Free rides offered to fight pollution
Air pollution that has turned the skies over Paris a murky yellow forced drivers to slow down Friday and gave millions a free ride on public transportation. The belt of smog stretched from France's Atlantic coast to Belgium and well into Germany. To combat the smog, public transit around Paris and in two other cities was free Friday through Sunday. Elsewhere in France and in Belgium's southern Wallonia area, the free ride was only for Friday.
No charges against man who shot son
A popular fifth-grade teacher in New Fairfield, Conn., will not face prosecution for fatally shooting a knife-wielding prowler in a ski mask who turned out to be his 15-year-old son, a prosecutor announced Friday. Jeffrey Giuliano reasonably believed the masked person "presented him with the threat of imminent death or great bodily harm," State's Attorney Stephen Sedensky wrote. Investigators were unable to determine why the boy, Tyler Giuliano, was outside after midnight on Sept. 27, 2012, wearing a ski mask and carrying a flip-style knife with the blade open and a roll of duct tape under his arm.
Early celebration of St. Patrick's Day
Irish eyes were smiling on the White House a few days early this year. Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny kicked off the St. Patrick's Day holiday at events across Washington on Friday, including a meeting with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office. The celebrating continued at a White House reception Friday evening, where Obama noted the holiday was still a few days away. "None of you seem particularly bothered by this. At least you'll have a weekend to recover," he joked as the guests laughed.