Maryland

Dad convicted in slaying

A Maryland man has been once again convicted of killing his 3-month-old son in 2001 in order to collect life insurance. The Washington Post reports Moussa Sissoko, 38, of Silver Spring, was sentenced Thursday to life in prison with all but 50 years suspended. Court records show prosecutors said Sissoko killed his son and then sought to become the sole beneficiary of a $750,000 life insurance policy on the child. Sissoko was convicted and sentenced to life in prison in 2002, but he was granted a new trial in March after a judge said his lawyer should have called different medical specialists in the first trial.

SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J.

Atlantic City to get help

Republican Gov. Chris Christie has signed a package of bills to keep financially troubled Atlantic City from running out of cash. The Democratic-led Assembly and Senate approved the measures by wide margins Thursday just as the state’s 127 miles of beaches prepared for Memorial Day, the unofficial start of summer. Christie said the new laws will give him the authority to reform Atlantic City’s “overblown municipal government.”

HONOLULU

Giant sea sponge found

Researchers in Hawaii have been absorbed by a sea creature they discovered last summer, and their findings are pretty big. The team of scientists on a deep-sea expedition in the waters off Hawaii discovered what they say is the world’s largest known sponge. The creature, roughly the size of a minivan, was discovered about 7,000 feet down in a marine conservation area off the shores of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the University of Hawaii studied the sponge for a year before releasing findings.

SAN FRANCISCO

‘Full House’ home for sale

The San Francisco Victorian that served as the exterior of the iconic 1980s’ sitcom Full House is for sale, and the price tag for any would-be Tanner family is $4.15 million. The San Francisco Chronicle reported Friday that 1708 Broderick in the wealthy Pacific Heights neighborhood is on the market. The 1883 home appears in Full House and its recent Netflix sequel, Fuller House, as the home of Danny Tanner and his fictional family. Real estate agents are stressing the house’s Victorian details, not its TV history.

Compiled from wire reports