By Ted Siefer SALEM, Mass. (Reuters) - A Massachusetts prosecutor on Monday described a 16-year-old former high school student charged with murdering his math teacher as a remorseless killer, while his attorney portrayed him as mentally disturbed. The suspect, Philip Chism, is being tried as an adult in the murder of Colleen Ritzer, 24, who had been a popular teacher at Chism's high school in Danvers, Massachusetts, a town of 26,000 about 20 miles (32 km) north of Boston. "The defendant arrived at Danvers High School with a mask, a box cutter and a terrible purpose," said Kate McDougall, an Essex County prosecutor.
By Matt Spetalnick BELEK, Turkey (Reuters) - President Barack Obama ruled out a shift in strategy in the fight against Islamic State on Monday despite the deadly attacks in Paris, saying putting more U.S. troops on the ground as sought by his political critics "would be a mistake." Speaking after a G20 summit in Turkey, Obama described the attacks in France that killed 129 people as "a terrible and sickening setback" and vowed to redouble efforts to destroy Islamic State, even as the group threatened to strike Washington. Mindful of the difficulties that the United States had in controlling Iraq after its invasion in 2003, Obama is very reluctant to commit American ground forces to Middle East conflict zones.
Detroit’s Big Three automakers are accelerating plans to produce more small cars for the North American market in Mexico as they seek to reduce labor costs, while using higher-paid U.S. workers to build their very profitable trucks, sport utility vehicles and luxury cars. New versions of several of their popular U.S. compact cars are expected to be made in Mexico, people familiar with the companies' plans said.
BOSTON (Reuters) - Harvard University said on Monday it had evacuated four buildings on its campus outside Boston after receiving an "unconfirmed" bomb threat and that the search would likely take several hours. Three classroom buildings - The Science Center, Sever and Emerson Halls - and one dormitory, Thayer Hall, were affected, the Ivy League school said on its website. The threat comes three days after coordinated attacks by gunmen and suicide bombers killed 129 people in Paris. (Reporting by Scott Malone; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and James Dalgleish)
French police raided 168 locations across the country and detained nearly two dozen people as authorities identified more members of a sleeper cell said to be behind the Paris attacks that killed 129 people.