A New York City real estate developer has filed plans to raze the "Ground Zero mosque," a structure housing an Islamic community center just two blocks from the site of the September 11, 2001, attacks, city officials said Tuesday. Sharif El-Gamal of Soho Properties has said he eventually planned to construct a $100 million, 13-story Islamic community center on the site, complete with prayer space, recreational facilities and interfaith workshops. The location of the so-called "Ground Zero mosque" spurred months of protests, with opponents saying it was disrespectful to the nearly 3,000 people killed when two airliners hijacked by extremists destroyed two Manhattan skyscrapers.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Weapons and ammunition were found in the car and home of the man who opened fire with a handgun inside a Los Angeles police station, hitting one officer several times before he was wounded in the ensuing gunbattle, authorities said.
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - Voters in a central Florida town will decide on Tuesday whether to re-elect their 93-year-old mayor for a record 20th term in office. Mayor John Land of Apopka, population 41,000, is facing opposition for the first time in a decade after finishing second in a four-way mayoral election in March. Research by the Orlando Sentinel newspaper, which covers Apopka, indicated Land is both the oldest U.S. mayor and Florida's longest-serving mayor. His opponent in the runoff election is longtime resident and former newspaper reporter Joe Kilsheimer who lead in March with 2,354 votes, or 48 percent of total votes cast.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Palestinian U.N. envoy is urging the world to boycott products from "illegal" Israeli settlements as part of a stepped up campaign to help Palestine become independent.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Jurors have reached a verdict in the trial of a once-prominent Aspen, Colo., socialite charged in the 1996 Tucson car-bomb killing of her ex-husband.
HOUSTON (AP) — Jurors on Tuesday began deliberating the fate of a Houston woman accused of stabbing to death her boyfriend with the 5½-inch stiletto heel of her shoe.
GARY, Ind. (AP) — In a story April 5 about the effects of ice on the Great Lakes, The Associated Press reported erroneously that production at U.S. Steel's Gary Works had been temporarily halted. Production was scaled back but did not stop.
By Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Budget cuts have eroded the U.S. Coast Guard's ability to combat drug smuggling and the agency is intercepting only about 20 percent of the illegal drugs heading into the United States by sea from South America, its top officer said on Tuesday. Admiral Robert Papp, U.S. Coast Guard commandant, said that figure falls far short of President Barack Obama's goal of capturing 40 percent of drugs entering the country by 2015. The Coast Guard is charged with reducing the supply of drugs heading toward the United States through a 6 million square mile (15 million square km) area that includes the Caribbean, the Gulf of Mexico and eastern Pacific. Papp said the Coast Guard is able to go after 39 percent of vessels it has identified as suspect that are moving between South America and Central America.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — An assault rifle and ammunition were found in a car belonging to the man who opened fire with a handgun inside a Los Angeles police station and hit one officer several times before he was wounded in the ensuing gunbattle, authorities said.
NEW YORK (AP) — A look at findings from a new Pew Research Center study released Tuesday showing more women are staying at home full-time to raise their children:
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California bill that sought to end killer whale shows at SeaWorld in San Diego and phase out keeping them in captivity has been put on hold, meaning it's dead for the year.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama and Jill Biden are getting some high-profile support for their initiative to help military families.
(Reuters) - A Moroccan man who entered the United States as an exchange student six years ago is facing criminal charges after planning to use a remote-controlled plane to bomb a U.S. university and a federal building in Connecticut, officials said on Tuesday. The resident of Bridgeport, Connecticut, 26-year-old El Mehdi Semlali Fathi, was arrested on Monday after telling a friend that he was studying how to carry out the bomb attack with a toy plane, according to a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Connecticut and court papers filed by a Federal Bureau of Investigation agent. In a conversation recorded by the FBI, Fathi "repeatedly confirmed his desire to bomb an educational university outside the state of Connecticut" and claimed he had lined up financing from drug dealers to fund the attack, officials said.
BEIJING (AP) — In a face-off between the defense chiefs of China and the U.S., Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told his Chinese counterpart on Tuesday that his country does not have the right to unilaterally establish an air defense zone over disputed islands with no consultation.
The Rev. Al Sharpton has evolved from the fiery activist who gained prominence leading protest marches in the 1980s to an insider with a show on MSNBC and the ear of elected officials. Here are five things to know about Sharpton:
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A suspended California state senator has pleaded not guilty to all charges for his alleged role in a San Francisco political corruption and organized crime case.
NEW YORK (AP) — A man who has spent almost a quarter-century behind bars for murder is poised to be cleared of a killing that happened when he was 1,100 miles away on a Disney World vacation, his lawyers said Tuesday.
By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - A Detroit teenager was charged as an adult on Monday in the severe beating of a motorist who stopped to help a 10-year-old boy he accidentally struck last week, prosecutors said. Bruce Wimbush, 17, was charged with assault with intent to murder and assault with intent to do great bodily harm in the beating of Steven Utash, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said in a statement. Utash, 54, remained in critical condition at a Detroit hospital on Monday, police spokeswoman Jennifer Moreno said. A crowd of 10 or 12 bystanders, including Wimbush, attacked Utash last Wednesday after he struck the child, who had stepped off a curb into traffic, police said.
By Curtis Skinner NEW YORK (Reuters) - Civil rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton said on Tuesday that he had cooperated with a 1980's federal probe into New York organized crime but lashed out at media reports labeling him a mob turncoat, saying he had never been a criminal. Sharpton told reporters that the city's main tabloids, the Daily News and New York Post, were mistaken when they published cover stories that labeled him a "mob snitch" and "Rev Rat." "I was not and am not a rat, because I wasn't with the rats," Sharpton told reporters outside the Harlem headquarters of his group, the National Action Network. I chase rats." On Monday, The Smoking Gun website published documents that appeared to contain intelligence gathered by informants in an FBI sting into New York's Genovese crime family.
By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A gunman opened fire in a Los Angeles police station on Monday night, shooting an officer seven times in the arms and torso as he returned fire, leaving both men badly wounded, Los Angeles Police Department spokesmen said. The shooter walked into the lobby of the West Traffic Division at about 8 p.m. local time and told two officers at the desk that he had a complaint, then pulled a semi-automatic handgun and fired repeatedly at one of the officers, Los Angeles police officials said on Tuesday. The officer, a seven-year veteran, fired back, as did his partner, a policewoman with four years on the force, striking the gunman multiple times, police Commander Andrew Smith said. He said detectives were also looking into any possible connection between Monday night's attack and an unsolved shooting ambush last June outside the Los Angeles police's Wilshire Station a short distance away, although the two incidents did not immediately appear to be related.