PITTSBURGH (AP) — A woman who stole her cancer-stricken neighbor's dog and paid to have it euthanized was sentenced Friday to three to six months in jail.
Padge Victoria Windslowe, an aspiring rapper, is accused of killing Claudia Aderotimi.
By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - The parents of a Mexican farmworker fatally shot by police in Washington state after he pelted them with rocks and tried to flee urged the U.S. Justice Department on Friday to take over a local investigation into the slaying. His death sparked protests by demonstrators who accused police in the city of Pasco in Washington state's agricultural heartland of overly aggressive tactics in dealing with Hispanic residents, who make up a majority of the population. "We pray that for the sake of peace and safety and international relations that you rise to (the) occasion, and wrest control of the criminal investigation from the hands of county prosecutors in Washington state," Crump said in a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Zambrano-Montes' parents, Agapita Montes Rivera and J. Jesus Zambrano Fernandez, joined U.S. rights groups in urging the Justice Department to launch a probe into the incident, which the Mexican government has condemned as a disproportionate use of lethal force.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Internet activists took an aerial jab at Comcast to celebrate new government rules affecting the Philadelphia-based corporation.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A group of supporters formed a makeshift greeting line to escort Muslims into the Oklahoma state Capitol for Friday's first-ever Muslim Day as a smaller group of protesters heckled participants as they arrived.
Jimmy Rollins savors a bite of bacon at his locker, then steals a quick glimpse at the bright blue No. 11 uniform hanging behind him.
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - A rally by hundreds of American Muslims at the Oklahoma Capitol on Friday to promote religious tolerance was interrupted by anti-Islamic protesters holding signs proclaiming the United States a Christian nation. While an American Muslim girl sang the "Star Spangled Banner" inside the statehouse in Oklahoma City, about two dozen anti-Islamic protesters outside hurled insults at the group, mostly students, as they visited the Capitol to speak with lawmakers. "If they had a sword, they'd cut your head off," protesters shouted. Some carried signs saying "Islam equals Death." Anti-Islamic protesters also disrupted a similar rally about a month ago in Texas.
(Reuters) - The suspect in a shooting spree that left seven people dead in a south-central Missouri town has been identified as Joseph Jesse Aldridge, 36, and at least four of the dead are thought to be his cousins, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said on Friday. The motive for the shooting has yet to be determined, Highway Patrol spokesman Jeff Kinder told a news conference. (Reporting by David Bailey in Minneapolis; Editing by Chris Reese)
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Syrian government has expelled three key U.N. humanitarian staffers, a decision the U.N. says could have "a major impact" on critical aid operations and harm a new effort to secure a six-week truce in the country's largest city.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — As Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal offers a $24.6 billion state budget proposal, the potential presidential hopeful is seeking to protect his longstanding refusal to raise taxes while avoiding deep slashes to health care and colleges that might damage a national campaign.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's state auditor says an indicted county official who committed suicide had been targeted in a prison corruption case, and he is predicting that more charges are to come.
By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former Long Island banana importer was sent to prison on Friday for as long as four years for beating his girlfriend, despite her emotional courtroom appeal to a judge for leniency. Thomas Hoey Jr., 46, the wealthy owner of now-bankrupt Long Island Banana Corp, was sentenced in state court in Manhattan about a month before he is to be sentenced in federal court in the unrelated 2009 death of a woman who joined him in a three-way sex party. In the state case, a jury had convicted Hoey, of Garden City, of third-degree assault and tampering with evidence in the in the 2012 beating of Alison Bretherick on Manhattan's Upper East side. Hoey entered the courtroom in handcuffs on Friday, winking at Bretherick before she made a plea for mercy on his behalf to Judge Daniel Fitzgerald.
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A man accused of driving more than 125 mph and causing a crash that killed two people on the Ohio Turnpike is now competent to stand trial, a judge has ruled.
The father of American journalist James Foley, who was taken captive in Syria and later decapitated by Islamic State militants, has said it was "not important" to him that his son's purported killer, "Jihadi John," had been identified. The Washington Post reported on Thursday that "Jihadi John," who was shown in Islamic State videos of the beheadings of several captives, had been identified as Kuwaiti-born British national Mohammed Emwazi, 26. "'Jihadi John' happened to be in that position, but if it was not him it would be somebody else, so in all fairness discovering who he is might be important to some people, but it's certainly not important to me," John Foley told reporters in Arizona, according to video from local television station KSWT. Foley, whose son's beheading was shown in a video released last August, also said he will be happy when Islamic State "is defeated." John Foley and his wife, Diane, speaking on Thursday on the sidelines of a forum in Tucson, Arizona, where they were panelists, criticized how the U.S. government dealt with them while their son was held captive.
Many farms in drought-stricken California face the prospect of a second year without water supplies from the Central Valley Project, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation said on Friday, noting its initial allocation of water supplies for water service contractors in the valley has been set at zero percent. Allocation levels will be reexamined on a monthly basis and may be adjusted depending on whether California's drought eases and its reservoir and snowpack levels improve, said Bureau spokesman Louis Moore.
WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — An attorney for one of two Wisconsin girls accused of repeatedly stabbing a classmate and leaving her for dead has argued that the charge against her should be dismissed because she believed a fictional horror character called Slender Man would kill her family if they didn't attack their friend — a belief he said amounted to coercion.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Thieves drove a car through a high-end electronics store in the latest crash-and-grab heist in the San Francisco Bay Area.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The parents of an American journalist beheaded by the Islamic State group say they are surprised a college-educated, London-raised man is the masked militant known as "Jihadi John" from the video of their son's slaying but also realize stopping him won't end the bloodshed.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The president of the Miss America Organization is stepping down after nearly two years at the helm.
Three new cases of measles have been confirmed in Las Vegas, in people believed infected by a contagious worker at an upscale MGM Grand Hotel and Casino seafood restaurant, Nevada public health officials said on Friday. The newly diagnosed patients, two staff members and a patron of Emeril's New Orleans Fish House at the MGM Grand, bring to nine the total number of measles cases reported in Clark County, Southern Nevada Health District spokeswoman Jennifer Sizemore said. None of those cases are believed linked to an outbreak of measles that began at Disneyland in December, she said.