DETROIT (AP) — A suburban Detroit homeowner who opened his front door and blasted an unarmed woman on his porch should have called 911 instead of becoming "judge, jury and executioner," a prosecutor said Wednesday in urging jurors to convict him of second-degree murder.
By Malia Mattoch McManus HONOLULU (Reuters) - Hurricane Iselle barreled west across the Pacific Ocean toward the Hawaiian Islands on Wednesday, where officials warned residents and tourists of possible flooding and mudslides and ordered schools closed. The storm was about 700 miles (1,130 km) east of Hilo, on the Island of Hawaii, at 7 a.m. Hawaiian Standard Time on Wednesday and heading west-northwest at 15 miles per hour (24 km per hour) with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph (137 kph), according to the National Hurricane Center. Iselle was expected to weaken into a tropical storm before reaching the islands sometime on Friday morning but forecasters said it could still bring high winds and 10-to-15-foot (three-to-4.5-meter) surf to the tourist haven. If the hurricane makes a direct hit over the Big Island, how much of a blocking effect that has we don't know," said Ray Tanabe, acting director for the National Weather Service in the pacific region.
OSSIPEE, N.H. (AP) — A judge on Wednesday said she would rule as soon as possible on whether to move evidence including the trailer home of a man charged with kidnapping a 14-year-old girl who returned home after nine months.
CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal appeals court judge hearing arguments in six gay marriage fights in a landmark hearing Wednesday expressed deep skepticism about whether the courts are the ideal setting for such major change, saying that the best way to win the hearts and minds of Americans on the issue would be the democratic process.
By Aaron Foley DETROIT (Reuters) - A Detroit jury on Wednesday began deliberations to decide whether the shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white suburban homeowner was murder or a fear-driven mistake. A prosecutor in the trial of Theodore Wafer, 55, said the airport maintenance worker handled his shotgun "like a toy" when he shot through a screen door and killed Renisha McBride, 19, last November. McBride had been drinking and smoking marijuana before getting into an early morning car crash, and knocked on the door of Wafer's Dearborn Heights home looking for help. The Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun used by Wafer "is a dangerous weapon and the way he handled it - he handled it like a toy, and as a result a 19-year-old is dead," Wayne County assistant prosecuting attorney Patrick Muscat told jurors during closing arguments.
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii residents furiously stocked up on essentials as two hurricanes churned toward the islands, prompting flash flood warnings, closing schools and disrupting travel plans across the islands.