As a group of masked men ransacked an airport cargo building in New York on a December night in 1978, making off with $6 million in cash and jewels, U.S. prosecutors say Vincent Asaro and Jimmy Burke were eagerly waiting in a car a mile away for the biggest score of their lives. On Friday, prosecutors urged a New York jury to convict Asaro, 80, a reputed member of the Bonanno crime family, for his role in the theft as well as a litany of other offenses from murder to extortion. "He lived by and personally enforced the Mafia's code: 'Death before dishonor,'" Assistant U.S. Attorney Alicyn Cooley told jurors in Brooklyn federal court at the end of a three-week trial, noting that Asaro has that phrase tattooed on his arm.
A poisonous substance linked to a massive algae bloom off the West Coast has led officials to halt recreational shellfishing from Washington to California and is blamed for sickening dozens of seabirds, seals, whales and other marine life. Here are some key things to know about the problem:
ATLANTA (AP) — A former Georgia lawmaker and civil rights activist told a judge Friday he regrets making the mistakes that landed him in federal court on fraud charges and said he takes full responsibility for his actions.