For first time, Nevada legislature ousts lawmaker after arrests

(Reuters) – The Nevada State Assembly expelled Democratic Assemblyman Steven Brooks on Thursday after he was arrested twice this year, in the first time the chamber ousted a member in the history of the state legislature.

Suspect in Colorado prison chief killing spent bulk of sentence in solitary

DENVER (Reuters) – A parolee suspected of killing Colorado’s prisons chief spent most of his eight-year prison sentence in solitary confinement for assaulting and threatening to kill jailers and fighting with other inmates, prison records made public on Thursday showed.

Florida jury awards $26 million to war veteran injured in car wreck

ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) – An Iraqi war veteran who suffered permanent brain damage in a 2008 motor vehicle accident in Florida has won a $26 million jury verdict, his lawyer said on Thursday.

Former Pennsylvania state trooper kills wife then himself

(Reuters) – A former Pennsylvania state trooper killed his estranged wife on Thursday before taking his own life in a Decatur Township grocery store, according to state police and local media.

Prosecutors say lawyers for Holmes have not made legitimate plea offer

(Reuters) – Prosecutors said on Thursday that lawyers for a former graduate student accused of killing 12 people at a Colorado movie theater last July have not made a legitimate offer to have him plead guilty in the case, the Denver Post newspaper reported on Thursday.

Trucker accused of peddling stolen cheese at New Jersey Turnpike rest stop

NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) – An Illinois truck driver has been released on bail after being charged with allegedly trying to sell 21 tons of stolen Muenster cheese, valued at $200,000, at a New Jersey Turnpike rest stop, police said.

Analysis: Gay marriage rights may carry bigger U.S. tax burden for some

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – If the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down a federal law defining marriage as between a man and woman, the newfound rights for gay married couples may bear something not so welcome – a bigger tax burden.

Nevada legislature ousts lawmaker, as “personal matters” cited

(Reuters) – The Nevada State Assembly voted on Thursday to expel Democratic Assemblyman Steven Brooks, in the first ouster of its kind in the history of the state legislature.