JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) - A northern New Jersey sheriff's office has impounded a commuter bus in the first seizure that's part of a new crackdown on the private buses.
Authorities say the driver of a similar bus was on a cellphone when he hit a pole that fell and killed an 8-month-old this week.
A spokesman for the Hudson County Sheriff's Office said officers pulled over a jitney bus Thursday afternoon after it ran a red light and found the driver had a suspended license.
The crackdown was announced Thursday, two days after a bus driven by Idowu Daramola plowed into a pole that fell and killed 8-month-old Angelie Paredes.
Daramola made a brief court appearance Thursday. He's charged with death by auto, reckless driving and using a cellphone while operating a vehicle.
POTTSVILLE, Pa. (AP) - A judge has upheld charges against a Philadelphia woman accused of helping her 93-year-old father commit suicide through a morphine overdose.
Prosecutors in Schuylkill County have charged 57-year-old nurse Barbara Mancini with aiding suicide.
A judge refused to drop the charges after a preliminary hearing Thursday.
Pottsville police say Mancini handed Joseph Yourshaw a bottle of liquid morphine at his home in February, leading to his death four days later.
Mancini remains free on bail. A phone at her lawyer's office rang unanswered Thursday evening and he could not be reached for comment.
An advocacy group called Compassion & Choice supports Mancini and says her father had end-stage diabetes and heart problems.
The group says the U.S. Supreme Court allows dying patients to receive adequate pain relief, even if it hastens their death.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Ariel Castro learns his sentence today after pleading guilty to 937 counts, including kidnapping, rape, assault and aggravated murder for holding three women captive in a run-down Cleveland home for a decade.
The prosecutor says one captive's diaries document the horrific physical and sexual abuse that Castro subjected the women to on a daily basis. Castro could get as much as life in prison plus 1,000 years.