Judge Anthony J. Mellaci speaks on the bench during the first day of the Arthur E. Morgan III  trial for who is charged with the murder of his daughter Tierra Morgan-Glover, Freehold, N.J., Wednesday, March 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Asbury Park Press, Tom Spader, Pool)

No verdict yet in toddler’s creek-toss death trial

Jurors in New Jersey have ended their first day of deliberations without a verdict in the case of a man charged with killing his 2-year-old daughter by tossing her into a creek while she was still strapped in her car seat.…
Kain Colter, Ramogi Huma, Tim Waters

College athletes take labor cause to Capitol Hill

Northwestern University athletes trying to unionize presented their case to lawmakers Wednesday after a federal agency said they have the same rights to bargain collectively as other workers.…
Wealth Gap-Shrinking Middle Class

More Americans see middle class status slipping

A sense of belonging to the middle class occupies a cherished place in America. It conjures images of self-sufficient people with stable jobs and pleasant homes working toward prosperity.…
Sheldon Whitehouse, Chuck Schumer

High court loosens reins on big campaign donors

The Supreme Court's conservative majority voted Wednesday to free wealthy donors to give to as many political candidates and campaigns as they want, further loosening the reins on giving by big contributors as the 2014 campaign moves into high gear.…
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Feds outline abortion threat appeal before court

The Justice Department has asked a federal appeals court to set oral arguments in the case of a Kansas abortion opponent who sent a letter to a Wichita doctor saying someone might place an explosive under her car.…
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NBC asks Gifford not to plug her wine on ‘Today’

Booze may be an oft-mentioned topic when Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb are hosting the fourth hour of the "Today" show, but one alcoholic beverage they won't be talking about is Gifford's new wine line.…