Police arrested a man who steered his tiny, one-person helicopter onto the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Wednesday, astonishing spring tourists and prompting a temporary lockdown of the Capitol Visitor Center.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bomb squad has determined there was nothing hazardous on the small, open-air helicopter that landed on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, the U.S. Capitol Police said in a statement, adding that the "gyro copter" will be moved to a secure location. (Reporting by Lisa Lambert; Editing by Sandra Maler)
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago City Council approved a $5 million settlement Wednesday with the family of a teenager who died after being shot by a police officer 16 times last October.
By Letitia Stein TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - A third man has been arrested in the gang rape of a woman who passed out on a north Florida beach, an incident captured on videotape and witnessed by scores of rowdy spring breakers, police said on Wednesday. The incident occurred in broad daylight last month at the peak of spring break in Panama City Beach, where some 300,000 college students have been flocking in March and April for around-the-clock parties. A video recording captured the mid-March assault taking place in front of hundreds of spring breakers. Sheriff Frank McKeithen called it "one of the most disgusting, repulsive, sickening things that I've seen." On Wednesday, the sheriff's office announced the arrest of George Davon Kennedy, a student at Middle Tennessee State University, on charges of sexual battery by multiple perpetrators.
By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Reuters) - Tennessee state legislators on Wednesday advanced a bill to make the Bible the official state book, a measure the state attorney general said would be unconstitutional and Republican Governor Bill Haslam has called disrespectful. The Republican-controlled state House of Representatives voted 55-38 to approve the Bible as state book. A companion bill could be considered as soon as Thursday in the state Senate, where Republicans hold 28 seats to five for Democrats. Representative Bud Hulsey, a Republican, told colleagues in support of the bill it is worth the fight "now more than ever." Other Republican representatives opposed the bill, citing concerns about how Tennessee might be perceived and the cost of defending it against legal challenges.
By Elizabeth Barber FALL RIVER, Mass. (Reuters) - Former National Football League star Aaron Hernandez was sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday for murdering an acquaintance in an industrial park near his Massachusetts home, concluding the first of two murder trials he faces this year. A Massachusetts jury found Hernandez, 25, guilty of first-degree murder in the June 2013 slaying of Odin Lloyd, who had been dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancée at the time. During the trial in Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, the two men were described as having been in the early stages of friendship, but Hernandez soured on Lloyd after he hung out with people the former New England Patriots tight end disliked.
DECATURVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The complicated case of three men charged in the disappearance of a Tennessee nursing student four years ago will move forward after a judge signed off on the appointment of a special prosecutor.
PLACERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A 95-year-old Northern California man has become the world's oldest active pilot.
Attorneys for former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, who is serving a 10-year sentence in federal prison for corruption, are seeking to have his 2014 conviction overturned because of what they say were flawed instructions given to the jury, court papers show. He was thrust into the national spotlight in 2005 when the storm's waters overwhelmed levees and flooded 80 percent of New Orleans, killing 1,500 people and causing some $80 billion in damage. In a court papers filed on Tuesday, Nagin's attorneys said the judge in the case erred in telling jurors to find him guilty of nine counts of fraud and one count of conspiracy even if he would have acted in the same way without the inducement of a payoff.
Philadelphia Flyers General Manager Ron Hextall says at this point, Craig Berube remains as the head coach of the team.
DETROIT (AP) — An imprisoned hit man has signed a chilling affidavit taking responsibility for four murders at a Detroit drug house as part of a renewed effort free the young man who pleaded guilty to the same killings at age 15, attorneys said Wednesday.
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts performed a civic duty on Wednesday by reporting for jury duty at his local courthouse in Maryland but he was not picked to serve in a case. The top judge in the United States, who usually presides over proceedings at the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, was a potential juror in an automobile negligence case being heard at Montgomery County Circuit Court in Rockville, Maryland. "He was very nondescript," said Montgomery County Jury Commissioner Maria Vogel. The U.S. Supreme Court was not in session Wednesday.
(Reuters) - Washington state's unemployment rate fell to 5.9 percent in March from 6.3 percent both in February and a year earlier as payrolls expanded in all major industries except one, state officials said on Wednesday. The unemployment rate in the Seattle-Bellevue-Everett area was 4.5 percent in March, according to Washington's Employment Security Department, which estimated the state added 100,900 jobs in March from a year earlier, with 88,900 new jobs in the private sector and 12,000 new jobs in the public sector.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A sheriff's deputy who can be heard in a video cursing at a suspect who later died was unaware that a volunteer deputy had shot the man, the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office said.
By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York cardiologist has been arrested and accused of a murder-for-hire plot against a competing doctor, authorities said on Wednesday. Dr. Anthony Moschetto, 54, of Sands Point on Long Island, is accused of illegally dealing in prescription drugs and weapons and conspiring to kill a fellow cardiologist with whom he had a professional dispute, said the office of Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas. The alleged plot came to light during an undercover police investigation involving Oxycodone pills, heroin and assault weapons, the district attorney's office said in a statement. During that operation, detectives determined that Moschetto allegedly ordered the arson of the office of the other doctor, whose name was not revealed, as well as his murder, using blank prescriptions and cash as payments for the crimes, it said.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Caretakers of Abraham Lincoln's tomb are on the defensive over an unflattering critique in National Geographic magazine and looming budget cuts that could threaten management of the historic site, even as they commemorate the 150th anniversary of the U.S. Civil War president's assassination.
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Reaction to the conviction of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez in the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd, a friend who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee.
A small helicopter landed on the U.S. Capitol's West Front in Washington, DC on Wednesday.
Misguided policies, unreasonable workloads and poor leadership at the Veterans Affairs Department are to blame for mismanagement of disability and pension claims in Philadelphia, according to a government audit obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press that points to widespread failures and spending waste.
PULASKI, Va. (AP) — A prosecutor says the parents of a Virginia boy found dead in a septic tank left him at home with his infant sister on the morning he disappeared.