AUSTIN, Texas — Jurors in the money laundering trial of former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay of Texas will resume deliberations today.
Jurors met for three hours on Monday without reaching a verdict. They began deliberating after more than three hours of closing arguments.
Prosecutors said the former GOP lawmaker participated in a scheme to use his political action committee to illegally channel $190,000 in corporate donations into 2002 Texas legislative races through a money swap.
DeLay's attorneys countered that he committed no crime because no corporate money was sent to Texas candidates.
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The once-powerful but polarizing Houston-area congressman faces up to life in prison if convicted.
Police probe child's death at Lakers game
LOS ANGELES — The family of a 2-year-old boy was posing for pictures in a luxury suite high inside Staples Center when he managed to scale a clear safety barrier and fell more than 20 feet to his death, police said on Monday.
Lucas Tang suffered head injuries Sunday when he landed on rows of seats minutes after the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Golden State Warriors 117-89, police said. The boy later died at a hospital.
"Somehow the child went over the edge of the section," Officer Julie Sohn said.
Sohn said the boy's family was taking photographs at the time of the fall.
Premiums should go for care, not overhead
WASHINGTON — Health insurance premiums should go for actual medical care — not insurers' overhead and profits — the Obama administration said Monday in rules that for the first time require the companies to give consumers a rebate.
The regulation unveiled by the Health and Human Services Department calls for insurance companies to spend at least 80 cents of the premium dollar on medical care and quality. For employer plans covering more than 50 people, the requirement is 85 cents. Insurers that fall short of the mark will have to issue their customers a rebate.
Part of the new health care law, the rule is meant to give consumers a better deal. Administration officials said it will prevent insurers from wasting valuable premiums on administration, marketing and executive bonuses.