In both cases, passengers and crew subdued the alleged bomber before the explosive material could fully ignite. In the Detroit attack, passengers heard popping noises and saw suspect Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab's pants on fire when they intervened, according to court documents.
Richard Heene will serve 90 days in jail, the maximum proposed under a plea deal reached earlier for his role in the hoax. Mayumi Heene will serve 20 days. 'Balloon boy' parents' sentence also bars them from profiting from the incident.
A Muslim girl who converted to Christianity in Ohio fled her family because she said she felt her life was in danger. A judge ruled Tuesday that the family must discuss their religious views, though they are not required to meet in person.
Federal and state officials faced hard questions and some jeers at a public hearing on the proposed transfer of Guantanamo detainees to a prison in northwest Illinois.
The Obama administration's announcement Sunday that 12 Guantánamo detainees would be sent to other countries followed news that some detainees would be transferred to an Illinois facility. The president set a Jan. 22, 2010 deadline for closing the Guantánamo Bay prison, but seems unlikely to meet it.
Families of Lockerbie bombing victims gather in Washington, knowing that the only man convicted of the crime has been released from prison for health reasons and had almost £2 million in a bank account at the time Pan Am Flight 103 went down.
An Oklahoma law would require women having an abortion to fill out an anonymous questionnaire, the results of which would be made public. A legal challenge to the law will be decided Feb. 19, a judge said Friday.
Wisconsin Right to Life is challenging a law that provides public money to candidates for the state supreme court. The group says the campaign finance law will create a chilling effect on political speech.
Fewer people received a death sentence over the past 12 months than in any year since 1976, according to the Death Penalty Information Center. One reason: Some state prosecutors are growing more hesitant to seek a death sentence in cases that might later be upended because of DNA evidence.
President Obama wants to house some Guantanamo detainees in an Illinois prison. But bringing the detainess to the US will likely broaden their legal rights. 'How much?' is the unanswered question.
Illinois' Republican lawmakers oppose the Obama administration's decision to transfer some Guantanamo detainees to a prison in the state - and a recent poll shows a majority of Illinois voters do, too. But Democratic leaders are behind the move, citing new jobs.
The case of four Britons, held two years by the US, sought to clarify legal protections for Guantanamo detainees, including regarding torture and harsh government tactics. Supreme Court justices on Monday declined to hear the case.
Fourteen firefighters of the ‘New Haven 20,’ whose reverse discrimination lawsuit was decided by the Supreme Court in June, were promoted Thursday after five years of legal wrangling.
The five American Muslims arrested came from middle-class homes and were educated and assimilated – unlike other Americans arrested on terrorist-related charges.
A federal judge in Texas Monday sentenced a man to two years in prison for possession of child porn, but refused to make him pay $3.4 million in restitution to the girl in the pictures. Prosecuting lawyers called the ruling a setback for victims of child porn.
David Coleman Headley lived in two worlds – using a fake name and a fake job to help a terrorist group in Pakistan plan the 2008 Mumbai attack and a potential attack against a Danish newspaper, the FBI says. He pleaded not guilty to conspiracy charges Wednesday.
The Supreme Court dismissed a case pitting innocent property owners against Chicago police and prosecutors who held seized autos and other property for years under a controversial Illinois forfeiture act.
Christian student group cites freedom of religion in disallowing gay members. The college cites its nondiscrimination policy. The Supreme Court has agreed to decide which will prevail.
The Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday in two cases that explore whether a federal 'honest services' law is too vague. A third case, to be heard later, involves the anti-corruption methods used in convicting former Enron chief executive Jeffrey Skilling.
Florida took up a seven-mile-long beach restoration project, and some beach property owners say it violates their rights. On Wednesday, a lawyer for waterfront landowners encountered both skepticism and support at the Supreme Court.