KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Southeast Asian leaders on Saturday opened a weekend summit that will bear the fruits of eight years of labor — the formal launch of a unified economic community in a diverse region far larger than the European Union or North America, with hopes of competing with China and India.
Heavily armed Islamic extremists seized dozens of hostages today at a Radisson hotel, but Malian troops, backed by U.S. and French special forces, swarmed in to retake the building and free many of the terrified captives.
Jordan Graham pleaded guilty in December 2013 to second-degree murder over the death of Cody Johnson, 25, her husband of eight days, and was sentenced by a U.S. judge last year. In legal motions filed to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the former nanny accused prosecutors of distorting facts and acting vindictively, including by suggesting she had blindfolded her spouse before shoving him to his death. Graham's attorneys also alleged that prosecutors engaged in misconduct by calling her a sociopath during a court hearing, and by wrongly arguing that she deserved a life sentence because she plotted Johnson's killing in advance.
SCOTTSVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A man was arrested Friday and charged with murder and sex crimes in the death of a 7-year-old Kentucky girl whose body was found in a creek minutes after she disappeared during a football game.
CHICAGO (AP) — A judge's order for the Chicago Police Department to publicly release a video showing a fatal police shooting by Wednesday has raised concerns about what could happen when people get to see the incident for themselves.
CHICAGO (AP) — An attorney for a white Chicago police officer who shot a black teenager 16 times says his client acted lawfully and urges the public not to rush to judgment based solely on a video of the shooting that's to be released within days.
The U.S. Navy will likely carry out another patrol within 12 nautical miles of artificial islands in the South China Sea before the end of the year, a U.S. Navy official said on Friday. The USS Lassen, a guided missile destroyer, last month sailed close to one of China's man-made islands in the Spratly Islands archipelago to underscore its rights under international law, drawing an angry rebuke from Beijing. A U.S. defense official said this month the Navy planned two or more patrols a quarter in the region as part of its plan to regularly exercise its rights under international law and remind China and others about its view.
PHOENIX (AP) — A judge presiding over an Arizona sheriff's racial profiling case is questioning whether the lawman testified truthfully about a secret investigation that critics say targeted the judge.
A U.S. citizen died in the attack on a luxury hotel in Bamako, Mali, where armed Islamist militants took hostages on Friday, the U.S. State Department said. The State Department said in a statement that out of respect for the family of the victim, it had no further information for the time being. Early on Friday morning, gunmen shouting Islamic slogans attacked the Radisson Blu hotel, which is frequented by foreigners, taking 170 people hostage in the country's capital, Bamako.