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NEW YORK (AP) — The New England Patriots say they're standing by Super Bowl MVP quarterback Tom Brady. But he won't be on the field for the first four games of the season after being suspended Monday by the NFL as punishment for using deflated footballs during the AFC championship game. His agent calls the punishment ridiculous and says Brady will appeal. The Patriots have also been fined $1 million and lost two draft picks.
VAN, Texas (AP) — Cadaver dogs are being used to check houses demolished by a tornado that struck the East Texas town of Van. Officials say three people who had been missing have been accounted for. The dogs are being used just as a precaution. Two people were killed when a twister struck Van on Sunday. About 30 percent of the town of 2,600 was damaged.
BOSTON (AP) — The defense has rested in the punishment trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv). His lawyers put death penalty opponent Sister Helen Prejean (PRAY'-zhahn) on the witness stand. She said no one deserves to suffer as the victims did. A federal jury must decide if Tsarnaev will be put to death or spend the rest of his life behind bars.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A California judge has refused to revoke the release of a serial rapist despite fears by neighbors that he would rape again. Prosecutors had alleged that Christopher Hubbart, the so-called "pillowcase rapist," had violated his parole. He'll have to wear a monitoring device, attend therapy, undergo polygraph exams and submit to random searches of his house. Hubbart also lives with an around-the-clock security guard.
BALTIMORE (AP) — Baseball is back in Baltimore, after security concerns following unrest over the death of a suspect injured in police custody. The Baltimore Orioles are prepared to play before their home fans for the first time in two weeks. Two games were postponed, there was one no-fan game -- and there were three "home" games against the Rays in Florida.
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