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Grand Jury Investigates PA Building Collapse: Last Wednesday's deadly building collapse in Philadelphia could now result in multiple manslaughter charges.  Jason Hanna of CNN reports that the crane operator responsible for the building collapse will be charged with six counts of involuntary manslaughter after toxicology results indicate he was under the influence of marijuana and pain medication at the time of the incident.  Along with the manslaughter charges, Sean Benschop faces 13 counts of reckless endangerment and another count of causing a catastrophe. 

Mobster Seeks Delay:  Jury selection in the racketeering trial of James "Whitey" Bulger was halted this morning after his defense attorneys asked the judge for a delay in opening statements.  The Associated Press reports that the defense has requested time to look into claims that law enforcement protected a hit man slated to be a star witness for the prosecution. Defense attorneys for Bulger allege that James Moreterano, who has admitted to killing 20 people, has been protected by law enforcement since his release from prison in 2007. 

Cleveland Kidnaper Indicted on 329 Counts:  The man accused of holding three young women captive for over ten years in his Cleveland home will be arraigned this week.  Michael Martinez of CNN reports that Ariel Castro faces 329 charges, including 139 counts of rape, 177 counts of kidnapping and one count of aggravated murder for purposely causing the unlawful termination of a pregnancy.  Once the indictment process is completed, the prosecutor's capitol review board will determine if seeking the death penalty is appropriate for this case

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