A baby boy who was seen on video being abducted by a man in a park in Washington state was saved thanks to his two young siblings screaming and giving chase, authorities said on Tuesday. Law enforcement officers said the man was captured on video as he approached the 22-month-old boy and his two siblings on Sunday as they played unattended at a small town park in eastern Washington state, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office said. The man began chatting with the toddler's 10-year-old brother and 8-year-old sister then grabbed the baby from his stroller and ran, in a crime Lincoln County Sheriff Wade Magers characterized as a "random attempted abduction." Surveillance video from a local grocery store in Sprague, a small town of about 500 people, showed the man running with the toddler, with the toddler's sister chasing him a half-block behind.
By David Ingram NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. National Security Agency was sued on Tuesday by Wikimedia and other groups challenging one of its mass surveillance programs that they said violates Americans' privacy and makes individuals worldwide less likely to share sensitive information. The lawsuit filed in federal court in Maryland, where the spy agency is based, said the NSA is violating U.S. constitutional protections and the law by tapping into high-capacity cables, switches and routers that move Internet traffic through the United States. The case is a new potential legal front for privacy advocates who have challenged U.S. spying programs several times since 2013, when documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealed the long reach of government surveillance. The plaintiffs include the Wikimedia Foundation, which runs the online encyclopedia Wikipedia, the conservative Rutherford Institute, Amnesty International USA and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, among other groups.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Secret Service is conducting middle-of-the-night drone flights near the White House in secret tests to devise a defense against the unmanned aircraft, The Associated Press has learned.
By Richard Valdmanis BOSTON (Reuters) - Jurors in the trial on Tuesday of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev got to see the blood-stained message that prosecutors say he wrote on the inside of a boat he was hiding in before his violent capture, explaining his reasoning for killing innocent people. Boston Police Officer Todd Brown identified a photograph of the message, displayed to the jury on screens in U.S. District Court in Boston, showing bullet holes and blood dripping over the words. Tsarnaev, 21, is accused of killing three people and injuring 264 with a pair of homemade bombs at the race's crowded finish line on April 15, 2013, as well as fatally shooting a police officer three days later as he and his brother tried to flee the city. Federal prosecutors contend that Tsarnaev, who emigrated with his family from Chechnya, was driven by an extremist view of Islam and a desire to strike back at the United States in revenge for military campaigns in Muslim-dominated countries.