The State of Texas is set to execute a woman charged with murdering her girlfriend's son 10 years ago.
Lisa Ann Coleman was charged with capital murder for the death of nine-year-old Davontae Williams, who was found beaten bound, with more than 250 scars on his emaciated body in 2004. Coleman lived with her girlfriend, Marcella Williams, at the time and she took a plea deal in order to avoid the death penalty; she is now serving a life sentence. Coleman did not take a plea, and prosecutors brought the death penalty against her, hoping to achieve some justice for Davontae.
"Davontae died of malnutrition, a slow and cruel process," assistant Tarrant County district attorney told CBS News. "There was not an inch of his body that had not been bruised or scarred or injured. The jury assessed the appropriate punishment. Court testimony during Coleman's trial showed that she had a leading parental role and was the decision-maker on how Davontae should be treated." more >>
Virginity does not rock at Ramay Junior High School in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
That's the lesson 13-year-old Chloe Rubiano learned. Chloe is in the eighth grade. She is also a good church-going girl. So you can imagine her mom's surprise when she got in trouble at school.
Chloe showed up at school wearing a T-shirt that reads: "Virginity Rocks." more >>
NFL star Adrian Peterson has been indefinitely banned from the game and attending or participating in any Vikings games; Peterson has also lost endorsements from several sponsors.
The Vikings originally allowed Peterson to participate in games and practices while his child abuse case in Texas continued. However, the team came under intense scrutiny for that decision by fans and sponsors, who threatened to pull support for the entire franchise if Peterson was allowed to continue playing. Now, though, the Vikings have changed their minds and decided to bench Peterson indefinitely while the case continues.
"While we were trying to make a balanced decision yesterday, after further reflection we have concluded that this resolution is best for the Vikings and Adrian," Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf said in a statement. "We want to be clear: we have a strong stance regarding the protection and welfare of children, and we want to be sure we get this right. At the same time we want to express our support for Adrian and acknowledge his seven-plus years of outstanding commitment to this organization and this community." more >>
Doubt has been cast on the success of a bill being debated in Spain that would increase restriction to abortion access in the European nation.
The Spanish publication El Mundo has recently published an article noting that multiple sources within the current government see the proposed legislation as being tabled.
"There's no consensus within government around the bill," said one source in the Partido Popular government headed by Mariano Rajoy, adding that "if an agreement cannot be reached -which seems unlikely - the draft bill will be dropped." more >>
A report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office showed that the Affordable Care Act, also called "Obamacare," is providing coverage for abortions.
Contrary to the claims of many proponents of the health care law, the GAO's Monday report found that the rules were not clarified and thus ignored.
The Affordable Care Act required that qualified health plans (QHPs) be provided that may include coverage of abortion services. more >>
When behavior shocks the world — whether a high-profile murder, domestic violence involving a sports star or even corporal punishment uncertainties surrounding a football player — there are always questions: "Where were the signs that this could happen?" "Why didn't we see this coming?"
The sad story of former Baltimore Ravens' running back Ray Rice and his wife, Janay, has brought the epidemic of domestic violence in America to the national forefront.
On Valentine's Day weekend, Ray Rice and his then-fiancée were involved in an altercation in an Atlantic City elevator. Ray struck Janay, sending her into a railing and knocking her unconscious. He then dragged her out of the elevator doors, where hotel staff assumed she was drunk. Rice was suspended two games for the charge, but when the full video of the incident surfaced on September 8, the Ravens cut Rice and the NFL suspended him indefinitely. more >>