By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The union representing Los Angeles Police Department officers has lashed out at LAPD Chief Charlie Beck for comments suggesting that the police slaying of an unarmed man during a scuffle in Venice Beach was unjustified. "Any time an unarmed person is shot by a Los Angeles officer, it take extraordinary circumstances to justify that, and I have not seen those extraordinary circumstances," he said. "I don't know what was in the officer's mind." Beck's comments drew sharp criticism from the head of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, Craig Lally, who called the chief's remarks "completely irresponsible." "As the final trier of fact in the use-of-force investigation and disciplinary process, the premature decision by the chief essentially renders the investigation process void," Lally said. "By making his opinion public without having all the faces, he influences the investigation for all parties involved, including his command officers and the public." The slain man was shot, according to police, during an altercation with two LAPD officers who were trying to detain him about two blocks from the Venice Beach boardwalk.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon is one of only two states where drivers aren't allowed to pump their own gas, but lawmakers appear ready to allow people cruising through rural areas to serve themselves.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration will ask a group of outside medical experts next month to evaluate a much-debated experimental drug designed to boost sexual desire in women.
CHICAGO (AP) — A judge has ordered a psychiatric evaluation for a woman with a history of trying to sneak onto planes after she was arrested twice in nine days at Chicago's two international airports.
LANCASTER, N.H. (AP) — The stepfather of a girl who was taken out of the United States a decade ago amid a custody dispute has been arraigned in New Hampshire with bail set at $250,000 cash.
An Ohio man already in custody for an alleged plot to attack the U.S. Capitol in January has been charged with the additional crime of attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State militant group, the U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday. Christopher Lee Cornell, 21, pleaded not guilty in federal court in Cincinnati in January to plotting an attack on the U.S. Capitol with guns and bombs. In March, prosecutors asked a judge to limit Cornell's phone access in jail after he gave an interview to Cincinnati's FOX 19 WXIX TV in which he said that he wanted to shoot President Barack Obama in the head. The additional charge was brought by a federal grand jury in Cincinnati and carries a sentence of up to 15 years in prison.
NEW YORK (AP) — The unprecedented and unwarranted bulk collection of the entire U.S. population's phone records by the government is illegal because it wasn't authorized by Congress, a federal appeals court said Thursday as it asked legislators to balance national security and privacy interests.
CASTALIA, Ohio (AP) — A mother goose is recovering from serious burns after cigarette butts started a fire in her nest.
By Shelby Sebens PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - An Oregon babysitter accused of violently shaking a 7-month-old boy who died of head injuries has been indicted for murder and is back in jail after her original arrest on a manslaughter charge, authorities said on Thursday. Police arrested Sarah Elizabeth Martin, 37, on Wednesday after a grand jury indicted her this week, Oregon City Police Sergeant Matthew Paschall said in a statement. The death was ruled a homicide on April 9 and Martin was accused of causing the child's injuries by “violently shaking him” while she was watching the baby at her home in Oregon City, court documents show.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Financial files obtained by The Associated Press show that a multimillionaire, first-term Florida congressman flipped shares in a solar company the same day he acquired them in an initial public offering. That happened despite a federal law that generally prohibits members of Congress from participating in IPOs.
(Reuters) - A former Connecticut Roman Catholic priest on Thursday was sentenced to five years and five months in federal prison for running a methamphetamine distribution ring. Kevin Wallin, now 63, was arrested in March 2013 and charged with selling the drug. Federal prosecutors contended that Wallin bought the drug from suppliers in California and sold it to other dealers as well as his own customers around Waterbury, in central Connecticut. "Meth is a highly-addictive drug that consumes its user and has ravaged other parts of the country," said Deirdre Daly, U.S. Attorney for Connecticut, in a statement.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — When launched in 2006, a New Mexico commuter rail line that would one day connect two of the state's most well-known cities was hailed as a progressive step toward taking people out of cars and putting them on the train.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Two Democratic members of Missouri's congressional delegation said Thursday they're seeking to reform federal programs that provide military equipment to police, responding to allegations that local law enforcement overreached by using armored vehicles and high-caliber weapons during Ferguson protests.
LEXINGTON, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska man has been accused of stealing a riding lawn mower from a Wal-Mart store and driving it off the lot.
SEATTLE (AP) — Royal Dutch Shell wants to park two massive Arctic oil drilling rigs in Seattle's waterfront, but the petroleum giant will have to get around protesters in kayaks and a mayor determined to take on climate change.
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — A clear pattern is emerging in the murder trial of Colorado movie theater shooter James Holmes.
NEW YORK (AP) — What happened to Sheryl Sandberg could happen to anyone: The woman who wrote the book on balancing career and family will have to figure out how soon she will return to her high-profile job following the unexpected death of her husband.
NEW YORK (AP) — Two women arrested last month for plotting to build a homemade bomb and wage jihad in New York City pleaded not guilty Thursday during a brief court appearance in a Brooklyn federal courthouse.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland's move to buy 1,500 police body cameras and data storage could cost up to $3.3 million over five years, a higher price tag than previously known and an illustration of the long-term costs of such programs.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A fighter plane belonging to the U.S. Air Force Demonstration Squadron has made an emergency landing at Albuquerque's international airport.