BOSTON (AP) — As he planted a backpack containing a bomb near a group of children, Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev made a coldblooded decision aimed at punishing America for its wars in Muslim countries, a federal prosecutor told the jury during closing arguments Monday at Tsarnaev's death penalty trial.
By Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - Oregon Governor Kate Brown declared a drought emergency on Monday in three southern and central Oregon counties, expanding upon earlier drought declarations the Democrat made in March, as the state faces record low snowpack levels. Continuing drought has caused "natural and economic disaster conditions" in Oregon's Crook, Harney and Klamath counties, heightening wildfire risk, and threatening wildlife and agriculture, Brown said in her declaration. "Oregon's unusually warm and dry winter has potentially dire consequences," Brown said on Monday. The drought declarations in Oregon come as below-average rain and snow levels have threatened agriculture in parts of the U.S. West.
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Testimony in the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez ended Monday after the defense called just three witnesses and rested its case in a single day.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A 19-year-old already awaiting trial on murder and other charges in the shooting death of a Las Vegas mother of four is being hit with a separate felony charge alleging that he held a knife to the throat of a 13-year-old boy, authorities said Monday.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A group of protesters called Monday for the United Nations to conduct an independent investigation of a white Wisconsin police officer who killed an unarmed biracial man because they feel the U.S. government can't be trusted.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Tank cars carrying oil or ethanol by rail urgently need to be retrofitted or replaced to make them more fire-resistant after a spate of explosive accidents in recent months revealed the shortcomings of voluntary industry standards, U.S. safety officials said Monday.