WOMAN IN STALKING CASE BANNED FROM TWITTER: NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A suburban Philadelphia woman has been banned from using Twitter as part of her sentence for a stalking conviction.
Montgomery County Judge William Carpenter barred 34-year-old Sadiyyah Young of Pottstown from tweeting for at least five years.
Authorities say Young used derogatory and harassing tweets against people involved in a custody case regarding her children, including a judge who ruled against her, lawyers, social workers and foster parents.
The monthlong battle included a tweet that read, in part: "Somebody should pay all these people a visit, bust out windows and cut tires!"
Young pleaded guilty Wednesday to misdemeanor charges of stalking, forgery, and identity theft. She also was sentenced to 11 1/2 months to 23 months in jail and three years' probation.
PARTY IN NC TO MARK BILLY GRAHAM'S 95TH BIRTHDAY: ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The Rev. Billy Graham celebrated his 95th birthday Thursday with well-wishers who serenaded him and praised him for his spiritual leadership.
A crowd of roughly 900 people attended the two-hour party for the North Carolina-born evangelist at an Asheville hotel. Graham's son acknowledged beforehand that it wouldn't be a long party.
The elder Graham was flanked by real estate mogul Donald Trump and former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Franklin Graham said prior to the event that former President Bill Clinton, who had been listed as one of the guests, couldn't attend.
The event began with the debut of a new video of Billy Graham from his home as part of a nationwide religious outreach called "My Hope."
The video features clips of Graham filmed this year at his home in Montreat. Also included are audio excerpts of his early days, when he took his crusades around the nation and the world.
The elder Graham has been hospitalized for a number of health-related issues in the past few years and now uses a wheelchair.
ARM SEVERED AT SEATTLE FORTUNE COOKIE FACTORY: SEATTLE (AP) — A 55-year-old man's left arm was severed Thursday in an industrial accident at a Seattle fortune cookie company.
Kyle Moore of the Seattle Fire Department says the arm was severed after the man became stuck in a machine up to his chest.
Medics found the man conscious and alert but in a lot of pain at the Tsue Chong Co. in Seattle's Chinatown International District.
Firefighters freed the man and brought him to Harborview Medical Center, along with his severed arm. Moore says they don't know if doctors will be able to reattach the limb.
State Department of Labor & Industries spokeswoman Elaine Fischer says safety inspectors were at the scene and will investigate what happened. She says the fortune cookie plant doesn't have a history of safety violations.
JASON CARTER TO RUN FOR GA. GOVERNOR : ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia has been a solidly Republican state for much of the past decade and there has been little good news for Democrats until now, with Jason Carter launching a bid for governor and joining Michelle Nunn on the ballot in 2014.
Democrats are expected to invest heavily in the state next year, which will come two short years before the 2016 presidential race and feature the grandson of former President Jimmy Carter and the daughter of former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn. The money will be used to build up the statewide organization — registering voters, setting up a broad donor network and recruiting grassroots supporters — in the hopes of eventually turning Georgia into a true battleground state.
TEEN ACCUSED OF RECRUITING FRIENDS AS PROSTITUTES: WEBSTER, Texas (AP) — Prosecutors in Texas have accused a 17-year-old girl of recruiting her girlfriends to have sex with a 62-year-old Houston-area businessman for money.
Galveston County prosecutor Adam Poole says the League City high school student solicited her "easily manipulated" friends to provide sex for Michael Wayne McIntosh at his home in Friendswood this past summer. Webster police detective David Nettles says the student would drive the girls to McIntosh's home and receive a percentage of more than $3,600 paid to the girls.
Police say the friends were as young as 14.
The alleged teen madam is charged with compelling prostitution. She's free on $40,000 bond.
McIntosh is charged with three counts of sexual assault on a child and is free on $120,000 bond.
FLA. SUPREME COURT SETTLES LESBIAN CUSTODY BATTLE: TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a woman who donated an egg to her lesbian partner has parental rights to the child and ordered a lower court to work out custody, child support and visitation arrangements.
The case involves two women, identified only by their initials, who had a child together. One donated an egg that was fertilized and implanted in the other, who gave birth in 2004.
But two years later the Brevard County couple split up, and the birth mother took the girl and left the country. The other woman, who identifies herself as the biological mother, used a private detective to find her former partner in Australia, and a custody fight ensued.
The birth mother tried to use a Florida law that prevents sperm or egg donors from claiming parental rights to children born to other couples. Her lawyer also cited a standard form donors are required to sign relinquishing parental rights. The court rejected both arguments, saying the law doesn't apply in this case because the couple clearly planned to parent the child together.
"The couple's actions before and after the child's birth — including their use of funds from their joint bank account, their statements to the reproductive doctor that they intended to raise the child as a couple, the counseling they underwent to prepare themselves for parenthood, the use of a hyphenated last name for the child, and the joint birth announcement — reveal that the couple's agreement in actuality was to both parent the child," the court wrote.