By Michael Fleeman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Two men, bound with duct tape and gagged, have been found killed execution-style in a California garage, and authorities were searching for two suspects and a potential third victim who may have fled the scene, police said on Monday. Officers responding to a report of gunfire on Sunday evening in Montclair, 33 miles east of Los Angeles, discovered the victims, men in their 30s, dead inside a detached garage, Montclair police said. Bloodhounds were used overnight to track the possible victim, Sergeant Bryon Kelly told KTLA news.
A 19-year-old Kennett Square man is facing homicide charges after his girlfriend was found dead inside her central Pennsylvania university dormitory room.
McLEAN, Va. (AP) — An Estonian man was brought to the U.S. to face charges in what federal prosecutors say was a massive copyright-piracy scheme run through the now-defunct website Megaupload.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — With executions in Oklahoma on hold amid a constitutional review of its lethal injection formula, Republican legislators are pushing to make Oklahoma the first state in the nation to allow the use of nitrogen gas to execute death row inmates.
It was dicey going, particularly in the early morning hours, in Newtown and other Bucks County communities.
Philadelphia police are looking for two men and three women in connection to a homicide in the Hunting Park section.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Federal lawsuits allege that jails in the St. Louis County towns of Ferguson and Jennings operate essentially as modern-day debtors' prisons, where minor traffic offenses can lead to extended periods behind bars.
Ferguson, Missouri and a second St. Louis suburb are being accused in separate lawsuits of operating a "debtors' prison scheme," illegally jailing poor people who are unable to pay traffic tickets or fines tied to other minor offenses. The lawsuits, filed on Sunday in U.S. District Court in St. Louis by 20 black residents, allege that officials in Ferguson and neighboring Jennings have routinely been abusing and exploiting impoverished individuals to boost city revenues. Plaintiffs also claim they were crowded into small jail cells without regular showers, adequate medical care or basic sanitation, and were regularly subjected to verbal abuse and taunting by jailers. The lawsuits accuse both cities of issuing and enforcing invalid arrest warrants and jailing people in "dangerous and inhumane conditions" for long periods when they cannot pay fines.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Republicans launched a drive Monday to repeal a recent National Labor Relations Board rule updating procedures for union representation elections, setting up a likely veto showdown with President Barack Obama.
By Tom Ramstack FORT MEADE, Md. (Reuters) - A U.S. military judge on Monday halted a pre-trial hearing for Guantanamo Bay inmates accused of plotting the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks after one of the accused said his interpreter had worked at a secret CIA prison. The allegation by Ramzi Binalshibh, a 42-year-old Yemeni, adds to contentions by the defense that the U.S. government is attempting to infiltrate its team. The Arabic interpreter is part of the defense team for the five detainees charged in the 2001 attacks that killed almost 3,000 people in the United States. Binalshibh said he recognized the interpreter, Louay Al-Nazer, from his time in a secret Central Intelligence Agency "black site." “The problem is I cannot trust him because he was working at the black site with the CIA and we know him from there,” Binalshibh said in English.
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — One of the nation's largest solar projects was dedicated Monday in the Riverside County desert, as California rushes to expand its use of green power to meet the state's renewable energy requirements.
By David DeKok HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - A 19-year-old Pennsylvania man was arrested on Monday for criminal homicide after an autopsy on his girlfriend showed she had been beaten and strangled in her Millersville University dorm room, a prosecutor said. Gregorio Orrostieta, who did not attend the state college about 85 miles west of Philadelphia, had phoned campus police around 5:30 a.m. on Sunday and reported that his girlfriend, Karlie Hall, 18, had suffered cardiac arrest. Orrostieta, who lives in Kennett Square, about 40 miles of Philadelphia, admitted to having quarreled with Hall whom he began dating a year earlier in high school, Stedman said.
WASHINGTON (AP) — On a cold, overcast morning in January, President Barack Obama briefly delayed his departure for an Iowa day trip to huddle in the Oval Office with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and United Auto Workers President Dennis Williams. The topic was Obama's upcoming State of the Union address.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — An upcoming law school lecture by St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch is drawing criticism from some Saint Louis University students and professors who object to his handling of the investigation of Michael Brown's shooting death in Ferguson.
(Reuters) - A Baltimore gang leader who prosecutors say dealt drugs and impregnated four guards while in jail was sentenced by a federal judge on Monday to 12 years in prison on a racketeering charge. Tavon White, 37, the head of the Black Guerrilla Family, drew national attention when the scandal at the Baltimore City Detention Center broke almost three years ago.
NEW YORK (AP) — The three-week box office reign of Clint Eastwood's "American Sniper" was brought to an end by an unlikely sharp-shooter: SpongeBob SquarePants.
(Reuters) - A Michigan man who crashed a pickup truck through the gates of a U.S. Coast Guard station in western Michigan and claimed to have a bomb was charged on Monday with two felonies, police said. Matthew Krueger, 33, of Mears, Michigan, was charged with making a false report or threat of terrorism and malicious destruction of property in the early Sunday incident at the Coast Guard station in Grand Haven, Michigan, police said. No explosive was found and no one was injured in the incident, the Coast Guard said.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Mormon man who runs a website for church members questioning their faith said Monday that he expects to be excommunicated based the tenor of a disciplinary hearing Sunday night, but he may not find out for days.
By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A planned District of Columbia city council hearing on legal marijuana sales was reduced to a discussion on Monday because of fears the hearing could be illegal. The hearing was intended to get public comment on a bill that would make recreational marijuana legal in the U.S. capital and regulate sales like alcohol. District voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot initiative last year legalizing marijuana. The hearing by the city's finance, judiciary and business panels instead became a "roundtable discussion" to hear points of view, Business Committee Chairman Vincent Orange said.
Police in Warminster, Pa. are looking for the man who smashed his way into a convenience store and stole lottery tickets.