By Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK (Reuters) - The confession of a man accused of killing 6-year-old Etan Patz, who vanished from a New York street more than three decades ago, can be used as evidence against him, a Manhattan court ruled on Monday. Pedro Hernandez, who confessed to police in 2012 that he had choked Patz and stuffed him alive in a garbage bag in 1979, has been charged with murder. Hernandez, a New Jersey man who at the time of the boy's disappearance worked at a deli in his Soho neighborhood, no longer admits to the crime, according to his lawyer, Harvey Fishbein. ...
By Daniel Wallis and Ellen Wulfhorst FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) - Schools were closed, barricades erected and stores boarded up on Monday as a tense St. Louis suburb awaited word on whether charges will be filed against a white police officer who shot and killed a black teenager more than three months ago. The Aug. 9 shooting sparked angry demonstrations over issues of racism and police brutality, and the announcement of whether a grand jury indicts Officer Darren Wilson for murder or manslaughter or lets him go free is expected to bring more unrest to the largely black suburb of Ferguson. ...
By Phil Stewart and Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel resigned on Monday, the first major change to President Barack Obama's Cabinet since his Democrats were routed in midterm elections three weeks ago. Obama announced the resignation at a White House event with Hagel at his side. Hagel will remain in the job until a successor is in place. Hagel was appointed less than two years ago as Obama pushed his signature program of winding up wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, a process that is being upended this year with U.S. ...
The passenger who died is Octaviano Garcia, 33, of Parlier, Calif.
Francisco Corona was one of the passengers on the bus that flipped over while heading from Los Angeles to Pasco, Washington.
A 33-year-old has been confirmed dead after an early morning tour bus crash in Pollard Flat, reported officials with California Highway Patrol.
A Chico Safeway employee says he's gotten his job back after stopping a teenager from shoplifting.
The Seattle Mariners and third baseman Kyle Seager have agreed to a 7-year, $100 million deal that includes an option for an eighth year, a league source confirmed to ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick.
Longtime NHL coach Pat Quinn died Sunday at 71 after a long illness.
The Buffalo Bills, forced to play a neutral-site game this week due to a severe winter storm, are "highly optimistic" that they will be able to host Sunday's home game against Cleveland, one team official told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
Viktor Tikhonov, the Soviet hockey coach whose teams won three Olympic gold medals but fell to the United States in the "Miracle on Ice," died after a long illness. He was 84.