Return to society for hermit in Maine
A man who lived nearly three decades in the Maine woods — surviving brutal winters, breaking into houses and avoiding detection by police and neighbors — now faces a big challenge: reintegrating into society. Christopher Knight, 47, known as the North Pond Hermit, pleaded guilty Monday to 13 counts of burglary and theft and was admitted into a special court program that will allow him to be released from jail and live and work under the supervision of court officials. Walter McKee, Knight's lawyer, said he believes Knight is ready to be free, but acknowledged that he likely faces big hurdles after spending so many years isolated from the central Maine town of Rome.
Medicare premium, deductible stable
Medicare says the "Part B" premium most seniors pay for outpatient care will stay the same in 2014, at $104.90 a month. That's good news for beneficiaries, following a $5-per-month increase this year. The Part B deductible, the annual amount beneficiaries pay before Medicare outpatient coverage starts, will also remain the same at $147, officials announced Monday. But the hospital care deductible is going up by $32, to $1,216. Monthly premiums paid by upper-income beneficiaries, those above $85,000 a year, or $170,000 for married couples, will also stay unchanged.
Michael Jackson's doctor out of jail
Conrad Murray, the doctor convicted in the death of pop star Michael Jackson, was released from a jail in downtown Los Angeles at 12:01 a.m. Monday. Murray served about half of his four-year sentence for involuntary manslaughter after a change in California law allowed his incarceration time to be significantly reduced. Murray, 60, was convicted in 2011 of causing Jackson's death in June 2009 by providing him with the powerful anesthetic propofol as a sleep aid.