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Casey Kasem's widow won't face criminal charges

No charges against Casey Kasem's widow after his children accused her of abuse
Anthony McCartney, The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Los Angeles prosecutors said Friday that they won't file elder abuse charges against Casey Kasem's widow despite efforts by three of the radio personality's children to have her prosecuted.

A charge evaluation sheet released by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said Casey Kasem had received consistent medical care in his final days and that it wouldn't be appropriate to charge Jean Kasem.

New report on Attica prison riot reveals inmates were beaten

New accounts by guardsmen, doctor reveal inmates were beaten, tortured after 1971 Attica riot
Michael Virtanen, The Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. - More than 40 years after the nation's bloodiest prison rebellion, newly released documents contain accounts, some never before seen publicly, from National Guardsmen and a doctor who said they saw injured inmates beaten with clubs and others with wounds indicating they were tortured as state police and guards retook control of Attica.

Suspect in wealthy family deaths believed to be in Brooklyn

Police: Suspect in deaths of wealthy family, housekeeper believed to be in Brooklyn, New York
Ben Nuckols, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Investigators believe a suspect in the mysterious slayings of a wealthy Washington family and their housekeeper is in the Brooklyn area of New York City, police said Thursday.

D.C. police Chief Cathy Lanier said at a news conference that her department is working with New York police as they seek 34-year-old Daron Dylon Wint on charges of first-degree murder, and that officials do not believe the crime was random.

ConAgra to pay $11.2M to settle salmonella criminal case

ConAgra to pay $11.2M to settle criminal charge for shipping salmonella-tainted peanut butter
Russ Bynum, The Associated Press

SAVANNAH, Ga. - ConAgra Foods agreed Wednesday to pay $11.2 million, a sum that includes the highest criminal fine ever in a U.S. food safety case, to settle a federal charge that the company shipped Peter Pan peanut butter tainted with salmonella from a plant in Georgia, sickening more than 600 people and triggering a massive recall eight years ago.

Federal prosecutors filed a single misdemeanour charge of shipping adulterated food against the Omaha, Nebraska, based company along with a plea deal Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Georgia. No company executives were charged.

Justice Department declines charges in Idaho prison scandal

US Justice Department declines to press criminal charges in Idaho private prison scandal
Rebecca Boone, The Associated Press

BOISE, Idaho - The U.S. Justice Department has declined to press criminal charges in connection with a contract fraud investigation at a private Idaho prison.

The FBI began investigating the Idaho Correctional Center last year. The facility had been run by Corrections Corporation of America and was known for being so violent that inmates dubbed it "Gladiator School."

U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson said Wednesday that the probe was complete, and the agency didn't find probable cause to file charges.

Police investigate after teen shoots friend through window

Montana authorities consider whether to charge teen who shot through window, killing friend
Matthew Brown, The Associated Press

BILLINGS, Mont. - Authorities are considering whether to bring criminal charges against a Montana 17-year-old who fired a bullet through his bedroom window and killed a friend, in a case an investigator has described as an accident.

The unidentified suspect had been startled when 15-year-old Mackeon Schulte and another friend knocked on his window early Sunday, Billings police said.

Panetta assures Afghans of full probe into video

US assures Afghans of full probe of Marines video amid condemnation and fear of strained ties
Pauline Jelinek,Robert Burns, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Pentagon leaders scrambled Thursday to contain damage from an Internet video that purports to show four Marines urinating on Taliban corpses, an act that would appear to violate international laws of warfare and further strains U.S.-Afghan relations.

UK spies will face criminal inquiry over Libya

UK spies will face criminal inquiry into claims that intelligence shared with Gadhafi regime
Paisley Dodds, The Associated Press

LONDON - Britain's spy agencies will face a criminal investigation into claims that intelligence shared with Moammar Gadhafi's regime led to the torture or rendition of two Libyan men and their families, authorities announced Thursday.

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