JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A three-year federal investigation into groups of suburban white teens crossing into Mississippi's capital city to attack blacks has grown to 10 indictments and six convictions.
The Israeli military says it has launched a ground offensive in Gaza.
A Malaysia Airlines passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down over eastern Ukraine on Thursday, Ukrainian officials said.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Britain has asked for an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Ukraine.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The drugs and procedures used to execute a death row inmate in a botched lethal injection in April do not risk violating the constitutional rights of other prisoners awaiting execution, attorneys for the state of Oklahoma argue.
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - One person was killed when a power boat slammed into a sailboat on a popular Seattle lake, scattering debris over a wide stretch of water, and the motorboat owner was facing criminal charges in the matter, police said on Thursday. Two other people were seriously injured in the Wednesday night accident in which the motorboat, carrying four people, hit the sailboat with seven people on board, sending several passengers tumbling into the water, investigators said. One of the people thrown from the sailboat, a 24-year-old woman, was killed, said Seattle Police Spokesman Drew Fowler. The driver of the motorboat, a 46-year-old man from the Seattle suburb of Renton, was arrested and facing formal charges of death by motorcraft in connection with the accident on Lake Washington, adjacent to Seattle.
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police have released the photographs of two men who allegedly boarded a train coming from Midway International Airport, pulled out guns and robbed passengers of their wallets, phones and jewelry as it rolled into downtown Wednesday afternoon.
A plane that went missing in Ukraine Thursday near the Russian border may have crashed, and reports from Ukraine have indicated that the plane was shot down by a missile.
By Carey Gillam KANSAS CITY Mo. (Reuters) - A Missouri church worker sued the Catholic diocese in Kansas City on Thursday claiming she was wrongfully fired from her salaried position as a pastoral associate after her marriage to another woman was mentioned in a local newspaper. The lawsuit, filed in Jackson County Circuit Court in Independence, Missouri, against the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-Saint Joseph and embattled church leader Bishop Robert Finn, claims fraud and violation of Missouri law. It states that Colleen Simon's same-sex marital status was known and accepted when she was hired to run a food pantry and oversee other social outreach efforts, but was used as a reason to fire her after it was publicized.
By Moriah Costa WASHINGTON (Reuters) - District of Columbia officials blasted the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday for passing legislation that would gut local gun laws in the U.S. capital. The House on Wednesday approved a spending bill for Washington and several agencies that included an amendment making only federal gun laws applicable in the city. Mayor Vincent Gray, a Democrat, said that the city should not have to ask Congress for permission to enforce its own laws. Congress has oversight over the District of Columbia's laws and budget. “It’s shameful that we have to continue to fight these incursions into our democracy in the District of Columbia,” Gray, flanked by police and gun control advocates, said at a news conference.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — No signs of trauma or foul play were found on eight decaying bodies discovered at an abandoned funeral home in Fort Worth, Texas, officials said.
By Patricia Zengerle and Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Democratic lawmakers' deep resistance to changing a 2008 law that combats human trafficking threatened on Wednesday to slow the government's response to a surge of 57,000 undocumented Central American children across the southern border. President Barack Obama sent senior members of his administration - including two Cabinet secretaries - to convince senators to back his request for $3.7 billion in emergency funds to deal with the crisis. Many Republicans said they would not approve Obama's emergency funding request if the law were not changed to eliminate legal requirements that keep the children from being quickly deported. "By and large, these are children under the age of 12.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A new federal earthquake map dials up the shaking hazard just a bit for about half of the United States and lowers it for nearly a quarter of the nation.
DETROIT (AP) — A young man who participated in a mob attack on a Detroit-area motorist needed a father to "beat the hell" out of him as a kid to discourage him from committing such a crime, a judge said Thursday.
MIAMI (AP) — An American who returned from Cuba decades after hijacking a jetliner to the communist island was sentenced Thursday to 20 years in U.S. prison but will be eligible for early release on parole, an acknowledgement by prosecutors of the years he spent behind bars in Cuba.
A parish food pantry worker who was fired over her marriage to another woman sued the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph on Thursday, the latest in a growing number of clashes over gay rights between Roman Catholic leaders and their employees nationwide.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — An aide to Gov. Chris Christie says she texted him her thoughts about testimony on the closure of traffic lanes near the George Washington Bridge but later deleted the messages.
By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Marijuana decriminalization takes effect in the District of Columbia on Thursday, part of an easing of pot penalties in the U.S. capital that has drawn fire from Congress. The District of Columbia joins 17 states that have reduced penalties for first-time violators to a fine and a civil, or minor, offense. Two states, Colorado and Washington, have legalized recreational use of marijuana. Democratic Mayor Vincent Gray signed the decriminalization law in March.
MIAMI (AP) — A judge in the Florida Keys overturned the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage on Thursday after a legal challenge by gay couples said it effectively made them second-class citizens.
DENVER (AP) — A suburban Denver baker has appealed an order from the Colorado Civil Rights Commission that requires him to prepare wedding cakes for gay couples.