INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An elementary principal who was fatally struck when a school bus accelerated toward a group of students pushed six to 10 children to safety, a teacher who witnessed the accident estimated Wednesday.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Ferguson Police Department has agreed to overhaul its policies, training and practices as part of a sweeping deal with the Justice Department following the 2014 fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, city and federal officials announced Wednesday.
Five people suspected of involvement in the escape of three maximum-security jail inmates in California were arrested on Wednesday, but the fugitive prisoners - including one accused of the mutilation torture of a kidnap victim - remained at large, authorities said. Additional arrests were expected by Thursday, as investigators continued to focus on street gang members tied to the three fugitives, Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens said.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.N. panel recommended Wednesday that cargo shipments of rechargeable lithium batteries be banned from passenger airliners because the batteries can create fires capable of destroying planes, said aviation officials familiar with the decision.
CHICAGO (AP) — The widow of a disgraced Illinois police officer who staged his suicide to appear he was gunned down in the line of duty, sparking an intensive manhunt, was indicted Wednesday on charges of assisting her husband in siphoning money from a youth program.
Texas on Wednesday executed a man who led game wardens on a high-speed chase in 2007 before getting into a gun battle and fatally shooting one of them. James Freeman, 35, was pronounced dead at 6:30 p.m. after receiving a lethal injection at the state's death chamber in Huntsville, a prisons official said. The execution was the second in Texas this year and the 533rd in the state since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976.
Governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday threw his support behind a proposal to give judges greater discretion on whether minors should be tried as adults in California courts. The measure, which would go before voters in November if enough signatures are gathered to put it on the ballot, would undo a provision of state law that allows juveniles as young as 14 to be tried as adults for numerous serious crimes - including murder, rape and torture - without the approval of a judge. Elizabeth Calvin, senior children’s rights advocate at Human Rights Watch, said the changes to the way juveniles are handled in the court system would be dramatic if the measure passes.
A Kosovar citizen accused of hacking the personal data of more than a thousand U.S. officials and sending it to Islamic State militants in Syria appeared in U.S. federal court in Virginia on Wednesday. It was the first time Ardit Ferizi, 20, had publicly appeared in the United States since being extradited from Malaysia, where he was detained in October on a U.S. provisional arrest warrant. Ferizi, who is believed to be the leader of a Kosovar Internet hacking group, hacked the computer server of a U.S. online retailer and stole the personal identification information of 1,351 U.S. military personnel, according to charging documents.