JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Mourners are paying their respects to a rookie Jersey City police officer slain in the line of duty over the weekend.
ELKHORN, Wis. (AP) — A former police officer suspected in the deaths of two women pleaded not guilty Thursday to trying to hide their bodies in suitcases dumped along a rural road, while the man's attorney said he expected more charges to come first in a neighboring Wisconsin county.
Israel launched a large-scale ground offensive in the Gaza Strip Thursday, escalating a 10-day military operation to try to destroy Hamas' weapons arsenal, rocket firing abilities and tunnels under the Palestinian territory's border with Israel.
New Jersey lawmakers, continuing their investigation of allegations of political retribution as the motive to create traffic jams near the George Washington Bridge last year, heard Thursday from an aide to Gov. Chris Christie. Here is a timeline of important dates in the scandal:
By David Schwartz MESA Ariz. (Reuters) - Arizona authorities are probing a series of arson fires at suburban Phoenix churches as possible hate crimes after an apparent arsonist set Bibles alight on church doorsteps, police said on Thursday. Authorities said up to six small fires were touched off at four churches in Mesa, Arizona, since mid-May by burning the books, said police spokeswoman Sergeant Diana Williams. Police have declined to confirm the details of that incident. Mesa police said the first arson fire was reported on May 11 at the Mesa Baptist Church, followed by another at the church on May 17. Those blazes were ignited near a back door to the gymnasium on the sprawling four-acre grounds of the Mesa Baptist church, Senior Pastor Mark Rice said.
By Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - The jury weighing obstruction of justice and conspiracy charges against a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev adjourned after a second day of deliberations on Thursday. Azamat Tazhayakov, a Kazakh exchange student, is the first of three of Tsarnaev's friends to be charged with interfering in authorities' investigation into the April 15, 2013, attack that killed three people and injured 264. The jury began deliberations on Wednesday after six days of testimony. Prosecutors contended that Tazhayakov, now 20, set out to help Tsarnaev when he and two other friends, Dias Kadyrbayev and Robel Phillipos, removed the items from Tsarnaev's dorm room, hours after the FBI had released photos of Tsarnaev and his brother as suspects in the case.
PHOENIX (AP) — A homeless ex-convict has pleaded not guilty to charges that he beat a Catholic priest with a metal rod and fatally shot another clergyman during a burglary at a Phoenix church.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — An attorney for one of two 12-year-old Wisconsin girls accused of stabbing and nearly killing a classmate in hopes of pleasing a fictional online character has filed a motion seeking access to the mental health records of the other girl charged in the case.
CHICAGO (AP) — Federal officials are sending more agents to Chicago to help the police department fight violence after the city experienced a bloody July 4 holiday weekend that left more than a dozen people dead and dozens more injured.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A civil rights lawsuit has been filed in federal court on behalf of a homeless woman seen in a video being pummeled by a California Highway Patrol officer alongside a Los Angeles freeway.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A three-year federal investigation into groups of suburban white teens crossing into Mississippi's capital city to attack blacks has grown to 10 indictments and six convictions.
The Israeli military says it has launched a ground offensive in Gaza.
A Malaysia Airlines passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down over eastern Ukraine on Thursday, Ukrainian officials said.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Britain has asked for an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Ukraine.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The drugs and procedures used to execute a death row inmate in a botched lethal injection in April do not risk violating the constitutional rights of other prisoners awaiting execution, attorneys for the state of Oklahoma argue.
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - One person was killed when a power boat slammed into a sailboat on a popular Seattle lake, scattering debris over a wide stretch of water, and the motorboat owner was facing criminal charges in the matter, police said on Thursday. Two other people were seriously injured in the Wednesday night accident in which the motorboat, carrying four people, hit the sailboat with seven people on board, sending several passengers tumbling into the water, investigators said. One of the people thrown from the sailboat, a 24-year-old woman, was killed, said Seattle Police Spokesman Drew Fowler. The driver of the motorboat, a 46-year-old man from the Seattle suburb of Renton, was arrested and facing formal charges of death by motorcraft in connection with the accident on Lake Washington, adjacent to Seattle.
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police have released the photographs of two men who allegedly boarded a train coming from Midway International Airport, pulled out guns and robbed passengers of their wallets, phones and jewelry as it rolled into downtown Wednesday afternoon.
A plane that went missing in Ukraine Thursday near the Russian border may have crashed, and reports from Ukraine have indicated that the plane was shot down by a missile.
By Carey Gillam KANSAS CITY Mo. (Reuters) - A Missouri church worker sued the Catholic diocese in Kansas City on Thursday claiming she was wrongfully fired from her salaried position as a pastoral associate after her marriage to another woman was mentioned in a local newspaper. The lawsuit, filed in Jackson County Circuit Court in Independence, Missouri, against the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-Saint Joseph and embattled church leader Bishop Robert Finn, claims fraud and violation of Missouri law. It states that Colleen Simon's same-sex marital status was known and accepted when she was hired to run a food pantry and oversee other social outreach efforts, but was used as a reason to fire her after it was publicized.
By Moriah Costa WASHINGTON (Reuters) - District of Columbia officials blasted the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday for passing legislation that would gut local gun laws in the U.S. capital. The House on Wednesday approved a spending bill for Washington and several agencies that included an amendment making only federal gun laws applicable in the city. Mayor Vincent Gray, a Democrat, said that the city should not have to ask Congress for permission to enforce its own laws. Congress has oversight over the District of Columbia's laws and budget. “It’s shameful that we have to continue to fight these incursions into our democracy in the District of Columbia,” Gray, flanked by police and gun control advocates, said at a news conference.