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PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona woman convicted of bludgeoning her husband to death with a hammer is making a tearful plea for mercy to the jury deciding whether she should live or die for the crime.
Marissa Devault broke down in tears and repeatedly lost her composure Thursday as she spoke to the jury in the penalty phase of her murder trial. She apologized to family members for the pain and suffering she has caused, and said several times that she is sorry.
The Secure Communities program, implemented by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in October 2008, was intended to identify and deport immigrants who commit serious crimes and pose a danger to communities.
Among all drug offenses that have provided the basis for deportations, marijuana possession has been the most common charge. An average of about 41,000 people with drug offenses on their records were deported each fiscal year between the 2008 and 2013, according to an analysis of deportation records by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University.
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Ohio authorities have identified a teenage girl and a woman whose bodies were recovered in western Lake Erie near where their partially submerged boat was found. Two men were onboard with them and are now missing.
U.S. Coast Guard boats and helicopters on Thursday searched the lake for the boaters, who went out fishing on Wednesday afternoon.
Actor and native New Yorker Michael Rapaport joined HuffPost Live on Thursday to talk about his new documentary "When The Garden Was Eden," which chronicles the glory days of the New York Knicks and their arena Madison Square Garden and opened the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival.
Host Josh Zepps asked Rapaport about Spike Lee's recent rant against the gentrification of Brooklyn, in which Lee said, speaking to the gentrifiers: "You can’t just come in when people have a culture that’s been laid down for generations and you come in and now shit gotta change because you’re here? Get the fuck outta here."
Rapaport, who appeared in Lee's 2000 film "Bamboozled," had some choice words for the director.
ORLAND, Calif. (AP) — With shrieks in the background, a shocked passenger struggled to recount to an emergency dispatcher how a FedEx tractor-trailer smashed into a tour bus carrying high school students. In other 911 calls released Thursday, motorists described explosions after the fiery wreck that left 10 people dead.
The California Highway Patrol released the recordings as investigators returned to the scene about 100 miles north of Sacramento to reconstruct aspects of the accident.