LOS ANGELES (AP) — Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner and World War II veteran who survived a bomber crash in the Pacific Ocean, weeks adrift and then years as a prisoner of war, died this week at age 97.
CHICAGO (AP) — An imprisoned former Chicago police commander accused of overseeing the torture of dozens of men — almost all of them black — to coerce confessions will keep his $3,000-a-month pension under a decision Thursday by the Illinois Supreme Court.
By Victoria Cavaliere NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City investigators on Thursday were trying to determine what caused the partial collapse of the stone facade of the Brooklyn Bridge during a powerful rainstorm, leaving five pedestrians injured. Among those covered in rubble when the roughly 25-foot section of decorative stonework toppled on Wednesday night was a Brooklyn family sheltering from the storm, including a four-month-old girl who was thrown to the pavement, her family told the New York Daily News. Stones on the 131-year-old bridge that connects Brooklyn to lower Manhattan over the East River, one of the most recognizable spans in the world, fell at around 8 p.m. on Wednesday on the Brooklyn side. “Bridge personnel inspected the bridge and found no signs of structural damage,” said Department of Transportation spokesman Scott Gastel. “We will immediately conduct a full inspection of all the facades, and will continue to thoroughly inspect our entire bridge inventory,” he said.