(Reuters) - Police are following dozens of leads in the hunt for a shooter who wounded two police officers in Ferguson, Missouri, during a protest this week, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said on Friday. Belmar told a news conference it was still unclear what kind of handgun was used or whether the shooter was deliberately aiming at police. He could not say whether police were close to an arrest. (Reporting by Fiona Ortiz and Mary Wisniewski; Editing by Sandra Maler)
An SUV collided with another vehicle in Philadelphia's Germantown section.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — There were more social services providers than homeless people Friday afternoon at a downtown Tucson camp ordered to vacate by the end of the day.
By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Police arrested nine teenagers from a Los Angeles high school on Friday in connection with sexual assaults and unlawful sex acts against two students, and investigators are seeking five more minors who also are suspects, a police official said. Police said administrators at Venice High School, a campus in a relatively affluent community near the beach in the west of the city, reported a suspected sexual assault to detectives on Tuesday evening. Investigators discovered that two female students at the school were sexually assaulted between December 2013 and this month, both on and off campus, said Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Commander Andrew Smith. Officers set out on Friday to arrest 14 suspects, all of whom are male between the ages of 14 and 17, believed to be responsible for sexual assaults and unlawful sex acts against the two girls, Smith said.
U.S. President Barack Obama met with the parents and brother of deceased U.S. aid worker and Islamic State hostage Kayla Mueller while in Phoenix on Friday, a White House spokesman said. "The president expressed his and the First Lady's condolences for Kayla's death," spokesman Eric Schultz said.
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Family, friends, and fellow police officers gathered to pay a final tribute to slain Philadelphia Officer Robert Wilson III.
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - A lawyer hired by the board of directors of a University of Oklahoma fraternity linked to a racist video said on Friday he has no current plans to sue the school but wants to ensure the safety of fraternity members after some received death threats. "The last thing I want to do is go to court," Stephen Jones, a high-profile attorney who represented convicted Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, told a news conference. Jones said while he is not currently planning to sue the university for punishments it has imposed against the Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter, he is not ruling out legal action. The university shut down the Sigma Alpha Epsilon house and expelled the two members who it said were the leaders in the video.
By Brendan O'Brien WAUKESHA, Wis. (Reuters) - The case of two girls accused of stabbing their classmate 19 times to please a fictional Internet character known as Slenderman will move forward in adult court, a Wisconsin judge ruled on Friday. Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier, who were both 12 at the time, were charged as adults with attempted first-degree homicide in the May 2014 attack on a classmate in Waukesha, Wisconsin, a suburb of Milwaukee. Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Michael Bohren, who found in December that the girls were competent to stand trial, ruled that there was probable cause to proceed with the case in adult court.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The pilot of a medical helicopter died and a nurse and paramedic were injured when their aircraft crashed in remote woods near Eufaula in eastern Oklahoma, authorities said Friday.
BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — An American health care worker who contracted Ebola while volunteering in a Sierra Leone treatment unit is in serious condition after arriving at the National Institutes of Health's hospital near Washington, officials said Friday.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A divorce lawyer for U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson's wife says the congressman is trying to intimidate him.
By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An Iraq War veteran pleaded guilty on Friday to charges of running into the White House armed with a knife before being tackled, a security breach that helped lead to a shake-up in the U.S. Secret Service. Omar Gonzalez was charged with climbing over the White House fence on Sept. 19 and racing across the north lawn. He burst through the front door and reached as far as the executive mansion's East Room before Secret Service agents subdued him. "Are you guilty?" U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer asked Gonzalez, who was dressed in an orange prison jumpsuit.
By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - An Australian man pleaded guilty on Friday to U.S. charges stemming from his role as a staff member of Silk Road, an underground website where people bought drugs and other illicit goods using bitcoin digital currency. Peter Nash, 42, pleaded guilty in Manhattan federal court to conspiracy to commit narcotics trafficking and money laundering, a month after a U.S. jury convicted the suspected mastermind behind Silk Road, Ross Ulbricht. Nash, a former senior manager at a support service for adults with mental disabilities, said he became involved with Silk Road in 2013, initially to buy drugs and for "social connections." Nash said he never knew the real identity of Silk Road's operator, who he said asked him to moderate its chat forum. Silk Road operated from at least January 2011 until October 2013, when authorities seized the website and arrested Ulbricht at a public library in San Francisco.
(Reuters) - A small fire was extinguished at Shell's 156,400 barrel-per-day refinery at Martinez, California on Friday, news website mercurynews.com reported. The fire broke out at about 9 am (local time) and was quickly put out by the company employees. There were no injuries, the report said quoting Shell spokesman Steve Lesher. The fire did not impact refinery operations, the report added. (Reporting by Vijaykumar Vedala in Bengaluru; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)
A police procession through the streets is just the start of a weekend full of tributes to slain Philadelphia Officer Robert Wilson III.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Friday called for phasing in higher, state-mandated payments to city pension funds to avoid a shock to the city's budget and a big property tax hike. Under an Illinois law, Chicago's contributions to its police and fire pension funds will increase by about $550 million next year. Another state law allowing cost-saving pension cuts to shore up Chicago's municipal and laborers' retirement funds is at risk of being voided as unconstitutional in state court.
CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — The wife of a man whose fatal shooting by police during a traffic stop was caught on video has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit accusing the city of condoning excessive force by its officers.
A salvage crew including divers worked on Friday to extract the wreckage of a U.S. Army helicopter from the waters off the Florida Panhandle at a depth of about 25 feet (7.6 meters) three days after a crash during a training exercise killed 11 troops. The Marine Corps on Friday identified the seven Marines who were killed when the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter plunged into the Santa Rosa Sound in foggy conditions on Tuesday night. Four Louisiana National Guard soldiers also died. Officials said they have not determined the cause of the crash, which occurred near Eglin Air Force Base.
AURORA, Colo. (AP) — A woman walking past a Colorado pizza shop was hit by a car, landed on its hood and was pushed through a plate glass window into the store.