By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City police are employing a high-tech system to pinpoint gunfire amid an uptick in shootings in the nation's largest city, officials said on Monday. With the installation of the tracking system, ShotSpotter, New York continues its foray into technology-assisted policing, which recently equipped New York Police Department officers with body cameras, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner William Bratton told a news conference. ShotSpotter consists of acoustic sensors, which are mounted on rooftops, telephone polls and other locations. Audio from at least three sensors that detect gunfire - a process called triangulation - is sent to the company's California lab, which analyzes the information to confirm it's a gunshot, pinpoints its location, and then alerts police in New York.
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - An Arizona woman whose tearful mugshot drew nationwide notice pleaded guilty on Monday to child abuse for leaving her two young children in a hot car while she went on a job interview, but will avoid jail time, officials said. Shanesha Taylor, 36, entered the plea as part of a deal with prosecutors during a hearing in Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix, and is due to be sentenced by a court commission on May 15, a court statement said. The plea agreement was reached two weeks before the Phoenix mother was set to go on trial on child abuse charges for leaving her 6-month-old and 2-year-old sons in child-safety seats in a parked car amid temperatures that reached more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Under the terms of the plea agreement, Taylor will face a minimum of 10 years of probation and will have to take parenting classes, but is expected to avoid jail time, said Jerry Cobb, spokesman for the Maricopa County Attorneys Office.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In a story March 14 about enforcement of water restrictions, The Associated Press erroneously identified the city of Coachella as sending no warning letters for violations. It was the Coachella Valley Water District, which serves homes in unincorporated areas outside the city, that did not send any letters.
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Attorneys defending Colorado cinema gunman James Holmes have renewed their effort to have his upcoming murder trial moved out of the county where 12 moviegoers were fatally shot in 2012, court filings showed on Monday. Arapahoe County District Court Judge Carlos Samour deferred ruling at the time, saying he would consider the issue again once lawyers for both sides questioned prospective jurors. Defense lawyers have conceded Holmes was the lone gunman, but said he was undergoing a psychotic episode when he planned and carried out the mass shooting, which also wounded 70 people. To bolster their argument, defense lawyers submitted more that 1,000 pages of news stories, columns and other articles that appeared in local media.