NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans police say they have arrested two suspects in connection with a weekend drive-by shooting that left two people dead and five injured.
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — After an unarmed black teenager was shot by a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer, the city north of downtown St. Louis has been the scene of violent protests. Here's a look at the key elements of the shooting and the unrest that's followed:
By Tom Ramstack FORT MEADE Md. (Reuters) - A U.S. military war crimes tribunal heard arguments on Thursday on whether to order a separate trial for a Saudi man charged with helping organize and finance the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States. Mustafa Ahmed al-Hawsawi, 46, argues his alleged participation in the attacks was less than his four co-defendants' roles and joint prosecution would violate his rights to a fair trial and to confront his accusers. “We’re seeking an independent assessment of guilt,” Walter Ruiz, Hawsawi’s attorney, said in the pre-trial hearing at the U.S. military base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He told Judge Army Colonel James Pohl that prosecutors were lumping Hawsawi’s case with the other defendants as a strategy of seeking “a greater chance of convictions by association.” Brigadier General Mark Martins, the chief prosecutor, argued the defendants should be tried together because they had joined efforts in a conspiracy.
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - Education reform advocate Michelle Rhee is stepping down from the nonprofit advocacy group she founded, saying she will focus on her family and the political career of her husband, former NBA star and current Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson. Rhee's move from StudentsFirst, founded after she spent three years as chancellor of the Washington, D.C., schools, comes amid retrenchment at the organization and rising political success for Johnson, who won national attention for recent efforts to keep the Kings basketball team in Sacramento and serves as president of the United States Conference of Mayors. I am excited to continue working side by side on these new opportunities we have." Rhee, who took Johnson's name last year but still uses her own name professionally, did not elaborate on the new opportunities, and Johnson still has more than two years to go on his second term as mayor of Sacramento, California's capital. Rhee started StudentsFirst in 2010, using it to push ideas that had led to considerable controversy during her time with the Washington schools, including tying teacher evaluations to student test scores and making it easier to fire teachers deemed incompetent.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Diplomats say U.N. Security Council members have reached agreement on a draft resolution that would punish recruitment and financing of foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria and demand that all al-Qaida-linked groups disarm and disband immediately.
Appealing for "peace and calm," President Barack Obama on Thursday said there is no excuse for excessive use of force by police in a St. Louis suburb.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The pope has again told someone he would be visiting Philadelphia, but the archdiocese says he has yet to confirm his plans.
GARWOOD, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man took down a black flag with Arabic letters he's been flying outside his home for 10 years after complaints arose on Twitter about its association with Islamic militants.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson says he was so concerned by the way police handled rioting and unrest in nearby Ferguson that he's no longer sending his city's officers to assist.
(Reuters) - Three more people have been arrested for the armed robbery of Caesars Atlantic City casino after a confrontation in which a Delaware trooper was shot, New Jersey State Police said on Thursday. Authorities said two masked men entered Caesars Atlantic City and robbed security personnel at gunpoint of two plastic boxes full of cash. The latest suspects arrested were identified as the accused driver of the getaway car, Nathaniel Greenlee, 21, of Bear, Delaware, and an accused passenger, Donovan Jackson, 20, of Wilmington, Delaware. Also arrested was Myles Coleman, 23, of Atlantic City, accused of receiving stolen property immediately after the robbery.
A recently fired casino security guard used his knowledge of when and where large sums of money would change hands to help plan and pull off a daring robbery that netted more than $180,000, authorities said Thursday.
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — A tow truck driver from a small western Colorado city claimed his $90 million Powerball jackpot and told reporters he has been waking up and feeling like his win wasn't real.
Police have released photos of some of the suspects charged in a brazen heist at an Atlantic City casino.
CHULA VISTA, Calif. (AP) — Two San Diego County women had to get help from police after being trapped in a bedroom by a family cat that a neighbor calls "a ball of fury."
NEW YORK (AP) — General Electric confirmed that it is considering the sale of its historic appliance division as part of its effort to focus on selling more complex and more profitable industrial equipment.
By Ted Siefer DOVER N.H. (Reuters) - A New Hampshire man found guilty of murdering a 19-year-old college student was sentenced to life in prison on Thursday following wrenching statements from the victim's family, who called him a "monster." Seth Mazzaglia, 32, received a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole for first degree murder involving a sexual assault. A jury found Mazzaglia guilty last month of the October 2012 murder of Elizabeth Marriott, then a student at the University of New Hampshire. "You stole her from us," Melissa Marriott, the mother of the victim, told Mazzaglia in a quavering voice. "Lizzi was so happy to be studying at UNH ... Lizzi's future was so bright, and now it's gone." Mazzaglia, who did not take the stand during his trial, sat expressionless during much of the hearing, but made a brief statement to proclaim his innocence.
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - Authorities in Florida are investigating the death of a 14-year-old high school boy who collapsed during the first full day of a pre-season football practice camp. William Shogran Jr. of Sebastian River High School, who was wearing shoulder pads and other equipment, said on Wednesday he did not feel well and walked to the sidelines where he told a coach he was dizzy, according to a report from the Clay County Sheriff’s Office. "I got a football player at the camp who suffered from heat ... We’ve got water on him trying to cool him off,” a coach told the 911 operator during an 11 a.m. emergency call. Shogran vomited and was lethargic and unresponsive by the time an emergency rescue team arrived at the practice field at Camp Blanding, southwest of Jacksonville, the report said.
By Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - Lower temperatures and scattered rain brought a reprieve Thursday to the wildfire-scorched U.S. Northwest, where firefighters said they hoped to regain control of blazes that had flared during extreme heat this week. Four major fires in Oregon were fully contained early Thursday and mandatory evacuations have been lifted statewide, said Carol Connolly, spokeswoman for the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center. "We got over 6,000 lightning strikes in the past 24 hours," Connolly said. "But temperatures are a little cooler than they have been, and most fires received a little precipitation over the last day." The Rowena Fire in Oregon's Columbia River Gorge, which threatened hundreds of homes and prompted a highway closure and evacuations, is now 100 percent contained, officials said.
Members of New York's congressional delegation are asking the Justice Department to formally investigate the police custody death of Eric Garner and the law enforcement strategy known as broken windows.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama spoke about the Ebola virus outbreak with the presidents of Liberia and Sierra Leone on Thursday, the White House said. Obama held separate calls with Liberia's Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Sierra Leone's Ernest Bai Koroma about the epidemic, which has killed more than 1,000 people, mostly in those two countries and Guinea. (Reporting By Mark Felsenthal; Editing by Bill Trott)