Friday, May 24 2013 7:05 AM EDT2013-05-24 11:05:46 GMT
MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) - Authorities say there were no fatalities when an Interstate 5 bridge over a river north of Seattle collapsed. The Thursday evening bridge failure dumped vehicles and people intoMore >>
Authorities say there were no fatalities when an Interstate 5 bridge over a river north of Seattle collapsed.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 7:03 AM EDT2013-05-24 11:03:16 GMT
One person is dead and a juvenile is critically injured after two separate shootings in South Richmond on Thursday. A male victim was found dead of an apparent gunshot wound in a home on Keswick AvenueMore >>
One person is dead and a juvenile is critically injured after two separate shootings in South Richmond on Thursday...More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 8:28 PM EDT2013-05-24 00:28:46 GMT
(ABC News)--Jodi Arias will not be put to death -- at least not yet. A judge declared a mistrial in the sentencing phase of her murder trial today, after the jury could not agree on whether to sentenceMore >>
Jodi Arias will not be put to death -- at least not yet...More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:54 PM EDT2013-05-23 23:54:49 GMT
(AP)--At one bar, a mixture that included rubbing alcohol and caramel coloring was sold as scotch. In another, premium liquor bottles were refilled with water — and apparently not even clean water atMore >>
At one bar, a mixture that included rubbing alcohol and caramel coloring was sold as scotch. In another, premium liquor bottles were refilled with water — and apparently not even clean water at that...More >>
BOSTON (AP) - A federal judge has ordered the Massachusetts Department of Correction to provide a taxpayer-funded sex-change operation for a transgender inmate serving life in prison for murder.
U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf ruled Tuesday in the case of Michelle Kosilek, who was born as a man but has received hormone treatments and lives as a woman in an all-male prison. Robert Kosilek was convicted of murder in the killing of his wife in 1990.
Wolf is believed to be the first federal judge to order prison officials to provide the surgery for a transgender inmate.
A similar case is currently in appeals in Virginia: Inmate Ophelia De'Lonta (who was born a man) asked a federal court to order the Virginia Department of Corrections to pay for a sex change operation in 2011. De'Lonta was born a man but claims her disorder causes her to attempt castration and that the surgery is the only thing that will make her stop.
The court dismissed the case in October 2011, but has been appealed by De'Lonta and a northern Virginia attorney.
Michelle Kosilek first sued the Department of Correction 12 years ago. Two years later, Wolf ruled that Kosilek was entitled to treatment for gender-identity disorder, but stopped short of ordering surgery. Kosilek sued again in 2005, arguing that the surgery is a medical necessity.
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