African marathoners tops at Boston two years after bombing
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 14:39:03 -0400
By Scott Malone and Richard Valdmanis BOSTON (Reuters) - Ethiopian runner Lelisa Desisa finished first in the Boston Marathon on Monday, reclaiming the top spot in a race he last won two years ago when it was struck by a deadly bombing attack. Caroline Rotich of Kenya led the women's field, affirming African athletes' dominance at the race. "Strong Boston!" Desisa shouted after he crossed the finish line, in a version of the "Boston Strong" motto that became the city's rallying cry after the April 15, 2013, attack that killed three and injured 264. Security was high near the start line in Hopkinton, along the 26.2 mile (42.16 km) course and around the finish line in Boston, in recognition of the bombing, one of the most visible attacks on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2001.
Six Minnesota men charged with conspiring to support Islamic State
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 20:19:13 -0400
By David Bailey MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) - U.S. authorities have charged six young Somali-American men from Minnesota with planning to join Islamic State and fight for the militant group in Syria, the U.S. attorney for Minnesota said on Monday. The six, all U.S. citizens, were part of a larger group of friends and relatives who had been conspiring for the past 10 months, many trying multiple times to leave the country, federal prosecutors alleged. Their arrests on Sunday capped a yearlong FBI investigation into would-be Islamic State recruits seeking to journey abroad, and there was no evidence the accused had plans to carry out any attacks inside the United States, prosecutors said. Dozens of people from the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, many of them young Somali-American men, have traveled or attempted to travel overseas to support Islamic State or al Shabaab, a Somalia-based militant group, since 2007, according to U.S. prosecutors.
Oklahoma sheriff apologizes for fatal shooting by reserve deputy
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 20:54:48 -0400
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz apologized on Monday to the family of an unarmed black man who was shot and killed by a white reserve deputy who has said he mistakenly pulled his gun instead of a Taser. In a televised news conference, Glanz acknowledged his long-time friendship with reserve deputy Robert Bates, 73. He has been charged with second-degree manslaughter in the April 2 death of 44-year-old Eric Harris. Lawyers for the Harris family said on Monday they were not planning to file a lawsuit against the sheriffâs office.
Judge approves settlement to prevent excessive force at L.A. jails
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:12:36 -0400
By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A court-appointed panel will oversee a plan to prevent excessive use of force by Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputies at two large downtown jails, under a settlement of a federal lawsuit given final approval on Monday. The agreement approved by U.S. District Judge Dean Pregerson resolved a lawsuit brought in 2012 by the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California against the Sheriff's Department. The suit accused former county Sheriff Lee Baca of having been aware of a pattern of beatings at the Men's Central Jail and the nearby Twin Towers jail and failing to take steps to stop the violence. The agreement requires the Sheriff's Department to revise its use of force policy and give further training to jail deputies to prevent excessive force, with a three-person panel of experts appointed to monitor that inmate rights are respected at the two jails.
Minnesota men charged with trying to join Islamic militants
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:12:28 -0400
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) â When Guled Ali Omar made up his mind to join the Islamic State group, authorities said, he wasn't easily deterred.
Abington police search for missing 87-year-old woman
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:09:18 -0400
Police in Abington, Montgomery County are asking for the public's help in locating a missing 87-year-old woman.
University of Colorado opens campus for 4/20 pot celebration
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:08:18 -0400
DENVER (AP) â The University of Colorado in Boulder was open to the public on 4/20, the unofficial pot holiday, for the first time in four years on Monday.
Uber driver charged with assault on bicyclist in San Francisco
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:06:18 -0400
A driver for the ride-sharing service Uber was charged with felony assault on Monday over accusations he ran over a bicyclist in retaliation for an altercation near the bustling Fishermanâs Wharf in San Francisco, authorities said. Emerson Decarvalho, 38, was charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon and faces arraignment in San Francisco Superior Court on Tuesday, according to Alex Bastian, a spokesman for the San Francisco district attorney. Decarvalho, who resides in the San Francisco suburb of Daly City, had been driving in the same direction as a bicyclist on a busy street near the tourist hub of Fishermanâs Wharf on Sunday afternoon, said Officer Carlos Manfredi of the San Francisco Police Department.
Oregon miners call for peaceful protest after enlisting armed guards
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:05:50 -0400
By Shelby Sebens PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - Owners of a gold mining claim in southern Oregon who enlisted armed activists to guard the mine amid a land dispute with the federal government plan a peaceful protest this week but want to avoid a standoff. A co-owner of the Sugar Pine Mine, Rick Barclay, called in armed guards from the conservative Oath Keepers activist group after federal officials served him with a stop-work order last month for failing to comply with federal regulations. The miners argue they have exclusive surface rights and do not have to follow federal regulations.
New York jurors focus on confession in 1979 child murder case
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:05:09 -0400
By Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK (Reuters) - Jurors on Monday ended a fourth day of deliberations in the trial of a former deli worker who told police he strangled 6-year-old Etan Patz in 1979, after they asked to review evidence that appears to raise questions about the confession. The jurors were due back at state Supreme Court in Manhattan on Tuesday to begin a fifth day deliberating the fate of Pedro Hernandez, 54, who if convicted, faces the possibility of life in prison. The panel asked to rehear the testimony of Jose Lopez, the brother-in-law who turned in Hernandez to police. The jury also asked to see weather records from May 25, 1979, the day Patz vanished from his Soho neighborhood in Manhattan on his first walk alone to the school bus stop and was never seen again.