By Tracy Rucinski CROWN POINT, Ind. (Reuters) - A convicted sex offender suspected of killing seven women in Indiana will stand trial for murder on June 22, a Lake County judge said on Friday. Darren Vann, 43, of Gary, has been charged with the murders of Afrikka Hardy, 19, and Anith Jones, 35, who both died by strangulation. Hardy's body was found in a motel room in Hammond, Indiana, last October, after which police said Vann led them to the bodies of six other women in abandoned buildings in neighboring Gary, a poverty-struck city about 25 miles southeast of Chicago. Vann, shackled and wearing grey-and-black prison stripes, smiled widely as he looked around the courtroom of Lake County Criminal Judge Diane Boswell on Friday.
BEIJING (AP) — Britain has become the first major Western government to apply for membership in a proposed Chinese-led Asian regional bank that Washington worries will undercut institutions such as the World Bank.
Dallas police arrested a teenager in last week's fatal shooting of an Iraqi immigrant who was gunned down while taking pictures of his first snowfall, officials said on Friday. Ahmed al-Jumaili, 36, had only been in the United States for about three weeks to be reunited with his wife when he was shot in the chest as he stood in the parking lot with his family, enjoying the snow, according to police. Nykerion Nealon, 17, was charged with murder in his death. We do not believe that he knew Mr. al-Jumaili's ethnicity," police spokesman Major Jeff Cotner said at a news conference.
By Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. producer prices fell in February for a fourth straight month, pointing to tame inflation that could argue against an anticipated June interest rate hike from the Federal Reserve. The Labor Department said on Friday its producer price index for final demand declined 0.5 percent as profit margins in the services sector, especially gasoline stations, were squeezed, and transportation and warehousing costs fell. "The underlying message appears to be that pipeline inflationary pressures remain quite weak, even as energy prices have stabilized and gasoline prices have drifted modestly higher," said Millan Mulraine, deputy chief economist at TD Securities in New York. The PPI had dropped 0.8 percent in January.
Revel Casino's hard luck continues after a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge rejected its agreement for a sale to a Florida developer for $82 million, marking the third failed deal for the shuttered hotel in New Jersey's struggling seaside resort of Atlantic City. Judge Gloria Burns in Camden, New Jersey, said she could not approve the sale because it would interfere with an appeal being pursued by casino tenants who argue that the deal would deny them their property rights. The casino, which cost $2.4 billion to build, struggled from the time it opened in 2012 as neighboring states embraced gambling and siphoned off Atlantic City's business. Revel was one of four casinos to close last year in Atlantic City, which is struggling with a drastic drop in tax revenue and may face its own bankruptcy.
A carjacking victim on Thursday described his harrowing ride at gunpoint with the Boston Marathon bombers three days after the attack and the moment he made the terrifying decision to bolt from the car.