(Reuters) - A New York City woman was jailed for 24 years on Wednesday for fatally pushing a man into the path of an oncoming subway train in 2012 in what officials called a religiously motivated attack, prosecutors said. Erika Menendez pleaded guilty in March to first-degree manslaughter in the death of Sunnando Sen, 46, on Dec. 27, 2012, at a train station the borough of Queens. Prosecutors said Menendez was seen pacing the subway platform and muttering to herself before the attack, and had told investigators that she pushed the Sen onto the tracks because "I hate Hindus and Muslims." Sen, who was waiting for a train with his back to Menendez, was pushed from behind onto the tracks, officials said.
Documents swept up in the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound portray a leader cut off from his underlings, disappointed by their failures, beset by their complaints and regretting years of separation from much of his extensive family.
(Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown issued an emergency proclamation on Wednesday for Santa Barbara County where crews are working to clean up the largest oil spill to hit the local coastline in nearly two decades. "This emergency proclamation cuts red tape and helps the state quickly mobilize all available resources," Brown said in a statement. "We will do everything necessary to protect California's coastline." (Reporting by Daniel Wallis in Denver; Editing by Eric Beech)
By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - About 120 guns and 160 knives were recovered from the scene of a deadly Sunday battle between rival motorcycle gangs in the Texas city of Waco that left nine people dead, police said on Wednesday as they sharply dropped their tally of weapons found. Gang members hid weapons in sacks of flour and bags of chips at the Twin Peaks restaurant, where they attacked each other in a fight that was likely set off by a smoldering turf battle, Waco Police said. Waco Police Sergeant Patrick Swanton told cable channel CNN: "These were vicious gang members that were in our city Sunday." The two main adversaries were motorcycle gangs the Bandidos, seen as the long-standing dominant gang in Texas and called a criminal organization by the U.S. Justice Department, and the Cossacks, which have been challenging them for power in the state, according to experts on the gangs.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two brothers charged with killing a Philadelphia police officer during a shootout inside a video game store each struck the officer with a potentially lethal shot, prosecutors said Wednesday as the suspects waived their preliminary hearing.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department has declined to press criminal charges in connection with an investigation into allegations of contract fraud and public corruption at a private prison in Idaho.