoldo Alvarado, 18, were charged with assault of a federal officer and knowingly using and carrying a firearm during a violent crime, according to an announcement by U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson of the Southern District of Texas.
Special Agent Kelton Harrison was shot Tuesday while conducting surveillance of an alleged drug deal near Hargill, 25 miles northeast of McAllen.
CHICAGO -- Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., a Democrat from Illinois who has been on a leave of absence from Congress since early last month, is dealing with a medical problem more serious than initially disclosed, his representatives said Thursday.
A statement from Mr. Jackson's spokesman provided few particulars about his condition but said Mr. Jackson was undergoing "further evaluation and treatment at an inpatient medical facility."
It was unclear when Mr. Jackson, 47, the son of the civil rights leader, may return to Congress or how his absence could affect his re-election bid in November, when he faces a Republican and an independent challenger in the strongly Democratic-leaning district he first won in 1995.
SANFORD, Fla. -- A judge Thursday ordered George Zimmerman, the Neighborhood Watch volunteer who shot and killed Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old, released on $1 million bail but called him a manipulator.
It was not immediately clear how long it would take Mr. Zimmerman, 28, to arrange his release.
He had been free on $150,000 bond for five weeks when Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. ordered him back to the Seminole County Jail because a legal defense fund of $130,000 was undisclosed.
BOSTON -- A federal judge on Thursday approved an agreement by British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline to pay $3 billion for criminal and civil violations involving 10 drugs, the largest health care fraud settlement in U.S. history.
The amount of money involved led U.S. District Judge Rya Zobel to remark in court that she was having trouble keeping track of the numbers.
GlaxoSmithKline pleaded guilty to promoting the popular antidepressants Paxil and Wellbutrin for unapproved uses.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- A $50,000 emergency grant from the federal government and more than $30,000 in donations from the public will allow a women's shelter in an isolated Alaskan village to continue operating after it ran out of money and had to close, officials said.
The Emmonak Women's Shelter, in Emmonak, Alaska, serves about 500 women and children a year from more than a dozen villages in and around the Yukon River delta. It is a remote area where the rates of sexual assault and domestic violence are far higher than national averages.
-- Compiled from news services
First Published July 6, 2012 1:16 am